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WIP 2.20.13: February Bee Blocks

I finished up my 4 X 5 paper pieced bee blocks this past weekend and had a great time experimenting with fabrics. I chose Lee from Freshly Pieced’s Cartwheel Block. First up was a rainbow block with black background. The recipient was open to patterned black fabrics, so I chose the charcoal Madrona Road text print.

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This block is pretty intense in person, but I love how the text has a striped effect and gives it lots of movement. Next up was pear, tangerine and peacock. I immediately thought of this turquoise and orange print. It’s one of my favorites and I use it often. The Notting Hill print is one of the few I have from that collection and it matches the other print perfectly.

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Aqua and Red is always a hard color combination for me. I like both colors, but I don’t have many reds and very few fabrics that feature them together. Since this block is so graphic, I was afraid it wouldn’t look right if I used two single color or single color with white prints. This Valori Wells print has the touches of red I wanted, but I wasn’t sure if it was the aqua she was looking for. As an aside, can anyone tell me an easy way to distinguish between aqua and turquoise. I generally think of turquoise as the deeper blue seen in the peacock print above and aqua as a lighter blue, like the secondary blue in the same print. Anyway, I have a new red I really like, so I ended up pairing it with the Valori Wells. I really hope my hivemate likes it.

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Next up is my own block in rainbow with white. This was kind of a meh block for me. I love every fabric in it and think it’s very pretty, but it’s not very dynamic. You can see how much changing the orientation of the red print makes a difference with how much movement the block has. The horizontal stems in the aqua and red block give it some life, whereas the rainbow block remains static.

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In the next block I decided to play around with this idea a little more. The colors requested were citron, aqua and navy. The AMH feathers were hands down my favorite option for this block and I decided to pair it with one of my all-time favorite prints from Kate Spain’s Central Park collection (I am on a constant lookout for this same print in tangerine or turquoise, but haven’t had any luck yet tracking it down). Again, I focused on orientation and aligned the feathers horizontally to create movement. The ribbons running through the citron also add to the effect, though that was accidental. It’s crazy how much difference this makes. This is easily one of my favorite bee blocks I’ve ever made.

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My final 4 X 5 block was in orange and turquoise. I’ve been recently collecting these colors and had two prints I thought would look amazing together. Again, I chose to accentuate movement through the orientation of the Valori Wells print. If this doesn’t say Cartwheel, I don’t know what would. This is definitely another favorite block.

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Being in a paper piecing mood I continued right along working on a test block for Kristy from Quiet Play She decided to provide copies of her “Just My Type” alphabet pattern, available at Craftsy, to make individual words to be used in charity quilts. She requested single fabrics on white in 5″ finished blocks. I was almost done, when my machine went kaput.

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Fortunately, the dealer I bought it from was able to get it in right away. I picked it up just a bit ago, so should be able to finish up this block tonight. I wanted to share a few thoughts on the pattern. These letters were easy and straight forward to construct. I had no problem following the instructions, despite being relatively new to paper piecing. I especially like that she included a chart with percentages needed to up size these letters. That said there are a few aesthetic things I would do differently if I were to use these letters again for myself. First, I would leave the top and bottom strips off of each individual letter until I had the word completed and sash the entire word as one piece. Second, I would adjust the spacing between each letter. If using these letters in a multiple line phrase the spacing between lines would be less than the spacing between letters and the spacing between each word would need to be considerable to make it look proportional. An easy fix would be to just attach one side piece to each letter that is in the middle of a word. If the first and last letters each had their strip on the outer portions of each word, there would be adequate spacing between words to make it readable. Finally, I feel that the lines at the top and bottom of the letters that make it a “type” alphabet are a bit too long. Something feels slightly off with the proportions, especially with the P and E. I adore the roundness of these letters. The O is quite beautiful. I would be interested in seeing some examples of this pattern made up in the larger sizes, to see how that impacts the proportion of all the letters.

Next up, I have a block for Color Bee Shocked and two for Empower at do.Good Stitches. I may have used my need for Kona Jet to fuel a little fabric binge that may be coming tomorrow. We’re expecting a blizzard though, so I hope that it doesn’t delay my happy mail!

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WIP Wednesday 1.16.13 ~ Bee Boppin’ Along

Those of you who checked out my WIP list, probably noted my crazy number of bee commitments. January, in particular, is a big month with 16 bee blocks due!

