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    I did double check the setting triangles and I am good. I also figured out my math problems, since I'm slicing along the diagonal it takes two squares of fabric to make one block, or one square to a setting triangle. It makes so much sense now, not so much as I was going through it! Guess I had other things on my mind...

    I sewed the sashing pieces on each block this morning, still pressing finishing those up will be today's goal. Going to shuffle the blocks together and then lay it out tomorrow and am only going to give myself one hour to mess with it and then call it good enough. I'll number the layout but that is mostly to aid in putting it together. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with how it is coming out as random and not "seemingly random but planned to the nth degree"

    I'm planning on keeping this top, it's a great reminder to me of these fabrics and swaps and such, basically from about 1988 to 2018 worth of fabrics -- and I don't think the average person is going to appreciate it as much as I do I can feel good about getting rid of the remainders, and it always feels good to me to use up those themed swapping squares in an appropriate manner.

    Edit: A couple of the fabrics are really pretty awful! One of the ladies in my group said "oh dear, can't we forget about that one" about the St Patrick gold on green you can just see peeking out from under the stack of setting triangles. My response was "no, that fabric is not ever going to be used except in this top and this is it's chance to sparkle". I've been told before that I have the humane society of fabric, I'm ok with that!
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    You know what Bonnie Hunter says, "If it's still ugly you haven't cut it small enough."

    Well, the electric company called again last night saying the power will be off tomorrow from 9-2, much better than the original 8-5. I have 5 batches of fabric pressed and will be cut into kits tomorrow. 4 of them are Craftsy kits I got last winter during their 75% off sales. My goal is to get them sewed up before the next big sale comes on Black Friday. One kit I bought because I loved the collection, Porcelain, and I even have the backing that I bought when one of our LQS was closing, got it for $6 a yard. Not bad for a pretty current fabric. But the kit has 25 different fabrics to be cut up, so that will be a lengthy process.

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    Iceblossom, such a pretty colorful project. Looking forward to seeing it completed. Im sorry to hear about you fur baby.

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    Iceblossom, I can't wait to see the top with the sashing on it. I'm having trouble visualizing it. I used to hate doing sashing and cornerstones, but have come to really enjoy them... so much easier than trying to match a bunch of seams up.

    Well, the power never went off today, but last night it went off for about 30-60 seconds, so that must have been what they were trying to achieve. I got 17 of the 25 fabrics cut up for the one quilt. That is going to be some kind of challenge, I think. I just hope I didn't make any cutting mistakes, because there is no fabric left for corrections.

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    I did get the first round of sashing put on and pressed the Scrap Metal project. Didn't get much done sewing-wise over the weekend, hubby actually had two days off and slept in Saturday. I'm used to his early morning schedule and so most of my quilting is already done by 10:00 AM. When he sleeps in I'm here on the other end of the house playing on the computer and being quiet. Sunday we had our bowling day and I played better than average but I was having a really bad day with my depression issues and just huddled miserably in bed most of the afternoon.

    Today is a better day, I will be going in to babysit the "grand bundle" today for the first time solo, my son is back at work and DiL has a doctor's appointment. Yay me, I get the baby all to myself for an hour or two I should be back home around noonish. Hubby has bowling tonight, won't come home until 7:00 (instead of 2:30) so maybe I can get the quilt laid out today. As my pictures show, the only place I have to lay out a top is my bed so it can be a little challenging.

    It's really nice to have a room set up for my sewing and fabric and I remember what it was like when the sewing machine had to be brought out and put away, but my house is small.

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    Well, I spent the morning running errands, mailed 2 packages to my friend in NC, still have more to mail. And she needs a couple more quilts for some people needing hugs. So I picked up some outdoorsy fabric that I think will go with a piece in my stash. I picked up the Babylock Katherine from the "spa" and dropped off the Aria for its turn. I'm sure it is filthy inside since I have made 50 quilts so far this year, and all or part was sewed on it. I used my 20% off coupon for some Christmas fabric to go with a Winter Manor JR I have. I got 2 pieces of fabric from the $5.95 bin, yes it has gone up in price. But both pieces go with precuts in my stash. I spent much more than I should have but it all has a purpose, so no "impulse" shopping was done.

