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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

And a good time was had by all........

I give a lot of scraps  to my friend Rosemary and I give her orphan blocks that I now longer want.  She surprised me yesterday when she showed us what she did with the scrappy Kaleidoscope blocks that I gave to her last time.  Who would have guessed that they would be the same size as the paper pieced log cabin blocks she was working on.  This quilt top is big, about 85" x 100" and the blocks are about 6.75" square.  I will be helping her to baste it soon.
Jerry's quilt top was too long for my design walls (112").  It is the Blooming 9 patch.  It is a LOT of work to make one of these and it is sewn in diagonal rows.  This one is All Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs fabrics.



This is the last Blooming 9 patch that I made (finished the last day of 2009) and I said I would probably not make another one.  After seeing Jerry's finished I think I will do another one.  I modified the pattern in "Tradition with a Twist" by Blanche Young so that it fits a queen size bed and shared my directions with Jerry.   I gifted this quilt to a family friend in October 2011.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Another bloom..........

I have nothing to show today.  I taught an all day color workshop yesterday and no photos there.  I was too busy with all of the students.  I could have taken photos of the cookies I baked last night but you have seen them before.  The art quilters are coming today and it is finally going to cool off and feel like fall.  We were in the mid 80s yesterday and it will be mid 60s today.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Planning......

While cleaning off tables in the basement I laid out 3 more Bento Box blocks.  Then I picked up all of the loose pieces so I could finish cleaning that table.
My daughter sent me a Selfie Stick to take photos of myself while creating my art.  There is a learning curve using it, trying to hold it steady when pressing the button.  The light is behind me here, not ideal but I have to keep practicing so I can take some in progress quilt shots with me in them.  

I baked one batch of cookies last night and will do the other batch tonight after my workshop.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Preparation........

I finished separating the stacks of squares into kits and stacked all of the quilts in order for the workshop tomorrow.  I packed all of the other supplies too.



I mowed the grass yesterday afternoon.  There was a nice breeze and it wasn't too hot but it was humid.  While I was out there I was admiring the plants on my porch steps.  I'm wondering if all of the pots of begonias will be good houseplants for the winter.
They are so pretty and they are blooming continuously.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Progress on many things.............

I sewed 6 more blocks and cut them into quarters for the Bento Box quilt.  Then I assembled 3 blocks from some of the quarter blocks.  I have 10 more blocks to sew and cut into quarters so I hope I can get a few more sewn today.  I also have to mix 2 batches of cookie dough and vacuum the basement to prepare for Monday.


My living room has stacks of quilts and quilt tops that I will be taking to the workshop Sunday.




The coffee table is piled too and after taking this photo I pulled a bunch of wallhangings and they are piled on the couch now.  I need to figure out a way to pack them so that I have them in order and separated by categories.
This Aster is growing in the crack between the sidewalk and the steps.  I kept meaning to cut it down but when I saw it forming buds I decided to let it bloom first and then I'll cut it.








The ones that come up from seed aren't as dark of a purple as the original plant.  The bees and other insects like them just as well though.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

3 layouts

When I made my other Bento Box quilts several years ago using a different method this is the layout I used, with all of the blocks in the same position, light upper left corners.






I saw a Bento Box on the Internet somewhere in the past that used sashing between the blocks so I spaced them on the design wall to simulate sashing.  With both light and dark at the edges of the blocks it may be difficult to choose a sashing fabric.

The other layout I tried is with 4 dark corners together which automatically puts 4 light corners together too.  I was so sure I wouldn't like this layout but I think it is my favorite at this point.  When I get more blocks sewn I'll have a better idea which layout is best.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

12 blocks...........

I got 12 blocks sewn last night and cut into quarters.  The piles are 4 deep in the bottom row so there is enough to make 12 blocks.  The pieces above them are in stacks of 3 quarters because the 4th quarters are already sewn into 2 blocks.  I'll probably sew a few blocks today.  I have 16 more blocks to sew and slice into quarters.

I finished planting all of the hostas that I had in pots so they can spread their roots before the first frost and then freezing weather.  I planted 25 altogether in the last week.  Some are really small plants and others quite large.  With the tree gone from that area it is so nice and open and should look really great with all of the hostas next year.

Today I need to start piling all of the quilts and tops and kits and other supporting materials for the workshop that I'm teaching on Sunday.  Then the art quilters are coming Monday so I also need the basement cleaned up and cookies baked on Saturday.  It will be a busy few days.