Tuesday, February 28, 2023

No sewing today -

Today was a "chore" day - 
So I didn't get to sew anything - 
But I did stare at my RED Squirrel -
Every chance I got - 
Part of me is afraid I'm going to mess it up - 
But another part of me says not to worry - 
The RED thread will blend in - 
And no one is going to notice the stitching anyway - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, February 27, 2023

A couple more odds and ends -

Continuing on with some more odds and ends - 
To clear the decks and my mental "to do" list - 
I made labels for the Noah's Ark panel and Bee Happy
And finished the "joins" on the Practice Quilt and Bee Happy
Then sewed the label to the Noah's Ark panel - 
And stitched the binding to the front of the Practice Quilt
And attached the label - 

The Practice Quilt panel is fun for reference - 
To see my progress - 

I still need to stitch the binding to the front of Bee Happy
And attach the label - 

But I ran out of gas - 

So it will have to wait its turn - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, February 26, 2023

More odds and ends -

Today I took a little side-step - 
To finish up some odds and ends - 
And stitched the binding to the backs -
Of Bee Happy and my Practice Quilt
I still have to do the "join" on each of them - 

And stitch the binding to the fronts of the quilts - 

Then make a label for Bee Happy
And attach both labels to the quilts - 

But it's two more little odds and ends - 

Off my never-ending list of things to do -
And finishing some things - 
Will clear the deck for quilting my RED Squirrel
And making my new Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold
Along with chasing any other Squirrels that catch my eye - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go -gotta sew -

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Mail call -

Today I got some squishy mail - 
And couldn't wait to open it - 
Inside were four 20-strip jelly rolls - 
Marigold - HERE
They were on sale and I couldn't resist - 
I think that they will make a beautiful Upstairs/Downstairs quilt top -
And the rolls are already "shaded" for me -   

I LOVE it when that happens -

I need two rolls for the first four "sets" of identical blocks - 

And these rolls were SUPER SIMPLE to sort - 
I peeled them right off the roll and made four piles - 
Starting with the darker ones ones on the bottom - 
1234-1234-1234-1234-1234 -

Four piles with 5 strips in each pile -
Each pile will be sewn into one strata - 
Which will make three identical blocks - 
Then I split the second roll the same way - 
To give me two matching strata - 
For six identical blocks - 
So - the first two rolls will make four "sets" of six identical blocks -

The last two rolls were split a little differently -
For variety - to give me another four "sets" of six identical blocks -
1234-2341-3412-4123-1234 - 
Then I changed up the last 1234 to 2341 -
To mix it up a little more - 

Then I folded the eight "sets" and put them on a cookie sheet - 
To be sewn into strata later - 
These eight "sets" will give me 48 blocks - 
Set 6 x 8 - 
For a top approximately - 60" x 80" - 
It's been a while since I did any piecing -
So I think this will be nice for a "change" - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, February 24, 2023

Loaded -

First the backing for my RED Squirrel
If it looks a bit "light" to you - 
It's because I have to load it with the WRONG side up - 
Then I loaded and basted the batting and the quilt top - 

I changed the thread to RED - 

And changed from the open-toe foot to the ruler foot - 
In case I want/need to use it - 

Tomorrow I'll test the tension - 
I want to do something "curvy" in the "flowers" - 
And some lines in the "background" strips - 
I need to decide if I want to try to use the channel locks - 
To give me nice straight lines - 
That would also show any and all of my "crooked" seams - 
Or use a ruler to stitch straight lines - 
The ruler would help me "fudge" the lines if needed -  
Or go with some wavy lines instead -
Free-hand - no channel locks or rulers -  
They would be more "organic" - 

What do you think? -
Should I try the channel locks? - 
Or a ruler? -
Or simply stitch some free-hand wavy lines? - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Backing -

For my RED Squirrel is sewn together - 
And hanging on the front rail - 

I cut the batting -
And folded it in the hammock - to keep it clean and tidy -
But that's as far as I got today - 

I need to baste the zippers to the backing - 
And load it on the frame - 

Change the thread color to RED - 

Change out the open-toe foot for the ruler foot this time -
In case I need help sewing a straight line - 
Then I can go from there - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

No sewing today -

But I did get some big "chores" out of the way - 
So tomorrow I can play with the stuff on the table inserts -
And the RED Squirrel that fell into the hammock - 

Having those "chores" out of the way is great - 

Now I can PLAY - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Odds and ends -

Today I was in the mood to "fiddle" - 
So I trimmed the Practice quilt - 
That I used to test out my Grace Q-Zone Hoop Frame - 
The frame I had before I upgraded to the Q-Zone Queen Frame - 

And I cut some "hanging triangles" for Bee Happy -
After I "re-found" the video - HERE -

Then I checked the closet hiding with my quilt tops -

And found three that have backing fabrics already chosen - 

So they could/should be next up to be quilted -
Sometimes it's the little things that really make a difference - 

And move a project farther along - 

To the "finish" line - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, February 20, 2023

Another one -

Is bound but not labeled - 
Today I bound the Noah's Ark panel -

Looking at the stitching on the back is fun - 
It's messy - but it shows my progress - 
And it makes me want to stitch a "wholecloth" quilt - 
I'm sure I have a "pre-printed" one in my stash - 
Somewhere - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Bound and labeled -

I was in a "binding" mood today - 
So I took advantage of it - 
And pulled out the Woof & Whiskers quilts - 
And finished stitching the binding to the front - 
On both of them - 
Woof & Whiskers - Confetti -

Woof & Whiskers - Jiffy Jelly

I stitched the labels to the backs, too -
I used the same jelly rolls - fabrics/colors - for each quilt -
But different patterns - 
I used the same backing fabric - 
And quilted them both with giant "swirls" - 
So - 
Now I have two more off the "To Bind and Label" pile - 
And added to the "DONE" pile - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Backing panels -

Are torn and pressed but not sewn - 
For my RED Squirrel

For some reason - 
My brain wasn't doing the math right today - 

So I draped the top over one of the rails - 

Split the RED swirl backing into two pieces - 

Spread those out with "extra" at the sides for loading on the frame - 

Then measured the gap between them - 

And tore a piece of the RED solid to fit - 
With a couple of inches of overlap for seam allowances - 
Pressed everything - 
Then called it a day - 
Tomorrow - hopefully - I can get them all sewn together - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, February 17, 2023

Lazy day -

Today I made very little progress -
On my RED Squirrel - HERE
Other than to find some solid RED fabric - 

To use for an "insert" panel to make the backing wider - 
I still have to cut and press the fabric - 
So that's on the agenda for tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Next up -

I removed the zippers from the Opal KaBloom PINK flower - 
But I still have to trim and bind it - 
So it's "in the pile" for later - 
And next up is this oldie - 
My RED Squirrel - HERE -

I have a really pretty backing fabric for it - 

That my camera thinks is ORANGE - 

But it's RED - 

So - after I make the back - 
I can baste on the zippers - 
And load it - 
And go from there - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Quilted -

The Opal KaBloom PINK flower is quilted - 
YAY!! - 
Nothing fancy - 
Just echoing the outline of the petals - 
From the outside in - 

This should make a pretty wallhanging - 
I have a couple of the larger flower panels - 
So I might try one with "feathers" - 
Or something like that - 
But first I think I'll go back to quilting a "regular" quilt - 
And I have a really pretty one in mind - 
After I un-baste the zippers - 
And trim this one for binding strips - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


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