I FINISHED MY 1430 !!!
I am working on the Scrap Dance Tango Mystery Quilt and in Step 1 we needed to construct 2.5″ half square triangles. Well, I bit the big bullet and decided to go for the KING size; and it required 1430!!! I have been plugging away at them since mid January. Carole promised we would not need them all the first month!
Step 2 required 432 in the construction of the first block –
I made 144 of those blocks.
Then Step 3 required 288 in the construction of the second batch of blocks –
I made 144 of those blocks.
And then I continued to work on my squaring up of the rest of the blocks, 20 here, 20 there and I am finally done! This container has 739 in it!!
I figure I made about 29 extra HST’s, but hey, I would rather have a few extra than come up short at the end. All the fabrics except the neutral came from my abundance of scraps. I use the June Tailor Perfect Half-Square & Quarter-Square Triangle tool for marking cutting and squaring up. I like it better than any other method I have tried.
The good news is, I am NOT burnt out on HST’s and am planning a BABY QUILT for my newest tiny granddaughter who is just 2 weeks old. She is having grey, white, and coral accents in her nursery and I acquired the fabric Monday for her quilt! I am thinking a chevron pattern with 4 or 5″ blocks. Graphic and modern will be the goal!!
Now, the bad news is, I don’t have a lot of time before I leave on a trip to Hawaii the middle of April, so she will probably not get to her quilt until I am back home the first week of May!! Next week is “Ocean Waves Quilt Guild week” with a meeting on Monday, followed by an executive board meeting; class on Tuesday, a trip to the airport with the speaker on Wednesday, a board meeting on Thursday and the release of Scrap Dance Tango Step 4 on Friday!! Oh, and I am going on Sunday to pick up the speaker in Maryland! PHEW….when am I going to pack for Hawaii?? Keep an eye open for progress as I go along. Gosh, it might be fun to try my hand at hand quilting while I am on my 15 day cruise, but I don’t think I want to try this as a “first” project. I would need my quilt bee buddies along to guide me and none of them are going to be tagging along!
I am still working on Senior Quilts. We tied 3 yesterday at church, and will tie the other 3 on Saturday. I brought 2 more home to bind, and will start prepping that binding this afternoon. I will do those with Susie’s Magic Binding!!
I have another project “on the floor” of the quilt room, laid out and planning borders. My friend June started this quilt from a kit her daughter gave her at least 15 years ago. It was a UFO that she really wants finished, but is just not quilting much any more. I mentioned it previously and showed pictures as I was adding borders. I am working on the 20″ drop (in the green) that she wants and am short fabric. So, creative thinking has got me adding a panel along both sides and I will also be adding a couple of strips similar to what shows on the right side of the picture.
It has been a struggle to get this finished for her, with her design concepts very different from mine! Oh well, you may see this again about once a month, because it seems I can only dedicate one day every few weeks to working on it!!
Time to make some binding and think about that sweet little baby girl whose quilt fabric is calling me. Honestly, finding time to sew is tough, because I have been hopping in the car as often as I can to go visit and hold and snuggle her! I forced myself to stay home today, do a little laundry, clean toilets and sweep the kitchen and sew binding. Can you guess where I would RATHER be ?? And I am thinking ahead to later in the spring or early summer when her cousins will come from Texas for a visit and to meet the new addition to our family! Gosh I love being a Grandma!!! And let me tell you….Grandpa is enchanted as well!
Time to get sew!! Enjoy your projects and family time! (Remember my last post? Yes, the final border for Allietare is still waiting!)
note; Allietare is a Bonnie Hunter / Quiltville mystery quilt
Scrap Dance Tango Mystery Quilt is designed by Carole at From My Carolina Home blog.
Links to both are on the side bar of the blog.