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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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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No name for this quilt Smile so Scrappy it is for now – a name will come to me when I start to quilt it I’m sure.

I got the vine glue basted down and sewing has started.  It didn’t all get basted quite as I had wanted it – when I put the circles in I hadn’t quite looked at it well enough and some areas were just too narrow to put the twisty vine – some too close to a seam and some would have been just about off the quilt and into the binding area – that is ok though – I’m sure it will all look fine in the end – it is a scrappy quilt and never intended to be a show quilt!

I didn’t think to take a photo of the whole quilt and now it is on the sewing machine with the needle in the down position and I’m not taking it back up right now.  It will certainly take awhile to do the applique stitch on both sides of this vine – that buttonhole stitch takes awhile doesn’t it if you are not doing a straight line you have to go slow.  This will be a couple days in the works at least.  I am linking to A Quilters Readers Garden today and to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and to Crazy Mom Quilts – don’t you just love sitting and seeing all the eye candy when you have a break from your daily chores!

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And a clean table! I don’t see that very often – I’m sure it will be messy again in no time at all.

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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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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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Yesterday I was busy working on circles off and on during the day.  I have 15 circles done and 23 more to go – they are actually quite easy to do once you get the hang of it.  I don’t like the way they look as much as needle turn but it is something I can get used to for some of my quilts.  I have the four borders laid out on top of the Dear Jane – this way I can match thread for one color get all done in that color grouping then select another color and on and on.  It goes pretty quickly this way.  I have not come up with a name for this patchwork – it will come to me when I get the borders on to the quilt (maybe) – I am linking to Mrs. Sew and Sow today for scrappy’s and Quilt Story, Fabric Tuesday and Esther’s blog – Wow Wednesday – there are a lot of places to link up to every week and it seems like I am finding more of them every week.

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I finished this end of Insanity Revisited Row #9 ( I think I said 8 the other day – I was further than I thought) and had rolled it down before I remembered to get a photo so just took one with it rolled down.  I am linking to Connie’s Freemotion by the River today.

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Then I got started on the left end of Row #10 – triangles first then the blocks.  I hope to keep moving on this quilt every other day so tonight I will work on it somemore.

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I did work a little more on hexies and applique in the living room while Melanie came over for supper and visiting last night – I will take photos today – I need to move the coffee table in the living room to stretch Diamonds are Forever out – the two side borders are now finished and I will be working on the opposite sides now that must finish wider.  This is still going to take awhile – I need to print out more hexagons on fabric also as I am almost out of them.  I also need to look back in my blog and to see if I can find it mentioned anywhere what kind of fabric I used for the white – was it Bella Snow or Kona Snow – I think it was Bella – I will need to order more!!

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