Flying Geese? WTG?

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What the GOOSE!  I want to say that even though I began sewing over 53 years ago, I’ve NEVER EVER made a flying goose.  Quilt piecing is a new venture!   I want to capture here some of the issues I had with my very first flying geese!  This is all automatic to Bonnie, but for me, every little step is new!

We are working with purples and Black and Whites in part II.  We are done with the grey unless we wish to use it for a border/binding.  Yes, I believe I do want to use it for that — I really like the grey I’m using in this quilt!)  Don’t you just love the piece on the right that has the lime and teal in the print.  I am hoping that will spice it up along with the red-purples.

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She posed a VERY INFORMATIVE TUTORIAL.  It should stay out there on YouTube since it’s not really “Easy Street” specific!  This tutorial is how to cut the pieces for a flying goose with the Companion Angle and Easy Angle rulers –PERFECT!  It is an excellent tutorial and I really needed that visual. 

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Bonnie recommended sewing the RIGHT wing/sky piece on first.  Made sense and was easy for me to do.  After doing those, I encountered my first REAL MYSTERY!  Which way to PRESS? 

I went back and read about pressing, and even watched the video again hoping that I just missed it.  Nope — there wasn’t anything specific, so I took a goosey guess and pressed all those right wing/sky seams towards the goose.

That was the wrong choice, because as soon as I tried to sew on the LEFT side, the seam next to the feed dogs tried to flip opposite direction that it had been pressed.  STOP!   I went back to Bonnie’s blog and YEP, there it was — in a photo — the right seam is pressed UP toward the small triangle!   So I re-pressed all those seams and lickity split, listening to Pandora, it went soooo fast!

Before I knew it, those 128 left triangles were sewn on and all pressed!  Tada:  here we go!  I love the range of purple — from almost black purple to blue purple to red purple, some solids, and some are periwinkle.

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I’m going to wait to trim the dog-ears off, so I’m ready for Step 3!  Since I will be traveling next Friday/weekend, I will bring my material and supplies on the road to try to keep up as much as I can.  I know if I get behind it will be harder to prevent Easy Street from becoming a UFO.

Easy Street Part 1 Finished!

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I did finish Part 1 of the Easy Street Mystery Part I this past Tuesday.  I took some time on Monday evening to sew all the 4-patches together, then on Tuesday evening, I ironed them all open.   Here is a photo: 

 

 

Part II begins today, and I am going to make a flying goose for the first time!

More to come as I get some experience under my belt with bias edges.

Soft shirts!

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Men’s shirts sure do have a lot of fabric to them!  I was doing the math on how many shirts I would need to cut up to get 4 yards of material . . . not too many!  If you figure conservatively, a back is a bit larger than a fat quarter, plus two fronts, plus two long sleves, and miscellaneous parts — cuffs, collar and pocket.  It all adds up!  Here is a video of Bonnie Hunter doing her thing with a shirt:  Deboning a Shirt.  She is merciless! 

So, last night, I sat and watched Netflix and deboned a few.  I have several dark shirts already deboned.   I needed a better variety of white backgrounded. 

Here is a pile of several different “deboned” shirts.

Easy Street Intro and Part I

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I’ ve been looking forward to the next Mystery Quilt on Quiltville, and Bonnie Hunter has provided “Easy Street” for 2012.  The fabric colors recommend were posted the end of October, and the first set of piecing was posted on Friday–the day after Thanksgiving.

Today, I turned this:

into this:

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And sewed them together into 384 two-sies, chain piecing them on my Bernina.

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They are now all ironed open, ready to make 192 four patches — sometime between now and the next part of the Mystery coming on Friday.

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Linking back to Bonnie’s Easy Street  linky blog for today so you can see all the other bloggers posting their progress!

 

Best!
Claire

Texas Rose

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Our quilt guild will be having a block drawing for the Christmas party, and I finally found the block I wanted to make. It is called Texas Rose on the quilters cache website.

The pattern has inset seams, and it took a few tries before I got it right.

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I made four, and arranged them on the design wall.

I have a couple more to make.

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Best!
Claire

Make 264 of These Connector Units

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Ok, Jere’ says counting is optional on vacation!  But I need a bunch more of these.  So far I have 190, give or take a couple.

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I sure thought I had cut 264 cream squares, but apparently not!

Time to read a bit before lights out.

Best!
Claire

Charity Quilt

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The Sand Stitchers Quilt Guild is making charity quilts for various causes.  I took a roll of Civil War reproduction fabrics donated by Cynthia Reeves – enough to make two lap quilts. 

She had precut the pieces 10″x width of fabric.  I made four cuts on each piece to create four stacks of 10×10 squares.  Then I cut each 10″ square in strips–one strip is 6.5″x10″, which leaves the other at 3.5″x10″.  Here are the results:

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The pattern we are using is the Double Slice Layer Cake, with a tutorial available on Youtube by Missouri Star Quilt Company. 

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=jxC-0T5lXw4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DjxC-0T5lXw4

After making the blocks, here is my preferred layout.

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I completed one top this afternoon, from two of the fabric stacks.  The browns are so rich!

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The occasional  poison green blok adds just enough diversion.

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I will try for a photo outsidw tomorrow!

Best!
Claire

Best!
Claire