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Winnowing down the precuts and 4 questions in quilt composition

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While I was organizing my stash, this project emerged. I also have another project bag of black and white fabrics to supplement it. A quick quilt top or a good start on the beginning of one since there are 12 completed blocks to work with.  I had accumulated 12 small ziploc bags of precut fabric. At first, I was just going to thrift them all back since there seemed to be a lot of uglies in the bunch. I ended up keeping 4 of the 12 bags that contained hst cornerstones, feedsack and animal novelty prints.  I really do appreciate mystery quilter's work. If I can't use the fabric, which was around 80% of these last precuts, I send them back to thrift. Most times I am buying from hospice thrift so I feel it is a good cause too.  Wish there was more of this intriguing print. It is a small remnant with some sun damage.  Looking forward to a quilt show in my area next weekend.  I am auditioning fabric for the borders on Gypsy Wife meets Jelly Roll quilt. It is a crucial stag

Gypsy Wife meets Jelly Roll

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While I missed National Jelly Roll Day on September 21st of having a finished quilt, I had the germ of an idea for a quilt top. I had a couple of partial jelly rolls and completed quilt blocks in 12", 11", and 10". This was the quilt that was beckoning me. I happened to have one extra day and I put my foot down and devoted the afternoon to sewing. This came together really fast. It is going to be a very pretty quilt. Mystery quilter should be proud of how I used her orphan blocks.  In the Gypsy Wife quilt pattern, there are vertical strips of fabric, with the blocks offset from each other.  My process on this was to sew together 6 strips from the jelly and then fit it to the 12" block. I made the 11" and 10" blocks 12". I really am rogue quilter and "wing it" when it comes to perfect measurements. I just take the strips and square them up after I sew them all together. As long as the blocks are squared up and the fabric squares up at

More blocks and precuts

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I went to my usual go-to places for weekend thrifting to 1) hopefully replenish resell stock and 2) buy thrift things from my bucket list.  One of the things on my list was a wardrobe organizer, scored (new in box) for $5 at a half off shop. Surprisingly, I have more clothes than fit in my closet at home. Shocking, I know. This organizer will house all of my summer shifts.  Best find of the weekend, this donut print shirt and black and white blocks ($2 for 12). I also found another bag of precuts. If I could git to gitting on sewing time, I could chain piece a bunch together. The problem is I have been cutting into my sewing time by sleeping!  I continue to post on Instagram as tamaschen  for #secondhandseptember and in October there will be the prompts from #mrsbrimblesboodaily.  I know I am supposed to working on my daughter's quilt, but I am chomping at the bit to put together a quilt top from these premade blocks. It is interesting how projects beckon you, like you are

Sewing Time Measured in Vinyl

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Hello to my Russian audience, your views have overtaken my American ones. This has happened a few times before and I am not sure of the source but whoever loves me over there, mucho love back!  Finally finished! My composition quilt aka art with fabric blog hop started in 2018. The inspiration was this 1954 Composition painting by Greta Freist.  While my last quilt based on a painting was done in raw edge applique, I actually pieced this one. When I finished the first round of piecing, I had a decidedly long creation that was fit only for a wall hanging then made the decision to make it bed-sized.  I used numerous colors of thread in matchstick quilting.  I have also been loosely participating with the FB group, American Patchwork & Quilting in their UFO Challenge. At the beginning of the year, we listed a project per month we hoped to complete by year's end. I had originally intended to create another quilt based on a piece of abstract modern art, but I hadn'

Sometimes the best things in life are free

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Mexican pottery kitty was outside in the free bin at my last stop of 4 upcountry thrift stops. Her face was a little beat up so I used a black sharpie oil pen and some acrylic red paint as fill in.  Before I was also successful in my purchasing for resell more fabric combinations and some fabric. Bag 'o goodness in the left of the picture go into my stash. Mystery bag 1 contents - durn there are only 2 pieces of those amazing blue/beige borders.  Mystery bag 2 contents (top center) precuts in flannel Mystery bag 3 contents (front center) 26 blue/red blocks and 34 dark green/burgundy/pink blocks and companion fabric.  The last two are going up for resell, those and some pins. I ended all but 3 listings for the books. Not a good seller. My 60 day total is nearly $200. That is $200 I didn't have before. I would be thrilled if I averaged $100 a month.  Because I am just not in the mood to model, Sally Stand-In is wearing the Tommy Hilfiger knit dress wit

Follow up to weight gain is not inevitable

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Not being a diet/fitness blogger, occasionally I blog about diet and fitness because it is very important to me. In reference to my post title, I did a post two years ago about weight gain and diet  here . At that time, I had lost some weight from 150 lbs. to 130. Now, after taking a few runs at it, I am now down to 125. Five pounds doesn't seem like much, but it is. If you are measuring by underwear size, it is one size down. Ultimate goal - 120.  I began lifting 5 lb. free weights when I turned 40. I had no interest in having "gramma Tami" arms. You know, the upper arms that have flappy loose skin. I am happy with my arms and my legs, now it is the core that needs attention.  I also chose to go on a restricted diet related to my gall bladder. The word "restricted" seems a little harsh, I have tried really hard to cut down on fried foods and beef.  As an aside, I also had clickety clack knees. As I have lost weight, there is less of that pressure on my kn

September is in the air

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1968 September means a respite is in sight from the summer heat. At least another month of uber hotness. October can be a warm month too in the Sierra Nevada mountain range but at least you can feel fall in the air.  I went live with 8 more listings on Ebay, mainly textiles and some costume jewelry, items I had at the house. I haven't even cracked into the collection I have in storage ( did I just admit to that? ). I don't pay for a storage unit ( that wouldn't make any economic sense ). These are items I have at another house where my adult children live. I so admit I am a hoarder in recovery.  I am feeling better about my WIPs and fabric stash. I have slowed on buying remnants. Thrifts shops are pricing fabric closer to retail, so why buy it secondhand? Back to my WIPs, other than the scrap fabric, I have 10 project bags. Eight reside in the basket, the others are the atomic starburst quilt and my daughter's quilt ( must be next! ).  There is some satisfacti