Sunday, April 29, 2018

Play time -

Is always fun but doesn't always result in what I had originally planned - ;))

I thought that I would "un-sew" the 9-patches -
And use them with a mottled black fabric instead of the Blue Floral fabric -
In another Crumb Squares top -

But when I got the first set all laid out -

I saw a Trip Around The World staring back at me -
(This block has the funky guy that I had to substitute for one that was cut short -
And will be the "one of these blocks is not like the others" - LOL -)

Then I thought - Why not? -

Might as well - everything is already in sets of six -

All I have to do is sew them together -

So that's what I'm going to do with these guys -

While I play with more "crumb" blocks for my Deep Red Crumb Squares -

And plan my next "adventure" -

After I do my chores - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tomorrow -

Will be a PLAY day -

Now that My Store is set up to accept PayPal payments for my

LEFT-EZE Rule™ -
A LEFT-Triangle - designed for Left-Handed Quilters - ;))

I want to do more demos showing how easy it is -

To use ONE RULER -

To cut Half-Square Triangles (HST) -

And Quarter-Square Triangles (QST) for Hourglass Blocks -

And Flying Geese units -

And Squares -

Using Pre-cut strips -


Today I "unsewed" the funky Blue Floral Crumb Squares -

Now I want/need to take inventory of what I have -

And figure out what I need -

To "reconfigure" these guys into two different Crumb Square tops - ;))

One will be a softer version using the Blue Floral fabric - and "something else" - instead of the 9-patches -

The other will use the 9-patches - probably with a mottled black fabric instead of the Blue Floral fabric - ;))

And that will be two more Crumb Squares tops -

To add to my collection -

Told you they were addictive - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Good News -

My Store on my "shop" blog - LEFT-EZE Rule™ -

Now accepts PayPal - YAY!! -

Go check it out - HERE - ;))


The set-up is now complete - to the best of my ability -

There were A LOT of options to sort through -

And I figured out most of them on my own -

But I finally wound up calling Customer Service for help -

And the representative was very helpful - ;))

The settings can be changed if necessary -

So if you see/notice anything "funky" -

Please let me know - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Back-up -

Has several different meanings -

And I dealt with three of them this past week - ;))


Back-up #1 -

There's the usual - Back-up my computer - just because - and because I might need/want to transfer some data to a new laptop that I got a couple of months ago. It has the new "Windows" and I haven't even plugged it in yet. I'm not looking forward to all of the NEW/DIFFERENT stuff on it and I have to be in the mood to deal with it - but that "mood" hasn't shown itself lately - (sigh) - ;))

Maybe I could/should look at it as a NEW adventure! Maybe after I take care of Back-up #3 (below) - I can only take so much new "adventure" these days - ;))


Back-up #2 -

I took a break from my Deep Red Crumb Squares to play with some 9-patches for my "next" project - and showed you guys this basket last time -

Well - that basket grew to this - with some of them sewn into "tubes" on the right -

Then I made a couple of "test blocks" -

A 9-patch instead of "crumb" version using some of THAT floral fabric for sashing -

And an "alternate" block using some "three-sies" for the sashing -

Put the one up on the design wall -

And then the other -

And then put them next to each other -

And I don't like it - UGH!! -

It looked SOOOOOOOOOOO much better in my head - LOL - ;))

So I'm going to Back-up and un-sew them and move on to Plan B -

Which I will share when I get there -

It will probably have the same layout but plain sashes and plain squares -
Instead of the 9-patches and "three-sies" - they're just too busy! - ;))


Back-up #3 -

When I was working - I didn't like to be the ONLY one who knew how to do something - I liked having a Back-up in case I got sick or went on vacation or was just too busy. Someone else could/would be able to help me out.

When my husband was alive - he was my Back-up around the house and my Back-up on computer stuff. He was my "tech support" and my go-to guy - and I miss him - Every. Single. Day. It sure would have been nice to have him as a sounding board and helper this past week with this "other" project that I have been working on - but I had help from some family and friends - so I have Back-up of a different kind - ;))

The "other" project is my trying to get PayPal set up -

For my LEFT-EZE Rule™ -

It has turned out to be a little more complicated than I had originally thought -
But I tend to over-think things - so it might just be me - ;))

I sorted through various options and got some of it figured out -

Sales Tax rates - For California - by zip code -
Shipping options - US - Canada - International/other -
Currency - US dollars only - for now -

But - before I can show the "button" on my site -

I still need to mess with "invoicing" -

Printing shipping labels - through PayPal -

And who knows what else - LOL - ;))

So stay tuned -

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

It's because I'm a little BUSY - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Slow going -

Is still GOING - right? - ;))

Last week was the last time I sewed a stitch -

I did manage to get the strip sets of three sorted in pairs -

One pair is sewn and pressed - ready to cut -

And some others have already been run through my strip cutter -
I decided not to sew them into "tubes" before I cut them -
The cuts seem to be cleaner if they are "single file" - so to speak -
I'm pinning them in sets and will make the "tubes" later -

But that's about it on the sewing side -

"Life" seems to have been getting in the way lately -

Friday and Saturday - had company visiting -

Sunday - lazy day - didn't do much of anything -

Monday - researched a "project" to be revealed later -

Tuesday - visitors - again - different ones -

Wednesday - more "research" - VERY time consuming -
My project turned out to be more complicated than I thought - UGH -
But I tend to "overthink" stuff - so it's probably just me -

Thursday - figured I better post something before I forget how - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Monday, April 2, 2018

Strip sets -

For my next project started with a bunch of strips all cut -

And sewn into sets of three - ;))

I pressed a few sets open so you could see -

And I COULD run this bottom set through my strip cutter as is -

BUT if I did that -

I would get six three-sies that are the SAME color combination -

And I want more variety than that -

So I have another idea -

What if - ?????? -

I took two sets of three -

Making sure that there were no duplicate fabrics -

And that the BOTTOM fabric of the FIRST set -
Contrasted with the TOP fabric of the SECOND set -

And the BOTTOM fabric of the SECOND set -
Contrasted with the TOP fabric of the FIRST set -

And I sewed the FIRST set to the SECOND set -

And the SECOND set to the FIRST set - to form a TUBE -

Then sub-cut six sections at 1-1/2" each -

Giving me six three-sies -

Take them to my ironing board work station -

And separate the FIRST seam on the FIRST one -
The SECOND seam on the SECOND one -
And the THIRD seam on the THIRD one -
Like I was making a Trip Around The World - but not - ;))

Press those open -

Oops - that second one has one patch that is too short -
And I'll have to fix that - later -

Right now I think I'm on to something - ;))

Flip the last three over -

And separate the FIRST seam on the FIRST one -
The SECOND seam on the SECOND one -
And the THIRD seam on the THIRD one -

Press those open and line them all up -

Now - fold them in half - and take out that top seam -

Voila!! -

Twelve three-sies -

ALL different - ;))

Well - after I fix this guy -

Separate the pieces - and dig through my basket of 1-1/2" squares -

Substitute one for the middle patch -

Put the middle patch in with the crumbs -

And this guy back with his friends -

And I LIKE it!! - ;))

A little bit of "un-sewing" is required -

But I get a WHOLE LOT more variety - ;))

After I get all of the strip sets sewn together - and the "tubes" made - I can take them to my strip cutter and get them cut that way - it will be much faster -

I need 30 blocks and each block has four 9-Patches -

So that's 120 9-Patches with three three-sies per 9-patch = 360 three-sies -

PLUS 80 more for the alternate blocks = 440 total -

Looks like I'll be playing with these and my crumb blocks for a few more days - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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