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The Making of Tula Strings

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There have been questions regarding how I made the Tula Strings blocks and border. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at keeping notes and drawings, so I will do my best to recreate the pattern. First, I laid out the various colors of shot cottons from my stash, then pulled out coordinating Tula prints. One and one half inch strips were cut – solids and prints.

img_0062 The strips were paper pieced onto a 10 1/2″ square of paper, beginning with a solid strip in the center. Was the paper necessary?  For me it was because the shot cottons definitely lend themselves to wonky sewn strips. And there was starch – quite a bit of starch! It was also pleasing that when pieced, the seams matched pretty darn close to perfect!

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A 6 1/2″ inch square was then cut on point from each block of strips.

Tula base 2 After much arranging and sewing together the blocks, a border was most definitely needed.  The leftover corners were cut into triangles, then solids added to make flying geese.

Tula Strings was now a quilt!

The prints are all out of print Tula Pink and a few were used  in more than one colorway.

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There were many, many triangle cuts that have been made into a quilt. Stay tuned for an upcoming post!

 

Tula Strings

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At last! This quilt was a fair amount of prep, much sewing and now it’s done! What’s even better – I love it! The solids are all shot cottons and the prints are various Tula Pink prints, all of which are now out of print and many considered rare. I was originally inspired to do this quilt by one done by Quilt Diva Julie that she calls Optic Strings. I posted about this quilts beginning here.

There are playful blocks!  See the racoon’s eyes peeking out?

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And one of my favorites – Prince Charming!

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Tula Pink fans could play I Spy with this quilt! This quilt had its beginning in September, 2019.  I’m feeling rather accomplished that it’s complete in June of 2020!

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Linking with: Monday Making

Needle & Thread Thursday

A Quilt for the Graduate

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This just doesn’t seem possible – my great niece has graduated high school! She is such a sweet, lovely and talented young lady so I wanted to commemorate this great occasion with a quilt (what else?!) AND…another work in progress completed!

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The weather hasn’t exactly cooperated for pictures lately.  Lots of rain and then major sunshine.  This was my only window to take a pic, although a little too sunny. The closeup shows the colors a little better and the pretty quilt pattern the long armer used.

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I do wish all the success and happiness to this fine young lady.  I’m sad I couldn’t travel the distance to celebrate with her and the family, but current times warrant us to stay home. I know her parents will make it a festive and special celebration.

This spring has been a happy time for my very shady garden.  The hydrangeas have been bursting and the mini hostas have formed a carpet with their cute bloom stalks.  The ferns have also formed a carpet – such joy!

Happy Father’s Day!

Batiks, B&W’s!

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The batik scrap bin overflows! I have been wanting to do another batik scrappy, and decided to mix them with black and white fabrics.  Such a fun combination that was a joy to put together.  Admittedly, the black and white bin was not as full as anticipated and yardage was purchased for the borders and binding.  Still, the fabrics used in this quilt were mostly from scrap stash which makes it a win!

I worked on this quilt while quilting with friends at the family farm of one this past December.  It was such a special time of conversing, laughing, being amazed at their talents, good food and we were even treated to a bit of a snowfall one evening!

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The quilt top did not get completed at our sew-in as the fabric I brought for the borders just did not work.  It can be so helpful to have the eyes and input from other quilters.  I knew immediately they were right in their assessment, so it waited until I got home.

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I really like the backing I used – a funky print and a bright solid.  The overall quilting pattern used by my longarmer goes perfectly with the quilt top.

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Another finish.  Another empty project box – Yeah! And, I’m holding true to my goal for 2020: “No new projects until I am down to five project boxes.”  It’s going to be a while…will I be able to do it??

Linking up:   Midweek Makers  Needle & Thread

Happy New Home Quilt

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Whew! The past two weeks have been mostly spent outdoors – in the garden and doing some much needed power washing. The temps had not yet reached the 80’s so it was perfect. Now I’m out there by 7 AM and in by 10 AM.  It’s hot, humid and icky for outside work! I am, however, enjoying the fruits of my labor. Thanks to excellent spring rains, all is lush and there’s some pretty color.

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I did manage to come inside to bind a quilt that I recently got back from my longarmer. My cousin from Long Island, New York, and her hubby, looked far and wide for their forever retirement home.  They chose NC just 20 minutes from me! They are in a retirement community and love their choice and I am just so happy for them. What better way to welcome them than with a quilt.

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It is super scrappy! Even the binding is scrappy.  They can put this quilt anywhere and it will go with their colors! The blocks were string sewn into squares then cut for half square triangles. Having used them in the border, I was left with only bits which makes me very happy!

