Sunday, 30 May 2021

May's OMG - Good Fortune

Moving Good Fortune on has been the subject of my goal this month, and not a comment on my progress. Unfortunately, most of the time the activity was mental: thinking about what to do with these blocks.

Good Fortune blocks on 2 May

In the photo they look good together, and probably the more there are the better they will blend together. However, close-up these just do not rock my boat!  In addition to these blocks I found these pieces and partly assembled units. Not enough to make a quilt, so what then?

2 May

 There were enough block units to make two more blue/green blocks and one red/orange block:

19 May
which left these pieces:
19 May

which can all go to join my orphan blocks, or back in the scraps.

More than two weeks had passed with no more progress than three blocks assembled, giving twelve blocks on my design wall. But then, 23 May, came the Zoom meeting of the Dutch Modern Quilt Guild, at least of half a dozen members. One asked what the project was on my wall, and then followed a brainstorm session on what I could turn these blocks into, and how. Aren't quilting friends wonderful?!

I decided I didn't want to make any more blocks, but would use what I had along with denim from old jeans to make a project bag. It is large enough to carry a cutting mat or a quilting hoop along with the fabric supply and box of sewing tools to bee or workshop. I've no idea when I'll be able to use it: whenever the Covid restrictions have been lifted. 

The next days I was cutting the jeans into strips, piecing odd pieces of wadding (after all, this is a scrap project):

25 May

and preparing to quilt:

25 May

Having free motion quilted the patchwork blocks I'm now quilting straight lines along the borders and base with the walking foot.

30 May

30 May

I have just finished the quilting, 


30 May

30 May
but I still need to close the side seams, box the corners, make handles and attach the binding. That will have to wait until tomorrow, because now I'm going to sit in this chair in the sun and knit! 

I think that qualifies as reaching my goal this month; I aimed to decide what to do with the Good Fortune project and move it on. I have certainly done that, and come so far that the end is in sight.

[Interesting phenomenon: my Fitbit recognises quilting with the walking foot as WALKING: 40 steps taken just now during 2 minutes quilting!! 😄]

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Keep safe and healthy

Happy sewing


Saturday, 29 May 2021

Red table scraps

The Joyful Quilter has a challenge, linked to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, to use scraps to make something for a table in the colour of the month. This month's colour is red, and my aim has been to use some of my red crumbs to make a place mat. Crumbs, by their nature are very small, and my chosen method is more labour intensive than I anticipated.

At 12" x 4" this is hardly a placemat!


I'm joining the pieces by a technique Debbie Jeske called "fine line piecing" in a blog post earlier this month.

My first attempts were not successful (fine lines not fine enough),

but narrowing the "sashing" and making a strip worked better and I managed to move it all along much more quickly. 


Unfortunately, not quickly enough to meet this deadline, but I shall probably get a top finished in the next few days. 

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 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge     

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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Follow your own path

I've been following along with Sandra Walker's QAL: "Follow your own Path"

This is the top of "My path up", ...

... I hope, all our paths up out of the pandemic.

The last set of instructions for the piecing was given yesterday and I chose my layout and finished the piecing this morning. Well, I say finished, but I may add borders, I haven't yet decided. I'm not really a borders person, but this could become an exception.

The coloured fabric all came from my scrap baskets, the two greys from yardage. Initially I bought the Color Weave medium grey (the shadows) to use as background, but when I saw it in reality I found it rather dismal - the problem with ordering fabric online. I had just 0.5metre of the Color Weave light grey, and hoping this would be enough started using that as the background fabric. All that's left from that half metre is 2.5" x WOF.

Half a metre is nothing like the 1.5 yards specified in the pattern, so I reduced the block size to 5" x 3", half that of the pattern size. This has resulted in a wall hanging of 18" x 21". Making the quilt smaller was not my original intention, but a question of "Needs must!"; the alternative would have been waiting even longer for more fabric to be delivered.

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Sunday, 2 May 2021

May’s One Monthly Goal

The FMQ practice is still going on, but is not this month's goal. I’m going back to my year plan which is to attack my UFO’s. In January I gave each UFO a colour, and when that colour comes up as the colour of the month on the RSC I try to move that UFO on.

This month’s RSC colour is RED so the UFO is “Good Fortune”, from Bonnie Hunter’s mystery QAL from 2018 - 19. I haven’t looked at it for more than two years and I’m interested to see how far I actually got with those blocks. 

Now to find I've found the finished blocks so far: 

and the units: 

Fortunately the cut pieces and the units were in little bags and labelled (!) so it shouldn't be too difficult to see how many of each unit I planned on making. Unfortunately, I haven't found a note anywhere as to what proportion of Bonnie's total of units I was making - slipped up there! However I probably wrote about it here, so my next task is to check through old blog posts.

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