Sunday, June 17, 2018

Technical Difficulties is my month six of the Sweet Land of Liberty!  This was going to be posted way last week but my pretty pink Samsung camera died.  It was about twelve years old so I should have expected it.  I now have a new Kodiak and it has taken me about three days to figure out how to get the pix from the camera to this page.  I'm still trying to figure out how to use the camera!  Hopefully, the pictures will look better than with the old one.

I need to do some embroidery on my couple block and am planning on spending the next couple of days with the embroidery and adding more bits and pieces to all my other blocks.  For those of you new to this, we are doing this sew along without patterns.  I'm copying  freehand from the blocks and directions posted on Lori's Humble Quilts blog.  About half of the fabrics are coming from my thrift shop shirt collection and the rest are scraps from stash...some quite old.  I'm really enjoying the improv process in this and that the quilt is coming together in layers.  First, the basic blocks then adding small shapes (stars, flags, birds, etc.) and finally embroidery.  Thanx so much for hosting this Lori!

I have some new fabrics coming on Wednesday for the Tula Pink 100days100blocks2018  which starts July 7.  I was planning on just using from stash and trying to it all in purples and greens..with some aquas and pinks.  It's been hard trying to collect them all with the move and I wasn't sure if I would have enough.  Craftsy had a BOGO sale and I was able to get a quilt kit (layer cake) and a set of fat quarters in the same fabric in the colors I was planning on using.  When these arrive, I'll starting cutting the blocks and storing them in baggies until it's time to sew them up.

What's worrying me is not the sewing but the fact that the blocks need to be posted daily on Instagram!  I've opened an account and have 1 follower!  Thanx nice person!  I did figure out how to get my photos on Instgram but I haven't figured out how to write anything or leave a hash tag.  That's next...I am NOT computer literate!

Linking with Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Snail Trails

Month six of the Sweet Land of Liberty quilt features four Snail Tails blocks finishing at six inches.  I've never done this block and so I googled it under "6 inch Snail trail quilt block".  Absolutely nothing came up.  I tried "Snail Trail quilt block" and got lots of hits although nothing that was 6 inches.  I decided on a 12.5" unfinished block pattern and figured that I could just halve the sizes.  I did so and if the sizes were over a half inch, I increased to the next 2.75 became three inches.  I cut, pieced, trimmed carefully and pressed and my block came out to a almost perfect six inches!  Which would make it five and a half inches finished.  How do you take a 12.5" block, divide in half and increase some sizes and come up short?  A complete mystery to me.

Today, I tried again...after more googling to find my instructions, a little header came up at the bottom of the page....6 inch snail trail!  It was NOT there yesterday!  After more cutting, piecing, pressing and trimming, I now have a Snail Trail block that required very little trimming to be 6.5". Just three more to go now.  After comparing the two blocks, I found that there is an extra round of triangles that wasn't in the first pattern.  Here are the two blocks together.

Here's the link to the pattern if anyone else is still looking.
6" Snail Trail block

UPDATE...Here is the corrected version of the Snail Trail block.  Even though I cut all my pieces and laid them out in order, I seem to have rotated the center as I was adding another round which gives the little false trail effect in the block above.
Just a's probably easier to just call any error a potholder and start over! I think it took me longer to take the center out and resew than it would have to recut and sew from scratch!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Sweet Land of Liberty Month 5

This is month five of the Sweet Land sew along started by Lori over at Humble Quilts.  My Lady Liberty still needs her flag and feet and I have some vintage buttons still to sew on the stars.  I did decide to keep my little girls holding hands instead of separating them out with some borders.  This was a tough month as we are not working with a pattern.  Lori and Denise show their finished blocks, give some measurements of the finished block sizes and borders and we copy them to the best of our abilities.It's wonderful to see everyone's interpetation.   I'm still finding it quite fun to do and looking forward to starting on month six.

All my scraps and fabrics are still piled in front of the bookcase where I'm very slowly sorting them out.  Looking forward to finally finishing that job!

For some reason, the needle in my modern Brother has started hitting the bobbin housing.  I broke three needles until I figured that out.  My Featherweight was oiled and ready to go, so that's what I'm using now.  We have a love/hate relationship dating back to when I first acquired it and it burned my hand and left a scorch mark on the table.  It did teach me not to leave vintage machines plugged in until they were thoroughly tested.  Now it has a new foot pedal and cords (which it shares with a Singer 99) and sews quite well with minimal problems.  I'm getting the 99 oiled and ready to go just in case as all my machines always seem to develop problems at the same time.

