Greetings on a beautiful warm day in South Texas! San Antonio has been celebrating Fiesta for the last two weeks. Today was the Battle of Flowers Parade and tomorrow night is the Fiesta Flambeau Parade. When I was younger I loved this time of the year. They hold a Night in Old San Antonio, NIOSA, and it was fun fun fun! I would volunteer to work for a couple of hours at the food booths and then have plenty of time to go join in the eating and beer drinking (well just a few LOL). But that was then and this is now no beer around here! LOL
We were blessed with 2″ of rain on Wednesday! I love the rain and here is a view from the front porch!
Today I am working on the 64 Flying Geese and the HST’s for the sashings for Star of Chamblie! YUP – changed my mind and now adding the stars to the sashings! I am glad that I waited until the weather calmed down so I would make the correct design decision.
The 68 Flying Geese will measure 1″ x 2″ when added to the Sashing. Here is how I make my flying geese (the easy way). I used Eleanor Burns Mini Ruler Set for these. She has taken all the hard work in making Flying Geese and her rulers come in different sizes. I believe I purchased this package for her Victory Quilt. (That is one that never got made – but use the rulers all the time).
The kit comes with 3 templates – 2 rulers for very small Flying Geese and a template for cutting 2″ squares!
This is the 2nd phase of the process. This stack of crazy looking blocks will yield 2 Flying Gees that will finish at 1″ x 2″!
So easy! Just lay the little ruler on the flying geese, trim, flip the ruler and you have a perfect Flying Geese!
From a wierd looking little block….to a perfect Flying Geese block!
This is the next step – wish me luck as this can be frustrating making all things match as they should on the sashing!
I am using Marsha McCloskey’s Bias Strip Method for HST’s The Sawtooth will require 176 of the puppies! I have 4 sets ready to cut and I believe that I can get at least 120 out of this set of 4 different ones. They are fairly easy to do this way and another way for perfect HSTs – especially when I needed all those 1 1/2″ HSTs for my Star of Chamblie Blocks. After I have finished cutting and making the remaining HSTs, I will start putting the quilt together! I know this is a pipe dream but it would be wonderful to have this quilt in a Flimsy by the 30th of April! What a way to finish the month and start May with another project! (OOPS I have 12 Stars to make for A Merry Christmas SAL by next Wednesday – what a Dreamer I am!)
Speaking of Marsha, I have a lot of fabric left from the order I placed in early March and was not sure what to do with it. I quickly realized that Marsha and Sharon Yenter wrote the Blended Quilts Book I and II. Was I ever lucky! I found one on Ebay and one on Etsy! Each were $8.00! I am waiting for Book II and just know that this will help me in making a couple of quilts and use up the blue and white fabric, along with some Dutch Chintz that I have left over from when I was working building a stash for Reproduction quilts! (In fact I have a great stash of Dutch Chintz fabric – EXPENSIVE SPLURGE – so I had better do something with it!)
I had visited a local quilt store on 13 Dec 2017 (want to know why I remember the exact date? I came down with the Flu that night!) and found this neat French General pre-printed embroidery project. I almost bought a kit that day but decided to settle on this project. I started working on it last year and have recently picked it up and plan on finishing it during the evenings. It will be into a nice framed picture for the Wall!
Whittles had Moda Marble Stars on sale and I just could not pass the sale by! What spoke to me was my Wedding Ring quilt or a patriotic Log Cabin! The fabric run is not the same as the Moda of 10 years ago. It is not as soft and smooth, but that is OK. It will look good in either quilt.
AND, if this is not enough, I found this fabric set aside that I had purchased a few years back to use with the Sweet Land of Liberty Panel by Sandy Gervais! I have a book called Panel Play that I will enjoy making this easy top as soon as I beat my head against the wall finishing Star of Chamblie! I wonder just how many more quilts I need to make to continue challenging my brain!
I guess I just needed more and more of Moda Star fabric! (Sure Nanette!)
Thank you for stopping by and reading about what I have been up to! I am hoping to meet my end of April goal! If I get 4 days of sewing accomplished without running into a problem with the sashings or the sawtooth border, I will be done!
Have a great week-end! Happy Stitching!
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