Thursday, September 21, 2017

Made new binding -

And re-trimmed my Halloween Churn Dash - ;))

I don't know what I was thinking/doing when I trimmed it the first time - but it definitely wasn't trimmed as close as I thought it was - some areas were much wider than they should have been -

But I think it should be OK now -

Guess I'll find out soon enough - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Maybe tomorrow -

I'll make and play with some new binding for my Halloween Churn Dash -

Because I sure didn't get to it today -

I spent too much time sorting more paperwork - which seems to multiply faster than my scraps - if that's possible -

And I ran out of energy -

So - no new photo to post -

No new nothing on the quilting front -

Or back -

Or binding - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Took it all off -

Yup - I finished ALL of the unsewing last night - YAY!!

I put the old binding in a baggie - just in case I want to mess with it one of these days - take off all the little bits of thread - press it open - maybe use it in some "string" quilts - I sure don't want to use it for "binding" - it's too narrow - ;))

I had some more chores today - so I thought that after I finished them up - I would be able to re-press the quilt top. Gotta love that fusible batting!! Then I want/need to double check the edges and re-measure the trim line that I marked in this post. I think I have a bit too much "extra" in some areas - and that might have been part of my problem -

And then I will recut a new batch of binding - ;))

Anyway - I didn't get to it today -

Maybe tomorrow -

And maybe this time I'll it get to look better - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Monday, September 18, 2017

Half off -

Last night after dinner I un-stitched the pieces you see in the bottom of the photo -

And the rest of the decorative stitch side -

ALL the way around -

So it's HALF OFF - LOL - ;))

I stayed up late so I could get it done and have that much less to do today -

And now that I have done my chores - paid bills and organized some paperwork - I should be able to get the rest done. It's not that bad - but it takes time - and doesn't lend itself to a whole lot to blog about - haha - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta UNsew some more -

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stalling -

Is waaaay more fun than UNsewing - ;))

It seems that I was able to find LOTS of things to do today other than this -

That's about as far as I got -

And tomorrow I have chores to do -

So I have another excuse -

But - excuses won't get it done -

And it won't unsew itself -

So I need to put on some good music (thanks, Gene) -

And JUST DO IT - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta UNsew some more -

Saturday, September 16, 2017

So fun -

To play with making the "Heart" for the Halloween Churn Dash -

Not so much fun to start the "UNsewing" -

But the sooner I get it done - the sooner I can fix it - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta UNsew -

Friday, September 15, 2017

It might be a couple of days -

Before I get to anything other than my Halloween Churn Dash - ;))

Yesterday I stitched down the binding - and I fought that binding all afternoon - it did NOT want to fold over nicely and the corners did not cooperate AT ALL! -

I finished it up and posted the picture - with NO close-ups if anyone noticed - and thought that I would/could "let it go" - but then I slept on it and realized what I had done wrong -

BOB forgot and cut the binding at 2-1/4" instead of 2-1/2" - and the extra 1/4" that was missing made a BIG difference. So today I decided I'm going to take it all off and do it over - and that may take me a while -

But I can't just leave it - it looks horrid! - ;))

Before I start taking it apart I made the "scrap card" and the "label" - ;))

I still need to make the "heart". I don't have any scraps left over from the charm packs that I used on the front - so I'll have to make do with the trimmings from the back - ;))

This is getting posted early - because I won't have much to show for a while - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta UNsew -

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I got a late start -

But I finally got the binding sewn to the Halloween Churn Dash -

Tomorrow I'll make the label and finish that part - ;))

I got sidetracked this morning watching YouTube videos -

What a great way to spend a VERY fast couple of hours - ;))

Here are some of the ones I watched -

Mc Tavishing - Free Motion Quilting
Katherine Vickery - Published Jul 16, 2013

She commented that she was Left-Handed and "ball point pens don't cooperate with me." Really??? To me, the way she holds her pencil is both interesting and awkward. I hold my pencil the same way a Right-Handed person holds theirs and have never had a problem with ball point pens or smearing. My mother was Right-Handed and insisted that there was NO reason I couldn't hold my pencil the same way she held hers - just pointing the "other" way - so I did. It was always funny when a client realized that I was Left-Handed - simply because they had never noticed before - ;))

And then I watched all three of these "Swirl" tutorials -
Along with a whole bunch more - listed on the side -

Quilters Apothecary
Jamie's Basic Swirl Part 1 of 3
Jamie Wallen - Published on Mar 9, 2014

