Monday, November 24, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Looks like I can't get away from seminole piecing this week. I had been trying to finish the seminole borders on my Roll Roll Cotton Boll quilt and having a dickens of a time. 
So I took a break from that project to work on my "Cascadia" mystery from Humble Quilts to work on part #3, and just try to guess what we were making? 

That's right.... not one, but two seminole pieced strips!
I had all the squares ready and got to work sewing on Lucy (a long bed 301 Singer). She sewed these little 1.5" squares beautifully. Together Lucy and I sewed up a huge pile of scraps in this project - each of the seminole strips uses 59 squares cut at 1.5"! 


I must also admit that a few swear words may have been said in the process... it was tricky to get those muslin triangles going in the right direction. Let's just say my seam ripper was well tested and I am happy to report that it is in perfect working condition.
But finally this step was completed and I put all the pieces of the mystery on the design wall.
My seminole rows are not as long as the previous rows sewn, so I hope that's the way it's supposed to be.
And I see at least one bright blue square that needs to be removed since it sticks out like a sore thumb!
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21 comments:

  1. Those borders may be the dickens to work with, but they are certainly pretty.

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  2. They may be challenging but do they ever look good. So glad you didn't actually wear your seam ripper out! ;)

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  3. Me thinks the Quilt Gods are telling you to finish the other quilt. How funny that you left one seminole for another!! haha giggling along WITH you!!

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  4. Sometimes, regardless of how hard we try, there's just no getting around what it is that we were meant to do. It looks like everything turned out beautifully.

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  5. I feel your pain! I have been adding setting triangles to a design and have had to check out the quality of my seam ripper much too often too...because my triangle was not in the correct direction.

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  6. A few swear words never hurt anyone, and it's good to know that your seam ripper is in fine working order. I agree, that the pain was well worth the results!!

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  7. I must admit to snickering just a little bit. Oh Kathy, you make me smile. Look at us, posting the same project today. :)
    I was a bit worried that I had goofed when my pieces were not all the same length but I'm trusting Lori. Yours looks great.

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  8. Lol, I had to "rippit" a lot on this part too. I emailed Lori to ask for a picture to be added. It would have saved a lot of swear words. Looks good!

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  9. That is pretty funny that you go from one seminole border to another. This looks so good! I haven't seen anyone else post all of the finished parts. Makes me wish I was doing it.
    I had cut everything for part 1, but never sewed a stitch--as I got further behind I had to face my reality of projects needing a finish for Christmas, and I put the squares in a basket and put them away. This would have been my 7th Lori QAL--every one since I started blogging. : ( I'll just have to enjoy watching.

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  10. I'm having problems too! I went willy-nilly ahead and sewed on all the triangles and couldn't figure out what went wrong when I tried to piece them together! Thanks for the picture showing how you laid it out before you sewed it. I had just picked out all of the triangles on one side of the 5 strips and was going to sew them on again. You saved my seam ripper and me another session. Plus I didn't know I had to do both double strips!

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  11. I love your sewalong panels - mine aren't the same length either and I was a bit worried about it but now that I see yours are like mine - whew! Yes, my seam ripper and I spent some time together in the making of my panels too :0) I can't wait to see what comes next!

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  12. Too funny! My seam ripper is working well today too. Your borders look great.... now that you know you can do them go back and work on RRCB. Just think how good it will feel to have it done!
    Have a great Monday Kathy.

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  13. It all came out great in the end though. I can't wait to put this all together.

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  14. I am making the Cascadia quilt, too! I had never made this type of border before. I was kind of confused about the muslin triangles, too, but had more frustration with trying get my seams pressed the right way. Lots of do-overs there.

    I'm looking forward to the next step. Your work looks great.

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  15. How funny! At least yours are looking great. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. That's funny, I think I was saying those same choice words when I was sewing (and ripping out) my Cascadia rows. I ended up just making the triangles 1.5" squares and trimming them. I gave up on those triangles after ripping them out three times... But the end result is good. I love your scraps!

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  17. I am so glad to hear that your seminole strips are not as long as the 1.5 sq strips because mine aren't either and I thought I did something wrong. Also happy to hear that your seam ripper is in perfect working condition. So is mine lol.

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  18. heheh.. I'm sorta glad I'm NOT making this quilt, but it sure is fun watching everyone else! It is shaping up nicely, don't you think?

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  19. I dreaded teh border on RRCB for months until I finally got down to that left. I sewed it up with trepidation and closed my eyes as I tried to pin the first one done. But amazingly, they all fit perfectly! I would have been shocked if you had told me they would - seriously! I hope you figure out yours soon. They make such a special border on that quilt, so they are really worth it :)

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  20. I expect we have all done our share of unpicking with a seam ripper! Have not tried seminole but if or when i do I think it will be with larger squares working so small I find tricky

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