Monday, November 30, 2015

Design Wall Monday - 11/30/15


DESIGN WALL MONDAY -
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. -
At Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))
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On my wall today -

The Christmas test blocks -


From last week - ;))


This is my version of the -
Mirrored Kaleidoscope Quilt Pattern
From Nancy's Notions - HERE - ;))

These are test blocks -

Because I have neither the template -
Nor the pattern -
And tried to make it up from the photo -
And the description - ;))

I have enough for a small table runner -

But I highly recommend getting the template and the actual pattern -
Because - while my blocks will come out close -
They are not EXACTLY the same -

And -

I wound up with three extra "units" -


And - as always -

ONE set that managed to come up SHORT - ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday, November 27, 2015

Left-Handed Quilting - HST using the Easy Angle Ruler(TM)

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Note - these instructions are written in LEFTISH.
If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.
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This tutorial will show you how to make -

Half-Square Triangle units that FINISH at 1-1/2” -

Using the Easy Angle Ruler™ -
By Sharon Hultgren -


And 2" strips - ;))

Of course you can make other sizes as well -
Depending on the size of the strip you use -
2" strips will make HST that FINISH at 1-1/2" -
2-1/2" strips will make HST that FINISH at 2" -
3" strips will make HST that FINISH at 2-1/2" -
3-1/2" strips will make HST that FINISH at 3" -
Etc. -
The technique is the same -

The strip size matches the marking on the ruler -

And the FINISHED size will be 1/2" smaller than the strip size - ;))

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FIRST CUT -

Layer your 2” strips - right sides together -

(I used a black strip and a blue with white polka dots - 'cuz they were handy - ;))

Cut the selvage off to straighten the RIGHT end of the strip -

Then starting at the RIGHT end of the strip -

Turn the ruler so that “Easy Angle” is reading from BOTTOM to TOP -

Line up the RIGHT side of the ruler with the RIGHT edge of the strip -

And position it so that the 2” mark is on the BOTTOM edge of your strip -

Then cut along the LEFT side of the ruler


SECOND CUT -

Turn the ruler so that “Easy Angle” is reading from TOP to BOTTOM -

Line up the RIGHT side of the ruler with the RIGHT edge of the strip -

And position it so that the 2” mark is on the TOP edge of your strip

Then cut along the LEFT side of the ruler -


Continue across the width of the strip


Sew the diagonal seam -


Press toward the black (darker) triangle -

And trim the dog-ear - ;))

The sewn unit should measure 2" square -
It will FINISH at 1-1/2" - ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday - November 27, 2015 -


Do you know what day this is?? - ;))

Is it the Day After Thanksgiving? -
And you ate WAAY too much yesterday -

Or -

Is it Black Friday? -
And you plan to shop until you drop -

Or -

Is it the day that Bonnie Hunter releases her first clue -
For this year's Mystery Quilt? -
And you can't wait to download the clue and start sewing -

Or -

Is it the two-week anniversary of the shooting in Paris -
That killed over 129 people? -
And you still can't wrap your head around why anyone would do that -

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I know -

It's ALL of the above -

But -

Your first answer should tell you a little -

About your priorities - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving - 2015


Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's hoping that you have a very nice Turkey Day with your family!

And have plenty of leftovers! ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Monday, November 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday - 11/23/15


DESIGN WALL MONDAY -
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. -
At Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))
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On my wall today -


Well, actually it's on the OTHER wall -

In the hallway -

Because the wall in my sewing room -

Has some Christmas blocks on it -

That I want to play with -


And I have some test blocks to play with -


AFTER -

I find the fabric that I bought -

For the backing for the TURKEY DAY - GIVE THANKS top - ;))

I HAD planned to baste and quilt it this week -

In time for Thanksgiving -

But I can't find the backing fabric - ;((

I KNOW I have it around here -

SOMEWHERE -

But I can't find it -

And - knowing MURPHY -

He probably won't tell me where it is -

Until AFTER Thursday - ;))

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EDIT UPDATE -
I FOUND IT!!!
THANKS, MURPHY!!! - ;))

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Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Saturday, November 21, 2015

