I've learned that a doll quilt can take just as long to piece as a bed-sized quilt.
I've learned that of all the ways I know to make flying geese, Eleanor Burns' method is still my favorite and paper-piecing has become an instant non-favorite! Ohmigosh, I thought I would lose my mind!
But, when you're doing pieces this small, the paper piecing really is precise and neat, so I'm doing some more of them because even though this quilt is only about 17-18", it's way too big for the doll it's intended for. I'm about halfway done with piecing the geese for the second quilt.
It took more than two days to piece the first one - the second one is going faster, thank heavens! :)
cute quilt! I tried doing a 1" square mini, pretty much laughed the whole time...just how big are those geese sections anyway? my gosh, if the whole thing is about 18", those sections are about 1.5 x 3.5???? I'd have to get one of those Dexter Poindexter type magnifying globes... LOL and a couple bottles of Zinfandel...
I learned you can't so S-in-D or Cross hatch when the seams don't match up exactly. Loaded one of the charity quilts and w/out close inspection it looked good. Because the vertical sashing was wide & a dk blue print & the rest of the quilt was 8" churn dash blocks of different white prints, was just going to quilt the horizontal & vert seams. Luckily I looked closer before I started quilting and noticed the pieces just did not match up well.
So the churn dash strips were quilted w/ swirls & stars and the blue sashing is so far just outlined w/ S-in-D.
Nothing is ever as easy as it 1st appears, especially when you are in a time crunch.
The easiest way I know when I 'm only making one block like this, is to cut the pieces 1/4" bigger, sew the halfs together and then cut down to size. That way they are all the same and should go together easily...
It doesn't look like a breeze to me! I just did a Kansas Troubles block for Barbara Brackman's Civil War commemorative last week and I will have to do it again if I don't want to chop the points off when I set it.
I think Barb's right - from now on, I'm going to make the sewn HST squares about a quarter inch too big and trim it down. More work - but less than having to make the whole darn thing over again.
That Zin idea is growing on me, too. And I don't even drink. Yet.
That bird is a Bears Paw turned around!!!!
I always make my squares for a HST a bit larger then what the directions call for. THat way I can trim them to be "exact".
I had to open my sun roof to cool the car down this afternoon. Temps in the mid-40s & not a cloud to be seen. Was @70 inside the car.
Went to JoAnn's for thread & came home with a yellow tulip & fern wreath for the front door & w potted tulips - red & yellow. Now I can put the poinsetta away & still have color on the front porch.
I did remember to get thread!!!!!
Tomorrow will also be nice then snow on Thur.
Whatever it is...I just gave the bird...'the bird'. Ill start over when Im done with the rest of the blocks. Ive ripped the seams one time to many and its just a frayed mess.
No bears paws in my future either I guess.
Even if you have the matching down...Its 36 little squares, not to mention aolt of those are hst. That is ALOT of seams to get pressed the right way, and then matched and snuggled for sewing together.
GG, that's a lotta darn squares. It sure is a pretty block though. Is this in a sampler you're doing? Or a BOM, maybe?
Kizmo, that's just plain cute! I was ready for that sign a few days ago, but today, you can't tell that we were so snow-y and icy around here.
I'm putting the binding on the second doll blanket. I love the look of miniatures, but I sure never would have guessed that they take so long to make. At least putting the binding on will be quick. A couple of hours, tops - one good old movie from the 40's and it'll be done. :)
Thank you, gals! I emailed pictures of the doll to my mother and she was amazed at how much it resembled my sister. I hope my sister likes it.
I'm working on my second Texas quilt, today - it's the fastest quilting I've ever done, I think. Fabulous how fast a quilt fills up when you're just making big spirals all over it.
The last Texas theme quilt I made was a king-size and I made it specifically to practice feather designs - I don't remember how long it took to make all those feathers, but two hours into the quilting, I probably had four or five motifs out of fifty finished. Two hours into this one and I'm half done with this full sized bed quilt! Yippee!!!! I might even get the borders on it by tonight!
Sometimes, it's best to walk away for a while, so I went downstairs and had an unpleasant (smelling) chat with Lady Clairol (gosh, she is such a snob!) and worked on my needle-turn applique and now I'm ready to get the rest of this quilt quilted.
I can do anything when my grey hairs are gone. Heheeeeee!
When a customer brings me a quilt and says "oh, SITD is fine" I tell them how much that will cost as compared to an allover meander. They are always amazed. SITD is even more difficult when the pieces don't match up exactly. You can hide that with a meander but not doing straight lines (as the lady is going to find out when I deliver her quilt to her today).
