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Thread: 19th Mystery Quilt Train Ride

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    Great progress, Lawson. All of my HSTs are cut, sewn, & trimmed. I had to take a break from this train ride to finish a blouse I made for my daughter. It’s only been started since fall! And I’m embarrassed to say how long I’ve had the fabric & pattern. Oops. I’m away from home at the moment but when I get back I’ll make the pinwheels & cut out the other parts. So far, so good!

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    No I just picked them today and made the few blocks today. Thank you. I love pansies.
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    lawsonmugs- that's beautiful!!!!!!!!
    paintmejudy- I grew up in Utica and a lot of my family is still there.

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    I don't mind the snow unless I have to be driving in it. But I'm not real fond of 18" of it in April! Usually by April we're done with it - with a flurry or two. Normally I have my potatoes planted by this time.

    I've got my HST sewn and trimmed, now to make pinwheels. I'm going for the larger size so I have 144 HST to work with.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    What do potato plants look like when it's time to harvest?

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    The plants usually look like they are dying. You can carefully dig up a small spot to check on them. Use a potato fork. (Looks like a heavy duty pitch fork. ) I never grew any when I lived in Calif. But I have grown many back here in Missouri. I miss all the avacados and fresh artichokes and asparagus there.
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    like what Mary said - usually you can start harvesting smaller potatoes much sooner, after the plant has flowered. I've gotten them planted in May and still had enough time for a good harvest to grow.

    I'm having a difficult time choosing background fabric. I bought mid/dark grey and am worried it won't work. Not enough contrast with the darker reds.



    this is a darker taupe color. Not too bad . . .



    I kind of like the light blue, but I don't have enough (1.5 x 4 = 6 yards) so would have to go scrappy for it.





    this is a beige/yellow


    darker gold



    lighter grey floral (this is wide backing, but think it could work)



    I tried quite a few others - anything real dark blends too much with the dark red, and anything real light blends too much with the pink - so black and white are out.

    What do you all think?
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    Macybaby, I think the gold in the next-to-last picture makes a striking contrast. I’d choose that one, I think.

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    Macybaby, I really like that gold with them and , second choice, the grey floral. Beautiful fabrics.
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    After sleeping on it and not being "in love" with any of the options, I pulled the white back out and think maybe it will work best after all.



    Last night when I was looking at white, I thought it was too "washed out" but maybe that is because I was envisioning going dark and my brain was not adjusting. Or it's that I rarely use white as a background, so I'm not drawn to it.

    Or it's that we just got 18" of snow and when I look out the window, all I see is white! The grass had just started to get a tinge of green before this hit, and now we have even more in the forecast. Looks like spring is not going to happen here this year. The first year I moved here, we had 90 degree weather in mid April. That's not super common either, but more common than over a foot of snow.
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    I'm not great at colors. I like the darker blue in the 4th picture, lower left corner.

    I'm having trouble too. Can't even find any to show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    lawsonmugs- that's beautiful!!!!!!!!
    paintmejudy- I grew up in Utica and a lot of my family is still there.
    Almost neighbors! I had family in Utica, all gone now.
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    Mary, love love love your colors!

    Macy, all will work, but I love the gray for the background, lots of contrast.
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    I like the gray flowers best then the white. Lots of pretty fabrics there.
    Mary

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    Cathy, I love the red & pink pinwheels with the white background. Not knowing the final project, I don't know how it will look in this quilt. I recently made a table runner with red & white pinwheels.
    Denise

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    He’s a keeper for sure. Consider yourself lucky
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    Cathy--against the white, your pinwheels look like peppermints!

    Still working here, but I'll get there.
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    Nice blocks being shown.

    Cathy: We didn't get as much snow as you did but it also covered up our grass and the few plants that were starting to show green.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    There is another way to make pinwheels, sewing 2 squares together & cutting an X thru the middle.
    Then sewing the pinwheel. I wonder what size the squares should be to make a final 4 1/2" piece.
    chart from Missouri Star Quilt: http://blog.missouriquiltco.com/upda...asy-pinwheels/
    Liz / Calgary

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    I'm jealous and I'm going to be more jealous as you all go for this ride!
    Unfortunately, I couldn't come along this time.

    Have fun!

    Watson

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    Macybaby- I really love that grey! On second thought- re: my comment on the snow the other day. I think I wouldn't like it in April either!!! But it sure was a beautiful pic
    Paintmejudy- everyone has left Utica practically. It's a ghost town, sadly. I would never live there now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz92B View Post
    So, using this formula, I came up with starting squares of 4 1/8” to make this type of HST. I may test my theory later today with scrap fabric. I’m not secure enough to use the fabric for this train ride! Actually, I’ve made the pinwheels already so I don’t need more.

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    Blocks finished. :-)
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    I'm using brown tones and have done all the pinwheels the same. Background blocks are different fabrics.
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    there are some pretty blocks so far!

    bneuen, love your colors - I love browns/creams.


    I'm not going to work on mine for a while, I don't really like any of the options I've come up with. Though I do know that no matter what I go with, someone will love it. And since my plan is to give away most of what I make, that works.

    I think I'll make another trip to the fabric store and see what I can find. I think maybe a bold black/white print may work.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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