Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sewing (When There are So Many Other Things to Do)









I've received all my block lotto winnings for the Liberated Checkerboard,



and look what happened as I laid them out in the bed...I couldn't help but see this rainbow taking place!


The day's work: rainbow trims, ready to make into 'quilt jelly'!
edited to add: Larry's Momma pushed all those colorful little confetti pieces of fabric into a jelly jar and called them "quilt jelly" for fun! If you stuff it full, and put a couple of layers of netting on the top, you can use it for a pin cushion, too. With those pretty rainbow scraps, I felt it was too happy to toss them. 


Today, I trimmed them all down to match, and sewed a few more to round out the quilt (actually, I made about 4 more RED ones, another blue green, and one more darker blue, too). Let's see how soon they get sewn together...!





While sewing these block lotto squares together this month, I saved the cut off half square triangles, I usually sew them as I go to help on the bias cut later, just easier. Now, how small is too small? Well, I know some of you girls do beautiful mini quilts, but I think this will be as little as it goes for me.



I used them as they were, should've trimmed them up neat but hey, they turned out kinda cool at 1/2 inch finished!




These were from the center of the flower, the yellows started out on the flower at 1 1/2 inch cut squares, but there were 4 "redeemed" squares from each flower.


On this year's quilt run in July, we found this sweet-gotta-have-it tiny box at Temecula Quilt Company, and it told me wanted to become a pin cushion :-}



So, I'm thinking...perfect!!!



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37 comments:

  1. Your Block Lotto blocks are so bright and cheerful. I agree, those HSTs are really small. Your pincushion will be darling with them.

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  2. Beautiful layout on the the block lotto blocks. You are so lucky to have received such a great combo of colors. I adore the pin cushion and the little box. Cute cute cute!

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  3. Now, what's quilt jelly?? A jar of little pieces?? Love the pincushion.

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  4. Okay... I want to know what "quilt jelly" is too! Love that yardstick box and the uber mini HST made fabric will be perfect for a pin cushion! Love your Block Lotto arrangement... gonna be gorgeous!!!

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  5. The little tiny HST quilt top you made is adorable and will perfectly as a pincushion in the darling little box. Love the block lotto flowers :)

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  6. Oh, that would be a beautiful pin cushion. Love the idea of the jelly quilt. :-)

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  7. ohhhh, I am really liking your liberated checkerboard! WOW! And, love the little ruler box...have had my eye on one for months and have yet to order it. As a pincushion for your bitty hst's...PERFECT!

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  8. Your Block Lotto quilt is going to be great. I really like the rainbow layout.

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  9. Absolutely love that rainbow Checkerboard! I often save those little triangle cutoffs and think about sewing them together...but eventually throw them out! They made the perfect pincushion for your great find.

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  10. Your block lotto win is wonderful! It couldn't have been a much better win, unless it was the REAL lottery - lotsa money for fabric, huh? I like your mini squares for a possible pin cushion. Those are little blocks! You're braver than I am.

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  11. I can see a rainbow also, love the checkerboard blocks. The mini squares and the box, -- a great pincushion.
    Patricia

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  12. Quilt Jelly

    Combine 2 cups of quilt scraps, 3 cups of sugar, and one box of Ball pectin. Add enough water to cover. Pour into sterilized jar. Add sterilized lid and screw cap. Leave sitting on counter overnight.

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  13. Norma, my dear, do you serve this with toast, or as an ice cream topping, lol!?!
    Love you, pokey

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  14. Your checkerboard blocks look great laid out like that! And I love your little HSTs all sewn up! They'll make a great pincushion in that cute little box! :0)

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  15. Very colorful Checkerboard...cute pincushion...your block lotto squares are my favorite. Trish

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  16. It makes me very happy to read that you couldn't resist sewing--your checkerboard quilt is going to be fabulous, but OMG,I LOVE the TINY TRIANGLES!! I cannot throw out a HST unit (or a potential HST unit) and I love how the color combination came out. What a sweet pin cushion that will be--please be sure to share a photo of it on the Block Lotto blog.

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  17. I'm loving that Liberated Checkerboard! And your little pincushion idea is brilliant.

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  18. Love it, Pokey! I love how it all came together and has such a happy feel to it. I aspire to quilt as you do...one of these days...sigh. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Sunday ☺

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  19. You are soooooooooo gifted. Come by and visting Quilting Ranny for a chance to win a beautiful Blessing bracelet from It's a Blessing a wonderful Christian Lady:
    http://quiltingranny.blogspot.com/2011/08/interview-with-shannon-creator-of-its.html

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  20. Luck was with you with the Block Lotto! What fun. Love the micromini HSTs and the pincushion idea is the bomb! I want a ruler box too :)

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  21. What a happy and fun quilt! I love it!
    xx, shell

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  22. great quilt . love the rainbow effect....very cute pincushion!
    or you could put a border on it and have an adorable little quilt!
    Kathie

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  23. I love your quilt! and I love the great idea you have for the little box and little triangle quiltlet. I need to find me a little box now.

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  24. your pin cushion looks like maybe a yardstick...I like that a lot.

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  25. WOW! That is awesome, love the rainbow pattern Pokey! Ah, perfect little pin keep too! Goodness, it's just all coming together for you isn't it? Haha, loved this post... made me happy! =]

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  26. Ohmygosh -- that quilt is soooo cool! I love the bright happy colors and the "uneven" lines. And turning that little box into a pincushion was a stroke of brilliance! I'll never look at a yardstick the same again.

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  27. Oh I love the checkerboard...happy!!! and I need one of those little boxes...maybe its time for a trip to Temecula!!!!

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  28. Great quilt! Yes, perfect box for the pin cushion! I guess I will have to order one now...:)

    Thanks for sharing. Carolyn

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  29. You have the most precious projects! Love the checker board quilt - so happy, kind of like your disposition!!

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  30. Glad you listented that that little box and turned it into a pin cushion! It is adorable. What a gorgeous rainow quilt you will have from all those pretty blocks. And thank you, my friend, for the birthday wishes! It was a good one.

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  31. I love the little box!!!! The colors of the blocks are so summery and cheerful!!

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  32. Love the cute box. It will be the perfect pin cushion. The loto blocks look great!

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  33. Hi! The liberated checkerboard quilt is amazing. Actually all of your quilts are gorgeous! Just looked at a few of your past posts! The pincushion will be great!!

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  34. chell.haynes@yahoo.com is my email....not sure why it is not showing...sorry about that!!

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  35. Hi! Found your blog through another blog. I just love this post. So many happy things going on. Love the block lotto rainbow! And the teeny tiny triangle scraps sewn together, the little ruler box pin cushion.. :)

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  36. Love what you did with the Lotto winnings! So quickly too! Great pincushion also.

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  37. Hi Pokey
    I just caught up with all your news. I am glad you had a good visit with your MIL and that she is at peace with her decision. Your recent quilting projects are looking great! I love the block lotto liberated checkerboard blocks...is there a pattern online for those blocks? A quilting friend of mine saves up all her "dog ears" in a jar for her quilt jelly! Such a fun idea! Happy sewing. Gail

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