Yesterday I learned it's impossible to stay inside & quilt when it is sunny & 80 outside!!!! Especially when I also knew winter was coming back today and the rest of the month. Cinnamon "helped" me get some leaves & dead plants out of the front flower bed.
Last one - this is the Lone Star wallhanging - big feathers in the fields, one outline of the star and a line of fleur de lis up the middle of the starry sky border. The patchwork on the outside is swirls and tendrils, like the bed quilt.
I still have to make some pillowcases, but I signed up for a BOM at my LQS yesterday and I'm running to catch up with 20 Lady of the Lake blocks, today. :)
Qwilter, that's exactly why I usually don't even try to SITD - my piecing is bad enough, but the piecing on many of these vintage quilts I've bought lately is even scarier than mine. An allover design camoflages so much!
But, I really like to outline the borders - I saw a comparison on someone's blog that showed the difference between borders with SITD to anchor them before FMQ and borders without and ohmigosh, it was incredible! Needing every little bit of help that I can get to make my quilts look more professional, I keep trying it. And I keep cussin' it, too! LOL!
Psych, you don't have to have a serpentine - just wander back and forth a very little bit across the ditch - it's a lot easier to wave than go straight. Although Murphy's law may come into play and as soon as you start trying to wave, you'll get the purtiest, straightest SITD ever! :D
Elizabeth, my dad would have loved this. He moved to Dallas area after my mom died to live with my sister. Didn't take him long to become a full-fledged Texan. He only had a year more but he sure made the most of it.
He's chosen a Bird of Paradise pattern, although he is not paper piecing it as the instructions suggest. He wants to find 2 more pieces of fabric for his final design that will include bands of gold and green along with the BoP blocks.
Yesterday we went on a trip for GDO to some quilt shops in Ormond Beach and Palm Coast/Bunnell. Couldn't resist getting some neat fabrics to make a purse for my grand daughter who turns 16 this year. The first shop Bryd's Nest had a lot of really nice books and patterns. I took pictures of some of their made up samples. She demonstrated a neat new tool that made Diamond cutouts. She applied it to a purse and decorative strip on an embroidered towel. Very nice.
She had a lot of patterns for placemats, and you know we are in placemat mode so I had to take pictures of these two. One makes a rounded placemat for people who have round tables. The other has a pocket to hold the silverware and napkin.
My batteries were running low, mine too. So I had to be more selective. This tool made a spinwheel pattern that I thought would make cute baby quilts so I had to purchase it. It came in a small size and a large size. Dottie bought the large size. We cashed out and went across the street to a really nice restaurant called Peach ??? something??? I had a delicious roast turkey wrap with cranberry and bacon. Delicious. We then headed north to the next shop it was about 20 minutes from the Byrd's Nest shop.
This is a cute Santa wallhanging made with yoyos. Alas the last picture as my camera quit. We got home about 4 pm, We'd left at 8:30 am, so it was a full FUN day. We always have a good time on our Girls Day Out!
She's going to make it part of a tote bag for her daughter. Their sump pump stuck and their finished basement in Maine house was flooded. Daughter went over and hired a dumpster, had the basement stripped and had a new sump pump put in. Dottie was so pleased she is making the purse as a special Thank You to daughter.
I bought Triangulations 3.0 - that's the handiest doodad in the world for HST's and QST's. Perfect, perfect, beautiful HST's so far and no darn math or squinting to find the 1/8" markings on my ruler! ;)
Whew! had to search a ways back to find this thread.
Eight years ago I bought a Rowenta Steam generator type iron and fell immediately in love.
Yesterday it died. I must say I think part of the blame is mine, it's supposed to be cleaned about every 10 uses. Since I use it on a daily basis, I know I was lax in the cleaning dept. Usually thinking to do it when the iron seemed a bit sluggish.
It did spoil me for using a regular iron. Not just me, but my sister and aunt went right out and got one after using mine.
After a brief mourning period I went to Joann's and got another one. The first I bought was $230. from an online source, so I thought Joann's price of $199. was decent even though they do not accept coupons on irons. Sanity returned and I searched online last night. I found the exact same iron..now called a Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer on Amazon.com. Now I have to return the one I got from Joann's as Amazon's price beat them all hollow. $149. with free 2 day shipping. (and no tax) a savings of $62.00. It won't be easy but I can go without for 2 days with a savings like that.
I don't know how many of you use this type of iron, but for me it is not a luxury item. The difference in pressing is amazing, in addition this new one also works as an upright steamer for clothing or drapes, etc.
