Saturday, January 23, 2016


Today I have a choice of musical accompaniment for you! Vintage:

Or new:

Cline's voice is just liquid, but personally I think the second track is a good cure for the first! It's not healthy to spend too much time that blue. :D

But, why am I writing about cheating today? Because I've done a lot of things that aren't Allietare, that's why!

It started with those Hourglass leaders and enders. I forgot how long it takes to prep them for sewing! With the first step done, now I have to cut them apart, iron them open, and draw the line for the second step...

...300 150 times. (300 blocks, 150 sets.) And then I realized that I should keep up with the final cut and iron too... I don't have it all left to do at the end. So, the leaders and enders did get me a little sidetracked, and they're not quite as unobtrusive as I first thought!

To clear my head, I sewed four more rows on Aloha Kisses:

Then I thought that if I'm going to cheat on Allietare, I should do something that really needs to be done. So I finally sandwiched and pin basted Mod Trips:

That's a very traditional back for a modern quilt! I was going to make a pieced back for it, but when the mood struck me to baste it, I didn't want to stop and make the back. So this is a wide back that I bought for something else. Now I know that if I have a specific desire for a pieced back, I should make it at the same time as the front!

AHIQ is next week again, so I've also been making a push on the "modern utility quilt" I started in November:

I am definitely naming this one "Picnic." This week I joined the rows in pairs. Then I just have to sew together the pairs, and add the border.

Next, while I was working on Allietare in December, I decided to join in my guild's Crayon Challenge. This is the crayon I got:

Long time readers know that I have a blindspot in the fabric store when it comes to purple, and I have hardly any in my stash! But, it was a good excuse to shop. The idea of the challenge is to use a wide range of values in your colour. These finally arrived this week:

They are gorgeous! I already have all the blocks made, and the layout finalized. Now I'm afraid that's the last you'll see of it until after the last guild meeting in May.

I also received my Kaffe border fabrics for Allietare. They are gorgeous too! In fact, I like them so much that I decided to make the borders wider, and cut a row of blocks. Instead of a 5 x 6 layout of the black star blocks, I cut it down to 5 x 5. Now I only need 25 black star blocks, and 16 red blocks.

Reducing the number of blocks, however, has not saved time. I felt it would be a good opportunity to "optimize" the blocks, and make sure that my most favourite fabrics stayed in the quilt. The red blocks went back on the wall:

The four finished blocks are on the left, and I chose my favourite pieces for the last 12 on the right.

I also had to optimize the fabrics for the black star blocks. It turned out that most of the Week 4 sections with blue backgrounds, like this...

...were the ones that didn't make it into the quilt. Now that the mystery has been revealed, I see that the white backgrounds work better there. So that is one advantage of being slow!

Now, all the Week 4 sets are done:

Next week I will finally get to the layout of the black star blocks. I'm hoping that once all the decisions are made, it will go fast from there!

I certainly recognize that all this fiddling around with the colours and layout slows down the finishes. But, I have also realized that the opportunity to play with the colours and patterns is the main appeal of quilting for me. So as the saying goes, I'll keep "following my bliss!"


  1. You have had a very productive week. My compliments (despite my envy). It's nice to see some of those older quilts back in the blog.

    The combination of purples and blues in the different values will make for a lovely, gradated design. Looking forward to the great unveiling in May.

    1. TWO weeks, but yes, pretty productive! OMG, I just realized I missed one. Must edit!

    2. LOL, thank you, btw! I missed the picnic!

  2. Wow! You have been busy! The purple fabrics are lovely, can't wait to see how it comes together. It's important to spend the time getting the blocks and colors just right, even if it does slow you down. You will probably be much happier with the results.

  3. You should 'cheat' more often: you have accomplished masses!! Your playing around with Allietare is paying off - it's looking stunning. Also, I can't wait to see how Modern Utility has come on.

  4. Patsy Cline for me. You have been busy all those leaders and enders to trim that will keep you out of mischief. Liking the aloha kisses that is a new block to me and the modern utility blocks are looking so good some lovely fabrics in that.Like you do not have much purple in my stash, what I am wanting in mine is batiks but they will have to wait awhile.

  5. Patsy Cline for me too, Monica! Your progress this week is terrific! I'm loving the Mod Trips as it is such an interesting layout! Your Aloha Kisses is cool. I like the plus block and after having made one project, I'd like to make another. Your picnic quilt is indeed happy. Don't feel bad about letting Allietare marinate--you've so much good going on!!--Terry

    1. Thanks very much, Terry! Yes, there are a lot of balls in the air right now. But, I'm making the most of the nice winter weather. I love this time of year!


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