Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New start

Have you ever felt a bit out of sorts and then realized its already Monday or Tuesday and you haven't started a new quilt that week? So here is my cure for the "blues." I'm making Bonnie Hunter's Idaho Square Dance, the quilt featured on the cover of her book Addicted to Scraps. It's a wonderful combination of log cabin and four patch blocks.

In between sewing the log cabin blocks, I'm sewing "fabric debri" catchers. Those are the bits of feathers from making chickens. Or left over oddments that are too small for string quilts. In my house, they are the bits that the cats are constantly knocking from the cutting table to the floor. This means I can pretend I'm cleaning house too.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Here's the block from yesterday remade with Kaffe fabrics so it will fit better into Jane Stickle's Alternative Universe. And since then, I remembered the quick way to make the three piece triangles (also featured prominently in On Ringo Lake), so this is now an easy block.

I also caught up on the 365 day challenge. When I made the Dear Jane quilt using Kaffe fabrics, I had the same experience of the pattern drastically changing and throwing the block off. For example, in the bottom block, the light in the right most strip looks quite different from the other three strips. And oddly, I don't notice it until I am working with the photograph. But no worries. I expect them to all play well together in the end.

Meanwhile, it's just better to let sleeping ponies lie.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ringo Lake, RSC and Palette cleanser

Let's start with my version of Bonnie Hunter's Ringo Lake mystery quilt. Because I was making a small version, I didn't want to put it on the diagonal and have it "swamped" by the border. Instead, I made a similar block and set them side by side. This quilt top finished at about 47 inches square. The final link-up is tomorrow so I have been hitting the sewing machine foot pedal pretty hard. If you want to see what others have done, jump here to Bonnie Hunter's final link-up.

Happily, my RSC spools from last year were easy to piece as I pulled the quilt top together. I would hop over to the RSC challenge for 2018 if you want to see more noteworthy contributions.

I did find time to lurk around among my favorite blogs and saw that Gayle at Mangofeet was offering this as a palette cleanser. Ahem. I almost broke my brain on this. When I finished it, I did notice that it finished to the same size as the Dear Jane blocks. I ran to the Alternative Universe Jane Stickle Compendium to see if it was documented there. (This is the compendium of all the blocks Jane Stickle made but didn't put in her famous quilt). The block was there, but Jane Stickle left a note saying that she would never make a block like this because she prefers much simpler blocks.)

I'm thinking I might stick this new block in with my Alternative Jane Universe project anyway.

Except Molly reminded me that I did not use Kaffe fabrics for this block so I will just have to throw the block away and do something else with my time like play with neglected kittens.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CAT-ch up

As usual, I have plenty of projects going at once. with a slight variation on the leader and ender concept. And here is the progress for the day:

Here are all the blocks I've made so far for Kathryn Kerr's 365 day challenge.

And here is the progress on the Ringo Lake Mystery by Bonnie Hunter. This looks impressive if you think I'm making a 3 by 3 block baby quilt. Instead I'm going for the 5 by 5 block size. I do think I have all the components I need so hopefully there will be no need to go back and make geese and the like.

And no day is complete without adding a couple of chickens to the coop.

Last but not least, I laid out the proposed purple chickens on the design floor. Molly sent her pony to complete the first run through. Her pony is getting quite full of himself and wants a lot of my time and attention. He is also working on an audible meow so he can pass as a cat. As if.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Ringo Variation Preview

I've decided to change up Bonnie Hunter's Ringo Lake layout. And because I only have a handful of blocks finished, this will just be a hint. What it will eventually look like remains a mystery to me. So I'm obviously not ready for the formal link-up and I have until the end of the week to pull it together.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Chicken

Here is the progress of the chicken coop. The next diagonal is purple. You may have noticed that there is a chicken up on tippy top. There is some agitation for a quilt that is 8 by 8 chickens instead of 7 by 7. I can't argue that there isn't enough fabric...

But I can argue that there is limited time. For example, here I have started Kathryn Kerr's Block a Day challenge.  Admittedly, this is about as far as I get each year. But this year I'm a bit more hopeful. I am using Kaffe fabric because its fun to work with and I don't have to plan ahead. The Kaffe collective fabric is designed with a cooperative palette. I just need to keep the values right.

And speaking of agitation...Molly thought this was a better inspirational photo than the one shown yesterday. I reminded her that she is usually looking down to see if the item she knocked to the ground hit her brother or shattered.