Last of the big tops -


On my wall floor today -

The same old Quarter Log Cabin Blocks -

Using a jelly roll from my stash -

And a pattern by Liz Katsuro at Jelly Roll Fabrics - HERE - ;))

But this time -

IT'S A TOP!! - ;))

A BIG TOP!! - ;))



Here's a close-up of the bottom left corner - ;))


I have said before -

That I am not a big fan of LIME GREEN -

BUT -

I REALLY like how it POPS in this top!! - ;))


This is the twin size version - 64" x 80" -

And is one of many big tops -

That is just too big for me to quilt by check -

And too big for me to try to quilt myself -

And I'm getting tired of looking at the growing pile of unquilted tops -

So -

This may just be -

The last of the big tops -

That I make - ;))

I think that my time might better be spent-

Making smaller stuff -

That might -

Just might -

Stand a chance -

Of actually being -

QUILTED -

Someday - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday - LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - Instructions vs. Directions - 11/24/10

Another Throwback Thursday -

A re-post some of the stuff that I wrote a while ago -

That you may or may not have read -

So here goes -

The following was originally posted on 11/24/10 - ;))

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LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - Instructions vs. Directions


Again - this post originated as information written for my sister-in-law who was a beginning quilter at the time - and has been updated for this blog.  I hope that it may be of help to other lefties out there in blogland.

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I want to make a distinction between INSTRUCTIONS and DIRECTIONS.

INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions tell you how to make a quilt -

how much fabric you need,
the size of the blocks you will make,
the number of blocks you will make,
the size of the quilt you will have when you are done,
and the basic steps you need to complete your project.

The instructions will be the same for both left and right-handed quilters.

What can really mess you up are the directions.  I think that it is the directions that confuse us lefties the most.

DIRECTIONS

The directions, by definition, are directional - referring to any point an object can face -

NORTH/SOUTH - EAST/WEST - TOP/BOTTOM - UP/DOWN - FRONT/BACK - LEFT/RIGHT - and DIAGONAL.   And don't forget that CIRCLES can be drawn either clockwise or counter-clockwise.


As lefties, we need to be especially aware of any reference that is directional.

Rule #1 - Don't Forget that YOU ARE LEFT-HANDED!

NORTH/SOUTH - TOP/BOTTOM - UP/DOWN - FRONT/BACK - are usually not a problem.  If you look in a mirror, your reflection is not reversed from your head to your toes - you are still standing upright - and you still face front.

However -

EAST/WEST - LEFT/RIGHT can be tricky.  Most diagrams and photos feature right-handed quilters - doing their thing - right-handed.

My advice is to take a pencil and circle obvious right-handed references as you read the instructions for the first time.  Then you can go back through the instructions a second time and decide if you are comfortable doing the step right-handed or not.  If you want to do it right-handed, erase the circle.  If you want to do it left-handed, the circle will remind you that you have to compensate when you get to that step.

Some newer quilting books have diagrams and photos for both right-handed and left-handed quilters.  I know they think that they are helping me - but the reality is - they just confuse me!!  It's like trying to read a bilingual book and having to search through it for the stuff written in English.  It would be easier to read, I think, if they just wrote two separate books - but they don't.  So with these books - I do a variation of the circle thing.  The first time I read them - I take a pencil and cross out the obvious right-handed references.

Just like the numbers on the rulers that go both ways - I just cross off the ones I don't want.
 


DIAGONAL is an often forgotten direction.  One of my favorite quilts is the result of a mistake I made when I forgot to compensate for diagonal cuts.



I tried to duplicate a pattern in the book Strips that Sizzle  by Margaret J. Miller (That Patchwork Place, 1992) - and I broke Rule #1 - I forgot that I was left-handed.  I didn't realize, until after I had cut them ALL, that my diagonal cuts were "backwards".  Instead of going from bottom right to top left, they were all going from bottom left to top right.    

Here is an example of what I was trying to duplicate -

This what I cut -


so this is what I got -
Just one small problem - the colors were on the wrong side!!

(I'll tell you the whole story of my "Blue/Yellow Monster" one of these days.  That sucker was up on my design wall for over two years!!)

Anyway - in an effort to help - so you can just read through my instructions without having to think about whether or not the directions are backwards - I will try to write them in "LEFTISH".  If there is an area where you may need to pay special attention - I will tell you.

