Thursday, November 9, 2017

Eclipse Block Repair

This is what I was shooting for the first time around.

I was trying to replicate this photo I took on our trip to Ririe, ID to view totality.
At some point I may still give a small Mariner's Compass a try, but for now, I will be satisfied with this attempt. Not sure what I want to do with it from here.
In case you have forgotten, this is what it looks like next to my first attempt.
 I got the fabrics all wrong in the QSTs on each side, that first time.





These are 6" blocks, unfinished. This photo gives you a size perspective.









The pattern I used is shown on the left.
It is from the book shown on the right.

 




The only other quilting I can show you is the finish on this little quiltlet . 
Made from the leftovers of the quilt my Mom named "My Happy Quilt", I named this one "A Little Bit of Happy".
I had shared that this is for my brother, who has had 4 heart procedures in the last 5 months. The latest procedure put his heart into normal rhythm and it has stayed that way for about 2 weeks now. He hasn't had a normal heart rhythm for years, but it went dramatically wrong when he suffered a very serious bout of E. coli poisoning. That is what triggered the need for all of these procedures. His advice to everyone is that you never eat a hamburger that isn't cooked completely through!




I do have another project near completion, but it is for my last swap of the year, so I cannot show you the whole thing. Here is a very small teaser. Hopefully I will have it quilted and mailed by next week, and then I can share it.






I will end with photos of our evening sky on November 1st (it has been a while since I posted). It was a colorful evening. This is the view at sunset looking east (not the actual sunset).
And now for the actual sunset in the west.
I was quite a sight, running back and forth from the front of the house to the back, to see which side had the brightest color at any given moment. :)

I have a major birthday coming up later this month. You know, one of the kind that ends with a zero. Don't know for sure exactly how I am going to celebrate (other than eating turkey, because it is on Thanksgiving this year), but there is usually something that takes place on the blog around that time. Stay tuned.

Until next time,
Janet O.

44 comments:

  1. Spectacular sunset! Not sure which view is best, both are beautiful in color and feeling. Just the type of scene you want to hold on to, and lock away for another day.
    Now I see the goof in the eclipse block.....actually both are great as usual. A little bit happy is so endearing.....another very special finish. Happy Big O day early!

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  2. I love your Eclipse quilt!! You live in such a lovely place...God makes great things. Hugs, and Happy Birthday!!

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  3. So much potential in that little eclipse block, I'll be interested to see where you take this one. I love the quilt on which you based it too! Your view in any direction is absolutely spectacular! So good to hear that your brother is finally doing better too. And Happy Birthday month to you!

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  4. I love your Eclipse block. I glad your brother is doing well. I love the photos of the sun rise. It is so beautiful there. Hugs

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  5. Your block looks fabulous! And you have such beautiful views where you live...such a pretty sunset!

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  6. Oh Janet! Your eclipse block is wonderful and truly captures the essence of the spectacular event we had this year. I thought the first one was great, until I saw the most recent...lol. You have such a great eye for these things! I'm glad your brother is feeling better. That's HUGE that his heart is in rhythm after all this time! It's scary to think about that hamburger and how sick it made him. Your mountain and sky views are incredible. You are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place. My husband's birthday sometimes falls on Thanksgiving too. His is on the 27th. I hope you are spoiled rotten on your special 'big' birthday!!

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  7. You captured the essence of the eclipse perfectly. The blocks seem to glow around the center. Hope your brother continues to improve. My twin girls have their birthday on Thsnksgiving this year too!

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  8. I agree with Kyle about how the blocks seem to glow around the center. Perfect choice of fabrics. Three more of the blocks and you could have a 9 block quilt.

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  9. HB to you when your birthday comes around. Love the eclipse blocks. Gorgeous sunset views. Take care!

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  10. We have that same bounce back sunset effect at our cabin in Montana. We have mountains all the way around us, 360° And the effect can be quite beautiful! Seems like this year the sunsets have been amazing wherever you are!

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  11. Your eclipse block is fabulous! It really captures the eclipse. I do wish your brother well. What an ordeal. Thank you for the beautiful sunset shots. Amazing!

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  12. Janet I just love your eclipse block. Actually, I love both of them! Maybe you should make some more "mistakes" showing different stages of the eclipse. Or not ... :-) I have that book, and never realized that pattern was in it!

    Beautiful sunset pictures. What a lovely view you have from your home.

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  13. I love the eclipse block--I'm going to have to dig out my book and take a closer look! After attempting to do some hand quilting on my monthly UFO, I am extremely impressed (and envious) of your tiny stitching on the Happy Quilt-very nice! My dad's birthday landed on Thanksgiving quite often so the holiday is always a little bittersweet. I hope your day will be wonderful! Thanks again for the fabric save, my friend!

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  14. Great job on that block! So sorry about your brother's health issues. I'm not a fan of well done, but sure puts it in perspective.
    Embrace the new age number!!

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  15. Oh I love your eclipse block, does the event justice in a perfect patchwork way. What a great block. Mariners compass scares me! Hope you dont have to cook dinner if it is your birthday and Thanksgiving! I am going to be super vigilant about cooking red meat after hearing about your brother, not fun to have heart procedure let alone multiples.

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  16. The BIG Number event Birthdays are daunting. I'm 11 months past my arrival at this age and it's not so bad. Enjoy your Turkey, hope it is well-done and you don't have to cook it! Nice Eclipse Block and great Sunset colors. Happy Birthday Early, my friend!

