Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 33 of 2017

It's been an eventful week.  We became empty nesters on Wednesday.  


Drama Teen (aka Scientist in Training or the SIT), moved into her dorm room last Wednesday.  She's been keeping really busy, she's already working on her first assignment for the school's newspaper. I've been keeping busy too.  To avoid the quiet house on Thursday when My Guy went out for his bike ride, I went to the local quilt shop for some fabric petting therapy.  I did more than pet, there was a fabric line that just had to come home with me. 


Geek Chic by Studio E Fabrics was just too geeky for me to pass up. Plus the Scientist in Training is enrolled as a chemistry major and she really needs an extra long twin quilt that fits better on her dorm bed.  I am now in search of an equally geeky quilt pattern to start and hopefully finish before Christmas.  

Needless to say, I did some damage on the incoming side of the stash numbers, but those numbers are being ignored since the train has long left the station on having any success on using more than I buy this year. There was a little fabric in the out column this week.  

Fabric used this week:  0.5 yards
Fabric used year to date:  42.58 yards

I didn't do so hot on the finding time to stitch this last week.  Between helping the SIT pack, trooping through 100 F+ temps on move in day and a major bought of dizziness due to sinus issues, there were only 4 days this last week spent in the sewing room.  There are just weeks like that sometimes.  

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report

Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekend Stitching: What goes on in the Background

It was a busy weekend.  Drama Teen and I took a road trip to see her grandmother before DT heads off the college, plus made one more mad dash to Tulsa on Sunday to finish off the dorm room shopping.  DT heads off to college on Wednesday.  There are still a few last minute things to deal with, but for the most part she is ready to go.  Not sure I am.  

With all the last minute college prep, there hasn't been as much going on in the sewing room.  At least not much worth showing on the blog.  Still working on stitching down the binding on Blooms and Butterflies.  Just two corners and the side between left to do there.  The first round of white borders has been added to the scrappy coffee cup project, but the flimsy doesn't look much different than last week.  

The leaders and enders project reached a milestone.  I've got 9 blocks done now, so threw them up on the design wall to gauge if the project was done or if one I want one more row. 

  En Provence a Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

My preference is rectangular quilts, I'm not a big fan of square ones.  So I'd like to add one more row of blocks, but wasn't sure there would be enough fabric for that.  But there appears to be enough to eek out three more blocks.  So the blocks have been moved back to the project box for now.  I did find that one of the sashing strips is assembled wrong (do you see the error in the photo), so I'll fix that before putting that one back into the box.  I don't want to forget and find it again after I've put the top together.  My goal is to get En Provence finished before this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery gets going.  Hopefully I can get that far before November.  

Linking up for:
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Monday Design Wall

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stash Stuff For Week 32 of 2017

It's been a busy week, with not as much sewing going on as I had hoped.  Getting Drama Teen ready to head for college has been our priority the last week.  We've had a couple of marathon shopping expeditions to get stuff together for her dorm room.  Found out yesterday that the bed size in her room is different than the information we'd been sent, so that means another shopping trip this morning.  I am hoping to get in some sewing time this afternoon.

So this week there were only 4 days of stitching out of the last 7.  That puts me at a 89.7% success rate at finding time to stitch.  Still there was enough stitching to have a bit going out to report. 

Fabric used this week:  0.33 yards
Fabric used year to date:  42.08 yards

Besides finding time to sew and using fabric, one of the other long term sewing goals has been to get the fabric closet organized.  I've been tackling one shelf at a time.  The third shelf on the second shelving unit has been the focus for the last year or so.  This is what it looked like last July.


July 2016

This is what it looks like now:


August 2017

The batik, oriental and specific collection fabrics from the second shelf have been moved to the third shelf.  The fabrics sorted by color moved up to the second shelf.  There is still one stack of fabric on that shelf to be pressed and refolded, but there's been progress.  It's slow progress, but I'm OK with that.  It does make it much easier to find fabrics for projects once they are sorted into the appropriate stacks.  Plus the way the fabrics are folded makes them ready to use for a project.  I just unfold the amount I want, give it a touch up press and then cut what's needed.  It's nice to be able to pull fabric from the closet and it's more or less ready to use.

