Thursday, December 8, 2022

Measure twice -

Cut once - 
"They" say - 
And I thought that I did that when I cut the GREEN backing fabric - 
For my binding - 
So I couldn't figure out how I came up so short that I needed to cut more - 
Then - last night -
In my half-awake/half-asleep mode -
I realized that I messed up! - 
I measured correctly - 
And I cut correctly - 
But  I did the MATH wrong! -
The strips were folded over when I measured them -
But I forgot to double the number when I did my calculations - DUH!! - 
So - I DO have enough strips for both quilts - 
Without having to cut more - 
Just like I thought! - 

I swear - my brain shorts out at the weirdest times - LOL - ;))

Anyway - after that revelation - 
I found some solid GREEN for the "flange" - 
And cut that into strips - 

Tomorrow I can sew all of those strips together -
And save the other ones for some "scrap" project down the line - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

More tidying up -

 And I have more scraps from the backings of my Christmas quilts - 
I cut up the largest chunk of GREEN backing fabric - 
And have enough strips for the "main" binding for one quilt - 
I hope these scraps will give me enough strips for the second one - 

I have to do some measuring and some MATH - 
But I have a sizeable chunk of GREEN hanging over the rail - 
That will give me a bunch of short strips - if needed -
So I should be OK - 
But we'll see - 
I still have to decide on the "accent" fabric - 
So we'll see about that, too - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Miles -

And miles of binding - 
For my Halloween quilts - 
All pressed and ready to sew - 

The "main" fabric is actually BLACK with GRAY vines - 
Like in the photo below - 
But I lightened it up a little so you could see the "roll" - 

I still have to make the binding for the Christmas quilts - 
So I might do that tomorrow -
Unless I find something more fun to do instead - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, December 5, 2022

Similar -

But not the same - 

I made VERY little progress today on my tidying up - 

It was a VERY lazy day -
Maybe tomorrow will be more productive - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Tidying up -

The leftovers from the backings -
To sort the scraps and the batting bits/pieces - 
Hopefully there will be enough of the GREEN -
Seen folded and hanging over the rail on the right - 
To make binding strips for both Christmas quilts - 
I got the strips for the two Halloween quilts sewn end to end - 
But still have to sew them together - 
To make the "flanged" binding - 
The GRAY will be the "main" binding - to match the backing - 
And the BLACK will be the "accent" - flange - 

When I have the binding made for all four quilts - 
I'll probably go on a "binding marathon" - 
But - one step at a time - 
To me - it's all about the process -
And I'm in no particular hurry - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Two more trimmed quilts -

Today I trimmed both Christmas quilts - 
First - 
My Upstairs/Downstairs - Christmas Green -
The back - 
Piecing the back gives me a chance to use fabric - 
That I have a hard time "using" on the front - 
A green toile - a pretty stripe - and a bunch of Christmas goodies - 
That look better "whole" to me - 

A busy print -  some trees - and a  plaid - 
Especially this "ugly Christmas sweater" print - 
Second - 
My Upstairs/Downstairs - Christmas Red
The back - 

With another colorway of the "ugly Christmas sweater" print - 
Some candy canes in jars -
A pretty stripe with Cardinals - 
And some reindeer with blue triangle trees - 
Now I have four quilts to bind -
So it looks like making some binding - 
Is on the agenda for tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, December 2, 2022

Done -

With unbasting the zippers - 
Which didn't really take that long - 
I just took my time - 
And enjoyed the "process" -
Tomorrow I'll either play with making some binding - 
Or do some trimming - 
Haven't decided yet - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Unbasting -

The zippers - 
On my Upstairs/Downstairs - Christmas Red
May seem like a "chore" to some people - 
But I don't mind it at all - 
It's relaxing - and a no-brainer for a lazy day like today - 
The table inserts on the back of the frame make a terrific workspace - 
Where I can unroll the quilt and fan-fold it - 
To get to the zippers - 

You may have noticed my little tray with "supplies" on the backing - 
That's my "Hello Kitty" tray - 
Which also comes in really handy -  

And puts a smile on my face every time I use it - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The last row -

For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Christmas Red -
Has been quilted - YAY!! - 
I took this photo before I started quilting it - 
But - trust me - it's done - 
I had some excess batting -
So I overcompensated for that part - 

And I had enough backing - 
So that wasn't a problem - 

But I had so much backing left -
That I wondered how close I got to the seam on the insert panel - 

About 3 inches - 
About as close as it could be without it being too close to the edge of the quilt - 
And I probably could have left out one of the insert panels - 
But all three panels sewn together measures 22" finished -
And the excess backing measures 20" before the zipper - 
So I couldn't have left it out entirely - 
Now I have some tidying up to do - 
I need to remove the zippers from the backing - 
And trim both quilts - 
And make some binding - 
And think about how I want to quilt the next ones - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Between the rows -

