Karen on August 3rd, 2014

One of my goals before leaving on our trip was to get the Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited to the half way point – I made it!!  With more sitting and hand quilting then I probably should have with my thumb joint being sore I got to that point on Friday night!  I have been quilting on this quilt for slightly over 2 months and have close to 85 hours in it so far – I do not check time on all quilts that I do but this quilt is rather special as it takes so many of us years and years to complete that I keep accurate time on it “just because I want to”.

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The last block on the right is the half way point and I got it half way quilted before I stopped.  Someone asked if these blocks are 6 inch blocks – no they are the small 4.5 inch blocks – close up photos can make them look larger than they are.  I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday

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On Saturday in between packing and cleaning house making it ready for Melanie and Richard to move in to house sit while we are gone (thanks!!) I got some of the Diamond rows put together but it is not completely finished.  The corner is pretty close to being done and ready to attach to the body of the quilt.  A reader has asked about the size of these hexies too – no they are not 2.5 inch hexies they are 1 inch hexies.  Yes it is completely hand piecing using a running stitch with a back stitch half way through that inch of seam that is printed onto the fabric with Inklingo.  (I know I have mentioned that numerous times but new readers stop by and think it is EPP and it isn’t)

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Several of my readers had placed interest in finding the applique tools from Australia called “Apliquick” they have been very hard to find in the US – one of my readers sent a note yesterday telling me that on Jinny Beyer’s site she is now selling them plus a few extra tools along the same line – you can find them here.  Jinny has a video link done by Lynette Jensen  on her site showing how to use them.

Apliquick Tools and Supplies

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Karen on August 2nd, 2014

Well after some marathon piecing sessions this week I can say the Diamonds are Forever quilt is almost complete!!  Three rows to piece to the body and then time to think about a border.  The quilt as I said in the previous post is 90 inches wide by 80 inches long – or if I turned it the other way it would be 80 x 90 LOL  Now what about a border.  More hexies in a swirly type pattern if I can find enough left over fabric to mix in with with the white hexies  — or applique on a border of the white color – hexies would be cut off to make straight sides – surely I will be back in the mood to applique by fall – right?

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Lower left corner needs those three last rows pieced to the quilt.

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I had made extra hexies the other day and turned out I still counted wrong and have this many left over, might use them still if I do a pieced border and more!

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Insanity Revisited on Thursday evening – and yes some one asked–  in a private email – did I know my design was not even on the scallops – yes I do – can’t believe some people!! (insert silent scream)   I didn’t have a stencil and was too lazy to actually measure – they are all different I think – but you know what — I really don’t care – this quilt has so much going on in it that if anyone wants to pick at it let them – I do not enter shows – this is for me for awhile and then on to my youngest daughter after I have loved it for while.

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Busy, busy when I was not sewing hexies the last couple days.

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Karen on August 1st, 2014

68 degrees for a high the last day of July! it set another record.  Cloudy rainy day, I actually had my light cardigan on and off today with all the windows wide open!  We have been saving on the A/C this year.  Any of my readers know what kind of weather Wyoming, Montana and the Dakota’s are having?  Linking up to Confessions of a fabric Addict and Lily’s Quilts today and then run on over and see some hexies at A Quilter’s Readers Garden.

Yesterday I worked on my Diamonds are Forever in between other things– getting so close to an end (except the border that is) that I just want it to be done!  The last two rows that I have worked on are just laying there – for some reason I just wanted to keep on doing the rows instead of attaching to the quilt Smile  one more short row of 2 diamonds and then a corner of white hexies.  Can’t believe it is coming to an end!  90 inches across – 80 inches long – these might be a little off as I have not pressed most of it – I was doing a good job of pressing as I went and then I fell off the pressing wagon and now I will have a heck of a job later pressing all of those seam – my bad.  I am still not sure about a border – I would like the quilt to be at least close to 100 x 100 so it fits a deep queen mattress well.

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This much done on Insanity Revisited Wednesday night.  Someone wanted to know if I had enlarge the blocks on Dear Jane – no they are the standard 4.5 inches, I do close ups photos of the blocks though so that is why they look larger.

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Mike ordered new covers for our Kindles that we got last month as the old covers didn’t fit – these are smaller than the old ones are.  But seeing as they are exactly the same made out of felt wool I believe, I thought I would add a little embroidery to mine – two blue flowers and don’t know if you can see – I should have chosen a different color – I did a button hole stitch in dark purple on the flap over.  But this way if they end up on the same table right next to each other I will be able to easily spot which is mine!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies were made seeing as the windows were open, fans were on and the house didn’t even go up one degree!  So nice!!  A little more was brought out to the camper – progress being made!  I will be skipping quilting group once again in the morning – too much to do – I told one of the ladies a couple weeks ago – sorry I have been missing this past month – just busy doing other things.  We will see when we get back if I want to go back to attending – it just hasn’t been a really good fit for me this past couple years and I find myself bored with it  – I might be dropping out of this group permanently.  Some of you speak so highly of your quilting groups and they sound like so much fun but the ones I have found here (3 of them) just haven’t quite done it for me –

