More Snowballs

I put all my snowball and alternate blocks on the design wall.

Then I realized the problem.

Leftovers. Clearly I cannot count. I hate leftover bits. I don’t have any more of these prints here, so I tried adding more white at the ends.

This isn’t working, but it led me to my solution.

Stay tuned.

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Snowballs

Time to work on those snowball blocks!

I love how the corners line up perfectly when I use my die cutter.

Done!

Time to play. I really quite like this setting.

They would also look great with a consistent solid as alternate blocks.

But this is what I had in mind.

Have a great day!

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Snowballs

I’ve had a quilt on my bucket list for a while and decided to cut it out when I was home. I used the 6″ snowball die and the 6″ square die from Accuquilt

I used Kona White for the snowball blocks and some older prints from Connecting Threads for the rest. They have a 30s feel to them.

I was in a hurry and not very careful cutting my snowballs out and had more waste than I really needed to.

Before I threw these in the scrap bucket, I die cut them down to 2″ HSTs.

I ended up with minimal waste and a good start on a new project.

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up ~ A Lotta Triangles

The one thing I liked about my original idea for this quilt, was the strings of HSTs.

So I kept that idea and decided to give all these strings and lovely prints a bit more breathing room. I cut 3 1/2 inch strips of Kona White to fill in the blanks spaces.

I like this much better than what I originally planned. It seems to show off the prints better.

Now it will get packed up to take back to Michigan for quilting.

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Tuesday ~ Crazy Squares

I finished this little quilt I’ve been working on.

I quite like how it turned out.

The top is all vintage fabrics. The backing is a Judie Rothermel print. The binding came from my neighbor.

It’s hard to see the hanging diamonds quilting, but you can see the texture.

I think I’ll take this one back to Michigan to put on one of my doll beds.

Have a great day!

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A Lotta Problems

Sigh….this was my final layout for my Lotta triangles. Or so I thought. I liked it, but I felt like it should be bigger and….more…..something.

I tried adding a few strips in place of some of the triangles, but that made things worse. It was too busy.

So I played around a bit and came up with this setting.

It’s better, giving the prints more breathing room, but still not quite there yet. I really liked the following idea, but the numbers of prints wasn’t working out.

It did lead me to my next idea. I’m still not sure this will work, but I’m committed now.

Stay tuned. And have a wonderful day.

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Hiking and Photography in the Mountains

I have a nice camera. It is a Canon 6D DSLR. I admit, it intimidates me. I used it in Iceland, but then never picked it up until last week. Now I’m learning everything all over again. Not that I ever knew much.

Anyway, it is so gorgeous here that i certainly can’t use lack of opportunity as an excuse! So I spent time in one my my favorite places this week, White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Here are a few of my photos.

I went back later that night and took a few more.

I have SO much to learn. But it’s never too late to try something new. Photos, no matter how good, will never replace seeing God’s magnificent creation first hand.

Have a great day!

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February/March Goals

It’s been a productive month for me. Here’s a look back at my goals.

1. I want to decide on and finish a doll quilt for the swap. Done! I decided to use one of my little bow tie quilts for it.

2. I have a quilt kitted up out of Lotta Jansdottir fabric I’d like to piece. Not done. But it is started.

3. I’d like to get two rows of hand quilting done on my vintage triangle top. Not done. I did hand quilt several small quilts though.

4. Start on a Civil War quilt that I have kitted up. Done!

5. Finish my Itty Bitty Bow Tie. Done!

What else did I do?

I finished up this small top. I kitted it up before I left Michigan

Ah what can I say….I gave this little thing away. I never want to see it again.

I love this QOV made from my neighbor’s scraps!

I also worked on a bit of improv this month.

Looking ahead to March. I would like to:

1. Get back to hand quilting my vintage triangle top.

2. Finish the Lotta Triangles top.

3. Make another small quilt top, kitted up out of shirt scraps.

4. Spend as much time as possible with my kids and get ready to head back east.

This winter has flown by like none other!

Have a great day!

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More Messing Around

I know, this color palette is getting old. But I still had these pieces out, so I played some more.

First strips going one way.

Then adding more the other way. I like the fractured quality you end up with.

I had a leftover curved piece and I did not spare it!

Mr. Wonderful helped me put this little slide show together.

Isn’t that fun?

This is kind of addicting. Have a great day!

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I got my little top together and basted it for hand quilting. I do not recommend basting with straight pins, but I failed to bring any safety pins and couldn’t be bothered to go buy any.

So I started by quilting straight lines through the blocks with pins so I could remove them ASAP. Now I’m adding more quilting.

I’m not sure you can see it here on the back, but I’m quilting a hanging diamonds pattern.

Next up will be scrounging up some binding. Have a great day!

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