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    I am proud of myself... in my attempts to loosen up and not layout this Scrap Metal project today at group I randomly took out 12 blocks from my pre-shuffled stack of blocks for the rows that end with odd numbers and pinned all the rest into sets of two, I made two stacks and as long as all 8 pieces were different, I put them together. Only had two times I had to shuffle the piece to the next one.

    So I'm getting to the point of thinking of the next project. I think I'm going to quilt down that Seahawk Pink top so I can have that to take to group for the hand sewing of the bindings.

    And then it's on to the next project... I think I'm going to stall on the Farm quilt again and do a quick little donation project.

    Here's a question for you all, I mentioned it in a different thread where it will probably be missed. I found a cool sea scene panel at the thrift store, I paid asking price so $3.99, a bit pricey on my usual buys but it is a great panel. It measures 36x45. To finish that into a baby/lap quilt, do I border the panel or just go with that size?

    I'll be doing a simple pieced back of L shapes using more fish fabrics.

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    Cngratulations, Iceblossom, on loosening up on your quilting plans. I have always had a problem with just going with the flow. The top I just made has pretty much nothing to do with sunflowers, but does have some of those colors in it, even though it is various flower vignettes. And the backing is the rest of the sunflowers. After the new year I am going to plow through my mass amounts of floral yardage and cut JR strips and maybe make some sort of Irish chain. I am getting better at throwing things together. It is still a struggle, though.

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    Iceblossom: I would border it to get it to an unfinished size of 42” by 50” or thereabouts.

    I finally finished a top that’s been hanging on my design wall for a good month or longer. It is 70” by 80” and was given to my church quilters to finish. They sandwiched and tied it and then sewed the backing to the front today and donated it to Salvation Army.

    I also received a bag of fabric and a full size high loft batting from an employee at my LQS from her personal stash. One piece of fabric is large enough to use for a baby quilt backing if I choose or will make nice blocks for an adult quilt. One piece is too thin for me to use so I will donate that one. Other useful smaller pieces were in the bag also.

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    Retiredd teacher, that is a cute idea for the sashing strips between the sections of squares. I may just have to copy that idea.

    I had trouble sleeping last night, so I designed the borders for the Lakeside panel. I am going to have to spend some time laying it all out and doing some thinking. My first idea I had I think would be a little tacky, so I am going to try some other ideas.

    I see Bluprint is taunting me with another 50% off everything I order sale. the bargain is hard to pass up.
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    Thank you, grann of 6. I adapted it from a baby quilt pattern in a booklet. Im trying to use up precut 5 squares from my church quilting group. I cut my sashing at 2. The green sashing is from various lengths of fabric so some sashings have a few seams but it feels good to reduce scraps.

    I look forward to seeing quilts made from this design.

    I saw the Bluprint ad also but have only bought/watched classes from them.
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    I have gotten several kits from them, and found them to be pretty straightforward as far as the directions go. The quilts wash up nicely and no color left in color catchers. So I would definitely get more from them.....after I have sewed up more of what is in the stash.

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    Thanks for the comment on the panel size, Retired Teacher, that's what I was thinking and most people have been telling me, put on about a 4" border all around. One of the fabrics I have would be excellent for that but I'm not sure I have quite enough, it's another scrap I got at the thrift store so it has some odd shapes cut in it.

    Today's project is to sew the pinned units together and press them. If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll spray baste the Seahawk Pink project today -- if not, tomorrow is fine. Backing will need to be lightly pressed, it's been sitting for a few weeks. Binding is already made and I need a project for group, so that's the plan. Hubby does work on Saturday, it would be a good day to quilt I think. I'm planning on doing a grid with the serpentine stitch option, haven't done that before. Am also going to use the Sew Fine in the bobbin for the first time. Maybe not huge things but new things, always learning.

