I have all the pieced sections of Star Crazy now quilted! Straight lines from here on out. I will do 3 lines on the side border here shown and on the blue sashing then I give it a couple cranks and will be on the final borders. Such a nice feeling – I don’t think I can get done with the quilting by the 18th as that would have put me at 5 months of quilting – but it won’t be much past that before I am done and ready for binding. If I hadn’t spent so much time running back and forth to help my mom out in Jan/Feb and if I hadn’t run to Paducah for 3 days, if I hadn’t run back to NW Ark to visit family last week — well if you count up actually days spent quilting it is more likely close to 4 months of quilting – that sounds much better LOL
All of the scraps that had been on the table are now in their boxes and a new small pressed pile is sitting here waiting for me to start. And another small pile is waiting by the few clothes that need pressing from todays laundry – I will add them to this pile tomorrow.
If you look at the last photo of the wicker basket – and compare it to –
this – I think I can see a little progress made. I think though that I will need to take the photos at the same angle from now on though to see progress for sure!
But now break time! We are going to finally see the “Hunger Games” this afternoon and supper out!!
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I must admit I have been really taking my time on this section of the Star Crazy quilt – no excuses – been reading a lot lately. Slowly though I have been chipping away at this last section of the pieced area. Finally the last of it before I give it some more cranks down to the final border. Maybe I can get this section done tomorrow – I think it is going to be raining off and on all day – most likely not an outside day. Hopefully once I get to that final border where I am just doing a straight quilting stitch every one and half inches the time will fly by and it will be off of the frame!
I decided – for now – changing my mind does happen that I will keep a small pile of pressed scraps on the cutting table and here and there – the minutes do add up – I will walk on over to the table and cut a few pieces – surely I will start to make a dent in that wicker laundry basket!! I put this pressed pile on the table yesterday and I have gotten some pieces cut here and there over the last 48 hours – not a lot – but a little at time – right!
Anyone else making any progress on their scrap organizing?
I worked really well on my scraps when I got started doing that over a month ago – then I got side tracked as I assumed I would. I have a lot done, but tons left to do. This much left to work on – plus one box full of white scraps – I decided to keep that box separate for now. A summer project for sure – maybe a working on for a year project
The box of whites
All lined up looking at from above.
A box of 5 inch charms and 4 inch charms
3 1/2 inch charms and 3 inch charms
2 1/2 inch charms, 2 inch charms, and 1 1/2 inch charms – I didn’t intend to cut so many different sizes of squares but I was finding a lot already cut in those sizes so I decided to go with that.
1 box of strings full, second box of strings started – one box of odds and ends of patchwork blocks leftover from projects.
They all fit on the top shelf for now – by time I get done with the basket who knows how many boxes – I might end up combining some if the boxes are not full.
Do I regret starting this chore of organizing scraps – yes I do right now – but I have a feeling I will be glad I did this when I start to use them!!
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Last night I decided to sit at the Sew-Ezi table and get in some cutting of scraps. There wasn’t much to watch on tv so I just put some old NCIS shows on – I have already seen them and do not need to watch every move they make – something for the background noise.
I think I had box #3 on the table when I decided to empty some boxes in the wicker basket so I can not longer tell you how many boxes have been gone through. What I can say is that whatever had been dumped out on the table (I believe it was #3) I finished with last night.
When I got done with them, this is what I had – 5 inch blocks, 4 inch blocks, 3 1/2, 3, 2 1/2 and 2 and lots of little 1 1/2 inch blocks.
I am going to try to continue working on scraps at least several times each week – but chances are it will be well into summer and I will not be done with project.
Some have asked do I have any projects planned with the scraps? Not yet — I think I want to see what I have before I decide. This will make it much easier though to finish off the Pineapple Square quilt. With all these pieces to go through I can easily make a round robin type of quilt.
Last night when I finished the scraps that had been on my table I got them all organized in their boxes and then went into the living room to settle in on the couch and work on circles on Joseph’s Coat. I got a good amount done and I will show a photo of the quilt later today – maybe I will take it outside and lay it on the ground to get a photo -
I got done with a lot of Joseph’s Coat purple row over the weekend – so glad to make progress. I will be sewing the purple row soon to the body of the quilt – maybe on Tuesday if I am lucky – then of course making more black circles! Run on over to Judy at Patchwork Times and see everyone’s work.
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I did some work on Star Crazy as well, but I admit – not a lot. I am at the middle about in this length going across. This much left to do.
On the scraps! One box of strings completely full!! I have another box started – the box holding the 3 inch blocks didn’t have many in it so I took them out and have it ready for more strings.
The 2 inch blocks started to fill up rapidly when I decided to look through the basket yesterday – I had a lot of cut 2 inch blocks dumped in there from one of the boxes. I think I got most of them out and pressed - I do believe that by time I get done with my scraps I will have this box full – maybe started on a second box?
I have also been finding little blocks here and there that had been leftovers from various projects – all small – around 3 inches to 4 inches. I think eventually they will be in another box or bag – for now they are on the table. They might go into their own small project – maybe some placemats?
Yesterday we had storms but they got to us later than first thought – I don’t think it started to rain until 4 PM by 7:30 we had this – by morning? well I will have to go outside to find out and I haven’t been out yet!
I worked a little more on the scraps yesterday. I did move it all back to the sewing room and off of the dining table. It is more comfortable working in here I found out. I am using my Sew Ezi table and it is the right height to work from with the office chair. I think I will find my legs will feel better then from working at the tall pub chair.
My new set up –I can look outside while I work – I mainly see the roses and the bird feeder and all the lovely green outside! this is going to work out pretty good. When I want to work on scraps I just simply lift up the cutting mat with the scraps and move it to the table after I have taken my laptop off of it. Switching them out is easy – I just keep this mat and the fabric/rulers on top of my cutting table. If I decide to use the sewing machine this will be easy to switch out as well – I don’t like to stand for long periods as my knees tend to ache so that is why I am sitting for the most of this project. I know about the jell floor mats one can buy but I haven’t gotten around to it – maybe one day.
The scraps are now kept in their boxes and I just fill them back up after I get done cutting. There is enough room around the mat to stack up the different size piles.
I emptied some boxes of scraps into the wicker basket and I was so pleased to see so many squares already cut in one of them – it was half full of 2 inch squares – I remembered as I saw them that I had once made a Irish Chain that was going to be queen size and I got tired of it and it ended up being a twin size instead – all those squares that I pre-cut were tossed into the box.
4 boxes and a bag of scraps = almost one full wicker laundry basket.
I have 3 more full boxes on the top shelf – first I will take care of what is in the wicker basket – then the boxes – unless I need to empty more of them to make room for the cut up stuff. The box of strings is just about full, I can’t fit much more in it so I will be starting a second box of strings soon.
I am working on Star Crazy this weekend and reading the first in the Charlie Fox series by Zoe Sharp – I came across the 4th of the series for a low price on Amazon for the kindle and read it then realized it was part of a series so I ordered the first in the series and I love it. I think there are nine of them so I guess I have some catching up to do with it. The first 3 or 4 I believe are very inexpensive and then of course the newer they are the more the price rises.