More Scrappy Sunburst Blocks… More Stress

I’m plugging along on making these scrappy sunburst KFC blocks. I finished up nine after my dog training lesson tonight. So I’m up to 32 blocks total. It’s helping me stay away from watching the news about the presidential vote count. But I’m still stressed. I find myself gritting my teeth throughout the day.

I’m really loving this quilt. It’s so funny to me how I can think about a quilt for months, wondering if it will work, how it will work, how it will all come together. And then BAM! There it is! Up on my design wall.

Holy cow! KFC scraps do make a really pretty quilt1

I’m just putting these blocks up as I finish them. I’ll need to eventually move them all to the larger design wall and spend some time arranging them. Then I have to figure out what I’m going to do with the setting triangles. I’m thinking I’ll just make the same blocks, but a little bigger, and then cut them in half to finish the edges. We’ll see once I get to that point, but I’m guessing that’s where this will go.

So yummy!

We’ve had such a gorgeous fall here in Portland. October was essentially rain free, and every day was prettier than the last.

Look at those trees against that amazing blue sky. GAH!

I planted this little red maple tree a couple of years ago. This is its third fall foliage. I just love this tree. It’s exactly the color that I was hoping for when I selected it.

I noticed yesterday that it’s actually grown quite a bit since I planted it. They have a saying around here for when you plant trees and how you can expect them to grow: First year sleep. Second year creep. Third year leap. And it’s true. This was its third summer and it really had a growth spurt.

And after this amazing fall season, the rain started today. This rainy season will last until May or June. The winters in Portland are mild in temperature, but we do get A LOT of rain. Here’s what our next tend days looks like. And this is pretty much what the next eight months will look like.

I’m glad Saturday and Sunday are nice. I’m heading up to Washington with a friend this weekend for a sheep herding lesson in a new place. Rico is getting close to being ready to enter his first trial, but we need to get him to a new place on new sheep first and see if he can do what he can do at our regular place.

I’m taking Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off next week prior to the end of year fundraising period getting started. It’s a killer time for us and I need to refresh a little first. I’m hoping to drive out to the coast and spend a few hours on the beach. Not sure the weather is going to let us do that.

11 Replies to “More Scrappy Sunburst Blocks… More Stress”

  1. Thanks for posting the pictures of the trees. I’m a native New Englander living in southwest Virginia and fall foliage is nothing like this. What a great usage of the starburst Kaffe squares! I’m loving your new quilt! Faster, faster!

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  2. Glorious quilt blocks – and those trees (we do not get color even close to that saturation level here, even in the best of years). I’m not sure I could cope with your rainy season, at least not without a LOT of lights to brighten things indoors (and new rain gear for being outside).

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    1. Ha! Hadn’t thought of that. Interestingly, as lush and green as northwest Oregon is, there’s not a ton of fall call except in landscape trees. But in the spring, almost everything is in bloom!

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  3. Dang! You really know how to use your KFC! I just stare at mine for months, afraid to make a cut. I did finally make one last (Covid) spring and have another working around in my head. I LOVED your star quilt and it inspired me to try one. It will be my next one. One of my roadblocks is that its hours to the nearest KFC dealer! Anyway, love your blog, your dogs, your tree, your quilts. Not your weather. Looking forward to your next big idea.

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    1. Haha! Glad you like my stuff! It took me some time to get so that I could cut into my fabric, and now I can’t wait to get cutting!!! There are a lot of good sources to buy KFC fabric online. Let me know if you want to know which ones I use the most often. I have a few favorites.

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      1. Yes, please, let us KFC fanatics know where to buy their fabric. There is only one shop near me that stocks Kaffe and the selection is limited.

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      2. One of my favorite online quilt shops with a really good selection of KFC fabrics is Island Quilter on Vashon Island, Washington: https://www.islandquilter.com/

        Another one is Sew Colorful in Sugarland Texas: https://www.sewcolorful.com/

        The third is Glorious Color at https://www.gloriouscolor.com/

        There are others like Tennessee Quilts, Hancocks of Paducah, All About Color Quilting, Material Girl Fabrics. Lots of places that have pretty good selections of KFC Fabrics.

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      3. Yes please let me know your online resources for Kaffe. The Golden Quilt Shop (Colorado) has a huge KFC selection. I shop there when i visit my daughter. Thanks for your response. But after you buy it, you still have to cut it and sew it!
        I know my problem. I just don’t have enough yet! It’s all so precious. Haha.

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      4. One of my favorite online quilt shops with a really good selection of KFC fabrics is Island Quilter on Vashon Island, Washington: https://www.islandquilter.com/

        Another one is Sew Colorful in Sugarland Texas: https://www.sewcolorful.com/

        The third is Glorious Color at https://www.gloriouscolor.com/

        There are others like Tennessee Quilts, Hancocks of Paducah, All About Color Quilting, Material Girl Fabrics. Lots of places that have pretty good selections of KFC Fabrics.

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