Dear Jane – “Insanity Revisited”

When working with little pieces of Tumbling into Insanity – the tumblers are 2.5 inches –it really helps me to keep them organized so I don’t loose track of where I want them.

First I lay out my ten rows that I work on at a time – I want to make sure I mix the colors up a bit so that is why I lay them out –

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I saw just recently that they now have numbered pins – here is one from Nancy’s Notions – very expensive I think – don’t you?  I wish a fabric notion company would ask me to try out some of their products and give a review – I bet on this one I would give a good review!

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I might have to put them on my wish list for Christmas – this is what I do to keep track of my rows – I pin the number (with little applique pins) on the first tumbler on the right hand side – this keeps me organized so I don’t loose my spot.

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I stack the rows of blocks by the sewing machine and chain stitch starting with the first two tumblers in each row – then add another to each row etc. until all ten are added – I clip the thread at the end of each row and put it next to the pile after I do all ten rows – then start with row number 1 again until all ten tumblers are sewed to each row if you understand what I mean?

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I leave the numbers on until I am completely done sewing the rows together.

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It grew Smile so did the Kansas Twister blocks – although they are just cut and the white is sew on to the color and then just resting on the design wall.  The pieces are sewn in rows so I will be stacking these by color until I get all the pieces cut and white sewn on – then I will take the tumblers down off the wall most likely and sew this one together – the pieces are big so it won’t take long I expect to put it together. (they still look like “tumble weeds” to me)

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Insanity Revisited from Friday night.

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I always like to work on a few projects at one time – variety is good for me.  But right now my sewing table might be a little too busy LOL.  I just had it cleaned off earlier in the week and now it is covered to the point that I should open up the back leaf on the table to give myself more space.  I decided to try out my new ruler and the pattern for the one called “Tiny Dancers”.  I sewed six segments and placed the on the table – they are not sewed together as a whole because as the pattern shows you sew them in rows – half of the units at a time and alternate whole segments so that at the beginning and end you have half segments.  I made five more rows of 10 for the tumblers and hope to do 5 more to extend that to 10 x 10 like I have been doing.  I am not sure what size this quilt will be – I always like to make big quilts but with machine quilting some of them this one might be nice to do in a twin size or full size instead.  This should be an easy one to straight line machine quilt.  Same with the tumblers except for the size of it.

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Here you can see better what I mean about half segments.  The design wall will come into play for this – and that won’t happen very much until after Thanksgiving as the sewing room will have an air mattress on the floor for one of the kids.  Jessica and family are coming from Wisconsin for a couple days next week and there will be air mattresses scattered and the motorhome parked next to the house for more sleeping space, refrigerator and bathroom!  Times like this a second refrigerator would come in handy (and more bedrooms) – but I really don’t need one for most of the year so the small one out there will do.  I am linking up to Sarah’s Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts and A Quilters Reader’s Garden.

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This is the area on Diamonds are Forever border that I said wasn’t right – I noticed it after seeing the photo I posted yesterday.  I did some unpicking and sewed it correctly.

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And now that I see the other side (the left) I can see that I need to take one white out and move the top red color over one to the left to have it the same.  I know I’m picky but it is in a place where it is an easy fix now and it won’t be later.  I will lay it out first though to take another look and make sure I am seeing what I think I see there.

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Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited from Wednesday night –

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What are you doing for Thanksgiving?  Full house or just the people normally in your house?  Normally it is just the two of us and sometimes Melanie and Ric if they are available – now that they live down the road from us they will be here and with Jessica’s group too there will be 8 of us and way too much pie!!  But we are a pumpkin pie eating family – breakfast, snacks ect – we love it and it is the only time of the year I make it – I like to keep it special Smile

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Would you believe this quilt is about 1/5th of the way done!  Wow, just adding two ten x 10 segments finished this width across.  The quilt is 106 inches wide and 20.5 inches long.  Now to make 4 more like this and maybe a segment that is 3 rows x the width.  Hmm wonder how long this is going to take – I know for certain I won’t be working on it every day!  Here it is up on the design wall – I actually have it wrapped around the corner on the left and held in place with a piece of tape Smile If I didn’t have the fabric shelf on the right it would fit – but there you go – must make do!  So here it what Tumbling into Insanity looks like for now.

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And other insanity – Insanity Revisited – I forgot to take a photo on the end of the row again before I rolled it down –  Monday night I quilted the end triangles – rolled it down and moved to the other end to start on Row #11 –  I am linking to Freshly Pieced  today and Sew Fresh Quilts.

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The beginning of row #11

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And the finishing line of the quilt is now in sight!  I would love to finish this by the end of the year – but I have to keep reminding myself to not push it – stick to the every other day plan and not to get the hand pains acting up again now that it is pretty much under control.

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To many quilts will be coming to an end too close together which means I will never get caught up on the quilting – Granny’s Got Style that I finished at the beginning of summer, the Diamonds are Forever hexie quilt is coming to an end and Tumbling into Insanity  – maybe on that one if I keep steadily sewing away – all are going to want to be hand quilted but I know I will not be able to do that – and then of course once I finish the applique on Floral Fantasy that will be added to the list as well!  I have two quilts waiting for me to machine quilt them hanging over the quilting frame to keep reminding me that as soon as the Thanksgiving holiday is over and company goes home that I need to get to work on one of them.  I think next year will be a year of quilting – both by machine and hand.  And we all know I will not be able to not make more tops – how about you – are you ever going to catch up and stay caught up?

