{Work in Progress}

Just dropping in for a quick “Howdy” for WIP Wednesday!
Last night, I cut out my snowball blocks and each of the 17 blocks are 9.5″ square, based on the star blocks.

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Over the next few days, I’ll be working on marking the snowball corners and hopefully be sewing by the weekend. It’s a hump week for some reason….so I’m not being overly ambitious!

What is everyone else working on??

P.S.- The camera is in the shop (sad-face!) so please “enjoy” the crappy iPad pictures. Hopefully she’ll be back for the weekend…

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Party Like a Block Star

Friday night, I sat myself in front of the sewing machine (and TV- I multitask) for about five hours non stop. With that being said, I finished all 18 star blocks!

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*Sorry for all the pictures!

I was not planning on finishing all my blocks that night but once I realized I only had 2 blocks to go, I couldn’t stop! The lights to my sewing room went off around 11:30, so I was working late. I have to say 18 blocks in about 10 days is not bad at all.

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Next up, I have to make my snowball blocks. I have 17 to make but I’m predicting that wont take to long. …But you know how that goes….

See my other star blocks here, here, and here.

{Work in Progress}

I have successfully met my goal thus far for making one star block a day for the Tennessee Waltz quilt. I’m even a little bit ahead!

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I have a total of 9 blocks finished! Whoop whoop 50%!!

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And there’s the block party! And here’s an out take:

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When I was laying out all my blocks, I only came up with eight blocks. I absolutely could not find the ninth block. I knew I had the ninth block because I had just counted. I looked everywhere thinking the wind blew it away (egad!). I then found it under another block. Oops!

-Linking up to WIP Wednesday

Star Block Finishes

My quilting area looks like a tornado hit it after this week… And it will probably stay like that for awhile!

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(It may not look bad but its really bad to me!)
The reason it is such a mess is because I started working on my Tennessee Waltz quilt again and have put together a number of star blocks. Tennessee Waltz needs to be done for July 10, and at the beginning of this week I had exactly one out of 18 star blocks together. So que Rocky theme song, its crunch time!
My goal is at least one block a day. That will take me over 2 weeks to finish all the blocks.
Here’s what I have so far:

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(Shhh! Don’t tell but the last one is my favorite!)
I now have four blocks completed! That’s 22%…. Why does everything sound so bad in percentage form??

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-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

{Quilting Progress}

Sorry for some messed up posting; I scheduled certain posts and they never got published! Gahhhh!

Anywho, after my personal quilting retreat, I got quite a bit of a head start on the straight line quilting on Strike Out!

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I finished the seven diagonal lines going left to right. I have five diagonal lines going right to left and have plenty more to go.

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It looks like my schedule is going to get pretty hectic in the next few months, so hopefully I’ll still be able to find time to quilt. That being said I think I’m going to put Strike Out! away for the time being and focus on my Tennessee Waltz quilt. But I don’t want to because I’m so close to the end of Strike Out! and it would be nice to not have to worry about it… What do you guys think??

-Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Personal Retreat: Part III

I know, I know, it looks like I got nothing done, but I did!! I now have 7 lines going from left to right, which I know is only one more line. I also got the corners done. But my main progress has been in the design.

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Instead of crosshatching, the rest of the blue will have lines going right to left diagonally…or I just thought maybe straight… But anyway, the left to right diagonal will mimic bowling alleys and so I will make little arrows inside each line. I think it will turn out real nice. Now I have to decide diagonal or straight… straight would stick out more… I guess I’ll have to sleep on it.

Tomorrow is the last day of my personal quilting retreat. BOOOOO!! I have a lot to do if I want to meet my goal of finishing the quilting in the blue… O well, I can’t say I didn’t try.

My Retreat Journal:
Day I
Day II

Quilting Details Thus Far

It occurred to me that, when I became a very bad blogger, I never showed the quilting that I did in my absence, so here it goes!

-DISCLAIMER- Please excuse the numerous hairs and fuzz all over the quilt. It is a WIP and also in travel… Be forgiving….

The Pin:
Outlined in white/red inside the pin and blue on the outside.

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Inside has three little “buttons.” They kinda remind me of a tuxedo, so that’s my ‘Xedo Pin! (Originally the “buttons were random, thus the old pencil marks.)

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The Ball:
Outlined in black on the inside and blue on the outside.

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The finger holes are outlined in gray and also have a circle of gray inside.

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Everywhere Else:
The red has scallops all the way across. I traced a dish to get the shape and I wish I could say I came up with the design but that’s how it was originally quilted. Either way I L-O-V-E it!!

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The small strip of gray has three (semi) straight lines. I know I got really creative with it. I’m not sure if its puckering or if its just the texture from the quilting… But I like it!

Over all, I’m super excited and uber pleased with how Strike Out! is coming along! A great first appliqué experience!!

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-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!

Personal Retreat: Part II

Even through it was monsooning raining literally all day, I unfortunately didn’t get much quilting done. I didn’t realize how many lines I would have to sew nor how long some of the lines would be. That being said, I have a whooping 6 lines done… SCORE!!

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And just to make you jealous…. VOILA!!

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My Retreat Journal:
Day 1

My Own Quilting Retreat

Sometimes its great to just get away, and that’s what I’ doing this week.

I’m at the beach this week and my only plans are shopping and quilting. I’m crossing my fingers that I finish the Strike Out! quilting… But I don’t think it’s gonna happen. I can still try though!

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Let me just say I am in love with the scalloped quilting in the red!!
I have all the blue to quilt and also the yellow. The blue is going to be cross-hatched at 1 1/2 inches apart and he yellow will have diagonal quilting also at 1 1/2 inches apart.

-DISCLAIMER- I know I’ve been a horrible blogger lately, but I’ll keep you updated this week. I pinky promise!