Welcome! This blog is for fans of the 'Nearly Insane' quilt created in the 1870's by Salinda Rupp. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book by Liz Lois with the patterns, check with your local quilt store, or visit the Nearly Insane website.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Block 28 - Sue

Block 28 Nearly Insane

I decided rightly or wrongly not to redraft this pattern Unfortunately that means some of the corners are in the SA.

I hope it’ll look OK when sewn in.

                                Block 22 Nearly Insane  

Block 22

Amazingly I never noticed the flying geese on the sides of the block are going the wrong way.


Block #55 - Ann

I was in the mood for a green block, and had this all planned out. I penciled in my plan, and by the second piece I had already used the wrong fabric. Oh well. By the end I was tired of looking at all of these greens up close, but now that I am able to stand back and look at the block as a whole, I can live with it again.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Three more and ?? to go!!

I have managed to make another 3 Nearly Insane Blocks but haven’t had time to post them, so here I go..

Block 27 which was a little tricky. Will have to fudge those 1/4” seams when I add the sashing.


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Next is Block 16

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Then Block 4 Which I really enjoyed.

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I am struggling along with Block 22 at the moment. My printer printed the pattern wrong ( I think it was my margins or something) and I didn’t realise until I had pieced 2 of the outside borders and got 7 flying geese instead of 6. Then I ran out of the outside fabric on the 4th border, so I did what Salinda Rupp would have had to do, and used a different fabric.

Ah well I had done too much to redo the borders. Will post the photo as soon as I’ve finished it.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Back again! #23

It's been a while but I'm still here. Quite enjoyed 23, am still in the middle of 22. I will never be as industrious or as fast as some of you but I do intend to finish. Have greatly enjoyed the variety of blocks shown here - always interesting to see other people's fabrics!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Block 80 - Tazzie

Here is my block 80. The middle of the block had me quite puzzled for a while, as the pattern in the book bears no resemblance to the block that the author made, or to the block in the original quilt. In the end, I just made up a checkerboard using 1" strips and cut it down on the cross to a 4" piece, and then added the border sections. Probably not the most accurate way to put it together, but I'm happy with it anyway. And very happy also to get one of the tricky ones checked off the list!

Monday, January 10, 2011

One more Block…

Just now finished another Nearly Insane Block. # 21

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I’m on a roll now - Cheers Sue

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Finally Nearly Insane Block 8

Block 8 is finally finished. I actually made it to the last border before I chose the fabrics for the last border. Did not like my first colour choices and this is my second.
I did manage to squeeze a couple of tiny bugs and a chicken’s head in. Not obvious or they will not be in the bigger quilt. I have set out to make this block 3 times in the last 18 months.  and I am happy it is finished.
Have a great Creative weekend All
Cheers Lynne

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Block 8 Revisited! - Sue

I decided the whole block was too light in colour, so I undid the outer border and remade it. I think it looks alot better.
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                                                      Block 15
I enjoyed this one, as it was easy. The main thing for me is to get the colours right. I have so many Civil War style fabrics, but have to make sure the blocks are going to go together. I may have to remake block 1 and 2??

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                                                              Block 9
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I looks a little crooked on the outer corners but it will be fine when its sewn in the quilt. I should have starched the block before scanning!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Block 77 - Tazzie

I'm really on a roll! Here is my block 77 - the fabrics in the flying geese points are a little blendy, but I can live with them. It's feeling good to get back into these darling little blocks, and I think I now only have 18 to go! Yay!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Block 61 - Tazzie

I'm all inspired right now, and so I've gotten another block together quickly. This one is block 61, and if I had to choose a word to describe it, I'd choose 'pesky'. Lots of flippy corners!

If you haven't made this block, I definitely have a recommendation: always press your seams toward the red fabric. Makes the block go together much easier. Ask me how I know :-)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Block 55 - Tazzie

Here is my block 55. Isn't it a bit of an oddfellow? I've cobbled it together using the smallest of my scraps from the bottom of my 'Nearly Insane Scraps' container - and yet there are still so many more!

This is block number 78 for me, so that means I have only 20 to go. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Block 82 Nearly Insane

Hi All I am straight back into my blocks. Hope to finish piecing all the Nearly Insane blocks this year :-) I have made 57 blocks so far. Oh and I am halfway through piecing the dreaded Block 8! Stay tune for a photo soon. Hope you have a Great New Years Weekend  Cheers Lynne

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my Nearly Insane friends. I hope 2011 brings wonderful things for you all.

I'm looking forward to getting back into my blocks now that all the Christmas and New Year fun is finished with. I wonder which block I'll choose next ...