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Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Next Thing I Knew it was 2:30 PM

All day today I was working on the next border for the rose quilt (I need to think of a name for it).

At first I auditioned the log cabin blocks again.

They are just too visually heavy and it's not likely they will end up in this quilt. Since I have only made six of them, it's no big deal. I may turn them into a table runner (my current favorite thing to use up quilt blocks gone bad).

Almost immediately after I rejected them, I though of using the same border I put around the original rose block.
Bingo! It was just what I needed to do.

However I had a few problems and had to do some tearing out.
It is 1000% more painful to tear out when you are doing foundation piecing with tiny little stitches. Unfortunately I did not lay out the top and bottom border before I sewed all the blocks together. I should know by now that it never pays to take shortcuts! It ended up that I had made 2 extra blocks. ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGG...there was nothing to do but rip it out.

Anyway I finally finished and I am very, very pleased.

Now I have a problem. The quilt is 56" x 42". Only a baby size. I don't have enough of the same fabrics left. I am in BIG trouble now! I will have to think this over for awhile.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Scrap that Idea

I spent most of last evening working on six log cabin blocks for the rose quilt border. I got up at 5:30 a.m. and immediately started working on them again. By 6:30 a.m. I had decided they just didn't work.

Better to scrap the idea after only a few hours work than to continue and not be happy with the finished product. While I was making these, I watched Paula Dean's talk show. If my hands weren't continously busy under the sewing machine, I would have clicked the remote to another channel. That woman has become totally obnoxious, loud and downright vulgar. I counted at least four blatant sexual references. What a change her show has made since she got such an elevated sense of self worth.

Well, enough of that. Let's get back to qultin'!

After only a few minutes considering what to do in place of the rejected log cabin border, the ideal solution appeared. It would take no work at all because I already had all the blocks sewn. Hmmmmmm, would they really work? I grabbed them and started putting them all around the center.


Voila! I can't believe how perfect it is! I am one happy camper this morning.

Friday, September 14, 2007

9-Patch Rose Block

I only made 4 more rose blocks this week. In the beginning of a new quilt it's easy to go like crazy, but very soon the excitement fades if you are doing repetitious blocks. I need to renew my enthusiasm so whenever I had a free moment today, I was thinking about how I could incorporate the rose into a center block.

I couldn't wait to get home from work so I could try out my idea. What do you think of this 9-patch block? It's fairly large - 24 inches x 18 inches.


My idea is to start with this as a center block and then do something with courthouse steps log cabin blocks radiating from the center and the 100 roses for the border. That could be a problem since the block is not square. I could just make a bunch more of these blocks, but I don't really like qults made from a bunch of blocks in a row. I like the blocks to form a secondary all over design. I'm sorry, I realize many of you don't have a clue what I am talking about, so just disregard this part. I need it here so that I remember what my thoughts were!

At the moment, I think this 9-patch block is workable. I will let it sit for a day or so and then look at it later to see if it's still something I want to pursue.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

You Might be a Masochist if...............

Even though you know it will take 4,000 itty bitty pieces, you decide to make 100 rose blocks anyway. The 4,000 pieces will be enough for just the border...the 8 inches that will hang down over the mattress on all sides. I have no idea what the main quilt pattern will be, but I am sure something will come to me as I piece along block after block after block after block...........

I must be either a masochist or an escapee from the local psychiatric ward.

Either way, I've completed 16 blocks so far.........only 84 to go!

My sister is nurse Ratched in the local psyc ward, so if I get admitted, I will at least be among family.

Do you all know who nurse Ratched was? Remember 'One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" with Jack Nicholson? She was his caring nurse. LOL. From some of the stories my sister tells it's not a fun place to be a nurse. She gets spit on, punched at, and worse. She doesn't take any cr*p, though. She may be the baby of the family, but she's a tough cookie!


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Scraps--the Goldmine of Paper Piecing

I hadn't sewn anything for three days. I was getting a little twitchy and needed my fix.

So I pulled a mix of reds/pinks from my tiniest-of-scraps scrap bag.

And I made these three rose flower blocks.

Each flower head is made from 30 tiny fabric scraps.
You need quite a fabric assortment to get an interesting mix for the flower.
I like these blocks, but so far I don't know what to do with them. They would make a mighty fine border for a king-size quilt--IF one had masochistic tendencies. You see I would need 100 of them and there are 33 pieces for the rose part of each block and another 7 for the stem/leaves bottom--40 pieces total per block. You do the math.........That's a lotta piecin' for a border!

So I will just make a few and wait for inspiration to hit.
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