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Borders and Bindings

Definitely not ready for Monday this week.  Sunday was such a nice day as most of it was spent in the sewing room.  I did come out to finish a couple of loads of laundry and to help Drama Teen with some college prep stuff, like setting up her bursars account.  She heads to college in a little over a week. (No I'm not ready for that.) 

I did get a lot done in the sewing room, but didn't think to take any photos.  Turned one corner with the binding on Blooms and Butterflies.


The other focus for Sunday, was getting borders on the Coffee Cup blocks. 

  Scrappy Coffee Cups
Block patterns from Karen F. Srebro and Janet McCarroll published in 
Block Magic and Block Magic Too by Nancy Johnson-Srebro

The green inner border is on, plus half of the first white border.  The next two border strips are prepped, I just didn't get that far yesterday.  There is another narrow green border, another white border and finally a dark green border left to add.  Not sure this one will get done this week, but hopefully it will be close to being a finished flimsy by the weekend.  

I also did some rearranging and cleaning up of the stash closet. There is still lots to do on that front, but that's one of those long term projects in the sewing room.  For now it's time to get ready for another work week.  

Linking up with:
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Monday Making
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Slow Stitching and Stash Stuff for Week 31 of 2017

The weather the last week has been more typical of late September rather than August.  I definitely don't mind the lower temperatures and we definitely need the rain.  Still it's a bit odd for this time of year.  Rainy days are perfect for spending time in the sewing room, so that's the plan for today. 

Finally got the binding attached to Blooms and Butterflies last night and got started on the hand stitching. 




I'm really liking the plaid on the back.  No corners turned last night, but it is a small lap quilt so it shouldn't take too long to get this one to the finished column. There is definitely some slow stitching on the agenda for today. 

The stash report is another story.  I've completely blown my goal to use more fabric than I add.  After two years of not adding much of anything, my resistance to pretty fabrics and sales seems to be at an all time low.  So rather than beat myself up for my spectacular failure on stash management, I'm just going to focus on using up some fabric and will modify my weekly report accordingly.  

Fabric used this week:  1.34 yards
Fabric used year to date:  41.75 yards

So what tripped me up on my stash management goals?  Pretty fabrics on sale over at Lady Belle Fabrics.  That included some colorful fat quarters from the Flower Sugar line.



Very pretty pinks and blues.  Then there was another colorful set of Gooseberry by Moda.



No plan for either set as yet.  I'm just going to admire them for a bit. Maybe I'll find a project for them once I get a few UFOs off the list.  

Connecting Threads just released several new collections.  I couldn't resist the gingham like prints. 



That orange plaid looks a bit out of place.  I think the cooler temperatures this week made me think of flannel shirts and fall, so how could I resist?  No plans for these either.  Though with Drama Teen attending Oklahoma State this fall, there may well be another orange and black quilt in my future.  Probably sooner rather than later.  

Now that all the business travel is over, it's been easy to find 15 minutes each day to stitch.  I managed 7 out of 7 days this week. But with Drama Teen's move to college and some family engagements later this month, it will get harder to keep that up.   

Since it's going to be a dreary day and there's not anything that has to get done around the house, today seems like a great opportunity to just hang out in the sewing room. 

Linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday and the weekly stash report.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Managing the UFO List

At the end of 2016, there were 17 quilts on my UFO list.  To be honest, that number hasn't changed much the last 3 or 4 years. When looking at what I wanted to accomplish this year in the sewing room, number one priority was to get the graduation quilts done before graduation.  Mission accomplished there (and it felt so good).  That took pretty much the first half of the year.  For the last half of the year, getting projects off the UFO list is the goal.  Participating in Patchwork Times' UFO-2017 challenge was one way to encourage me in that endeavor.  

I played pretty fast and loose with the challenge the first part of the year, as you can tell by how marked up the 2017 Quilt Plan is.  In order to get the graduation quilts done, I did a lot of substituting of one quilt for another.  But in May, I did start working on those UFOs.  The May UFO was Christmas Angels.  