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I made two sets of blocks this month… December’s Boy’s Nonsense blocks in goldenrod, yellow, lilac and tan, from Where the Orchards Grow and January’s Many Trips Around the World blocks from Quiltville. January also happens to be my very first month as the quilter. The colors I specified were pink, orange and yellow, with one strip of lime green for the middle of each block. I’m hoping that the green strips will create a lattice design when the quilt is assembled.

01 do.GSI didn’t have much in my stash of goldenrod, lilac or tan and it’s not a color scheme I ever would have thought of, but I love the sophistication of this palette and can’t wait to see the finished quilt. I have been planning a Many Trips Around the World quilt for months now and it’s on my FAL list. It’s been tough not jumping in on the Scrappy Trip Along happening on Flickr, especially since I have all the fabric cut. This gave me the chance to make a few blocks and experiment with how well an additional design element works out. Blocks have already started coming in and I’m excited to start assembling this one and thinking about with quilting ideas.

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This was my first quarter participating in this mini bee and I signed up for two spots. For my sampler blocks, I chose Jess Kelly’s Simply Woven block. I didn’t have many problems with it when I constructed my test block. But when I went to make them in my bee mates colors, I had a hard time keeping everything from going wonky.

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I think it was a combination of not being quite square when I made my secondary cuts and having a hard time lining up seams. I’ve become good at nesting seams, but with this block your matching seams across the 2 1/2″ strip you add in each step. I always seemed to be a hair off one way or another. I have also been working on making sure I press, not iron. I think with a block like this with long, narrow strips, that’s especially important to avoid distortion. I hope my bee mates aren’t too disappointed with their blocks. I really enjoyed working with color scheme’s I wouldn’t normally choose. I’m not ready to give up on this block yet. Since I have Jelly Rolls of Simply Color and want to make the complete quilt featured at Moda Bake Shop, I’m going to be making more sample blocks. On a side note, Jess is one of my favorite new designers. Not only is her Simply Woven quilt one of my favorites from the past year, but I also love her first independently published pattern, Lucky Squares.

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For my paper-pieced block I chose Tallahassee from Quilter’s Cache. This was my first try at paper-piecing since the 90’s. This block appears pretty simple and straightforward, four colors and a background. It’s not necessarily difficult to construct, but I underestimated how time consuming it would be. It may just be a few colors, but each color is made up of four blocks and each block is made up of five pieces of fabric. That’s 80 pieces and a whole lot of trimming!

3X6 Q4 Hive 4They aren’t perfect, but I really love how they all turned out. I certainly don’t regret choosing this block, but I’m going to get a much earlier start on my paper-pieced blocks for the 4 X 5 Modern Quilt Bee next month.

On Tap for Next Week

  1. Color Bee Shocked ~ The Modified Bento Box we’re making is going to be a nice change after all the paper-piecing I’ve done this week. Hopefully, they will be finished and out by this weekend.
  2. Lucky Star BOM ~ Practice Block and January Block
  3. Gen X BOM ~ January
  4. Aurifil BOM ~ January
  5. January’s A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal ~ I have both Giant Stars constructed, but am considering adding a border to one of them.
  6. Madrona Road MQG Challenge ~ Our guild didn’t get our fabric until the beginning of this month, so we’re extending the challenge through February. If possible I would like to get it done and a picture submitted to the Flickr group by the national deadline.

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TGIFF: Learning Curves

As I’ve experimented with different projects, I’ve tried to tackle the independent parts of the quilting process and improve on them as I go.

  • Cutting ~ I feel like I have this down. I’ve established a pattern of lining up my fabric along the same spots on my ruler and cutting mat and feel like I’m pretty consistent.
  • Piecing ~ I’m doing pretty good with my 1/4″ seam allowance. My first project was all over the place, but the last couple of things I’ve pieced have measured exactly right in the end. Sewing bias cuts are another story…
  • Basting ~ I’m still trying to figure this one out. My first quilt sandwich went well and I didn’t have any puckers along the back. The project I finished up this past week, didn’t have puckers, but wasn’t quite right either. More on that in a bit.
  • Quilting: QAYG ~ So far so good.
  • Quilting: Walking Foot ~ Until this week I had only done straight lines. This week I tackled curves
  • Quilting: FMQ ~ Nope. Haven’t even tried
  • Binding ~ Machine binding attempts have been nightmares. Hand binding not so bad. Although this week I decided to use a ladder stitch instead of a whip stitch and I don’t like it nearly as much.
  • LOVE! ~ Done.

