Twelve Blocks Are Made!

The twelve center blocks for Nicole’s mom’s quilt are made.  If I have time this evening, I’ll come back to the sewing room and make the corner blocks and start on the setting triangle blocks.  Do you see a bit of scrappy in there?  Each block has the same blue but two different yellows.  There are two or three blocks made using each blue and I think I used four or five different yellows.  That’s real scrappy for me!

These blocks obviously went together very quickly.  Working with triangles with bias edges can be a bit tedious but I did the majority of these with paper piecing.  The blocks will finish at 10″ and since regular printer paper is only 8-1/2″ wide, the easiest thing to do was to print all but the outer round on regular paper and then add those outer four triangles using traditional piecing.

This is the back side of a block that’s been done as far as I can go with the paper piecing.

Above is the front side.

The paper was removed.

The squares for the outer triangles were cut a bit larger so I wasn’t having to fuss with the pieces. The resulting block was oversized and needed trimming.

Once the block is trimmed to 10-1/2″, it’s perfect!  Or  . . as close to perfect as it needs to be for me.

Invasion of the Tomato Plants

Just when I think there’s not one more square inch of space in my sewing room . . not one more thing can be dumped in there, I find four pots of tomatoes.

These are the volunteer tomatoes that came up from the summer garden and I couldn’t just let them freeze so I dug them up and potted them.  The white foreign substance is crushed egg shells.  The tomatoes had to be brought in and we were afraid putting them in the shop, which isn’t heated, on a 17º degree night might resulted in frozen tomato plants so . . where else could we put them?

Yes, batting was on sale and three more rolls managed to end up here.  So far, the rolls are laying in the floor and have not found a location but they’re in my way and must be moved very soon . . maybe by the end of the day today.

Yes, 2013 needs to be a very productive year for me.  Lots of batting to use and lots of fabric to use.

QOV Challenge

Just a reminder that the 2012 QOV Challenge is coming to an end on December 31.  Quilts need to be at Alycia’s by December 31 in order for your name to be included in the drawing.

If you’ve sent in QOV quilts to Alycia already this year and want to send more to get your numbers up to 12 quilts for 2012, hurry up and get them in the mail.  There’s a $300 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop going to some lucky winner!

Tuesday Morning

It feels good to be chomping at the bit to get into the sewing room.  I hadn’t felt that in a while.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that it’s freezing outside and working in the garden isn’t an option, nor is sitting outside watching the chickens do their little chicken antics.

This is what greeted me on the design wall when I walked into the sewing room very early this morning.

Yesterday morning before we left home, I was able to get a second block done and when we got in last night, I was able to get another one done.

I’m surprised at how little cobalt blue fabric is in my stash.  Strange as it may sound, there’s very little blue in the stash and by the time you divide it into light blue, gray blue, purple blue, navy blue, cobalt blue and whatever other blues there may be, there’s just not much of any one shade of blue.  I spent a little time at Fat Quarter Shop and completely confused myself and gave up.  Just seeing all the fabrics with designs kinda sends my brain into a tailspin.  Some day I may learn to use fabrics other than tone on tone but today is not the day.

Twelve of these “Twelve Triangles” blocks are needed.  That’s a coincidence . . 12 “Twelve Triangles” blocks. Sure would be nice to end this day with all 12 of them made.  If nothing else, I am optimistic!  :)