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May 15, 2019
Mission Impossible: Marked and Loaded, With 11 Days Left to Quilt, Label and Bind from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Mission Impossible is an appropriate name for this quilt on SO many levels.  It's a high school graduation quilt for my oldest son Lars and it's "due" to the church office in ELEVEN days (on May 26th).  I decided yesterday that I am totally okay with missing that deadline if it comes to that.  The Quillow Service at church isn't until June 9th, two weeks after that deadline, and that's the date that's more important to me.  So I'm adjusting that May 26th "deadline" to an Aspirational Goal, like how we "shoot for the ...

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May 8, 2019
OMG (One Monthly Goal) for May: Quilt and Bind Mission Impossible Graduation Quilt, Due in 20 Days from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, you guys -- I think I know how I want to quilt Lars's graduation quilt.


Quilting Plan du Jour for Mission Impossible
I was doodling different quilting options on top of the quilt top image on my iPad last night with one of my drawing apps, and this is the one I liked the best.  It's all straight line ruler work, and I'm fresh from taking longarm ruler quilting workshops with both Lisa Calle and Judi Madsen last week so even though this is a reach for me skill-wise, it *SHOULD* be doable.  

I was drawing my ...

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April 7, 2019
Mission Impossible: All 48 Blocks WILL Be Completed Today! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I didn't crop my background clutter out of this shot because it gives you a better sense of scale:

38 Blocks On the Wall
Remember that annoying, migraine-inducing car trip song, "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall?" That's been going through my mind in reverse as I continue completing blocks and adding them to my design wall, counting up instead of counting down.  "38 flying geese blocks on the wall, 38 blocks on the wall..."

And they are looking COOL up there, aren't they?!  My mom finished the last of the outer, traditionally pieced seams yesterday ...

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April 5, 2019
Mission Impossible: 24 Blocks Completed -- Halfway There! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, you guys -- I just set a timer for 30 minutes because I don't want to fritter the day away writing a novel (again).  However, my mom and I reached my week's goal of finishing half of the blocks for Lars's Mission Impossible: Graduation 2019 quilt yesterday and I couldn't wait to show you how cool those blocks look up on my design wall:


24 Out of 48 -- We're Halfway There!
SQUEAL!!!!  I included the messy ironing board and step ladder in that photo as scale references, so you can appreciate the impact of those ...

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April 2, 2019
Mission Impossible: How to Machine Applique Something to Nothing from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, my lovelies!  I am happy to report that I actually achieved my goal of completing all 48 foundation paper pieced flying geese arcs by the end of March.  I had to cut back on some other commitments to free up for sewing time, but Lars's graduation quilt (which I had tentatively named Geese In Circles but have now renamed Mission Impossible: Graduation 2019) is now on schedule again.  Yay!


Four 12 Inch Blocks Done, Forty-Four More Blocks to Go


My To-Do Tuesday Goal for This Week is to complete the inner and outer curved piecing on at ...

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March 29, 2019
Mission Impossible: Exploring My Options For Piecing Curves from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  Now that all but nine of 48 foundation paper pieced arcs of flying geese have been made for Lars's graduation quilt, I've turned my attention to the next and final step of assembling the blocks: the two curved seams that attach each arc of geese to the dark purple background fabric.


First Completed Geese In Circles Block!  MEH!
In quilting (as in most things in life!), there is always more than one way to tackle a challenge.  I have three options in mind for piecing these curved seams, and each has advantages and disadvantages.  So I ...

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March 26, 2019
Hey, Rebecca! This Is How You Prepare Your Quilt Backings! Reminders To Myself for Next Time from Cheeky Cognoscenti

The flying geese arcs for my son's graduation quilt are coming along nicely.  39 are finished, and 9 more are needed.  Each paper pieced arc of geese is taking approximately an hour and a half to two hours to complete.  So this week, even before I finish piecing those arcs, I think I need to start cutting out the purple background fabric and working out the kinks of the curved piecing required to turn these arcs of geese into quilt blocks.


This Week's Accomplishments, Bagged, Labeled and Ready for Quilting
But meanwhile, I had some loose ends to ...

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March 20, 2019
Miscellaneous Musings On Borders, Backings and Bindings (Oh My!) from Cheeky Cognoscenti

First off, I'm glad to report that my Pineapple Log Cabin quilt top is finally, FINALLY finished, a mere FIVE years after I started making it in June of 2014.  Unfortunately, I have no glorious "ta-da" photos to share because the quilt top is a massive 120" x 120" and, with all of those pieces (3,492 pieces not including border strips, but who's counting, right?) and three layers of fabric at every seam allowance, it weighs a ton.  I was concerned about the border fabric tearing from the weight of the quilt if I dragged my menfolk ...

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March 3, 2019
My March OMG Requires Reinforcements: Teaching My Mom How to do Foundation Paper Piecing from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Look Who Learned Foundation Paper Piecing Today!
I looked at my calendar last night and realized that I only have seven weeks to get this quilt top made if I want it to be ready to quilt when I get back from Quilt Week at the end of April, and I gotta be honest, folks -- I was feeling panicked.

But then I remembered how much fun I had with my mom -- and how much sewing we got done in a relatively short period of time -- when she helped me make my Victorian Christmas caroling costume:

My Ridiculous Caroling Getup, Made ...

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March 1, 2019
Something(s) to Show For Myself: Geese Arcs, Vintage Quilt Repair, and Clam Shells from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello, my lovelies, and Happy Wednesday!  I've been "distracted" by work and a series of minor but mildly disabling medical maintenance over the past week or so, but I was finally able to get back to my projects a few days ago and have some progress to report.


Two Arcs Completed, Forty-Six Arcs to Go...
First and foremost, I have actually begun piecing my son Lars's Geese In Circles graduation quilt!  This needs to be completed, as in bound, labeled, and delivered to the church office, no later than May 26th.  I've paper pieced two of the ...

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February 18, 2019
Getting My Ducks In a Row, Or My Geese Lined Up In Circles from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello there, and happy Saturday morning!  I'm pleased to report that I've actually STARTED on my son's graduation quilt.  I haven't sewn a stitch yet -- just prep work so far, but I have a feeling the upfront prep work on this project will pay off with an accelerated pace once I do start piecing.

Precut Geese Patches, Bagged and Labeled

First things first: After the Disastrous Dye Bleed Detour of 2018, my first step had to be checking each of these fabrics to make sure there was no loose dye from the dark fabrics waiting to ...

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