It's still not done, but now only 3 of the angel blocks still need their borders.  This one should be ready to sew the blocks into rows in the next week or so.  

The June UFO was Blooms and Butterflies.  It just needs binding.




That is in progress.  

The July UFO was Scrappy Coffee Cups.  These blocks needed a setting before this UFO could move along.  



July was a good month, not only did the a final setting get decided on, but all the rows are sewn together and the sashings added. August's One Monthly Goal is to get this project into a finished flimsy. 

So that brings me to the August UFO.  This project dates from 2005, it's the oldest on my UFO list.  



These blocks started in a technique class focused on making these stars.  Initially there wasn't a plan other than making a red, white and blue quilt.  There are 7 blocks completed, but there is still no final setting plan.  With 5 projects working at the sewing machine, I don't won't to add another.  More than 5 projects and progress on each project slows to a crawl.  There will one weekend this month away from the sewing room, but I will have my computer.  So maybe it's time to come up with a final setting for these blocks so the next time they come up in rotation, I know exactly what's left to do.  

No that will not move that last UFO to completion this year, but my goal was to make progress on each project on the list, not necessarily get them all finished. 

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday over at My Quilt Infatuation.   

One Monthly Goal for August 2017

This is the 20th time I've participated in the One Monthly Goal. 




 
Heidi of Red Letter Quilts kicked this idea off in January of 2016.  Our current hostess, Patty of Elm Street Quilts took over in November of 2016.  I can't say that the One Monthly Goal has worked miracles on my ability to finish projects, but it has helped me realize the importance of prioritization in the sewing room.  Committing to OMG has also helped me get past some of my typical stall points.  Not having a final design and prepping a quilt to send off for quilting are my two biggies.  

So what to pick for the August OMG?   I've made good progress on the Christmas Angels and Scrappy Coffee Cups over the last couple of months.  Of those two projects, Scrappy Coffee Cups is the farthest along. 


Scrappy Coffee Cups
Block patterns from Karen F. Srebro and Janet McCarroll published in 
Block Magic and Block Magic Too by Nancy Johnson-Srebro


All the sashing is sewn on, but the bottom three rows need to be sewn together than attached to the top half.  This quilt has 4 borders planned and those always take longer than I expect.   Looking at what's on the calendar for August, getting this project to the finished flimsy stage is definitely doable.  So that's the goal for August. 

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the August One Monthly Goal.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Beginning of the End?

Thankfully whatever was bothering me on Saturday, left me alone on Sunday.  So it was a pretty productive day.  Laundry got done.  Well not done, done.  I ran out of laundry detergent before I ran out of dirty clothes.  But I got enough washed so we all have clothes for next week.  And after a little housework, I was able to head up to the sewing room without feeling too guilty about the state of the house.  

The Meadow Mist Mystery quilt was finished off last week.  So it was time to re-prioritize my project list.  I'm working on five projects at the moment.  It's easier for me to decide what to do with my sewing time each day if I'm working from a prioritized list.   This is the order I finally decided on:

1.  Blooms and Butterflies
2.  Scrappy Coffee Cups
3.  Christmas Angels
4.  RSC blocks
5.  En Provence

The first order of business was to trim Blooms and Butterflies for binding. 



That's done.  I realized a bit belatedly that the quilt needed a label.  Since the label is sewn in with the binding, that needs to be made before attaching the binding.  After a bit of playing around, this is what I finally settled on. 




So the label was printed, soaked, rinsed and was left to dry over night.  Then the binding strips were cut and are in the process of being sewn together. 



I'm using up every last piece of this blue and white print.  Since I'm piecing it from left overs, I had to be careful what pieces went where to avoid having seams at the corners, that's why the numbered yellow stickies.  Hopefully I've measured each length correctly and have them in the right place to avoid having corner seams.  Assuming I have sewing time each night, this quilt should be finished in the next week or so.  

Linking up this week with:
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 30 of 2017

Something is blooming that's driving my sinus nuts.  It made for a rather unproductive Saturday.  Hopefully today will be better.  I did manage to get in a few minutes in the sewing room yesterday.  That brought my days with at least 15 minutes of stitching to 4 for the week.  The business trip took a big bite out of this week.  Even so, I'm back to over 90% success rate on my goal to sew at least 15 minutes every day.  

