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I’m working away but I’m sure things would move at a much faster pace if I stopped making units that look like this

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Or this one at the front, the ones at the back are correct. Still around another 80+ to go.

 

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A couple of months ago a friend, Marilyn, gave me these. I think there might be almost a quarter of the stars and larger sashing pieces required.  Honestly I did resist, but she said if nobody wanted them she would throw them out, so at the second asking I said yes I would have her unwanted and unloved Orca Bay pieces. Marilyn decided this quilt just wasn’t for her so aren’t I a lucky girl?

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After several fabric shopping expeditions to locate some black with white, white with black, some reds and some of the same blue fabrics and a few others, I have started sewing. You will note Marilyn decided to reverse the colourway and I’m happy with that.

I’ve been sewing away madly like a patchworkmaniac, lol and can’t resist the lure of this quilt design. Every spare moment I seem to be sitting at my machine or cutting or trimming something, I don’t have any of the fancy rulers so it is probably taking me a little bit longer. I have decided to run with a 7 x 9 block design and have about half of these red units completed for the sashing intersections.

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I’ve made dozens and dozens of these half square triangles  for the other sashing units which still have to be stitched and I have almost finished the border units as well.

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I’ve made many, many star blocks

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I’ve started playing around with the layout, it helps keep me inspired to continue with this extremely time consuming project! It looks really good, in fact I’m loving it.

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Now back to the machine!! lol

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Not quite sure what to call it really, it is a mystery, the steps are provided monthly and oh boy is it a challenge lol!

Steps 2 calls for diamonds. I would have liked to use a small spacer before my diamond border but I’m not even sure if I’m allowed, so I decided to run with something open but with dark running around the outside to mark the finish of this step. Of course  I draw it up in EQ first to see how it would look and I trialed several corner options before I was satisfied with this one.

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As I said before, I am trying to use some of the scraps from my quilt for Amy. I did buy a little extra to play with but I certainly won’t be able to make a large quilt without more purchases. Colours are still showing a little deeper/brighter than they actually are.

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I’ve been putting the borders onto the ‘flimsy’ for my niece Amy.  It’s not quite so vibrant in real life.
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I can now say I dislike putting on borders nearly as much as I dislike hand sewing the bonding down on a quilt. There’s just no creative input in it is there? Still it has to be done, so I bit the bullet and spent the day completing it. Now all I have to do is purchase some backing fabric and decide whether to quilt it or send it out to be quilted commercially.

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I’m thinking I’ll do it myself but it is a large quilt, so  the call of cutting and stitching little patches together is very strong and makes me think I’d prefer to get someone else to do it lol!

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