Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Current Projects


I made these recently- actually I think I had the centers made for a few at least, but I finished all six.....


Which will join these six. Now onto making the flying geese sashing.  Do you have a favorite method? Does your method depend on the finish size you want to make.  These are fairly big so I plan on doing them traditionally, with two triangles and a rectangle.  The original antique quilt had 4 patches  as the cornerstones. This is a busy quilt and I love it!

I've rotated to my next hand project which is new! Ranette generously sent me her
Scandinavian Christmas pattern when she was done with it. It was a whole lot smaller than I thought so she has given me a lot of good tips too. My grandfather is from Denmark so I love all things Scandinavian, including this precious wallhanging! This is block one. I need to make a few more little churn dashes that go between the blocks. They are so cute I couldn't help but forge ahead and make one.
Cathy B from Big Lake Quilter sent me this adorable bag. It has a little velcro closure- it is perfect for keeping my thimble, thread, small scissors and glasses in. It is also a perfect reminder that spring really will come soon.  Thank you Cathy!


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43 comments:

  1. Those blocks are wonderful! If I am making small flying geese (less than 3 inches finished) than I paper piece them. If it is larger than I use the square against the "brick" method and trim it down (getting the bonus hst along the way...because a gal can never have too many hst can she!

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  2. I am going to love the antique quilt when it is finished! I use Open Gates method for flying geese since I like to make everything oversized and then custom cut them. Wonderful gift from Cathy!

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  3. I love your scrappy blocks Lori...can't remember the name of them right now though. I just use the same method you do for flying geese most of the time.

    I do like the gray for your SC!!! I'm really into gray right now. And the itty bitty churn dash is a cutie! Most important tip...don't forget the french knots. I did on the first block and had to go back and do them.

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  4. Blocks are gorgeous! I love your little Scandinavian Christmas piece! It's darling! Ok, could Cathy be any sweeter??!!

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  5. I use the same method for flying geese. It works best for me and there's no waste. The quilt will be gorgeous when you get it finished!!! I am Norwegian (both sides of the family), so I love Scandinavian things too. That one looks cute so far. Can't wait to see the other blocks.

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  6. Love the scandinavian wall hanging. I saw that online somewhere but had to pass. My mom's parents were from Denmark as well..in fact, mom just got back from a month long trip, which ended with 5 days in Denmark to see family.

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  7. I have admired the Scandinavian Christmas quilt for some time now. It looks like a very enjoyable project.

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  8. Oh your blocks are very beautiful. Are they Civil War? I love every one of them.

    I just recently started using the Open Gates method for flying geese and I do think I like that way quite a bit. Everything seems more accurate when piecing the geese together.

    Enjoy your stitching!

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  9. I love your scrappy quilt, so full of life!

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  10. OMG! Are you making that quilt for me? I certainly hope so because I LOVE it! If you aren't :-( but could you tell me the pattern? I need that quilt.

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  11. I really need to do more piecing, love the look for bed quilts. I saw Lynettes new pattern, really nice one, can't wait to see your quilt.

    Debbie

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  12. You are going to have 2 more winners! I love those blocks together.

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  13. Your blocks are fab, love all the fabrics you have used. And your Liberty quilt is amazing, I love the red/white/blue. Your top 2 pics on your blog are pushing things on the right column, but all the other pics are fine.

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  14. Gorgeous! You do such wonderful work!!

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  15. I love all you are working on, Lori. Yes, those first blocks will make a busy quilt, but that is what I like about it! I've always used the rectangle and 2 squares method to make flying geese. What a sweet gift from Cathy - and useful, too!

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  16. This is going to be a really beautiful quilt. I use a method for flying geese that will allow you to make them any size with great accuracy. I have a tutorial here: http://mikisquilts.blogspot.com/2011/04/flying-geese-tutorial.html
    I also really like the Scandinavian quilt quite a bit.
    Joyful quilting.

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  17. Lori,your Blindman's Fancy is coming along very nicely. The fabrics really do resemble the antique.

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  18. Hi Lori!
    Your blocks are wonderful!! You are going to have another gorgeous quilt on your hands! LOVE Scandinavian Christmas...just bought the pattern...would love to hear the tips to make it easier!! You take care!
    P

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  19. Fantastic blocks! I love busy and scrappy--I'm in the middle of one of my own :)

    Adorable stitchery, love the little churn dashes.

    No probs with your website for me.

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  20. These blocks are wonderful....so much movement and color....I love
    'em! I like to get the bonus hst from making flying geese block. It's just more to play with later! No problems with your blog....yay!

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  21. Those blocks are wonderful !!!

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  22. What a great quilt so far! Best method of flying geese is l large square and 4 smaller squares. You'll end up with 2 of the same, but it's so fast and easy and they're perfect every time. And there's no waste.

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  23. Lori I love those blocks...they are just wonderful.

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  24. oh I should take out my blind man fancy blocks too!
    soon! I am always inspired after leaving your blog!
    thanks for sharing
    Kathie

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  25. Love the variety of fabrics - very fun!

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  26. I love your Blindman's Fancy blocks. Now they get flying geese sashing - oh I can't wait!
    I like to use the fast flying geese method that makes 4 at a time.
    Your blog opens just fine for me.

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  27. Lori your blocks are beautiful. They will make a very lovely quilt. Love the Scandinavian blocks. And you are very welcome.
    Hugs.

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  28. I like using the method shown on second on this tutorial from Connecting Threads - http://tinyurl.com/43ca2vs
    Since it makes more than one at a time, it seems to go faster although I've never timed it. So who knows?

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  29. Love those blocks, and all the fabrics to look at. This quilt will be tremendous! My method for flying geese is the same as yours. I like to have the extra triangles to play with!

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  30. The blocks are wonderful. I've done one of those stitcheries and everything was very tiny, I stitched so many of those reindeer. It's going to be wonderful.

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  31. Lori, your current project is just wonderful, I love those blocks, they are so visually interesting!!! Looking forward to seeing the entire project once you have completed the flying geese!

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  32. Love the scrappy blocks. You have been reborn from the 1870s! No doubt your quilts are inspired! xo Pam

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  33. Lori I love those blocks they are fantastic.
    Also thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and yes it would be great if you could be closer and come to my little sewing group....

    cheers
    Christine

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  34. You are on a roll! What great blocks and yes you're right they ARE busy!

    I mostly use the Square in a Square method for FGs.

    The reindeers looks really cute. Never too early for Christmas!

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  35. Your newest blocks are wonderful - LOVE the fabrics you are using!

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  36. Love, love, love your blocks! Once you get it together, if you get tired of it, feel free to send it my way!

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  37. These blocks are really nice! Great job, Lori!

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  38. Your blocks are wonderful, I have this pattern in my to-do list for years !
    I always made my FG with the same method : 1 large square for 4 small squares sewn on the diagonale = 4 FG and no waste (even for the tiny star in my last DJ blocks posted...)
    Also love Scandinavian Christmas. If you want to exchange patterns when done, with some of mine, I am OK :)

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  39. Great idea to recycle patterns! Love your 'antique quilt' your choice of colours superb! Cute wall hanging - I like Scandi style and collect Dala horses!

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  40. What a greattttt quilt! LOVE it!

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  41. wonderful blocks and you're whipping right through them~!!~

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  42. Your blocks are fabulous! The Flying Geese will be the perfect addition.

    The Scvandinavian quilt is darling! :)

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  43. Curious if there is a reason/pattern for which way the hourglass blocks go. It appears they are random, but I was just curious. It looks great.

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