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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 539683 views.

I have about a yard of both fabrics.  I know what you're talking about - Sharon Schamber has done that on several of her show quilts - yikes, you are intent on stretching my skills Ami!


From: judyinohio


Yes, Ami has given you a challenge, but remember that it is not a quilt she is suggesting those loops be added on to ... looping the perimeter of a table topper should be within your skill set. They would be terrific unless Ranger the Wicked thinks they are a toy.

true.  I was considering some additional applique too.  And there isn't a hurry.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Ya know, if you let things sit in the back of your brain for a while, sometimes (stressing the *sometimes*) you actually come up with a solution.  :-)

The Forever Project that I just finished involved 4 hexies sewn together in a "diamond".

I had a whole BUNCH of them leftover since I seriously downgraded my Forever Project to a baby quilt.  A crafty friend of mine took a lot of the leftovers but quite a few remained.  I had piled them into color families and was staring at them.  Hmmm.  What if I simply stitched all the like-colored diamonds into a color block?  Whatever size it turned out to be, that would be the size.

Then, I could stitch the color blocks together.  Hmmmm.  That was certainly possible.  In fact, it would have been the perfect way of dealing with all the leftover diamond units.  And I had given away a ton of them.  Ah well .... it's not like they are difficult to produce and I still have a lot of scraps, ya know.

I started stitching the orange diamond units together.  I gotta say, that although orange isn't my go-to color, my eyes are liking this arrangement a whole lot better than the baby quilt Forever Project.

Side line: Mr. Pirate & I went on a weekend-long road trip to an area that we hadn't visited before.  This small central California town (Colusa) even had a quilt store!  We visited it and I bought 2 charm packs, mainly because I can subcut a charm into (4) 2.5" squares and that's what I need for my hexies.  :-)

Well, one of those charm packs had some orange-y colors in it, which meant that I needed to incorporate those new oranges into the ones I already had.    EXCEPT (why is there *always* some sort of obstruction with my projects????) because I had not anticipated making more/new hexies & diamonds, I had not brought my templates with me.  So, I was unable to use the new orange charms this weekend.  The oranges were put on hiatus until we returned home where I could access the rest of my supplies.

Here's where I am with the oranges:

I need to incorporate the new oranges with the rest of the "old" oranges.  Then I'll move on to other colors.

As I was stitching on the hexies, I was thinking that ... cripes, I still stuck in this 4-unit hexie project.  One that I'm not *terribly* interested in but it's a way to use up the rest of the diamond units.  I *do* have another applique project waiting for me .. that bird applique!  I had brought it to the Retreat but never pulled it out.

THEN, it hit me!  Why hadn't I thought of this before?????   Since I'm not all that interested in the diamond hexie unit project and Mr. Pirate & I are starting to ramp up our small (and not-so small) road trips for this year, it occurred to me that I can work on the bird applique while I'm **at home** with all of my supplies and watching TV  (which is typically when I do my handwork).  That project can get advanced and eventually finished.  The diamond hexie project can be my CAR Forever Project!!  I'm truly not interested when it gets done.  Hexies are *perfect* for a traveling project.  This seems to be a win/win situation for me!  woo hoo!  :-)

I'm rather pleased with myself.  :-)


From: judyinohio


Pardon me, Pirate, but some of those hexies  you label as orange look suspiciously pink to me.

Perhaps it is because I am averse to pink that I am objecting to some those groupings. (Pink gives me the shivers. Maybe it's my computer screen playing tricks with the colors ...)

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Eh, pink.... more coral and it has a distinctly orange cast when grouped with the other oranges.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


Glad the post office didn't fail.

Judy you got it spot on. It is a small item and will be on display close and personal on a table and a beautiful finish like that would be amazing. Wonder if she will accept the challenge.