Sunday, March 31, 2019

A little more experimenting -

Cutting some itty bitty 4 Patch Posies -

Using my 1-1/2" square die (1" finished) -

And another set of scraps - ;))

Using the die to cut squares out of the corner sections -

You can see the dots in the lower right corners are not EXACTLY the same cut -

But they go together well enough -

I liked this one the best -

But lost a lot in the seam allowances -

So I tried it again -

This time - a MUCH better cut -

Once again losing a bunch in the seam allowance -

But it was a MUCH closer match -

And the whole thing is only 2-1/2" square -

So we're talking itty bitty - LOL - ;))

So I thought - THIS time I need to take photos of HOW I did it -

I started with pin point matches in two places on all four scraps -

Pulled the pins all the way through and turned the set upside down -

MATCHING them with my fingers as I put them down on the ironing mat -

Then- with a "temporary" fabric glue stick - I put a small dab of glue on the first scrap on the bottom - on the back side of the fabric because it was upside down - and AWAY from where the die blades would be - finger pressed the second scrap down on top of the glue - making sure it was still lined up properly - then put a small dab of glue on the second scrap - finger pressed the third scrap down on top of the glue - and added another dab of glue on the third scrap - finger pressed the fourth/top scrap down -

When all four layers were glued together - and I was sure they were still lined up with the pin - I pinned the fabric together - taking the smallest bite of the fabric and smoothing it out -

Then went to the other end of the scrap and did the "glue-thing" on that side -
Starting with the bottom scrap -

After all four layers were temporarily glued together -
Out of range of the die blades -
And out of range of the actual SQUARES that will be cut -

I removed the pins and carefully transferred the stack to the die -
And ran it through the die cutter -

Pretty darn close -

Decided on this layout -

Spun the seam on the back -

And the center is a pretty close match -

AND there is NO glue on the SQUARES themselves - just the die cut-off scraps -
Even IF there was glue on the SQUARES - it's water soluble - so it's not a problem -

So I tried it again - and again - and again -

Getting better each time I tried it -

So I made two itty bitty blocks -

That finish at 4" square -

And put them on the design wall -

Then I finished the quarter plate sections on the rest of the Dresden Plates -

So all they need now is the final layout and the "centers" fused and appliqued down -

It took me a while and some trial and error to perfect my "technique" -

But I made 8 sets of 4 - to make 2 more 4" (finished) blocks -

Each time I made one - it got a little easier -

And a little more "lined up" -

And it was fun! -

I'm not sure if it will work as well on a larger scale -

But I can chase that Squirrel on Sunday - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Using some scraps -

Left over from cutting the blue OBW blocks -

Lead to an experiment in cutting some itty-bitty ones -

Using my 1-1/2" square die (1" finished) -

#1 -

#2 -

#3 -

#4 - Was my choice -

But I didn't realize how much would get eaten up by the seam allowance -

Surprise! - LOL -

I played with a couple more sets of scraps that I'll show you later -

And then I played with some Dresden Plates -

Slowly but surely -

Everything will get sewn together - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Friday, March 29, 2019

Some OBW layouts -

So I played with some more layouts -

#1 was yesterday's photo -

#2 - today -

#3 -

#4 -

#5 -

I only played with the center QST -

And I only moved a couple at a time -

So they don't really look all that different -

And I could probably play with them -

Until the cows come home - LOL - ;))

Tomorrow I might take them all down -

And put them back up randomly -

See what that looks like - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, March 28, 2019

More Dresden Plates -

For some more mindless sewing -

And they sure are pretty -

The more I play with them - the more I like them - ;))

Then I played with the MATH and the One-Block-Wonder (OBW) blocks -

The QST finish at 4" and the 4-Patch Posies finish at 6" -

And if my MATH is correct -

And I'm pretty sure it is - LOL -

3 QST will finish at 12" - the same as 2 4-Patch Posies -

6 QST will finish at 24" - the same as 4 4-Patch Posies -

So - with what I have so far -

This layout should work -

QST - 3 x 6 = 12" x 24" - in the middle -

With 4 4-Patch Posies on each side and across the bottom - 6" x 24" -

There are not enough 4-Patch Posies for a top row -

But I think that will be OK -

And I don't know about you -

But my eye goes to the QST in the middle column -

4th one down -

It's like a miniature bull's-eye - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Back to work -

I remembered after my post yesterday that another part of the Christmas gift was a set of mirrors to use to preview what a OBW block would look like if you wanted to fussy-cut the fabric repeats - so I found the mirrors and tried them out -

The way I had the mirror positioned only gave me 5 "wedges" -

But it was enough to satisfy my "triangle" curiosity -

So then I decided to get back to work on the Dresden Plates -

While I ponder the best use of the remaining OBW fabric -

The chunk for the back is actually almost two yards of fabric. The photo was of one repeat. I have 4 full repeats and another 16" - so if I pull one out for the back - I need to do some MATH to see how many more blocks I can make. The QST are 4-1/2" (4" finished) and the 4-Patch Posies are 6-1/2" (6" finished) - and they both take 4 repeats -

I usually have plenty of fabric for whatever I want to do - so I just pull a couple of yards and start cutting. I don't like this limited supply stuff - LOL. I do like the thought of one whole repeat for the back. That would leave me with 5 partial repeats - and I only need 4 - so that would give me a few more blocks.

If I sketch it out - I should be able to figure out something -

In the meantime -

The Dresden Plates don't require any brain power - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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