The Best Laid Schemes of Mice and Men. Go Often Askew.

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I got lavender and “pick your own” pink strips sets done. I had hoped to finished the slicing and even some of the blocks, but that is not to be. We got a new-to-us DVD, Independence Day and we had to watch it. I love the movie. :)

I have been working on my Vintage Valentine appliqué while watching. I love this quilt.

Double-Quick, Double-Time 9-Patches

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No sewing at all  yesterday. I did go into the sewing room and look around longingly, though. Today’s plan is to sew a few strip sets, and at least one set of 9-patches.

shapecut I’ve noticed that there are a lot of 9-patch block swaps online. I’ve been in several, and have kicking out blocks down to a science. My most essential tool (after the rotary cutter) for cutting the 2 1/2” strips is my Shape Cut Ruler by June Tailor. This approximately 15” square of plastic has slits at 1/2 inch intervals. You lay the ruler on the fabric and slice a foot of fabric at a time. Incredible time-saver. Plus, since you don’t move the ruler at all, the cuts are more accurate.

I’ll post more photos soon…

9-Patches Past the Bewitching Hour

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greenBlue9patches Whew!  1:00 a.m. but I got a set of 9-patches done.  I got called to work today so I was late getting started. I had “pick your own” blue, and celery all sliced so those are the two I did even though they don’t go together.

Tomorrow I'll sew strip sets for lavender, and hopefully the "pick your own" pink. It's driving me crazy that I did the blue before the lavender that goes to the celery.

Planning a Patchwork Apron

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2ndApron It's a raining again today. The trees are so happy. :)

In addition to at least one set of 9-patch blocks, today I want to finish a patchwork apron that I began for my sister last year. I'll be using the process to write a tutorial too. I have a very informal set of instructions for this apron HERE that I made when I designed the first one for myself. (I do love it!)

March was Daffodils, of Course

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leafDaffodil9patchAfternoon update: Leaf and Daffodil 9-patches sewn and ironed. Yay me!

Yesterday, I finished the "Roses are Red" set of 10 blocks, which completes the February swap. I also sewed the "Celery Green" strips into sets, and sliced the "Daffodil" yellows strips into 2 1/2" units. I now have all the fabric except "Americana Red and Blue" cut into 2 1/2" x 42" strips, and I have the "Celery" strips sewed together. I have the Daffodil, Leaf Green and "Your Choice" Blue sub-cut into 2 1/2" units.

Today's plan is to wash, iron and slice the Americana Red and Blue fabric, and at least, sew the Daffodil and Leaf Green units into finished 9-patches. If I do one 2-color set a day, I'll be done Friday, which is just in time to swap them at our group meeting Saturday.

Buckling Down on 9-Patch Blocks

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sewing9patches I'm working on more 9-patches today for a swap with the Faith Quilters Group. We began swapping sets of 20 blocks a month last July. I mostly kept up until November when my son was injured and in the hospital. The ladies kindly did my December and January blocks for me, but I haven't sewed at all since. (It hasn't helped that I haven't had even a penny to buy fabric, either.)

The year-long swap ended in July, so I really need to get these done! Last week I finally was at last able to buy the rose red fabric to go with the brown I already had for February's Roses and Chocolates theme. (I can't believe I didn't have a bit of red in my stash!) I also bought the yellow I needed to go with the leaf green I already had for March's Daffodils theme. I already had the Lavender and Celery for April in my stash, so that was enough fabric to get me rolling.

Buying, washing, ironing, and slicing fabric is really helping to get me out of my sewing funk. I've been making 9-patches all weekend. I'm anxious to get them out of the way so I can get back to some of the old projects I had going last year. I don't even remember what I have pending so it'll be like Christmas when I get to dig through the boxes and bags of works-in-progress (WIP's). I can tell I'm really on the road to quilting recovery because I could hardly wait to get to the fabric store yesterday to buy the last of the fabric I needed for the 9-patches: Peach and Turquoise for June, and Americana Red and Blue for July.


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