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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Framed Quilt Blocks


Before my sewing machine died, I was working on some small quilts to frame for wall art.

This morning I finished them. I must say that I'm getting warm fuzzies from the one with the purple stripes. I am glad I like it because it took a while with all those tiny little pieces.



Here they are on the wall.


Now I am going to work on a few more blocks for the sofa throw. I made one already this morning, but I need three more.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

9 within a 9

I had an extra long work day as a convention group came in just as I was ready to leave. Of course, I didn't leave. I spent an hour and a half talking with them. Thank goodness for that soup I put in the freezer in December.
While it was heating up from its frozen state, I worked on my nine patch within a nine patch block. Here it is propped up on the sofa.

What do you think?

The center star is not exactly identical to the outer star as I ran out fabric. I was in no mood to go to the basement to paw through fabric bins so I just used whatever I could find in my sewing room that was similar.

I think I'm liking it as a pillow.

The Teeny Tiny Star Block is Done



There are 45 pieces that make up this nine-patch block. Most are the size of my thumb nail. It measures 4.5 inches.

It was not hard at all.

Yesterday morning I was ready for work 1/2 hour early. I decided to spend the time working on the 8 remaining blocks. I finished them all in exactly thirty minutes.

Now I have to find a use for these cute little stars. I am pretty sure the two I have done will end up in the points at each end of a table runner.

I am also considering them as the center block for the same star. It would finish as a big 13-inch star with a clone of itself in the middle. I have always admired others work when I've seen blocks like that. Before computers I would never have been able to figure out how to size my own pattern to fit. It's a snap to do with the help of computers so I will most certainly try one of them. It may become a pillow since I really don't want to do a whole quilt. Perhaps I will make a set of new pillows for the living room. I am bored with the current look.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

I've been in the Pink (and black) all Week

All last week I puttered with different pink and black blocks and have finished two table runners and started a few of .... hmmmm....who knows what! LOL. Eventually they will turn into something.

The one with the purple stripes was planned to fit one of three long rectangular frames I have in the living room. We will see if that really happens. Sometimes these pieces end up as something totally different than my original plan.


Tonight I decided to try a teeny tiny little block. It has 9 pieces and finished at just 1.5 inches. If I put 9 different 1.5" blocks together, I will have a 4.5 inch star that will have over 50 pieces in it.

Of course, I must make at least one just to see how difficult it is to do.

I was out of town all weekend (last weekend, too) so I have not been doing much blog visiting. The weather has been quite warm and the road conditions are great for traveling. We take advantage of good winter driving conditions whenever we can and get away for little overnight jaunts. Next weekend I hope to stay home and finally get some time to do nothing.

Last week I was reading an article that said "a perfect storm" topped the list of overused words.

The list is put out each year by the public relations department at Michigan's Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie.

To quote the article I read:

The contributors gave first prize to the phrase "a perfect storm," saying it was numbingly applied to virtually any notable coincidence.

Is this a common phrase to all of you? I have never heard this

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