Friday, July 20, 2018

Squirrel's Batik Sister - Bottom 4 -


Are all sashed and sewn together -


The last two blocks are on my cutting table -

Waiting their turn -


I was hoping to get these two tops in the mail to Frog Quilter by Friday -

But I forget sometimes just how long stuff takes me to do these days -

And that I need to stop and get something to eat every now and then -

And - oh, yeah - sleep - LOL - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, July 19, 2018

Squirrel's Batik Sister - First block -


Is sashed on the right side and the bottom - ;))

On this one (and the Brother) I started with the block in the bottom right corner -

Sashed the right side - then the bottom -


The rest of the blocks are stacked on my cutting table -

In order according to my little sketch - ;))


I have a sketch with the blocks and sashing and cornerstones all labeled -

So I put them all on the wall according to the sketch -

Flipped the side sashings to the blocks - pinned them right sides together -

Took them off the wall and added them to the pile -

With the first block on the bottom -

And the last block on the top -

That way I can start in the bottom right corner -

And make my way to the top two blocks -

Which need the extra sashing on the top and far left side - ;))

I also pinned the labeled cornerstones to the bottom sashings -

Stitched them together -

And made a pile of those - on my ironing board -

So I can grab the one I need - according to my sketch -

And stitch it to the bottom of the block -

After I sew on the side sashing - ;))

I'm trying to keep BOB quiet -

Because she still wants to chase those other Squirrels -

So I let her and her CDO draw the sketch -

And label the pieces -

And make sure I kept them in order - LOL - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Squirrel's Batik Sibling - First top is done -


Ta Dah!! - ;))



The sashing does a pretty good job of separating all of the busy-ness -


And even makes the super-busy "ugly" one look pretty - ;))


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Now I should probably clarify some things that I said yesterday -

Since I got a couple of comments about my 1/4" setting -

First - Frog Quilter - said -
What kind of machine do you have? I have never heard of a machine that the needle wasn't in the middle position as a default. Love the hint for excess fabric and sewing the sashing on. I usually place a finger nail line where it should be... Happy sewing.
I replied -
I have 5 machines - but the ones I use for piecing are a Brother SQ9185 and a Brother SQ9050 - both are about $200 each at Walmart.

The middle position default is factory set at 3.5 - and IS in the middle of the "regular" foot.
The problem is that the factory set 1/4" is NOT a SCANT 1/4" - it's right ON the line.
I need it to be one click to the right of the sewing line for a SCANT 1/4".

The 1/4" foot IS the SCANT 1/4" - IF the needle is centered in it at 4.0.
I like the 1/4" foot because it's got the little groove in the middle so I can see where I'm going and whether or not I'm going to hit any "cross seams" like the tip of a Flying Geese unit.

If I'm sewing crumb blocks or paper piecing - I may use the "regular" foot and not worry about it - but if I'm piecing something that needs 1/4" then I'll use the 1/4" foot. My ruler is really accurate IF I use the scant 1/4" seam - so that's why I changed it. My HST and Flying Geese weren't coming out as good as they should and I knew it wasn't the cutting - it had to be the seam allowance - and it was - ;))
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Second - Gene - said -
Hmmm.... My needle is not in the center of my 1/4" foot either, but it goes in the hole so I just leave it alone so my seams are consistent.
I replied saying pretty much the same thing - but not exactly -
Yeah - I know - but - I was using my ruler - and my ruler is really accurate IF I use the scant 1/4" seam - so that's why I changed it. My HST and Flying Geese weren't coming out as good as they should and I knew it wasn't the cutting - it had to be the seam allowance - and it was - ;))

If I'm sewing crumb blocks or paper piecing - I may use the "regular" foot and not worry about it - but if I'm piecing something that needs 1/4" then I'll use the 1/4" foot. I like the 1/4" foot because it's got the little groove in the middle so I can see where I'm going and whether or not I'm going to hit any "cross seams" like the tip of a Flying Geese unit. But even at that - it won't hit the mark unless the needle is centered in it at 4.0. Sometimes it matters - sometimes it doesn't - ;))
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And in this case - it mattered -

