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Monday, November 29, 2010

Block 43 - Tazzie

Here is my block 43. I'm so glad to have this one done, though it wasn't as tough as I anticipated. I used a little spray starch to help stabilise bias edges - love me some Mary Ellen's Best Press!

I really don't think I'm ready for block 44 yet - it really looks tough, so I'll tackle something else in the meantime I think :-)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I nearly Forgot To Add These Blocks

After looking at all the lovely blocks from every-one I noticed although I had added some to my blog susannasquilts I had forgotten to add them to the Nearly Insane Blog, so here goes.

Block # 3 Nearly Insane Blocks  Block # 5           Nearly Insane Blocks 003  Block # 10Nearly Insane Blocks 001


and Block # 11

Nearly Insane Blocks 002  They certainly are addictive and once my Christmas gifty stuff is made I will get back to them in the holidays.

The lovely thing about after Christmas is that DH closes the office for 4 whole weeks. Wippee!! 4 weeks of no office work /phones.

Cheers for now


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Block #48 - Ann

I've had a pretty rough week, but found this block very satisfying and quick. No agonizing over fabric or color choices, just a quick dig through the bin, and presto! One more block done.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Block 4 and 53

Block 4 Has a Bee in the Centre
Block 53
I rather like this one. Totally different but still a star. The next block I need to do is Block 7 which just by chance happens to be another star and then the dreaded Block 8 which I have successfully avoided since the beginning when it was issued as a challenge. I have been making this quilt since November 2008. There was a while when it was on the backburner but now I am enjoying it with renewed enthusiasm.
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.
Cheers Lynne

Blocks 85, 25 & 45 - Tazzie

I've been a busy bee this weekend working on my NI blocks.

First was block 85 - using some 'new to me' cheddar fabric. Even though the blocks are often drawn up differently, I mostly change the orientation of the triangles to give the blocks a little more symmetry.

And here's block 25. Another odd looking one for sure. I don't mind if I never see half inch finished HST's again :-)

My personal challenge - block 45. It looked like the easier of the three 'lone star' style blocks in the book. I guess it wasn't too hard, just fiddly - but I can now confidently say that I'm not looking forward to block 44 in the least!

If I be a good girl and get my chores done today, I'll allow myself some more time in the sewing room this afternoon. It'd be so nice to get some more checked off the list :-)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nearly Insane Block 48

I have finished one of the blocks for the week :-)
Fussy cut the red and the black edge is fussy-cut from the same fabric. The black star and the gorgoeus yellow are fabrics I bought form the Quilted Crow while we were in Tasmania on our second honeymoon.
This quilt will be a journey of many memories. I am having fun. Cheers Lynne

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Blocks 83 & 39 - Tazzie

Here is block 83 - I just finished it this evening. I really love putting flying geese units together, so this block was blissful :-)

And here is block 39, finished on Sunday evening. I have only the tiniest pieces of the yellow left. It's a Smithsonian print from a REALLY long time ago. Donna from CA kindly gifted me with a piece, so I've been treating it like gold dust!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Block 40 A Little of the Adelaide Collection Lynne

Block 40 Features fabric I wanted to use from the Adelaide Collection (Bird in the centre and the 4 corners) Adelaide is where I live and I thought it most appropriate now that this gorgeous range just come out thanks to
the Lovely Michele Hill and Jason Yenter.
Just so love the Serpentine too. I have to confess I did not even look at the way the block was presented in the book this time. Nor did I plan this block apart from really wanting to use the birds in the middle and they only just fit and the cornerstones of gorgeous from the Adelaide collection . Influenced only slightly by recently acquiring the gorgeous serpentine. The rest of the block I just let talk to me as I went along :-)
Block 2 (my personal weekly challenge as I need to make a few to fill the gaps so that I can start to sash my blocks) features a sewing machine. Fabric again thanks to
Jan from  Bemused. I was lucky to win this fabric last year. The 'L' came from the same FQ.
Remember the blocks are set on point so the sewing machine another squeeze fitted just but I am pleased with it. The cornerstones are straight it is just that I photograph on a board and cannot pin the flat so the edge is angled up
Looking forward to next weeks challenge on the Nearly Insane Yahoo group . My Personal Challenge for next week will be block 4. If I tell you all I will have to make sure I finish it or should I say both.
Cheers Lynne

Friday, November 12, 2010

Block 84 - Tazzie

Here is my block 84 - quite an easy one really - so I was surprised I hadn't tackled it earlier. The light floral fabric is one of my favourites - love those Civil War Dressing Gown prints.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Blocks 26 & 36 - Tazzie

Two more blocks checked off my list over the weekend.

Block 26, very easy to make with simple rotary cutting and piecing. I'm so low on the leafy fabric in the outer triangles. I'll have to try and find some more :-)

I don't mind confessing that I find a couple of the blocks in this quilt are a little ugly - and this block is one of them. And it probably doesn't help that the brown fabric I used isn't too attractive either. But it's made now, and I've started sewing the row together, so it's staying!

I hope I can stay motivated to make these little blocks, I missed them so!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nearly Insane Block 1

Nearly Insane Block 1  (33 pieces)This is the 49th Block I have made.
Taryn that is your little spinning top in the centre. I have not made Block 2 yet so that might have to be the next one. Wish I could say I got lots of sewing done this weekend but I did manage a few hours so that was nice.
Cheers Lynne

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Blocks 24 & 81 - Tazzie

I've been so inspired seeing the NI Yahoo Group blocks being posted, as well as the lovely work that we're seeing here, that I finally got my act together and stitched up a couple of blocks.

This is block 24 that I just finished this evening. The brick red fabric in the flying geese units came from a Moda scrap bag, what a lucky find! And the print with the shells I have had for the very longest time - probably ten years. It's a favourite.

And here is block 81 which I finished during the week. It's fun seeing the gaps closing in my list of completed blocks. I think my finished total is 67 now.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Block #38 - Ann

Not a great color combination, but luckily it will be just one of many blocks in a very busy quilt. Since I'm not using any particular theme or style of fabrics, this will truly be a scrappy quilt.