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April 15, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Good to Be Home from Life In Pieces

After a hectic business trip to the West Coast last week, I've spent most of the weekend trying to recover from the sinus crude that showed up while I was on the road. I'm still feeling pretty crappy, but at least the fever is gone.  It's nice to be home.  The sewing room doesn't have magical healing properties, but it was as great distraction from my symptoms.  

I spent some recovery time just sitting and hand stitching the binding for Christmas Mystery quilt, while binge watching the Great British Baking Show on Netflix. 

I'm just ...

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March 25, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Rainy Days and Storms At Sea from Life In Pieces

Saturday was stormy and cold.  The Scientist in Training and I headed out for a necessary shopping expedition anyway.  The SIT has a poster presentation over her undergraduate research at a regional chemistry conference in a couple of weeks and needed to add some professional attire to her college wardrobe of jeans and graphic tees.  Plus we have a family wedding coming up at the end of April, so both of us needed dresses for that.  We found slacks, shirt and a jacket for the SIT, plus wedding appropriate dresses for both of us.  That accomplished we had lunch in ...

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March 11, 2019
Weekend Stitching: Stormy Outlook from Life In Pieces

It was a fast moving weekend.  It was sunny but very windy on Saturday and we got a nice taste of spring, but Sunday we were back to the chilly temps with a little less wind. We braved the cold temps on Sunday afternoon to set up the annual science demos for the 5th graders in our area.  I mentioned yesterday that My Guy was recognized at a dinner last week for his role in organizing the annual program.  He'll be busy with that this week.  I'm doing demos on Thursday and maybe Wednesday afternoon if we are ...

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December 5, 2018
Calm Seas from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Northcott Fabrics.

A Storm at Sea quilt has been on my “need to make list” for a long time.  I especially love the kind that use graduating colors.  Lucky for me, fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor Michelle Hiatt created her pattern “Calm Seas“.  This fabulous pattern offers you a choice of 3 sizes; Throw, Double or King.  I chose to make the Throw size (62″ x 72”).  Calm Seas is a companion pattern for Studio 180 Design’s Large Square/Squared, Diamond Rects & V Block Tools.

I chose ...

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September 10, 2018
The Last of the Darkest Blocks from Quilt Obsession

There were four Stormy Seas blocks left to sew with the very dark blue batik. I knew that having those hanging over me would make it a less appealing project to pick up again, if indeed it does go into hibernation, so decided to just get them done.

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First I pieced this one.

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Then its mirror image block.

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The second-last one.

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And its mirror image block which is finally – finally! – the last one to be made that has that very dark blue batik!

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The back of one after pressing and grading the seams.

I’ve graded the seams on all ...

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August 29, 2018
Dark Stormy Seas from Quilt Obsession

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This is definitely one of the darkest of the Stormy Seas blocks. Now there are only four left to make with the dark, dark blue batik.

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Its back, after pressing and grading the seams.

I realized something as I was sewing this block, though, and that’s that the other fabric is the most difficult to needle of all the batiks used in the Stormy Seas blocks. So much so that I might – I’ve not decided about this yet – isolate all those blocks still to be made that have that fabric in them and get them sewn after I ...

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August 27, 2018
Sea Foam Stormy Seas Blocks from Quilt Obsession

Of course I had to make a couple of Stormy Seas blocks using the new batiks added to the mix. And I had to make those blocks using what is, I think, my favourite of the original seven batiks.

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First there was this one – which is definitely my favourite of these two.

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And then this one.

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The back of one – they are pressed exactly the same.

I’m glad I decided to add the two new lighter batiks to the mix even though it means I have a lot of blocks still to make as I think the overall look ...

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August 17, 2018
Sky Quilt Blocks & Stormy Seas from Quilt Obsession

Years ago – at least six years, it seems. going by the date on the watermark – I started making what I’m calling the Sky Quilt.


At the moment, it has a partial rainbow in the centre with star blocks representing twilight, noon, sunset and dawn. I still have to finish the rainbow and I think I may need to add one more block of  – I don’t know – maybe another vivid sunset. I made the rainbow and blocks using 1.75″ 45-degree diamonds printed using the Inklingo 6″ LeMoyne Star collection.

I found the rainbow and sky blocks when I ...

