Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A wee bit of quilting -


Going on behind the scenes -

Not too much to post about -

But I got the backings made for my May Flowers Sudoku Quilt and my July Americana Sudoku Quilt - and I added them to the "pile to be Free-Motion Quilted" -

Then I did the FMQ in the center portion of a bunch of them - ;))


It's nothing fancy - just lines back and forth from corner to corner - changing direction in alternate blocks. It doesn't need to be marked and it seems to fill in the 9-patches nicely. And since I'm not driven to FMQ a different design in each and every one of my Sudoku quilts - this design does what I want it to do - and I'm happy with it. All I have to do is find a pretty thread color and go for it - ;))


The borders on the May Flowers Sudoku were quilted in a grid pattern with my walking foot. Seems that one corner got folded over - so I had to fix that -


But it wasn't worth it to re-thread the sewing machine with the walking foot to stitch just that little bit - so I decided to FMQ it on the other machine still threaded with the red thread used on the February Valentine's Day Sudoku. It's close enough and nobody will ever notice the color difference unless they look REAL close - or one of you guys tell them - LOL - ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

All together now -


This shot doesn't look much different than the one I showed on Monday -
Because it isn't - ;))


Grandson #1 actually did the layout on the wall for me -
And I decided that I liked it that way -
So I didn't mess with it much -
Except to switch the top left corner of each block to a "light" if needed -
And we got this -


So - it's all together now -

And needs to be fuse/basted and quilted - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -




Monday, May 8, 2017

Design Wall Monday - 5/8/17


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 16-Patch blocks -


Got all of the blocks made - and there are too many to fit on the design wall in my sewing room - so I played with them in the hallway - and realized after I took the photo - that it really is not the best way to photograph the layout - but it's not the final one anyway - so when I get them actually sewn together, I'll do a "floor" shot - and show you that one - so stay tuned - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday, May 5, 2017

A few more strip sets -


Ten sets - two blocks per set - should make twenty more blocks -


Got my work play cut out for me -

Strip sets are made - sub-cut them up - make the blocks -

Then the layout/design and re-arranging FUN can begin - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, May 4, 2017

A few more blocks -


I still love playing with these yummy colors -

And made a few more blocks -


They are in no particular order - and the purple ones look a bit out of place right now - but they will have some friends soon - and I think that the bits of purple here and there will add some POP to the blues and greens - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A few blocks -


Love playing with these yummy colors -


I originally wanted to make Flying Geese and HST units from these strips - using my LEFT-EZE™ Rule - but the "slight variations" in the strip widths were messing up the accuracy of my cuts - so I switched to 16-Patch blocks from Wanda's "Wandaful" tutorial - HERE -


They are a bit more forgiving and really show off the yummy colors - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Monday, May 1, 2017

Design Wall Monday - 5/1/17


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 -


These are the Flying Geese that I talked about HERE -
Bali Pops™ - Kiwiberry -
By Hoffman California International Fabrics -

I was able to salvage some HST from the wonky cuts -

And I LOVE the yummy colors! - ;))


I played with some layouts from last week and found several that I liked but the fabrics that I chose were a bit boring to me - so I want to rethink that part and play some more before I post any photos - ;))

And I had another one of those "Today is NOT the day!" I "tried" to sew a simple block together and kept messing it up. It was a simple nine-patch - first I sewed the bottom three in the wrong order - and after I fixed that - I sewed it to the TOP instead of the bottom - so I gave up and moved on to something else. I got my Halloween Churn Dash "stitched-in-the-ditch" - so it joined the pile of other sandwiches ready to be quilted. When I tried the nine-patch again the next day, it went together the way it was supposed to. Guess that's one advantage of having several projects going at once. And if it doesn't want to "work" today - maybe it "will" tomorrow - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -




Monday, April 24, 2017

Design Wall Monday - 4/24/17


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 -

Eight Flying Geese Units - four (4) "light" and four (4) "dark" -
Eight (8) light/dark HST -
And One (1) Hourglass Block -

All cut from two pre-cut 2-1/2" strips -

Using my LEFT-EZE™ Rule - ;))



With the Hourglass Block in the center -

I put a "light" Flying Geese unit on each side -
And a HST in each corner - with the "dark" facing "out" -


Then I turned the "dark" HST in each corner to face "in" instead of "out" -


Then I left the "dark" HST alone -
And switched out the "light" Flying Geese for "dark" ones -


Then I turned the "dark" HST in each corner to face "'out" instead of "in" -


Those four (4) variations will make blocks that will finish at 8" - ;))

They may all have "names" but I haven't checked them against the blocks that are available in EQ7 yet - I was just playing with laying them out and moving them around like little puzzle pieces - ;))

Next I want to play with a 12" block version -

I can think of several ways to configure the block -

May even make a pattern -

To go with the ruler -

And try to get it published -

See how that works out - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Monday, April 10, 2017

