Friday, May 20, 2022

One more -

 
 
Set of blocks is sewn - 
 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Pastel Brights
 
 
Only three more to go - 

Then I can play with the layout - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


Thursday, May 19, 2022

A little sewing -

 
 
And the rest of the strata -
 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Pastel Brights
 
Have been sewn into "tubes" - 
 
 
It shouldn't take too long - 
 
To get them sewn into blocks - 
 
But we'll see - 
 
Life has a habit of getting in the way sometimes - ;))
 
 
 
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Not much sewing -

 
 
But I did cut the rest of the strata -
 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Pastel Brights
 

They each have their own little basket - 

So that I can keep them in the same order - 
 

When it gets time to lay them out - 

And compare - 

Mine will have the YELLOW as the "main diagonal" - 

Hers will have the BLUE as the "main diagonal" - 

So it should be interesting to see what difference that makes - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Binding -

 
 
Is one of those things - 
 
That I really have to be in the mood to make - 
 
And today I was in the mood - 
 
So I cut some striped binding for one of the projects in the queue - 
 
And challenged myself to match the stripes - 
 
 
And I did - 
 
They're not perfect - 
 
But they are close enough for me - 
 
The RED ball on the seam ripper - 
 
Marks the spot where I joined the strips - 


 
I'm glad I took the time to do that - 
 
I think it looks pretty good - 


 
And now it's all ready to sew - 

 
When I "get there" - LOL - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


Monday, May 16, 2022

Odds and ends -

 
 
For a partial lazy day - 
 
I played with a couple of odds and ends - 
 
First I made another set of blocks - 
 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Pastel Brights
 
 
Then I decided to take out all of the pins and pin moors - 
 
On my Bee Happy panel - 
 
And thread baste it using a "tacking" stitch - 
 
It doesn't show very well in the photo - 
 
But it's there - LOL -
 
That should make it easier to Free-motion quilt - 
 
I can snip the basting threads as I go - 
 
And if I stitch over the basting thread - 
 
It's no big deal - 
 
I like being able to shift gears - 
 
And play with multiple things - 
 
Depending on my mood - ;))
 
 
 
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 
 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sewn -

 
 
My Basic Math - Enchanted Forest
 
Was partially webbed yesterday - 
 
But now it's a top - 
 
Ta Dah! - ;))
 
 
 
Top left - 
 
It looks a bit wavy - 
I'll have to fix that - 
But not today - LOL - 

 
Top right - 

 
Middle - 

 
Bottom left - 

 
Bottom right - 


I didn't realize until I took these photos - 

How LIGHT those light ones are - 

But I think they're spread out a little - 

So that's good - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Partially webbed -

 
 
My Basic Math - Enchanted Forest -
 
Is partially webbed -  
 
 
I should be able to finish sewing the columns tomorrow - 
 
And in other news - 
 
I got this is the mail today - 

 
If I remember correctly - 
 
Years ago - 
 
I swore that I would never make a "Dear Jane" quilt - 

 
I guess it's true - 
 
You should never say - 
 
"Never" - LOL - ;))
 
 
 
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 
 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Some sewing -

 
 
And I got all of the strata - 
 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Pastel Brights sewn -
 
 
And I sewed two more sets of blocks - 
 
So Set # 1-2-3 are sewn - 
 

They all look pretty much alike - 
 
The colors are the same - and in the same order -
 
Just the fabrics are different - 
 
But I'll show them to you anyway - 
 


 
Tomorrow I think I'll switch gears - 

And "web" my Basic Math - Enchanted Forest -


I've been rearranging blocks for a while now - 
 
And this is probably as good as it's going to get -
 
So I might as well sew it together - LOL - ;))
 
 
 
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 
 
 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

U/D - Pastel Brights - Sorting Sets 5-6-7-8 -

 
 
The other day I showed how I sorted Sets 1-2-3-4 - 
 
We need four more sets - 

But we want the "mix" of the fabrics - 

To be a little different - 

So I sorted these a different way - 

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SORTING SETS 5-6-7-8 - 

Taking two jelly rolls - 
Unroll them and lay them out - 
As they come off the roll - 
With the fold the right - 
The loose ends on the left - 
And the BLUE one on top -



 
So far - it's the same as before - 
 
But this time - 
 
Shift the two piles vertically - 

 
Then - taking the left pile -
 
"Deal" the strips like a deck of cards-
 
Into four piles - 1-2-3-4-

 
Take the next four - 
And add them to the piles - 1-2-3-4-

 
And the next four - 

 
And the next four -

 
And the last four from the first jelly roll - 

 
Do the same with the second jelly roll - 
 
Until all of the strips have been "dealt" out - 

 
Now - 
Re-arrange the strips in each pile - 
 
Both BLUE together - 
Both YELLOW together - 
Both GREEN together - 
Both PURPLE together - 
Both PINK together - 

 
When I did that last step - 
 
I realized that the BLUE and PINK in each SET - 
 
Showed up in the SAME sets as in the first four that we sorted before - 
 
I didn't want ANY duplicates - 
 
So I decided to mix up the PINK ones - 
 
Here's how I did it -
 
Take the PINK ones off pile #4 - and set them to the side - 

 
Then shift the PINK ones - from each pile - over one pile to the right - 

 
Then put the PINK ones that were set aside from pile #4 - on the first pile -

 
There - 
 
Four  new sets - 
 
Same colors - in the same order - 
BLUE-YELLOW-GREEN-PURPLE-PINK -
 
Different mix of fabrics - 
 
Number them 5-6-7-8 -




 
Put them in separate baggies - 

 
And add them to the basket or box - 


Yesterday - 

I showed how I sew the strata in each set -
 
How I cut them into segments - 
 
And how I sewed the tubes - and the blocks - 
 
When I get ALL of the blocks sewn - 
 
I'll show you how I do the layout -  ;))
 
