Look what I can do….

OK…. yesterday….day one of my recovery… it’s 745 in the morning….. and I am bored… Already.

So, what’s a girl to do? Go upstairs to the studio of course!

I had organized a scrap, strip quilt in the days before my surgery and found that I can actually sew with my left hand!!IMG_6445

Lining up the fabrics was a little hard but once the nerve block wore off and I had full feeling in my right hand it was much easier.  Overall the experience worked well.

I did make one concession to having to use my left hand and switched to my travel iron which is much smaller and easier to handle with my non-dominate hand…..

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Now I’m wondering what I’m gonna do when I finish sewing the strips together since I know that I won’t be cutting for a while. I’m already thinking about my boxes of 2 1/2 inch squares and other precut pieces that I could just start playing with.

This recovery time may actually be a creative time

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Pineapples….pineapples and MORE pineapples…..

While at the retreat, I started working on a pineapple quilt, not knowing how big I was going to make it.   The longer I worked, the bigger that I wanted it to be so now I am planning for a Queen Size.

Gyleen Fitzgerald’s technic is VERY easy to do, especially using her ruler!!   

It starts out with a 2-1/2 inch square for the center and then works with 1-1/2 inch strips.   After each round of strip adding, you go to the cutting board and, using her ruler, cut off the extra bits…..

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You simply line the 1-inch line up with the top seam, make sure that the vertical lines are straight thru the corners and cut off the dog-ears at the top.

The blocks grow quickly…..

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The last cut is made by placing the center square on the ruler over the center square of the block and trimming all four sides….

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VOILA…..one completed block…..

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The biggest thing to remember with this technic is that all of the cutting is done from the REVERSE side of the block.   If you start lining things up with the finished edge, you get into trouble very quickly.

This past week I have kept on making Pineapples…..44 more of them to be exact!!!

I started laying them out on my design wall but had trouble visualizing the finished quilt because I was having to lay it out sideways.

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I finally pieced some of the rows that I was fairly sure about and then carefully rearranged the pieces so that I could see it vertically….

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As I looked at it, I wasn’t happy with the red areas so decided to sleep on it and try again the next morning.   After playing around with block placement, I decided that the dark reds were too strong and that perhaps there were too many of them, so I started piecing more blocks in purple and green.

I liked this arrangement much better……

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Next up will be setting triangles and borders!!!

This one is finished……

When I last left you with the strip quilt, it looked like this……

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As I looked at the photos, I realized that the two corner blocks did not look good because the angles were wrong.  Several people said not to worry about it, but it kept bothering me so I eventually changed it……

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AHHH….much better!!

I couldn’t figure out where to head next with the quilt so took the top to the Charity Bee that I go to on Wednesday morning and we all had a good look at it and everyone started making suggestions.    Most agreed that there should be an accent inner border and then a larger outer border.  Most people were going for a dark brown accept border, but Pat took one look and said “it has to be turquoise”.   So, I took her suggestion  and started playing with turquoise.  

I liked how it looked, but couldn’t figure out what to put on the outside.   I kept coming back to a reddish fabric but couldn’t make myself put it up against the turquoise.   I yelled for Michael to come and he immediately thought that it looked great…..

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Here is the finished top…..

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I wanted to use the rest of the brown fabric on the back but there wasn’t quite enough so I pieced some strips to make an inset…..

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I spent a long time thinking about how to quilt this piece.   I wanted it to be a quick quilting job, but still wanted it to work with the pattern.   For some reason, I just didn’t want to follow the piecing lines, so I finally decided to just use straight parallel lines…..

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I am very happy with this quilt and love the way it softened up after washing.

Strip quilt update….

I spent all day Tuesday working on the strip quilt that I showed a few days ago.   I was hoping to get the top finished, but that didn’t happen!!  At the end of the day, it was at this point……

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When I took this photo, I realized that the angle of the two bottom corner blocks is not right so I will probably re-do those.

I had this idea that I was going to try to finish this by Saturday, but finally decided that it would be better for me to do the work that I needed to do first and then be able to enjoy making the quilt.  SO…..here it sits at the moment but I am looking forward to getting back to it.

Finally, here is a better photo of the raffle quilt for the Guild…….

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One of our members has agreed to quilt it and another one approached me at the meeting on Tuesday night and said that she would bind it….YEAH!!!

Catching up…..

Wow…cant believe that it has been 10 days since I have posted.  Time to catch you all up with what has been going on here.

First of all, I finished the quilt top for the guild raffle quilt.   The photo isn’t the best, but you can get the idea…..

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At the last Charity Bee meeting, we auditioned a bunch of different inner borders and decided that the lighter Turquoise was the best.   We have a darker one for the binding.

The next project was to get the rest of the blocks ready for the quilt that Mom and I are working on together.  She is enjoying doing the hand applique, so I have been madly trying to get more ready to send to her.  

On the Fourth of July, son Brian and D-I-L Amber spent the day with us so I enlisted Amber to help with picking fabrics…..

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On Saturday, I finished fusing all of the other blocks and have now sent another set off to Mom.

The pattern that I was using had some funky birds included in the blocks and I wasn’t that excited about them so I decided instead to leave off the birds and just make the blocks different sizes……

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Should be fun when it comes time to put the quilt together!!

 

Finally, I have a good friend who is having a BIG birthday and I decided that I want to make her a lap quilt…..by next Saturday!!   So far, so good……

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