Wavelength in progress

I started my Wavelength quilt. I’m going to do dark teal/aqua on the inside and flow out to light aqua/white.

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I printed out the 100 plus paper piecing patterns that I will need for the lap size design. I’ve got about 3 rows/columns complete. While working on those rows I have realized that I will not have enough fabric color variation to do the plan as I want. Though I LOVE what it looks like right now!

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Darn – that means I will have to do some fabric shopping. Tell me it isn’t so. It’s just so burdensome exciting! :-). I have found that it is difficult to determine aqua/teal colors online. I found some fabrics on Etsy that I thought would work for the darker teals that I currently need. The color states teal or peacock and the photos showed a color that would flow well in this design. They were delivered today and are more of a green variety than teal and will not work as intended.

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I still love these fabrics but they won’t work for the intended color flow of this quilt. But, you just can’t go wrong with some Bike Path, Urban Mod, Comma, Grand Hotel, Felicity, or Chicopee. There is a lot of yumminess in this bundle.

The 3 fabrics on the right, in this next photo, are already going to work in the quilt and were what I was trying to match. The values are just a little bit off.

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I’m going to have to actually go to the store with some scraps to match up the colors better. I don’t think the online thing is going to work as well unless I decide to get more of the patterns/colors that I already have.

I’m excited to continue working on this. More progress to follow as long as I can get the fabric thing worked out. 🙂

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Early April Work-in-Progress

Works in progress. Seems like most of my projects have this status at the moment. First up is the Triangle Quilt Along quilt. This week is when triangles become rows.

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I knew that if I laid these triangles on the floor, to decide on my layout and design, that I would have to redo it over and over again because the cats would invariably rearrange them with their sliding on the pretty fabric. It’s their favorite game. 🙂
I don’t have room for a full-fledged design wall in my sewing space. I looked around and saw an area that might work on a smaller scale. The closet door! Light bulb moment. I draped some batting over the top of the door like this. The unfinished top of the door keeps the batting in place.

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The door still shuts with no issues. Ta-da!! It was so exciting. So, I put some triangles up. No pinning. So awesome! The door will fit 4 rows of 17 triangles.

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The QAL calls for 12 rows, therefore repeat 3 times. Finished rows I pinned on the back of the door inside the closet on the overhang of the batting. The cats aren’t even messing with it. It’s wonderful. I’m so excited to have at least a small little design wall.
So, I have a few rows done and it looks so cool. I’m incredibly happy with the color palette for this quilt.

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Second WIP is my Diamond Delight quilt using High Street by Moda.

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The triangles are all cut. I’m just working on cutting and attaching the grey background. I’ve had to tweak the pattern and am still working out some bugs but I like how it’s coming together.

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Third WIP is a Disappearing Nine Patch using Sunnyside by Kate Spain. The backing fabric came in and I just need to piece that together and baste and quilt and bind it. There’s a lot left to do.

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The only new stash I have this week came from #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. It’s a couple pieces of Joel Dewberry Heirloom and one piece of Kate Spain Terrain.

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Let’s see how this all fares at the end of April. I doubt I’ll have a finish but I should make plenty of piecing progress.

Lucky Stars – still a Work in Progress

My day job is in Retail Accounting and most retailers perform inventory at the end of January. Needless to say, we have been extremely busy at work and it’s really digging into my sewing time. But, for the first weekend in about 2 months, I was off on Saturday! It was incredibly exciting!!
I spent the time sewing and indulging in #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. Let’s just say I have a couple packages heading my way. I really need to stop refreshing that feed.
This week, I received a couple more textie-like fabrics. I love this RIley Blake Lost & Found 2 print.

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I also ordered these 2 Premier prints. They are a light weight Home Decor print. It was not what I was expecting but I can definitely make it work. Now, I’m thinking pillows and window shades. Hmmm, what to do, what to do?

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My Saturday sewing consisted of more Lucky Stars BOM blocks from Don’t Call me Betsy. I am seriously loving these! I now have 6 total – three 12 1/2 inch and three 6 1/2 inch blocks. Here are the newest ones.

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All together they look great!

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Change is in the Air

Well, the fabric choice of my border did not work out. Let’s just say that my seam ripper was put to work. It distracted the eye from the main fabric in the quilt. I still love this spider fabric and I will use it on the back. I’m thinking of some kind of modern pieced backing using that fabric and some of the scraps from the Costume Clubhouse line.

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So I was able to finish the top with a halloweenish polka dot fabric that really sets off the blocks well. Time to piece together a backing. I found some really cute Halloween word fabric but it’s all glittery and I know, based on previous experience, that glitter comes off on my machine and everywhere else. So, I will most likely piece together the spider fabric, the polka dots, and remaining fabric from the Riley Blake bundle. I’ve yet to get started on that.

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I’ve been working on a new Craftsy workshop taught by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock. It’s a basic pattern but I’ve already learned an easier way to piece some things together. I didn’t buy enough fabric so I’m waiting for another layer cake to arrive on my doorstep. I’m using Santa’s Workshop by Doodlebug Designs for Riley Blake.

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Here’s a pic of it halfway sewn and laid out.

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Weekend Roundup

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Well, it’s still Halloween in July around here. I found a really cool black fabric to use for the sashing material and cut up my strips. It’s a Robert Kaufman print and I really love it. I think it goes great with the Costume Clubhouse fabric.
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Now, time to do the layout. It took a lot of thought to make sure to cut the prints properly and to sew them in the right direction. The Topiary Tiles pattern did not use the directional fabric that I chose for this design. And it used precut squares instead of the fat quarters that I used. I had to do a few reinterpretations of the pattern directions to get them cut the same. I ended up doing 20 big squares instead of 24. So, first I cut my focal fabric (20 7″ squares) and then I cut the rest of it.

From each supporting fabric I cut:
20 11 1/2 x 2 1/2″ strips
20 3″ squares
20 2 1/2 x 7″ strips
20 2 1/2 x 3″ rectangles
40 3 x 7″ strips

I mixed up my supporting fabric and used some of the same patterns on multiples blocks. I cut the 2 1/2 and 3″ WOF strips first and then cut down from there to get all the pieces I needed.
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I love the way it turned out. I had a little help while trying the layout on my bedroom floor and then a little wrestling match ensued between my two kitty helpers. It’s good to take a break for a little entertainment from time to time. After the match the layout ended up like this:
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I found this adorable spider fabric that I will be using for the border.

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And I can’t wait to see how it all comes together in the end. I think it looks good so far.
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