Rain …. it does a garden good

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Yesterday it was hot and windy!  Plants were wiling and curling up before my eyes as the hot wind blew across them.     Finally at about 11 pm it rained.   Less than 1/2 an inch but it sure has made a difference.    The flowers have perked up and everything is greener.  There were dozens of Monarch butterflies in the garden today but none wanted to sit still long enough for me to get a picture.    But here are some of the flowers today. (click pictures to enlarge)

I have been hand quilting ….. I’ll post more pictures of that soon…..this is in the hoop now.

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I added a bit more to the leftovers top.

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Teddy has been learning to chase squirrels away from the bird feeder so he is tired but he woke up to say hi.

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Happy Quilting

Tim

Teddy is a designer

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When I am upstairs sewing Teddy likes to look out “his” window.    It is in the hall and he can see out into the yard easily because it is so low.    Here he is by his window….posing rather than looking out.

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he did spend some time helping design the layout of the next quilt top.

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I think it is going to be very cool!

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Happy quilting

Tim

Diamond Quilt Top Finished

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I finished the diamond quilt top.   The finished size is 74″ x 92″.    I was planning to make it larger but I like the look of it at the size it is.

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Quilting will have to wait for a while.    Teddy and I have a lot of quilting already in progress.

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We had a nice rainstorm this afternoon.    Here are a few garden pictures from this morning.

No back to hand quilting

Happy Quilting

Tim

Assembly

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I finished all the blocks so it is time for assembly.

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Here is the layout.  I decided to leave the 2 long edges jagged.

I start in a corner and piece the blocks together on the diagonal. Here it is with 3 diagonal rows done and the next one ready to add.

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and the next row.

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and the next

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keep doing row at a time

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It will be done soon :)

Happy quilting

Tim

More Piecing

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Yesterday I posted this picture.

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It is the leftover pieces from the ends of the strip sets.   I sewed it together today …..I rearranged the pieces first.

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Tons of pieces come together in the center and it is not perfect ….but I like it. I plan to add it to a quilt made from all the leftover fabric.

The main quilt top has grown.

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I think I will leave the sides jagged.   It will be a bit more work to bind it that way but I like the way it looks.    I could add 1/2 blocks to the edges to make a straight line.

It might seem like I could use those 1/2 triangles for the edges rather than make the hexagon blocks.    The problem with that is they aren’t the correct angle.

2 of them looks like this.

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but to fit the rest of the pattern it needs to be a 1/2 block cut down the center like this.

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The other option would be to use a solid piece.   I have a lot of piecing yet to do before I need to decide.

Or maybe I will ask Teddy

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Happy quilting

Tim

More Diamond Piecing

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I started a new quilt top about a week ago.

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I did a tutorial on making the diamonds here http://timquilts.com/2015/07/20/diamond-tutorial/

I worked on it for a bit more today (the forecast was for rain so I decided to not work in the garden….It didn’t rain)  A reader asked what I will do with the extra pieces from the ends of the strip sets.    The way I am cutting them there is an extra bit on each end. See the half triangle on the left of the ruler.

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I thought about it and decided on a way to use them.    When you piece the strips they never come out even.   different fabrics vary quilt a bit in width.  Here is one end of a strip set.

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and here is the other

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If I cut the first edge even I can cut on 1/2 triangle from that end before I cut the full triangles.

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Then after all the full triangles are cut I have a piece at the end to cut another half triangle.

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If I put the half triangles together in a hexagon I get this

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That hole in the center will go away when it is stitched together because the seam allowances will take that space up. and I will arrange the wedges better to distribute the color better.  I don’t know what I will make with the hexagons, It might be added to another project …..it might need to be another quilt?

After I have them cut I match the triangles into pairs.

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I pin them to match the seams

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and then stitch and press

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I have a bunch of them done.  They are adding up.    It is about 60 inches square at this point (it will be smaller when the diamonds are sewn together)

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My plan is to make it something like 90 x100.

When I sit at the sewing machine I can look out into the yard and watch the activity at the bird feeder.

They need to be refilled but there were still a few birds and the squirrels wanted to be sure they got some too.

Teddy says hi

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Happy Quilting

Tim