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  17. That's a horrid teaser pick of your swap project. Just sayin'!!
    Your new totality block is much better than that last (not that the last was bad but this defines the event better). Can't wait to see what you do with it. Maybe just a simple table topper to enjoy on it's own? Be sure to bring it to my house for the next eclipse and we'll have a sew day!
    Fingers crossed your brother continues to do well. How's your mom doing?

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  18. Your blocks look amazing to me Janet - I am always in awe of what you create. LoVe the little bit of Happy quilt - just gorgeous. I hope your brother continues to improve. Those birthdays with "0" on the end can be a bit daunting I think. Your scenery around where you live is just spectacular, I never tire of your photos.

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  19. Love your eclipse blocks.......quite striking! The Happy quilt is a sweet one. Your brother must be feeling like a pincushion.......speedy recovery! You know what my advice is..... go with the 'glass is half full' mind set as you head to a "0" ending birthday......at least it's not ending with triple zero's!! :-) Kiwi hugs my friend xx

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  20. Your eclipse block is perfect. I believe I have that book so I am going to check it out. Both sunsets are gorgeous but my favorite is the first one because of all the pink.

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  21. OH! I love how your eclipse block turned out. I liked the first one but the 2nd block is absolutely dazzling. You've captured the totality perfectly. I've got a few more years before I can put a zero in my age. I'm dragging my feet all the way. . . . .

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  22. Yes! Beautiful eclipse block and only 6”! Wow! Your fabrics are just perfect.

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  23. Your second block does look like an eclipse...good job!!! How fun to memorialize the event with a quilt block. I hope your brother continues to improve. Your sunset photos are lovely. I know the camera never quite captures the beauty our eyes behold. Thoroughly enjoyed your post!!

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  24. I love your eclipse block, and also love that gorgeous sunset and how you ran around getting those pictures. ...or did you? Lol!! POSTCARD - HAHAHA!! Who in the heck is that swap with? I hope they have their act together - another big HAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!! I'll buckle down, I swear.

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  25. Lovely eclipse blocks Janet ! Fabulous pictures of sunsets...
    And.... I wish you an happy and unforgettable birthday ! Big hugs ! :)

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  26. Perfect eclipse block! Really captures your photo.

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  27. I used the exact pattern for the two eclipse minis that I made. Great minds! Yours is definitely more true to the eclipse colors that I used, but it was fun to make them. Sending healing thoughts for your brother.

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  28. First I love your new eclipse blocks and yes - it is just right now. Really gives that ethereal feeling of the corona.
    Your little quiltlet is charming. I've never heard that term but I like it!
    HHhhmm I can't decide which big number you're hitting this year.....but having it on Thanksgiving is so nice.

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  29. That is a very nice block. I have not done that one but like it a lot. The pictures of the sunset are beautiful. Those pinks just amaze me every time. Hope your big birthday is a great day for you. this was a really special post. I loved it all!

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  30. It's a perfect quilt replication Mom! Love it :)

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  31. Your eclipse block looks awesome! Pretty durn accurate representation of the pic! Sending well wishes to your brother...he's gone through so much... Happy Birthday (month) to you! I'm going to guess it's your 30th? ;-) Thanks for sharing those gorgeous sunset pics!

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  32. I LOVE your final Eclipse block!! It is as close to perfect as anything can get!!! Your brother's quilt is fab-boo and I am so happy his heart is back in rhythm!! And your skies are incredible!!

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  33. Thank you for visiting my blog! I love your Eclipse block!!!

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  34. Love your little quiltlet. And those sunset photos - oh my!

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  35. Your eclipse block is stunning Janet! I wonder if I should do something similar for my daughter who was also in Idaho to view it in totality - hmm.....

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  36. I think you captured the photo of the eclipse perfectly in the quilt block. Will you stop with one or make more? A quilt with this block is on my list of quilts I want to make. I first saw it on Barb Vedder's block and fell in love. One of these days.... So glad to hear that your brother's heart is doing well. I hope he continues to be stable and will feel good. What stunning evening photographs!

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  37. Beautiful photography and blocks. Such inspiration in nature.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  38. I love your eclipse block - you seem to have hit the nail on the head as far as replicating the effect - great use of fabrics. A Little Bit of Happy is a lovely wee finish...it does sound like your brother will be more than a little bit of happy if his heart has settled down for the first time in years... long may it continue :-) Gorgeous sunset photos - and great exercise running form one prt of your yard to the other - and back again!

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  39. Sending you Happy Birthday Greetings for your Big O day! Hope you have a great next year!

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  40. I love your eclipse block!! And the happy quilt for your brother. Hope he continues improving. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!! It's another year of life - Yea! and it's only a number.

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  41. Oh, I Love the black in your block...very striking.
    Take care
    Debra in Ma.

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  42. Love both of your little eclipse blocks. Remember there are not mistakes, just design variations and yours has a lot of potential and would make an interesting secondary pattern. Happy Birthday!

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  43. Oh my, I just did a repair job myself. Glad you got yours right. How sweet your Little Bit of Happy!
    And HORRORS for your brother. I certainly hope he has a speedy recovery! I'm always glad to see the ever changing photos of your mountain view......sigh.....

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  44. the redo was just the right thing...perfect now! glad to hear your bro is better...i'm on meds to stabilize rhythm too, temporarily i hope...glad his long ordeal is ending....

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