Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A little mindless sewing -


Some neutral string blocks -


With more strings over here -


And more bits and pieces over here -


I have a plan of sorts -

But that's the fun of mindless sewing -

I can keep on sewing -

And worry about the rest later - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Testing -


A new Free-Motion Quilting foot - a Janome Convertible FMQ foot -

It has a closed toe - and an adjustable height screw on the top - which is why I bought it. I thought that it would be easier to adjust than the elastic hair band that I have been using - so I set myself up to play with it - ;))

My White (brand name) sewing machine has three needle positions -
Left - center - and right -

But I couldn't get the needle centered in the hole -

If I use the "center" needle position - it's too far to the left -


And if I use the "right" needle position - it's too far to the right -


So I went back to my open-toe generic foot - with its elastic hair band -


And tried the new foot on my Husqvarna Lily 555 -

Which has numerous needle positions -

Found the one that would center the needle in the hole -

And tried it out -

So-so stitching on the front -


But definite tension issues on the back - LOL -


After futzing with various tension settings for a while -

I finally gave up -

And re-installed the walking foot -

Re-set all of the settings back to where they were originally -

And played with the blocks on the wall - ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Saturday, December 8, 2018

Saturday update - 12/8/18 -


While I took a little break from blogging this past week -

I played with my Free-motion Quilting -

Trying to find my groove - ;))

First up -

I finished my Autumn Squirrel with the Ugly Christmas Sweater back -

It was small, reversible and didn't need binding -

So it was the perfect choice to start my practice session - ;))


I sewed a wide zig-zag over the opening (that I used to turn it all inside out) in white thread so that I would know where it was when I quilted it from the front - you can't see it very well in this shot -


But it's visible in this one -


And I got pretty dang close to the diagonal line on the other side.  When I realized just how close it was - I marked the ends with pins - removed the white zig-zag stitching and quilted in my name/year using the programmed stitches on my sewing machine and a dark brown thread on top. It's virtually invisible - and it sewed/closed that "opening" perfectly - ;))


Because of the bulk in the corners where the seams come together -

I decided to use my walking foot to quilt straight down the center of each square in each direction - which is my "go-to" on my Upstairs/Downstairs quilts -


I used a brown thread on top and a gold thread in the bobbin -

I like how the thread blends in on the browns -


And the oranges -


And the texture on the back -


Bypassing most of the places where all of those points come together -

Bonus!! - ;))


Then I played with my FMQ on this old practice piece until I ran out of room -



Then switched to another practice piece -

Some loops from the front -


And the back -


A couple of spirals -


And then some more spirals until I finally found my groove - ;))



So then I decided to FMQ my Five Stars Plus 5 using white thread -


"Orange peels" in the checkerboard squares -

Loops in the QST - Hourglass Blocks -


Wavy lines in the HST and corner squares -


More wavy lines in the Flying geese - center squares - and corner HST -

"Orange peels" in the yellow star points -

Little loops in the green -


Let's just say that "matching/blending thread color" is my new BEST friend - LOL -

It hides a LOT of wonky stitching - ;))

My FMQ is not that great yet -

But it IS getting better -

And that's all I really care about - ;))

I still need to bind the last two -

But I have a couple more quilt tops that I want to play with first -

Before I go on a binding spree - LOL - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Just because -


The LEFT-EZE™ Rule is designed for Left-Handed quilters -

Doesn't mean that a Right-Handed quilter can't use it -

Let me show you - RIGHT-HANDED Instructions - ;))

First grab some pre-cut strips - and put two of them right sides together -


Trim the ends to straighten them -



HST -

You could place the ruler this way and make the first cut "back-handed" -


Or you could orient the ruler this way -
And cut from bottom right to top left -



Second cut - straight up the right side of the ruler -



Continue on down the length of the strip -

Sew them from the flat end - press open - trim the dog ear -

You know the drill - LOL - ;))


QST -

Make your first cut a HST - might as well have an "end" that's useful - LOL - ;)


You could place the ruler this way and make the second cut "back-handed" -


Or you could turn the strip and orient the ruler this way -
Then cut straight up the right side -



Turn the ruler - and cut straight across the top -


I'm short on the neutral top piece - but you get the idea - ;))


QST - use for your Flying Geese - or Hourglass Blocks -

HST - make the "wings" - or HST Blocks -
If the QST and HST are all cut from the same width strip - they will fit each other -
If you want matching "wings" - fold your strip over - wrong (or right) sides together - so that you get "mirror images" - and cut pairs - easy peasy - ;))



And if you're wondering why you would want to buy a Left-Handed ruler when you're a Right-Handed quilter -

You might ask yourself why Left-Handed quilters buy Right-Handed rulers -

Besides the fact that they are the only ones we can find -

It's because - as everyone knows -

All you have to do is "Just Reverse It" - LOL - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

P.S. If you would like to buy a LEFT-EZE Rule™ and save $3.00 (the PayPal fee) - you can send me a personal check - $24.95 plus Shipping $7.25 = $32.20 plus Sales Tax if applicable. Email me at - caseyq19 - at - gmail - dot - com - put "Order" in the subject line - and include your shipping address - so I can calculate Sales Tax. As a safeguard against "bad" checks - when your check "clears" my bank - I'll put your ruler in the mail. Thank you for understanding - ;))



Friday, November 30, 2018

Is there a LEFT-Handed Ruler for cutting HST/QST?? - YES!!


If you have been looking for a LEFT-HANDED RULER -

To use to cut HST and QST -

You have found it!! - ;))

I call it -

LEFT-EZE™ Rule -

Because we do!! - LOL - ;))

Check out all of the new pages/tabs across the top of my blog - ;))

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LEFT-EZE™ Rule -

A LEFT-Triangle - designed for Left-Handed Quilters - ;))



Use ONE RULER
To trim the selvage -
Cut Half-Square Triangles (HST) -
And Quarter-Square Triangles (QST) for Hourglass Blocks -
And Flying Geese units -
And Squares -

Using Pre-cut strips -

LEFT-HANDED!! - ;))

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!! - ;))

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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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Check out the Tutorials - HERE -

The Size Chart - HERE -

The Free Pattern and Tutorial - HERE -

And the Reviews/Testimonials - HERE -

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ORDERING INFORMATION -
For ordering information regarding my LEFT-EZE™ Rule -
Please go to the "My Store" page/tab at the top of this blog - or HERE - ;))

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Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



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