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WIP Wednesday: All Y2K Wedding Rings Blocks Are Finished!

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  I buckled down this past weekend and finished the last of the 14 Wedding Rings blocks for a total of 50 blocks made with 2,000 charms. I'm still not sure about the setting/design, but I will be so glad to finish this quilt. I'm sure you are as bored as I am of seeing these over the past several weeks.  As I've done in previous posts, I'm summarizing the bio that came with each set of charms. From Beverly C-B. in Florida:  ...Our daughter...just had their first child Pauline Rose...This quilt is for her...my husband and I have owned our own business selling fingernail art supplies. During this time I have also been making custom baby room sets...most of the quilts I have made in the past have been for custom order and have been appliqued with a specific theme.  I have been sewing and quilting since I was 12 years old when my grandmother taught me to make my own clothes. From Deedee R. in Minnesota: ...I am married to a dairy farmer...and have 3 children...I went to mee

WIP Wednesday: Y2K and Unity Pinwheel Star Blocks

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I see light at the end of the tunnel!  36 blocks completed and only 14 more to go.  Let's see how many I can finish by next WIP Wednesday. The charms in the top 2 blocks came from Bonnie P. in Alabama: ...I have only been quilting about four years but I have been quilt crazy since I was a teenager...I have helped my mother cut about 30 quilt tops over the last few years.  I am presently making three Y2K quilts, one for each of my daughters.  A few of my goals are to make a beautiful Baltimore Album quilt, a Dear Jane quilt, and hand quilt a quilt I have completely designed myself... The charms in the bottom 2 blocks came from Marge B. in Wisconsin: One of my favorite childhood memories is sitting around the kitchen table learning how to crochet and embroider from my grandmothers...you name it, I've done it...what I've enjoyed the most is my quilting.  My first quilt is a jewel tone geometric quilt which is still in my U.F.O. pile.  I will finish it some day.  Lately, I'

WIP Wednesday: Y2K Blocks #29-#32 and A New Quilting Machine

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Four more blocks completed for my Y2K quilt.  I thought I'd be able to complete more than 4 blocks a week as they really don't take that long but before I know it another week has gone by.  I'm also working on my Unity quilt but I may put it aside so I can get finish my Y2K blocks.  The end of the year is just around the corner! The charms in the top 2 blocks are from Margaret M.S. in Wisconsin: ...I made my first quilt in the late 1960s and off and on as the need arose...I retired from work in the fall of 1996 and now devote all my free time to quilting.  I have a 22' x 24' sewing studio which is home to my longarm quilting machine...I was bitten very hard by the Y2K quilt bug and have swapped enough packets of charms to make 18 Y2K quilts [WOW!]... I completed six of these quilts for our six children...[and] have swapped enough...charms to make Y2K quilts for the grandchildren for Christmas 2000. The bottom 2 blocks are from Jodie T. in Michigan: ...I started quil

WIP Wednesday: Unity Quilt Update

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  This is my Unity quilt so far with round 3 and its pesky little stars. They're not perfect as I did lose a star point here and there but they're finished and I'm happy with my progress so far. I'm not that persnickety about my piecing and I'm definitely not a "precision piecer".  Not to say that I just "slap" my quilts together.  I do try my best and I've had my share of dates with Jack the Ripper.  But if it's not too obvious and I'm okay with it, I am not going to rip it out.  I know there are quilters who are fastidious about their work and I admire their beautiful precision work. But for me, it's all about the process.  I love sewing!   I've been sewing since I was a little girl, and  it's my "happy place".  It gives me peace and comfort.  But if I begin to be fussy and frustrated because my work is not perfect, then I'm afraid I'll lose my joy in quilting.  As long as it's "perfect enough&

Design Wall Monday: More Y2K Blocks #25-#28

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  Progress continues on my Y2K quilt with four more blocks. The charms in the top 2 blocks are from Marlene F. in Hong Kong: ...I am just an ordinary everyday person.  I have traveled to parts of Europe and Asia.  My birthplace is Scotland, and I'm an Australian national temporarily living in Hong Kong.  My hobbies include quilting. The bottom 2 blocks are from Shirley B. in Texas.  She did not include a siggy square but did include her bio: ...I have lived here [a small town in Texas] for the last 15 years...I started quilting about 19 years ago while I was in Germany.  There was a family who lived down the street and she did a lot of this and I learned a little from her.  I liked the way the material goes together and forms different designs.  So, I ventured out a little and decided to start making my own designs.  It has been wonderful...A Quilter from Texas And I continue to work on my Unity quilt.  These star blocks are for the 3rd round and they took me a few days to finish.

WIP Wednesday: Unity Quilt

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  I took a break from my Y2K quilt and started working on another 2021 quilting goal. This is the Unity  quilt pattern by  Bonnie Hunter @ Quiltville .  It was an 8-week quilt-along mystery from 2020 that was her way of uniting quilters from all over the world to complete this quilt as we sheltered-at-home due to Covid -19.   "When the going gets stressful, creativity goes into hyper-drive for so many of us." This is Bonnie Hunter's Unity Quilt I didn't participate at that time as I had enough projects to keep me busy.  But I did get the PDF pattern  and added it to my list of 2021 quilting goals.  I really thought I'd get to this one months ago, but time just flew by.  And, with the end of the year just around the corner, I decided I'd better get on it. I started it a couple days ago and am happy with the progress so far.  I think the main reason I put it off was that it looks complicated and I wasn't ready to deal with it.  But now that I've started

Design Wall Monday: Y2K Blocks #21-#24 -- Wedding Rings Block

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Again, neither swapper included a biography but the top two blocks are from Althea F. in New York and the bottom two are from Marge B. in Wisconsin. Blocks #21 through #24 completed and I'm halfway done ...yea!   And, I'm also happy to say that I found the name of my Y2K block:  "Wedding Rings". After searching Google and my collection of half a dozen  books on quilt blocks, I found it in both the  1001 Patchwork Designs (1982)  and the 5500 Quilt Block Designs .   And, now that I had a name, I went back to Google and found two sites that offer free patterns.  Just click on the picture to link to each site.   Fabric 406.com Scissortail Quilting If you'd like to see more quilting goodness and see what others are up to, please visit the following which I'm linking up to:   Monday Making  @ Love Laugh Quilt Design Wall Monday  @ Small Quilts and Doll Quilts Oh Scrap!  @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework Until next time ...  Be happy and keep on quilting! Follow