Sunday, July 31, 2022

A little piecing -

Today I decided to play with - 
My Basic Math - Little Sir Little Miss
I've had the pieces cut since May - 

And I sorted them a couple of weeks ago - 
So it was just waiting its turn - LOL - 

Today I sewed the two groups of rectangles - the two top piles - 

And the 4-patches - the bottom middle pile - 

And pressed them all nice and neat - 

Then I moved the sewing machine - 
That I use for my Free-Motion quilting - 
To the "short wall" -
Now that the cutting table is out of the way - 
To give me better access to the design wall -  

I think I'm going to like it there - 
It sticks out in the doorway about a foot - 
But the doorway is 5-feet wide - so that's OK - 
I still have plenty of room to get around it - 

And the "business end" is still up against the wall - 
So any quilt won't fall off the edge - 
If I need support on the left side - 
I can always move the ironing board over and use that -

Anyway - I put the 4-patches up on the design wall - 

And now I can step back to get a better view -
This "angled" design wall is not as big as the ones in the hallway - 
But it will give me a nice "preview" of smaller sections - 

Now I want to share another "oopsie" -
I am SO used to batiks not having a "right/wrong" side - 
That I just sewed the pieces together as I came to them - 
And then I realized that THIS batch of batiks - 
DOES have a "right/wrong" side - 
The "number" fabrics are similar to "one-way" designs - 
This one is "backwards" because they are on the "wrong" side - 
I need to sew this set with the "other" side facing up - LOL - 

I first noticed it on the 4-patches - and have already fixed them - 

So I'll be fixing the rectangles tomorrow - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Batting is pieced -

For the panel on the wall - 
And when I spread it out on the wall  -
On top of the backing from yesterday - 
It looked a little short at the bottom - 
So I trimmed the top of the batting - to straighten it - 
Then took the top and batting and back - 
To the kitchen island - 
And laid them all out like I would normally do - 
And I have more than enough "extra" on both the batting and the backing - 
So it should be just fine - 

Then I folded it all up - 

And added it to the pile "to be quilted" - 

While I wait for my new machine and frame - 

So now I'm looking for my "next project" - 

Not that I have any UFOs just lying around - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, July 29, 2022

Backing done -

I fixed the messed up section - 
And sewed both sections together -  
For the backing for the panel on the wall - 
Then I put it up on the design wall - 

But I didn't put it up very high - 

Because it's hard to reach - 
But I folded back one corner - 
So you can see that it is more than long enough - 
To give me a backing that is "larger" than the top - 

I wanted to make a "test" backing - 

Only a little wider than the top - 

To see how well the side leader cloths will work - 

And with both a long horizontal seam - 

And a long vertical seam - 

To see if I want to avoid one or the other - 

When I make "future" backings - 
I think it will be a "non-issue" -
Because the frame is a "hoop" style and not a 3-rail system - 
But you never know -  

Now I need to piece together the batting -
While I wait impatiently for my new machine and frame - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Oops! -

Nothing major - 
But still - 
I was going along just great - 
Yesterday I sewed this big section for the backing - 
For the panel on the wall - 

And today I planned to insert a bit of the WHITE/BLUE - 
Between the RED fat quarters for the bottom section - 

And I did that - 
I decided to make the BLUE stripes go width-wise - 
And inserted the piece - 
Then I decided to reverse the sections - 
Top and bottom - 
And put the larger RED portion on the bottom right side -
So I laid it out -
Right sides together - 
To sew it together -

And it's good on this end - 

BUT - 

Oops! - 

It's short on this end - LOL -

I'm just keeping it real, folks - 
I messed up - 
I obviously measured wrong somewhere along the way - 
And that might have involved - 
NOT paying attention - LOL -
I know that I trimmed up the RED fat quarters - 
To straighten them - 
But I didn't think I trimmed them THAT much! - 
So - anyway - 
Guess what I want/need to fix tomorrow - 
Before I can say that I "finished" sewing the backing - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Some more sewing today -

Today I played with making the backing - 
For the panel on the wall - 
The RED/WHITE piece is about the same size as the panel - 
But it needs to be wider and longer - 
The fat quarters at the bottom should be enough to lengthen it -  

 And the BLUE piece at the left should be enough to widen it a little - 

I inserted the BLUE piece a little off-center - 
And it will be good practice in lining up the backing - 
Using the leader cloths - 
When I get my machine and frame - 

Tomorrow I'll play with adding the fat quarters on the bottom - 
Now that I know how wide it's going to be - 
I can insert a section of the WHITE/BLUE between the RED ones - 
To make it the same width - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

