Sunday, December 10, 2017

Diamond in a Rectangle using the LEFT-EZE™ Rule

I like to figure out if I can make "standard" units using my LEFT-EZE™ Rule - ;))

This time I wondered if I could make a Diamond in a Rectangle -

Using the LEFT-EZE™ Rule -

And the answer is -

YES, I CAN!!

I made a couple of 2" x 5" Diamond in a Rectangle to finish at 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" -

I could have used the LEFT-EZE™ Rule to cut 5" rectangles from a 2" strip -


Lining up the 5" line on the RIGHT edge of the fabric -


And cutting UP the LEFT side of the LEFT-EZE™ Rule -


But I wanted to see if I could use a pre-cut 5" charm square -

So I started with a 5" square of dark green and a 2" strip a little over 7" long -


I want/need two rectangles 2" x 5" - so I lined up the 2" line on the LEFT-EZE™ Rule on the edge of the fabric - using the lines on the mat and ruler to keep everything straight - you can see the tip of the ruler extending up at the top of the fabric -


Cut the first strip - 2" x 5" -


This time I lined up the bottom of the LEFT-EZE™ Rule with the bottom of the fabric - still using the lines on the mat and ruler to keep everything straight -


Cut the second strip 2" x 5" -


Now for the HST -

I used a 2" strip a little over 7" long -

I could cut them one at a time - but since I need "mirror" images - I can cut "both" the left and the right sides at the same time - if I fold the fabric right sides together -


So I folded the 2" strip - and needed to square up the end -


Which I did - using the Vertical lines on the LEFT-EZE™ Rule to keep it straight -


Trimmed off the left edge -


Turned it around so the cut edge is on the RIGHT -


To cut the HST - I lined up the RIGHT edge of the LEFT-EZE™ Rule with the RIGHT edge of the fabric - and with the little BLACK triangle on the TOP of the fabric - the bottom of the fabric will automatically line up with the 2" line - because I cut the strip 2" wide. The little BLACK triangle on the TOP is the dog-ear that is automatically cut off because I used a pre-cut strip - ;))


Cut UP the LEFT side of the LEFT-EZE™ Rule - from BOTTOM LEFT to TOP RIGHT -


Turned the ruler so that I could line up the RIGHT edge of the LEFT-EZE™ Rule with the RIGHT edge of the fabric with the little BLACK triangle on the BOTTOM of the fabric - the top of the fabric will automatically line up with the 2" line - because I cut the strip 2" wide -


Cut UP the LEFT side of the LEFT-EZE™ Rule - to get two sets of HST -


So now - for the Diamond in a Rectangle -

I took one set of HST and placed one on each end - wrong sides together - with the FLAT end of the HST lined up with the edge of the dark green rectangle -


I sewed the first set of HST to the rectangle - starting with the FLAT edge on the first one -


And the pointy end of the second one - because I need the "corner" to the right of the needle -


Because the 1/4" seam allowance is BUILT IN the LEFT-EZE™ Rule - the needle falls in the "groove" where the pointy end of the HST extends beyond the dark rectangle -


Both HST sewn on -


Pressed them open -


And got two "mirror" images - for one end of the rectangle -


Took the second set of HST - for the other end -

Which way to "orient" them? -

The same way the other one is - only WRONG SIDES TOGETHER -


Stitched those on the same way I did the first set -


All sewn on -


Pressed open -


TWO Diamond in a Rectangle - Mirror images -


And they measure 2" x 5" - which is the size of the original rectangle -


If I were making a bunch of them - I would probably set up an "assembly-line" where I could cut a bunch of rectangles from strips - and a bunch of HST "sets" - separate the HST into two piles - flat side on the LEFT - flat side on the RIGHT - then sew one pile on one end of a bunch of rectangles - then the other pile on the other end. Trim the dog ears and the corners as I went along - probably AFTER I pressed them open - just in case I had to re-sew them for some reason.

There are lots of different ways to do it -

Do whatever works for you - ;))

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So -

Trim the dog ears -

And the extra fabric "behind" the corners -

And there you have it -

Diamond in a Rectangle using the LEFT-EZE™ Rule -

ONE ruler - AND - LEFT-Handed - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A little bit of quilting and a WHOLE LOT OF FIRE!! -


Over the weekend I was able to do a little Free-Motion quilting on my "Do You See What I See?" Christmas cheater panel -

Some feathers in the dark blue side and top borders -


Some wavy lines between the stars in the top left and top right corners -


And I "auditioned" several ideas for the top off-white border with the star -


I think I know what I want to do - but I got interrupted -


When the power went off Monday night right around bedtime -

I found out the next morning that the area about 20 miles to the north of me -

WAS ON FIRE!! -

BIG TIME!! -


HERE -

That is SO SCARY - and even though it's 20 miles away - that is REALLY close to home. We are not in any danger of being evacuated yet - BUT - you never know which way the wind will carry it - or how FAST it will move - so I got some things together - just in case.

Got my bags, packed -

Just don't want to have to go - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Saturday, December 2, 2017

Cutting Flying Geese from strips - LEFT-Handed


I use my LEFT-EZE Rule™ and pre-cut strips to make Flying Geese Units -

If I use 2" strips -
the Flying Geese Units measure 2" x 3-1/2" -
and finish at 1-1/2" x 3" -

If I use 2-1/2" strips -
the Flying Geese Units measure 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" -
and finish at 2" x 4" -

A Flying Geese Unit is made using one QST and 2 HST -
with BOTH shapes cut from the same size strip -

HST - for the "wings" -
you will need 2 "mirror images" HST for a LEFT wing and a RIGHT wing -
you can either layer 2 strips Right Sides Together (RST) -
or use one strip folded over RST - if you want the "wings" to "match" -

QST - for the "goose" -
since you only need one per "unit" - it doesn't matter -
your fabric may be layered either RST or stacked for cutting -

You can find a very detailed demo/tutorial for cutting HST and QST - HERE - ;))

The best part about using the LEFT-EZE Rule™ is that -

BOTH the HST and QST are cut from the same size strip -
the size of the strip determines the finished size -

AND -

BOTH the HST and QST are cut LEFT-HANDED - ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tidying up a little -

After actually FINISHING a couple of projects is always FUN - ;))

My regular readers already know that I like to document my quilts/projects in a Scrapbook with a Scrap Card and a Heart for my Someday Memory Quilt - ;))

I started with the scraps from the Rooster Potholders -

I do my Foundation Paper Piecing my way - and have made so many Hearts through the years that sometimes I just want to "cover the paper" - so I approach it the same way I would if I were "string-piecing" something - piece some scraps together - put them down - stitch it - flip it open - press it -



Rinse and repeat -


Until I "cover the paper" -


Did I cover the Heart? - Looks like it - ;))


Good! -

Then pin it - right side down - paper side up - to a scrap piece of muslin -


Stitch it all the way around - back stitching at the beginning/end -


Remove the pins - trim it -


Take the paper off -


Cut a slit in the muslin on the back side -


Turn it inside out and press it -

And I have one more Heart for my Someday Memory Quilt - ;))


Left over scraps for the crumb blocks -


Do the same with the scraps from the Green Potholders -



Two Hearts and two Scrap Cards -



Then one more set for the Lavender Lovely - Baby Quilt - ;))


Then work up the Scrapbook pages - ;))



So the scrapbook is caught up - for now -

And I updated my UFOs/Squirrels/Projects page -

Next up - tackle that Mountain To Be Quilted -

We'll see how many more "finishes" I can get done before the end of the year -

I need that Mountain in the DONE category -

And I want to start working on that Someday Memory Quilt - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



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