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! - ;))

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 -


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