Tuesday, August 16, 2016


I finally finished my Red, White, Black and Grey Mystery quilt.  Its Debbie Caffery mystery quilt Chip Off the Old Block.  The mystery has a copyright of 2000 but I think I took pieces to trim on a trip to Calgary in 2004/5ish shortly after we had the mystery class out at Hobby Horse.  Elaine led the class.  Unfortunately my spreadsheet doesnt have an start date and there's no other dates on the mystery pattern pages.

We went through all the steps of the mystery over the course of a late night mystery.  Shortly afterwards I went out to Calgary for work.  As I recall since there were tons of triangles to be trimmed, I put them in a little bag with a small mat, ruler and cutter and spent some evening time in the hotel room trimming squares.

This was quilt out at Whirls and Swirls in April.  Its taken a while to get the binding, sleeve and label stitched down.  In the heat, I didnt want it on my lap but I did want to get it finished so draped it over a tv tray and held it up that way.  Nice to have it finally finished.  When the weather cools down, it will be good to have a nap under.

When I quilted this one, I wanted to play a bit with free motion quilting on the long arm so I took a small photo wallhanging. I'd pieced during a class at the old store in Streetsville (quiltessential maybe) in 1996/7.  The photos are of Mom & Karen admiring the ducks at a pond in Timmins, Karen & I get our first roller blading lesson at the Waterfront Festival in North Bay and the family getting ready to go to the Welcome service when Karen entered CFOT.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Love Entwined -- Next steps

I finally finished stitching the pieces I had prepared and glued in place and am ready to start adding the zig zag border.  The problem is I've cut out all the zig zag pieces but don't remember how I planned to lay them out! :(  I looked back on previous posts and all I said is I knew what I wanted to do but didn't record any details.  I think I was planning to to repeat the colour wheel pieces in light and dark but I don't have even numbers of light and dark.  I'll have to spread the pieces out more and see if I can see the pattern.  More notes next time!

Once I figure those out, I can start picking vase and flowers for the four corners. I think I'll be stopping once the vases and zigzag are finished.

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

T-shirt Quilt and One Block Wonder

For a long time Karen and I have been talking about making t-shirt quilts. Last month we decided it was time and I took my box of t-shirts to her house and we spent the weekend working on preparing our t-shirts. We were going to use my house but the forecast was for very warm weather that weekend and she has central air :) Over the course of the weekend we rough cut all the t-shirts and got at least half the fusing done.

Today I finished trimming all my t-shirts. Now I need to figure out what size to bring them all up to so I can fit them together. They are all carefully cut out on the same multiple so I should be able to built things up and then assemble the quilt. First I need to get the one block wonder to a point were it can come off the design wall. This morning I worked on the 365 quilt and the last of the one block wonder blocks. As I was trimming the quarter square triangles, I realized that I check more than the centre marking as described in the pattern. The block is to be trimmed to 1.5 inches so the instructions said to make sure that the .75 inch marks are over the centre point. I check that but also look to make sure the four corners at 1.5 are on the seam lines to make sure the block is straight.

I was working the one block wonder blocks as enders and leaders with the 365 blocks the last few weeks but today decided to finish them all when todays 365 block was done. I've been doing them in groups of 8, stitching the two pairs on 8 then going back and adding the third piece. This is all 105 blocks up on the design wall. I haven't spent a lot of time arranging them yet.