I just looked at a mini Rowenta steam iron used for taking to classes etc. It was $52.00. I will now go on line and see if I can find one. I've heard such great things about Rowenta but have never gone there before. Now I'm really glad I read your post Karen!!!!!!!
Me too LK but I want them to be the best I can make them.. The only iron I have is one at least 12 years old and it is on it's last leg now!!!! I also now need to iron Norm's shirts for work. They are uniform shirts and he likes them pressed with a crease on the sleeve. Small request from one who does so much for me...
I go through irons about every 6 months. I burned up the Rowenta at about 8 months. Now I use the black and decker irons last a little longer for me and the only thing I iron is quilt blocks and quilt fabric. I am really hard on them I guess.
I love my Shark, but it can't be used as a standalone steamer like that Rowenta. I go through irons pretty fast - even my expensive Oreck lasted less than 2 years, with all the pressing I do. :( I don't mind it so much when the iron costs $40.
I've read in a lot of reviews that you need to find the Rowentas that are made in Europe, and stay away from the ones made in Asia. Apparently, the Chinese-made Rowentas spit and splutter and burn out - the ones made in (I think) Germany are spit-free and last a long time.
The particular one that you want might be one of those models that are *only* made in Germany, which would make it easier to find the good quality. :)
I read all the comments at the Amazon site, They seemed to be the same issues listed here. My iron came today. First thing I did was read the manual carefully. The same issues were addressed in the manual, along with the proper usage procedure to avoid the problems. It does take a bit longer to heat up than my old one did. However, I am used to turning my iron on a bit before I need it so that part wasn't a problem. Once fully heated, I used it to press my bed skirt which I had starched earlier in anticipation. It did say to first press the steam button over a towel to allow any cool water in the hose to come out. I did that and then proceeded to press the bed skirt with no sputtering and a ton of steam. So we shall see. I now also realize that my previous iron was a step up from this one but if it continues as it has begun, I shall be well satisfied. If I do run into problems at a later date, I will post here.
I did see on Amazon that the iron I got was made in China. However, the higher model Which is more than $100. more did not state country of manufacture.
Life is like a patchwork quilt
And each little patch is a day,
Some patches are happy, rosy & bright,
And some are dark & gray.
But each little patch as it’s fitted in
And sewn to keep it together,
Makes a finished block in this life of ours
Filled with sun, and with rainy weather.
So let me work on Life’s patchwork quilt
Through the rainy days & the sun –
Trusting that when I have finished my block,
The Master may say: “Well Done”.
Elizabeth Ryan De Coursey
Helene, Thank you so much for the poem, I'm Sunshine chairperson for a local quilt group and I'm going to include it with the cards I send out to members. I have some nice parchment paper that I'll print it on.
it went pretty good. the tooth came out fairly easy except 2 pieces of the root broke off and it took a while to get those out. I was numb clear up to my eyelid on the left side. If that's what botox feels like I'll never try it. I feel sort of foggy headed but that probably the Lortabs. How in the world do people handle it when they have to go in to get all their teeth pulled? from now on I'm going to be a dental hygeine fanatic.
Glad your dentist visit went . . . ok-ish? . . . Sondra. I finally went to the dentist about 2 months ago, and they told me all the things wrong with my mouth. I turned into a dental hygiene fanatic afterwards, too . . . I have yet to get anything fixed, 'cause I have to wait for the new benefit year to start in July.
On the sewing machine side . . . I've been looking online for the machine I had in mind, and also the one that the lady showed me yesterday at the sewing center. With me not working, I can't justify a $450.00 machine. I need to stay in the $150.00 - $200.00 range. The Brother cs6000i has all the things I'd like to use - a good variety of feet, too, so I wouldn't have to buy extras. During my browsing, googling, etc., I found another Brother machine that is higher up than the cs6000i, but still within my range. I'll keep an eye on the auctions on ebay and see if I can't get a good deal there, too.
Nichole, I have that cs6000i brother..it is a great machine...I ordered mine thru wal-mart . com , at the time the price there was about $50.00 less than anywhere else I could find it...
I also have a Viking which I love...funny thing with the machines...I ordered the brother...not knowing my DH was making payments on the viking at the local sewing center...the brother actually has some stitches that I like, that the viking does not have...sew I use them both... ^_^
I love that little Brother too. I bought it about five years ago and although I use it infrequently, I just bought a case for it so I can take it to classes and such.
