Inklingo, Joseph’s Coat, Lucy Boston–Patchwork of the Crosses, quilts

Sometimes because I do so much by hand for piecing, applique and quilting I just don’t have anything new to blog about- progress is measured in small doses – today is one of those days.  I am working on the same projects but don’t feel like there is anything new to up date on those.

Joseph’s Coat is coming along nicely and I quilted for 1 1/2 hours last night – but basically unless you are really looking at photos – it doesn’t look any different –  see it looks the same – I am finished with the very palest of the yellow colors though.


POTC is coming along as well but I didn’t do any stitching  – I did spend time yesterday cursing at freezer paper and my printer while I was trying to print out fabric – I need a lot of white pieces for this quilt top and it was white fabric that I was printing templates on.  I really and truly think I got ahold of a bad batch of freezer paper sheets though as my fabric doesn’t want to stay on it.  I have never had that problem before but this Bella White doesn’t seem to want to stick.  I have washed the fabric as is advised to do and using a very hot iron with no steam as always.  I am not a beginner at freezer paper and have never run into this problem before.  In fact sometimes I have to reheat the freezer paper to pull it off of the fabric.  I’m beginning to think it is a combination of this fabric and the freezer paper.  I finally got the fabric printed out that I had prepped and even though there was a little waste I have enough to last me a couple weeks once again.

This is what a sheet of the fabric looks like when you have printed on it.   There is a little waste, but if you really want to do it right you can custom size your printer to print exactly the right size on to your fabric.  I just set aside anything that is still useable size after I cut what I am using and rinse it out and the ink come out and that piece will go in the scrap pile (which I have not been working on by the way – one day).  the piece shown has no useable area but some have several inches on one side.  I use a rotary cutter to cut the rows of templates and then when watching tv or whatever I snip the ends off with scissors.  Some people will stack these and then use a rotary cutter for the whole process but I feel like I might line it up wrong and don’t want to get off the lines.


This is what I mean about snipping the ends off – you can see here what I mean.  Busy work yes, but I don’t mind keeping my hands busy and really doesn’t take a lot of time if you are just sitting watching tv.


I’m glad I found these little bins – they really come in handy for keeping templates together for this project.



Ok, other than the above projects that you have seen  – what have I been doing – reading!  I found a perfectly wonderful novel that took up the weekend for me – I did pay for this one, but just 2.99 – Have you all read this one by Cynthia Lee Cartier “ My Way Home”  Here is a link to it on Amazon – just click on the book cover and it should bring you to the link.   I have never read anything by her and I just loved this book and stayed up until 11 last night to finish it.  I will need to look and see if I can find anything else by her.

My Way Home

And here is my new laptop – I just love the photo that I chose for my screen saver – it is from the Rocky Mountains last year on a hike we took.  And I love the new computer now that it is all set up and I don’t have to keep asking Mike where something is and why isn’t it in the same place it was on the old computer – I drove him nuts yesterday I know.


So I guess I have a blog post after all – just a lot of insane chatter as though we were all here in the same room – a bunch of quilters in the sewing room together chatting as we are piecing and quilting Smile have a good day everyone – keep your fingers crossed for rain – we actually are not to get in the 100’s today and have a 30% chance of rain this afternoon – chance are the rain will miss us but I hope we get some.

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15 comments… add one
  • anina Jul 2, 2012

    I always enjoy your posts. And I definitely see the progress. :o)
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  • Opal Jul 2, 2012

    You’ve made so much progress with your quilt. I love it.

    Freezer paper + quilting, who knew… I tend to learn something whenever I read your blog posts via my RSS feed reader. 😉 I’m curious enough to do more research on this topic.

    Here’s hoping you receive some much needed rain. We received it later Friday night, and it continued until early Saturday morning. Over 500,000 folks were withouth electric here in Maryland, and many are still out. We were fortunate, ours remained on, although a few neighbors within are small community (about 16 of us back in our wooded paradise) lost their power.

    Our phone line went down Saturday afternoon, so our DSL was down too. There was so much to do; hanging with my daughter, knitting, packing (we’ll be heading out tomorrow morning or the holiday) and sewing, I didn’t call. I have a cellular phone after all. Phone lines were back up when I awoke this morning.
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  • Carolyn Jul 2, 2012

    I’m always amazed at how much progress you make each time you post. I know how long it takes to hand quilt! Your POTC blocks are beautiful as well.

    I had downloaded My Way Home quite awhile ago when it was free. I loved it!
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  • Karen L. Jul 2, 2012

    Love that remark you made near the end of your blog about “insane chatter as though we were all here in the same room – – a bunch of quilters in the sewing room together chatting as we are piecing and quilting”. What a nice thought that is! We don’t really know each other but then again, we do. How wonderful! I will definitely be reading your blog with a different, warmer, friendlier feeling now. Thanks for that!

  • nanci Jul 2, 2012

    I just started making labels using the printer. I am so happy with the success that am ready to hit the freezer paper method. I wonder if the heat outside has anything to do with your dilemma, one never knows.
    What kind of computer did you get? I have an Acer, which I love….

  • Charlotte Jul 2, 2012

    It was a nice post and I love the idea of us being a bunch of quilters in the sewing room, chatting. None of my friends quilt and I haven’t found too many online quilting friends. I have so much outside work to do, keeping me from my quilting, that I don’t have much progress to show each day, so I usually just wait until the quilt is finished.

  • crafts4others Jul 2, 2012

    great progress on your quilt. I love those type of containers, especially that they can be piled on top of each other. I have several that I use for different projects, so easy to just have everything together. That book sounds interesting and I just got it on amazon.
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  • Debbie in Alaska Jul 2, 2012

    You are right…your post was just like we were sitting around and chatting! I love those bins…I’m in that organizing frame of mind. Years ago I tried printing labels on muslin sheets I bought ready to go in the printer…it was a terrible failure. So I rarely get labels on my quilts. I got a new printer…maybe I should try again. Do you have a tutorial or website you can recommend to show me your way of printing fabric with the printer?
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  • Nedra Jul 2, 2012

    Your new lap top looks so pretty. Mine is so old the key letters are starting to wear off in places.
    Thanks for the visual on how you print off the the POTC using freezer paper.
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  • Nancy/VA Jul 2, 2012

    I just finished reading My Way Home yesterday. I was one of the best
    books I have read in a while. I enjoyed it from front to back and was
    surprised at the ending.

  • Pip Jul 2, 2012

    I don’t mind you posting about the same projects, it’s good to see your progress, same as what would happen if we were all in the same room, we would all be showing our projects to each other. It’s good that you have different things on the go, when you get fed up with the antics of the freezer paper you can do a little quilting.
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  • audrey Jul 3, 2012

    I love your Josephs Coat quilt–so very beautiful!

  • Michelle Jul 3, 2012

    The Josephs Coat is just beautiful, Karen. The quilting really makes the design pop.
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  • Vivian Jul 3, 2012

    My pc bit the dust too. Larry said it was probably the hard drive. Craig said nope, “the Mother Board”. Seeing that it is at least 8 years old, I am not going to sink any money into it. My Imac is my main laptop and it still works fine. I used the pc for my embroidery software for my Janome embroidery machine and my EQ7. So I’ll just wait until I have some extra money to get another pc. Maybe a good Christmas present.

    There are many days, I just don’t have anything to say. Except rambling. (At least I’m sure that’s what Larry thinks.) lol Have a great day!!!
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  • Chris Daly Jul 4, 2012

    Your Joseph’s Coat looks so pretty with your hand quilting. This one is going to be a jewel in your collection.
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