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September 3, 2019
The Tree – OBW #69 from If These Threads Could Talk

You may have realized I love history and cemeteries. As my sister and I were visiting family in Forest Hills Cemetery (Utica, NY) we were drawn to this tree.

When I saw this panel I couldn’t believe my eyes. I have been taking photo’s of this tree since 2010. It is very near the grave of John Adams Great Granddaughter Mary Louisa Adams. Johnson and not far from our family. I love trees, I think I was a Druid in another life! Needless to say I just had to make a One Block Wonder using this panel from ...

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September 1, 2019
My First One Block Wonder from Sew........This Is My Blog


I bought this fabric almost 10 years ago thinking I would make a One Block Wonder (OBW), but I didn't buy enough so it has been patiently waiting in my stash for me to do something with it.  

























A friend of mine was teaching the OBW in an online quilt group I help moderate so I decided to see what I could do with it.  I didn't have enough repeats of the fabric to make a very big quilt so I set out to do what I could.  I liked the way the blocks were looking.  With only ...

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August 31, 2019
Live each day to the max from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


A couple of months ago, I met up with a friend whom I hadn't seen in a long time. Our kids used to hang out together and we spent many hours sitting and chatting at dance class or gymnastics or birthday parties while the kids did their thing. I heard from her daughter that Teresa wasn't well. I had coffee with her in May and she told me that she has advanced lung cancer. I was stunned. This woman and no one in her family smoked. She would have had limited access to second-hand smoke. She was told ...

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August 15, 2019
Size Matters from If These Threads Could Talk

At least when it comes to One Block Wonders (OBW) it does. There are so many “Size” questions when it comes to choosing our fabrics. What size repeat should I choose? What size panel? What size strip width should I cut? What size design elements. The first thing I do when choosing OBW fabric is check the size of the repeat. Then I decide what size to cut the strips based on the size of the design elements. If I want to cut my strips 3 3/4″ wide then I want the design in the fabric to be larger ...

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July 8, 2019
OBW orange top done! from Art In Search

      After a lot of fit and starts trying to figure out the borders, I made a decision and went with it. No second guessing now, it is sewn and don't ask me to rip it apart. I personally liked the turquoise blue relief border and wanted it to do what it does- stop the eye, but not call attention to itself. I had a great suggestion to use the teal/dark blue color found in some of the blocks (thanks, Julie). I debated how wide to make it. I cut it 2". When I put it against the turquoise ...

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July 5, 2019
OBW Orange you glad it's sewn from Art In Search

     After sewing the rows together, I put painter's tape on the rows and sewed the strips together. I used the fork pins for every seam. I put too much work into a myriad of arrangements to endure sloppy row joins. Who cares it took forever?

        I measured 3/4" from the end points of the hexagons and drew a line. I staystitched 1/8" inside it and stay stitched the top and bottom also. Then I trimmed the line to square up the sides. I auditioned the width of the top and bottome border and went with 3" unfinished ...

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July 4, 2019
When it is good that it is broken from Art In Search

     For a whole week, I had a fever. My days and nights were a blur. My husband brought home a gift from his Grand Canyon rafting trip- a flu or respiratory bug. He came home June 21st. He was sick the next day. I held out until the 24th when I went from incredibly healthy to a feverball complete with wheezing, hacking cough. How fast it turns. This was my view until this past Monday.

When my temp finally came down to close to normal.
The thermometer was my constant companion,
     Went to the doctor, swabbed for the normal flu ...

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June 23, 2019
Orange floral One block wonder (OBW) from Art In Search

     I was able to get all the blocks sewn and up on the design wall from the orange floral Philip Jacobs fabric. They are still on the wall. I have moved them and moved them and am not yet convinced I have reached the point to say ok.

First placement




Where it stands now
The fabric

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May 14, 2019
Finishes come slowly from Art In Search

     There is too much to do in so little time. I am sorting scraps and  cleaning out the backlog of them in my garage. Grand kid sitting, cardio rehab, and non-sewing duties quickly diminish available time. I have 4 baby quilts to do for Jack's Basket by next Sunday. Two are quilted, two are on the longarm. The Diagonal Variation quilt sat on the longarm for over a month and finally was done. All have striped bindings, done. The OBW octagons finally got a border, but needs quilting. My floral colorwash is still being tweaked on the design wall ...

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May 12, 2019
Red series............. from Exuberant Color

I did not consciously start this year with a series of red quilts in mind.....it just happened.  The red crazy pieced top was a carryover from last year and I got it quilted right away in February.  Over the first 4 months and 10 days into May I started 4 more mostly red quilts and finished the 4th one into a top on May 10.  The only other one that is quilted and finished is the red and white star quilt......three are tops waiting in line to be quilted.  I think this series was subconsciously my way of ...

