Princess Blocks Completed

March 30, 2018

 

Happy Days!!!  This block was oh so pretty, and such a pain in the neck to make.  Lots and lots of pieces, but I promised you I’d show you the 2nd variation of it, and made my last two blocks using this variation.

Here’s what it looks like partially put together:

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I combined 2 templates to create one new one for the center pieces.

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And that is the block completed.  Do I like it?  Not really.  It’s pretty, but doesn’t look enough like the original Princess Cut block design.  It was a piece of cake to piece, as I eliminated 8 seams from a seam heavy 6″ block, but it doesn’t appeal to me as much as the 1st variation I made.

Since I had already cut out the material for another block using this 2nd variation, I did sew it together:

mine 9The Princess Cut blocks are now completed, and it’s a good thing they are, as I received the templates for the last block – Black Cockatoo this week.  More new fabric, new templates, and a new design to create.  Let the fun begin!!!

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Delilah Princess Cut Blocks

March 24, 2018

I have been busy having a good time on vacation, and doing a little sewing.  The Delilah Princess Cut templates arrived, and 32 pieces in a finished 6″ block makes for a lot of seams.  See?

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One of the fabrics I received has a nice oval design which was pretty large for any of the pieces in this block.  What to do?  What to do?  Create a new template!  I traced the template onto the back of the fabric, then flipped the template over to draw the other half of the design – matching up the dots.  I now had template large enough to handle the fabric design:

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Whoa, I apologize for the blurry picture.  I must have moved my hand when taking the photo, but if you don’t mind squinting, you can see that the oval shapes are complete – with no seam down the middle of the fabric design.  Success!

Flush with that accomplishment, I realized it would now require a different piecing assembly, and guess what?  It was actually easier to piece this block by eliminating 4 of the seams.

I didn’t finish piecing this block, so you could follow along if so desired.  I pieced the tiny triangles in the block center together into pairs, and pressed the center seam open.  Pieced the fabric with the oval design on it to that section.  Then it was simply a matter of sewing the text fabric pieces to the sides, and adding the corner fabric pieces.

I ended up with 4 ltriangles that were pieced together to form yet another larger triangle – which was half the block, seen on the right side of the photo.  Then simply piece the two large triangles together to form the completed block.  Voila!

I am so pleased that I was able to make use of the complete fabric design as a feature of this block, and ended up with less bulky seams, and still honored the block design.  That was a trifecta of happiness, and one long sentence.  What can I say?  My brain works in threes.  😉

Stay tuned, because my next bright idea will do away with 8 seams.  I hope to get that block cut out and sewn this week.  It’s kind of hard to concentrate on sewing when the weather in Tucson is so gorgeous, but I really want to complete all 9 of the Princess Cut Blocks while I’m still in Tucson.  The next, and last, TOM will be shipped soon, and it would be great if I could start on that when it arrives.

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An Ending and a Beginning

March 10, 2018

After nearly 40 years of being in business, I closed Dimity down officially yesterday. Filed my last NYS sales tax forms and will complete my last federal paperwork later this month.

It is a bittersweet time for me. I truly thought I’d stay in business till the day I died. You know what made the decision for me?  I’m sick of filing the forms when I’m on vacation in Tucson every Spring. Such a little irritation, but one I didn’t want to bother doing anymore.

It will be nice having simplified tax forms next year too. The less forms I have to fill out, the happier I am.

My business experienced a lot of change over the years, and I enjoyed each and every challenge.  From selling knitting machines, writing patterns and teaching across the USA and Canada, to hand dyeing yarn, purchasing beads from Tucson’s great shows and reselling them, to exhibiting art quilts and selling some.  When one revenue source died, another was explored.  Life was never boring.

While my business is closed, I still have lots to explore.  Not sure if I’ll be starting a new blog or not, but there will definitely be different subject matter discussed now.

Garment making will most likely be pursued, and I doubt I could give up quilt making.  So stayed tuned, folks.  There is more to come.

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Last 5 Mayflower Blocks

February 25, 2018

Ta-da!!! All the Mayflower Blocks are completed before month 11 templates arrive – even with the delay in receiving them. I’m oh so proud of myself.