It will handle medium and light chores just fine - I wouldn't want to make a pair of heavy duck coveralls on it - I don't think it would do very well at seam crossings. But it sews through a lot thicker stuff than I would have expected it to and it should be fine for just about anything you want to make. I made my husband some white Aviator shirts and it never even slowed down for the heavy work - sewing the collar to the stand, etc. You'll love it! :)
I think Walmart.com still has the best price and the last time I looked, you got an extra darning foot, even feed foot, 1/4" foot and a hard plastic carrying case with it. :)
I checked at the Walmart close to me, and they didn't have it anymore. I'll have to check the other Walmarts in the area to see if they still have it. I'm still going to keep an eye on eBay though . . . 'cause if the african violets I have listed all sell, then I could turn around and use those funds for the machine.
That's what it seems to be now . . . I first saw it at one of the local stores about two months ago . . . but that must have been one of the last. At least I can have it sent to the local store for pickup, and not have to pay shipping.
I've learned that using the "Tri-Recs" ruler to make triangle-in-a-square blocks would have been much easier and more precise if I'd cut the patches 1/4" larger than I actually needed and trimmed the finished squares.
I ended up with so many cut off points and floating points that I'm going to name this quilt "Pointless Scrap Exercise." The blocks are still beautiful though, thanks to a bazillion really beautiful prints. I'm just not going to look too carefully at the star points. Who says stars have to have sharp points, anyway? I'm not the sharpest tack in the drawer either, so my stars just look like me. ;)
The blocks for the center are all done, though so I'm celebrating no matter how wonky my stars are. I could have sworn I heard the Rocky Theme song playing when I got them made. Now just 15 more blocks and I can start putting the rows together. :)
My iron died right in the middle of this - just plonk! - dead all of a sudden. But a couple of months ago, I bought two irons on eBay for $10 each and shipping was free. Once you heat them up and use the steam for a while, they get really hot and they put out ***clouds*** of steam! If anyone else needs a cheap standby or take-to-classes iron, here's where I got it: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110687117047
Hope I can post pictures of my completed top by tomorrow night. :) Y'all have a great day!
I got my Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer. All the issues that people seem to have with it are addressed in the instructions. I really wish The water tank was see through but I simply fill the iron each day before I use it. Even with sewing all day and leaving it on the whole time, I have not run out of steam yet. As for the sputtering, I keep a towel on the end of my ironing board (which I had always done before too), if it has been sitting a while I press the towel with steam on full until the hose feels hot..just a few seconds. This seems to have eliminated the sputtering problem entirely.
Do I think it's as perfect as my previous iron..well no but, for the price, I think it's pretty terrific.
Just tried printing out my resume, but the ink is running out. Will stop at OfficeMax on the way home from taking hubby to work and have it printed out on color paper . . . that way I won't have to do it on my way there.
Good Luck Nicole! Jobs are hard to come by these days... I posted on another thread, but thought I would repost here also, I found on another site where someone turned an old wooden tv tray into a portable pressing table... good way to re-purpose and a nice size to carry from one room to another!
that is AWESOME Kiz ^_^ and perfect timing I am in the middle of a wreck...moving my sewing from one room to another...and was thinking...as I lay in bed last night...where am I going to put the ironing board?? you are a life saver !!!
Hurray!!! I found a cool, usable solution for someone!!! and an easy one! LOL Not sure how much WM/Target singles are, but if I can't find one to repurpose, I'll have to get a new one. We have a huge indoor flea market here too, that I'll have to visit.
Thanks for the Target suggestion Helene, I haven't been in one of those for a long time!
I thought the interview went very well . . . which means I probably screwed it up somehow. We shall see! There were two of them in the interview . . . the boss guy asked most of the questions - both of them made notes on each of the answers I gave. Made sure to make eye contact, etc. They say they have a few more interviews (that's what they always say!), but they hope to hire in the next 2 weeks or so.
Nicole, I'm glad it seemed to go well for you - I'll bet you're relieved to be done!
Helene, I just used that coupon yesterday! LOL! They had some more of the 108" wide backing in Civil War fabrics - one of which I really love - blue scallops from Civil War Tribute. Had to buy more of that - it was only $5.10 a yard by the time the coupon was applied!!!! :)
I want a Singer treadle - just for show - so badddd.
1" Huh that's insane, my opinion, but whatch this change next year.
Go Nichole, hope you get this job. If not perhaps my DD can give some pointers she is VP of Human Resources for Pepperidge Farm. and knows what they are looking for when they hire in different levels
Those coupons are so dangerous and also those $5.00 they send when they are out of something.