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April 29, 2019
Northern Lights from If These Threads Could Talk

The more you practice the better you get at something.  The same is true with quilting.  This quilt was supposed to be for my son Josh for Christmas (last Christmas).  Oh well, better late than never.  This panel is called Northern Lights by Abraham Hunter for Elizabeth’s Studio.  It claimed to be 36″ x 44″ but is was closer to 39″ wide.

I aligned my 6 panels, cut my hexagons and began designing around the panel.  I do not trim the panels before I align them.  Once they are aligned I can decide whether to use any of the ...

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Red OBW sewn together................. from Exuberant Color

Finally the red One Block Wonder is sewn together.  This is probably the closest I have come to getting the camera to catch the true colors.  There are lots of pink flowers and several orange fruits.  The red is a soft red, not bright and glaring.  I'll get it measured today and get the edges staystitched.

The snow melted away with temperatures in the high 40s.  Now we have a week with lots of rain coming.  The 10 day prediction is cooler than normal.  I think this will be one of the years of going straight from cold to ...

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April 28, 2019
Red OBW progress................ from Exuberant Color

I'm getting closer to the finish on this One Block Wonder and it is looking so much better.  I sewed 2 of the last 4 columns yesterday.  I hope to have it all sewn today.   

I also sewed the last 2 Snail's Trail blocks so I can decide on a layout of that one soon.








The Redbuds are starting to open and then this happened........................................................................................................................................................................................






Really?  It snowed more after it was too dark to take a photo.  I'm hoping the Redbuds blooms can survive.  I have lived in this house 47 years and only one year ...

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April 27, 2019
Working on several............. from Exuberant Color

While my friends were here I worked on 3 projects.  The red OBW has only 4 more columns to sew.  While I had the rest of it off the wall to be sewn together I took advantage of the empty side of the of the design wall to put more of my pickle insert blocks up.  The colors are darker and more intense but the fluorescent lights made them washed out and the "pickle" acid green looks like yellow here.  Mainly I wanted to see if I have to make some specific blocks or if I can place them randomly ...

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April 25, 2019
End triangles................ from Exuberant Color

I decided I will do alternating plain and print triangles on the top and bottom edge.  I only got part of 2 columns sewn and gave up and went to bed early.

The trip to Chicago was heavy tollway traffic (2 hours) and I had never seen more people at the eye clinic.  The wait was long.  My 9:45 a.m. appointment ended up being 11:35.  I was talking to another lady and found out we had the same appointment time.  This is a clinic through the University of Illinois so it is a teaching hospital environment.  I ...

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April 24, 2019
Working on three......... from Exuberant Color

The red Kona cotton that I found Monday night turned out to be a shade too dark in the daylight.  Then I went through the leftover fabrics from the "pickle" insert quilt and found one 5" strip that was almost an exact match.  I cut a strip and then half equilateral  triangles and placed them in the left position and triangles from the print in the right position and I think it is going to work OK.  Several people mentioned using all plain red fill in triangles but I think that would be distracting and lead the eye to the ...

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April 23, 2019
Red OBW dilemma........ from Exuberant Color

The 6 columns at the left have been sewn together.  I was getting ready to sew the triangles from the ends of the strips onto the top and bottom edges and found out I have all rights and no lefts so I decided to go ahead and sew and will have to unpick a few stitches if I do add triangles.




The only thing I could figure out to do was to look through my Kona cotton solids and see if I have a red close to the color in the quilt.  This one looks good at night but I ...

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April 22, 2019
Progress on two............. from Exuberant Color

I now have 72 blocks completely done, 21 pieced triangles that have points trimmed and 12 more paired and ready to sew for 105 total.  I said yesterday that I was making 120 blocks but I re-figured and need 130.
I moved my sewing machine over to a higher table so I could stand and sew.  I just brought 4 pieces at a time to the machine.  The 4 columns on the left are sewn but not pressed.  I now know that it will end up about 49" x 65".

We had a sunny 77 degree day yesterday so I ...

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April 13, 2019
Octagons Delight! from Art In Search

     OBW Octagons continued: After arranging/rearranging the triangle squares in the spaces between the octagons, I had to figure a way to get them off the wall and sew them. 


      In the book, she recommends taking two off the wall at a time. I did not want that kind of torture and knew I would not get those triangles in the right spots, so I pulled out my old friend, freezer paper.
      I already had cut squares that I had place another project on before, so that was easy. I numbered the rows and letter the columns- like A1, A2 ...

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4th and final layout.........design by committee....... from Exuberant Color

My 2 friends and I moved blocks and moved blocks and moved blocks until we reached this layout which is the final one and will be sewn.












I flipped the photo 180 degrees to see if it looks any better but it doesn't.  

I'm still not really liking this OBW that much but I'll go ahead and sew this at my leisure when I just need something to sew on while watching TV.





While my friends were here I cut a new quilt.  The solid colors I used in my crazy pieced quilt HERE were still on ...

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