Mostly because I was using my Left-Eze Rule -

And having the SCANT 1/4" exactly right saved me a TON of time -

In NOT having to trim all of my HST and Flying Geese units -

All I had to do was clip off the dog ears as I went along -

And anyone who has made this particular block knows just how much time one of these puppies takes to complete - with 81 pieces - and most of them becoming HST and Flying Geese units -

So saving all of that "trim" time was nice - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Squirrel's Batik Sibling - Sashing - Part 5 -


Some of you already know that I like to "sash" my blocks as I go along -

If I'm going to "sash" them at all -

Rather than treat them as separate rows like some do -

I have explained my "process" in great detail in the tutorials that I did for my Sudoku Quilts - check out the page/tab at the top of my blog for the links -

Anyway - the right side and bottom sashing and cornerstones are sewn on all of the blocks of the first quilt top -


And I have found - through the years - that sashing is a great "equalizer" - if your blocks are not EXACTLY the same size - and the sashing is cut the CORRECT size - it makes it easier to get any "slightly off" blocks to match each other -

Why are mine "slightly off"? -

Well - I realized part-way through making my blocks that my 1/4" inch seam was off "one click" and - without thinking - changed it to what it was "supposed to be". And that "one click" for each seam on a block with a LOT of seams - adds up quickly -

If I had left it alone - all of my seams would have been the same - but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - I had to "fix it" as soon as I saw it - LOL - ;))

Anyway - to REMIND me of the correct setting - I put a sticker with a HUGE #4 on it - where I would be sure to see it BEFORE I started stitching. There is no point in using my seam guides and the 1/4" inch foot if the needle isn't in the CENTER of the stinkin' foot - ;))


This is the normal Center needle position (at 3.5) when I turn on my machine. It may not look like it - but it is "one click" too far to the left - and is NOT in the center of the 1/4" foot - and YES - I did try to adjust the "automatic/start" setting - but it only has two options - and this isn't one of them - LOL - ;))


THIS is the Center of the foot - and the needle position is 4.0 - so the label is to remind me to change the setting BEFORE I start sewing - I think I already said that -

If I'm sewing Crumb blocks - or some other stuff - it isn't as critical - but if I'm using that 1/4" inch foot - I need something to remind me to change the dang thing - because BOB is not very good at remembering to tell me these days - ;))


As far as sashing goes - I have my way of making sure the seams line up from block to block -


I press the sashing at the seam lines - so I have something to line up with the "real" seam lines -

And how do I find out where to put the press mark in the middle of the rectangle that needs to match a seam line on the next block? -


I fold over the end with the cornerstone - match it to the next seam - and press it in the middle - to give me the center guideline that I need -


Sashing is also handy to hide any needed "tucks" -

I usually try to get them as close to a seam line as possible -

As opposed to in the middle of a section where it is painfully obvious that there IS a tuck -


That way - the "fold" can be quilted over as if it were the "true" seam line -

And no one knows there's a tiny fold there but you and me - LOL - ;))


I have the second and third rows sewn -

But not to each other yet -

I still have the top row to do -

Then the two long seams -

So maybe tomorrow - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Monday, July 16, 2018

Squirrel's Batik Sibling - Sashing - Part 4 -


I'm trying to keep the sashing strips in order -

Hoping that they will look better that way in the final quilt -


BOB STILL hasn't sewn the blocks together -

I keep stalling for some reason -

Maybe I'm afraid it will look like crap -

And don't really want to find out that it does - LOL -

But I was convinced to just do it -

So - I put the sashing strips on the design wall -

Attaching them to the blocks that they will be sewn to -

And I think it might work - ;))





Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Sunday, July 15, 2018

Squirrel's Batik Sibling - Sashing - Cut -


And that's about as far as I got -

After I did the MATH - I realized that I would have to piece the sashing between some of the blocks if I cut the strips at 2-1/2" across the width of the fabric. Each block is 24-1/2" wide - and it would be nice if I could get two sashing pieces per strip - but with the fabric at 44" - that wasn't going to happen.

