Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Sorting -

The pieces for a puzzle - 
Is a LOT  easier - 
When they have letters on the back - LOL -
So - while my daughter resorts the remaining pieces -
Of "Tiger Lagoon" - 
Now that we have a better idea of what goes in the missing sections - 
I'm sorting the pieces for another one - 
So they will be ready when we are - 

Then tomorrow I want to sort these jelly rolls - 
For another project - 

Sorting strips is MUCH more FUN - 
Than sorting puzzle pieces - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, September 27, 2021

The top -

Is connected - 
To the bottom - 
Yay!! - 
We still have some large holes to fill - 
And that may take us a while - 


This puzzle is  "Tiger Lagoon" - 
Buffalo Games -  2000 pieces - 


And there are no letters on the back - 

To help tell us where the pieces go - 

So we're taking our time - 

And having FUN with it -
It's like a quilt - 
It takes as long as it takes - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The last ten -

Of these Churn Dash blocks - 

Will join their friends - 
To make a "Deep Ocean" Churn Dash quilt top -  

"Deep Ocean" is the name of the charm packs that I used -

And the first four of this batch -
Will soon have their own friends - 

My daughter has a PLAN - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


Saturday, September 25, 2021

A little sewing -

And I got the parts - 
In the top and bottom rows of these piles - 
Sewn together - 
To make the rows in these piles - 

But then I got sidetracked - 
Because my daughter found another set of charm packs to play with -
And laid out the parts for four new blocks - 
And I couldn't resist playing with them, too - 

These are going to be pretty -
I'll show you tomorrow - 
After I get them sewn together - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, September 24, 2021

Ten more -

Churn Dash blocks were sewn together today - 
Black/Color - 
To go with the White/Color ones from the other day - 
So that leaves me with one more batch to sew - 
Color/Black - 

And I should be able to get those together - 
In the next day or two - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Same -

As yesterday - 
And the day before - 

Since today was another "chore" day - 

And I didn't sew a single stitch - 

Maybe tomorrow - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

More trimming -

Of the rest of the HST - 
For my Churn Dash blocks - 
Was at the top of my "to do list" today - 
I thought that I would just get it over with - 
Since it's not my favorite thing to do - 
When I was rid of that "chore"-
I made another set of piles - 
For the last batch of blocks - 

Now I don't have to switch between trimming and sewing - 
I can make the rest of the blocks - 

Which is MUCH more fun than trimming HST - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sewing -

The top and bottom rows - 
On the first batch of Black/Color Churn Dash blocks - 
Reminded me that I needed to trim the rest of the HST - 
Which is not my favorite chore - 
So if sewed them together first - 
I could switch off between sewing/making blocks - 
And trimming HST - 
So I sewed and pressed the second batch of HST units - 

And the "bars" - 

Set them to one side - 
And called it a day - 
I can pick up where I left off - tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Sometimes -

I surprise myself - 
And have a REALLY good idea -
That saves me some time and trouble - LOL - 
I finished sewing the bottom row - 
On the 10 White/Color Churn Dash blocks - 
Pressed them all nice and neat - 
And put them up on the design wall - 
Then it was time to trim the first batch of Black/Color HST - 
The ones in the back are for the next batch - 

I already had the middle rows sewn together - 
And THAT was my REALLY good idea - 

Because - 
After the first batch of Black/Color HST were trimmed - 

It was easy to grab a "middle" row - 
And lay out the other two matching "bars" - 
And the four corner HST - 
To make the block -
And there was no "guessing" - 
As to which "way" the Black/Color pieces went - 
The "middle" row told me all I needed to know - LOL - 
In this batch - the Black goes next to the White -  

So I made a pile to sew together tomorrow - 
Then I can play with the other set of Black/Color HST and bars - 
Those will have the Black/Color reversed - 

And the "middle" row tells me - 
In this batch - the Colors go next to the White  -

So - there will be no "thinking" involved - 

I already DID that part - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Trimming -

The HST reminded me - 
That I should trim the quilts that I finished quilting recently - 
While the kitchen island is cleared off - 
So I did - 
And I made a pile on the back of the chair - 
Where they can wait until I find the binding I made already - 
Or make some to match -
Then I trimmed the first set of four White/Color HST -
And laid them out on the ironing board - 
With the matching "bars" - 

And trimmed and stacked the rest of them - 

And sewed the top rows together - 

And made a pile of those - 
And sewed the bottom rows - 
And made a pile of those - 

Pressed them all - nice and neat - 
Then added the pile of middle rows - 
That I sewed a couple of days ago - 

Sewed the middle row to the top row - 
And made a pile of the matched sets with the bottom rows - 
To be sewn tomorrow - 

Or whenever - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


Saturday, September 18, 2021

Happy Birthday, Blog!! -


Eleven years ago today I posted my very FIRST post –


So - that makes today my Blog’s Eleventh Birthday!! -

Some call it a Blogoversary -

So – for them - today is my Blog’s Eleventh Blogoversary!! -

I just say – “Happy Birthday, Blog!!” -

And what I said in previous years is still true -

Only the number of years has changed - ;))


These past ELEVEN years have been very interesting -

I have met some wonderful people - from all over the world -

Some are left-handed -

Some are right-handed -


To the lefties – I say – 

  • TIHIDI - This Is How I Do It.
  •  I hope this blog has helped you.
To the righties – I say –
  • Just reverse the directions. ;))
  • It’s not as easy as it sounds.

Right-handers have all the resources in the world available to them.

Left-handers aren’t so lucky. Our resources are very limited. We have to use patterns, books, and tools designed for right-handers and are constantly told to “just reverse the directions.” It’s NOT that easy! Some of my right-handed friends have come to realize that when they tried to “reverse” some of my tutorials.

For the past ELEVEN years - I have tried to reduce the global confusion once and for all by offering hints - tutorials - resources - or whatever else I could think of - to help with quilting challenges. I wrote some tutorials and tried to explain how I do things and then showed you how I do it. They are listed on the "Left-Handed Quilting" page - if you're interested - ;))

For the past ELEVEN years - I have also tried to be perfectly clear that there is always more than one way to do things. I'm not saying that my way is the fastest - or the easiest - or the best. But maybe, just maybe - it will help you figure out a way that will work for you.

For the past ELEVEN years - because doing things left-handed really is like speaking a foreign language - I created a new language. I wrote my instructions in what I like to call - "LEFTISH" - or "LEFT-EZE" - and I got to say - "If you are right-handed - just reverse it." That's one of those phrases that - as a Lefty - is REALLY fun to say - ;))

For the past ELEVEN years - I have also said that I don't pretend to know everything - and can only tell you how I do it. I even made up another new word - "TIHIDI" - "This Is How I Do It" - if you say it out loud, it sounds kinda like "Tahiti" - and that's still kinda cool!!

One year - 

I designed a LEFT-Handed Ruler -

For cutting HST and QST - LEFT-Handed -

That I call my LEFT-EZE™ Rule  -

And I added a tab at the top to tell you all about it - 

Last year I discovered the wonderful world of "watercolor painting" -

Now I blog -

Watercolor -

And SEW - ;))

Talk to you later – gotta go – gotta sew –

Friday, September 17, 2021

Sewing -

The "middle" rows together - 
Seemed like a good idea - 
So I did - 
I still have to sew the last batch of HST and "bars" - 
And then trim all of the HST - 
Which are sewn "over-sized" and then trimmed - 
Which is not my favorite method of making them -  

But now I don't have to worry about remembering - 
Which blocks need which "centers" - 
Because that part is already done - LOL - ;)) 

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


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