a most productive weekend

well color me happy i got stuff DONE this weekend.  First things first – the guild workshop was this sat and of course yours dearly needed to host – the girls were SO amazing in all their work done!  however the workshop was way to full and i ended up not being able to take it. 

i used the opportunity instead to work on my own project – the tesselating pinwheel placemat that i need to finish for this upcoming weekend. 

well i ended up finishing the one i had already started and the second one! 

with borders

 

detail

 

the only problem now is that it ended up being too big for a placemat!!!  new plan then – decided to turn them into pillows.  But it is a bit too small for a standard pillow – GAH!!!  that’s ok stubborness succeeds!  i am now going to make them into small cushions! 

Now on a side note – i tried for the first time Elaine’s ender/starter tip.  I had all my squares cut and drawn for the next quilt project – flowers in the park (previous post with fabric cuts) so i decided to use them as enders/starters when i was working on the cushion cases.  

starters/enders

starters/enders

 

 it worked like a charm!!  i got all my half square triangles sown as i was working on my other project and i felt enourmously productive.  here was the end result 

half square triangles after squaring off and pressing

 

i highly recomend this technique – now i look at all my other projects looking for another starter/ender bit – i dug this up: 

individual block from workshop

 

block version

 

second block version

 

Now these are from a workshop i did ages ago with Cathy W. something about fun with triangles.  This was one of my first classes in which i very quickly learned that you should not mix cotton with non cotton fabrics!  needless to say they stayed in my UFO collection for years so i’m digging them up!  i will probably turn them into placemats and donate them to our community projects meals on wheels program. 

it felt great to get so much done.  I am almost done the pillow cases.  this is how they currently stand in my sewing area waiting to get finished tonite. 

awaiting completion

 well off to do errands for now – more to post as i’ve also attended the etobicoke guild quilt show on sunday!

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