Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sudoku Twister

While we were at retreat I got the brilliant idea that we should have a Sudoku swap.  I really couldn’t tell you if I made this idea up after lack of sleep or if I’ve heard of it somewhere.  I mean I know there’s Sudoku quilts out there and Sudoku Quilt books so that idea wasn’t new…but a swap?  The idea was that with 9 swappers we could each make a Sudoku quilt.  7 of us went to Stitcher’s Crossing and I’m sad to say I became the type of shopper that annoys me.  You know, pulling out bolts at random and sticking them back in with reckless abandon.  That aside, the 7 of us set about to pick out 9 fabrics. 

Each person needed to cut Eighty One, 5” squares so that they could put them into piles of 9 so each swapper would get a stack.  This meant everyone purchased 1-5/8ths yards.  Here’s the Nine Luscious batiks that we started out with.

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Now, really, since I pulled this whole Sudoku quilt swap concept out of my ass I was still taken aback when people asked…what next?  I think I stared pretty blankly and went to Google. 

Ohhhh yeah, thank you Google, that’s where I recently saw Sudoku Quilts…Moda. 

Oh yeah, now what?  My response was, “This just gives everybody a chance to be realllllly cre8tive.”  I was met with BLANK STARES if you can believe it.  I’m not quite sure why…shrug.

Meanwhile back at the ranch…

My friend Susie became enamored with Twister Quilts and since I go by the “Choose your own adventure” when you quilt philosophy I was thinking…what about a Sudoku Twister quilt????  Wouldn’t that look more interesting than Nine 9-patches??  Hmmmmmmmm????

Now, even though I came up with this brilliant idea I’ve never done a Sudoku game in my life.  I tried…quite a few times in the last few weeks.  But every time I got 1/2 way through, I accidentally hit the back button and cleared out my game.  I’ve now decided to give up and just go looking for one with the answers already filled in. 

A typical Sudoku puzzle grid, with nine rows and nine columns that intersect at square spaces. Some of the spaces are pre-filled with one number each; others are blank spaces for a solver to fill with a number. The previous puzzle, solved with additional numbers that each fill a blank space.

Which I then translated into EQ. 

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So I put it together (Forgive the awful iPhone picture).

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And then, I started chopping it back up using the Twister Tool method..  Isn’t this 4 patch block cute??

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Here’s the finished but un-quilted product.

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The coolest thing is that 5 of my 8 other Sudoku Swap buddies got to see it in person today and now I’m hoping they’re all excited about doing something with their charms!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I quilt without obligation…

That Girl... That Quilt

What does that mean for me?

I quilt because I want to; because the spirit moves me.  I GIVE quilts because I want to; because the spirit moves me. 

It’s been 10 years since I last gave a quilt because I felt obligated to – after three bad “giving's” in a row the term “Quilt Worthy” was born.  I vowed I never would give a quilt out of obligation again…and I haven’t; and I won’t. 

What does quilting without obligation mean to you?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Quilts on Barns–#214 Clover Blossom

Clover Blossom is located at 3920 E Jacobs Drive in Milton.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Quilts on Barns–#213 Hen & Chicks

Hen and Chicks is located at the Old Junction Mill – 613 W Madison Avenue in Milton.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Easter Holly

11 years ago when Holly was 4 months old we took her to have her picture taken and the girls thought she was so adorable that they thought we needed to stick some ears on her.  That I thought was funny and I was on board but I’ve never been a fan of the whole Anne Geddes photography so when they wanted to stick my fur kid in a flower pot I was not amused.  My husband on the other hand thought it was freaking hilarious and dropped her in. 

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Yesterday I made two cell phone bags using a Quiltsmart panel.  I think this little pattern is pretty genius and made in about 20 minutes.  It’s just big enough to hold a cell phone and some cash and be worn cross body.  The first one is for Julie and the blue one is for me.

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Quilts on Barns–#212 County Village

County Village is located at Dave’s Ace Hardware – 430 S John Paul Road in Milton.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Quilts on Barns–#209 Thistle Bloom, #210 Amish Star & #211 Mariners Compass

These three blocks are located at Loose Threads Quilt Shop – 8005 N Hwy 26 in Milton. 

I’m guessing which block is which; they aren’t listed anywhere.

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Thistle Bloom

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Amish Star

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Mariners Compass

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Quilts on Barns–#208 Silver & Gold

Silver & Gold is located at 8209 Vickerman Road in Milton.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Quilts on Barns–#207 Housewife

Housewife is located at 4026 N Henke Road in Milton.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

246

That’s the number of 2-1/2” Strips I’ve cut and sewn this week.  Wait, to be honest, 80 of them were pre-cut but the rest were all from my stash.

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Here’s what I’m working on:

Popsicle Sticks by Atkinson Designs.  I re-colored it in EQ to get an idea what it would look like in Red, White & Blue.  I’m making a Quilt of Valor quilt for my friend Ruth’s brother Adam.  This took 72 of the strips that have now all been sewn together and cut up into sections.  I’m finally ready to put blocks together.

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The second two are quilts by Kim Schaefer based off her Zoo Parade pattern.  I’ve sewn together 110 Yellow and Green strips to make two Packer quilts.  One set 8X10 for Mike and one set 6X8 for the C.U.R.E. 54 silent auction.  Now I can finally start sewing the 64 strips of football textured fabric to the strip sets to make blocks. 

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I feel like I’m in the home stretch with all three quilts when in reality; I’ve only just begun!!

Quilts on Barns–#205 FFA Rising Star & #206 4H Variation

FFA Rising Star & 4H Variation are located at the Rock County Fairgrounds – 1301 Craig Avenue in Janesville.

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