"E" I have some Civil War by Faye Burg? but when I looked at what you are making I thought it matches too well what is your frame work (in the seafoam/blue coloration? 3 or 4 in the collection. if you are interested I can send you some when I get back. Travelling tomorrow.
I wish I lived closer to you - I'd give you one of mine. None of mine are really show pieces - I've restored all of them to full functionality, but unfortunately, they're just sitting. They are so much happier when they're sewing - so I'm sad that I don't take them out and use them more. Only one of them is in an easily accessible spot, but it's not my favorite - it's there because it's capable of zig-zag and decorative stitches. Would make a lot more sense to put one of my older gals in there since you don't need zigzag for quilting. That's about all I sew any more - quilts.
I don't have a lot of aquas and blues, but I love them. My LQS has a pretty fair collection, but I think I've bought all the ones they stock. Same with pinks and double-pinks. And purples - so hard to find CW purples!
I'd never be able to buy all the reds and tans and browns because they have millions of those - I think my stash already exceeds my life expectancy as it is. ;)
I used about 180 different fabrics in this quilt - all the fat quarters in my stash, I took a 1½" strip or two off of all the CW and shirtings, and added a bunch of Moda solids and aged muslin for the backgrounds. I put them all together pretty much at random.
I got the Dear Jane software and I'm planning to make a copy of that quilt, but I think I'll wait until after I get the cataracts removed. And I might make the blocks 6½" instead of 4½" - I've gone kind of crazy with these smaller blocks and ready to work on something larger. Unfortunately, the next quilt in the works is made mostly of 3½" blocks, too! I must be some kind of goober. But, at least the patches are already made for that one. "All" I have to do is sew them together. ;)
Can you tell why I might be dragging my feet a bit on this one?
Laura if you referring the the picture above on 5/16 at 2:12 pm - there are no circles in it. It is your eyes that see them - you don't make them. It is created with the nine patch and the star points...It is actually a star block!!!!
I love the "disappearing circles" in the nine-patch and star quilt - that's my favorite part of of that quilt! :) I'm trying to figure out the best way to quilt it that will accentuate the circles.
The one with the curved patches is indeed a Drunkard's Path, but it's a mix of 3.5" and 6.5" blocks, so it's going to be insanity, putting it together. I call it "Bubbles," and it's my own design. It was the main reason I bought EQ - I kept drawing this darn quilt and losing the drawings so I thought that if I had it in EQ, I could just print out a new one whenever I lost it.
Two of those drawings have turned up since then, and I have had to print this a couple of times, too.
All the patches are sewn and ready - I'd planned to start putting it together today, but I got sidetracked. I'd be happy to put the pattern/yardage charts/templates into a pdf and share it with anyone who wants it. Just DMail me your email address.
Yes bubbles is the one I was talking about. I searched patterns and the only one that came close was the drunkards path. Bubbles makes it even sound like alot of fun to do. Perfect for scraps. Thanks to all for helping me out.
I learned that you really can put a new sewing machine needle in backwards, that it will take you an hour of troubleshooting to figure that out, and that by the time you do figure it out, it's time to put everything away.
Thank you for my my best laugh in a while...laughing with you not at you. I've done the same thing and feel so Duh! I also threaded my machine wrong and didn't find it out until I took it into the doctor. The guy and I both laughed and I slunk away.
My best Laugh on myself when was I got my old Singer machine back from Bud (best repair man in Syracuse area). I asked him if he had any attachments or accessories for this old machine. He asked what more could you need and opened up the top to display all the extras I had been asking about. I had been "gifted" with the machine when my friend Fran got her new Phaff. My old Singer had died and I didn't want to put any more $$$$ into it. Did I feel foolish! YES!!!
NOW I know I'm in good company!!! LOL... I won't tell you about all the electrical items (cassette players etc) that I have taken in for repair, (my computer for internet capability) only to find out a "switch" had been moved either "pausing" or "disabling" a capacity. OH yeah... they call me the Techno -Zero!! LOL
I have a techy friend or else I wouldn't even be on here. Sometimes he's a bit hard to get hold of, but all I have to do is email him that I'm putting everything out to the curb. Guaranteed to get him here on the double.
s... happens. so before I left I got my new machine. Reading a bit about it and watching the video they stress to use the knee lever while quilting so you can have more spare parts to work the quilt? feet and hands? I can't find the knee thing so I call, very upset and Cyndi says " well just look in the sewing machine case. Lo and behold all the embroidery/quilting frames and knee think are stored in a compartment in the case.
