Apple Cores and Other Things

apple cores, Granny's Got Style

I told you all that I was going to try the sewing machine  with the apple cores to see if it was easier to piece than by hand.  I was really surprised – for me – as I have always preferred hand piecing – that I think I might prefer machine piecing these.  I didn’t take any photos as I worked but after using a curve master foot some years back I have learned that you do not even need the special foot or even one pin to piece curves.  You might not believe that unless you have tried the curve master foot I am linking to a video so you can see how it is done. – I no longer have the foot – I sold it to someone else –  as I later realized you do not need the curve master foot to do it the same way – all you need is a pair of long tweezers and to hold your fabric a certain way.  The piece on the left was done by hand and the piece on the right by machine – I think I will be doing it by machine – no pins! just tweezers and the pieces all matched up just fine.  Watch your seam allowance.  I am linking to Quilt Story:Fabric Tuesday and Esther’s Quilt Blog.

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These are the tweezers that I ordered some years back when I got the curve master foot – I didn’t sell these as I do use them a bit.

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I did the final roll down for Granny’s Got Style – I hope to have it done in a couple days.

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I don’t recommend books often as I know we all have our own tastes.  I have a Kindle and I do take advantage of ordering a lot of free books and some very low price books – sometimes they are good and sometimes not.  I just finished one that wasn’t a free book but it is a kindle special at $1.99 – it is called The Reluctant Midwife by Patricia Harman – it is still at that low price right now.  It is actually a second in a series but from reading this book and having not read the first one I can say it is a stand alone – meaning you do not have to read the first one first.  And as the first book is $8.99 right now I doubt I will get it even though I’m sure it is good.  I try to stick to the low price for most of my kindle books. Not to say I won’t get it or check and see if the library has it, but I have plenty of other books available to me right now.  It takes place in the poor depression era of the 1930’s in West Virginia – if you want to know more click on the photo and it will take you to Amazon and you can read about it there.

Summer time I do tend to read a lot more than the rest of the year – I just really enjoy sitting outside in the morning before it gets hot and read on the porch – and then off and on all day long!  I have always been a reader.

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A Nice Weekend

Caswell Quilt, Granny's Got Style

Weather was beautiful this past weekend – for here in Arkansas when you have a low humidity day or two it is spent outside.  And it felt wonderful.  Therefore I spent a bit of time sitting outside on the porch or wandering the yard and didn’t do much inside this last couple days on my quilts.

I did get a little more done on Granny and I am almost ready to crank the rollers down for the last time.  This is the area I was working on last night.

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I took the Caswell Quilt block off the design wall that is all glue basted in place but not one stitch done – this will be the hand work in the living room for those times I sit down for five minutes here and there over the next couple weeks.  I hope to pick up the pace on these applique blocks now that some of the other tops are done or waiting in line to be quilted.

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I can not believe how quickly June has flown by!  I mean really does time seem to fly by to you faster as we get a little older or what!  Too fast in my opinion.  Did you all have a great weekend?

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Package Arrived

Granny's Got Style, Winter Wonderland

I love getting packages in the mail and my order from Backside Fabrics arrived yesterday – I wasn’t expecting it until Monday at the earliest.

The big bright polka dots is for the back of Tumbling into Insanity and the batting is for the Lemoyne Stars quilt.  Now I guess I better get busy with my quilting on Granny this week and get her finished up.

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After I got started quilting on Granny Friday night I knew I would need to do just part of this width and roll it down one more time to get it all easily.  So I am doing the grid work here and the stitching around the prairie points the circles – then roll it down and get the rest on the final border.  I am linking to Sew Many Ways today and Kathy’s Quilts.

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This is the decorative stitching that is shown on the pattern for the Winter Wonderland – outlining each block – I do not know if I will do it like this or X’s or what – I will get busy on this in the upcoming week when the heat comes back again – but yesterday and today are supposed to be nice and not humid and Saturday was very nice.

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Embroidery Finished

apple cores, Granny's Got Style, Winter Wonderland

Yesterday was another hot day and I spent most of the day inside.  I put an old movie on and worked on the Winter Wonderland in the final stretch and got it done with a little more work last evening.  The final piece is pressed, and trimmed to size although I still need to sew it to the rest of them.  Then I need to look it over and decide on the decorative stitches that they show connecting all the blocks together – will I do X’s by hand or look at the decorative stitches (of which aren’t many) on my Janome and see if I want to do that part by machine.

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Granny’s Got Style was rolled down and it is on the final stretch now also – I think I will need to roll  it down one more time, I won’t be able to reach all this comfortably.