I want you to be able to spend your time quilting - not decoding the instructions / directions.

This is supposed to be FUN!!

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta write the Rotary Cutting stuff -

AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

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So that's it for this Throwback Thursday - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -




Thursday, November 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday - LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - Supplies - 11/18/10


I had an interesting email the other day -

Asking me for some info on Left-Handed Quilting - ;))

I directed her/him to the pages/tabs at the top of my blog -

And got to thinking that I might use Thursdays -

As Throwback Thursdays -

And re-post some of the stuff that I wrote a while ago -

That you may or may not have read -

So here goes -

The following was originally posted on 11/18/10 - ;))

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LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - Supplies

If you have ever bought a Wonder Mop® - and taken it home and mopped and twisted and mopped and twisted and mopped and twisted until the mop fell apart because you had unscrewed it - you might be Left-Handed!  ( My apologies to Jeff Foxworthy - but I just couldn't resist!)

As Left-Handed Quilters (LHQ), we are all painfully aware of the fact that some supplies marked "for right or left handed use" are not really for "left-handed use".  They are a right-handed person's version of what they think can be used left-handed - just like the gravy ladle, manual can opener, coffee mug with the logo facing away from you, etc.  You know what I mean.  You can use them left-handed - but they are not really left-handed.

With that in mind - I thought I would share a list of some of the stuff I use.  And any "links" provided are there so you can see the "catalog" info on the item - if I could find it.  The link is not necessarily the best source for the item.  It is just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about - you really should shop around for the best price in your area.

Also - be aware of the fact that a lot of this information was originally intended for my sister-in-law - a beginning quilter.  I do not - in any way - want to insult anybody's intelligence.  If you are an experienced quilter - just ignore the stuff you already know.  You might want to read it anyway, though,  just in case I say something interesting.  You never know, I might.


Anyway - here we go -  it's probably going to be pretty looooooong - just warning you!!

Fabric - Batting - Needles - Thread - Seam Rippers are neither left nor right-handed so they are not included in this list.  We can talk about them later though, if you want.


Sewing Machine

Sorry, they are ALL right-handed.  Actually, I think that is to our advantage.  All of the dials are on the right side - and we are already used to telephones, adding machines (I'm a retired CPA), and every household appliance known to man being right-handed - so that is no big thing.  Our advantage comes into play with all the stuff that happens on the LEFT - the needle, the screws, fabric and pins.  I think we have an easier time with the little screws on the left and threading the needle.  We also have an easier time maneuvering the fabric.

I have three sewing machines and one serger.  I refer to them as my Pinto, Toyota, Lexus, and Sergio.  The sewing machines all have the same basic features, but each is a step-up from the other.  They are all free-arm sewing machines with variable stitch length and width, reverse stitching, various stitches, buttonhole, variable thread tension, and various presser feet available.

My Pinto is a Montgomery Ward® - Signature 2000.  I have had this one for years and am just too lazy to get it off the shelf to take its picture.  When the day came that I needed a machine that had adjustable pressure and a "drop-feed" feature - I got my Toyota - a White® - Model 1777.  I have this one set up on the dining room table to do free motion quilting.  I'm going to do a Free Motion Quilt Along so it's all ready to go.  The "L" and "W" in black marker on the dials were put there by the staff at the sewing machine store - it was a demo model - and I just left it 'cuz I could never tell which dial was for stitch "length" or "width" either. ( I'll tell you about the dinosaurs later.)



When the day came that I needed/wanted a new "electronic" machine - I got
my Lexus - a Husqvarna® - Viking Lily 555.  She's my baby.  I don't know what I'm going to do when she breaks so I try to take real good care of her.  I have her set up in front of my window to do piecing and applique.  She usually has her cover on since she sits in front of the window, but I took it off to take her picture.

Sergio is a Brother Serger 1034D.  I only turned him on once (pun intended) - and don't know him very well just yet.  One of these days...


Iron and Ironing Board

My iron has the cord coming from the middle of the back - that makes it "left-handed" in my book..

