Snowflake #4 – Whisper

Last week I finally finished the 4th snowflake for the Paper Cuts BOM.  A little after February, but I am officially no longer behind.

This snowflake is called Whisper, which seems appropriate for the quiet that also falls when the snow does.

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The first four snowflakes in this BOM are the smallest at 9 1/2″.  Adding strips brings them up to 12 1/2″.  From now on, it looks like the rest of the snowflakes won’t need strips to get to that size.  The blocks will be on point when the quilt is put together, though I’ve been photographing them as squares.

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Paper piecing certainly generates a lot of scrap bits, both paper and fabric.  I spend a lot of time trimming the various sections.

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This time I managed to sew them all together in the right order, at least.

And the snowflake summoning magic of the blocks continued, because after I sewed the block, the next day the trees looked like this:

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Very rare for early March around here.

I’m a little worried about what happens when I get around to the March block at the end of the month, much less the April and May blocks . . .

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Papercuts snowflake #3 – Dove

 

For some reason this one really gave me fits.  I managed to get all the fabric right side out, but putting the pieces together was one dumb mistake after another.  Clear visual and written directions aren’t a lot of help if you don’t look at them!

I thought things were moving along swimmingly – all four part As were attached to their part Bs.

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That was when the seam ripping began.  Part C was not going to fit on that short edge.

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Sigh – I’d sewn A & B together on the wrong sides.  And because I was working in an assembly line fashion, that meant all the sections were mis-sewn.

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The misaligned version on the left, the corrected version on the right.

The Cs finally on, my next struggle was to get the seams to line up right.  There was more seam ripping — three times on the last seam! — and a bit of cursing, but it finally came out.

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Just don’t look at the back.  There is a lot of fraying.

Snowless snow day

Apparently the sympathetic magic worked – I woke up at 5:20 this morning to an automated phone call from my district declaring a snow day.

Except there is no snow.

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I guess the storm split and went around our town.  But up in the hills it got white and icey, so the buses can’t safely get those kids down to the schools.  So the whole district stayed home.

My boys were devastated to discover that because their district is in a flatter part of town, they had to head out into the cold while mom stayed in her pajamas.  I was . . . not devastated . . . to have a quiet day to myself.

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And I made the second snowflake for the January blocks of the Papercuts BOM. It is called Squall, so we will see what the evening brings!

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I’m really excited about the block of the month quilt that I signed up for.  It is called Papercuts, is designed by Amy Friend, and I love both the idea and the execution.

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I’ve always liked making paper snowflakes — my boys and I used to make them and tape them in the windows to help attract snow. And a blue and white quilt is on my to-do list.  This BOM runs all year, so it will be finished in time for the holidays next year.

I got a late start, only stumbling across the pattern in late January, and then my background fabric order only arrived yesterday.  Turns out I also didn’t have much white fabric either, so I had to run to the store to get lots more.  But finally on Sunday I was able to sit down and make the first snowflake,

This block is called Cloud.  (Each snowflake is named after a descriptive word for white.)

There is a second one for January, and the two patterns for February have also come out, so I need to increase my speed.  It takes me a while to get back in the paper piecing groove when I haven’t done it for awhile.  There’s always some sewing wrong sides together and misjudging scrap angles when I first start out again.

Next up is Squall.

And the paper snowflake magic may be working — we have a prediction of our first possible snow fall tonight.

So many squares!

I hope everyone who celebrated had a good Thanksgiving.  It was rather crowded here in our little house with my sister’s family here for the first time in years, as well as my Cousin’s family and my mom.  We needed an extra table in addition to the extra table leaves.  And I see a need for floor pillows for the living room before next time.  Yay! More sewing projects!

We made lefse, which is traditional in our family for holidays – pretty much the only carryover from the Scandinavian ancestors.

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I also learned that 1) brussel sprouts come on enormous, thick stalks, and 2) I don’t like them.

In addition to hosting Thanksgiving over this holiday weekend, there was crafting. I did a lot of cutting.  Square after square after square.

Some of it was for an upcoming mystery QAL that starts in January.  The cutting list requires more than 600 squares ranging from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2, with lots of 5/8 and 7/8 variations inbetween.  It is the new Scrapitude QAL, in case anyone else wants to join in.

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Looks like a pretty small pile for 600+ squares! doesn’t it!?  I went through my black and dark blue scraps, added some gold and yellows, and very pale neutrals for the rest.  I’m still debating the background color – white or medium gray probably.

While I worked on the fabric squares, my cousin spent an equal number of hours playing with my sister’s cricut machine, cutting out all manner of shapes.  I snuck in a few snowflakes.  (The boys and I hope that putting them up in the window will attract real snow, though the strong El Niño makes that an unlikely event this winter.)  That machine is so much fun!Cricut snowflakes

I cut a bunch more 2 1/2″ squares for my scrap bin as well, and then yesterday I got ichy for the sewing machine after all that family togetherness so I started making wonky stars with them.  I’m throwing in as many different fabrics as I can, so it is going to be very colorful.  Hopefully, the white stars will give eyes a place to rest from the bright mish-mash.

Making them is addicting – I was up this morning before I even got dressed, making more.

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Snowy days

We had a snow day yesterday, that turned out to be an ice day instead. The kids and my sister both had days off school and we all sat around in our pjs all day and had hot chocolate with marshmallows. Lots of electronics for the boys and a marathon of Veep episodes for my sister and I. (How did I not watch that show before yesterday?!)

Today everyone is back in school, leaving me in a sunny, dripping world, with embroidered snowflakes as a reminder of yesterday. I did the last bits of finish up work on this quilted wall hanging. It is a combo of machine quilting, fused fabric appliqué, and hand emboidery.

It turned out just the way I wanted it, from the quilt lines of the falling snow flakes to the little bunny pausing to watch the bids fly over the trees. So much fun to make!