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    I did get the pinned units together and pressed, I've made the bed for quilting (took off the pillows, straightened the blankets, and put out my craft paper). Got distracted with a block design but think I will be spray basting the Seahawk Pink today, that's the plan early in the morning anyway.

    According to the members of the fabric moratorium, is it ok to ask my friends to shop their overflowing stashes for me, or is that just getting fabric for free? In order to use up a collection of fabrics I have, I sort of really really need a white on white dot* or a couple other very specific options for that block design. Just need a yard and can run out and buy that sort of thing easily. I know we have exemptions for immediate use and hey -- using up 5-6 yards of stash with no net gain by the purchase is still a reduction. But before subjecting myself to the store and temptation I emailed my small group.

    *I used up my yardage pieces of white on white earlier this year with the purple quilt. While I probably have enough white on white in total, this is not a scrap quilt.
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    I think helping a friend reduce stash is well within the definition of the fabric moratorium. Good for you, conserving $$ & helping a friend.

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    I truly agree. The participants of the Moratorium told me that if I "inherited" material that it counts.

    Just as long as there was not a purchase you were solid.
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    Well, friend one replied quickly with "I don't have anything that would work". Haven't heard back from friend 2 yet but I'm guessing I caught her in time to call off the search. I was laying out the Seahawk Pink quilt and couldn't find my spray baste so had to run out and get some more. While I was out I found a great piece of white with a red dot scatter that is perfect, was on sale, so ding me $1.99.

    It's in the wash now, along with what I'll be using for the border around the sea scene panel. Guess I'll set up Bernie (the sewing machine) for quilting down the Seahawk Pink top. Or maybe I'll start laying out the Scrap Metal Blocks... or maybe I'll just make some lunch and turn into a sloth.

    Edit: And in my defense, the very first thing I did was see if I had anything that was possible. Sometimes it is the basic stuff that gets me, I'll have to order some more basic Kona Black too. BTW, this fabric collection uses some very old stash along with one of my Walmart $1/yd purchases.
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    As moderator, I'm embarrassed to say I leapt off the wagon today. I have a new pattern burning in my mind & not enough of any fabric colorway to make it. As a result, I visited Missouri Star Quilt Co & bought 2 jelly rolls & 2 pieces of yardage in the Stonehenge collection. The colors called to me & I think they will make a pretty version of my pattern. So I hang my head in front of everyone, but it is not going into stash but will be used immediately. I'm climbing back aboard now.

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    I'll slide over and make room for you, Conchalea. We all have our weak moments, not that I am admitting anything.I find if I try to do without something for too long it all comes back to bite me.

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    Buying with a plan is so acceptable!

    A friend brought in some scraps today...she said they were calling my name! And I graciously accepted them, because she buys fun fabrics!
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    Conchalea, as long as they aren't for stash, then you're good, IMO. Besides, it's Northcutt Stonehenge. That earns an exemption in my book.

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    I love Stonehenge fabric, have some I am "hoarding" for a special project just for me. It is so great for manly quilts. I made my DGS a Rhombus quilt from 3 shades of blue that he chose. And as long as you have a plan for your purchase, in my mind, you are safe. No punishments from me.

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    I love you guys! We try to abstain but we admit our human desires for fabric.

    Yesterday was a pretty full day of using up stash. I did spray baste the Seahawk Pink top. I was using June Tailor which for me was very heavily scented and doesn't hold up as well as my old brand. Also, the top finger pointer part fell off immediately as soon as I took off the cap and every time I took my finger off it. Not doing that brand again. I know a lot of people here use glue but I'll look into that next time, had to get the project done this time.

    I also laid out the Scrap Metal quilt in 15 minutes or less! Good for me for not being so picky. May have made a mistake or two when I scooted over the rows and if I did -- well, so be it. You can't tell.

