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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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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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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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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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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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