On the stash management front, there was a box waiting for me when I got home.  Most of what was in the box was batting purchased at the last Craftsy sale.  But there was a 3 yard piece of this in the box as well. 



It was on sale and fills one of those color gaps in my stash.  I've pretty much blown it on limiting fabric in for the year, so I've given up on that goal.  I'm still working to use at least 70 yards.  There was a bit of progress on that front in spite of the limited sewing time.

Used last week:  0.55 yards
Used year to date:  40.41 yards
Added year to date:  223.3 yards
Net added year to date:  182.89 yards

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.  

Friday, July 28, 2017

July One Monthly Goal: Exceeded Expectations

Thankfully I'm done running through airports and figuring out how to open the gas tank on the rental car for awhile.  Between vacation and this month's business trip, I've spent about as much time away from home as I have at home.  In spite of all the travel, I not only met the July's One Monthly Goal but greatly exceeded what I thought possible.  



The Scrappy Coffee Cup blocks have been around since 2012, it's my third oldest project.


Scrappy Coffee Cups
Block patterns from Karen F. Srebro and Janet McCarroll
published in Block Magic and Block Magic Too by Nancy Johnson-Srebro

Since the calendar showed a lot of time away from my sewing room this month, it seemed wise to pick a pretty easy goal that didn't involve the sewing machine.  The lack of additional white fabric for sashing and borders is what stalled out this project.  You can't finish a project without a plan so that was the goal for this month, figure out the final setting. 

No problem, that actually got done while we were still on vacation.  One morning session with EQ and a final setting plan came together. 



Using borders between the blocks and the borders would allow me to use a white that reads the same as the white in the blocks, without it being obvious that it's a different fabric. I was happy with that approach.  So goal accomplished, pretty much the first week of the month.  I didn't stop there.  The stash closet was raided and strung out all over the cutting table before the sashing and border fabrics where chosen.



Now that I have a plan and the fabric chosen, there was nothing else in the way of getting this project moved off the UFO list.  The blocks aren't sewn into rows yet, but there's been good progress on getting the sashing sewn on. 



 Scrappy Coffee Cups won't be a finished flimsy by the end of the month, but all the blocks should be sewn together by then.  That's a lot more progress than I expected this month.  It's been fun to see this project come together.  Hopefully by the end of August this one will be a finished flimsy.  That might just the goal for next month's OMG.  

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the July OMG wrap up and with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekend Stitching: A Finished Mystery

I'm definitely not ready for Monday, mainly because I'm headed out of town on business later this afternoon.  It's only a two day trip, but covers two states in those two days.  So lots of meetings, driving and waiting in airports.  Thankfully, I'm done with business travel for the year after this trip.  

It was a nice weekend for stitching, it was too hot to do much of anything else.  I finally finished binding the Meadow Misty Mystery quilt.  

 Meadow Mist Designs Mystery
By Cheryl Brickey of the Meadow Mist Designs Blog

I love the crinkly texture the quilting adds. 


Trudy quilted big lazy flowers across the entire quilt.  I'm not going to show off the backing.  It's one of my "ugly" fabrics, but it was in the stash and was the right size.  The binding is the same light blue as the outer border.  I did have a bit of fun with the label.



The "It's a Mystery" name comes from My Guy's repeated questions about this quilt, it's not one of his favorites.  My pat answer to him about anything concerning this quilt pretty much became "it's a mystery".  So the name stuck.  Drama Teen asked if I was willing to donate this one to a charity auction her BFF mother's is in charge of.  That's likely where this one is going.  

This is finish number 5 for 2017.  It doesn't affect my UFO count because it's less than a year old.  That makes it a WIP.  But finishing WIPs before they become UFOs is a good thing.  The next mystery over at Meadow Mist Designs has started, but this month's clue was about selecting fabric.  I don't count something as "started" until I start cutting the fabric.  So last year's mystery is finished before this year's gets started.  That's always a good feeling.

