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Easy Street Catchup – Quilter Lock In

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What happens when you get 15 quilters locked into a fabric store with nothing but time to do that UFO or sew on a new project? 

Sewing! 

On Saturday, I stopped by our local Block Therapy store to show machine repairist, Mark, a machine that will need a new belt and bobbin winder rubber tire and was invited to a spur of the moment sew-in.  More on that machine on a different post! 

The shop was filled with wonderful aromas of pulled pork cooking in the crock pot.   Several ladies might bring other snacks as well!   

I brought my Easy Street project pieces from last week and my Delectable Christmas blocks to sash and assemble if I ran out of Easy Street during the time!  (I did, and will post about the Christmas blocks later this week).

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Shaded half-squares – Part 3 Easy Street Mystery

Here is Part 3 completed and arranged.  I got to counting the units, and for some reason I was 10 units short, so I also cut and assembled 10 more than shown here.  Part 3 units are now D-O-N-E!

Next, I cut part 4 — more flying geese.  These were  easy to assemble since I had gotten practice in part 2!  However, when I trimmed them up, I found just how imperfect the units were when trimming.  Most had a sliver to trim OFF (which I suppose is a good thing).  A couple will have to be totally redone.  Since I have never made flying geese before Easy Street, I found myself wondering if there was an easy way to “center” the goose when trimming.   I knew enough to try to center the goose’s beak and think I did OK without it.  Here they are — the purple/aqua from Part 4 are now each connected to one of the purple/black&white from Part 2.

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Flying Geese – Easy Street Parts 2 and 4 Joined Two by Two

A couple of my geese have blunt noses — I will redo the absolute worst ones, and just live with the rest.

Six of us stayed the entire night. Wow! Here are Joan and Jody about 4:00 AM.  Block Therapy has a Facebook Page !

Joan and Jody – Block Therapy, Gautier, MS, 16 December 2012, 4AM – Sit and Sew Lock-in

Thank you Block Therapy — Joan and Jody (and your families for giving you up for the night) for the fun!

Cutting Easy Street Part 3

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I began cutting part 3 Sunday morning in Lafayette.

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I had plenty of 2″ Purple and 2″ Black/White strips to cut the 2″ purple squares and the triangles from the previous steps, and I cut the pile above!

Next, I cut 3.5″ strips from turqoise fabrics and figured I’d better take a photo of the variety before cutting them into triangles.
 

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Yes, some are blue-er, some are greener, but I like the combinations!

Next is to cut those strips into 64 half squares.  Since I have so many strips, it will only take a few cuts on each!  Here are a couple:

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And finally, since I was in cutting mode, I went ahead and cut the two lime green 3″ squares in half diagonally for a future step as per the directions.

Now to travel back home and sew them all next week!

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Best!
Claire

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

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