So on to Plan B - what if I "reverse it" and cut the fabric at 24-1/2" long? - Then how many 2-1/2" strips could I get across the width? The answer is 17 - if I'm careful. How many do I need? - 17 - How perfect is that? - So Plan B it is - ;))


How do know I need 17? -

Because I sketched it out -

And counted the number of sashings in the sketch - LOL -

And since I'm also going to use cornerstones -

I cut those - and labeled them - because BOB said so - ;))


BOB has CDO - it's like OCD - but the letters are in alphabetical order like they're supposed to be - LOL -

And BOB's CDO says that I should be able to sew these together and have them look really cool -

If I can keep the sashing strips and the cornerstones in the proper order - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Squirrel's Batik Sibling - Sashing - Part 2 -


After much dithering -

I settled on this one for the sashing -

It's light and bright -

It doesn't "blend" with any of the other fabrics -

And it should be enough to sash and border both tops - ;))



Tomorrow - after my chores - I plan to double-check my math and then cut the sashes/borders. We'll see if I can get both tops done this weekend and in the mail to Frog Quilter by Tuesday -

Because BOB is getting tired of waiting patiently -

To chase some other Squirrels -

And keeps asking me -

"Are we THERE yet?" - LOL - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday, July 13, 2018

Squirrel's Batik Sibling - Sashing -


Thanks for all of the input yesterday!! -

I really appreciate it!! -

Now you know why I could re-arrange these puppies f.o.r.e.v.e.r. -

If I move one - I move another one - or two - or three -

Or four - or five - or six - LOL - ;))

It was also suggested that I might try sashing -

I replied -
...I have considered a sashing strip - and may have to use one if the blocks don't line up right. I realized about half way through that my 1/4" was off by one click on the needle position. The question is - what color(s) to use. I have several choices and may post photos tomorrow.
So - after my chores - which seemed to take ALL day -

I pulled some batik yardage from my stash -


Some wonderful choices there -

And then there's this one -

But I think this one needs to be in a special quilt all by itself - ;))


Sheesh!! -

And I thought I was done except for sewing the blocks together -

Silly me - LOL - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Squirrel's Batik Sibling #12 -


Is done -

And that makes 12 -

Department of Redundancy Department - LOL - ;))



Now for the FUN part -

With TWO tops in the works - 6 in each - set 2 x 3 -

I have some choices to make -

Should the "similar" prints be in the same top - or one in each? -

Should the ones with the "pale" centers be in the same top - or one in each? -

Should the Turquoise ones be in the same top - or mixed between the two? -

Should the Orange ones be in the same top - or mixed between the two? -

Should the Purple ones be in the same top - or mixed between the two? -

They look so different from a distance -

And with my hallway design wall - all I get is the "close-up" view -

So - to "evaluate" my options -

I put all 12 of them on the kitchen floor - 2 x 6 -

In no particular order -



They even look totally different from the other direction -



I know I could overthink it and re-arrange those blocks f.o.r.e.v.e.r -

But I kinda like the random order of the blocks "as is" -

Especially the two photos in the "upside-down" reversed direction -

LOL - no surprise, right? - ;))

The top 6 would be in one top -

And the bottom 6 in the second top -

So - I think I'm done re-arranging them -

That was easy - LOL - ;))

What do you think? -

Are there any that I need to move before I sew them together? - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Recap & Squirrel's Batik Sibling #11 -


#11 is sewn together - and I'll show you in a minute -

But first a recap -

#1-6 are on the Left wall in the hallway -


#7-10 are on the Right wall -


Some may have been rotated between the time they were on the design wall in my Studio/sewing room for their "glamour" shot and the time they were put up on the design wall in the hallway - but the close-ups will give you a sense of what they looked like to me while was playing with them - the photo of the whole block was just as much a surprise to me as it was to you - ;))

#1 -



#2 -



#3 -



#4 -



#5 -



#6 -



#7 -



#8 -



# 9 -



#10 -



And the newest one - #11 -



This one has a fabric similar to one in #5 - but in a different colorway - you can see how different they look in #11 as Color - and in #5 as Background -



One more to go - then we'll see how well they play together -

When I spread them out on the floor - or rearrange them on the wall(s) -

It's either going to be interesting -

Or it's going to be a nightmare - LOL - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



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