All thhis after I already had I thing with her.I paid for the machine, no chump change, and was promised to have the machine in 2 days after the weekend. Well 2 weeks 3weeks no machine. I had visions of ankruptcy which is happening left and right in Sarasota, also a few years ago I was stuck with $1000. down and furniture was never delivered because of bankruptcy.
So I marched in to the shop to get a credit, well the machine had just arrived in the AM, talk about a red face.Janome! I should have understood what with the disasters in Japan commerce just is not the same. And when I get back home I'll have to face Cyndi (yeah that's how she spells her name) for lessons.
good morning Helene! Sorry to hear of all the craziness... Personally, if they promised you the machine that quickly, and it didn't arrive as promised, they could have at least called and told you that it would take a little longer and why. Customer Service isn't what it used to be, for sure! Those knee levers sure are nice though, there was one on the sewing machine cabinet that came with my first machine. But since it was folded up under the cabinet front, I didn't even know it was there for a long time! And since I sewed alot, it was nice to be able to use that and fold it back up, rather than leaving a foot pedal on the floor when the kids played.
I ordered some dahlia's from Breck's recently, received order confirmation by email, then the following week, another email saying that the order would be shipped to me by the 16th. Then over the weekend, received 3rd email saying that the order had just been shipped from the Netherlands and would take 3-4 weeks (... a 'slow' boat? LOL).
Found this easy 10 minute block idea... not sure if it takes that long or not, but how easy to make a quick block! you could use any size squares, as they are all the same size - 5 squares to a block, the center block is 'on point' and only 3 seams!! I think she used 10" squares, but in one of her other videos, she mentions using FQ size... you could put together a quilt top with a border in nothing flat!! Oh, sometimes she turns down the inner block seam and stitches it down like a cathedral window, really nice. There is a book out there too, with other ideas.
Sorry if this is old news to you all... I tend to find these cool things long after the hype has died down...LOL IMO this rates right up there with those easy pinwheels!
Linda, one of the comments I saw on this video, was that the commentor had used it to make a 3D Bowtie... my brights against a black background would make those brights just light up! This easy, peasy block rates right up there with the easy pinwheel...!
Helene... an iPad????? you're just moving right along, aren't you? LOL They are nice, though...
For the "test" I used a plastic microwave bowl. But, I will try it next in a paper bag with no oil, as the oil/corn combination melted pits into the bottom of the bowl . . . I tried it again with just a coffee mug - used the oil - when it was done, I put the popcorn in a bowl, and put a small bit of butter in the mug (melted real quick), and poured that over the popcorn. Definitely not bad.
QVC used to sell 'hull-less" popcorn years ago.. it was really good, popped up big kernels, hardly any left unpopped and no hard shell bits to jam in your teeth. I bought it by the case, they had several varieties, but we always got the natural, nothing added kind. I was stocked up on it, then they stopped selling it. We looked everywhere for it, but the company had apparently sold out or something. It wasn't Redenbacher, either, much much better that theirs!
We ended up going back to Amish popcorn and a hot air popper...
We had Rural King's back in IN, but still have a TSC here, will have to check to see what they have.
I've been wanting to try one of those twister blocks, but didn't want to buy a template, figured I could figure out the cuts easy enough. Like all the other projects I want to try, it's on the list...LOL
However, came across this on how to cut your own template, thought someone else may be interested:
My local glass shop makes templates for me at a very reasonable price (very accurate too) because he can use scraps. I mark an X with permanent marker corner to corner which also marks the exact center. Once it drys good it doesn't seem to smear at all but can be removed with alcohol.
I learned you can pack a ton of fabric very quickly when you don't stop to "look" at it. Just shove a sewing machine in a box then fill with fabric. All I have left out are scrap pieces. I feel naked w/out all the fabric in my sewing room.
when the boys were little, we would occasionally take a rainy day and clean and sort the toy box, keeping some, sending some to the church donations and throwing out the broken ones. However, they would always find a way to keep them or put them back in the 'keep' pile... Then I would find things under their beds, in the closet, drawers, wherever their little minds thought Mom wouldn't look... So I started doing it myself when they left for school in the morning, I referred to it as my 'Pitchin' Party'... that was the only way I could get rid of things. LOL
Hubby and I have been going thru things the last couple days... I say "pitch", he says "nope, gotta keep that for 7 yrs", "nope, put that it my pile of 'go-thrus' " , "nope, need Dad to look at that first", "nope... "... brings back memories of my kids...LOL
And Dad is just as bad, if not worse... been sorting things in his upstairs, looking for some paperwork. Still has his wife's things in boxes, clothes in the closet, cards and letters when she was in the hospital and nursing home before she passed, etc. He doesn't go up there much, just says he needs to go thru things again. I told him today that Readers Digests, Family Circles, etc from 2002 really need to go... he said I could go thru the stacks (read: STACKS) and do what I want to... yeah, only when he's not home...