It is also an older iron without the automatic shut-off feature and I love it!  When I need to press something, it is always ON!  I had a newer one and didn't like it when I had been sewing for a while and tried to press something just to find that it had turned itself OFF!   I'm a grown-up and am perfectly capable of remembering to shut off my iron when I'm done - I don't need it to do it for me.  (Same goes for the damn coffee pot - I go to get another cup of coffee and it has turned itself OFF!  But I guess that's what the microwave is for, huh?)

I set up my ironing board at sit-down height and with the pointy end on the left.  That way I can put my iron on the pointy end and use the square end to press fabric.  I just "scoot" from my sewing machine to the ironing board when I need to press something.

Pins

I like the yellow flat pins with the little "flower" heads.  They are long enough to handle easily and they lie flat when you pin.  You can iron over them without leaving marks on the fabric and they don't melt.

I know pins are non-directional - but the way you use them may not be.

The direction in which you pin depends on which hand you want to use to REMOVE them as you sew.  Remember that the pieces are fed into the sewing machine with the raw edge to the right, and pin the pieces so the head of the pin will be next to the hand you want to use to remove it.
 
If you prefer to use your left hand, then pin with the pointy end of the pin closest to the raw edge of the fabric - like the top pin in the picture.

If you are comfortable removing them with your right hand, pin with the head of the pin closest to the raw edge of the fabric on the right - like the bottom pin in the picture.


Either way, you will be removing the pins as you go along.  It is not a good idea to sew over pins.  If the needle hits the pin, it may break the needle, bend the pin, and even knock your machine out of alignment.  And the broken piece can wind up anywhere - on the floor, inside the sewing machine, or in your eye - not a good idea!  That being said, I do occasionally sew over pins - I slow down when I reach the pin and the needle seems to glide right over them.  I have, however, broken a few needles and replacing them in the middle of a seam is real pain!  (I have also jammed a needle through my thumb while trying to change a presser foot.  You can ask my sister-in-law about that one!)  So - be careful!!


Wooden Presser Stick and Stiletto


The thing on the left is a wooden presser stick for Foundation Paper Piecing - or "finger pressing" seams.  They do make left-handed versions - make sure you get the correct one.  ( I almost said "get the right one" - geesh!)


A stiletto is just a long, pointy stick used to hold down the fabric as it goes under the presser foot.  Sometimes your finger or fingernail just won't do.  You will find these for sale in catalogs for $5-$6, but I use the "cuticle sticks" found in the nail care department of Wal-Mart to do the same thing - and - they come in packages of 4 for only a couple of bucks.  You could also use a chopstick or bamboo skewer.  I just love finding stuff and using it for a totally different purpose!

Scissors

The rotary cutter and mat have replaced the traditional scissors.  You will, however, need a pair of small scissors to cut threads as you sew.  I use Fiskars® - 5" micro-tip.  I have three - one at my Lexus - one at my Toyota - and one on my ironing board.  The extra-fine tip is great for detailed work.
 

The left-handed scissors that I have seen have the handles reversed but not the blades.  They are easier to hold in your left hand, but the cutting edge is on the wrong side and blocks your line of sight when cutting.  My orange-handled Fiskars® - 8" - scissors are like this.  So are my Fiskars® "Softouch" scissors, which are cool since they stay open and need pressure to close - great for arthritic hands.  I've had them so long that the slide lock has broken and I have to put a rubber band around them to keep them closed!!  I have also found that it is easier to cut around something if I hold the "something" in my right hand and cut around it "clockwise".  That way, the part I cut off isn't the part I wanted to keep!!

Do not buy "applique" scissors - they are right-handed.


Rotary Cutter

I use a blue Dritz® 45mm rotary cutter.  I prefer the Dritz® rotary cutter to the Olfa® brand.  The Olfa® (yellow) has too much exposed blade to suit me.  I think it is extremely dangerous and has to be opened and closed - and locked when not in use.  And some models need to be disassembled and then reassembled for left-handed use.

The Dritz® (blue) comes in different sizes - 45mm and 60 mm - and is pressure-sensitive.  The blade is automatically locked until you actually press down to cut.  It has settings for light and heavy-duty use.  It is always ready for use - and can be safety locked.The 45mm blade is the perfect size for me and is truly for left-hand use without having to disassemble and reassemble the cutter.  As an extra bonus - it uses generic replacement blades - and generic blades are usually cheaper - yay!!

