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Supernova Sunset

Any chance you were wondering what I was sewing while sitting outside on the porch in Kentucky?

Well lucky you, read on to find out. 

We were learning how to make a Bargello quilt. A certain little sister said something along the lines of “you can make it in one weekend” and we were sold. Of course, this would require possibly reading the size of the quilt before deciding you could make it in one weekend. As it turns out, the quilt I started is a king size quilt (Actually a king size, not just something that feels ginormous. I promise, it is.). Obviously it was not finished in one weekend. It is far from finished. 

 
When I started pulling my fabric for this quilt I chose to use colors from Oklahoma sunsets and sunrises. I’ve always been enamored by the bright, brilliant colors that appear morning and night so I am mixing them into a quilt. 

 Once I had my fabric, I cut 2.5” strips of each. 


 

After all the strips were cut I lined them up using a drying rack and started piecing together my panel or strata. By midnight on Friday all my panels were ready to press. 


That is until I decided I didn’t like the way I had sewn on my three yellows. Another date with my handy-dandy seam ripper and I was back on track. Pressing happened and then I started the long, tedious process of cutting different widths to follow along the pattern grid. 


Once you have various strips cut, you take the rows at different points and reattach them or use different rows to create the pattern shown on the template. 

 A few strips in, I realized something was off with the bottom half pattern template. I have decided to focus only on the top half and then repeat the top half again since they are mirror image patterns (or should be). These things happen and it is still a wonderful pattern. I cannot wait to see the finished product. 


 

This was when I finally noticed my quilt was in fact going to be a king size quilt (notice the painters tape holding up rows outside of the design board I was using). I had a brief freak out moment and I thought I was going to stop or at least shorten my quilt, but I had made it this far, I might as well keep plowing through. 

When the weekend came to an end, I had all of my top half strips cut apart and resewn. Now, I just need to sew these strips together-that sounds easy enough. 

I am hoping I can finish this quilt soon and that it does not become one of my infinite number of my work in progress projects. 

Wish me luck, or better yet, want to come sew? 

See you at the machine,

Care


**If you like this quilt, the pattern is called SUPERNOVA and is available in Eileen Wright’s book Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts available here.**



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Speed Bumps and Seam Rippers

Do you ever plan to have a sew day but spend more time taking seams out than putting them in?  

This was how my day went yesterday. I’m working on a design-as-you-go quilt that I’m trying to finish up. The problem with these quilts is I usually spend quite a long time with my seam ripper. 

 

It’s often worth it in the end, but my goodness I think it’s time I name my seam ripper and make this relationship Facebook official. After all, we did spend many hours together all weekend, I have one favorite seam ripper, and after much practice, I know the easiest way to use it. If we aren’t in a relationship, it deserves a name at least. I’m taking suggestions! 

 

The quilt I struggled with this weekend has been an unfinished project for quite some time. You see, I hit a speed bump. I ginormous speed bump that was acting more like a dead end than something I could just slowly climb over. (I never said I wasn’t dramatic 🙂 ) 

Running out of bobbin with two inches left

I had accidentally cut a block wrong and ran out of fabric at the same time. At that point (along with many other things not going quite right) I removed the remaining blocks from my design walk to be tackled another day. Sometimes I realize when a project isn’t happening, and it’s not worth fighting through to hate the end result. 

 

Fast forward many months and it’s back on my wall. In the time it was away in hiding I had purchased new fabric that matched well, and I was able to sew up a replacement block today. 

 

When I started playing with this quilt, I wasn’t planning on having any of the diamond pinwheel blocks. I was only trying to make the pinwheel with white squares in the middle. However, I used my favorite ruler by Cindy Casciato (available here) and it made mirror images of every block. Instead of only using half the blocks I sewed, I came up with a Plan B (which was really probably Plan P but who is keeping track). I decided to turn the mirror images blocks into a pinwheel set on point. 


This led to needing to set the blocks and now another challenge was created- the diamond blocks are larger than my original blocks. 
I sure love to design as I go but it is not without those speed bumps. Thank goodness for four wheel drive. 

The newest challenge is not too big and borders around the smaller blocks will do the trick. 

 

I’m running out of room to store unfinished projects and I would much rather be looking for more room to store finished quilts. Hopefully I can leave my seam ripper alone and actually finish this quilt. 
See you at the machine, 

Care

{You might bring your seam ripper too.}

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It’s WIP Week! 

{WIP=Work In Progress}

Good morning, afternoon, and evening. 

Can you believe we have entered into the month of September and it is almost Fall?

How about the fact that there are less than THREE months before the year is over? Nope, not possible! 

Knowing there are only THREE months left has lit a fire under my fanny to get some of my Work In Progress {WIP} quilts pulled together. 

With that said, we are going to start this month with a WIP Week. It’s the perfect time to get those Christmas gifts started or finished, shrink your pile of unfinished projects, or just dive in and add another quilt to your list of finished projects for 2016. Who knows, maybe that was a New Years Resolution? Better get a move on it. 

Share your finished projects or even your WIPs on the new Facebook page or on Instagram with #WIPweek. 

I cannot wait to see what you are all working on. Invite your friends and let’s make it a party. 

This is my first WIP to tackle. 
See you at the machine, 

Care

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Poppies & Pinwheels

I’m working on a few projects going on around the house, but I finished the binding on this little jewel, Poppies & Pinwheels, and thought I would share.

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It might have been sprinkling when I had the chance to run down the street and snap these pictures, but there’s no harm in getting a little wet 😉 .  Ever since I started this quilt I imagined this picture and I just could not wait!

 

And lastly, my favorite picture I took while finishing the binding on a road trip..

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See you at the machine,

Care

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A Race to the Finish Line

We made it to Friday! That means we only have ONE more day in our WIP Challenge.IMG_1660

Time to burn the midnight oil to finish up these WIPs before this challenge ends.

Are you close? Can you see the finish line?

I might be a little bit behind, but I will have this little quilt finished tomorrow.

Get those machines humming and lets cross the finish line together!

 

 

See you at the machine,

Care

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WIP Challenge

Hello, hello! Happy Thursday.  There are TWO (and a half) days left in our WIP Challenge.  How are you doing? Is your project starting to look a little more finished? Mine is getting there… slowly. IMG_1541

There have been many changes made to my pattern as different ideas pop into my mind.  I’m going to need an off button if I ever want to get this little gem finished by Saturday.  But, I can assure you that there will be a FINISHED quilt top soon.  Stay tuned, you won’t want to miss this one.

Now, how about your projects?  I know some of you are working on phenomenal quilts and crafts.  Don’t forget that we are in this together.  If you haven’t jumped in yet, there is still time to do so.  Grab one of those WIPs you are almost finished with and let’s get it complete.

See you at the machine,

Care