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Looking forward to receiving the next set, and might start making some of the 31 half square triangles needed to complete Delilah.   That will happen if I finish piecing the Comfort Quilt I’m also making. Now that I’m mobile, I’m getting to join all the quilters in our resort, and in danger of running out of quilt projects while in Tucson. That’ll teach me not to pack so light for future trips.

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4 Mayflower Blocks

February 20, 2018

A few days of rain in Tucson resulted in me cutting out the fabric for all 9 Mayflower blocks. I usually select the fabric for a Delilah block, sew it up, then select the fabric for the next block. It is much more efficient to cut all the fabric at once, but I never bothered to do so at home for this quilt, probably  because I have lots of options at home.  Not so many in my 34’ RV.

No complaining though.  Lots of options, makes it harder to make decisions. It’s good to switch it up every so often.

So here are the first 4 Mayflower blocks:

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Last 2 Sprinkled Delight

February 4, 2018

I’m happy to say the last 2 of these block designs are completed. Each one is different and I am very ready to start the next design.

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The next fabric kit has not arrived yet so it’s a good test of my patience. My husband will tell you I have none, but I’m thinking he’s wrong,  as I’m not swearing and complaining about it much.  It’s hard to get upset about mail delays  when I’m in my happy place, and Tucson is most definitely my happy place in the winter.

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Another 2 Sprinkled Delight Blocks

February 3, 2018

These little blocks are slowly but surely being completed, and one of them was actually sewn according to the directions.

This TOM was driving me crazy till I finally loosened up about it. I’ve never made a quilt using a fabric kit, and it forced me to work with colors a different way.  It took me 8 months to go with the flow. Yeah, I know, I know. Took me long enough, but it’s good to know I don’t have a closed mind. The doors might be mighty rusty, and take their own sweet time to open up, but they do still open.

This first block is the one done according to the directions, and the other is a variation on the design.

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3 More Sprinkled Delights

January 29, 2018

Three more Sprinkled Delight blocks are completed and there are four more to go. While I’m having fun playing around with different ways to make this block, this is not one of my favorite designs in the Delilah quilt.

Here they are:

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Sprinkled Delights and Year End Review

January 12, 2018

Just like I said in the last post, I couldn’t wait to start the next set of blocks for Delilah. I didn’t even wait for the templates and fabric kit to arrive, so these two blocks are variations of The Spinkled Delights Block.

I definitely prefer the more complex look of the second block.

This is the first time I’m creating a post on my iPhone and I can not figure out how to add text after I’ve inserted the photos, so here goes with my year end wrap up.

I have successfully purged 4,001 pounds of stuff out of my house.  Neither my husband nor I can see one bit of difference.  What the heck is up with that?

Seems we’re both guilty of still purchasing way too many items.  My downfall is fabric.  I won’t comment on what he buys because it covers a wide range of items.

There will be a different approach taken in 2018 because relocating is becoming more of a reality, and we need to get serious about downsizing.

Happy New Year to all and as always,

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Delilah Turbine Blocks Completed

December 22, 2017

Month 8 blocks have been completed.  Now this was an easy block to piece – technique wise – but for some reason, I kept on reversing the large triangle when I was sewing the strips together.  Guess my geometrically challenged brain did not like that piece.

Here are the four blocks:

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Mine 2

Mine 3

Mine 4

I love the first one, the second one is very different from all the others, the third one is okay, and the last one looks great when placed in the quilt layout, but doesn’t make my heart sing.  Only the first block makes my heart sing.

I made these blocks when I received some bad news, that was later discovered to be untrue – thank goodness.  Did have a miserable 30 hours or so, and those feelings influenced blocks 2-4.

I’m not going to remake them, as this quilt is a record of what I was making in the last year, and life is not always rosy.   It’s all good though.  It’s a true reflection of the year, and these blocks will remind me to be grateful everything turned out to be well after all.

Here is a picture of the quilt blocks made so far in the quilt layout:

Layout after block 8

Lots more  greyscale sections needed to be replaced by my pieced blocks, and I can not wait till my templates and fabric kit arrives for block 9.

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