Saturday, June 24, 2017

Another finish -


Got everything ready -

For the May Flowers Sudoku Quilt -

The corner triangles - the binding - and the label -


Then - after a leisurely afternoon of sewing -


It's DONE - ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday, June 23, 2017

A finish - YAY!! -


My July Americana Sudoku Quilt -

With the binding -


Corner triangles (for hanging) - AND a "proper" label - ;))


The top left corner triangle -
Doesn't match - but it's on the back - and serves the purpose -


The top right corner triangle -
A closer match -


The bottom left corner triangle -
Again - serves the purpose -


And the bottom right corner triangle -
Blends in real well - maybe a little too well - ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, June 22, 2017

All nice and labeled -


The way they should have been done in the first place - ;))


I found some white fabric that had some ugly red streaks on it from something that had obviously "run" a while back - and thought it could still be useful as the "facing" for my labels -


So - my usual method is to use some "sew-in" fabric sheets and work up a sheet of labels using my computer and an address label template - then print off the labels - cut them apart - and "frame" each one with some fabric -

Then place them face-down on the facing fabric - and stitch all the way around using a 1/4" seam -


Then slit the facing and turn the whole thing inside out - and give it a good press -
That way there are no edges to "turn under" - everything is all nice and neat -


Then I decide where I want to put it and try to use the same thread that I used to quilt the quilt in the first place - the theory being that the stitching will look like some "more" quilting - ;))


I stitch around the white part of the label using a straight stitch - then around the outside edge (perimeter) using a blanket stitch - and it's virtually invisible from the front of the quilt -


Unless you look really closely - ;))


And bonus -

With the double stitching -

Once around the inside of the "frame" -

And again around the outside of the label itself -

That label isn't going anywhere - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -




Saturday, June 17, 2017

Being lazy -


Is usually not my style -

But there are times when I think I can get away with it -

Like last year when I did a post about a Lazy way to do labels -

Using the alphabet font on my sewing machine to print out my name and the year on the quilt instead of attaching a "proper" label - ;))

And then the day comes when I hear my Dad - from when I was a kid - telling me -
You know that's not the way to do it! - You're being lazy! -
If you're going to do something - do it the RIGHT way! - ;))
SOOOOOOO -

I was getting all set up to make the corner squares (for hanging) and cut the binding for my July Americana Sudoku Quilt -



When I heard the "lazy" speech in my head -

And realized that I had not "properly" labeled this pile -


I had stitched my name and the year - but none of these quilts had "Names" - and I'm the only one who knows which one is which - unless you read my blog - and even then you would have to read several years worth because I am such a S-L-O-W quilter - and I jump back and forth between projects a LOT - ;))

So I made some "sew-in" fabric labels using my computer and an address label template - and then dug out some scraps - starting with the Christmas Sudoku Quilt and the January Sudoku Quilt -


Just in time for Father's Day tomorrow - ;))

And I think it's true -

Father Knows Best - ;))

Happy Father's Day!! - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday, June 9, 2017

Another backing done -


I got stuck on trying to decide what to quilt in the border of my Easter Sudoku Quilt - so I made another backing instead - ;))


It doesn't look like much - but it's big enough to fit the back of my Pinwheel Polka Dot -


The bottom print is pretty -


But the top print is a combination of weird greens - and both are some of those fabrics that I have had for years and years and have never used. Now they both have found a home and are OUT of my stash - Yay!! - ;))

So - after I fuse/basted everything and did the "stitch in the ditch" -

I folded it up neatly and added it to -

"The Mountain That Needs To Be Free-Motion Quilted" - ;))


When I find my FMQ mojo - I'll try to tackle that mountain - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -




Monday, June 5, 2017

Two more borders done -

So - the Free-Motion thing didn't work - ;))

When I turned the first corner on the Valentine's Day Sudoku Quilt - the backing got tucked under and stitched down. I caught it before I had gone too far so I decided to un-stitch the whole thing and start over - ;))


Plan B - a different stencil - and back to the walking foot -


It took me a minute to figure out how many "passes" I would have to make to complete the pattern - and no - two is not the answer - ;))


I tried to get a good shot of the texture for you -


Because - as you can see - it hardly shows up at all - which is probably a good thing - ;))


Next up - the March St. Patrick's Day Sudoku Quilt -
And another stencil for the walking foot -
This time the number of "passes" IS two - ;))


Doesn't show much on this one either -


I think the next one will show a bit better -

But we'll see - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Sunday, June 4, 2017

One border down -


I took Gene's suggestion since I pretty much had decided the same thing - free-motion wavy lines in the border of the July Americana Sudoku Quilt - to give the feeling of a "breeze" causing the flags to wave. I chose a dark blue thread - and you can see that it blends nicely - it's almost invisible -


And it gave the border a great texture - which is what I wanted - ;))


Next I grabbed the February Valentine's Day Sudoku Quilt and a "heart" stencil - a foam paint brush and some pounce powder -


I had to flip the stencil several times and it's not a perfect fit so I'll have to "fudge" some in the middle - but it will give me a general "path" for some funky free-form Free-Motion Quilting - and then I can fill in a bit with some "echo" lines - since it looks kinda skinny all by itself. I'm going to use a red thread - it should hide any "design" elements - should I have to add some - LOL - ;))


And that's the plan for this afternoon and early evening -

Until "life" changes it and something else requires my attention -

Or until it's dinner time -

Whichever comes first - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Not much sewing going on -


But a whole lot of "life" is going on behind the scenes - ;))

My "life" gets in the way of my blogging sometimes -

And I don't like to mix the two -

So blogging usually takes a back seat -

Until "life" settles down and I get back to sewing and quilting -

And have something to actually blog about - ;))

So -

I still haven't quilted the borders on any of the Sudoku Quilts -

But I did pull out some stencils to audition -


Some of the stencils would be better stitched with my walking foot -

And some of them will give me a "path" to follow with my Free-Motion foot -

If I decide to do that -

And some of them will show up nicely on the borders that read like solids -

And none of them will show up on the "busy" flag print of the July Americana Sudoku Quilt -

So choosing which border to quilt -

And how to quilt it -

Is next on the agenda -

Between episodes of "life" - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



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 -



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