It's a Mystery is the first finish from my third quarter list for the 2017 Finish Along.  So I'll be linking up there once we get to September.  Linking up this week with:

Monday Making
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Monday Design Wall

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 29 of 2017

Hot, humid and just generally miserable.  This week's weather has been all three. It's been too hot to do much outside, temps hit 100 F this week.  The only wandering around outside I've done lately when the sun was up has been to snap a few shots of this year's sunflowers.  



Hanging out in the sewing room with the air conditioning has been much more comfortable.  This week it wasn't hard to find time to stitch 6 out of the last 7 days.  We were in Tulsa Friday afternoon and evening taking care of some of the to do items that needed to get checked off Drama Teen's "need for college list".  We got back  home pretty late and being out in the heat zapped any motivation to do much besides go to bed. 

There's a bit of fabric out this week.  

Used last week: 0.74 yards
Used year to date:  39.9 yards
Added year to date:  220.30 yards
Net added year to date:  180.44 yards

No fabric added this week, so the net added went down just a bit.  No way am I meeting my goal of using more than I buy.  But that's OK.  There has been good progress on a few other goals.  I'm on track to use more than 70 yards of fabric.  Plus I'm up to five finished quilts this year.  One more just needs binding and progress has been made on moving a few quilts off the UFO list.  The final lay out for one of the oldest UFOs, Scrappy Coffee Cups, is up on the design wall. 


 Scrappy Coffee Cups
Block patterns from Karen F. Srebro and Janet McCarroll published in Block Magic 
and  Block Magic Too by Nancy Johnson-Srebro

Sashing strips are cut ready to stitch to the blocks.  Not sure I'll get all the rows sewn together, but that's on the agenda for today.  Do you have an agenda for some Sunday afternoon stitching?  

Linking up with Quiltcreatepaint for this week's stash report and with Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Back in the Sewing Room

With a little help from Drama Teen, vacation laundry got done and put away early on Sunday, leaving me the rest of the day to play in the sewing room.  The fabric closet got a little attention, it still needs a lot more.  The last Meadow Mist Mystery quilt is almost bound, there's about 30 inches left to stitch down.  So there should be a finish by the end of the week.  

Most of the visible progress is on the Christmas Angels Blocks.

  

Four of the fifteen blocks are finished, with the remaining eleven in various stage of construction.  Before we left for vacation, I couldn't resist adding in the alternate blocks and checking out the layout. 


There's not enough done on the angel blocks to see the secondary pattern in this photo, but I'm happy with how it's coming together.  It would be nice to get this UFO to the finished flimsy stage by the end of the month.  Not sure that will happen as I've got a business trip the last week of the month. Even if it's not completely done, it's nice to get one of the older UFOs this far.  

My UFO count is at 18, that's the highest it's been in 7 years.  In 2012 my UFO list only had 4 quilts on it.  I've done pretty well at finishing most of the quilts I've started the last couple of years, it's the ones that I started in 2013 that are really lingering on the list. Eight of the 18 were started in 2013.   The plan is to finish 7 UFOs this year.  Doubt I get that many to the finish line, but at least I'm making progress.     

Linking up with:
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Monday Making
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stash Stuff and Slow Stitching for Week 28 of 2017

Vacation was a lot of fun, but it was nice to get home and get back into our normal routine.  I've not had a lot of time in the sewing room since we've been back, but I've managed to get a few things moving.  The cutting table was covered with stacks of fabrics while I was selecting what to use for the Magnolia Mystery quilt that starts next month over at Meadow Mist Designs.  Here's what came out of that:

There's an orange in the stash that may get subbed in for the green.  I'm still undecided about those two, either would work fine. This is going to be one bright quilt. I'm going controlled scrappy with fabric C as I don't have any yardage that is the deep red-violet. The white floral print is going to be the background.   There will be a lot of it in this quilt, Cheryl tends toward the modern end of the spectrum with her quilt designs.  I'll be interested to see how these choices work out.  

Since all the fabrics were out on the cutting table anyway, I started looking for the sashing and border fabrics to use for the Scrappy Coffee Cup blocks.  According to My Guy and Drama Teen this combo is a winner. 