My finish this week is pretty simple. I had some extra blocks from my Tula Pink Birds and the Bees Dream Weaver quilt, so I decided to make a small topper for one of our dressers. I’ve wanted something to protect the finish for a while and since it’s a tall dresser and you can’t really see the top, it was the perfect opportunity to experiment.

Piecing it wasn’t a problem and it didn’t take long to get it all pinned up. I decided to experiment with my walking foot and used the Ribbons design from Petit Design Co. This was a really fun design to execute and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out on the front.

I really found a rhythm and while I marked most of it before hand, I felt free to improvise as I went along. The back is another story. There are no puckers and the following picture is post ironing, so it emphasizes the bunching of the fabric. I’m not really sure how bad it is. If it were the back of a quilt, I’d be happy with it, knowing that it would crinkle nicely after being washed. But as a table runner type piece, I would have preferred it to be more taut.

Clearly I didn’t pull it tight enough when I was basting. I even had a bit of a problem with it bunching when I sewed down the binding. My question is how do you know how tight to pull it? I’ve concentrated so much on not stretching my fabric when piecing and pressing, especially as I’ve attempted bias edges, so I’m hesitant to pull hard. I’m also wondering if I was pulling the top too tight as I was moving it through the machine. For the most part I kept my hands flat on the fabric and tried to provide a little tension by easing the fabric to the sides.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m THRILLED with how the quilting came out on the front. I love this design. In fact, I wish I could do the same thing on a baby quilt. I’m learning as I go though, so would appreciate any insight you would have that would help me improve.

Project Stats:
Fabric: Tula Pink Birds and the Bees
Back and Binding: Kona Parchment
Finished Size: 28.5″ X 15″
Finished Date: November 2012

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Travelin’ PicStitch Blog Hop: Remembering to Look Up

Welcome to With Arms Open Wide for my stop on the Travelin’ PicStitch Blog Hop

My name is Caryn and I’m new to both sewing and blogging. So new in fact, that I haven’t even had a chance to properly introduce myself here. I’m mom to six great kiddos ages 17, 8, 7, 6, 4 & 4 and am constantly running behind. Everyone assumes my younger two are twins, but they’re actually four months a part. We were a foster family specializing in medically fragile children for several years and had the blessing of adopting four of our daughters. We grew from a one child family to six child family in a mere 3 1/2 years and three of them had complicated medical issues. Sometimes I look at the chaos surrounding me in a home of eight people, two cats, two guinea pigs and a puppy and wonder whose life this is and how did I get here?! In fact, it’s only been recently that I’ve had a chance to catch my breath and take a look around. While I will continue to be in the season of my life where “mom” is my most important role, I also realize that to be my best I need to nurture my creativity. I stumbled upon the modern quilting blogging community late last winter and haven’t looked back.

So here we are on the Travelin’ (um, not so much, since I’m terrified of being alone with my kids in a car for more than thirty mins) Pic (not a lot of that either, good thing my phone has a camera), Stitch (yup, pretty green in this category too) Blog Hop (there’s a first time for everything, right?) where I’m supposed to share a picture from my travels, create a palette from its colors and use that palette to inspire a block using EPPing. The only part of that I know anything about is EPPing. Sitting on a park bench last month thinking about what I would do, I really was stumped. I turned to capture some pictures of my kids on the swings when I noticed how blue the sky was in one of them. It’s amazing what happens when you remember to look up. I’ve lived my whole life in the Midwestern United States, first Kansas and now Nebraska. As a child I always wanted to live near something with geographical interest, water, mountains, woods… And yet, my surroundings of fields and wide open spaces also have their own subtle beauty. On this particular day, the leaves had turned on the trees and while the ground below was blanketed, they were not yet bare.

I love quirks, moments that catch you by surprise with an unexpected turn, contrasts that give you a glimpse into a completeness you didn’t know exists. Naturally, this picture of vibrant golds and oranges against a clear deep blue sky, caught my fancy. It’s as if I never saw the warm glow of orange for what it really is until it was set against that backdrop of a perfect blue sky.

