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I've been cranking out "samples" for my Birthday Blocks quilt. Looks like I'll have enough when all is said and done for a decent sized quilt! Warning. I may have accidentally dropped a swear word into this one. But dammit I hate those effing evile moths... they eat my craft supplies (not to mention my sweaters)! Hard to believe, but I actually cut like 7 minutes or so from this before uploading it.

Quickie Bowties
Delaware Quilts BOM


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Apr. 20th, 2016 05:11 am (UTC)
I really like those bow ties. Very colorful!

What gray hairs??? Have you seen me? Did you say a dirty word?

My hubby is into Star Trek and chess as well. Tim doesn't play chess as much as he studies it. I got the Sew Hooked pattern "A Friendly Game" to make Tim a quilt but haven't made it yet. His birthday is in December so maybe for that or Christmas. You could use the knight pattern, enlarge it, and make bookends for your bookshelf.

In case you want to put some chess books on the bookcase, here are the ones Tim has: Chess to Enjoy by Andy Soltis; 500 Master Games of Chess by Dr. S. Tartakower; Lasker's Manual of Chess by Emanuel Lasker; The Life of a Chess Master by Dr. J. Hannak; Common Sense in Chess by Emanuel Lasker; Hastings 1895, the Grand International Chess Congress edited by Sid Pickard; The Fireside Book of Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Renfield; Chess Practice by Howard Staunton; This Crazy World of Chess by Larry Evans; The Complete Book of Chess by I.A. Horowitz and P.L. Rothenberg. (Did I mention he studies the game?)

Apr. 20th, 2016 12:23 pm (UTC)
I have a Friendly Game, too, but am not sure I'd really like to make an entire chess board and pieces, so that's a good idea to use very recognizeable pieces like the rook and knight as bookends! Thank you for that.

Ken studies the game too. He watches these youtube games all the time where a guy in a Russian accent describes each move and why it's being made. Really exciting stuff, lol.

I swear this last bout of illness brought on a whole new slew of gray hairs. Is that even possible? I should google that.
Apr. 20th, 2016 11:07 am (UTC)
I love the bow ties block, your right in metallics and black it would make a great steam punk type block.

You should defiantly try the appliqué course , it is such a good course. The instructor does say the would again a lot but you get used to it after a while. I really enjoy the process, its alot like paper piecing and very therapeutic. Plus you get to find any picture and make a wall hanging/ quilt from it.xx
Apr. 20th, 2016 12:25 pm (UTC)
I love them too, there are so many possibilities with a block like that. And it's so easy to make.

I think I am going to have to give applique a try just so I can say I've tried it. I think it would be a good method for a globe.
Apr. 20th, 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)
Sofa cushions! *grins*

I see a black snowball in the bow ties. LOVE them!

Oh, possible applique. Interesting! For some reason, I keep imagining the Shakespeare bust from A Muppet Christmas Carol... clicky to be amused by my silliness...
Apr. 21st, 2016 01:45 am (UTC)
Haha, I haven't ever watched that. I always picture the shakespeare bust ne on the Batman tv series, where the button was to open the door to slide down the pole to the batcave. ;) It may end up being a stencil of some sort... still not sure. SOmeone who only comments on my video right there on youtube suggested a bookshelf one with a little of all his favorite stuff, including chess star trek and shakespeare. Actually a very good idea!

Apr. 21st, 2016 07:08 pm (UTC)
It's at the top of my holiday watch list. ;)

I love the mixed bookshelf idea!
Apr. 22nd, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
I think that might be the way I go. I already have an idea for a Worf block. "I am NOT a Merry Man!"
Apr. 25th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
I love that quote. :D
Apr. 20th, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
Somehow I had it in my head that bowtie blocks were hard to do with inset seams, but wow that technique does look super easy.

Gasp, did you say a bad word? *clutches pearls* I don't blame you - a couple of years ago we had such a horrible moth problem I about lose my mind any time I see one. Die, moths, die!
Apr. 21st, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
Way back in earlier TTMT days I lost hundreds of dollars of yarn, sweaters and fleece to the moths. It's been a battle against them ever since then. That's why everything is always in ziploc bags. I'm getting nervous about just having my scraps in the clear plastic bins now with no ziploc for extra protection. The thing is just Monday I put new moth balls in the moth sachet hangers that hang in all the closets. So I am pretty annoyed to see new ones.

I think there are bow tie blocks with more difficult seams, but these are definitely not. Easy peasy is what they are.
Apr. 21st, 2016 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yikes! With me they got into the food. The pantry shelves are near the back door where they congregated around the porch light and got in. Let's just say there are still some food products I can't look at without gagging. Yeah, TMI. I had some luck for awhile with these natural peppermint (and some other herbs I'm not remembering) packs I got at Walmart. Put 'em out, poof the moths were gone. The next box of them didn't work at all. Plastic boxes and cans with tight lids are about all that works for me.
Apr. 22nd, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
Yeah. They will even eat acrylic yarn/sweaters if that's all they can find. So annoying! I also have cedar blocks in my drawers but can't put them in the hubby's because he's allergic to cedar.
Apr. 21st, 2016 10:10 am (UTC)

Let's see. Do I have TNG on the books ..... Mmm.  Watch this space ...
Absolutely bowled over with the bow tie block.  I love how that looks.

Apr. 21st, 2016 12:20 pm (UTC)
LOL I was not trying to prod you into making TNG patterns, just recognizing that the broad swath of classic to newer series like Enterprise (which we just didn't watch after seeing the beginning) and Voyager to the new movies, from all the designers, was not really representing stuff I would associate with TNG except for a few here and there and wasn't really representative of my husband's taste. I actually really like a suggestion someone made on youtube that I just incorporate a few TNG and chess themed items onto the classics bookshelf idea and mix it all up.

The bowtie block is very versatile. If you made all the bowties the same fabric you could arrange the 4 sections to make an X instead of the snowball in the center.
Apr. 22nd, 2016 04:50 pm (UTC)
Bow Tie blocks are looking good! Have to agree with you on the onesyou received..the colors for the second one are pretty awesome!
Apr. 22nd, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
It's going to be a very bright cheerful quilt. I love brights on black.
Apr. 23rd, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)

Bwahahaha, WTF Moths! Hope you haven't found any more of them since Tuesday.

The bow tie blocks look so so good, especially in that black/bright combo. Like Jennifer, the first thing I saw was the snowball. It's going to be super pretty quilt.

Yes, nudge Vanda into TNG territory! That's the way!

Apr. 24th, 2016 01:07 pm (UTC)
Sadly yes, a few more have been seen (and smooshed) in various parts of the house since then, maybe one a day. So at least it's not a huge invasion at this point. Constant vigilance!

I really quite haphazardly chose that as my block, just something easy yet visually interesting. I'm loving it so far. Can't wait to see what other blocks I receive.

I wasn't trying to nudge, but if she decides to design a few more TNG blocks we all win! ;)
Apr. 24th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
The bowties look really fantastic! It does seem like a good block for birthday blocks - simple but it makes a great repeated block.

I hate moths. Eugh. If you ever want to see me scream and flail, trap me in a car with one. Eugh eugh eugh.

Anyway, I think a bookshelf quilt seems like a fun way to go - you could ge a lot of your husbands likes into it through book titles and maybe occasional objects (like Suzy's suggestion of using knight blocks for bookends, etc).
Apr. 25th, 2016 01:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah I am thinking that a bookshelf is the way to go. I could use the PoD book blocks and even some of the ones with objects but just siwtch the objects out. I'm thinking I might skip the Shakespeare bust and just put some of his favorite play titles on some of the smaller books.
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