Bali Bali Quilt and Kitties

For this Linus quilt, I went through my bin of batiks. I was lucky to find that there was a large piece — more than a yard — of a multicolored batik suitable for the background. Because there were so many colors in it, it coordinated well with a wide variety of fabric hues.

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This quilt is a small version of “Flaying Home from Bali Bali” from Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode.

This fabrics in the Eight-Patch columns are the same, the only difference being the directiuon of the color gradation.

Each of the Flying Geese blocks is different, and none use any of the Eight-Patch fabrics.

Because I wanted each Flying Geese block to be different, I used the Stitch-and Flip method rather than the No-Waste method.

Consequently, I had a lot of leftover triangles from the trimming. I sewed them into half-square triangle units and had enough to make five patchwork kitties, three of which are shown here.

bali kitties

They will get donated to Project Linus along with the quilt top.

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The Saga of the Sweater

It only took just under 3 years and 9 months.

I first posted about this project on April 30, 2015, with updates on November 6, 2016, September 14, 2017, and April 13, 2018.

This past week, because of being pretty much snowed in for a couple of days, I finally sat down to sew the seams and weave in the ends.

Now, if I were only as thin as the model in the photo.

Ana sweater

One size fits all? Not so much.

Maybe my daughter will like it.

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“Plan B” Crib Quilt

My latest submission to Project Linus:

plan b quilt

This is a crib-size version of “Plan B” from Save the Scraps by Gayle Bong.

In reducing the number of blocks, I had to recalculate the number of 2″ scrappy squares I would need.

I failed. Not sure where my calculations went awry, and sometimes it’s just not worth trying to backtrack to figure it out.

First I thought I had too many, so I used the extras in one of my kitties.

Then, after I’d finished making the gray-star blocks, I didn’t have any for the scrappy-star blocks.

I do know how to do simple addition and multiplication — really! — but just couldn’t do it last month.


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Linus Quilt #2: Green Pinwheels

Earlier this week, I finished the second quilt top destined for Project Linus.

green pinwheels

Based on “Summer Breezes” from Scrap-Basket Surprises by Kim Brackett, I made a few changes.

Some of the fabric remnants I wanted to use were narrower than 2-1/2″. So I adjusted the strip width to 2-1/4″. I also added just two borders, rather than the three in the original quilt.

And I also made it smaller — 5 rows instead of 7. I had just enough of the lighter green fabrics to use each one twice in the Rail Fence blocks.


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On to the Next

Yesterday, I sewed the border on the Perkiomen Valley quilt.

perkiomen finished

I even used up the last of a small piece of fabric, so my bin of brown, tan, orange, and yellow is every so slightly depleted. (It’s the small piece in the middle of the lower border.)

Tomorrow, I will take it to work and send it on to our Bremerton store for their monthly Project Linus bee.

Before I wrapped things up in my studio, I went through my stack of scrappy quilt books to select my next project.

I’m not sure if I’ll make it the same size, or just 5 rows. I’m leaning toward the smaller size.

As for colors, I think this time I will delve into my green and blue stash.

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Raiding My Fabric Stash

Since I started quilting, some 35 years ago, I’ve preferred to make quilts of my own design.

But recently, I decided to embark on a new course of action.

I have a pretty extensive library of quilt books, collected during the years I was employed by a publisher of such. And I have a pretty respectable fabric stash.

I decided I would try to make one quilt from each of the books on my shelves.

I could have started with the first book on the first shelf. Instead, I selected all the books that feature scrappy quilts.

The first quilt I chose to make is “Perkiomen Valley Nine Patch” from Scrap Frenzy by Sally Schneider.

I cut out the pieces sometime during the summer. Several days ago, I finished sewing the blocks together, but only got around to pressing them and arranging them on my quilt wall today.

perkiomen quilt

They may be there awhile.


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Up, Up, and Away

Yesterday, for my birthday, Tim and I went for a ride in a hot air balloon.

Back when I worked in Woodinville, every summer I would see them floating over the valley. Somewhere along the way, I decided it would be a fun thing to experience.

We chose the Sunrise Flight. Both of us tend to wake up quite early, because of work but also we are just naturally inclined that way. So it wasn’t a hardship for us to meet up at 6:00 am.

Before we left the house, we received an email informing us that the ride was a “go.” Sometimes, because of weather, a ride may need to be rescheduled. Lately, smoke from Canadian fires has been a compromising factor.

At the meeting location — the McDonalds in Woodinville — everyone was sorted into three groups and driven out to a field behind the Maltby Cafe where the balloons and gondolas were offloaded and the balloons inflated (not “blown up”).

First, a powerful, gas-operated fan blows air into the balloon. When it is about 80 percent inflated, then two propane burners attached to the gondola were blasted into the balloons to heat the air and cause them to rise.

The gondolas were righted and we all climbed in.

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There were three compartments in our gondola — one for the operator with the propane tanks and two for the passengers. Besides us, there were four other adults and one child. More propane was blasted and we took off.

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We were told that you can’t really control what direction the balloon travels in. That is completely subject to the wind. The operator can only make it go up or down, or make it rotate. Sometimes we were above the other balloons, sometimes below.

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Even though it wasn’t as smoky as it had been earlier in the week, it was still kind of hazy. We did get a glimpse of Mount Rainier, however.

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As we drifted eastward, we ran into some foggy clouds.

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The clouds got thicker, and we could see the balloon’s shadow.

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After about 45 minutes, we were over Cottage Lake, and we headed toward a landing just north of the lake.

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One of the other balloons landed in a different field nearby.

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After touchdown, the balloons had to be deflated and everything packed back onto the trailers.

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The trip concluded with a champagne toast.


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