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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Some of the strips in this Trip Around the World aren't full width.  If I had enough fabric I cut one extra strip and then cut a piece from it to finish the length.  In the case of the second pink fabric I only had enough to fill in on 2 stratas.  I went to my 30s repros scrap bag and found a substitute that is about the same value.  I will have a few strata loops left over so I'm not sure how many times it will appear in the quilt.
The cactus with the orange blossoms decided to have one more round.

Next week I'll have 2 more blossoms. 

Thanks everyone yesterday for your kind comments about Otis and his quilt top.  I hope he read them.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Otis and his TAW quilt top.........

Here is my 86 year old friend Otis with his finished Trip Around the World quilt top.  It is 78" x 98" and you can see by his smile that he is very pleased with it and happy that it is finished as of yesterday.  It will go to the quilter soon and then he will gift it to a family member.

Monday, March 27, 2017

One strata cut..........

I finished cleaning the basement and baked the cookies and had time left over to cut one strata of my 30s Trip Around the World.  Some of the fabrics weren't full width and had to have a piece added.  I had to cut around the break and only got 19 strips out of a strata.  I need 5 more pieces from the next strata to have 1/4 unpicked and ready to decide what the center will be.  I have always wanted to have a TAW of 30s reproduction fabrics so this marks one off my very long list.
I started designing this with the solid color at the bottom of each color group.  I think I might like it better with it at the top so that means reversing all of the strips I have up on the wall.  After the art quilters leave I will move this over to a double design wall and flip the strips.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Section sewn.............

Yesterday I cleared off three tables, finished basting my friend's quilt, mixed two batches of cookie dough and got a ten row section sewn on my other friend's quilt.  Today I'll finish cleaning the basement and bake the cookies.  The art quilters will be here tomorrow.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Helping another friend.........

One of my art quilter friends is making this Trip Around the World for his granddaughter.  I cut the kit for him last year.  Since we had to cancel 2 dates he hasn't been here to work on it for 2 months.  I talked to him this week and told him I would get the rest unpicked and sew a few rows together for him if that was OK with him.  He had his 86th birthday a couple weeks ago and has several more quilts planned.  Now he can finish sewing this on Monday and get it to his quilter soon.

I also worked on the basting of Rosemary's quilt.  I think I only have 5 lines left to baste.  It is supposed to rain off and on today so I won't be tempted to work in the garden and yard.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Strata sewing.........

I switched two colors since the photo yesterday, the blue and purple.  I sewed more strata pieces last night.  I have one more section to sew and then I can sew them together into the full stratas.  

I went out yesterday afternoon and did some trimming on bushes.  Our first free brush pick up will be the first Monday in April.  I dragged the two piles I already had from winter branches falling as well as an earlier session of brush cutting in February to the end of the driveway.  Today it is supposed to be up in the 70s so I will probably do a little yard work.  This is the earliest I have ever gotten my flower beds cleaned off.  The peonies are peeking out of the ground.  I only saw one hosta starting.  They usually wait until later in April.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Another Trip Around the World...........

My friend and I basted her quilt (yesterday's blog post) for 2 hours yesterday morning and then were able to pull the rest of it up on the table to have it ready to finish the basting.  I will work on it a little each day now instead of all at once.  Last night I started sewing the stratas for an new Trip Around the World with 30's reproduction fabrics.  I haven't decided on the color order yet so I just sewed each group of 4 fabrics and then played with the order.  This is the first one I tried.

All I did was move the yellow strata a few spaces to the right for this layout.  After seeing it on my computer monitor I think I like this layout the best.  I have one more move I'll try and then I can sew the groups together for a complete strata.  I used 2.5" strips and I have 24 fabrics.  If my calculations are right I think this might come out about 70" x 94".

I have to start cleaning the basement today.  After 2 cancellations the art quilter are finally going to come next Monday so I have 4 days to put away all of my stuff.....and believe me, I have a lot of different projects laying on tables.  I also had been doing some sorting so one table is covered with that.