Saturday, January 17, 2015

It's a 16 Patch Throwdown.

I have had so much fun this week. Simple things...take a pile of blue scraps and divide it up into blue and 'not really blue". From these I have made more slabs, 17 in total. I will need 36 slabs to make a decent sized quilt for one of my little boys.


and more 16 patch/Sawtooth blocks.



I have also used the scraps from cleaning up the table after my Grand Illusion finish and have 'sewed-ahead'. Will show those blocks when the time and colours are right. But they are finished blocks in the bin and ready for their great reveal when that month comes.



I have a cutting plan for the alternate blocks with the Sawtooth Stars and have started to cache my 2.5" colour squares into the RSC15 bin.

It doesn't matter how many times I count my "Farm Girl At Heart" Blocks I come up with a different number. 1, 2, skip a few, 3, 4.... Ah well, how about sewing up a few more with some blue scraps. I started the one on the left with 1 3/4" squares...nope...ended up with a 7" unfinished block. Okay do it again with 1 1/2" squares...nope, this one is a perfect 5 1/2" square. When really all I want is a 6 1/2" unfinished square. These two will go into the orphan block bag!! Can anyone out there provide the math?

Next up for the Grand Illusion is to have it quilted in time for Christmas gift presentation 2015, until then it can go on the shelf for a few months.
See what else is happening with the colour Blue at SoScrappy.
Happiest in the studio
Love and Hugs
Kathy

28 comments:

  1. Lovely blocks and great use of blues.

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    1. thank you so much for stopping by. I love working toward the end of these blues, anticipating the next colour challenge.

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  2. Hi Kathy! I LOVE your slabs--that idea has been floating around the back of my brain for a while now...Yours are so pretty--and those 16patch sawtooths are lovely! Hugs, Julierose

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    1. thank you Julie Rose. The slabs are great and use up a lot of fabric. Or at least in theory it should. I think I am coming close the end of the scraps for those or at I may have to take a slice off something in the racks to finish them off. I should have enough now to make a good sized quilt.

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  3. Your mystery quilt is gorgeous! And done so quickly!!

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    1. Thank you Kathy, I love the Grand Illusion quilt as well. A lot of motion and all those colours play really well together. I found the only way to ever get it done and to stay motivated (there are so many other distractions) was to try and keep up with Bonnie's clues each Friday.

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  4. "Happiest in the studio" -- oh, yes!!!

    Great slab plan, too.

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    1. Yes, that is me Jullie...Happiest in my studio. The Slab Plan should be a completed top very soon.

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  5. I cannot help with the math, but those Farm Girl stars are precious.

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    1. Thank you for your efforts. I have decided now that at least one of them will be the base for the label of this Farm Girl at Heart Quilt. I am advised to get the 6.5" block it would be best to do paper pieced! Nope...moving on to something else.

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  6. What a great job on the Grand Illusion Mystery quilt.

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    1. Thank you very much Nell. It was a lot of fun!!

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    1. Yes they are great fun..and anything goes! The more the merrier. I am so close to finishing those.

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  8. Can't believe you have the Grand Illusion top done. If I had got started on that quilt I would still be sewing it in January 2020! Looks great, and so do the stars.

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    1. Thank you Dasha. Grand Illusion was a labour intensive run of sewing, but SEW worth it.

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  9. Congratulations! Your Grand Illusion Mystery is now a top! Good for you!

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    1. Thank you Sheila. It was a lot of work, but it is Oh Sew Beautiful.

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  10. Boy have you been busy! Especially live your Sawtooth Stars. Interesting background fabrics!

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    1. Thank you Jennie. I am really liking the background fabrics and intend to do the entire quilt in black & whites. just another way to use it up!! And what better way in a handsome quilt.

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  11. I am impressed. You have accomplished a lot. Looks like we are both making slabs of fabric and using them for different purposes! Yippee for us.
    Congratulations on your finished Grand Illusion. Your colors are really nice. I have seen some with brighter/darker pinks. I like yours best. You have been busy.

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    1. Thank you Pamela. What will you be doing with your slabs? I am close to finished on my stack, unless I count again...1, 2, skip a few, 3, 4!

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  12. Thanks for your comment!
    You 16 patches are looking great! Keep 'em coming!

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    1. Thank you. I love the 16 patch, and there is an idea brewing in the back of my creative brain that would like to do a whole quilt with just the 16 patches...just exactly what I needed was more ideas!!

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  13. Your Grand Illusion is beautiful! Hooray for finishing! I managed to cut one set of strips into triangle for clue #1 and then got sidetracked. I will work on it someday. I am still working on Celtic Solstice, if that tells you how slow I am! I love your slab blocks too. Those will make an awesome quilt.

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    1. Thank you for your comments Laura. Quilting should have a 12 step program that starts with one piece at a time...! I myself did not make the Celtic Solstice, though I am tempted. The Slabs will come together into a quilt top tomorrow. We have a group that meets at work, on Wednesdays, at lunch time. I am bringing my blocks and we will have a design-a-top session. Should be quick to quilt too. Well I say quick, but we'll see!! Stand by for that one.

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  14. So many pretty things in your post... and how smart of you to sew ahead with your scraps to clean up!

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    1. Thanks Deb. It is so tempting to play ahead, when I know that my calendar is really going to fill up later in the year, so if I can do some now...all the better.

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