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August 15, 2018
Repurposing Containers from Quilt Obsession

All the printed sheets of shapes for the additional Stormy Seas blocks are now, for the most part, cut apart and ready to be put in individual glassine envelopes for more Stormy Seas blocks. There is still some final cutting to be done. That will get done by hand with scissors because my wrists and holding a ruler or using the rotary cutter – well, they need a break from each other! The amount of cutting I need to do with scissors is minimal, so this step will not take long.

In the meantime, I needed somewhere to put all the ...

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August 13, 2018
Stormy Seas Weekend from Quilt Obsession

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It was definitely a Stormy Seas weekend. I couldn’t resist piecing this block for the top as the fabrics in it are two of my favourites. The metallic fabric has made an appearance in a few projects and I still have some of it left for future projects.

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The back, after pressing and grading the seams. The more I sew these, the quicker I’m piecing them. It’s finding that my time to sew gets so much faster that makes me wonder about rotating with other projects, but I do want to keep some momentum on a few ...

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August 8, 2018
Stormy Seas Sewing Sequence from Quilt Obsession

I finished this Stormy Seas block with the idea that I was doing it as a reference for myself of the sewing sequence and pressing that I’ve found works best for me when making these blocks. So far, this is definitely one of my favourites!

Its back, after pressing.

It all starts with the three types of pieced units.

Which include the large centre pieced square. I’m showing the backs of the units as a pressing reference.

And the four corner pieced squares.

As well as the four pieced diamond units. I’ve found that pressing two of ...

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August 6, 2018
Stormy Seas Blocks … Progress? from Quilt Obsession

The three Stormy Seas blocks with the dark, dark blue batik are done! I am – was so glad when I finished sewing the last one.

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This one is my favourite of the three that are finished because I love the movement in the lighter batik.

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The lighter batik in this one is another favourite because – well, because I’m hopeless when it comes to batiks. I love them all – even the dark, dark blue one.

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Then there’s this one. With yet another favourite batik. The metallic in it makes me think of sunlight glistening on the water.

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The back ...

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July 27, 2018
Dark Stormy Sea from Quilt Obsession

The partially done Storm at Sea block is now finished.

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And now I know why I left this project in the midst of that block! Why? Because that dark batik is  – well, a bit difficult. Along with being quite dark, it’s also one of the few batiks I’ve run into that is hard to needle. So it’s clearly not as much fun to sew the blocks with that dark batik as all the rest.

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There are 15 of the Stormy Seas blocks left to sew. I went through the envelopes and found that only these 3 of ...

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July 25, 2018
Taking Stock from Quilt Obsession

In anticipation of an Inklingo Golden Wedding Ring collection, I thought I’d have a look at my unfinished projects and see if anything jumped out at me that would have to be included in a rotation with the Golden Wedding Ring quilt I know I want to make. In no time, I found two – not a surprise, I suppose, given how often I flit from project to project.

The two I found are rather big ones in varying stages of completion.

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The first is a two-colour Double Wedding Ring. I’ve made loads of these rings.

Finished Arc:Melon DWR Combos IMG_1999wtmk

And lots of ...

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July 2, 2018
When Pythagoras Met Jane: Ancient Math Magic Comes to the Rescue of a Damsel In Distress from Cheeky Cognoscenti

NOPE, I haven't been working on my Jingle BOM, my Pineapple Log Cabin, or anything else that I promised the whole Internet I'd be working on this week.  Instead of sewing, I've been busy designing a NEW project, one that will use up leftover strips that had been cut for pineapple log cabin blocks.

I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to quick-and-easy, down-and-dirty string pieced projects that would be oh-so-sensible for this purpose.  But alas, I am not a sensible girl.  I'm an impractical, wish-upon-a-star, dream-up-something-different-to-drive-myself-crazy kind of girl.

And so I have camped out ...

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October 20, 2017
Storm At Sea from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Sheryl Kenny is searching for this Storm at Sea quilt that she made for her nephew, Travis Owens. The quilt was last seen during the summer of 2016. It was stolen from a house in Phoenix, Arizona where he was staying.

This quilt is full size. The main colors are blues and reds. Sheryl used a fabric by Jason Center called Return to Atlantis which features sea life. This quilt is machine pieced and machine quilted. It was made in 2014. It has a label hand appliquéd to the back which says something like, “For my nephew Travis Owens.”

If ...

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