 
 
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 
 
 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

U/D - Pastel Brights - Set #1 done -

 
 
OK - 
 
I was going to show you how I sorted the strips for SETS #5-6-7-8 - 
 
But I sat down to sew a couple of strata - 
 
And before I knew it - 
 
I had the first set of blocks - 
 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Pastel Brights sewn - 
 

And then I thought that this post could be an "all-in-one" tutorial - 

On how I make these -
Except for the layout - that will come later - 
Because I can't show you that until I finish making ALL of the blocks - LOL -
 
Anyway - to backtrack a little - 
 
I pulled out SET #1 from its baggie - 
(Sorted yesterday on THIS post) -

 
Strips for TWO strata - 
 
Five strips in each strata - 
 
Same order - identical strata - 

Enough for SIX identical blocks - 

 
And laid them out on my ironing board - 
 
Since I will be sewing BOTH strata at the same time - 
 
In order - both BLUE - both YELLOW - both GREEN - both PURPLE - both PINK -  

Linda - Art in Search -  is going to use BLUE as her "main diagonal" -

So hers are in order already -

 
I'm going to use YELLOW as my "main diagonal" - 
 
So I moved the BLUE one to the other side on the right -  

That way - the colors are still in the same order as hers - 
 

Linda will be joining her strata - in her order - this way -

 
I'll be joining mine this way - 
 
And will be showing you "my way" - 
 
Now - because I have BOTH strips - for BOTH strata -
 
I can sew the GREEN ones to the YELLOW ones - 
 
And the BLUE ones to the PINK ones - 
 
Chain-piecing - one right after the other - 
 
 
Then I can clip off the YELLOW/GREEN ones - 
 
And add the PURPLE ones - 
 


 
Then - by that time - I can clip off the PINK/BLUE ones - 
 
And add them to the YELLOW/GREEN/PURPLE ones - 
 

 
And I have BOTH strata sewn at the same time - 
 
 
PRESSING - IMPORTANT -
 
Press the MIDDLE strip OUT - 
 
And the END ones OUT -  


 
Label BOTH of the strata with the same label as the baggie - 
 
Until you decide to cut them - 
 
 
I sewed and pressed SET #1 and SET #2 - 
 
 
And then decided to go ahead and cut SET #1 for this post - 
 
So I laid out both strata on my die cutter - 

And staggered them a bit - 

And sub-cut them into 2-1/2" segments - 
 

 
And laid those out on my ironing board - 
 
Five piles of SIX - for SIX identical blocks - 
 
 
Some people like to sew the strata into "tubes" first - 
 
And THEN cut them - 
 
But I find that my accuracy is much better if I cut them FIRST - 
 
The trade-off then - is that I have to sew them into "tubes" individually - 
 
But I don't find that to be a problem - 
 
It's easy - mindless - and I'm more accurate on shorter seams anyway - LOL - 
 
SO - 
 
The first SIX are already the way I want them - 
 
So they stay put - 
 
 
The other 24 were taken to the sewing machine - 
 
And sewn into "tubes" - 
 
 
Chain-piecing - one right after the other - 
 
 
And - I won a game of "bobbin chicken" - LOL - 
 
I ran out of thread right after I sewed this one - 
 
 
Anyway - all of the tubes were sewn - 
 
 
And clipped apart - 
 
And  put into four piles of SIX - for the SIX blocks - 
 
 
Each tube was separated at the spot needed for the "stair-step" effect - 
 
Like a "Trip Around The World" block - 
 
 
Once I found the "correct" spot - 
 
 
I adjusted the other tubes to correspond - 
 
And "chain-un-sewed" them - at the same spot -
 
 
And un-sewed the rest of the tubes the same way - 
 
 
One thing that I find interesting - 
 
Is that I am NOT locked into - 
 
Having the YELLOW as my "main diagonal" at this point - 
 
I can easily make BLUE the "main diagonal" - 
 
By moving the YELLOW one to the last one on the right - 
 
 
Or move the BLUE one over and make the PINK one the "main" - 
 
 
Or move the PINK one over and make the PURPLE one the "main" - 
 
 
Or move the PURPLE one over and make the GREEN one the "main" - 
 

Or move the GREEN one over and make the YELLOW the "main diagonal" again -

 
Anyway - before we sew these together - 

We need to PRESS them -
 
IMPORTANT - 

The YELLOW or MAIN DIAGONAL gets pressed OUT - 
 
In Column #1 - 3 - 5 - 
The patches at the TOP - MIDDLE - BOTTOM are pressed OUT - 
 
In Column #2 - 4 - 
The SECOND and FOURTH patches are pressed OUT -  

This helps the seams nest when we get to sewing the blocks together - 

 
Now I sew the block together - 
 
The same way I sewed the strata together - 
 
The first two get sewn together - 

The last two get sewn together - 

 

 
Then the third one gets sewn to the first two - 
 
 
And - finally - 
 
The last two get sewn to the first three - 
 
 And you have your block - 

Times SIX -
 
The blocks gets pressed like so - 
 
The SECOND and FOURTH columns get pressed OUT - 
 
 
 
SIX blocks - 
 
 
I put the label back on the stack of blocks - 
 
 
And put the stack on my cookie sheet - 
 
Where it can wait for its friends -
 


Tomorrow I'll show you and Linda - 

How I sorted the strips for SETS #5-6-7-8 - ;))
 
 
 
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 
 

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