Feeling quite productive for the middle of the week! All of my little half-square triangles for Clue # 1 of the Quiltville Winter Mystery, 2015! Allietare! are complete, trimmed and assembled into happy little groups of 10. Last post you may remember I discussed my “need to practice” with the specialty ruler to get the precise block needed. Along the way reading other posts, I discovered some folks adding 1/2″ to initial size and then trimming off enough to get the “right sized block”. The “easy angle ruler” and I are still not great friends. I did put my single needle plate on my machine to eliminate some of the “chewing of fabric” problem I was having. That helped. And, for the last 50 I needed to make, I did up the strip size by 1/2″. They were “much easier” to sew. I did like the “no lines” approach to using this ruler, cutting through 4 layers of fabric at once to get the required triangles, and not having to “worry about a scant” quarter inch. I had “room to trim” and that was just fine with me.
Once I had all my HST units trimmed down, I felt free to work on other projects. I layered up, and had help “pin basting” the project from Pat Sloan’s class last month. A friend came over and did most of the pinning while I “cleared the table” of my piles of stuff. Oh gosh the sewing room has gotten out of control. She had 2 big quilts to pin baste, and my 4 x 8 table comes in handy.
After we worked on her projects for a couple of hours, I decided I would work on finishing the mystery/Quilt – along project I had in progress. The pattern was from the blog “From My Carolina Home” and was a scrap buster. My friend recognized her “bird” fabric in the project. I love when my friends gift me their treasures. I decided to go for the “table runner” and made 5 of the blocks. I had a terrible time figuring out what to use for the border and finally settled on red with little white stars.
The project is 98% from the scrap storage boxes. I only pulled some neutrals out of the fat quarter stash and the border from yardage stash. I think the back will be from the same red as the border. (Don’t tell, but I have “covered that table again” with my stash storage boxes!) Tomorrow, I will clear the table again and get the table runner layered up for quilting. Friday a “new clue” comes out from Bonnie Hunter – Clue # 2 of the Quiltville Winter Mystery, 2015! Allietare!
Links to Quiltville – http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/allietare-mystery.html
Link to From My Carolina Home blog – Christmas Quilt Along