The year 2015 is drawing to a close and I'm evaluating my UFO list. This quilt, the Super Scrappy Double Irish Chain is nearly complete. I just need to tuck in some thread ends and sew on a binding. Perhaps it will be my first finish in 2016.
Here's a little close up of my work. How do you organize your WIP's? (work in progress) I keep each project in a box, marked with the project's name on the outside. I also write lists. I have a list of quilts that need binding, a list of quilts that need to be quilted, quilts that need piecing, quilts that need cutting, and patterns that I'm working on writing.
Do you have any good WIP organization tips? Please leave a comment below.
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The Rainbow Connection hexagon quilt. This week I've added more pink and a little purple. These hexies finish at a small 3/4" per side. Again, I'm only using fabrics from my scrap basket. It should be fun to see how this one turns out.
Now that I've finished my Aura hexagon top, it's time to prepare for quilting. First, I used a crochet hook to remove the remaining hexagon papers. That was fun and easy. Much easier than removing paper foundation piecing bits. If you're curious, I used a size G crochet hook.
Then, I ironed the top and took this stellar photo on my design wall. I like the way the yellow dots of color jump out at you and move your eye around the quilt.
I'm using a terrific dotty print for the backing. I'd be quilting it right now, but I need to get some batting.
Did you guess the quilt block from my last post was a Log Cabin? Great job! Here's the finished block. It will be the first in my new series of tutorials I've got planned for next year, "Quilt Block Classics". Stay tuned.
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I am so in love with the process of making hexie quilts. Here's my start to the next one, The Rainbow Connection. As with Aura, I'll try to do a weekly update. I hope you enjoy watching it all come together.
Here it is! The Aura hexagon quilt top, finally complete. I took a clothesline pic because it's so wonderful outside today. Sunny and 75 in December - gotta take advantage of that! I've already started on my next hexie project, "The Rainbow Connection". I'll be showing the beginnings of that one on my next post.
Isn't this adorable?!? I found this treasure in a local thrift shop this week, Only $20.00, so I brought her right home with me. This tiny machine's base measures approximately 5" x 8". The machine itself is 6" tall if you include the spool pin.
As you can see, it's a hand crank, and it works. The needle plate is stamped "Itty Bitty Made in England". I still need to clean her up a bit, and from the looks of my photo, I need to clean the window sills on my front porch, too.
What a little gem for my collection. Do you have a sewing themed collection? Leave a comment below.
Looky-looky! I finished the lower right hand corner last night! Only a few more hexies to sew in the upper right hand corner and this top will be finished. What fun, I can hardly wait to start on the next one.
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Time for a little update on my UFO project. I'm sewing a quilt using my tester blocks from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 4. This is the top half of the quilt, enjoying a little bit of backyard sunshine.
This setting was difficult to piece together. So many triangle squares facing different directions! I was so relieved to sew on the final strip.
This is the bottom half of the top. I like the way the setting plays with the block in the lower right hand corner. They really link together nicely.
So...I just need to sew one more seam and then add a solid border or two. What would you sew for the borders? Any brilliant suggestions? Please leave a comment below.
What's Cooking Decorative Painting Booklet, by Pat Saunders. Very good condition. 44 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1992. "Kat's Krafts" is handwritten on the upper right hand corner of the front cover (see photos).
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Little Whittles Garden Birdhouses Plant Picks and Tins Decorative Painting Booklet.Excellent condition. 6 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1995.
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Paint Your Own "Wanna-Be" Fantasy T-Shirts Booklet. Excellent condition. Four designs. Soft cover.
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Just a Little Something Decorative Painting Booklet. Very good condition. 7 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1991.
This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 12 painting projects, and a General Instructions section. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include I Love USA, Teddy Bear and Honey, Sheep and Tulips, Pigs and Checks, Pig and Watermelon, Hearts and Flowers, Cow and Milk Bottles, Mouse and Cheese, Bunny and Heart, and more.
Easter Parade Decorative Painting Booklet. Very good condition. 38 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1993.
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