Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pencil Me In

It is "Back to School" time, my friend at work mentioned.  She asked me if I'd make a pencil case for her daughter.

One Pencil

Two Pencils

All Pencils

Cool!


 The pencil points are on one side of the bag but the pencils continue to wrap around the bag.

Wrap Around Pencils

After I had pieced the pencils, I used the guidance from my Craftsy class by Joan Hawley to complete this pencil bag.


Did you see the grab tab?

Honestly, piecing the pesky pencils took way longer than actually putting together the bag - interfacing, lining, zipper and all.

Loving it!!!

I received many oohs and aahs from my co-workers. I have not received any more requests for making pencil cases.  That is just perfect because I need to furiously work towards completing my August OMG.

Unless there are other distractions.
That brings me to the Honey Pot Bee - Blended Scraps Block.

These are the fabrics I chose to make the block. Ideally, they should go from lightest tot he darkest. Ideally, the darkness should increase gradually from on to the other.

Yellows

If you are thinking - she is agonizing over this, you are absolutely correct.
Look at the lightest fabric on the right (picture above).  In my opinion it needs to be lighter. But anything lighter would look beige or cream and it still needs to read as yellow, just lighter.


So I chose to use the fabric from the wrong side. I am sure someone else has already done that before me, but I still feel triumphant. What do you think?

See picture below.

Yellows and Beige-Browns
I admit, I am copying Molli's block, but then I am a follower. That is what followers do!!!

Cut up
OMG!!! I am in love with this block. This Blended Scraps saga is not over.  Watch this space.

Completed

For now, I must get back to the August OMG. I will be linking with all my favorite linky parties.

What has been distracting you?  Please tell me I am not alone.


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Chaos and Order

Clay's quilt was well-received. He promptly put it on his bed, took a picture and sent it to me with a thank you note. I was so gratified!!!

Clay's Quilt

And then, the next day, I received a separate card from his wife plus a gorgeous silver necklace that she made for me.

Jewelry + Me = Happiness

My expression says it all.

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So, what else is going on, you may ask.

There were 31 snowball blocks in Clay's quilt. This means there are 31 times 4 = 124 HSTs, tempting me to make something with them.

Bonus HSTs


Working on Clay's quilt, I realized that I have very little purple in my stash. Had to correct that problem.

Purples

In doing so, a couple of other fabrics just jumped into my cart.



What is a girl to do? I lovingly adopted them all.

I was so focused on achieving the July OMG, that the Honey Pot bee blocks had fallen behind. Now, I jumped into it with gusto.

Cute Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms

The mushroom block was super-fun and so cute. I made two of those.  I also made the tree blocks from a few months ago.

Christmas Trees

This lattice block was a little more complicated. But it still turned out fine.

Urban Woven


There are four more bee blocks to make and one is paper-pieced. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH.

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I do have a goal for August but I do not want to share pictures as yet.  It is a twin-bed size quilt for a boy. Here is the backing and the binding. The blocks are in the process.

Backing & Binding for August OMG

And speaking of wide backing, I bought another one, since Connecting Threads is having a sale on wide backings - 25% off.

Wide Backing from Connecting Threads

As you can see I have plenty of chaos to sort through, projects to organize, fabrics to choose, and a post (or two) to write.

If order comes from chaos, then I am half way there.

So what shall I focus on? The boy quilt, the leftover HSTs, the bee blocks or something else.  What represents chaos for you? Do let me know. I will be connecting with all my linky parties.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Respectfully Yours

Let's call him Clay, although that is not his real name. He was intimidating when I first met him.  And remained so for some time.

Finished!!!
Clay was gruff in his manner, rarely smiled and was blunt to not just me, but everyone.  He just had no time for niceties.  By and by, I realized that he is an excellent manager, razor-sharp, no-nonsense, very knowledgeable about the project and extremely supportive of his team.

Kaffe Fabrics

Folded Squares for Snowballing

Purple & Green

Backing Fabric

As a new employee, I had my fair share of challenges.  One time, as I was trying to understand the history of the project, I sought one of the managers' permission to attend a particular meeting.  The manager extended the invitation to me.  I attended, listening in rapt attention.

