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January 18, 2009

Sparky.  "The Blue Last" by Martha Grimes ♦♦♦♦◊

Remember that post a couple of weeks ago about how I was feeling all invincible (quilt-wise) and able to start all kinds of new projects with impunity?

Well so far, so good. There are a couple of things that have fallen by the wayside while I have been off in the land of other peoples' patterns, but today I hope to remedy that.

I give you Red Delicious Block of the Month, Block 1 (aka Ginger and Marilyn).

RedDel 1

There are not quite 60 little bitty pieces in this 9x16" (??) block. My long-nosed serger tweezers sure came in handy when placing and ironing. I used fusible applique (Heat N Bond Lite). Edges are not sewn down yet, until the block is put into a setting and more stable. Some of the details are inked with the really fine point Sharpies in different colors as necessary.

Ginger and Marilyn

I've got Block #2 traced, but Block #3 has already been published (it will be available for free until the middle of February), so that means I'm still two months behind. Not a problem.

Tisket BOM1Next up is the January block from A Tisket A Tasket, 12 Months of Baskets. I actually joined a Flickr group so that I could post my block there... last I checked I'm the only one who didn't bother reversing the pattern for fusible, so in a line of baskets with cute snowpersons, mine is facing the opposite way.

Isn't that charming.

The basket will be the same in each block in each month, so in theory I could trace a bunch of baskets to be a step ahead for future months. I think I'll wait to see if this whole backwards thing will become an issue before I get carried away.

CalendarThe calendar quilt is actually one day ahead! I got behind by a few days, so when I began sewing strips to catch up, it worked out that I added enough strips to make it through tomorrow. (The picture is only for Jan. 1-11, but I promise I have sewn more strips!)

The premise here is to sew on one strip each day of the year. So many people are getting so inventive and clever with their projects - some are keeping journals, some are writing or embroidering notable events/days onto the strips, some are doing squares, some are doing strips...

I took someone's idea of combining it with a stitchery/embroidery BOM that I've been considering - but didn't want to take it on because I have plenty of projects in the works. Yes, that's another BOM that I'm starting, but it doesn't count because this is part of the calendar quilt challenge, not a whole new project. Heh.

So, the strips that you don't see are not as wide as those shown - these new strips will be sewn to one side of the embroidery/applique block. Uh. Soon. I have the pattern traced. Just need to get the block background chosen, pressed and cut, then I'll be back on a roll!

Oh! Speaking of rolls... (streeeeeetch!)


But wait! There's MORE!

This is the end of the first batch of my Artisan Bread adventures. J2 brought some Kosher salt for me today so I'm all fired up to make another batch of dough. I think I'll wait until the NEXT batch to try adding the rye flour. One step (loaf) at a time!


permalink 2 Comments:
At 1/19/2009 5:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous Babbled Back:  

Hi, you might be two months behind with Red Delicious, but you're one block ahead of me. Going to get mine ready this weekend.

Am also going to do the Basket BOM, but am avoiding the calendar quilt, as I started one of these eons ago, and got as far as 7 Jan before I ran out of puff!

At 1/19/2009 7:26 AM, Blogger Darcie Babbled Back:  

OH MY! Darling little projects you've got going there, T...but I am totally drawn to the bread and pizza!!! Wow!!!

I may have to look up that book and stimulate the Amazon economy.... I'm already hungry.

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