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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pilgrim Paper-Pieced Block almost Done

I spent most of today finishing this pilgrim block that I started last week.
I purchased the pattern and made the female version last spring.  Then I did nothing more until last week.  This year I hosted Thanksgiving dinner and kicked myself for not having finished these.
I vowed that I would have them ready for 2015.

They are still not complete, but I am making progress. They are both fully pieced with a border. The hard part is done.
I feel pretty sure that I will have them ready to decorate my dessert table for 2015!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pilgrim Block

I finally got one of the pilgrim blocks ready to sew. This morning I picked out some fabrics and started and finished 5 sections ....

I am really liking her.  I hope to get the center done later today...that's the section with the turkey on the platter...lots of little pieces. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Paper-Pieced Pilgrims

One morning last week before I left for work (I do most of my Internet shopping before 6:00 a.m. ), I was checking out a quilting site, and I saw this Thanksgiving paper-pieced pattern:

I thought they were both adorable! I immediately pulled out my credit card and ordered them.  The price was $7 for both...quite reasonable.  It's a pdf file that is emailed to you as soon as you order it.  I liked that I would get it immediately, even though I had to use my own ink and print it out myself. 

What I did not like is that after printing it out, I realized that  it does not come with the units cut apart and a 1/4-inch seam allowance added: 

So I had to make multiple copies so I could  cut them all apart and still see the seam lines:
then I had to glue each piece to another sheet of paper:

then add the 1/4" seam allowance to every piece:
Now I will have to find a copy machine to make even more copies, cut them apart and FINALLY I will be able to select fabrics and start sewing!!  Am I the only person who thinks this is ridiculous?  If the pattern is free, I understand.  If I pay for the pattern, I expect that this would all be done for me!!

The pieces you see above are only for the woman.  I still have to do the same for the man.  I hope the finished product is worth all the extra cost (paper, ink, copies) and  work! 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Denim Wreath Redo

I felt creative on this cold weekend and decided to add some spring colors to my denim rag wreath.  I had a pastel-striped fabric that I tore into approx. 6-inch long strips and randomly tied them along the wreath. This is how it turned out:
I like it...very springy looking.  I will take it back down to the basement until I need it for spring decorating.  Here is the before/after:
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