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Saturday, January 26, 2013

What am I working on?

I'm working on Bloom. I got the stippling done around "Bloom Where You Are." I totally forgot that the word "Planted" needed to be on the phrase. There is no room for it, so it won't be there. Maybe just implied.

I've been thinking through the free motion quilting for the table scarf. I saw Bamboo on a quilt on Leah Day's blog. I've done Bamboo before and it will be perfect for the larger rectangle in rectangle blocks. And her Sunflower for the small square in square 4 patch blocks. I need to find the Bamboo video and watch it, and I need to draw out both of the patterns a few times.

I've located a good piece of fabric for the back of the extras from the table scarf. I've done the spray basting and put them together. I found a couple of small pieces of batting, so I'm using them up too.

They extra blocks will be practice pieces and if they come out OK, I'll end up with two square and two rectangular Mug Rugs. I've discovered I love Mug Rugs.

This is my basting area in my garage. I do the basting with the garage door open, so it is the same as being outside which considering that the ground is covered with a couple of inches of snow around here this morning, wasn't happening.

The hexagons continue to add up. I've put the finished ones into a box out of the way. I don't want to even look at them until there are enough to try to figure out the layout I'm going to use. Then I'll know if I need to make more or not. This hand project is going way faster than I expected. If I pick up the needle I make 15 to 20 of them in an evening while watching TV. It is the perfect TV project.

I've signed up for 3 new free Craftsy mini-classes. At this point I've signed up for a lot of these minis. Some of them have been very useful. Some not. They aren't the same as the paid classes. The teachers mostly aren't involved. They are samples both of the class platform and the teachers in many cases. In one case, Creative Quilt Backs with Elizabeth Hartman, I ended up buying the paid for class as well. The free one was that good.

I found a tutorial for small portable design boards here:

I'm going to try to make one. At this point I don't really have a good place to put a whole design wall, but maybe one this size would be a good thing.

I've bought the foam core board. It is black on the other side. I've got the batting and probably enough left over binding from other projects to cover the edges. Lori Holt used a hot glue gun. I think I'm going to try fabric glue instead.

Take care all.


  1. Your table scarf is going to look nice with a bamboo design. I can see your email in your profile now so maybe the latest tweak has worked, fingers crossed!

    1. That the email shows in the profile is good. This is an attempt to see what happens when I've replied to a post and that shows up in my email inbox. I could see the "no-reply poster" that way.

      By the way, Janine, if you see this could you send me an email. I'd love to know how replies work for the person replied to.

  2. "Bloom Where You Are" works just fine without that "planted" :) It didn't sound the least bit strange when I read it before you mentioned the omission.

    1. Oh, good. I wondered it it sounded strange to other ears and eyes.

  3. Beautiful work, Stella! Whoop whoop!!