2,916 Pieces

Dear Jane – “Insanity Revisited”, Mini Tumblers – “Tumbling Into Insanity”, Printing on Fabric

All of the pieces are cut for “Tumbling Into Insanity” and packed down into two of the plastic boxes.  I will probably add a 3rd box to the stack for the sewing kit – thread, scissors, needles etc.  In the short stacks at the back of that one box are some extra pieces just “in case” can never tell if you are sewing outside if a gust of wind will come up out of no where and take some of your pieces away or spill something on them and the stain won’t come out ect.  I am linking to Esther’s WOW today and also Freshly Pieced Modern, and Sew Fresh Quilts:Lets’s Bee Social


Earlier yesterday it looked like this, cutting and stacking after I had spent about a half hour finishing with the printing – I ended up with 22 extra of the background fabric, miscounted but that is ok – can never tell if they will be needed.


I see I was holding the ruler backwards Smile two boxes with 2.75 inches of tumblers in 14 stacks and a little extra!  Now lets see how much I get done with in the camper for 2 months!


Well I was printing I decided to get some more of the white hexies done too – I have a feeling I am going to need them to finish off Diamonds are Forever – that box is constantly getting low!


A little work done on “Insanity Revisited” Monday night,


Our camping trip doesn’t start until the beginning of August and I’m already wondering what else to bring with me for creative working besides the Tumblers.  I don’t want to get bored with just one project – I rarely ever work on just one!  I plan on bringing my little knitting loom and see if I can teach myself how to make a pair of sock on it. Here is a link to the one I have – I have never tried it, I picked it up on a half price sale about over a year ago – it has a dvd instruction and book.  I don’t know why I haven’t used it – just one of those things I guess where you think you will use it and plan to only to never “have the time”.  I would have to have some one show me how to knit with needles for socks and I just haven’t gotten around to it– Craftsy has several sock classes, I remember looking and one is knitting from the top down and the other is knitting from the toe up – I wonder which is easier – if this loom doesn’t work I need to take one of the classes!!KB SOCK LOOM Adjustable

If I bring these extra projects I won’t touch the sock loom!  Hmm decision might be made right there –   Normally I might do some sewing while Mike drives but that depends on the scenery and the roads, most of the time though the sewing only gets done in the evening or lazy afternoons if we are not hiking –  or sight seeing.  If there are too many bugs outside we definitely move inside the camper in the evening.

Oh well I have plenty of time to think about it – so much to do getting ready – so glad Melanie and Ric will be here to take care of the house and I don’t have to think about it!!

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  • Sharon S Jul 9, 2014

    Isn’t it fun getting projects ready for a trip (or a class)??? You are so organized!!! I don’t have one of those sock looms, but I do have a round one -( actually a set of 4) that I use to make hats for the homeless. It helps to use up all those bits and pieces of leftover yarn from crochet projects and makes you feel good to be helping those less fortunate.

  • Mary Jul 9, 2014

    You certainly are getting well prepared for your trip! The work you continue to do on your DJ quilt is gorgeous.
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  • Thimbleanna Jul 9, 2014

    You lucky girl — I can’t think of anything that sounds like much more fun than planning projects for such a long trip. It looks like you’ll have some fun stuff to keep you busy on your trip. I can’t remember — are you hand-piecing or EPP your Diamonds quilt? I would love to make a GFG and most people use EPP, which I’m not crazy about (I do it, but not a favorite). I’ve been wondering lately how hard it would be to hand piece little hexies. ;-D As for that loom — can your really make socks on it? It seems like the heels would be sort of hard! I LOVE making socks — I do them top down!

  • Deb Jul 9, 2014

    I had a vision of tumblers blowing away in the wind…lol better keep those lids on tight! 🙂

  • Joan good Jul 9, 2014

    The tumblers look like they will keep you busy on your trip. Clever girl to think that the wind might enjoy playing with your pieces. In terms of sock making, there really is no difference in the process whether you make them top down or toe up. I do toe up because I have long feet. That way, I make sure the body of the foot is done and if I run low on yarn, I can just make the ribbing or pattern on the leg a little shorter. Nothing would be worse than starting top down and running out of yarn before you reached the toe:(

  • Rachel Jul 9, 2014

    Wow. That’s a lot of tumblers! I really like that quilted block on the left. If I remember correctly, you’ve said that you’re quilting this with a variegated thread. Do you have any problems with it unraveling? I’m using a variegated thread on my little baby quilt and it untwists itself. I’m wondering if it’s the brand I’m using or the variegated thread type. Thanks!
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  • Kathy ... aka Nana Jul 9, 2014

    I, too, would love to learn to knit with needles, but I’m realistic enough to know that I probably won’t make time for knitting … my heart belongs to quilting. 😉 I usually don’t find myself too bored working on the same project.
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  • shirley tener Jul 9, 2014

    Stopping by from Lets Bee Social .. I have to work on alot of projects, I have RA and have to use different parts of me. My hands are swollen from EPP right now. I just bought the Handle to go on my ruler to help cutting. Your very organized.

  • Heather Jul 9, 2014

    my mom recently completed a tumbler quilt, though she machine pieced. Even with careful planning she still made some placement errors that she had to work around, so the extra pieces might come in handy.

    I’m a hand knitter, so can’t help with the loom. I’ve always knit socks top down but want to try toe up so I don’t have to graft the toes as well, you can keep knitting till you are almost out of wool and make the socks as long as possible,
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  • Belarmina Antuña Jul 9, 2014

    ¡¡me gusta es orden!!
    que bueno
    me vi corriendo tras los vasos que se llevo el viento……

  • Doreen Jul 10, 2014

    I am totally in love with your “Insanity Revisited”!!! I think it’s the color choices but it just appeals to me! I had plans to do so much sewing at the camper this summer but so far the campgrounds has been mainly underwater (which is receding now but leaving such a mess it will be next week before we can even think about moving the camper in!!!!). The days are going so quickly and I don’t even feel like we’ve had summer yet!!!!!
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  • Elaine Jul 10, 2014

    well done for getting all your pieces cut, I am looking forward to watching this one grow 🙂 I’ve never heard of a sock loom before – interesting to see how that works!
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  • Glenda Australia Jul 10, 2014

    Hi Karen your little wee red and white blocks are beautiful , love the way you are quilting them. Sounds like you are off on the road for several months, lots of hand sewing and the socks sound interesting?????? Are you able to blog on your trip, if so I will enjoy the trip with you. Cheers Glenda
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  • Glenda Australia Jul 10, 2014

    Morning Karen, your boxes of cut fabrics look so inviting it will be fun making those up as you travel. I notice that some are cut with pinking shears or were they cut with a rotary cutter too????? I do love seeing the tiny red and white blocks each week your hand quilting is so perfect. Cheers Glenda
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  • Carla Jul 10, 2014

    I love knitting socks. But, I just use double pointed needles, I have never seen a loom to make socks, interesting. I love knitting mittens too! I am probably the only person in town that wears them. I know it doesn’t get that cold down here, but I don’t like to have cold hands.

  • Sartenada Jul 11, 2014

    Wow. 2,916 pieces is unbelievable amount. Many years ago when my wife started quilting, I saw in one quilt show a quilt made from 7000 pieces. At those day I had no idea how much work and time it requires to finish the quilt. Among photos from my first quilt post there is one photo presenting it.

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