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I decided before I printed and cut out any more apple cores it might be a good idea to put some together and see if I enjoyed them!  LOL – really best to think about that now isn’t it – I would hate to cut out 2,000+ pieces and then get ten or so of them put together and hate the whole process.  These four I did hand stitching and I must say they are fiddly little things!  I will try to put the same amount together with the machine and see if the process is any better!  Then I will decide where to go from there.  It isn’t like I thought it would be a zip to get together but I didn’t think it would be as much of a pain as it was.

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I got the big bag of blueberries out of the freezer today and thawed them out – followed the directions for canning whole berries and mine has just a light sugar syrup in them.  I got 4 pints that sealed properly and one that didn’t seal – I didn’t feel like putting it back in the canner so I will use it up this week.  I still have one quart frozen for smoothies and yogurt at breakfast.

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We had a bit of a rain storm go through cooling our temperatures down late in the afternoon yesterday – it went from 87 degrees at 3:30  to 77 then down to 71 degrees by 7PM.  It feels much nicer needless to say.  I see my red chairs down by the garden got blown by the wind and they are part way across the yard so I need to get them picked up.  The corn is leaning over again , but I have no cobs on it so I’m not worried about it – I don’t even know if it is worth trying to stand those back up again or pull them out – we will see – I write this the evening before it is published so I am looking out the window towards the garden as I write this so I haven’t been down there to inspect it yet.

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Apple Cores and Other Things

apple cores, Granny's Got Style, Inklingo, quilts, Winter Wonderland

I decided I was tired of using my darker strips that I had been using for the apple cores and a lot of light colors are needed too.  I started to dig into larger pieces – I have so many fat quarters or partial pieces that need to be used up too – some I do not even remember purchasing.  I did some rough figuring for  size and how many pieces are needed to make a queen/king apple core quilt and I have come up with a rough estimate of 2,322 pieces – now as I make progress like I did with the Tumblers I might find that I need a heck of a lot more or less – you can never tell with them odd one shape pieces.  Here some of the colors that got printed out and cut yesterday.  I am linking to a Quilting Reader’s Garden – and Confessions of a Fabric Addict and to Prairie Sewn Studios and Amanda Jean’s Crazy Mom Quilts.

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378 pieces cut out – a very long way to go – but I am only cutting pieces a couple times a week – no need to go crazy right!

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Melanie came over for supper last night and when we  put a movie on I got my stitching out and got to work – getting near the end on Winter Wonderland.

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This is the bit left to do.

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Work on Granny from Wednesday night went smoothly – I thought I might finish this bit left to do but decided to quit near 10 PM – no sense rushing it – it will still be there the next day!  I remembered this time when I started this quilt to write down the date of the post that shows a photo of how I did the corners so I will be looking back to remind myself and won’t have the trouble of having to unwind the whole thing to remember!

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Two zucchini have now been picked from the garden, 1 1/2 quarts of green beans and the cantaloupe is now the size of a golf ball (just about) – they do grow fast once they get going.  I picked about 7 Roma tomatoes last night to finish ripening on the windowsill – when it gets so hot like this I like them to finish on the windowsill – the sun seems to give them spots or the bugs start to move in.  I dried a good size bowl of basil leaves too and some oregano last week.  Rain later today they say – now lets see what happens – otherwise the garden will need to be watered by Saturday morning.

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Granny’s Got Style

Granny's Got Style, quilts

My Granny quilt is nearing the end of the quilting but still a little bit left to do.  I slowed myself up this week as I was waiting for fabric and backing to arrive for the next projects and I hate to leave my quilt frame empty for long – the reason for this – yes my fingers could use a break – but it is such a mess under the frame – it is my storage area and it isn’t always neat LOL

What has been done since the weekend:

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This part is left to do in order to roll it down to the last border to quilt.

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I found out last night that my order is shipped today so I guess now I can get busy and get this quilt finished.  I ordered from Backside Fabrics which has a great selection of Wide Backs and it just happened that both the fabric and the batting was out of stock but had been expected within ten days or so after I ordered it – I have ordered from Christine before and always love the fabric.  She is located in North Carolina and has been in business for some time now.

Many of you have asked – what is next up to the frame.  Right now the plan is to pin baste the Tumbling into Insanity using the 3 roller instead of the floor – so much easier on the back.  Then machine quilt it on my Juki home machine following the lines of the tumblers.  Well I go through with that plan once it is on the frame – I hope so as I have 4 quilts waiting in line to be quilted and I can’t do them all by hand or they will never get done.  But yet I love the look of the hand quilting so much.  The smaller Lemoyne Stars will be hand quilted and I do plan to do that one next.

( a peek at under the frame)

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