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Yesterday (Saturday) I cut and sewed 60, 4-patch blocks.  I always make extra so I'll have a good selection, and parts for an art panel on the backing.  This quilt is a fast build,  9 blocks across x 10 rows.

Today (Sunday) I worked six hours, and assembled 4 rows.

A little longer day tomorrow, and hopefully no more mistakes--I'll have a finished quilt top.  

Plan:

1.  Cut single fabrics blocks 10" square. 

2.  4-patch blocks built from 5-1/2" squares.  Then trimmed 4-patch blocks to 10" square.

2 Seeing Red.jpg 

3.  Center bottom of photo--I joined 2 leftover flying geese assemblies from the White Star quilt, then framed with 3" strips of neutrals.  Trimmed to 10" squares.  The intermittent diamond block adds interest.  


I decided to take a photo before leaving the studio a little while ago.  Ugh, I see something I don't like.  Shoot.  

1a Seeing Red.jpg 
Quickly pinned an alternative light green/ivory print over my mistake, and took the photo again.

3 Seeing Red.jpg 
Yeah--that's better.  Visually, this block change works for me--without too much work.  Ripping isn't fun, but I'd rather fix it now, than freak out later on when it is on the quilt frame. 

I remember the Blues Shoo-Fly quilt--I discovered a piecing mistake while long arm quilting.  I freaked out.  But then figured I had nothing to lose but try to make a repair. 

I took apart the block (while on the frame).  Lifted up the quilt top to work on the underneath side, ripped out stitches, rotated bad piecing, and back-stitched (hand sewed 2 times) to put it back together.  Here are some pics of the Blues Shoo-Fly re-do.

A blues shoo fly mistake.jpg 

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Fixed block quilted adjgray.jpg 

Took me about 40 minutes to make the repair.  

Finish Long Arm adjgray.jpg 

Thank you for looking at my work.






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Red was the only color I wanted to wear when I was a little girl!  I really like your clever treatment of the leftover flying geese blocks!  The "mistake" you pointed out looked just fine to me, but if you hated it, then I can understand your need to make a change.

Interesting how you are always motivated to make the extras for the next quilt and your art panels for the back.  Do you still end up with oodles of leftovers?  I'm talking about the strips and odd shapes that seem to big to just throw away?  I've been on a mission to use up my bags of saved scraps.  Bowls from clothes line wrapped in fabric, and recently, a "converging corners" donation quilt.  I still have way too many scraps I'm saving.  Seems like a lot of time invested on these little projects and not enough progress downsizing the scraps.

Also, I've put a lot of time into whittling down my large stacks of quilting magazines and books.  I can never make all the quilts I've saved patterns for, but I decided to pull the pages with quilt photos/directions, just in case!  The rest of the magazine then gets pitched. 

If you would be interested, I would bring some of the saved patterns (in page protectors) to your get together in June to share with others.





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I think taking lots of photos during sewing projects is a big help.  Looking at photos later can really help pinpoint trouble areas.   Sometimes we just don't notice something until we view a photo.

Love your treatment of the red color on this quilt.  I think red is always challenging to work with and your result is lovely.
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Red was the only color I wanted to wear when I was a little girl!  I really like your clever treatment of the leftover flying geese blocks!  

. . . Do you still end up with oodles of leftovers?  I'm talking about the strips and odd shapes that seem to big to just throw away?  I've been on a mission to use up my bags of saved scraps.

. . .  I've put a lot of time into whittling down my large stacks of quilting magazines and books. . . . If you would be interested, I would bring some of the saved patterns (in page protectors) to your get together in June to share with others.


Hi Mavis[wave]

Leftovers--scraps and small pieces????? 

I give all my scraps to my friend Jerry (a prolific rug maker).  He uses up every single colorful scrap I send his way--and sews them into 2 lb. balls--to loom beautiful rugs.   You'll meet Jerry at the June 12-13-14 VSF Extravaganza.  Bring any scraps you'd like to part with--Jerry will love it!

Photo below: Jerry at a local event sewing fabric scraps on his Singer 99 hand crank. 

Jerry sewing rug balls 2017 Art in the Park.png 
Bring all your unwanted quilt magazines, books and patterns to our VSF Gathering in June at my home in Scandinavia, WI.  Everyone will enjoy it.


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I think taking lots of photos during sewing projects is a big help.  Looking at photos later can really help pinpoint trouble areas.   Sometimes we just don't notice something until we view a photo.

Love your treatment of the red color on this quilt.  I think red is always challenging to work with and your result is lovely.


Thanks Chaly for your encouraging words.  Hope you will consider taking a trip to Wisconsin to visit me and to play with fabric, machines, and collaborate.  I love your work. 

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Mrs. D - Yes it would be so interesting to be able to attend your event and meet the some of the folks here and see your beautiful quilting - which is really an art.  Not sure I'll be in the area in June but it's not impossible since I do visit the midwest and have family/friends in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.  If I'm in the area in June I will be sure to stop by.  It's wonderful you are hosting this fun-sounding event and I'm sure it will be a great time for all.
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