Sunday, February 4, 2018

One of Those Days!

We've all had them, I'm sure.  Mine started when I started laying out the borders to to my Quilty 365 project.  How wide to cut, will I have enough room to put writing on them and what color order should I use?  Mostly fun questions and I knew what I wanted the finished quilt to look like. So I cut the borders and laid out the first of my circles and the doubts started.  My circles look a lot smaller when cut in half and the gap of plain fabric looks a lot larger.    I'm not a big fan of borders on quilts anyway.  I think that a lot of the time, they detract from the quilt and make the eye look at the border instead of the whole quilt...I do know that I'm in the minority on this.

before wide border

While I thought about the width of the border, I started by laying out my scallops on the inner portion carefully measuring the 1/4" seam allowance. I pinned into place and went to my machine putting my last spool of piecing thread on it.  I sewed about an inch when the thread fell off!  I turned the spool around and it happened again.  Somehow the thread was catching in the little slit.  Using a kitchen knife I was able to pry enough plastic off so I could sew with the thread.  Two scallops in, I noticed that each was growing when being sewed.  I had to unpin and realign each one.  About nine scallops in, I had to leave one out.  My circles are done with fusible interfacing and it seems to have pulled the fabric in enough that it makes the measurements off.  OK, fuse first, then sew....except that my new batch of cheap fusible interfacing is fussy about what fabrics it wants to fuse too and it doesn't like the border fabric.

projected border
These aren't even pinned yet but what do you think?  Too much yellow space?    

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Finished Project

Finally, I have finished a project before its holiday!  Even better, February 2 is National Wear Red Day  supporting women's fight against heart disease and I have a red heart for it.  My basket of unfinished 3+ year old Christmas projects is so jealous!

new version

About 2013, I found the Pixelated Heart pattern from Blue Elephant Stitches.  I reduced her 3" squares to 1.5" squares (finished) and it is 13 squares by 13 squares. It fits my 16" sofa pillow perfectly. The backing on both pillows is linen done in the envelope style.  After one exploding commercially made zippered cover, I never use a zipper on a pillow.

  It was intended as a Valentine Day project but I enjoyed it so much that it has been on my couch ever since.  It's now looking somewhat shabby and worn.  Some of the background fabrics are cotton/poly shirtings and years of wear and cats napping have taken their toll.  Since I had a charm pack of Valentine fabric, I used it to make a new version.  I don't really want to live with cupids and hearts year around, so the new one will go into storage after the day and I need to make another pillow for the couch!

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Quilty 365 Progress

When I last posted, I had completed my August and September blocks.  I did get about 3/4 of the way through October before I quit.  I simply ran out of fabrics!  I would have had to duplicate existing circles or make the 4" circles out of two or three fabrics.  I do like that look and have several in my quilt but it wouldn't have worked for my planned layout.  For December, I had decided to do the entire month with Christmas fabrics plus some red and greens and make a wall hanging for that month alone.  Those are still pinned in a pile by my machine.  Next July, I promise!  I'm going to devote that month to finishing all the Christmas projects I've started for the past several years.

I have the quilt put together, except for the outer borders.  I'm working on those now....hoping that my vision will work out without too many problems. This will include all of my circles except for December. One immediate problem is that I've lost a month of circles!  I knew that I would....I just have to remember/find where I put them for safekeeping!  Here is what it looks like without the 6" wide borders.

On a sad note, my local sewing repair shop has gone out of business.  The Kent Super Sew and Vac was there for about 45 years and was extremely knowledgeable about vintage machines.  He hated my big box Brothers but when I walked in and asked for a belt for a Morse Super Dial, he went right to a drawer and pulled out the proper belt and asked what color machine I had found.  He also had a very large collection of Featherweights.  I shall miss that shop!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

I'm Back!

I've not posted in a while...a variety of things...illness, procrastination, and a lack of interest in all of my fabrics lead the list.  I do have projects that I want to finish and projects that I want to start so I just sat down to the machine and started in.

My new project is the Sweet Land of Liberty sew along hosted by Lori over at Humble Quilts.  This is a Cheri Payne design and there is no pattern.  Lori is giving the basic block sizes and you do your own thing from those sizes and the pictures she posted.  I've never done a primitive style project and this looked to be the perfect project for my stash of  thrift shirts.  Here's my first month...I've still the embroidery to do.

For the economy blocks I used the information from Catbird Studios.  Very clear and the size turned out for me.  Thank you

I couldn't really see the house well enough in the photos so I made my own simplified house.  I'm fairly pleased with it but I think I may redo the light green economy block and the "A" again.  I'll put it away for a couple of days and then see how I like it all

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Palmateer Point Quiltalong

I've followed Lori's blog at Humble Quilts for several years now.  I think it was the first blog I ever followed.  I love her color palettes even though they seem to be colors that I don't often buy.  I've never done one of the quilt alongs that she has and I've regretted it every time.  So when she started a new one several weeks ago, I decided to join in.  Since it was a 21"  project, I wanted to use the same types of colors not my usual brights.  I dug deep into my stash and came up with these for week one.
I went back and forth on whether I liked this combo or not...sometimes it seemed too busy and not enough contrast and at another look I liked it.  I decided to let it stand as it was a mystery and I didn't 
know how they would be used.

Week two was the half square triangles made very easy with my Quilt in a Day Triangle Square up Ruler and making 8 at a time.  Week three continued with sewing the HST's together.
Week four was the reveal and putting it all together!  Such a cute pattern...I'm thinking about doing it again in Christmas colors.  
I do wish I had gone a little darker for some of the smaller squares but overall, I'm happy with it.  Now to decide how to quilt it.   Thank you Lori!

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Starting Over

Quite a few of my circles for the Quilty 365 project have come from charms and fat quarters which leave a small scrap too big to toss out.  In an effort to use these up and improve my skills, I surfed and found the Lazy Girl variation of the Single Girl quilt.  Perfect!  Practice in curves, uses lots of scraps and something a bit different since it was popular about six years ago...way before I started quilting.

I decided to make four squares...a complete circle to try it out.  In the process, I've learned several things.
1.  a quarter inch difference in matching the centers equals about 3/4 inch off in the sides.
2.  I'm going back to my apparel sewing technique of marking the wrong side of solid fabrics with
     blackboard chalk.
3.  Actually sewing the curve was not a problem...just like setting in a sleeve.
4.  I really, really need more accuracy in pattern drafting
5.  trying to figure out which way to slant a seam for an angle is really hard if you have no spatial            ability at all.

Back to the drafting table for another try!

The solid is Kona cotton Valentine.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

August Quilty 365

August was over way too fast for me....I got way behind on everything this past month!  I did get my circles sewed and turned but that was about it.  I'm still trying to decide what to do with them.  I'm leaning towards the flower design with a dark green background.  August was more colorful than July with more summer flowers.

I did manage to get some of my collection of thrift shop shirts turned into fabric....and I have some summer fruits and a bunny fabric.

I do wish I had a better bunny fabric...this is in honor of the little half grown bunnies that come out in the evenings and graze in the grass/gravel parking lot next to me.  I live downtown, in a business district, so I do enjoy seeing all the urban animals.  I usually have an opposum and a raccoon that will visit ie..come inside and eat my cat's food in the middle of the night! but I haven't seen them this summer and my cat didn't bring in any baby bunnies to play with so it's been a good summer overall.

I've decided to hand quilt my six months version and will be putting that together in the next couple of weeks.  I've never done that before so we shall see how it goes.  Any tips are appreciated!

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