    My hubby came home and saw it laid out on the bed and thought for a moment before coming up with "wow, a lot going on with that one". I just laughed and told him unfortunately it was going to be staying with us. So not only did I get it laid out and numbered but I also pinned on the diagonal setting triangles and finally cut out the final 4 corner triangles which will all be the same fabric. Still need to go in and pin some of the middle sections of rows together before hitting the sewing machine, maybe 15 minutes but my back was saying "15 minutes of no way" by the end of the day.

    While doing that I had the washer going. I had a cool thrift store scrap of some realistic rocks that will be the border of the sea scene panel. The way the fabric was it started with large rocks on the bottom and they got smaller towards the top. The top of the panel will have the smallest rocks, the bottom the largest and the sides will be the middle rocks. It will work... So got that washed and cut, there was just enough to leave me a 6.5" strip for my strip box and still have a selvedge worth sending on.

    Also washed the white with red dot fabric I got for the next project, and subcut it into the 8.5" strips that still need to be subcut. And of course there was general laundry to deal with as well.

    So today's goal is to finish pinning and sew/press this round of the block connection of Scrap Metal. As I wander back and forth, I will also do some more cutting of the next project which doesn't have a name yet. In order to get in more steps I moved my cutting station off my desk in my sewing room to my dining room table, the ironing board is in the living room, Bernie is in the sewing room, and I do my layout stuff in the bedroom. It might not seem like much but before I just used to sit in my chair and spin around from sewing machine to desk to ironing board. It is easy to get distracted *squirrel* and forget what I'm actually doing at the moment but I get a lot done.

    On Sunday after bowling going to go talk with the kids. I had volunteered that I was willing to commit to watching the grand bundle 2 days a week if they could make that work. Doesn't look like it will so we need to get going on what we will be doing when DDiL goes back to work. I am willing to commute to their house 4 days a week until baby is around 3 months old, or basically until the end of the year. To do that will mean about an hour commute for me each way in the dark cold rain at the worst part of the year, driving doesn't save that much more time and is more stressful and the parking would be much more expensive than a transit pass -- but it will still be about $100 a month as far as I can tell without better data.

    After that we can see where we are, and I would be glad to continue watching him but I would rather spend at least 2 days at my own home. It isn't the most direct route but we are sort of on the way to my daughter's work, it will probably add 30 minutes each way to her commute.

    Looks like some big changes in my life. Probably a lot less sewing, but I still quilted when my own son was a baby. And that's the nice thing about quilting and fabric, it stores. But Leon will never be quite as young as he is right now
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    Iceblossom, as far as babysitting the grandbundle, do what works best for you. My grandbundles are all grown up and on their own. Just remember that the children made a decision to have a child and make it work into their lives, so you have to do what works for you, not worrying about their inconvenience. I babysat the 2 older boys for 3 months till DD could get them in daycare. Then I was the go to person if they got sick. And their daycare was within 5 minutes of my workplace, so I would often pick them up after work. And it seemed they managed to get sick on my day off work, so I would have them with me all day. I didn't quilt back in those days, but did sewing for people, so I would sew during naptime, etc. Then when DSs kids came along, I went out to their house every day and babysat while DDIL conducted her at-home graphic arts business. I have never regretted any of it, being with the grandbabies was something that can never be redone. My oldest DGS keeps in touch with me even though he lives and works in Utah. So cherish whatever moments you can scrape up with the little guy.

    Well, I need to get back to the longarm and start quilting the Lakeside quilt. It will be just a FM meander, nothing fancy, but something fairly fast, have 6 more waiting their turn.

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    Iceblossom, I hope you come up with a grandbundlesitting arrangement that works well for everyone!

    I bought these '3 Sisters Favorites' fabrics back when blueprint was still Craftsy. I've decided to use them in a low volume courthouse steps and am cutting strips. Made one block to check my measurements. There's more pink than any other color, so a few of the blocks will be all pink prints like this one.
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