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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 635106 views.

Thanks, Tucky!

How are you doing ?


From: tuckyquilter


I'm good.  Behaving for the most part and "still" working on those darn triangles.  I've emptied one shoe box Bin, almost half way through the smaller plastic drawer and trying to think if I hid them any where else.. 

How are you doing?  Has Spring started to somewhat arrive and get things thawed out?  I need to get in here more often and check the LIVE chat.  Has it been doing well?  I sure hope so, although I haven't contributed as I should.

Been looking on pinterest at HST quilts. There are tons of beautiful ones.  Thought about starting at one corner and just adding to the project as I go along.  Time will tell.  Thursday I plan on working on th 2018 Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt.  I need to get the next set of blocks sewn together.  Once that is finished I can move to the 2019 Frolic one.  LOL 

I have her My Blue Heaven pattern, which I call My Christmas Heaven basically done except I decided to add the border to make it larger.  Backing is already chosen and ready to go.  I'm trying to focus on the UFO's in my life for the time being.  Been at this UFO thing for two years now.  I'm a topper at heart, I wish the Quilting Fairy would just come at night and quilt the darn things:  we'd all be happy.  

Behave yourself....


From: Midkid5



I was just watching a video interviewing Kelly Cline who is a vintage linen quilter.  The interviewer remarked how clean Kelly's old linens were compared to her old linens. Kelly said she uses a product called Retro Clean and warm water in a bucket and lets the piece soak for 24 hours or more, rinse and air dry.   

Thought this might be helpful for your thrift store vintage piece.


Thanks for the comment on the Retro Clean. I have put the piece on a shelf and hope to get it out once we are able to go  back up to Colorado where I have my longarm machine. Right now I am making clothes. Just finished the pair of black wide leg jeans I started in February.

Hi Tucky!  Nice to hear that you're behaving yourself !!!  I'm trying to do the same here.

Still a lot of snow here, but it's begun to melt a bit.  I just hope we don't get any more. 

We actually got a few of us in the chat room, maybe 2-3 weeks ago, but nothing since then.  I guess it's hard to find a day and time that's convenient for everyone.  I guess setting up a few specific days/times would be good as a start.  Then hopefully people would get into the habit.

I see you're as busy as ever!  I've been doing quite a few baby quilts with HST and hour-glass blocks.  HST's in color gradations from one corner of the quilt to the opposite are nice!

Take care of yourself!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


and ta da!  Here is the last of my (original) Hawaiian Applique blocks.  This is #12.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


and here, for the first time, are all 12 blocks together.   During the time I was doing the applique, I was also thinking about layouts.  I would prefer not to do an "ordinary" layout and have been actively looking for "interesting" layouts.  I've accumulated a few pictures, but it's curious that there just aren't a whole lot of grid-style layouts for Hawaiian Applique that aren't simple tic-tac-toe styles.   

And then, there's the question of borders.  I want an "interesting" border, too!  Again, I've accumulated some ideas.

So, that is the next step: to assemble the blocks into a pleasing color arrangement, figure out a layout (probably a sashing of some sort) and then a border.  This project isn't *quite" finished. :-)

Also, I will figure out what the more-or-less finished dimensions of the top will be, once I determine the sashing & border.  It's not going to be huge because this 3x4 layout of 12" blocks yields a 36"x48" top at the minimum.  I don't think I'm going to be able to stretch it to produce a twin sized quilt UNLESS I add more blocks.  HOWEVER, if I go that route, I will need to make **8** more applique blocks: 1 more of each of the 4 colors (blue, yellow, lavender, red) and 4 more of a new color to give me a 4x5 layout.  To be honest, I'm *not* particularly in love with the idea of 8 more Hawaiian Applique blocks.   So, maybe a smaller quilt is what I will be satisfied with. :-)

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


1/4 " elastic is what I have.  I'm cutting 6" for the woman's and 7" for the man's.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


Pat (bealinfl) said:

i would like to try some, what would be the length of ties? 

I see that Ellen answered you about length for the ties.  I'm out of elastic and will be using ties now.  Someone here suggested shoe laces.  That would be good if you have some.  May put that on my grocery shopping list for the next time.  I have some narrow binding that might even work.  I'll be experimenting.

Nice to see you here.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

all 12 blocks together.

These will make a beautiful quilt.  All your quilts don't have to be king-sized.  A smaller size might get quilted sooner?.......