Monday, November 26, 2012

Having Fun On Easy Street

The Easy Street mystery( http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2012/11/easy-street-monday-link-up-1.html)by Bonnie K. Hunter is great fun for me because I enjoy all my Civil War fabrics so much! The barn red of the constant is a Moda Kansas Troubles called Warm Memories and I never tire of looking at a well-designed floral.
I'm slower than most of the players who already have their step 1 completed. I keep chanting:

IT IS NOT A RACE!     IT IS NOT A RACE!     IT IS NOT A RACE!

But then the competitive spirit of my childhood kicks in and I'm right back to trying to keep up with the pack. So here I am coming down the homestretch of the 200 more or less 4-patch units.
Ironing the rumpled strips, setting their seams first, then pressing open.
Each of those stacks are ten units pressed open and there are 120 done from yesterday.
I made these strip sets this morning and got them onto the cutting board.
I learned that there is a small advantage to lining the strip sets up on the cutting board the exact same way that I'm gonna sew them for nesting seams with the darkest strip oriented on the top feeding first into the machine. It makes them so easy to pick up and feed right through chain piecing.
I should have just a few extra, which is a good thing in a Bonnie adventure.
Chain piecing is kinda like knitting, you do the same motion over and over and you kinda get into a rhythm that is very relaxing. Usually when I'm chain piecing, I'm able to solve all the problems of the world.
 But then it's time to go upstairs for a coffeebreak and I forget all the solutions. LOL! See? It is totally my fault that the world is such a mess! LOL!







13 comments:

Bonnie K Hunter said...

Beautiful! I love your color choices, and seeing your terrific vintage White machine just makes me smile all over!

Way to go!

Bonnie

fitnstitchin said...

I love your color's! I'm also in NH, it's such a small world :-) Happy Quilting! Your Quilt is going to be beautiful!

Janet O. said...

Gorgeous colors, Vic! My mouth waters at the sight of them. And that is such a cool old sewing machine.
At least I know who to blame for the world's troubles! : )

Ruth Ann said...

Beautiful colors.

Vic in NH said...

Thank you,Bonnie for stopping by my blog! White Sewing Machine was bought out by Husquavarna which DID NOT save any of the old records, so there is no way to trace serial numbers on old machines. Shame on them! But I think this was circa 1949, like me, LOL!

Charity said...

I think you are making great progress. I love your mantra, it's so not a race. I only have mine done because most of the weekend my husband and son were out in the woodshop.
Back to your quilt start. I love your civil war fabrics. It will be classic right from the start.

Dee Cee said...

Beautiful colors and it is NOT a race hahahaha I just have to find a way to keep UP because I am pretty new to this quilting thing. Happy Day

Sharyn Hutchinson said...

Love your fabric choices, Vic. I can't wait to see your progress.

Debra said...

Hi Vic, Looking good. No, you're right it is not a race! The only reason I finished them is because I had all my work done. Nothing else to do. Like your HST's too.

Sandra B said...

Your colour choices are lovely and I really like the red floral for the constant.

Beth Probasco said...

Way to go Vic!! You'll be the head of the pack before you know it --- VVBG

Love the red. Your ES will be gorgeous in all those Civil War fabrics.

TheStylishHome said...

Beautiful color choices.... and you are already ahead of me :) Keep chanting "It is not a race" and know that no matter how far behind you are.... there are always some behind you *waving*

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

I stitching on a white too!

I love seeing what everyone has pulled out for the background and their choice for constant! Thank you for sharing yours, Sharyn

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