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Tuesday, 03 March 2009 12:26

I just finished the border sections for the Orange Slices Quilt...they are off set, just like the blocks are.  This kind of set gives it a lot of depth and dimension to the border and of course I used all the different oranges from the blocks.  These sections went together really fast and I had them done in no time.  I should have this border on very quickly, so check back soon!


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Monday, 02 March 2009 22:53

I'm moving right along with the Orange Slices Quilt.  The center is now complete and I am working on the fun border I've been talking about.  This is a great time to talk a little about the construction of a quilt.  After I make one block...I set it on the table to make sure it "lays flat" and if it does, I move on to the next block, and I do that EACH and EVERY time I make a block.  If the block does not lay flat, it will not lay flat in the quilt.  And FLAT is what you want in a quilt.

When I sew blocks together to make a competed row, you must lay the pieces you have sewn together in the row construction on the table to see if they lay flat, before you move on and add another block to the row.  Once again, the same rule applies.  If the adjoining blocks do not lay flat then the row will not lay flat in the quilt...and FLAT is GOOD!

Now, each time you sew two rows together, you must do the same thing and lay it on the table to see if it lays flat before you add another row.  When all the rows are sewn together, you must lay the quilt on a flat surface (like a really large table or floor space) and make sure that it is laying completely flat!  If you follow this simple rule of the sections laying flat and double checking it, you will know where your mistake is, and you won't "realize" something is "off" after the whole quilt is done.  Some people think you can "Quilt" out a ripple in a quilt top and I am really sorry, but this not true.  You will end up with a lot of puckers across the quilt, because the fullness has to go somewhere.

The next time you make a quilt project, try this method of "checking" your progression and see how it works for you.  I know it is highly successful for my students...and this is why I love what I do

Ok... I just read over what I had written and it sounds so boring and very monotone, so sing it when you read it and then it sounds a lot more FUN!





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Saturday, 28 February 2009 21:21

The Orange Slices Quilt is really taking shape fast...here are the first 4 rows.  If you click on the picture you can see in more detail how the blocks are different.  I just love those orange fabrics!  I am getting the border idea I have for it set up, so I can move right onto it as soon as I get the rows all together and the 1st border sewn on. 

I think I am going to have to call it an early night this evening, as it was one of those sleep deprived nights last night.  I woke up at 2 am wide awake, and if one small thing creeps into my mind, I am up for the day!  I started thinking about all the quilt projects I have on my list of things to get done over the next few weeks , so I decided to stop tossing and turning and just GET UP!  I figured I should take this "quiet" opportunity in the house to just look over my website and see what I needed to work on and noticed that my site was actually down.  I sent my son Mike an e-mail to have him check into it and let him know that it was 3 am in the morning and his Mama was no sleepy, sleepy!  My mind was racing and I just couldn't sleep...oh my gosh, it's official...I have become my mother!

Now, that deserves a couple extra Orange Slice Candies, doesn't it?  Even MOTHER would agree.


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Friday, 27 February 2009 17:17

There is serious progress being made with the ORANGE SLICES quilt.  I have all 63 blocks made and I have cut the sashing strips and 1st border.  These blocks went quick!   I am planning something fun and different for the border, so be sure to check back as this quilt takes shape!  The container I had this project in will be emptied in no time, which is great because I have a couple store displays to make for the Augusta location where I will be teaching in April and May. 

Maybe I will applique something neat to show because it's been a little while since I've done any of that, and everyone knows how I love to machine applique!

Excuse me, while I take a minute break and snack on an Orange Slice Candy or 2 or 15.   Who's counting?


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Thursday, 26 February 2009 11:59

Lookey there!  A new project "containerized"  and the blocks have been started!  I am making 63 blocks for this Orange Beauty and as you can see I have my favorite little basket right there to catch all the leftover pieces of fabric and thread.  I have decided to name this quilt ORANGE SLICES, simply because it reminds me of those yummy orange slice candies I remember eating as a kid.  I am pretty sure those candies were one of my mothers favorites since she always made sure we had them in the station wagon for those long road trips to Texas every summer.  My mother is a Texan and proud of it, her sister Elouise and my mother both have that southern Texan drawl to their speech.  It is absolutely adorable to hear my Aunt Elouise say the word "Darlin"!

The Orange Slice candies have some funny memories for me and my 7 siblings.  Like I had mentioned before, Mother would make sure a couple bags of these Orange Slice candies were in the station wagon, along with several other essentials for our trip SOUTH.  Now, remember there are 8 children packed into a full sized station wagon...6 girls, 2 boys (the boys were bookends...Tony, the eldest and Joe, the baby).  One can only imagine how little room there was for the "necessities" that one would want to have on such a trip like this.  With this in mind, mother would pack only 2 bags of Orange Slice Candies,  1 pillow (that worked really well with 8 bratty kids in the car), the road map and of course, the ever important whippin' stick.  Mother rarely needed to actually use the whippin' stick, however the threat was there, lurking under the front seat, and well within my mothers grasp.   Mother ran the household like an Army Barracks, and the road trips in the car were NO exception.  

My brother Tony, is the eldest in the family...so Mother always put him in "charge" of the 2 bags of Orange Slice Candies, the 1 pillow and the road map.  However, MOTHER was always in charge of the whippin' stick!  Looking back at those fond memories of sweaty station wagon car rides to Texas in the heat of the summer months, I smile and think to myself...an Orange Slice Candy would be really great right about now!


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