ROFLOL Oh does that sound familiar. My sister has been going through boxes of our Mom's second husband and packing things up to send to his children. He has been gone for 15 yrs. but it was all neatly boxed up and stacked. Oh am I bad as I still have a couple of drawers of things I need to go through and most likely dispose of too. Won't even mention what daughter has and needs to decide what to do with. Hummm, sounds like we are a bunch of pack rats.
We just had a dinner guest pop in!!! She pulled down the feeder and really enjoyed her dinner after sending her two cubs up a tree. We took several pictures and after she finally dragged the feeder off into the woods, we went in to the computer to see what shots we got. Then, while we were inside, back she came and bent the shepherds crook down to the ground and opened the suet holder. It held two cakes and off she ran with one. We know she will be back for the other one. I guess it's no more birdseed for a while.
We knew a bear was around last night as our full feeder was on the ground and empty when we got up
this morning. We figured it wasn't damaged badly so we refilled and said we would take it inside at night. We were eating dinner at 5pm when Norm said "Holy 99it!!" and there she was with her two cubs.
Judy said they didn't see any wildlife all the time they were here - I'm sorry they missed this!!!!!
Look just to the left of the feeder! It's one of the cubs going up the tree!!!
Barb, that's so cool! The only critters I have in my back yard are squirrels...lots and lots of squirrels! Plus the little sparrows and wrens that fly in to sit inbetween the lattice strips and listen to my cat talk to them...LOL
Helene, I've 'pitched and catched' too...☺ but I try to do more 'pitching' !
Great picture Barb. I am not sure I would want many dinner guest like that but then again, it is so nice to see them at all. We had a black bear a couple of years ago that kept crossing back forth over I-10. I was always in horror he was going to be hit but alas he was trapped and moved.
Kathy, don't even want to discuss the squirrels!!! LOL Then again, I hate they get into the bird feeders but what can I do...also have feeders out for them. Occasionally we will have a beaver cross the back yard but that is about it.
House, will send dmail a little later. NO fabric or postage needed...just happy someone might want to look at them.
Marion, the resident squirrels have their little ones with them out front as I type... we watch them do the tightrope thing down the house power line, from the tree by the street to our roof, where they jump across to the neighboring building, then to the tree in the back yard, over to the garage, where they race across the roof, I think they have mapped out a race course, as they do it daily...LOL
So far, they haven't been back in the attic, so maybe they found a more suitable living space for now!
I was surprised they even popped thru this Spring... they didn't do anything last year after planting. Must have been the warm, rainy Spring we had this year. I've never really grown lilies, except daylilies before, and the occasional Easter lily that I tried to save after Easter Sunday. What I'd really like to have would be a huge bed of those old orange 'Tiger lilies' that used to grown along the sides of the roads back home, they were orange with speckles...
I learned that three women will not all have their eyes open and smile at the same time.
Judy (NH) Mittsy (NY) Barb (NH). Red, white, and blue, but happy! Keeping on the alert for Mama bear and her cubs!
Nice pic!!!!! Was the RWB planned??? I must remenber to wear my Flag shirt to work next Tues for Flag Day. I wear it 2X year - Flag Day & 4th July.
I'm off today & tomorrow to finsih cleaning up my mess. I think everything that needs to be packed is now in the DR and will go into boxes today. Weather is to cool off starting tomorrow & I'm not "playing" in the POD in 100 deg weather so packing will wait till Sat AM.
Hope to do my painting tomorrow. Need to get to the basement & organize the disaster in my sewing room. Everything is still in the middle of the floor. Just need to organize it and put baskets up on shelves. See what else can be packed away now.
I sew want to sit & sew a bit in the next few days...
You are almost there Jean. Then you can heave a big sigh and get to sew for a while. I hope the house sells quickly for you...
LK I like that site - must go back after the patch is off later today.
And yes, Kizmo, the surgery was yesterday and this big chicken is doing great. The other eye will be done in two weeks and I'm not at all apprehensive any more...Can't wait to get the patch off though.
Today I learned . . . well, ok, it was yesterday that I learned I got a job, and it starts on 8/1!!! I couldn't ask for a better location - it is only one exit down the highway, and it is on a bus route that will drop me off at Walmart, just a half mile from home! It is thru a temp agency, but it is a one year contract, with the option of hiring on permanent after one month, if the company want to hire. I went in today to fill out paperwork at the agency, and went to do a drug test.