I'm trying to carve out some time to make the binding - 
For the last two quilts that I quilted - 
Simply Woven and Halloweenie Interweave - HERE
And I'm all set up to quilt the third row - 
On my Upstairs/Downstairs - Christmas Red

I was asked if I had chosen the next quilt(s) I'm going to quilt - 

And the answer is YES - 

Next up will be my Woof & Whiskers tops - 

Woof & Whiskers - Confetti
And - 
Woof & Whiskers - Jiffy Jelly

I haven't decided yet how I want to quilt them - 
But I found a really cute print for the backing fabric - 

And I'll show you that - 

When I "get there" - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, November 28, 2022

Second row -

Of my Upstairs/Downstairs - Christmas Red is quilted - 
I guess the last needle change worked - 

So far - so good - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Fixed it -

At least I think I fixed it - 
I think the thread shredding was caused by the needle being a bit "old" - 
When I replaced it with the first new one -
There was no shredding - but the needle broke - for whatever reason - 
The second "new" needle probably wasn't all the way up in the housing - 
And came loose when I sewed a little faster than I normally do -
It looked like it broke in half - 

So - I shoved the third one up as far as I could -

And it seems to be OK so far - 
But now I've probably jinxed it - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Not much progress today -

It was OK until I started shredding thread and breaking needles - 
Fixing that was on the agenda for today -
I checked how I had threaded the machine - 
Cleaned out the bobbin area - 
And changed the needle when the thread started shredding -
That worked for a while -
Then something happened and I broke the new needle -
I replaced the broken one -
And stitched a couple more blocks - 
Then broke another needle -
By that time I was on the 5th block -
And I called it a day - 
Now I'm stalling until I feel like dealing with it - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -  

Friday, November 25, 2022

The experiment -

Worked - YAY!! - 
I'm documenting it here for my own personal reference - 
In case I decide to do it again - 
I won't have to "reinvent the wheel" - 
And in case any of you are interested - 


As you already know -
I prepared a backing large enough for two quilts - 
My Upstairs/Downstairs - Christmas Red and Christmas Green
And then wondered what would happen - 
When I got to the end of the second quilt - 
And ALL of the bulk was under the throat of the machine -
And I saw that I was in trouble - 
In Wednesday's post - 
When I finished quilting the first one - 
And it looked like I had reached the limit - 
As far as throat space was concerned - 
The needle was at the edge of the last row - 
And the "take-up" roll was right up against the back of the machine - 
So I wouldn't be able to quilt complete blocks on the second quilt - 
As the "take-up" roll slowly reduced my "workspace" - 
So I tried an experiment - 
I wanted to take the first quilt off the frame - 
Before I quilted the second quilt - 
But I didn't want to have to unroll all of the backing from the front rail -
In order to baste another zipper to the top edge - 
Since I needed to do that at another machine -
And the backing couldn't be on the frame when I did it -
I could have pinned a zipper on - but that would have been a pain (for me) -
And I would have done that - as a last resort - 
If my experiment didn't work - 
But it did! - YAY!! - 
First -
I rolled the first quilt up on the back rail - 
And laid out a zipper to make sure that I had the "correct" half of the zipper -

Then I trimmed the batting off just past the edge of the first quilt -
To "reveal" the backing underneath - 
Using a cutting mat between the batting and the backing - 
As extra insurance that I wouldn't accidentally cut the backing fabric - 

Going around to the back of the frame - 
Because I'm left-handed and cut from left to right - 

Then I used my channel lock to baste a zipper to the backing - 
BEFORE I cut off the first quilt - 
The channel lock kept the zipper straight - 
And I basted the zipper from the center out to the edge on each side -

And as long as I didn't cut the backing BEFORE the zipper was on it -
I wouldn't have a backing rolled on the front rail with no zipper -
So AFTER the zipper was basted on - 
I cut the backing between the new zipper and the first quilt -
In this photo - 
The cut backing with the new zipper is hanging from the top rail -
And the first quilt is rolled up on the bottom rail - 

Here's the rolled up first quilt - from the other side of the frame - 

Next step - unroll the first quilt from the top rail - 
And fan-fold it on the table inserts - 

Until I get to the zipper attaching it to the leader cloth -

Unzip the zipper - 

Remove the first quilt from the frame - 

Fold it up and set it aside - 
So that I can unbaste the zipper before I trim the quilt and bind it - 

Zip the backing for the second quilt to the leader cloth -
Using the newly basted on zipper - 

Check that the center markings line up - 
They are not perfect - but they are close enough for me - 

Now it looks like it should - 
Ready for the second quilt -

And I can pretend that I planned it that way all along - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


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