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There are a couple of more bindings waiting for me.       I do love finishes!

Linking up: Needle Thread Thursday

 

Floating Stars

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My quilt guild makes patriotic quilts for returning vets. Much like Quilts of Valor, they are done in red, white and blue and many feature star blocks. With what fabric I had left of those colors, I made 15 floating star blocks that will be given to the guild member in charge of the patriotic quilts. At some point, at a workshop, these blocks will be incorporated into a quilt for a vet.

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When making these blocks, there are leftover cuts. After some playing, I put them together to make this cute mini.  I don’t have a red, white and blue quilt of my own, so I decided a mini would be perfect to put out on a table in July. And here it is – my little mini. Pieced, quilted and bound in one day – Woo Hoo!!  I love the blocks and how they went together!

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It has been a beautiful spring here in the Piedmont of NC – sun, rain, and not too hot. Much of my time is being spent in the garden, so….I will be taking a break for a couple of weeks and am looking forward to returning with lots of quilting excitement!

One Blue, One Green

Happy Mother’s Day! For all mothers, I hope your day is blessed with pampering.  For all, may sweet memories of your mother fill your day. Thanks to hubby for starting my day with a yummy breakfast. Cooking a full breakfast is so out of his comfort zone – a true act of love!

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Two more Hospice quilts have been put together and quilted. I have really been on a roll with these and it feels so good. The blocks for this blue quilt were pieced at a retreat. I then pieced the blocks. My friend Laurie took the flimsy home and quilted it (thank you, thank you!)  I then put on the binding and voila! A group effort and another quilt that will be headed to give someone warmth and comfort.

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Number two is this green quilt. I did all the piecing on this one and then the quilting and binding. It’s a bright and cheery quilt  and I do hope it will bring a smile to its recipient.

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It feels so good to have several Hospice quilts done and ready for donation in the fall. I hope you have been finding joy with your efforts!

Hawaiian Strings – The Flimsy

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String quilts – I love doing them! They’re pretty easy, quick and so satisfying. When I look at each individual block as I’m sewing and pressing, there doesn’t seem to be much to them. But…once all put together – wonderful!

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A friend recently shared some Hawaiian shirt leftovers from memory quilts she made. Cutting strips maximized the amount of the fabric I could use. I pulled a few batik scraps, using a neutral as the center strip for each block. The flimsy was completed in just two days! Such a great way to take a break from other projects that take more precision and thinking. This now hangs on my “flimsy hangar” to be quilted most likely this fall.  Such good therapy!

I’ve redone my Works in Progress chart for 2020. Separating out actual works in progress from quilt tops to be quilted has helped me to have a better grasp on where I’m at.  Also, instead of listing each Hospice quilt individually, I’ve grouped them, especially since some were donated.

Getting the four quilted quilts bound will be such a bonus. It is my primary May goal – wish me luck!

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Link-ups:  Main Crush Monday  Monday Making  Needle & Thread Thursday

Wednesday Wait Loss

A Triple Bonus

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A friend of mine who also happens to be an amazing quilter, will be soon moving to another part of the state.  She will be sorely missed, but we will still be bound by friendship and our passion for quilting. As part of her move, she did a cleanout! Look what came to live here until Hospice donation time:

This leaf deer head is so full of life – sure to give comfort to a patient and their loved ones.

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This picnic quilt screams “Fun!” My hubby got a kick out of the watermelon fabric and especially the picnic ants!

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All the work that went into this sampler – oh my! This quilt will definitely take the chills away.

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There were also two other bags full of goodies – one for our quilt guild’s Habitat donations and another for Patriotic quilts.

A heart full of thanks to Laurie. Best wishes in your new home. You will be missed!

A Golden Finish – Aurous!

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Another quilt top off the hanger! This quilt was started long ago, challenged me in many ways, was completed and hung “to dry.”  I collected a variety of metallic Asian prints and used the gold fabric to bring out their beauty.  The black stars were a suggestion by a quilting guru friend. It was a pain, but glad to have taken her suggestion.  Thank you Laurie!  I was inspired to finally get this quilted and decided to do this one in a continuous circle.  Meet: Aurous (containing gold.)

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The completed circles were quilted with black thread and the partial circles were quilted with a gold thread.

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Having completed this quilt, I’m feeling accomplished! Being home seven days a week has certainly made a difference in my quilt studio. And yes, there were more masks made. There will probably be more that I’ll make, but not today. The warmer weather has me here:

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I’d love to know what you have all been busiest with. Until next week, stay safe, happy & healthy!

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