LOL Kathy, they remind me of my dear friend in Gainesville. She was always getting on to me to finish something before starting a new project (at the time she only worked on 1 thing at a time) ; so I had to carefully pick up all my threads or she instinctively would see new colors and ask what I was doing. She finally gave up with me and now she is worse than I am about starting several things at once.
Okay, what I have learned today: I certainly do NOT need to be buying any new fabric. Cleaning out the MIL suite so we can get it finished and what a pile of fabric!!!
I learned today that I really need to make a note and put it on my machine somewhere, stating: When you change feet on this machine to do a zig zag stitch, you need to remember to move it back to a straight stitch when you change the foot back to the 1/4" foot . . . I broke my 2nd needle today because I forgot to change the stitch on the machine after changing the feet around.
Nichole, I made myself get into the habit of closing down my machine the same way every time. I leave the needle in the up position. (My machine automatically puts it in the center when I turn on the machine. If the needle is down, it can't move if necessary and then breaks ) I leave the presser foot up as well. I can't do anything until I lower it. I may need to immediately raise it again but it acts like a stopping point to check on what I want. The one thing that throws me off sometimes is that I use different tensions when using the walking foot and I forget to adjust it to where it should be. Now that presser foot being up is a reminder to check it before I start to sew.
Just a couple of thoughts that may help and save a few needles.
See, Barb . . . you have a smart machine . . . I have a basic mechanical model that needs a smarter human to remember to tell it what to do. Now that I start work next week, I'm hoping the machine I want from walmart.com is still available in a few weeks.
Well, it's not pink anymore, it's more of an eggshell color now. I'm putting it thru the wash now, just to get the chlorine smell out . . . I won't be using it for what I had bought it for, but I'll still be able to use it for something . . .
Give it some good tugs to make sure bleach didn't weaken the fibers. You might try soaking overnight in Oxyclean, it might brighten the white. It works for me on vintage dresses that have yellowed over the years.
Boy, do I know what you mean about washing fabric! I am making a quilt for my grandson who is going to college in a month. He wanted RWB, nautical instead of patriotic. I bought some beautiful dark navy with a variety of white dots, a dark red with strip (he told me he likes stripes) and a white with small red dots. I washed all together and somehow the white got small dots of blue on it in a variety of places. I bleached it and rewashed and it came out right away but I will be more careful next time. I'm using a pinwheel pattern with the red as the pinwheel and the navy with the largest triangle. I will bind it in red, then navy and have a great navy and white pattern for the backing. I am so excited...I love the way the blocks are taking form.
I know, however, why I love doing block swaps. I get really bored doing the same block and it will take 35 for this quilt. Think how bored I would get it I did a queen or kind?
So good to hear from you Marion; I've missed you and I have been gone while on vacation ,too.
I learned today . . . not 10 minutes ago . . . that my new job that was supposed to start this past Monday . . . has been postponed again! First it was pushed back to Wednesday. Then the agency guy calls on Tuesday to say it was pushed to Friday. He calls again a bit ago, and said he got an email from the lady at the company, where she said it would be crazy to start training on a Friday, so it's pushed to Monday.
Quoting:Break them in now Nichole so your feet won't hurt on Monday!!!!!
Ow! My poor aching feet! And to find out today that we can wear tennis shoes and jeans for the rest of the year! Guess I know what I'll be shopping for this weekend!
LK - I got a position thru a temp agency working in the Wire Transfer dept at USAA . . . I can't say how lucky I feel to have it, either! It is one exit away from me, it is on a bus route, so if hubby can't take me in the am, then I can catch a bus.
Yesterday, I also signed both kids up for after school care AT their school - hosted by the YMCA. Not only will they help the kids with their homework, there will be a snack, and activities! And the cost is almost half of what it is at the local day care centers. So, I feel lucky to have that, also!
The only thing I will regret is not being able to take my daughter to her first day of Kindergarten. I will still be able to take her (oh, and my son - but he's been thru it a few times already - it's my daughter that it's a novelty for!) to Meet The Teacher night, so will be able to make sure she knows where her class is . . . and her big brother too! Oh, how he disliked having to take her every day last year from the bus! But, they're my babies, and I'm over protective - even when I'm not there!
Nichole, I don't think you are over protective. If we don't watch over our children, then who will? The first day of kindergarten is special and I understand your feelings. My youngest GD starts first grade on the 22nd and although I won't be here, I have had the fun of shopping for her school supplies. What an adventure and fun too.