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Monday, April 16, 2018

Design Wall Monday

Last week we went to the beach for a few days.
One afternoon we went for a drive along the ocean.
In Washington, you can drive on the beach.
It was super windy and rainy but that's fine with us.

Because we were only there for a couple of days,
I just took a cutting project to work on besides my knitting. 
I needed to cut more half square triangles for my newest leader/ender project.
Last year, Lisa Bongean shared Triangle Gatherings.
I printed off most of the patterns and I'm glad I did.
They are no longer available on line as she is publishing them in a soon to be released book. 

I love using my Marti Michell template for cutting my HSTs.
I just snip off that dog ear as I'm cutting them out.
I took pictures with my phone of a couple of my completed blocks 
but for some reason unknown to me, my phone and blog aren't syncing up. 
I'll have my tech guru work on that for me.

Why did I choose this for my new leader/ender? 
Because a few weeks after Jamestown Landing was finished,
I found a bin with oodles of blue and neutral HSTs that I had forgotten about.
And I am in Use It Up Mode!
Since each block uses 16 HSTs, 
and I have lots of blue and neutral strips from swaps,
this was the perfect project.
I already have my quilt designed, 
using these blocks with cool connector blocks.

Speaking of connector blocks,
 I decided to pull out my Garden Party #2 connector blocks.
These poor things have been shoved away since last September.
Since we are headed back to the beach this coming weekend,
I will take these and my new l/e with me to work on.
I love sewing at the beach in the evenings while we watch a movie or 2. 
Or all day long if the weather is nasty!

Check out all the quilty goodness today at 

WhooHoo, I figured it out all by myself!  

I lay the blocks out on my little design board.
Then sew them into quarters, 
then in half, then the whole block.

When it's finished,
it goes into the page protector in the notebook.
I think I have blocks 9, 10 and 11 layed out ready to stitch.
But I might hold off until I have more variety with the HSTs.


Mary said...

Good for you to get those old UFO's out in the light of Day! Even if it's raining at the Beach. Garden Party, I remember that one... Not doing much better here on mine. Staying home is good for getting things DONE at my house. Quilting during Thunderstorms, Not so much.

Suzanne said...

"Use it up" must be the mantra in Blogland this week...many other quilters-knitters are trying to finish up many UFO's.

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Julie said...

It looks like you have lots of fun projects in the works and beach time too! What fun!