A little sewing today -

But not much - 
I watched a whole lot of videos - 
And found one about using a "Frame Weight" - HERE

It sounded like a good idea - 

And something worth trying - 

When I get my new machine and frame - 

So I decided to make one - 

I found a piece of WHITE batik that I will probably never use - 

And got this - 
I didn't have a large mouth funnel - 
But a folded paper plate did the same job - LOL - 

One thing that I did differently than the video - 
Is that I used a couple of pins to "corral" the rice - 

It worked well for the first folded over seam - 

But it was a little tight on the next one - 
It's not my best work - 
But it will keep the rice from coming out - LOL - 

Tomorrow I want to tackle this pile of batting scraps - 

And sew together some of the same size - 
To make larger batting pieces for some practice panels - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, July 25, 2022

More time out -

I got ZERO sewing done today -
I watched more videos - 
And since some of my friends made VERY helpful comments yesterday - 
I dug out some muslin and a solid color - 
To make a "test" quilt sandwich - 

This is basically "junk" fabric - 

And I should be able to see my "practice" stitches better on it - 
Why waste a perfectly good panel? - 

I can save that panel - 

And other panels in my stash - 

For "later" - 
When I get better at making circles look like circles - 
And straight lines - straight - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Time out -

Or - I should say - Time OFF - 
From my major rearrangement - 
Was on the agenda for today - 
I planned to play with making the backing for the panel on the wall - 
That I want to use for my "test" piece when my machine/frame comes - 
I have a piece of fabric that matches the WHITE on RED border strip - 

But - it isn't big enough - 

So I found some RED fat quarters - 
Left over from another project - 
And a 1/4 yard cut of some BLUE - 
That I can use to make the backing larger - 

But I only got as far as pressing them - 
And I found another BLUE on WHITE stripe fat quarter - 
To add to the mix - 
But - as you can see - it's smaller than the RED ones - 

So - rather than mess with it today - 

I watched a bunch of videos on my new machine and frame - 

And I'll mess with the backing tomorrow - 

Unless I find more videos to watch - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Phase VI -

Of my major rearrangement is done - 
Today I sorted through more stuff - 
And got it down to some empty boxes - 
The stuff in the bottom box on the right needs to be shredded - 
So I can do that whenever - 

The photo boxes are stacked neatly on the bookcase/shelving unit - 
And the stuff on the cutting table can be sorted through later - 
At least for now - it is out of the way - 

The stuff in the gatorade boxes on this machine - 
Is FMQ stuff specific to this machine - 
And can stay there until I deal with it - LOL - 

Tomorrow I'm going to take a break - 
And make the backing for the panel on the wall -

And then maybe I'll sort through some more stuff - 
Or maybe not - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Friday, July 22, 2022

Phase V -

Of my major rearrangement is done - 
Today I sorted thread -

I like to store my thread in photo boxes - 

Because they have lids - 

And I can keep them dust-free - 

But I have a tendency to just toss them in a box sometimes - 

So occasionally I have to sort through them - 
I designated a couple of boxes to my Madeira Rayon threads - 
And put some of the odd-ball ones in baggies - 

With index card labels - 

And - for the eagle eyes out there - 

I misspelled Madeira on a couple of the baggies - 

And my CDO has already fixed that - LOL - 
I still have other stuff to sort through - 
So tomorrow will be more of the same - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Phase IV -

Of my major rearrangement is done - 
The two things on the agenda for today - 

Were to add baggies for recent projects to this box of odds and ends - 
And to sort through it - 

And put them in a drawer under the dining room table -
Where I can get to them to finish up a project - 

My CDO* kicked in - 
And I put all of the baggies in alphabetical order -
In two gatorade "sorter" boxes - 
But only one box fit in the drawer - 
So I had to empty another drawer - 
And put that stuff in a drawer in the back closet - 
To make room for the stuff in this box - 

Then I emptied all of the thread/photo boxes - 
That were on the dining room table - 
Into more gatorade "sorter" boxes - 
I can sort through these threads tomorrow - 

But in the meantime - 
The dining room table is cleared of all of the extra stuff - 
I know that it's still cluttered - 
But that's the way it usually looks - LOL - 

In other news - 
Buja has learned to climb the fence - 
And got into this jasmine bush just outside of the kitchen window - 

Sorry the photo is blurry - 
But my daughter managed to grab her before she could fall - 
Silly cat! - 

Tomorrow - 

I plan to sort through the thread - 

And try to clear more of the clutter - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -
*CDO -
It's like OCD but the letters are in alphabetical order - 
like they're supposed to be - LOL - ;))


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...