Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My #1 choice -

For sashing the Crumb Squares is/was BLACK - but I have a lot of blocks with black in the "edge" fabrics so I thought they might get "lost" with the black sashing next to them -

My #2 choice is/was CHEDDAR - I've wanted to make something "cheddar" for a time - and thought this might work -

And when I couldn't decide between the two -

I asked for help to choose a sashing color - ;))

You guys seemed to agree with me -

Because BLACK and CHEDDAR each got four votes -

Which didn't really help much - LOL -

But that's OK -

I might make one of each - I certainly have enough crumbs - ;))

So -

I started with the BLACK - and joined two sets of two with a sash-cornerstone-sash in the middle -

This way I can make them in sets of four and toss in a sash-cornerstone-sash between them to make either horizontal rows -

Or vertical columns -

But I have other another idea -

So stay tuned - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Help me choose -

A sashing color for my Crumby Squares -

I want/need something on the darker side so that when I press the crumb blocks TO the sashing - the fabrics won't "show" through to the top - or at least not "show" as much as possible -

So far the choices are -

#1 - Black -

#2 - Charcoal Gray -

#3 - Brown A -

#4 - Brown B -

#5 - Deep Red -
Deeper and redder than shown in the photo -

#6 - Cheddar -
And I know that Cheddar is a cheese - not a color -
But that's what "they" call it - ;))

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think -

I have a couple of favorites -

But I can't decide -

So I'd like you guys to help me choose - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Crumb factory -

Moving right along -

In various stages of completion -

With some trimmed - and waiting to join their friends -

I pin them in sets of 10 - so I have 110 so far -
Plus the ones in the "trimmed" basket -

And I have a "plan" - ;))

I need to sketch it out to see how many I "need" -

But it can wait -

I'm having WAAAAY too much FUN making the blocks - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Oh, what a Scrappy Day! -

That sounds much better than "Oh, what a Crumby Day!" -

But either way - after the "chore" of getting my taxes ready for my accountant - I was ready for some "playtime". The newest scraps were sorted though - "un-sewn" and put away. Then I pulled out the cookie sheets with my "crumb" blocks in various stages of completion -

The cookie sheets were sitting on top of a larger bin full of "crumbs" -

Which was on top of another bin full of baggies with miscellaneous scraps - ;))

For my next Free-Motion Quilting project - I chose Christmas Blocks - 6x6 - found the gold colored cotton thread that I used on the smaller version - and wound a couple of bobbins - so it's ready to go. I know it's not Christmas yet - but if I start now - I should be done by then - LOL - ;))

If you're here to check out my "quilty" stuff - you can stop reading now - the rest of this post is about the "ducks" that I want to take care of this week -


Ducks -

Along with my "playtime" I want/need to get my "ducks in a row".

It's not something we necessarily ever think about - but with the death of my husband three years ago - the sudden death of my neighbors in October - and the recent "Thomas Fire" and mudslides - I know that life can change in an instant.

If I suddenly get very ill, am comatose, or in an accident - someone will need to know my medical history (allergies/medications/dates/procedures/surgeries/hospitalizations/doctor contacts). If I suddenly die, someone will need access to my business/finances/health information. They will need to know my bank info - my debt payments (bills/utilities - who/what/when/how) - insurance info - etc. - in order to pay my bills and/or close my various accounts - including those online.

I had mentioned working on this before - so I checked back to my post - HERE - to see what I had shared so far. I think it makes sense to "reverse it" and start with what to do when I die - then add the I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) information.

I might as well start with reviewing that file to see if anything needs to be updated. And I should probably make it a habit to review ALL of my "duck" information every couple of months or so - just to make sure that it is current. The changes will be in my head - but that won't help if I'm not here or able to communicate them.

After that I'll start on the rest - and keep you posted - ;))

In the meantime, if you're interested in some of what I did when my husband died - I have a series of posts on Quilter BOB that I called "Widowhood Wednesday". If you follow the link - read the post - then click on "Newer Post" at the bottom - you can read them all in order. There are eleven posts and I covered a lot of territory with a lot information. I have a disclaimer at the top that reads - in part - that it is NOT intended to be professional advice of ANY sort - but simply some of what I did - and it may or may not be what you want/need to do when the time comes - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Monday, February 5, 2018

Tidying up a little -

After finishing up a couple of quilts -

And looking forward to sorting through the scraps - ;))

Some people might consider this a "chore" - but I don't. I like to sit and "unsew" the batting bits from the fabric and sort the colors/sizes for the scrap bins. It gives me one last another chance to pet all of my pretty fabrics before I go off to my next "adventure" - or decide to chase another Squirrel - ;))

What IS a "chore" - is getting my taxes ready every year. It's funny - when I used to "do books/taxes" for a living, I actually enjoyed it. Now - not so much -

Now it's "work" -

And I was taught that I couldn't "play" -

Until my "chores" were done -

So if you don't hear from me for a couple of days -

It's because I'm "working" -

When I would much rather be "playing" with my scraps - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Some friends are just plain AWESOME -

Last time I posted about my friend, Gene Black, and his video on Cutting Bias Binding - HERE. His video is Right-Handed - so - with his permission - I had done a Left-Handed tutorial - and listed it on my LHQ - Binding page/tab above -

He left me a comment -
The lefties could just watch my video and reverse it to cut left handed (Ouch! don't throw stuff at me!) If I can figure out how to make a video flip for a mirror image, I could convert all of my tutorials to "left-ish"
I replied -
Haha - I can't throw that far!! That would be cool if you could do mirror image videos!! For me, sometimes the "reverse" is mirror image - sometimes it's upside-down - but either way it's "backwards" from the way RH do it.
Earlier today he emailed me that he had figured it out - and gave me a preview -

Here's his NEW video - Cutting Bias Binding - Left Hand Version -

I think he's an AWESOME friend for taking the time to make a "flipped" version for us Lefties - and when this post goes "live" I'll add a link on the LHQ - Binding page/tab at the top of my blog - so we all can find this post and his video - ;))

I repeat -

Some friends are just plain AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! - ;))

THANKS, GENE!!!!!!!!!! - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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