A bit of stitching -


I didn't realize how crookedly I had trimmed those two fabrics on the left until I posted the photo this morning -


My OCD took over and I had to un-sew them and straighten them both out -
Then sew them back together -


And I remembered my post from last month -

Next - but first - ;))

All I wanted to do was fuse/baste the top NEXT -
But before I could do that I had to find some more pinmoors to stabilize it -
And I had used them all on the Christmas Table Topper - "something else" -
So I had to do the stitch-in-the-ditch on that FIRST -
To free up the pinmoors - or buy some more - ;))

The "something else" was my Five Stars Plus 5 -
So I did that -
And added one more to the pile to be quilted - ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Design Wall Monday - 4/10/17


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 backing for my Easter Sudoku Quilt top -




The plan was to work up a backing from bits and pieces from my stash -

And to get it quilted - bound - and labeled - ;))

Between filing orders and revising the tutorial for my LEFT-EZE™ Rule -

I only got as far as making the backing -

But I also made the backing for the Valentine's Day Sudoku Quilt -




And the backing for the St. Patrick's Day Sudoku Quilt -




So I think I made some decent progress - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

LEFT-EZE™ Rule - Revised Tutorial

NOTE:
When I first introduced my new ruler - LEFT-EZE™ Rule - HERE -
I used the PROTOTYPE when I took the photos.

This tutorial has been REVISED to include photos of the FINAL VERSION -


And shows you how I use the ruler to cut -

Half-Square Triangles (HST) -
And Quarter-Square Triangles (QST) for Hourglass Blocks -
And Flying Geese units -
LEFT-HANDED!! - ;))

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This tutorial is to demonstrate my new LEFT-EZE™ Rule -


And - just for fun -

I thought that I would do it in the form of a REVIEW -

Using the same format that I used to review the EASY SQUARE JR.
By Sharon Hultgren - EZ Quilting - Antioch, TN USA 37013
www - dot - ezquilting - dot - com - Made in China
My FAVORITE SQUARE ruler - ;))

So here goes -

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LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - Review - Ruler - LEFT-EZE™ Rule
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Note - these instructions are written in LEFT-EZE™.
If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.
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Today I want to show you a REALLY cool little ruler -

That Left-Handed Quilters can use - hassle-free - ;))

My kind of ruler!! - ;))

But first -

Disclaimer -
I AM affiliated with the manufacturer or supplier of this product -
I did not get this product for FREE in exchange for a review - aka barter.
I designed it and I paid for it.
I have no intention of slandering or libeling anyone or any product.
I am simply stating my opinions - I could be wrong - you may disagree.
My opinions are based on my experience with this product - your results may vary.
I think that about covers it - if I missed something - let me know.
I am not a lawyer - and I am just trying to cover my assets. - ;))
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It’s called the
LEFT-EZE™ Rule
By A Left-Handed Quilter™
www - dot - alefthandedquilter - dot - blogspot - dot - com
Made in the U.S.A.

Description -
This little ruler is a LEFT-Triangle - ;))
It can be used to cut Half-Square Triangles (HST) -
And Quarter-Square Triangles (QST) for Hourglass Blocks -
And Flying Geese units -
And Squares -
LEFT-HANDED!! - ;))

It measures 6-1/2” - technically 6-7/8" - but who's counting -
It has a 1/4” dashed line on the longest side - the "hypotenuse" - for those who remember your high school Geometry class - so that you can see that the "black tip" in the top right corner is a "dog-ear" that will be automatically cut off because you are using pre-cut strips - ;))


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Where you can get it -

For now this ruler is not available in your Local Quilt Shop -
Or from your favorite suppliers -
It is only available from me - on my blog(s) -

I set up another blog for my "shop" - LEFT-EZE™ Rule - HERE -
I will be posting various tutorials and information there as well -

You can email me at - caseyq19 - at - gmail - dot - com -
And put "Order" in the subject line -

The cost is $24.95 plus shipping/postage and sales tax if applicable -

Similar sized rulers on the market are priced at the same amount -
And mine is special - different - and LEFT-HANDED - ;))

I will accept personal checks until I get set up with PayPal -
Please understand that it's only me -
And this will all be very "low-tech" until it becomes "high volume" - ;))

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What I LIKE about this ruler -

It's LEFT-HANDED!! - ;))

The easy-to-read numbers down the right side -
The fact that the numbers read 1-2-3-4-5-6 from TOP to BOTTOM -
In the LEFT Column when you can read "This way for a DIAGONAL cut" -

And that they also read 1-2-3-4-5-6 from TOP to BOTTOM -
In the LEFT Column when you can read "This way for a STRAIGHT cut" -

And it has a "hang-hole" in the BOTTOM LEFT corner - ;))

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What I DON’T like about this ruler -

There are no “grabber” thingys on the bottom side -
So it MAY slip on your fabric -
But that’s not really something that bothers me -
Because I don't usually have that problem -
And there are plenty of options available if you choose to add them - ;))