Off to Little Rock today – doctor appointment (regular thing) and then some shopping – Melanie (my daughter) was supposed to come along – we planned it several weeks ago but she is on bed rest this week she had a sciatic flare and could barely move late last week and is on meds and bed rest until Friday at least.  Gradually she is seeing some improvement.  Mike is coming along instead – we will have lunch and get in some shopping – need to look for some cabinet inserts for the new cabinets in the kitchen – would like to be better organized – we well see what we can find.

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Progress on my Insanity Revisited Saturday night – I am almost done with row #10!

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Just a peak of the unfinished kitchen floor– making progress – my stove and refrigerator are both back in place in the kitchen – I made cookies! I baked potatoes and meatloaf – it was so nice to have my stove back – I wish I could have bought a new stove to match our refrigerator that we had to replace a couple years ago – but I am waiting for the stove to fall apart before we do that expense.  I have certainly missed baking the last several weeks.  More floor area to finish as you can see, trim to do in the dining room, cabinets to varnish and countertop put in but slowly it is coming together and most of it – probably not quite all will be done for Thanksgiving.

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I had a box of frozen cookie dough that I had ordered from our granddaughter when we visited them in September – school fundraiser – 4 dozen cookies frozen and ready to bake were delivered last week – I just had to immediately turn my oven on and bake cookies.

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I never did get around to working on the hexies yesterday – instead I got out my box of mini tumblers that you might remember traveled west to the mountains with us – I haven’t touched them since the end of September – I decided seeing as I was waiting for my specialty ruler and pattern to arrive for the other quilt I showed the other day I would get the tumblers out to work on.

Tumbling into Insanity began as a hand piecing project but because of my hand pains I will be machine piecing it instead – plenty of hand piecing going on with the hexies and the applique with Floral Fantasy.  These are the 2 1/2 inch scrappy tumblers.  I am linking to Judy’s Patchwork Times today and to Marelize’s Stitch by Stitch.

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I don’t know how long I will work on it before I tire of these little pieces and switch to the bright colorful fat quarters for the new quilt – bigger pieces too so it will go faster – but that is the nice thing about quilting – one can change projects as desired!!

We didn’t wake up to snow yesterday – finally started to get a little sleet in the evening and the weatherman says it should be snowing in the nighttime –and sure enough – I am writing this at 9 PM Sunday night and it is snowing – I do hope it is just a little bit – we still have leaves on the trees here – I don’t want the branches to get too heavy this early in the season.

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I guess I will find out in the morning how much more snow accumulated. Not much more than a dusting right now.  I haven’t even gotten around to putting the chair cushions away yet.

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I have been thinking of purchasing an AccuQuilt cutting machine for some time now – my main draw back in not doing so is the price – the machine, the dies, the matts, ect – it all adds up.  If you have one — what do you believe the pro’s and cons are to them?  Do you end up just making quilts that you can use a die for?  Some of the quilts I make I see no die for and wonder if I would really use it enough to pay for it.  There is a Thanksgiving give away right now at the Accu Quilt sight so I will wait for sure and see if I win one first – doubtful – but still waiting.  In the meantime tell me what you like about them and what you do not.  This is the one I would get if I get one.  The main draw back that I see is the price of the dies (and the machine) and then you have to replace the matt off and on.

I worked steadily once again on Insanity Revisited on Thursday night and made a lot of progress all without pushing it too much, some of these were easy blocks to quilt.  On some of the blocks I am just not putting in quite as much quilting as I used to do – that is another of my considerations for my hands – still be pleased with the quilting but don’t go over board.

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The outside of the vine is completely appliqued in place by machine –now to do the inside part of the vine – so I thought that this was a good time to take the photo seeing as I had forgotten to when I had glue basted the vine in place.  I think the quilt is 56” square?  It took two days of off and on sitting at the machine to accomplish this so maybe by the weekend I will be done?

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I have just been itching to start a new project – something easy – something fun – I have seen this pattern all over the net the last several years, I have seen it go by different names, Tiny Dancers, Kaleidoscope, and I’m not sure what else.  There are special rulers and patterns – I printed off a pattern I saw on pinterest and made my own templates.  It really isn’t that hard to do if you have a triangle ruler and we all have straight rulers to use too.

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I got several bundles of this fabric several years ago – I used a few fat quarters from it for some of my Floral Fantasy blocks and still have plenty left over – lets see how many blocks I can get out of these – called Dimples.

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I won’t get started on this new project until I get this vine done on the scrappy quilt so it will be out of the way and off the table.  I will wait until after Thanksgiving for sure before I start any machine quilting as I will be moving the sewing machine to the dining room most likely – work is coming along on the kitchen/dining room but not done yet.  Getting closer!

Does anyone else know of other names for this quilt pattern?  I know I have seen it a long time but a lot of the “modern” quilters seem to think it is new – is it?

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On Tuesday night I sat down to do some more work on the hand quilting.  I am tempted to sit every night and quilt but so far quilting every other night seems to be helping my hands to not ache as much.  Even with spending an hour and a half last night my hands weren’t too bad today.  Stretching exercises for the fingers seem to be doing good too and squeezing a rubber ball and wear my brace and support gloves often.

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The beginning of the blocks on Row #10

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Numerous times yesterday I sat at the sewing machine and sewed the applique circles in place and finished them.  Now I will make a vine, sew the borders to the body of the quilt, place the vine in place and see what how many more circles need to be added to finish this border.  I will use my clover vine maker and glue baste the vine in place unless I find some of the fusible that is used with it, I might have some in one of my many storage cubby holes – not really sure, it has been awhile since I used it.  The vine will be machine appliqued in place also finishing off the border all in one style of work.

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