Jamie's Basic Swirl Part 2 of 3
Jamie Wallen - Published on Mar 16, 2014

Jamie's Basic Swirl Part 3 of 3
Jamie Wallen - Published on Mar 23, 2014

Then before I knew it -

It was mid-afternoon and I hadn't sewn a stitch - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I had to go back -

To this post to find the links for the Hanging Triangles -

#1 - How to Hang Small Quilts - It's Easy! - Heirloom Creations - HERE -

#2 - How to Hang Your Quilts with 3 Hand Stitches - HERE -
Laura Ann Coia - SewVeryEasy - May 22, 2014

I said at the time that
the first one is similar to the one I was looking for - and the second one is very clever - I might try that on some of my larger quilts -
so this was the perfect quilt to play with that second technique - ;))

I also found another video by Laura that I want to try NEXT time -

A Quick and easy Stitch to Quilt Your Quilt - HERE -
Laura Ann Coia - SewVeryEasy - Sept. 10, 2015

That stitch might work nicely on one of my Christmas quilts -

And I like how there is always something NEW to try - ;))

In the meantime - I thought I would talk a little bit more about sewing my binding to the back - BEFORE I trim the quilt -

I don't remember when or why I started doing it that way - but it works for me - and now it's the only way I do it - ;))

I like to sew the binding to the back and flip it to the front because I can't do the hand stitching anymore - and it's "neater" on the front if I stitch it from the front - and I really don't care if a stitch line shows on the back. To me - it looks like another line of quilting.

I also like sewing the binding on first because it gives me something to hang on to with my right hand as I line up the raw edge of the binding on the marked line. I think the "extra/untrimmed" fabric attached to the edge of the quilt top helps stabilize the outer edge. For me, it's hard to sew 1/4" or 3/8" from the edge (depending on the foot) without it getting "wavy". People say to "stay-stitch" it first - but if you trim the edge before you stay-stitch - it's basically the same thing - and still gets wavy on me.

The only thing I have to watch is where I mark the line - it will be the "edge" of the quilt when I trim it - so I try to put it where the binding won't chop off any "triangle points" when it gets folded to the front.

Try it on something small - see if it works for you - ;))

On this quilt - I attached the binding to the back and trimmed one side at a time -
(Sorry about the glare - my overhead lights don't play nicely with plastic rulers)

I have to be careful not to cut into the miter in the top corner - so I fold it back out of the way -

Slip the folded part under the ruler - and trim the edge -

When I turn the corner - I don't have to worry so much - because that's where the binding was folded up and then down (forming the miter) to match the next side of the quilt -

When it's all trimmed - and the quilt is flipped over - it looks like this -

And I think that - when I fold the binding over to stitch it down -

That it will be just right!! - ;))

I'll finish stitching the binding tomorrow -

And then make the label -

Tomorrow should be a VERY good day -;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The binding is made -

And I've decided that I need to measure out 4-1/2" from the "ditch" line on the outermost "units". The ruler is 5" wide and the line just outside the outer edge of the fabric is the 4-1/2" line. That little bit of batting showing at the edge should be just enough to "fully stuff" the binding and make sure that the folded edge doesn't chop off any of my corners. "Should be" is the key phrase in that last sentence - ;))

So - flip it over - find the "ditch" seam - and mark my line on the back - ;))

After the lines are marked - I'll take it to the sewing machine that is set up with the walking foot and the big tables - the same machine that I use to "ditch" quilt -

I'll line up the raw edge of the binding with the chalk line - sew it on with the walking foot - which is a 3/8" seam - then trim the quilt even with the binding - fold the binding to the front - and top-stitch it down with a decorative blanket stitch -

At least that's the plan - ;))

I haven't decided if I want to add corner squares or a sleeve to it yet. I didn't add them to the Thanksgiving Churn Dash which came out to 36" x 36" - thinking I would use it as a table topper - but this one is 48" x 48" - so maybe I should - ;))

I think I'll sleep on it and decide before I attach the binding - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Monday, September 11, 2017

Even with a map -

I got myself all mixed up -

Because I didn't start in the top left corner - on Row 2 - "Unit" #1 - ;))

I only wanted to deal with half of the bulk of the quilt under the throat of my machine - so I started in the middle - Row 5 - "Unit" #7 -

And - of course - the first "center" square in that section goes in the opposite direction - which I would have noticed if I had actually READ my map - LOL - ;))

Just because you have a map - doesn't mean you can't get lost - ;))

But it's OK - I made it work - I just "reversed" it and made all of the center squares slant the "other" way from the map - and as long as they alternate - the design works -

