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Saturday, August 24, 2013

More Pickle Dish Pieces

The patient actually allowed "Nurse Nancy" some time to herself today and so I headed upstairs to my studio to "play".  He is only 5 days out from surgery and is really doing well.  One day at a time...
 
I always forget how much I enjoy paper piecing until I do it again.  It's really so easy and fun to just follow the lines.  I'm couldn't wait to complete one block so I cut 2 corner pieces and the melon piece in the center.  They seem to be slightly small.  I'm going to have to tweak my templates as  they are pulling just a little.  So I'll be ripping this block apart, but it's the only one put together at this point.
I took some pictures this afternoon of my studio.  It kind of looks like a bomb went off with all the piles of fabric, but I'm almost done with this stage I think.  I keep changing the size and needing more blocks.
I decided to make it one row bigger so I needed 26 more arcs.  And then it's on to cutting the corners and the melons.
These grey ones are a piece of cake with only six pieces in each arc.  I'm not planning on having that many in the quilt but I should have saved them until last.  They have about half as many pieces as the pickle dish arcs and go together really fast.
This is the view I have of my workspace when sitting in my chair.  I have an "extension tray" that pulls out when I need it.  I find it's perfect for holding pieces when I have picked sets of fabrics to go together.
Here you can see the extension pulled out from the sewing machine table.  My DH made this sewing table for me several years ago.  The extension was my idea and it has been a wonderful thing I use often.
It seems every post lately has included personal pictures, and this one is no exception.  Here is Baby Jack at 3 weeks old.  Still kind of long and lean. :)  How I would love a little snuggle time with him.
And here is Karis.  My DDIL found this wonderful photographer in Myrtle Beach.  This was taken during Jack's baby photo shoot.  Karis didn't feel like smiling and this is what happened.  Pure magic in my opinion...... but then again, I may be biased.  I miss both these punkins so much.
Until next time,
Karen

7 comments:

Dianne Mitzel said...

Love how your quilt is looking! But, the best thing about your blog is this beautiful little girl, and her little brother..they are so precious!

Karen said...

I usually cut the setting pieces a bit larger so I can trim to size. That might not be the thing to do if the curve piecing is pulling but I have done it anyhow.

Michelle said...

Your sewing room looks a bit like my kitchen table at the moment.......it the only space I now have to sew at.
The pickle dishes looking good........
And your baby girl is gorgeous.....love the photo and I bet she is Daddy's little girl.

Ruth said...

I love your block! This quilt is going to be one wild and bright quilt! Can't wait to see more. I know just how you feel about missing your punkins. It is not easy knowing how much we miss out on. BTW, our son/DIL in Pensacola just bought a house! They are so excited. (I don't think I told you this before).

Janan said...

Love the photos on the beach, such a peaceful moment. . .
Hope your patient continues to do well. . . prayers. . .

Every Stitch said...

Lovely to see your progress - it is fun to foundation paper piece isn't it? But you do need to be a bit organised so your workspace makes sense. And so nice to know it will all fit together perfectly! Such cute baby photos :)
Hilda

FlourishingPalms said...

Love seeing your sewing space in it's real condition. Makes me feel better about the times mine looks like that. The difference is that everyone can see mine - from the living room, or through the front picture window! I tell them it's just "an artist at work." Ha! Understand about missing grandies. Yours are so adorable. I'm heading to Kansas City to visit mine - ages 14; 3-1/2 and 2-1/2 - for two weeks. I bet I'll be good and ready to come back home too!