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Karen on July 31st, 2014

July is so strange this year, more rain than usual and such cooler than average temperatures – I have a feeling it might be warmer in areas that we are heading than normal – either that or it will be cooler.  I was putting some things in the camper yesterday and trying to decide on jackets of all things – it is always hard to think of jackets in the summer time!  – knowing the mountain states as we do – I am bringing a heavy fleece jacket/scarf and gloves – a rain jacket and a sweatshirt jacket – plus sweatshirts, jeans/tee’s and a little bit of summer clothes thrown in as well.  It is always hard to pack when you know you will be experiencing three seasons in two months – summer, fall and possibly winter!

Then I got started looking at my sewing supplies – what to pack them in to keep organized – the black stripe basket that I purchased recently of course! The sock loom and yarn is in a cloth bag and will be tucked into one of the cupboards.  And if it looks like this will take up too much room everything will be tucked here and there into cupboards and the basket will stay home.

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It fits!

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I got the rest of the white hexies printed out yesterday that I thought I would need for Diamonds are Forever as I had done a recount and realized I was short, printed and cut out.   Worked a little more on the row I showed the previous post and have one more diamond to put on it.  We will be so busy off and on the next couple days I just don’t know if I will actually get done with this project – it will be close but if I don’t finish it before we go there you go – It will be close.  I do have a border to do still also so it will not be done anyway you look at it.  It can wait for fall.

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More work was done on the Dear Jane quilt on Tuesday night – almost finished this 6th row and will try to finish it last night before rolling it on down to row number 7 which half way through that row is the half way point.

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Today it is going to be another cooler than average day (and rain) so I will get a batch of cookies made for the trip – half of them will not be baked today, I will freeze big spoonful’s of dough and put in a Ziploc bag after they are froze and then bake them about 4 at a time in the Dutch oven over coals some evenings while camping – it is always nice to have a homemade treat while camping and not processed food all the time.  Homemade cookies are always better than store bought cookies I think.  I can let them thaw while I am making the evening meal and then let them bake while we eat.

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Of course now that we will be leaving soon the zucchini plant is putting off three new little zucchini’s it has been terrible all summer, I have only gotten 3 zucchini off of this plant so far – oh well Melanie and Ric will be here and eating my veggies!!  plus cutting grass and all that it entails to keep this huge yard up – thankful they well be here Smile they can enjoy the garden and pick the veggies and use the herbs.

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Karen on July 30th, 2014

More on the Hexies for Diamonds are Forever – I got the row attached and working on another –

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After that photo I did work on it a little more and have more of that shorter row finished and I got to thinking it looked like I didn’t have enough white hexies left to finish this and counted and counted and I think I need about 45 more – darn – I need to print off at least 4 more sheets of 12 to make sure.  I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts:Lets Be Social today.

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Out in the camper this is the new silverware and utensils set up that I got when I went shopping the other day

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Much neater than it had been believe it or not.

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Vicki at Field Trips in Fiber is having one last give away for the participants of the HSTeria Quilt Along and seeing as I did enter one last month or so I will show another photo of it and you can go to her blog to see the others.  With out moving furniture here it is.  “Stairs Through the Stars” is it ‘s name and I will machine quilt it this fall.

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Here is a close up of the backing.

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Even with wearing the thumb brace I got some quilting done on Insanity Revisited Monday night –I have the brace padded enough now that I am able to wear it for about 30 minutes at a time so I am getting used to it and mainly just wearing it for my needle work and work up to wearing it more if needed.  It was quite difficult to hand quilt at the frame with the brace though and I only wore it for 20 minutes while working on these and then took it off – like I say I am working up to wearing it for longer periods of time.

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Karen on July 28th, 2014

I really worked hard on the hexies yesterday – we were finishing up the last of the old mini series on DVD that we have been watching with our daughter every Sunday for the past 6 weeks and it stretched out to 4 hours to finish it.  I finished the row of Diamonds are Forever  I was working on but instead of sewing it to the body of the quilt I got started on the next row – that was just because I have to move furniture to lay it all out and take a photo and then pin the first area in place so I don’t get mixed up.  Today I will start to sew the row to the body and set the partially started row aside.  It’s looking pretty close to finish but there is still a bit of work left on this to do.  The rows are getting a lot shorter and that sure does help.  I am linking up to Design Wall Monday today over at Judy’s.

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This much done on Insanity Revisited on Saturday night but none done last night.

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I hope you all had a great weekend – it was darn hot here but another cool front is to come through and cool things off again – that is ok with me!!  We haven’t had a lot of hot days this summer and we get them we are just not used to it and it sure can hit you – I think you have to get used to heat early in the summer so you can tolerate it for the usual four months that we normally have in a normal hot summer.


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