Diamonds Are Forever

Lots of hexies added Thursday night to the Diamonds are Forever quilt – I now have the top row of color prints added and need to add about 3 rows of white before I measure it again and figure out just how many rows have to be added.

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the left side of the top border.

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This is the corner I fixed on the right side – I need to move a couple into a slightly different place –

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I got one more segment of 10×10 tumblers done and pinned to the design wall – I will need to move the big blue hexagon that is resting on the design wall – and like I thought the pattern is an old pattern.  The blog called Sew French tells you all about it here and here.  Thank you Deb for the heads up on the information – I knew this was an old pattern that is now being called “modern.”  This is the Kansas Twister block!! (and other names) so I think that will be the name of the quilt for me too.  I like calling my quilts by the names given to them years ago.  (it kind of looks like a tumble weed too – in my opinion!)

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I’m not sure if I will be working on both of these quilts at the same time but I do know that come Wednesday we have a full house and the quilting things will be put aside for a couple days – things will be stacked up on the sewing table and out of the way.  Until then I will keep on working on them.  The mini tumblers are sewed in rows and then pinned on the design wall so it is easy to take them off and work on the Kansas Twister instead.  At some point though I will need to concentrate on one or the other I only have one permanent wall and one temporary wall that I have no place to put right now.

I thought I was done with all my painting in the kitchen but as I was putting away all my paint supplies away I happen to glance up at the ceiling and saw a few places where the old paint is showing through so today I will hurry up and fix those few spots and then put it all away – I will be glad to get this project done and out of the way!!

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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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Hexies

by Karen on November 20, 2014

in Diamonds Are Forever, quilts

Yesterday Mike and I ran to Little Rock for my doctor appointment and some shopping.  We did a lot of sitting and waiting at the clinic – every department seemed to be busy except the bone density people  – that went fast – the doctor was slow and I don’t usually have to wait much on him – the lab was pokey and busy!  Good news was that my bone density has improved after 10+ years of early osteoporosis (due to medication I am on) – the last two years of Reclast yearly IV injects are helping – so that was very good news.  We didn’t really do all that much shopping – looked for cabinet inserts for organizing but didn’t come home with any we decided we liked the ones we saw at home at our local Lowes better than the others!  I didn’t spend much time quilting until evening when I parked myself at the quilting frame and watched some tv while quilting.

I never did get around to answering comments from you all as I hate to do that on a little bitty phone and we were running around and I have to watch where I’m walking LOL.  But thanks for all the comments you leave.  I know I answered a few here and there.

On Tuesday night though I got some work done on Diamonds are Forever and this is going on forever it seems – it will be two years in February since I started work on this massive quilt full of one inch hexagons.  Down to the final two borders but it will still take awhile to finish.  Here it is folded in half so I didn’t have to move any furniture – I just wasn’t feeling like pushing and pulling that heavy coffee table out of the way – the area I worked on was the color prints at the top – I sure thought I got more accomplished while I was watching tv then I did.  Of course in this photo I now notice one color piece on the very right side that needs to be moved over one segment when I put it in I didn’t think it quite felt right but couldn’t see any other way to do it – – oh well maybe I will get it fixed today so I don’t forget it.  It doesn’t quite curve as it should.  That is what happens when you make up a pattern as you go!

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Yesterday while we were gone the mail lady delivered my ruler and pattern – now maybe I can make what should be an easy, easy quilt work out!  Hope to get started soon.  My colors are bright primary colors so I need to come up with a name for it.

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Warm weather is back in our area and rain in the forecast too of course – oh well, hope the storms won’t be bad like you all in the north are getting.

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A little early for it but we did get snow – yesterday morning it looked pretty – but boy was it cold – we had the fireplace going all day and it probably will be going again today too.  The dogwood always looks pretty covered in snow/ice.  I am linking to Freemotion by the River today, and Quilt Story and one more – Esther’s blog: WOW.

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We ended up with about an inch but a lot of it was melted as the day went on – but because of a lot of our yard is in the shade it will stick around for a day or two.

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A little work on Tumbling into Insanity.

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Rounding off the corners on the top there of Diamonds are Forever – the next row all the way across will be the prints – then quite a few more rows of white.

