This month I have spent half of it away from home, so it’s amazing I finished anything–but I did! I finished quilting 5 quilts of valor–one of them that I also pieced in February (sorry, no picture of it yet as it is the Mystery #30 currently in progress). Also complete is my Hawaiian memories quilt–I took it with me to Indiana and bound it there while taking care of my mom post-op. I also made a small charity quilt using the disappearing nine patch pattern. It was simple and finished nicely. The random blue scraps look pretty nice, I think. I need to get that one backed and quilted yet.
Most of my fabric this month went to the Mystery sampler that I make for the Quilters of South Carolina Fall Retreat. Again, I took my cutting stuff to Indiana and cut it all out. The last two weekends have almost gotten it together. All blocks done, a couple of the rows sewn. Just need some more time.
But someone shared this tip with me and I have to share it with you because it has been so wonderful in making my mysteries. I do a lot of “dog-eared triangles” where you overlay a square, sew a 45 degree angle and trim off the underneath. Over the years I’ve tried various methods and gotten pretty good at eye-balling it. Then I found this tip for using a strip of paper: http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2012/02/qm-shorts-no-mark-stitch-flip/
I used a nice heavyweight envelope that I happened to have lying around in my sewing room. It was perfect. Too light of a paper would be too flimsy, I think, and if it was too heavy you might smoosh up the under layer on the feed dogs. But regardless, this tip has changed my life.
De-Stashed this Month: 13.00
De-Stashed year to Date: 45.00
Stashed this Month: 3.00
Stashed Year to Date: 26.75
Net De-Stashed for 2013: 18.25<<Goal for 2013: Greater than 25 yards De-stashed>>>
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I will starting Mystery #30 at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MysteryQuilts4Military/ my Mystery Quilts for Military group–just barely started. You do have to join the group to participate in the mystery.