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How to USE the ruler -

Start with some pre-cut strips -
Either from your scrap bag -
Or of the size stated in a pattern -

You can also determine the width of strip that you want/need -
By using the LEFT-EZE™ Rule SIZE CHART -
Available on the LEFT-EZE™ Rule blog - HERE - ;))

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How I use it to Trim the Selvage end of the strips -

For Half-Square Triangles (HST) -
Start with two contrasting strips -
(I used pre-cut 2-1/2" strips for these demos)
And place them right sides together -


Line them up with a horizontal line on your cutting mat - to keep them straight -


TURN the ruler so that you can read - This way for a STRAIGHT cut -


Line it up with a vertical line on your mat -
With the strip between ANY two horizontal lines -
Using the other horizontal lines to keep the ruler straight -


Cut UP the LEFT side of the ruler -


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How I use it to Cut a Half-Square Triangle -

TURN the ruler so that you can read - This way for a DIAGONAL cut -


Line up the RIGHT side of the ruler along the cut edge of your strips -
With the "black triangle tip" at the TOP RIGHT of the strip -
The bottom of the strips will line up with a line on the ruler depending on its width -
Using the other horizontal lines to keep the ruler straight -
Cut UP the LEFT side of the ruler -



TURN the ruler so that you can read - This way for a STRAIGHT cut -


Line up the RIGHT side of the ruler along the cut edge of your strips -
With the "black triangle tip" at the BOTTOM LEFT of the strip -
The top of the strips will line up with a line on the ruler depending on its width -
Using the other horizontal lines to keep the ruler straight -
Cut UP the LEFT side of the ruler -



Sew them along the LONG/DIAGONAL side - starting at the "flat" end -


Press them open -


Use the diagonal line going from the corner to the center of the long side to trim the dog-ears -
The numbers down the LEFT column will help line up the bottom of the HST -


Does it "measure" 2-1/2" square? -

Yes, it does - ;))


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How I use it to Cut Quarter-Square Triangle units -
To make an Hourglass Block -


Using two contrasting strips - right sides together -
TURN the ruler so that you can read - This way for a DIAGONAL cut -
And make the first cut exactly the same way you did for a HST -


TURN the strip -
So that the cut edge lines up with a horizontal line on your cutting mat -


Using the DIAGONAL lines -

Line up the RIGHT side of the ruler along the cut edge of your strips -
With the "itty bitty - black triangle tip" at the BOTTOM LEFT of the strip -
The TOP of the strips will line up with a line on the ruler depending on its width -
Using the vertical lines to keep the ruler straight -
Cut UP the LEFT side of the ruler -



TURN the ruler -
Line up the RIGHT side of the ruler along the cut edge of your strips -
With the "black triangle tip" at the TOP RIGHT of the strip -
The bottom of the strips will line up with a line on the ruler depending on its width -
Cut ACROSS the TOP side of the ruler - From LEFT to RIGHT -


One HST - and two QST -


Sew the QST along the SHORT side -
Keeping the same fabric on top -
And sewing from the "flat" side -


Press them open -


Match the two sides -


Stitch them together -

Trim the dog-ears -
Using the diagonal line going from the corner to the center of the long side -
The numbers down the LEFT column will help line up the bottom of the block -


Do they measure 4-1/2" square - Yup! - ;))


If you cut QST in sets of two - you can start and end with a HST - ;))


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How I use it to Cut a Flying Geese Unit -
I took two of the QST from above to use as the "Geese" units -

And used two strips - folded over onto themselves -
Because you need two "mirror image" "Wing" sections -
You need both a LEFT and a RIGHT wing for each "Geese" section -


I layered the white/flower strip on top of the blue strip -
To cut four layers at the same time -


Cut the HST just like before -


Then cut another set just because -



Opened them up -


Matched them to the "Geese" units -
With the "flat" sides at the top of the unit -
And the "pointy" ends at the bottom -


Started with one of the RIGHT "Wings" -
And put it on top of the "Geese" -
Right sides together -


Stitched them together -


Pressed them open -


Added the LEFT "Wing" -


Flipped them over so I could sew from the "flat" side -


Pressed them open -


See the "extra" blue on the right side -
That's for your 1/4" seam allowance when you sew it to the next unit or block -
So you don't cut off the point -


Trim the dog-ears like you did the HST -


And it measures 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" - ;))


So -
From two pre-cut 2-1/2" strips - I made all of this -



Which can be arranged to make this -


Or this -


Or this -


The possibilities are endless - ;))

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Bottom line -

No more "flipping" rulers - OVER - BACK - or SIDEWAYS -

The numbers go in the CORRECT direction -

And are EASY TO READ -

Because -

It's LEFT-HANDED!! - ;))

Would I recommend this ruler?

YES - ;))

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Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -






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