And it came out pretty well -

I LOVE the texture - ;))

And in other news - something that I DID notice -

Was the lettering on the tabs of some little address books that I got -

You can't see real well in that photo - but the tabs read ABCDE - FGHIJ - KLMNO - PQRST - UVWXYZ - like they are supposed to -

Except on these guys -

I guess one out of four ain't bad -

And it was easy enough to fix - I just removed the staples - refolded the page that was backwards - and stapled them all back together. It made me wonder until I realized that they were made in China - and the people who assembled them probably have no idea how our alphabet works - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A little sketch -

Goes a long way - ;))

I am a very visual learner - show me a photo or a sketch of a quilt and I can usually figure it out - count the blocks - the units of each type - do the MATH - and go from there. Most times I don't even need a pattern - if I can sketch it out - I can make it whatever size I want - ;))

Same with a quilting design - sketch it out - figure out where to start and stop - then go from there - ;))

I knew that I had already figured out the "sequence" and the stop/start points when I Free-Motion quilted my Thanksgiving Churn Dash -

But did I write it down? -

Nope - that would have been too easy - LOL - ;))

So I dug it out and took a look -

And - since it was only 3 blocks across and 3 blocks down -

I decided to make a sketch for my Halloween Churn Dash that is set 4 blocks across and 4 blocks down -

I made the grid at the inch marks on my ruler and since the paper is only 8-1/2" x 11" and I needed 12 "units" both across and down - I had to chop off the last block - and the bottom row - but it's OK. I guess I could have worked it up in EQ7 - but a piece of paper and a pencil is sometimes easier for me than futzing with a computer program - besides - it helps cement the pattern and the "directions" in my head when I have to draw them out -

So then I sketched in the rows and "directions" that I had already done and photocopied that for my worksheet -

I used a RED pen to mark the "directions" that I wanted the stitching to go in the center squares - and put a RED circle in the corner where the stitching for that center square would START - that's where I need to STOP when I finish the "unit" just before it -

Then I made another photocopy to use as another worksheet - and made squiggles in the center squares to represent the stitching - and continued the squiggles out into the "two-patch" units in both directions. Now I have my "map" and know that I can START my first "middle" row at the TOP LEFT corner - the second "middle" row at the BOTTOM LEFT corner - the third "middle" row will be a repeat of the first row - and the last "middle" row will be a repeat of the second row - ;))

It wasn't hard - I just didn't get to it until later this afternoon - because I spent WAAAAY too much time "surfing" on the computer and reading blogs and stuff - ;))

And - on a totally different subject -

I am a Gatorade geek - I LOVE the orange flavored Gatorade - it is my go-to summertime drink - after coffee - LOL - and I buy it by the case - especially when it goes on sale which isn't very often -

I don't know how much it costs you where you live, but here - by the time you add our wonderful California Redemption Value (CRV) fee - it usually costs about a dollar a quart - $12 per case of 12 -

And - for those of you who are interested - according to the FAQ site - HERE - the California Redemption Value is neither a deposit nor a tax -
The Legislature has declared that the redemption payment is neither a deposit nor a tax, but a regulatory fee collected for the purpose of assuring the return for recycling of a greater percentage of the beverage containers sold in the state.
Oh, goody - and we have to "pay" per container and we get "redemption" back by the pound - which is NOT the same thing. BOB would like to get the fee back PER CONTAINER - but they didn't ask her - LOL - :))

Anyway - back to the Gatorade -

I found online - at Sam's Club - a really cool (and cheaper) alternative to the heavy cases - the rotten CRV - and the hassle of having to recycle all of those bottles -

One package is 50.9 oz. and will make 6 gallons -

And, of course, the preparation instructions say to mix the FULL POUCH with 6 GALLONS of cold water -

Yeah, right - like I'm going to do that - LOL - ;))

It also says that the serving size is 1-2/3 Tbsp - which makes about 12 fl. oz -

So I poured all of the powder mix into a big plastic container -

And did the MATH to figure out how much I would need to add to this 32 oz. bottle if it was filled with cold water - ;))

I mixed a bottle last night - and left it in the refrigerator to get cold - just to see if it tasted the same - and it does to me. The powder mix reminds me of TANG when I was a kid - only better - because I like Gatorade better than TANG - ;))

I know that many people are MATH-challenged -

But I am a MATH geek -


And I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Watkins, my eighth-grade Algebra teacher - for teaching me how to do the MATH - so I could figure out how much mix to add to one bottle of cold water - ;))

