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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Work in Progress

I have been working on the Wonky 9-Patch Halloween quilt blocks for a while now, and haven’t spent much time on it recently. I have mostly been working on some blocks for some charity quilts for our guild this month. So, I took a break from those blocks and yesterday I started putting the Wonky 9-Patch top together.

First, I put all 42 blocks up on the Design Wall and moved things around a bit, then I got the first row stitched together with black 2-1/2-inch strips…



Sorry for the slanted photo – it’s hard taking a photo in cramped spaces!

Here are (most of) the remaining blocks on my Design Wall…



The Design Wall has been moved to the end of my quilting frame, so it’s a bit hard to see it or get a good photo…but you get the idea.

My goal is to have this one completed and shipped off to my daughter by the end of September. I may try to put a second row together today, but I also need to get some quilting done on the Gypsy Wife, so we’ll see what happens. Lots of laundry to do today, along with a few chores, so hopefully I can squeeze in some sewing time.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Linking up with:
WOW! WiPs on Wednesday at Esther’s Blog

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Saturday, August 5, 2017

To the Max

I have been piecing blocks for this Kittens pattern for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge…



I wanted to be sure to include blocks representing the cats that I have had IRL…unlike the green and blue Kittens blocks! So, I was excited that this month’s color is light, creams/neutrals. I’m including white in this color scheme, so I can pay homage to my wonderful white kitty Max Cat…



I got Max Cat back in 1985 when I graduated from college and moved into my own place (please don’t do the math!!) Max had a buddy back then, Alexis…



…and I will make a black Kitten block for her later on.

Max Cat had the sweetest temperament of any cat I’ve had, and he was such a lovey guy. I’m happy I was able to make a block for him…



I know the eyes are a little…off. I colored in the pupil with a gel fabric pen that I use for signing quilts to see how it would look. I have to live with it for a bit, but I may end up fusing a fabric pupil on the eyes.

And he wasn’t always Max Cat. He started out as plain old Max, but then after I was married we took in a sweet Dalmatian when his original owners divorced…



…and his name was Max also, so the kitty quickly became Max Cat.

I now have 17 Kitten blocks for the RSC for 2017…



That’s a pretty good looking litter and I really enjoy making these blocks. They go together fast and it’s instant gratification for me! This will be a busy month, but if I have time I will look through more of my neutral/light scraps and see if I can put together another Kitten or two.

That’s it from here today. I hope you have a great weekend and I will be linking up with Angela for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy. Head over for some wonderful projects.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Goals

A new month…time to make some plans for the sewing room.

For my One Monthly Goal for August, I want to finish up my neutral Gypsy Wife. That means I need to finish the quilting, get the binding attached and hand stitched down, hanging sleeves attached, and hang it on the wall. I have decided to only do “in the ditch” quilting on this. I think any additional quilting will detract from the fabric motifs that were fussy cut for some of the blocks. I also think it will look great just with the ditch quilting. I don’t have a lot of quilting left, but it will probably still take me two or three weeks to complete it. Here is just the top…



I will also continue working on some of my Finish-A-Long projects: Merrily, the Wonky Halloween 9-Patch, and maybe even begin quilting the Vintage Skate. Lots to do, so I better get to it.


I hope you all have lots of fun in August, and stop by Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal August Goal Setting Party.