Basting

There were several other senior team members in that meeting.  One of them sent an email to Clay, asking what was I doing at that meeting.  Clay's response was - Trying to do her job. 
In short, Clay defended me and told this person to let me be.

Quilting in Process

Clay's favorite color is purple.

Reddish Purple Binding

One day, as he signed my timesheet with his signature purple pen, I asked him.  Do you have more of those purple pens?
He opened his drawer to show me three boxes containing a dozen pens each.
I thought you are going to retire soon. Why do you need so many of them?
We both laughed!!!

Almost there

One day,  I asked him if he would join me for lunch.
He declined, mentioning that he was on a diet.
Few weeks later, I asked him - How's the diet working out?
Not good, he responded.

Labelled

Cookies are his shortcoming, I believe.
Me: I saved you a cookie
Clay: Just one? I can't eat just one.
We both laughed.

Finished Size - 76" by 98"

In my yard

I see stars

Me: I just ate one and I will eat the second one, if you decline.
Clay: Do you want to?
Me: No, I made them and I saved this for you.
Clay: You did. Well, then I will have to get it.

Loving the colors


Colorful!!!

He has been threatening to retire for over two years now. I knew I had to make him a quilt.
The next part (choosing the color) was easy -  Purple, of course!!!

Ready for Picnic?

All rolled up

I don't think Clay is aware of my blog or my interest in quilting. So I feel safe sharing this with you.
Also sharing with One Monthly Goal and all my favorite linky parties.

Respectfully Yours
This is my tenth quilt of the year and the second queen-sized one.
What have you been up to? I'd love to know, as usual.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Purple Pickle

A new quilt is in the works and it must be done by the first weekend in August. Therefore I am making it my July OMG.

Pattern and Initial Fabric Pull

Sometimes I pick a pattern and choose fabric accordingly.  And sometimes there is some fabric that I have to use.  In this case, it was the color purple.

Kaffe Fassett Design Roll Strips

Well, the quilt needs to be purple. Purple is a difficult color. I have very limited purple in my stash.

Voluptuous? I can work with that :-D

My best bet was Kaffe Fassett.  I had a couple of design rolls - 6" by WOF strips.
And that became the starting point for the quilt. Now, let's select a pattern, shall we?

Basket Case

If I stitch a 2.5" strip on either sides of the 6" strip and cut into squares, I should have my blocks. Arrange in a rail fence fashion and there is your pattern. Simple and Purple.
But but but there is not much fun in that. I have already made quilts like that.
Remember Basket Case.

Life's Embrace

An elongated 4-patch block with sashing, arranged in rail-fence style.  That is Phoebe's flower box from MSQC. I have already made that pattern - a few times.

Phoebe's Flower Box

As I am considering these patterns, I am aware that they have to be suitable to the pre-cut at hand.

6" Strips - Green, Purple and a touch of Yellow

If you are ever in this mode (trying to decide a pattern) do not , I repeat firmly - DO NOT GO TO PINTEREST.  You will see a thousand other things and forget the original mission.

No that did not happen to me. I did not see this quilt from Kitchen Table Quilting.
Ok, I did and was immediately fixated on it. Time to sketch.

Sketch

Adding Color

In Process

I am in love

At this time, I realized that it would not work with my pre-cuts. Bummer!!!
Time to modify the design.

Final Design

Instead of a 9-patch, I modified it to a 4-patch, while the snowball blocks remain the same.
The pattern will have 63 blocks, arranged 7 by 9.  There will be 32 4-patch blocks and 31 snowball blocks.

First Block :-)
Design - Check.
Fabric - Check.
Let's go to town.

Off to a Good Start!!!

I feel like I am off to a good start. Hope I can maintain the momentum. What do you think?
As usual, I'd love to hear from you.

I want to take this time to thank you for your lovely, kind, sweet, heart-warming and very generous comments on Playing Footsie.  Sending big hugs to you for the love you shower upon me :-)