More Cutting and Too Much Working

I had to work two three-hour shifts today. I didn’t have much time to do anything else.

After our late afternoon walk in gorgeous weather I got me and my boys our dinner then hit my sewing room. It’s still a bit of a radio studio, but our drive ended today and I’ll have it back in shape tomorrow.

I continued cutting strips for “The Other Sixteen Patch,” as Wanda at the Exuberant color blog dubbed it. She’s making one right now out of blue and green KFC fabrics. It’s nice to have a name for this quilt, rather than “that blue lap quilt” or “the quilt I started last week.”

The more strips I cut, the more I’m falling in love with the group of fabrics I selected for this quilt. Look at these gorgeous oranges!

It makes me sad that orange gets such a bad rap. It’s a fantastic color!

I pressed and cut the pink fabrics while I was on the phone with a friend.

One of the things I love about pressing and cutting these fabrics is that I get to put my hands on all of them and look more carefully at each print. I mean, come on… look at this!!

That one piece of fabric has all the colors I want in this quilt… pink, orange, purple and turquoise. It’s sort of magic!

I cut two strips from each of the 39 different fabrics. They’re now ready to divide into pairs in preparation of sewing.

It’ll be fun to start putting these together. And I’ll have some strips left over that I can use in other projects.

I drove up to Battleground, WA, between my two work shifts today for Rico’s sheep herding lesson and found that I had missed that this week’s lesson was happening down at my trainers place near Molalla, OR… remember, the place where I helped with lambing this last spring. So I missed our weekly lesson and found my self with enough time on my hands to run to the local quilting store that carries a ton of KFC fabrics. I had intended to just pick up the black and blue jumble I wanted for the border for The Other Sixteen Patch that’s on my design wall. I had it in my hand and was ready to head to the cutting counter when I saw a bolt of Brandon Mably’s crackle in the dark color way. This fabric is actually in that quilt, so I changed my mind and picked up some of that for the borders instead.

it’s a really cool fabric and will look great with this quilt top.

While I was looking through the bolts of fabric I saw something that kind of got my blood rushing. It’s Kaffe’s parasols in black. It’s been out of print for some time and Is nearly impossible to find. So I bought every inch of it… a little over 5.5 yards.

It’s a wonderful, great big graphic print and will make a gorgeous backing some day… or maybe I’ll find something more special to do with it. Either way, I’m pretty happy with this purchase!

I’m totally exhausted tonight so this will be a short post. Tomorrow morning I’m off to play pickleball, then I want to get the backing for my KFC scrappy trip quilt fixed. I’ll deliver it to my long arm quilter Monday. I’d also like to get “The Other Sixteen Patch” blocks sewn together and get the border cut and sewn on. That’s completely doable.

Then I can start sewing the orange/pink/purple strips together on Monday! That would be a fun project for my day off on Monday.

37 Replies to “More Cutting and Too Much Working”

  1. I’m so impressed with your discipline for getting projects started and completed. I LOVE the parasol fabric! I can’t stop looking at it. What a great find. Thank you for sharing your life and art with us.

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  2. I’m so sorry about your having to work so hard that it is interfering with your quilting! I hope that your station has made lots of money. We need to support public radio!
    I’m also sorry that you missed the herding lesson. You mentioned the quilt store in Battle Ground. Is that Country Manor? I’ve been there a few times and it is truly an experience! She does carry zillions of bolts of fabric. Haven’t been there for a few years. Perhaps a field trip is required in the near future!
    Can’t wait to see your pink and orange quilt top! I have been using a lot of orange lately and am finding that I really like it a lot. I’m wondering why it has taken me to so long to realize that.

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    1. I live on the east coast, but all this talk about wonderful quantities of Kaffe fabrics at these Pacific NW shops has me wanting to make a veeery long road trip! 😆 And, like you, I have fallen in love with orange, and I wonder, too, what took me so long to notice how luscious it is?

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      1. It baffles me that so many people have such a negative sentiment about orange. It’s really gorgeous! Think of how many things you see in nature that are orange. it’s a magic color.

        And, yes. I’m very fortunate to have access to some good stores with good selections of Kaffe fabrics. I’m comfortable buying online, but there’s nothing like seeing it in person. I’ve sometimes been amazed at fabrics when I see them in person… the scale can be so different.

        Anne

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    2. Yes! Hahaha! It is definitely an experience shop at Country Manor! It’s not your average quilt store!

      See, Orange is fantastic! I’m getting anxious to see some of the orange and pink blocks come together but I’m forcing myself to finish two smaller projects first. then I’ll dig in!

      Anne

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  3. It’s too bad you missed Rico’s lesson. However, things happen for a reason. Just think… if you had known that the lesson was going to be in Molalla, you wouldn’t have driven to Battleground, WA. You wouldn’t have been in the quilt shop when you were, which means you wouldn’t have found that fabulous out of print Kaffe fabric. You were supposed to be there! What an awesome find!!!

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  4. Love your post. I also love the bright jewel tone colors you feature. Revisiting my love for quilting after years of a work schedule that consumed my time. I am wondering what the initials KFC mean? Where do you find the aborigine fabrics ? Thank you for your response. Cathy

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    1. KFC stands for Kaffe Fassett Collective. Essentially, it’s fabric designers Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, Philip Jacobs and quilt designer Liza Lucy.