I decided to interpret this with a star flower with blue diamonds as a backdrop. I pulled oranges from my scraps that had the deepness of the red oranges and touches of the lighter gold. Knowing that my LQS had just gotten in V & Co’s Simply Color in stock, I decided the blue ombre would make a great background. When I cut my diamonds from the blue, I tried to select a spot where you can see the color gradation change. Unfortunately the color change was too gradual to capture with such a small piece. I also unintentionally chose the color change that was the same tone as my oranges and the whole piece looked flat. I decided to forge ahead though and added borders of deepening blue to try to create the effect of a changing sky. This is what I ended up with.

Did I mention I was a sewing novice? This isn’t quite what I envisioned and I still haven’t figured out how to keep my bias cuts from waving, but every project is a learning experience. I think I”m going to use this piece to practice some free motion quilting. I’m definitely not done with this color palette either. I have a couple of new ideas of ways to explore that beautiful contrast further. Plus I captured my munchkins playing in the leaves. Not too bad for my first blog hop!

In this space I have spent several hours trying to insert html code into my post so it does what it’s supposed to and not just copying the words. I can’t figure it out. If anyone reading this has a WordPress blog and could point me in the right direction, I’d appreciate it.

Tula Pink Sew Along: Birds and the Bees Dream Weaver

I initially wrote this post and started out with a big long story about how this quilt came to be. I know you all really want to see pictures though, so I’m throwing them in first and if you’re interested you can stick around to read about the process. This is my finished KING size quilt top for the Tula Pink Sew Along…

Tula Pink Birds and the Bees Dream Weaver Stats:
Fabric: The Birds and the Bees by Tula Pink
Kona Parchment for the sashing
Finished Size: 104″ x 96″
Top Completed: November 2012

I made a few changes to the pattern, in both size and layout, while maintaining the feel of the original quilt. I also paid attention to a couple of special details. The things I love most about this quilt include the following.

Wider blocks show off the larger prints and the great details Tula Pink included in her prints. The full size squirrels throughout the quilt, make me especially happy.

I made sure all directional prints faced the same direction. I would have probably allowed my directional prints to be random if this was a throw, since it would be viewed from many different directions. But this was intended to be a bed quilt, so I wanted a definite up. Doing so ended up being a little harder than I had initially thought. Since I originally planned to have my quilt be 23 blocks wide, every other block using the same two fabrics would reverse whether the small strip was at the top or bottom. I had to construct each set of blocks two different ways and keep track of where each individual block was in the line-up while string piecing. Later when I had to reduce my quilt to 22 blocks wide, the reversals were unnecessary and I had to adjust my layout to accommodate them. I decided early in the process of making this quilt that my priorities would be how the quilt looked on the bed and consideration of value, over some of the other details in the pattern. I ended up with an unintentional alteration to the pattern due to my desire to keep these prints directional.

Not only did I keep directional prints facing the same, but I also made sure the top and bottom pieces (the ones cut from the same print), lined up with one another. This may seem like a small detail, but if you look closely at the orange and pink striped fabric you’ll see that if you were to take out the ladybug fabric the top and bottom pieces were once a continuous piece. This is especially striking with the swirled bird fabrics.

I maintained the color gradation in both the large pieces and small pieces, while also retaining the contrast of each individual block.

I kept value in mind throughout the construction of this quilt and decided it was more important than some of the other details. This might have been more effective if I hadn’t made any of the mistakes listed below, but I am happy with how value leads the eye across the quilt and makes it more dynamic. As does the Nebraska wind. Despite the best efforts of my trusty assistants, this is the best outside shot we could catch. They sure did have a good time trying and fortunately they held on tight! It does give you a bit of an idea of size.