Again, be careful!!  The blades are extremely sharp and they should only be used with a rotary cutting mat.  And if you drop it - don't try to catch it - just let it hit the floor - the pressure of the "hit" may engage the blade and we sure as hell don't want that to happen!!


Rotary Cutting Mat

Rotary cutting mats protect your cutting surface and prolong the life of your rotary cutter blade.

I recommend a mat at least 18" x 24" in size - the larger the better, whatever you can afford.  I use an old gray Fiskars® with one plain side and a 23" x 34" orange grid on the other side.  It is so old that the orange lines have been cut away in some sections.  I use it when I'm cutting something that doesn't need grid lines on the mat - 'cuz it doesn't have them!

I also have a brand new Fiskars® mat that is pale yellow on one side and pale green on the other.  Both sides have a dark green 24" x 35" grid.  The mat itself is 25" x 36" and is just a tad bigger than my cutting table - so it hangs over the edge a little.  It's really not a problem, though - I just push it back until it is flush with the front edge of the table.


What is a problem for me is the numbers on the grid.  They confuse me. I think that the numbers are set up for right-handed quilters.  They seem to run backwards to me.

So -TIHIDI -

Since I cut from the RIGHT edge of the fabric, I put the square with number "1/1" in the BOTTOM RIGHT corner.

I place the mat so that the numbers 1 to 35 run from RIGHT to LEFT along the bottom and the numbers 1 to 23 run from BOTTOM to TOP along the right side.  

You may think that this makes you count backwards - but it really doesn't.  I'll explain what I mean when I get to Rotary Cutting.

Rulers - MY FAVORITE!!!

I have a LOT of rulers!

I have four that I actually use.  None are truly left-handed.  I have to compensate differently depending on which ruler I use - what a pain!!  (Why can't someone just make a left-handed ruler?  I'll design it for you - I just want credit - and the bucks!!)

(Sorry for the glare in the pictures - the overhead lights don't play well with the plastic rulers.)

I use a Quilter's Ruler - Mini-Square - 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" square ruler to square up blocks.


It still has the markings on it from my Halloweeny tablerunner/placemat.  I forgot to flip it over before I cut my charm squares.  If I had - I might not have screwed up the second set.  (I use alcohol wipes to remove the marker lines.)


My favorite ruler is the O'Lipfa® Lip Edge Ruler.  Mine is 5" x 23".  It's long enough to cut fabric as it comes folded off the bolt.  It also has a lipped edge that works like a T-square and hooks on the top edge of the cutting mat so that it doesn't slip while cutting.  I especially like it because the numbers go 1-2-3-4-5 from left to right.  Just the way I like it!!


My least favorite is the Omnigrid® - 6" x 24".  It has 1-2-3-4-5 going from left to right - and - from right to left.  That's too many markings for me.  I use it to fold my fabric.  (That's a post for another day.)



 But I can make it work for me if I put stickers on the numbers I don't want to see.


My Fiskars® - 6" x 12" - is used a lot.  Even though the numbers are backwards for me - I have found a way to compensate.

You can't really see in this picture - but the numbers go 5-4-3-2-1 from left to right across the bottom of this ruler - and from 11 to 1 up the left side - and 1 to 11 up the right side.



If I turn it around - to read the other side (without flipping it over) - the numbers go 5-4-3-2-1 from left to right across the bottom of this ruler - and from 11 to 1 up the left side - and 1 to 11 up the right side - exactly the same way.  Definitely right-handed.

I want it to read -1-2-3-4-5 from left to right across the bottom of this ruler - and from 1 to 11 up the left side - and 11 to 1 up the right side.


OK - so now if I flip it over - sure enough - I can get the numbers to go the right direction - I just have to read them "BACKWARDS".  Don't you just love it when all you have to do is "reverse it"?  Yeah, me too!!


So I put stickers on the one end - 


and the other end.  I don't bother with the sides - I learned early on to read upside-down and backwards - I think we all did.




NOW it's a left-handed ruler!!  And I want the credit - and I want the bucks!!