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First of all I got all the torn patches in my sister in laws old quilt patched over and it is now folded and put away until I see her again – who knows when – she doesn’t live close by and I really don’t want to mail it.  It will wait until I see her.  I spread it over the top of the bed to view – kind of got an odd view here – I do have room to walk around the foot of the bed but here it doesn’t look like it LOL

The parts replaced are in the lower end of the photo – white print/brown print/ a stripe and then a blue in another row and a green print.

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A close up – the long area had been one color but it looked better with a mixture I think – a long strip would have stood out too much.  I don’t know how much use she can get out of it before it falls apart some more – but maybe she can have it lay out over a chair or over the foot of her bed.

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The scrappy quilt is done – I finished the applique yesterday – in places it is messy, other spots are neat.  A lot more practice will be needed on this stitch before I turn out anything great with machine applique I think.

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I’m showing the messy too – just so you know we all need practice when we start something new LOL.  Now I’m I right to assume that the stitches that run along the line should have all been on the white fabric butted up right next to the green and then “buttonhole” on the green as it is? Not both on the green as it is in some places?

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I picked out this blue gingham from the stash shelves to use as the backing.  I hope to get started quilting this after Thanksgiving.

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I messed up in my pattern design from what I showed you last post – all sides are supposed to be the same size – mine aren’t – my math skills are horrible – I broke down and ordered the pattern and the ruler and hope to get started on it next week – this was a practice run which made me realize my mistakes.  I made six pieces that go to the design and realized my mistake when they didn’t fit right – so glad I did a practice run and didn’t waste fabric.

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Work started on the Diamonds are Forever on the last two sides that need more pieces added – and a lot more to go!!  My slow Stitch Sunday work will be on my hexies – go to Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Stitching Sunday to see what others are working on.

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Are we waking up to snow today? don’t know yet as I’m actually writing this the night before – if we do have snow I will be sure to take a photo.  Thank you all for your comments on the AccuQuilt Go machine – generally overall I only had one negative comment on the machine and those of you that have it like it.  I will most likely buy one later this month.

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Tuesday was a busy day – mainly inside for me – cold weather has hit almost all of us hasn’t it.  I did run outside for a short while to get my sweet mint & spearmint plants in pots from the garden to take in for the winter so I can enjoy them inside and carried a couple arm loads of firewood up to the porch.  Then it was mainly an inside kind of day for me.

More circles were appliqued –  two of the borders have them sewed on.  I have 11 more circles to applique and then whatever I need for in the corners when the borders are sewed onto the quilt and then of course a wavy vine all the way around.  This scrappy patchwork with not name is coming together.  I am linking to Freshly Pieced Modern today, not that any of my quilts are really all that modern!

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More Hexagons are printed for Diamonds are Forever – on to the final two sides.  I spent the time watching the news last night clipping off the ends of the hexies – this can be done with your rotary cutter but I like to just clip them while listening to the news.  I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today.

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This is where the quilt is for now – I am not sure how many rows will go on each side – they will begin with 2 rows of white like the sides already done, then 1 row of color and 2 more rows of white – then we will see how many more to finish it off to the right size.  This quilt is rectangular which isn’t normal for me so it is a do and see as it goes kind of thing.  I have about 25 inches in width to add to this quilt.

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This is the area of Floral Fantasy that I was working on Monday night – I have the inside area of the leaf on the left and then the complete leaf on the right to do before I move to the second grouping of applique on this border.  And as you can see I haven’t decided if I will leave that gray piece the way it is or fix it – truthfully it isn’t bothering me all that much right now but I wonder if it well when I’m finishing and quilting – then it will be too late.

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One way I keep warm in a chilly old house when the cold weather hits is to make my green hot tea in a thermal mug and just pour a little at a time in my cup as I tend to get distracted from sewing and go back to get a drink only to have cold tea!  I sometimes use a tea cozy with my tea pot but that tends to get cold after awhile too.

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The last of the roses from the garden – I got those cut while I was taking care of the mint because they would have froze by this morning for sure.  I dug up some of the rosemary last week as you can see an edge of the plant in this photo too – makes the kitchen smell nice too Smile

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It really doesn’t seem like it should be this cold already and for us in the middle of Arkansas it is in the low 40’s for the week daytime and 20’s at night – I do feel for all of you north of us where you got hit with the snow already although from growing up in the north I know that really isn’t that unusual like the news is making it out to be.

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