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May 21, 2019
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock... Deadline for Mission Impossible is 5 Days Away. Or 7 Days. Or 2 Weeks. from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Center Row of Circles Finished Yesterday
Good morning and happy Tuesday!  This needs to be short and sweet so I can get back to this graduation quilt that's under my needle.  This quilt is for a blessing ceremony at church and the official deadline for turning in the graduates' Bibles and quilts to the church office is this Sunday, May 26th.  However, I found out that the pastors and staff won't be passing around the Bibles and praying over the quilts until their staff meeting on Tuesday morning, May 28th.  And I further discovered that, in years past ...

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May 17, 2019
Making a Start: Mission Impossible is Finally Under the Longarm Needle! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I started quilting Mission Impossible last night and I'm SO EXCITED!!!  This is how it looked when I shut off the machine and called it quits for the night:

FINALLY Started Quilting Mission Impossible!
I spent four hours at the machine and got the purple background areas of four 12" blocks quilted during that time.  Since there are 48 of these blocks in the quilt, that means I have 44 hours to go -- and then I have to go back and quilt the flying geese, and then trim the quilt and bind it...  But maybe my pace will quicken ...

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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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May 5, 2019
Vintage Quilt Resurrection Completed; Back to Lars's Mission Impossible Graduation Quilt (With Only Three Weeks to Go), and PROM 2019 from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I have a FINISH, you guys!  This is the vintage 1960s era family quilt that I rescued for a friend.  

Vintage Quilt Repaired and Quilted, Ready to Go Home

It was like an episode of This Old House where they start out planning to just update the kitchen of a 19th century home but then they find all kinds of problems hidden inside the walls...  There were definitely moments when I wasn't sure I could get this quilt back together again and had to walk away from it for a few days before I felt comfortable about how I ...

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April 17, 2019
6 Days Until Quilt Week: Mission Impossible, Vintage Repair + New Tumbler Top All Ready for Quilting! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Oh my gosh, you guys -- is this what it feels like to plan your work, work your plan, and finish a project way ahead of a deadline?!  

It was a little after midnight when I finished the last seam in Lars's Mission Impossible graduation quilt top and gave it a final pressing.  I needed help getting it back up on the design wall for a final photo, and my family was sleeping.  

72 x 96 Mission Impossible Quilt Top, Almost Finished in Photo, Totally Finished IRL

I decided that one of the almost-done pictures would have to suffice; you ...

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April 9, 2019
Vintage Quilt Repair + Mission Impossible: To-Do On Tuesday from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  I am astonished to report that, not only did I reach last Tuesday's weekly goal of completing half (24) of the blocks for Lars's Mission Impossible graduation quilt, but my mom and I got ALL 48 blocks done last week.  Woo-hoo!  They are all laid out on my design wall now, waiting to be sewn together.  

Mission Impossible: All Forty-Eight 12 inch Blocks Complete!

I just have a few decisions to mull first, such as:

  1. Am I going to sew these blocks into rows next, or will I sew sets of four 12" blocks together into ...

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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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