And now, the story…

Last Spring, when I first became interested in quilting, I went to a local bookstore in search of a book to help me get started. There were many good introductory books, but often the fabrics used in the examples left me cold. I knew I could make them my own with different fabric choices, but I was really looking for something that would inspire me. Then I picked up The House of Tula Pink and my search was over. Not only were the sample quilts made with the most amazing fabrics (at the time I didn’t realize she had designed them too!), but the quilt designs had a freshness to them that I was looking for. From the beginning Dream Weaver was my favorite pattern. Not feeling confident enough to tackle one of her designs without doing something simpler first, I turned to the internet and discovered the online modern quilting community. I eagerly read posts about Quilt Market and drooled over all the new fabric lines with the rest of the internet. Not surprisingly The Birds and the Bees were one of my favorites. It was even more amazing when I saw it in person at my local quilt shop and I bought a half yard bundle with plans to make a Dream Weaver quilt.

Like many I was nervous to cut into my favorite prints and this fabric sat in my sewing cabinet for quite a while. Having sewed for such a short time, I didn’t want to mess it up. But when Sara at Sew Sweetness announced her Tula Pink Sew Along, I knew the time had come to get to it. The thing I love most about quilting is the process and all that delicious fabric wasn’t doing me a bit of good sitting on my shelf. By this time I had made five quilt tops, none complex… a twin stack and slash, two patchwork throws, and a wall hanging. Given my lack of quilting experience it would have made sense to follow the pattern in the book exactly. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I wanted a king size quilt that utilized all 29 prints and had the colors flowing in a continuous line, rather than alternating directions each row (as shown in the book).

I have to admit I was stumped. Then I saw Sara’s Dream Weaver. She too used all 29 prints and had them flow from row to row in a continuous stream. While she stayed with the 20 block per row pattern, but I upped my to 23 per row (then reduced it to 22), in order to use each individual print as many times as possible. You’ll notice that the order I placed my main pieces in is very similar to hers, but the smaller pieces weaving through them are not. Sara very graciously answered my questions about the design decisions she made. In the pattern, you keep the order of the fabrics the same, but start with the last one when placing the small pieces. In doing so, the last fabric in line becomes the small piece in the first block and the first fabric in line becomes the small piece in the last block. If you lay it out like this with The Birds and the Bees fabrics, the center becomes a wash of green and you lose the great contrast seen in the quilt in the book. To retain some contrast Sara individually matched up the fabrics in each of the 29 repeated blocks, without retaining gradation. I decided to tackle it a bit differently. I wanted to retain the gradation, but instead of reversing their order, I shifted them to the right and placed them in the same order starting approximately 13 blocks down from the beginning of my row. It took a little tweaking to figure out how to place them to maximize contrast, make sure they were matched with a fabric that they looked good with and minimize the number of times the same print (though in a different colorway) landed together. Both the large pieces and the small inset ones cycle through a red, yellow, green, blue color order, they just start in different places, retaining the contrast between the warm and cool prints.

It will come as no surprise that there were problems along the way. I actually completed the quilt twice. Yeah.. Instead of detailing all of that here, I’ll share two big things I learned. First, if you’re making a quilt for a particular bed, actually test your measurements on that bed. Ours does not have a box spring which significantly changes the width. of the quilt. Second, when thinking about the layout of blocks, especially when it comes to value, take into consideration how it will be viewed on a daily basis. As I was laying out my quilt I was picturing it as if you would see the entire thing at once. When it is placed on the bed, the edges become much less important and how your eye moves through the middle section matters more. When I had to take the quilt a part to adjust the size, I also changed where in my gradation I started my quilt to adjust for this change in perspective. It’s still not perfect  (I was locked into the order of the fabrics) but it’s much better than it was the first way. Both of these issues were clearly a result of my inexperience and the quilt might have been better if I’d waited to make it once I had been quilting longer. Then again, if I hadn’t made this quilt, I may never have come across an opportunity to learn these things. In the end, I love how it turned out and am quite proud of it. Here’s one more peek in the sunlight.

It will probably take quite a bit longer to get this quilt finished up. Because of it’s size I know I won’t be able to wrangle it through my home machine. I want it to be a light weight spring/summer quilt, so the plan is to save up for long-arm quilting with the goal of using it next year.

You MUST Make a Mess!

