Thursday Therapy – Big and Small!

Slowly but surely I am getting caught up on the goal of completing a block for my aqua and red 2014 sampler quilt every week.  Right now I am only 5 blocks (5 weeks) behind.

I got two wee (6″ blocks) done…

Little appliqued hexie flower:

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Wee scrappy trip-along:

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And then a giant (24″) Carpenter’s Square… the third carpenter’s square I have made this year… definitely one of my favorite star patterns.

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Thursday Therapy is Everyday! (vol. 2)

I have developed something I call “Sewer’s Hip”.  I hurt my hip in a spin class a few weeks ago and it has been exacerbated by my sewing chair / pedal foot position.  It has resulted in me sort of lurching when I stand up and start walking.  It got pretty bad… painful and embarrassing.  But last Thursday I went to a therapeutic yoga class that did wonders for my hip.  It still isn’t perfect, but soooo much better.  The point of that rambling story is that it was “therapeutic” yoga… on a “Thursday”… okay, anyway…

I haven’t been sewing much on weeknights, but this weekend I did get caught up on my aqua and red sampler.  I want to have 52 blocks at the end of 52 weeks… and so I made 5 this week:

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I think they turned out pretty well.  Two are from Shape Workshop for Quilters and three are from the 2014 Aurifil BOM.

Thursday Therapy is Everyday!

I have been a terrible blogger, blah, blah, blah….

But here are some of the blocks I have made for my red, aqua, gold, and a bit of pink quilt…

My Slash Gordon block – original design, I guess…

 

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The Aurifil February block of the month… with a little modification in the size of the HSTs so that I could use my June Tailor 1/2 square triangle ruler thingie…

 

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And a giant block… 24″ x 24″ – made from the awesome Radiant Splendor block tutorial

 

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Thursday Therapy: Gift Boxes

Today is a two-fer.  I missed posting last week – I didn’t miss sewing, I just missed posting.
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Last week I made this little beauty – the super versatile gift box block pattern from Shape Workshop.  So fun to make – and I *might* have been in the Valentine’s Day spirit when I worked on this one.  Lots of pinks and reds.
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A couple months ago I made this simpler version.
And I made this entire baby quilt using the pattern.  As I continue to sew, sew, sew, I am pushing myself with lots of techniques and patterns.  But it is nice to come back to things that I know I can’t jack up.
(What is Thursday Therapy? Every Thursday in 2014, I am making one block from Shape Workshop for Quilters by Katy Jones, Brioni Greenberg, Tacha Bruecher, John Q. Adams.  Because the best defense is patchwork.)

Thursday Therapy: Framed Windmill

Since I got home from work yesterday, all I have wanted to do is dig into the Kristyne Czepuryk Blogger’s Choice bundle that showed up in the mail yesterday.

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I drifted off dreaming of those dreamy fabrics.  But I made a committment to myself to clean my closet today.  And I did.  But after that herculean task, I was exhausted.

But the call of the fabric was too much.  So I thought I would do an easy block.  Sigh.  Don’t cut and sew tired, my friends.  I sewed the little triangles onto the wrong ends.  Seam rip.  I cut the 45 degree angle on the back instead of the front of one of the rectangles.  Seam rip.  I seamed rip the wrong seam.  Seam rip.  And then I ended up with an 11.5 inch square.  So a little gold border got added.

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This ended up being an adorable little block, even with the random border.  And now I am going to go to bed.

(What is Thursday Therapy? Every Thursday in 2014, I am making one block from Shape Workshop for Quilters by Katy Jones, Brioni Greenberg, Tacha Bruecher, John Q. Adams.  Because the best defense is patchwork.)

Thursday Therapy: Who Wore It Better?

I have been recreating some of the blocks I have created for Thursday Therapy in my color crush colors – and I think I am going to abandon the old color palette for this new color palette for my weekly blocks… what do you think – who wore it better – scrappy brights or grown-up aqua and red?

First up – “Three in the Breeze”

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Both are lovely – in this block I can’t decide.

In this one, though…

IMG_0148No, doubt the one on the right – just so much more composed.  I think it is mostly because of the palette.

So now I have 4 blocks in the “old” color palette – that because of my plodding patchworking skills, took me hours to make.  I think I will keep them for a future Project Linus quilt.

I think the wilder color palette looks good with simple squares and rectangles patchwork.  The squares with lots of patchwork shapes look better in the calmer palette.  I dunno.  But it is onward and upward with the new palette.  There is no stopping me!  Well, except for needing to sleep and go to work, but other than that…

Happy Thursday!

 

Thursday Therapy: Three in the Breeze

I really needed some therapy tonight.  I got really bad news at work today.  I am frazzled and sad.  But I didn’t realize how much until I was about 1/2 way through this block and I started crying. Messy, heavy gasp crying.  You know, the good stuff?  I had kept it together all day.  And then I couldn’t any more.  And so the points on the green pinwheel are totally nonexistent.

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(What is Thursday Therapy? Every Thursday in 2014, I am making one block from Shape Workshop for Quilters by Katy Jones, Brioni Greenberg, Tacha Bruecher, John Q. Adams.  Because the best defense is patchwork.)