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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Block 50 - Tazzie

My final finish for the day - block 50. I was a little naughty with this one, and redrafted the outside area to eliminate a second round of set-in seams. I was a little over them by the time I'd completed the centre. If you stand back and squint your eyes, you'll never notice :-)

I'll probably draw up another one before I head to bed, ready for me to stitch up tomorrow. I think I have only one block left to complete before I can attach the next row. Super fun!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Block 62 - Tazzie

Here's another one finished. This is block 62, and so easy to put together. I'd like to get another one underway this afternoon. I'm not sure which I'll choose yet.

I'm down to single digits remaining now :-)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Block 64 - Tazzie

I've just finished NI block 64. As I often do, I changed the orientation of two of the outer rows of triangles. It pleases me to make the blocks more symmetrical.

And just thought I'd mention ... 10 blocks to go!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sue – I’ve been Busy Making My

Nearly Insane Block # 71

Nearly Insane 71 001

Oops that looks a little off – some fudging needed there I think.


  and Block # 34

I enjoyed this one. You can’t beat a nice Star Block.

The background fat 1/4 I bought for $1 at a stall at a show. :-)

Nearly Insane 34


And Block # 40

Nearly Insane 40 001

Block #67 - Ann

This was supposed to be a nice easy block, but I managed to make the corner square-in-a-square pieces the wrong size! Oh well, those went into the crumb block bin, and the new ones fit nicely.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Block 74 - Tazzie

Here is my Nearly Insane block 74. Only 11 to go now ... excitement is building!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Block 59 - Tazzie

Here is my block 59, made this evening with some favourite scrappy fabrics.

The red and the blue fabrics were from Donna's scrap bag, the pink-ish fabric a leftover from my DJ quilt, and the green a gift from my dear friend Linda. I love it when my blocks have such special memories :-)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Block 44 - Tazzie

Oh my goodness, do I feel a sense of accomplishment tonight? Yes, definitely yes! I've completed block 44 of my Nearly Insane quilt. It's a toughie, and I'd wager possibly one of the toughest in the quilt.

Those little stars in the block measure 2.5" finished, so you can imagine how fiddly all those inset seams are. I think larger versions of these stars will be a breeze from now on!

You know what's funny? In my picture, you can see some of the light fabric triangle sections and a couple of squares are brighter than other areas ... I didn't remember to pull all the freezer paper pieces from the back before I took the picture, and you can see the dark table surface through the other areas. Duh!

Not sure what block I'll tackle next - there are only 13 to go now :-)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blocks 68 & 72 - Tazzie

Just so you know I haven't been slacking off ;-) here are my two latest Nearly Insane blocks.

This is block 72 - I made it late-ish last night. It was late when I took the picture, and I'm declaring that the hour was the reason for the blurry picture - nothing to do with the camera operator *lol* I was able to use some of my skinny leftover strips for this block. With the tiny pieces, nothing is wasted, that's for sure!

And here is block 68 - I made it on Friday, but haven't showed it off yet. Another one that has used the tiniest of pieces.

I had a couple of questions from people I wasn't able to personally email back to - mostly asking about the size of the blocks. They're six inch blocks - and can be quite time consuming for such small blocks, but very rewarding.

Now I only have 14 blocks left to make. I'll try and make another tonight. I'm already thinking ahead to how I'll quilt it, this is such fun! :-)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Just for fun - Tazzie

Just for fun this morning I thought I'd lay out all the elements I have got/made so far for my Nearly Insane quilt.

Clearly I still need to cut more sashing strips and cornerstones. And even though I only have 15 blocks still to make, doesn't their absence leave huge gaps?

Seeing this picture really spurs me on to finish the top. As soon as I've finished covering Camo's books, I'm getting right back into making blocks. This is EXCITING!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Another row added - Tazzie

Last night I added another row to my Nearly Insane quilt. You can see that three of the corner blocks are in place, so I'm more than half way with the top now. (As long as you don't include the inner and outer border!)

Here is the full view of where I'm at ... hard to get a good shot of this ... the quilt is going to be a big girl!

And here's one a little closer, you can see some of the blocks a little better :-)

I was so excited to get this row in place last night that I made so many rookie errors while doing the stitching. I really think I did more 'unsewing' than sewing. Seriously! And I was so into it that I lost track of time - I was jolted into reality when Marty came into the sewing room at 1.15am and asked if I would be thinking about sleeping anytime soon ... Ooops!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Block 37 - Tazzie

Here is my Nearly Insane block 37 - I'm a few days too late for the NI Yahoo Group challenge, but still totally thrilled to have this one done. Why? Because now I can add the next row to my quilt top! Yay!

It didn't take nearly as long as I expected - I started the block after dinner yesterday, and I finished it up at around midnight. Not bad really, considering there are a lot of REALLY small pieces in this one :-)