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August 4, 2020
Tuesday's To-Do List: Quilty Goals for the Upcoming Week from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning and Happy Tuesday!  Here's the view from my studio this morning:

Just to recap (and to keep myself honest!), these were the weekly goals I set for myself last Tuesday:

Last Tuesday's Weekly To-Do List:

  1. Write and schedule publication of my first linky party post for next Tuesday
  2. Continue to spread the word about the new linky party 
  3. Trim excess batting & backing from Spirit Song
  4. Digitize, machine embroider, & hand stitch Spirit Song label to back of quilt
  5. Make binding for Spirit Song, machine stitch to front of quilt, & begin hand stitching binding to the backing

Hmmm ...

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August 1, 2020
One Monthly Goal for August, 2020: K.I.S.S.! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, and happy AUGUST!  Y'all, I'm still riding high on the euphoria from actually FINISHING my July OMG goals by the end of last month, the first time that has ever happened in however many months of linking up.  I even finished with a couple days to spare, giving me time to write and link up at the end of the month.  Is THIS what life feels like to people who don't bite off more than they can chew and then waste their time procrastinating?!!  Despite how eager I am to move Spirit Song from a ...

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July 24, 2020
Yellow Revision: In Which Kona Canary is Fired, and Kona Grellow is Tapped for Replacement from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I had high hopes of knocking out a few of the easier blocks for Anders' Beware the Ishmaelites sampler quilt over the weekend, but I was stymied by a color glitch.  My plan was to make all four of the predominantly yellow blocks, and I printed up my foundation paper piecing templates and my rotary cutting charts and headed upstairs to the studio...  But when I pulled out the two yellow shades of Kona Solid fabric that I'd used in my EQ8 design, I had serious misgivings about using them together in my quilt.  I decided to trust my ...

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Another Block Finished for Beware the Ishmaelites Sampler from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm still quilting away on my Spirit Song quilt, probably about 40% of the way finished with the final background quilting, but there's nothing new to show on that front.  However, I did make another block for my son Anders' bed quilt yesterday:

This 15" block is the fifth one, and the easiest BY FAR of the blocks I've completed for this sampler quilt, my convoluted and overcomplicated version of the Moda Modern Building Blocks sampler from a few years ago.  I foundation paper pieced the corner units and then pieced the rest of ...

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March 23, 2020
Victory! Nancy Cabot Cathedral Window Block Completed for Anders' Quilt from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Ta-DONE!  I have not been this proud of finishing a single block in a long time, but this one was a bruiser.  It's a vintage block pattern called Cathedral Window, designed by Nancy Cabot and originally published in the Chicago Tribune in 1933.  I foundation paper pieced as much of it as I could, and then there were SIXTEEN Y-seams of traditional piecing to assemble those FPP'd units into the finished block you see below.  The points are sharp, the block is flat, and it measures EXACTLY 20 1/2" square.  That makes me quite a happy camper ...

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March 21, 2020
Y-Seam Reality Check and a Refresher Tutorial from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys, how did I look at this block yesterday and think there were only 8 Y-seams?  

My 20" Block
There are SIXTEEN Y-seams in this block!  See below.  Ugh.  I liked the Y-seams better when I thought there were only going to be eight of them.

The Wicked Block Diagram
So this block is kind of like the news lately -- it's twice as bad today as it was last night, and the only way to get through it is to just focus on ONE seam at a time instead of worrying about the whole block at once.  

I ...

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March 19, 2020
Back to Beware the Ishmaelites: Foundation Paper Piecing Plus Y-Seams from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, Fearless Quilters!  Happy First Day of Spring to those in the Northern Hemisphere, and I suppose Happy First Day of Autumn to those South of the Equator.  

Yesterday I pushed myself out of my news-induced funk and into my studio for a few hours. I had a lot of clutter accumulated on my cutting table that needed to be cleared away before I could cut borders for my Spirit Song quilt, and one of the things I unearthed there was the foundation papers, templates, and precut fabrics for the next block of my son Anders' "Beware the Ishmaelites ...

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March 17, 2020
To-Do Tuesday: Spirit Song Top Nearing Completion and a NEW Ruler Work Linky Party! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys, I am so excited about a NEW linky party just for ruler work quilting!  Karin is hosting it on her blog The Quilt Yarn, every other Tuesday -- and the link up is active for a full week starting TODAY!  The linky party is open to anyone who is quilting with rulers, on any make/model machine whether it's a domestic machine, a sit-down longarm or a longarm on a frame.  I'm ridiculously excited about this because there is nothing better than a community of quilters who are all exploring the same techniques, working on the same ...

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