This wouldn't have been my first choice, I'm a big fan of blue.  But since this is intended to be My Guy's cuddle quilt and he's a fan of green, I'm going with his choice.  My One Monthly Goal for July was to figure out the final setting for this quilt, looks like I'm actually going to start on the assembly process before we get to the end of the month.  Which is a good thing, there are 18 UFOs on my uncompleted list.  Scrappy Coffee Cups is one of the oldest.  

Also on the agenda for today is some slow stitching on the binding for the last Meadow Mist Mystery quilt.  



Two sides stitched, two to go.  Not sure I'll get it done today, but definitely sometime this week.  The goal is to get this one done before I start on this year's mystery. 

It's a good thing I'm pulling fabrics for new projects, I really need to start using rather than adding.  Yep, I'm guilty of supporting the local quilt shop again.  Here's the damage. 

Used last week:  0.33 yards
Used year to date:  39.12 yards
Added year to date:  220.30 yards
Net added year to date:  181.18 yards

I added a few fat quarter's to freshen up my red, white and blue 1930's stash. 



I've been trying to reduce the number of these fabrics, but sometimes you have to buy a little to use others up.  

Between the embroidery work I took on vacation and time spent in the sewing room since I got home, there were 7 days of stitching the last week.  That means there's been stitching time 180 out of the 196 days so far this year.  A 91.8% average.  I'll definitely take that. 

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday and Quiltpaintcreate for the Stash Report

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Vacation Photo Essay

Disclosure:  No quilts or quilting topics are discussed in this post. I just wanted to share some of our vacation photos.  

Locations:  
  Seattle, WA
  Fidalgo Island, WA
  Vancouver, BC
  Deception Pass Park, WA

The view from the Seattle Space Needle (really!).



From the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition





From the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, B.C. (I have more than 100 photos from here, but I'll just share my favorite)




From the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, B.C. 

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia Exhibit, beautiful images projected on the walls

 
1980's Fighting Shield from Papua, New Guinea

Deception Pass Park







My favorite photo from the trip:


Two peas in a pod.  They had a great time with all the hiking. 

The last picture is My Guy's.  He's a very active nature photographer, with many of his photographs of the local wild life appearing in our company's calendar each year.  This is the one shot he was really hoping to get this trip.  


Nailed it didn't he?  

Have a wonderful weekend.  I'm off to go sew for bit now so there will be something quilty to talk about on the blog tomorrow.   

Monday, July 10, 2017

Weekend Stitching: A Little Handwork, A lot of Walking

Since we were on vacation all last week, there's not been a lot of time in the sewing room.  I did take some hand work along for the ride and made some good progress on that. 


I only work on this project when we are away from home, so I'm not sure when it will get finished.  At any rate it's nice to have something to stitch on in the evenings while we are winding down from vacation activities like 5 mile hikes.  

I did spend some time on my OMG for July.  The July UFO is my Scrappy Coffee Cups blocks made as part of the 2012 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  These blocks haven't been made into a quilt because I was out of the white background fabric and couldn't figure out how to set them without additional fabric.  I did a bit of playing in EQ over the last few days.  I tried a scrappy border and just didn't like it.  After playing around with borders and such, here's the most likely possibility. 

  Scrappy Coffee Cups
Block patterns from Karen F. Srebro and Janet McCarroll
published in Block Magic and Block Magic Too by Nancy Johnson-Srebro

It's not that different then what I started with, but the sashing is narrower.  Plus I've added two borders of white tone on tone.  Hopefully there is another white tone on tone in the stash that reads the same as the background fabric for the blocks.  Since it won't be right up against the blocks, it shouldn't be as noticeable that it's not the exact same fabric.  The actual color of the sashing and borders will be determined by what is in the stash.  I really like the blue borders, but My Guy likes green.  This is going to be his recliner cuddle quilt.  I'm going to stick with tone on tone fabrics for the borders no matter what color they end up being. 

On a completely unrelated note.  Twenty five years ago on July 11th, we said our I do's.  Happy anniversary My Guy!  


Looking forward to the next 25!

Linking up for:
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