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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Weather, Gypsy Quilts, and Other Quilty Things

Here in far north Texas we have been dodging EF3 tornadoes, hail, lightning, and floods. Somehow our area has remained unscathed with a little bit of hail and wind, but mostly good spring rain. Some of the communities to the west were not so lucky! The radars above were from four days of Radarscope screenshots as weather approached, and the radar capture on the right shows velocity radar just about the time an EF3 was hitting the town of Celina, 30 miles southwest of us.

In between checking the radar, life in the sewing room continues with fits and starts, and here are two flimsies made from the Gypsy pattern from Villa Rosa Designs. This was one of the patterns available for the Villa Rosa Fast and Fun Blog Hop. If you like fast stash busters, I highly recommend this pattern. The pattern has been renamed as "Onstage", and you can find it right here.

For the first Gypsy, I centered my choices around a dark blue floral from the Riley Blake Indigo Garden collection, some Decostitch by Art Gallery, and the rare and wonderful PB&J collection by Basic Grey. (Side note: I recently saw a PB&J jelly roll on Etsy for $140.00! - gasp!) I made the flimsy bigger with borders. You can see the batting and binding ready to go in the photo above.

For the second flimsy,I was inspired by Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing, who made a blues-y version of Gypsy. I decided on blue-ish purples with a bit of green thrown in. I left it at the original size, and I am hand quilting it. Slowly. And with huge stitches that are intended to be small and even. But this is a good quilt to experiment with hand stitching, because it is going to a sweet, wheel-chair bound lady who will simply be thrilled to receive it.

Since I finished my Villa Rosa Blog Hop quilt, I discovered an HST that decided to go another way (see above photo inside red heart), and so I have affectionately chosen the name Rogue Star for this quilt! I refuse to say it is a mistake. It reminds me of me, as I have so often decided to go another way rather than do the "expected" thing - lol!


I continue to lag behind on two of my sew-alongs. In the photos above:
1) Pieces Of My Life by Melva at Melva Loves Scraps - a post is coming soon!
2) I only have two blocks for the Mercantile Sampler SAL I am doing with Karen, but there is no hurry!
3) A BOM (Block of the Month) by Joy of Days Filled With Joy called Say It With Flowers, and I am caught up with it!



I am thinking about starting another SAL - I've had total fail on my vow to stay away from sew-alongs in 2024, so I might as well add another - right? This one is called Ticker Tape Heart. It is a 3-day challenge starting May 31, and it just looks different and fun. The block reminds me of Diann's pretty Crumb Hearts quilt!

20 comments :

  1. Your friend will be very pleased with the little quilt. Practice makes perfect!

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  2. I wondered how close the storms came to you early this morning -- it is crazy all these storms and such bad ones. I will get back to the Mercantile quilt but took a short break - hope to soon.

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  3. There has been some crazy, extreme weather in many places this last week or so! I'm so glad you didn't get the tornados, but feel terrible for people who were affected by them. Love seeing what you've been working on, too, Linda! Those Gypsy quilts are really pretty, and look like a nice way to use up some stash fabrics. I had to laugh at the Rogue Star - I never noticed that in your original post about the quilt. We all have things happen like that! Your QAL blocks are looking good, and that Ticker Tape heart one is very tempting. (Thanks for mentioning my crumb heart quilt, too!) But I need to finish my Luminous Layers QAL before I get distracted by something shiny and new!

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  4. I have been wondering about you and meant to message you to check if you were in the path of any storms! So much destruction, it's just so sad. You sure have been busy in the sewing room, love those flowers in the star blocks. And your purple quilt is walking 'On Stage' perfectly!

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  5. It has been a crazy spring weather wise this year. So glad your community has been off path for the worst of the storms. I did read this morning that they expect the storm severity and frequency to drop off after this week. You've gotten your stitching mojo back, even if you are behind on a few of the quilt alongs. I'm trying hard to ward off the mid-year startitis, I really need to be finishing stuff.

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  6. The blue, purple, and green gets my vote. I love that color combination. This has been one heck of a spring, hasn’t it? I can’t remember the last time we have had so many severe thunderstorms head our way.

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  7. I"m glad that you are safe from those horrible storms. You have created some lovelies in your sewing room! I'm having a hard time saying NO to SALs, myself. I really need to actually finish some things but...I am easily distracted LOL.

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  8. I love your SAL blocks! I wanted to do Melva’s, but decided to go forward again and get all UFOs done - now to quilt them. Now to make backs and cut batting. I want to have all 5 ready to quilt at one time. Have a great week - I am heading to Knitting tomorrow as skin is slowly getting better! Hugs

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  9. You've been busy. I love Rogue Star. I'd forgotten you lived in Texas, but was aware of the terrible weather that part of the State has been having, so devastating. Happy to know you didn't get it.

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  10. The storms have really been something! I do love your OnStage quilts - both versions are so much fun. Gosh, I love that you are calling your quilt Rogue Star and living with the point gone rouge - great attitude. You have a lot of fun block projects in process too!

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  11. I love the Gypsy quilt pattern. I think it’s silly that they changed the name….I continue to think of it as Gypsy. It’s perfect for using the layer cakes I have accumulated. I really like the one you added a border to. I think it adds a nice touch. We got none of the rain here, but the winds were crazy! The ticker tape heart is really cute; I wish I had time to play along, but I had better not!

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  12. Yikes! That looks really bad. I am very happy to hear that you have been in the safe zone. Wonderful quilts and blocks. The embroidered flower blocks are lovely. I love the name Rouge Star. Not a mistake, it wanted to be different.

    -Soma

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  13. I seem to start as many projects as you do SALs!!! LOL. Everything looks wonderful, and I would have never seen that rogue HST, but love the name you've chosen!!

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  14. It has been a busy spring storm season in your area this year. And speaking of busy- you are on fire, Linda! So many cute projects going on . You are the queen of SAL's for 2024 . Thank you so much for sharing about the Ticker Tape Heart SAL. Hugs.

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  15. We've been fortunate with the weather also. It has been a very stormy year so far. In the process of quilting an applique piece, I discovered an oops as well. Finished is better than perfect, yes?

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  16. Glad you've had safe weather! That looks really scary! I love your Gypsy tops! And I have to say that I'm so glad you didn't tear your top apart when you found a problem but simply gave it a GREAT name! It's the kind of thing that I would see in antique and vintage quilts and I always loved that the maker still finished it. I'm impressed with what you've done for all the sew-alongs. I know I could never keep up with that with our crazy life here. Love the blocks!

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  17. Awesome Onstage quilts, Linda! I'm having a hard time remembering the new pattern name, though!?! Looks like you've been busy to me! I love sew alongs, too!!!

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  18. Your rogue blocks gave you a perfect way to name your quilt! LOVE it!!! and your Pieces from the heart blocks are beautiful - Love the fabrics you have chosen for them!

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  19. Oooh, I spy some friendship stars. I look forward to reading the story to go with it. :)

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  20. Always a treat when you post, Linda.😊 Wonderful stitching going on...love those Gypsy tops and your gorgeous blocks too. You have such lovely fabrics to play with and I enjoy the SAL's that you join. Wild weather here too with a tornado warning one day but it never materialized. It is such a relief when it doesn't happen. We keep a generator in the house and one bath tub filled these days.

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