Last night my lovely 17 year old daughter decided to take her younger sibs to their dance classes, leaving me alone with Cate and Ava, 7 & 6. Around here two on one is like one on one time. Since these two daughters always get along, it was especially peaceful and precious. They were coloring, so I sat down at the table with my fabric scraps to make more improv log cabins. After watching me for a while Cate asked, “Mommy, if we promise not to make a mess, can we cut?” I immediately answered no and her little face was crestfallen. I continued on, “does Mommy make a mess when she cuts?” Ava pipes up, “You make a really BIG mess!” (the kid gets points for honesty). Back to me, “Cutting things and putting them together in new ways always makes a mess. You can only cut if you promise to make a mess and then clean it up when your done.” Needless to say, after collecting glue, tape and a run to the kitchen for paper plates, this Mommy and her daughters had a messy good time!

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I ended the evening with a lovely stack of pink scrappy improv log cabin blocks. It was a challenge to not think about whether things matched as I was chain piecing. Every once in a while I couldn’t help but make a studied decision. I had to have a few places where fabrics fell next to each other. The block in the upper left corner has two pieces of Madrona Road toward the center that form a small corner with their smattering of flowers. The bottom left has a print from Madrona Road in two colors near each other. I purposely repeated the same fabrics in several blocks. The block on the middle far right is not actually a log cabin. I found myself wanting to over emphasize some design elements. i love the look of a super skinny stripes flanked by light ones. Placing darks perpendicular to each other within a block also draws the eye. I experimented with both clusters of lights and randomly spaced ones. Several blocks were too colorful after the first few rounds, so I intentionally chose pink fabrics to balance them out. After doing so in the center block I changed my mind and decided to add in more colors with the Broken Herringbone as the last strip. The dark DS Quilts fabrics were originally in my purple bag. I pulled them back out when I felt like I didn’t have enough dark value. I am even more in love with the dark pink with light pick swirl fabric. It’s a rare dark pink that isn’t too bright. Unfortunately they are my last few pieces. I hope my LQS still has it, so I can restash! The dark pink Metro Circles, 2 Chicopee magentas and magenta Oval Elements are also big favorites.

The one element I can’t seem to capture is monochromatic. While they’re obviously pink, there are a lot of other colors sprinkled in. I love them anyway and it will be interesting to see how they look once they’re interspersed with the other colors.

This was just the relaxing color play my girls and I needed. And of course, we did clean up our mess!

Edited to add… I forgot to post the picture of my mess. What you can’t see is the two blocks that I lost in that mess of strings. I kept thinking my stack kept getting smaller as I was chain piecing. Oops!

Make a List Monday: I Can Sew!

The other day I asked Leo a question and he answered me song.  He is such a goofball (though I was impressed that he selected a song that provided an appropriate answer). I don’t know where he gets it. Then again, I’m singing this post in my head because… “I can sew! I can sew! I can sew!”

Which means that this is the last day I’m ever going to complain about sewing machines! I finally had a chance this weekend to put my new machine through its paces and it is positively dreamy. It’s amazing how many of the things I was horrible at fixed themselves with the right equipment. I think I appreciate it even more having struggled with a really poor machine for six months.

Last weeks cutting marathon yielded this…

That’s 360 strips for the Many Trips Around the World, a king size Dream Weaver, enough for two Rainbow Stripe quilts, a full size Magic Numbers, three throw quilts and a table runner. Plus, I snipped several hundred 2 1/2″ squares for various EPPing projects, dug out all my WIP’s, made a list of next steps and completely organized my sewing cabinets. I have one small stack of fat quarters I need to go through for the Many Trips Around the World and Rainbow Stripe quilts, but I simple couldn’t cut another second. I like doing things in phases, but previously I did a weeks worth of cutting at a time. I should be set for the next six months!

Better yet, I was left with this…

These bags are stuffed tight. Fortunately, the Scrappy Stash QAL started up last week at Ellison Lane Quilts, so I knew just what to do with them. I dumped my red scraps and started piecing my improv log cabin blocks. Then decided to go all in and QAYG. I followed this great tutorial  provided by Maureen Cracknell Handmade. I have never done straight line quilting before and was so pleased with the results. It was so much fun whipping these out, I got five blocks completed!

I decided to quilt half of them horizontally and the other half vertically so when I go to put everything together I can alternate directions and not worry about matching up quilting lines. I also cut my blocks to 9″, instead of 8 1/2″ to accommodate the 1/2″ seams specified in the QAYG tutorial.

There is only one thing on my list for the coming week. More monochromatic improv log cabin blocks of course! This one is going to be easy.

Linking up for the first time to Make-A-List Monday.