Sunday, August 5, 2012

Helpful Hint

by Karen on August 5, 2012

in quilts

Recently I saw a helpful hint that I wanted to share – how to keep your blocks in the correct order when you take them from the design wall to the sewing machine – no matter how careful I am at this sometimes I get them facing the wrong way or out of order.

I saw the following hint on Tim Latimer -Quilts Ect. –Tim is from Michigan and has a quilt accepted for the upcoming Michigan AQS show – congratulations to you Tim! I hope you get a ribbon.  Tim is  also is a contributor to the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog as I am.

Anyhow to get back to the helpful hint that I saw on Tim’s blog – masking tape!  We use it for so many things, marking quarter inches on our sewing machines, tape for seam lines, tape for quilting lines – why not holding the row together so it doesn’t get out of order?

Here I have my row already on the design wall – now I need to get it to my sewing machine in the correct order – but I have a small sewing room – no room for a design wall – I need to get this row to the next room and not loose track of the order.  If I stack it up I sometimes still make a mistake.  Simple – pull out a long piece of tape and gently stick it to your row.


A bigger photo of the row:


Gently take the row to your sewing machine – I have a small area to sew in so I put up a small fold out table near me and place the row carefully on the table. Starting from one side I remove one piece at a time and sew.  I haven’t messed up yet and I have been using this method since I started.


I have  2-X’s that I want to move before I get to anymore sewing – as I see the X in the 5th row 3rd from the left that I don’t like there – I am going to move the blue one next to it in that spot and the red print where the blue is.  Other than that I think this is the set up.


Hope your weekend is going smoothly.  We are slightly cooler than we had been and have first now at 12:46 reached 91 degrees and it is cloudy!  Rain later maybe? Who knows.  There have been a few days over the past month when it was 91 already at 10 AM.


New Quilt Top

by Karen on August 5, 2012

in quilts

Well piecing began yesterday and after a short while I realized I had made a mistake in cutting!  Wow – I tell you I measure two or three times before I cut I don’t know how I screwed up!  All is well though, I was able to pull some fabric off the shelves to mix in with what I had and have enough pieces.  I did make sure to cut all the mistake pieces into scrap sizes to put in the boxes and have been trying to keep up with that – I still have that big basket to work on but there you go – one day.

I don’t have a name for this quilt at this point – it will come to me at some point while I am making it.  I put the design wall up in the dinning area and I’m going back and forth from there to the sewing machine.  So far I go to the yellow area on the top side – that is where I found a mistake and from there stopped sewing and got back to cutting!  The rectangle piece is one of the ones that was wrong – a total of 9 that got messed up because I had stacked layers and cut wrong Sad smile


This is what I have on the design wall so far – more to go of course.  These really aren’t colors I normally work with so this is something new.


Something else out of the comfort zone – the bundle package of fabric that I won arrived yesterday– a lot darker than I thought they were!!  I haven’t a clue right now what I will make with this – they are fat eights – 40 of them – would you say these are Civil War colors? Revolutionary War?  These might look good in that Feathered Star pattern that I showed a couple days ago – hmm – will have to think on it for sure.  I will get it bundled back up and put on the shelf for me to look at and think awhile.


While I was cooling off from being angry over my cutting mistake I picked up the applique and got a little stitching done – I always find it wise to leave a project I have trouble on for a cooling off period or sometimes more mistakes are made Smile  This is at the start of the 3rd border – moving right along!


I will get back to sewing maybe I can accomplish more today.