Friday, February 8, 2013

3 Barns . . .

Do you get tired of seeing my trash?  I just love saving these little trimmings and watching them grow, and in this case, grow and grow and grow.  I think it's a little peek into what the overall finished quilt is gong to look like.



My 600 hsts are done!  I got a good start on them while on my retreat in Florida.  Nothing makes piecing and trimming hsts go faster than doing it with friends where you have nothing better to talk about than where we're going to eat lunch, then dinner, and will we have time for frozen yogurt.


I hope I never tackle a project that would require me to fill this basket with hsts, I bet this basket could easily hold 2,000 of them.  But I think 600 is a new record high for hsts for one project for me.

I've also pieced and trimmed the 180 flying geese.  Which gets me to this.

My first block is done.



I've been looking at Carrie's sashing that surrounds these lovely blocks and think it may be a little too much for my delicate prints.  I'm toying with the idea of adding some background fabric to soften things up a bit. 





And while I'm changing things, I'm thinking  my quilt  needs a different name , I'm toying around with that too.

No football this weekend, the saddest weekend of the year, maybe I'll actually get out and see a movie, then I won't feel like a complete dolt while watching the Oscars on the 24th.  Think I can watch all the best movie nominees in a little over two weeks?  We'll see.






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27 comments:

  1. I think you are on the right track and should change the sashing as much as I love Carrie's I think your right yours are too soft and delicate and need something softer.....I am sure you will come up with the perfect solution!
    have fun!
    Kathie

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  2. Seriously?!? 600 hst?!? I am in awe. Can't wait to see it finished! Sorry football season is over. Someone asked me to do something this Sunday, and I'll actually be able to do it, but I'd rather be home watching football.

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  3. Your fabric choice makes me think of romance so I would have that in my quilt name somehow.. like romancing stars, or soft romance... at any rate this is going to be another gorgeous quilt.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow, beautiful and ambitious!
    Love, love, love your fabric choices....
    Tisha

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  5. We try to see as many of the oscar nominees as possible..it's a fun goal.
    Love your first block! Great idea to mix up some of the centres.

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  6. Your's is a much softer version of the quilt than Carrie's, but still might look great with the sashing. You could always try it on one block and see how you liked it. I'm sure it's going to be beautiful no matter how you decide to go!

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  7. I'd fiddle with the background to something neutral but soft to match the other fabrics. 600 HSTs would take me six years to do! LOL! You amaze me! LOL!

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  8. Love your block and fabric choices! Do you put your scraps out for the birds to take and build nests with? I save mine all year long and then in the spring when the birds are building nests they pick up all the scraps and have bright and colorful nests.

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  9. i don't know if you can watch all the best movie NOMINEES in two weeks, but you can EASILY watch all the best MOVIES in that amount of time...

    and i finally get my daughter back from Football Frenzy ... and i don't have to worry about Auntia getting hooked on basketball cuz she hates the squeaking sound of tennies on varnished hardwood floors - ha ha ha!

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  10. Oooh, I love how this is shaping up! I have a ton of French General fabric on my shelves and a new house in my very near future and have been waiting for a GREAT and INSPIRING idea and I think this is it! Cannot wait to see more of this project. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  11. I wonder how Carrie came up with Three Barns in the first place?

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  12. Wow! Look at all those HST's!!! This project is going to be gorgeous, I really need to add this pattern to my collection.

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  13. Love it! What is your background fabric? Looks fab so far x

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  14. It's a beautiful block! Anxious to see more progress.

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  15. You block is gorgeous! I love the yellow/gold fabric in their newest line. This is going to be a beautiful quilt! So excited to see your progress.

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  16. WOW! Just gorgeous blocks Thelma! You are making great progress on this quilt !!!

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  17. Love your progress but I'm not crazy about Carrie's border either. I think you need to some "Thelma-izing" to it. :)

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  18. Great progress! I think you are right about your delicate prints....and I LOVE them. You have such an eye for color!
    Baseball starts soon---are you a fan of that? One of my sons keeps us watching!

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  19. It is going to be gorgeous! I agree your border will probably need to be change ..... can't wait to see what you do!

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  20. I agree you should try for something less busy for the sashing. Looks great so far!

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  21. Great job getting all those HST's trimmed. Any tips on making that job easier? I love the look of HST's but have issues with my ruler slipping when I trim them. Do you use a special ruler or just practice? Love the look of your first block.

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    1. Hi Thelma, My best Sunday was a day lined up with a game at 12:00, 3:00 and then Sunday Night Football with Al and Chris. I'll miss it for awhile. I enjoy seeing your trimmings.. it speaks volumes for the accuracy of your piecing. Thanks for sharing! Yvonne

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  22. Oh my cuteness....this is one georgous block and those are a very lot of HST's....did a wonderful job of getting them done.As I remember you just started those not long ago. Can see where that fabric is going to go well with almost any quilt.
    Gail

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  23. Wow 600 HSTs....the things we do for our love of quilting! The retreat sounds like just the ticket!
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  24. I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets excited with the trimmings. That should be a good sign for the quilt! Perhaps if you used only the reds or the taupes/grays it would be less busy....? Maybe just reds for the cornerstone type pieces. I love French General fabrics and am sure it will be gorgeous!

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  25. Love what you've done so far! Really anything French General is gorgeous! You should check out local theaters, there are several that are doing Oscar movie marathons for a reduced price. I definitely recommend Argo and Les Mis. Django was classic Tarantino, funny and gory/ violent.

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  26. About the name for your quilt. Five stars in each block. "Five stars" is the highest rating in lots of rating systems. So if this quilt is going to be a winner -- which I'm sure it is! -- then that just might be a possibility. Love to see your trimmings, and the growing pile in your basket.
    Debbie R.

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