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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

More stars..........

I didn't think I was going to make any star blocks yesterday.  It was a beautiful warm day and I had errands to run plus some outside garden work to do.

Last night however I decided to lay out a couple more blocks.

I think I have enough pieces cut for 4 more blocks but I need 5 so I will be doing more cutting on my Studio die cutter.

I sewed the 2 blocks pictured above and added them to the other 13 blocks on the design wall.

Some friends shared some of their compost pile with me so I prepared my raised bed in which I plant my tomatoes.  It is still too early to plant them but the soil is ready.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dark triangles........

My two friends came over yesterday to sew and I spent the day cutting with my die cutter.  I concentrated on cutting dark triangles since I had only light ones left.  After sewing last night now I have piles of dark triangles left over so I'll have to cut more light ones.  I need to count how many I still need for 7 more blocks.

For everyone asking (and most of you were NO REPLY so I can't email you) I am using 2" finished units for 12" finished blocks.  If I used 1.5" finished my blocks would be 9", 2.5" finished my blocks would be 15" and if I used 3" finished my blocks would be 18".  You can make these blocks any size you want that is divisible by 6 since it is a 36 patch block. 

Here is one more photo of part of my pink back yard.  We are supposed to get rain several times from Wed. night through Sunday so it will probably knock the petals off.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Star blocks........

I designed three more blocks yesterday.  I'm out of triangle squares again so I will be cutting more triangles soon.

 I wanted to get some red into this quilt.

I love the wild fabric in the plain squares.

Here they are sewn and mixed in with the other previously sewn blocks.  At this point I'm thinking about 20 blocks.  The quilt has to be rectangular.  Square quilts are too short and too wide to cover a body on the couch.  Rectangular quilts cover a body better.

Almost all of the triangles left in the box are light so I will be looking for dark and medium batik scraps to cut.

I mowed the grass again yesterday, the second time this spring.  The front yard really needed it.  My backyard is mostly shade grass that doesn't grow as fast.  I mowed about 2/3 of the backyard.  The rest hasn't grown that much.  Next time I'll have to do the whole yard.

I really enjoyed all of the stories about scraps in the comments yesterday.  Unfortunately the Google+ commenters are almost always NO REPLY so I couldn't respond to them.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Creating scraps...........

The reason most of us will never run out of scraps is because we are creating them all the time.  I know people who can throw away pieces this size but not me.

This is my throw away pile and it will go into the bags of stuffing for dog beds.  The strips in this pile are narrower than 3/4". 

I laid out one more star but haven't sewn it yet.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Kits, garden, and soup.........

I am still cutting squares for batik colorwash kits and I'm at the point where I had to put the squares up on the design wall to see what I still need to cut.  I'm at 191 pieces right now and I want to do 300 this time.  I can see I need a lot more green/turquoise/blue and lots of medium values.

I made the collages of photos taken 8 days apart so you can see how much everything has grown.
 The hostas were barely up in the photo on the left.
The peonies have really shot up in 8 days.
Here the hostas in the foreground on the right are barely up in the left photo.  There will be lots more hostas in the next photos I take since some are just peeking out of the ground.

I was lucky enough to get one of the ham bones from Easter Sunday dinner so I made 15 bean and ham soup.

The ham was spiral cut so there was a lot of ham left on the bone.  Yummy!! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sewing triangles...........

I had enough triangle squares sewn to lay out one more block. I have one turned the wrong way in the bottom row.  The box only contains light triangles so I spent some time cutting medium and dark triangles.
I sewed enough squares for four more blocks with a few left over.

I took photos yesterday afternoon to compare with 8 days ago.  I didn't have time to make them into four 2 photo collages so I'll show you one today so you can see how pink the backyard is.  I'll do the collages for tomorrow.
Here is a question for people who live in or near NC.  My son in law sent this photo of a bush that grows near streams and he asked if I knew what it is.  I have never seen it before.  Can anyone identify it for us?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Two more blocks...............

I made blocks 7 and 8 last night.  I can't go any farther until I sew some more triangles together into squares.

In some of the blocks I repeated the same fabric many times and other blocks have totally random fabric choices.

Here are blocks 1 through 8 with a little spacing since I was thinking of a narrow sashing between blocks.

Some hostas are tight spirals.

They are fun to check every few days.  I have some that have grown to full height and are now spreading out.  This group is still half spirals and the rest opened up more.

I have about a dozen different varieties of hostas.  We got some rain yesterday so I need to get out and photograph the back flower beds today.  Everything is shooting up so fast with the warm days we have had.