Monday, June 17, 2019

Edison -


Thomas A. Edison is credited with a great quote - HERE -
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
And I sure could relate to that - ;))

It was Sunday - and I decided to chase the Kuuipo Squirrel -

So I pulled out a bin with pre-cut 10" squares -

Found a nice set with 34 pieces -

Since I wanted/needed 30 -

That was perfect -


I arranged them on the ironing board so that only the top LEFT corner of each square showed - covering the edges with sheets of white paper - so I could see a mini-version of what the background blocks would look like if I were to put them all up on the design wall -


I was determined not to over-think it - so thought that looked good enough - and labeled each square like a spreadsheet - columns/letters and rows/numbers -


Pulled out the first four Hearts - and arranged them on the background square -

Cutting it a little close with the 1/4" needed for the outside edge - but it looks like it will work - if I snuggle them really close to each other -


Pulled out the next four and arranged them on the next square -

Then decided that I didn't like how the pink on the first one and the yellow on the second one blended in -

So I switched them -


Pink on yellow - much better -


Yellow on pink - much better -


Switching the first two squares didn't seem to mess up the mini-version at all -


So I continued to lay out four Hearts per block - in order -


When I got to the end -

I "kitted" them all up -

One background square and 4 Hearts per baggie - ready to go -


Leaving the first one - that was on the very bottom of the pile -


Gotta watch that 1/4" - but I think it will work -


Decided on the stitch I wanted to use to machine applique the Hearts to the background square and sewed the first block -


And the second one -


Time to test out my seam allowance -


Not perfect - and REALLY close to the seam -


But the back was the deal-breaker -

My presser foot did NOT like sewing next to the Hearts when they got THAT close to the edge -

I tried it again with my "zipper" foot and it didn't like it either -

The Hearts need a lot more "clearance" at the edges -


So - on to Plan B -

What if I appliqued each Heart to a separate background square? -

I laid out the next four Hearts on some squares that I had cut years ago -

And now they look LONELY all by themselves on their own block - LOL - ;))


So I have Plan C - that I'm going to try next -

And - to paraphrase Edison -
I have not failed. I've just found "some" ways that won't work.
I'm sure there are others -

But there is also one out there that WILL work -

I just gotta find it - LOL - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kuuipo - more playtime -


In EQ7 - with various blocks and layouts - ;))

HEARTS - G -

I could assemble this log-cabin style -
Adding one row at a time starting in the center -


HEARTS - H -

Or I could add sashing -
Which would be nice - to add names/dates of the quilts -


HEARTS - I -

Or - if you imagine the flowers as Hearts -
Blocks of three - with the names/dates on the stems -


HEARTS - J -

Or another version -
If you imagine the flowers as Hearts -
Blocks of three - with the names/dates on the stems -


HEARTS - K -

Or another version with three flower/Heart blocks -
This one has an interesting secondary pattern -


Soooooooo many possibilities -

Can you see why I never could decide? -

I like them all - ;))

Any more thoughts? - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Kuuipo -


Is the name I've given my Memory Quilt - ;))

According to one online Hawaiian word dictionary - HERE -
kuuipo
noun
sweetheart. often used on jewelry–especially the hawaiian bracelets worn by wahine.
And another one - HERE -
ku'uipo
a native Hawaiian word for "sweetheart" or
"lover". seen on gold jewelry in Hawaii.
I'm going to ask my ku'uipo to marry me at Rainbow's!
#kuuipo#kuipo#kooipo#ko'oipo#ku'uipu#kuuipu
by alohas March 03, 2009

And - just because I can't say Kuuipo without thinking of Blue Hawaii -

Here's a video clip from Blue Hawaii with Elvis singing - K-u-u-i-p-o -



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I have 114 Hearts for Kuuipo -

I've been collecting them for years -

Never could decide what to do with them - ;))

Do I want them all in one quilt? -

Do I want to split them up into smaller quilts -

And/or try to make one for each of the three grandsons? -

Straight set or on-point? -

Same or alternating directions? -

Alternate blocks or not? -

So many questions and decisions to make = too much thinking involved - LOL - ;))

So I didn't think about it that much -

I just kept making them -

Until -

I finished this last batch -

And actually COUNTED them!! -

I have 114 Hearts for Kuuipo -

Guess it's about time I figured out what to do with them - ;))

So I played in EQ7 for a while and came up with these possible maybes -

Hearts - A -
10" Blocks - Straight Set - No Sashing -
4 Hearts/block - 5x6 layout - 30 blocks - 120 hearts
50" x 60" without borders


Hearts - B -
6" Blocks - On-Point - Alternating - No Sashing -
1 Heart/block - 8x8 layout - 113 Blocks - 113 Hearts
70" x 70" without borders


Hearts - C -
6" Blocks - Straight set - Alternating - No Sashing -
1 Heart/block - 10x10 layout - 100 blocks - 100 Hearts
60" x 60" without borders


Hearts - D -
6" Blocks - Straight set - Alternating - No Sashing - Different Orientation -
1 Heart/block - 10x10 layout - 100 blocks - 100 Hearts
60" x 60" without borders


Hearts - E -
6" blocks - On-Point - Alternating - With Sashing -
1 Heart/block - 7x8 layout - 98 Blocks - 98 Hearts
80" x 90" with borders and sashing -


Hearts - F -
6" blocks - On-Point - Alternating - With Sashing - With Solid Block Border -
1 Heart/block - 5x6 layout - 50 Blocks - 50 Hearts
70" x 80" with borders and sashing -


Any opinions??? -

Other options??? -

What do you think??? - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hearts -


Hearts -

And more Hearts - ;))

One for the GREEN top -




I had enough little pieces that I didn't have to cut any of the big ones - YAY!! -


Another one from little pieces from the Jiffy Jelly Roll Quilt -




And scraps from the Basic Math - Kaffe -



On this one - I did some "improv" piecing -


To cover the Heart -




Put it face down on a muslin square -


Stitched around it -


Trimmed it -


Tore off the paper -


Slit the muslin side to turn it inside out -


And it's all ready to applique -

No edges to turn under - they already are - LOL - ;))


Interweave I -




Interweave II -



Autumn Squirrel - Ugly Christmas Sweater -



Which left me with the bin of Squirrel Poop as Katie would say - LOL -


That I somehow forgot to sort between the two quilt tops -

Batik Squirrel Sister -


and Batik Squirrel Brother -


And since there was no way I was going to sort through all of this -

Trying to decide which piece belonged to which top -


I made two piles - some for one and some for the other -

And let it go at that - LOL - ;))


All of that gave me 9 more Hearts -

Since I had already made the one in the middle -


And now they can join their friends - ;))


I have over one hundred of them -

For my Memory Quilt -

Now the question is -

What to do with them? -

I have some ideas and played a little in EQ7 -

I'll share that with you tomorrow - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



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