Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt-Along {Clue #2 Finished!}



Clue #2 is finished!  Exactly 100 blocks in yummy dots!  The points match very well on most of the blocks - I was kinda worried about them not being right.  Center seams are pressed open so the little "V" appears which will help me sew them together in the next step with more perfect points.  

I used method #3 for these triangles, tossing the small triangles in the garbage.  I do NOT consider this a waste because I do not usually keep small pieces like that anyway.  It's all in perspective, folks!  I did think about making them into a separate HST but simply don't have time, so I tossed them, and it was liberating!!  {GASP!}

Clue #3's green, neutral and black strips have been cut and are eagerly awaiting sewing.  It's great to work with the green since it hadn't been used in any previous clues and was the last color we're pulling in.  Hopefully tomorrow I'll have time to work on Clue #3 because Clue #4 comes out tomorrow, and I don't want to get any further behind!  My goal is to finish along with the group!  I think I can ... I think I can ... I know I can!!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Laura Ingalls Wilder Biography + Little House Sew Along




I've found the perfect gift for Millie!  She loves Laura Ingalls Wilder and has the entire 9-book collection, as do a lot of girls! Also in Millie's Laura Ingalls collection are The Little House Cookbook, A Little House Traveler, Laura Ingalls Wilder Country, My Little House Crafts Book, Laura Ingalls Wilder A Biography, and Little House Paper Dolls
Due to ship at the end of the month is a new autobiography, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography.  I can't wait to read it along with Millie! 

"Pioneer Girl follows the Ingalls family's journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory, sixteen years of travels, unforgettable experiences, and the everyday people who became immortal through Wilder's fiction.  Using additional manuscripts, letters, photographs, newspapers, and other sources, award-winning biographer Pamela Smith Hill adds valuable context and leads readers through Wilder's growth as a writer.  Do you think you know Laura?  Pioneer Girl:  The Annotated Autobiography will reintroduce you to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions."

 

If you ♥ all things Laura Ingalls, you might be interested in the Little House on the Prairie Sew Along over at During Quiet Time!  The "live" Sew Along is over, but you can make the blocks at your own pace.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Custom Twin Size Rainbow Strip-N-Flip {Progress #1}



Next up on my custom order schedule is a twin-sized rainbow Strip-N-Flip using Cluck Cluck Sew's pattern.  My customer provided all of the fabric, and I am happy to sew quilts with customer-supplied fabrics when it is new quilt-shop quality fabrics.
There are 44 strips in all, equalling 88" to run the entire length of the quilt.  There will be white borders on the side to increase it to twin size, plus the flipped section with white edges. 

I learned a method for keeping strips straight in a Craftsy class.  It's found in 
Strip Your Stash.  Works like a charm for keeping strips straight even before ironing them and after.
 My customer is wondering about using a tone-on-tone white dot rather than solid white for the flip strips and edge border.  I laid them out and took a picture to let her decide.  At Busy Hands Quilts, custom quilts are made to the customer's specifications every step of the way.
This quilt is a custom quilt in my Etsy shop, Busy Hands Quilts.



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