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OK - so that's all I can think of right now.  It's your turn.  Has any of this information helped you?  Have you found something really neat that you use and that you want to share?  What have you found?  Where did you find it?  What do you use?  How do you use it????  Tell me - tell me!!

Next up - Rotary Cutting - so -

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta write some more stuff -

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So that's it for this Throwback Thursday - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -




Monday, November 9, 2015

Design Wall Monday - 11/9/15


DESIGN WALL MONDAY -
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. -
At Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))
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On my wall today -

The same old Quarter Log Cabin Blocks -

Using a jelly roll from my stash -

And a pattern by Liz Katsuro at Jelly Roll Fabrics - HERE - ;))


And it's coming together nicely - ;))

This quilt top has 80 blocks - 8 x 10 -

And is on the wall sideways -

So you see 8 rows of 10 - ;))

As most of you already know -

I don't sew my quilt tops in "rows" -

I sew them into "twosies" -

Then "foursies" -

Then "eightsies" -

Etc. - ;))

The photo above is my wall -

When I got to four rows/sections of 8 - 8 - and 4 - ;))

Then I sewed the top row/sections to the second row/sections -

To make 16 - 16 - and 8 -

Then the third row/sections to the fourth row/sections -

To make another 16 - 16 - and 8 - ;))


Next I'll make sets of 32 - 32 - and 16 -

Then sew those three sections together -

Just like sewing a block - ;))

And -

Until I get to those last two seams -

I won't have to sew -

Or have to match the seams -

On more than FOUR blocks -

At a time - ;))

Which - in my mind -

Beats having to match TEN blocks -

And all of their seams -

EIGHT times - ;))

Or - EIGHT blocks -

And all of their seams -

TEN times - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Saturday, November 7, 2015

Who knew?? -


Those of you who read my blog regularly -

Know that I got a Brother SQ9050 sewing machine -

At Walmart -

A couple of years ago -

And that I call her SuzieQ - ;))

I introduced you to her - HERE -
11/6/12 - Meet SuzieQ

And I did a Review - HERE -
11/10/12 - LHQ - REVIEW - BROTHER 9050 -

And a Review Update - HERE - ;))
11/10/13 - LHQ - REVIEW UPDATE - BROTHER 9050 -

Well - I've had her for three years -

And I just now found the coolest feature EVER!! - ;))


Maybe I shouldn't say - "found" -

Because it WAS there -

When I did my first review -
And then there’s the Start/stop button -
The Reverse button -
The Needle Up/Down button -
The Speed Control -

But just because I mentioned it -

Doesn't mean I knew all about it -

Or even paid any attention to it - ;))

Now for some reason -

Maybe it was divine intervention -

Or maybe someone up there -

Has been watching me chase my foot pedal all over the place -

Anyway - I don't know why -

But something made me look at that button again - ;))

Guess what?? -

It is one of the COOLEST little buttons -

On the WHOLE machine!! - ;))

I HATE chasing the dang foot pedal around -

I have tried no-slip pads -

I have tried stick-ums used to hold down rugs -

I have tried putting it up against something that WON'T move -

And nothing seems to work - ;((

So when I looked at the button -

I thought - what the heck -

Let's try this - ;))

I unplugged the foot pedal -

Because it won't work if the foot pedal is plugged in -

And set the speed control to "Medium" -

Put my quilt block under the presser foot -

Pushed the "Start/stop" button to "Start" it -

And when it got to the "End" of the block -

I pushed the "Start/stop" button to "Stop" - ;))


DUH!! - ;))

No foot pedal chasing!! - ;))

No foot pedal AT ALL!! - ;))

Who knew?? - ;))

Now I'm wondering -

Why did it take me THREE YEARS -

To play with that stinkin' button?? - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday, November 6, 2015

"Blue" blocks -


Surprise, surprise -

I actually did play with the "blue" blocks this week - ;))


After I cut and added that one last strip -

To each of them -

I put them all up on the wall - ;))

Ta Dah!! - ;))


I'm not a big fan of the "lime green" -

But it seems to work nicely -

With the light blue - purple - and navy - ;))


Now let's see if I can get it OFF the wall -

So that I can take a better photo of the finished top -

And maybe get something else up there to show you -

On Monday - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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