I remember - when he was teaching us how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice versa - (I have forgotten the formula - it was a loooong time ago) - I asked him - "How do I know which number is going to match?" - He smiled and said - "That's what you're solving for." I laughed - and said - "OH!!" - We didn't say "Duh!!" back then - LOL - ;))

He made Algebra SO SIMPLE -

THANK YOU, Mr. Watkins!! - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Plugging away -

And learning a lot - ;))

I learned that I like to "push" and "pull" the quilt when I'm stitching lines - going from back to front and front to back - it seems easier to me than trying to stitch the lines from side to side - so with a slight turn of the quilt - I can stitch the HST from back to front across the diagonal seam line - and then front to back -

I learned that it is easier to stop at the "top" of a line to re-position my hands than at the "bottom" - because I can see where I want to go next -

I learned that I would rather have the bulk of the quilt in my lap - and not against the wall all bunched up at the back of my machine -

I learned that I'm OK with not being perfect - I'm not quilting this professionally and charging money for it - it's not going to be entered in any sort of competition - it's practice for me to get more comfortable maneuvering the bulk of the quilt - getting my hand movement and foot pedal speed coordinated so that the stitches are similar in length - and no one is going to notice anyway. If they do - they are free to do better when they make their own quilt - LOL - ;))


I learned WHY I was getting myself twisted up and going in the wrong direction!! -

Woohoo!! -

This quilt is set - 4 blocks across - and 4 blocks down -

One block has a HST - then a horizontal two-patch (2P) - and then another HST -

The next block has a HST - a horizontal two-patch (2P) - and then another HST -

If I start quilting in the middle and work my way out to the outer edge -

I should be quilting - HST - 2P - HST - HST - 2P - HST - right? -

Well, I was so "in the groove" - that after the first HST - 2P - HST -

I started looking for the next 2P -

Forgetting that the next block started with another HST - DUH!! - ;))

Once I figured that out -

I finished up the rest of the "top" and "bottom" rows of each block - ;))

Tomorrow I should be able to figure out which direction I want the rows in the "center" blocks to go -

And then finish up the four remaining "middle" rows -

At least that's the plan - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Friday, September 8, 2017

Not after dinner last night -

Yesterday a comment said -
Having it set up to go is a huge advantage. If it is ready to just sit and start, I am far more likely to accomplish something.
You would think so, huh? -

Nope - ;))

After checking out a free pattern on Craftsy, I spent the rest of the evening sorting through and downloading about thirty free patterns - a wonderful "waste" of time - lots of cool projects - free potholders (always another way to make one) - pouch patterns (don't need a class for the little HST one with the one-piece zipper) - and a whole bunch of other fun stuff -

So I thought that maybe I would get to it this afternoon -

And I did - ;))

But somewhere along the line I got all twisted up again - I got this section done -

And this section -

But not the three in the middle -

Maybe after dinner - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Maybe after dinner -

I'll do a little quilting - since I didn't get much done today except sort through a pile of paperwork and bills. And it's a toss up as to which multiplies faster - my paperwork and bills - or my scraps - ;))

But either way - I'm all set up - and all ready to go -

I just want/need to fix something to eat first - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A couple more rows -

Were quilted after spending way too much time on my computer this morning - ;))

I started with the bottom row in the orange and black blocks - planning to quilt the six "patches" to the edge - before I turned the quilt to quilt another section -

I like this quilting design because it is VERY forgiving - and doesn't need to be marked - I just use the presser foot as my "spacing" guide and make sure that the lines go from corner to corner in the HST in the "opposite" direction from the diagonal seam. Then I quilt up and down in the two-patch sections making sure that I end up in the corner that has the diagonal seam in the next HST -

And wouldn't you know - I ran out of bobbin thread when I had about half a patch to go - ;))

So I changed the bobbin - and the needle somewhere along the line when it started skipping stitches - and kept on going. I figured that I would run out of bobbin thread again soon after I finished this patch - so I changed the bobbin again -

And I guess you could say that I am "direction-ally" challenged at times - because I got myself all twisted up - and instead of going "across" the rest of the row like I was supposed to -

I had the quilt turned so the next section that got quilted was the one that goes "up" from the "bobbin change" patch - ;))

Lucky for me the stitches still go in the correct direction so no harm was done - another advantage to a very simple and forgiving quilt design. I just went back and finished quilting the other row like I should have done in the first place - then I called it a day - ;))

I can try to be perfect - tomorrow - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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