      As for Aboriginal fabrics, I have a local shop that carries a good selection. They do have an online shop as well. Pioneer Quilts in Milwaukie, Oregon. You can find them with a google search. Also, Artistic Artifacts fabric store in one of the Virginias. You can also find them with a google search. Frabillish carries them as well. And… you can find a lot on Etsy.

      Anne

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  5. I haven’t been a big fan of Orange either as it was most often paired with green. But you’ve paired it with some wonderful Kaffe’s and I’m looking at Orange with new thoughts! I’ve been playing in my Kaffe stash lately and think I’ll put together some fabrics for that same project that you’re doing. Have you thought about purchasing an Accuquilt cutter? You can cut 18 strips at a time using it! It’s a big time saver. J bought myself the cutter 2 yrs.ago as a birthday gift to myself and it’s used regularly. Can’t wait to see this new quilt up on the design wall.

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    1. I bought an Accuquilt cutter at the beginning of the year. I am using that thing almost daily! It’s so easy to cut mass quantities of fabrics. And I am finding that it is easy to convert my patterns to the ACCUQUILT dies.

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      1. I know the people who have them really like them. But I actually enjoy pressing and cutting my fabrics. it’s sort of meditative for me.

        I might change my mind if I ever feel the desire to make a quilt from half square triangles!

        Anne

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    2. I know several people who have Accuquilt cutters and really love them. Bu ti actually really enjoy pressing and cutting my fabrics. It’s sort of meditative for me. It’s a chance to look more closely at each of the fabrics. I love it!

      Anen

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  6. Gorgeous choices. I was just watching the Great British Baking Show and this pattern reminded me of the laminated doughs they made in one of the episodes where the goal was LOTS of layers. The word “croissant” popped into my head. Now I’m hungry to make my own delicious … “Croissant Orange” or “Croissant Rouge” or “Croissant Blue” or “Croissant Kaffe” quilt.

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  7. I read your blog every day and love it. I live in South Carolina, and today we are having a “girls day out”. Taking my daughter, her college roommate and her daughter to Gastonia, NC for a casual lunch and then a Kaffe Fassett lecture tonight. I just love his fabrics, etc. and definitely how you use them.

    Just read this latest blog with all his fabrics and thought how you’d enjoy our day. You have many times referred to your “work”, vacations, etc. I’m curious, what is your “work”? Do you work from home? After working for over 40 years, I’m always amazed how between work and your quilting, you have time for your long walks with your fur babies and their other activities.

    Keep the blogs coming!!

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    1. What a great day you have on tap! I’m sure it will be fun and I am a little envious!

      I work raising money for public broadcasting, TV, radio and a digital news service. I have worked from home since the pandemic started and it’s unlikely I’ll ever work full time in the office again. People tend to really like working from home.

      I’d really like to retire. but I have a few more years. So many things I’d like to do!!!

      Anne

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      1. Thanks for your reply. We had a wonderful day and Kaffe Fassett was extremely interesting. He’s very down to earth and you can tell enjoys life having the freedom to express his creativeness. I was surprised at some personal facts. He’s now 85 years old, born in San Francisco, went to Boston at 19 on a scholarship. He stayed 3 months and then went England where he permanently resides. So, rather than a lecture, he really spoke about himself, his travels, and what has inspired him with his designs. When he really discovered “colors” and their impact, he trended to design “bold” colors and prints.

        How wonderful you can work from home. It will be interesting to see how many people continue to now that employers have found their employees can be as successful working away from the office.

        Again, thanks for your reply. Nancy

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      2. I’m glad you had fun!

        We’ll never go back to five days a week in the office. Very few people have any interest in that. So I can work from home all I want. There are things I really like about it. A few things I don’t like about it. The pandemic changed a lot of things!

        Anne

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  8. Scrumptious fabrics again, Anne- another handkerchief alert required for all the drool!
    I’ve been a bit yucky since my seasonal booster jab but did manage to piece several blocks for my Frankenbag/ samples for my course final quilt. Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow.
    Hope your week isn’t so tiring. Happy quilting.
    Lindy

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    1. I’m having a good weekend off finally! Played a lot of pickle ball this morning and just got back from bunch with some other players.

      good for you for chunking away at your projects!

      Anne

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  9. Oh Anne I want that parasol fabric in the worst way now I will have to hunt some down. I will go to my local quilt shop and beg them for help they are good at that. Like you I love orange and pink together always have. I hope your week is more relaxed. I paid my dues this week to our local NPR station so worth the money

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    1. Good luck finding that parasol fabric. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in a store before. the woman who owns the store here has some secret fabric stash and sometimes old fabrics just appear on her shelves.

      Thanks for supporting your local station!!!

      Anne

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  10. You seem to get SO much acc, even on days when you think you don’t! I’m amazed!
    I really like your two fabric purchases-the black parasol and black crackle.

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    1. I can be pretty productive when I get on one of my jags. So I usually try to take advantage of them and get a lot done. they don’t last forever!

      I’m pretty happy with my fabric purchase!

      Anne

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