Riding the Blue Spots Wave

I’m taking advantage of a brief spurt of enthusiasm for sewing to finish up the scrappy hexagon and blue spots quilt top.

It poured after dinner so I spent about a half hour sewing blue triangles to hexagon blocks and got ten done before the rain eased off a bit and we headed out the door.

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To start the assembly I sew one blue triangle to opposite sides of the hexagons. Then these blocks will be sewn together in diagonal rows. This all goes together really quickly because these blocks are big.

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It gets a little tricky on the bottom and top of the quilt, but it’s still pretty simple construction.

After our walk I finished sewing the triangles to all hexagon blocks that aren’t on the bottom or top row. I want to do those rows when I’m fresher because they require a little more attention.

But I did cut the remaining triangles I need to finish all the blocks. Then I sewed most of them into pairs. I’ll show how the bottom and top rows go together on another blog post.

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We got rained on for the first two miles of our three-mile walk. But like they say in Oregon, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate equipment. So I put on a rain coat and a water proof baseball cap, leashed up the dogs and headed out. They got really wet, but they just don’t care!

For the final mile of our walk we got to watch a really beautiful sunset develop.

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So, of course, I had to have the boys pose too!

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The past couple of weeks I’ve been making sure to walk through our park on the way home from our walks and let the dogs run free for a few minutes. They really enjoyed their run in the cool and damp air tonight.

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Rico’s enthusiasm shows all over his face… and his head… and all over Bender!

19 Replies to “Riding the Blue Spots Wave”

  1. Your sense of color is just wonderful as is your photography! The inspiration I received from your Australian Aboriginal quilt has now manifested. I’m working on my own version and experimenting with 6 1/6″ squares and 2″ sashing and cornerstones. Today I’ll sew the 7 blocks together. I’m not sure I like the sashing fabric, but we shall see.

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    1. Thanks! I always feel like I can just pull any Kaffe fabrics out of the drawer randomly and they just go together! I’d love to see what you’re doing with the aboriginals!

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      1. Today was a “play day” and a let’s try this, let’s try that day. The end result is a table runner. I’ll try to send a photo! My big lesson for today was about value and contrast. I felt that today’s project had sashing that was too busy. But tomorrow will be more productive!

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      2. Today I completed the table runner, including a 3″ border and put it up on the design wall for the “10 foot view”. I love it so much I’m now making 4 placemats and will give this set to my “baby sister” (she’s 67) for her birthday in November. She loves Australian Aboriginal fabrics also. It’s good to play around and try out different fabrics. What started out sort of disappointing, turned out to be a success!

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      3. How can I get a photo to you! I have a smartphone (old) and a Kindle Fire 10 – no computer. Could I email you? Let me know. P. S. Tomorrow I’ll finish piecing the 4th placemat. I’ll back them with Aboriginal fabrics also so they’ll be reversible.

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      4. Thanks, A.J., I’ll get photos to you very soon. I just watched your video about wonky log cabin blocks and now you’ve given me ANOTHER idea for my batik strips! I love wonky also and fun to do after you’ve made something with precise piecing. B.J.

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      5. I love having a wonky project to work on when I want to sew but don’t feel like doing something more precise. I do a lot of improv piecing in pouches that I make. I just love it! A friend of mine is making a string quilt using Aboriginal scraps. it’s looking really fun!!!

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      6. A string quilt using Aboriginal scraps? STOP! STOP! by the time I finish the table quilts/placemats, I’ll have a ton of scraps! Is she sewing the strings onto fabric or paper, or just sewing strips and then cutting into squares? Will the fun ever stop? All these ideas will preserve my sanity during this confinement. If I didn’t create with fabric I’d be confined in an institution by now. I started hand sewing at 5 yrs., machine sewing at 10, and have sewn all my life. I’m 81 now and still sewing. It’s what keeps me going. B. J.I
        P. S. Keep sending me ideas! I’m also going to look at all your posts from previous years.

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      7. Yes, that’s the email address I used. I’ve been having problems with my phone (Verizon) because of service blackouts. I’ll take more photos with my Kindle Fire and try to send them this way.

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