I'm linking up with Humble Quilts for the month five Linky party

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Slow progress but still progress for months four and five of my Sweet Land of Liberty blocks. I need flowers or stars (still deciding) for the top of my log cabin and something to fill the center of the sawtooth star block.  Still to be made is Lady Liberty.

A closer look at my little girls.  Some of the participants paper pieced theirs....since I'm making my own patterns, my method is more of adding chunks of fabric and cutting off what I don't need.   I do like the holding hands effect I've got and I think I'll just add some larger borders to bring it to size.

I'm still unpacking and trying to get all my fabrics organized after the move.  I'm planning on doing the 100blocks100days2018 which starts in July and I am really slow at cutting out.  The blocks are the Tula Pink's City Sampler quilt.  The first four blocks all take 20 or pieces for a 6.5" unfinished block!  Those will take me forever to cut out, so I thought I'd precut a bunch and then sew and post them on the correct date.

Linking with Em's Scrapbag for Moving it Forward
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making

Friday, May 11, 2018

Catching Up

I'm trying to get caught up on my Sweet Land of Liberty blocks.  With the addition of this month's, I need a total of 16 Flying Geese plus the blocks I have to draft.  Those are the pineapple, a queen, a log cabin and several girl blocks along with several economy blocks.  I used this tutorial for the Sawtooth Star ...very helpful!  It has both the flying geese and the sawtooth star listed in many sizes so you don't have to fool around with the addition.  This does make the four geese at once.
Here are the twelve geese I've finished and the log cabin that needs some work...resewing and measuring coming up.

 The star is also finished but I need to find my extra batteries...It took me two days to find the iron!!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Joys of Moving

I'm trying to be positive with my post title!  This past month I've moved from the apartment I've lived in for the past seventeen years to another in the same complex.   Sorting out all my extraneous junk has been a real pain and since I just moved across the yard, I did all the moving myself.  One of my neighbors did help me move the couch and the big bookcase but my muscles got a real workout.  Sitting and sewing for the past several years did nothing to keep my muscle tone up.  Now that I've got them moving again, I'll be doing a regular walking/exercise program.

The Salvation Army has benefitted with many boxes of books and apparel fabrics, although I did keep most of my silks. Actually, they were wonderful...came out and loaded lots of stuff in their truck and I was able to book two appointments with them. 

Right now, I'm in and trying tp put stuff's a slow process and my back and knees are really acting up.  The main problem is that the important stuff, like my current project and fabrics were packed carefully and moved now they are at the bottom of the pile!  I am finding fabrics that I'd forgotten about and bought before I started quilting so that's fun.  I'm almost at the point where I can reach my sewing table and plug my machines in...a little later today!

I now have a new internet and tv provider and got them both working after 1.5 weeks without them...the connection was old here and they had to put in all new connections. For a couple of days, I only got internet for an hour a day.  I hadn't realized how addicted I am. 

Back to the unpacking...hopefully I'll have some Sweet Land of Liberty sections done soon that I can share with you all!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Hand Stitching and Catch Up

Happy Easter everyone!

It's been a slow week in terms of progress and accomplishments.  I've been sewing down all the little pieces of my Sweet Land project.  It's been slow going as my machine has decided that it doesn't like the invisible thread and keeps breaking.  I've gone to matching regular thread which has lead to lots of thread changes.

I ran into a problem with putting my Quilty 365 quilt sandwich together.  I use a spray adhesive and after I got it about halfway done, I noticed that the backing fabric had bubbled.  I'll be taking that apart and restretching that fabric.

Since I'm planning on hand quilting that and since I've never done that, I  got out my Palmateer Point unfinished top and am now trying to hand quilt that.  It's not going well...I need more practice!  So far, my biggest problem is trying to keep the stitching going in a straight line.  I'll probably end up taking it all out and redoing, but right now, I'm going to keep on so I can watch my hopeful improvement!
My stitching is really hard to see on this...some are in pink, the others are tan.

I did manage to empty four grocery totes of scraps and get them sorted into strings and scraps to be cut into squares or other usable pieces.  The hard part is deciding what sizes and then organizing into colors.  I see beautiful photos of nicely organized scraps and hope one day to be among them!

Linking with Slow Sunday Stitching