Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Critter Comforts #2, DONE

QAYG, backing squares were all laid out perfectly perfect, but when I turned the project face up, then the string blocks looked really terrible and chaotic.  I decided the front side with many various strings needed to be more organized than the back, so ... Perhaps next time I won't try to use up so many various stash items on the back.  But I like it, and the fabrics are all attractive, just not well ordered.

 Uh oh -- no fabric on this corner - this calls for creative applique!
 Done - destined for Donation Quilt.  This looks a lot like Critter Comforts #1, completed a few months ago. 
 Closer view of back.
It's very flat and square - lawn is crooked!  I totally enjoyed this QAYG method and am looking forward to the next project.   

Friday, November 24, 2017

QAYG, "Creature Comforts #2" -- waaaaaay toooooo much fun!


This went together quickly and I even had a normal life between sewing times. 

Lesson# 4652:  Backing squares are a variety of suitable stash, all arranged so the BACK looked coordinated and attractive, but when I turned them over, the front was a MESS, waaaay too chaotic, sooooo, I had to rethink that plan, and concentrated on giving the front a bit of order - the back is - uhhhhh ... interesting.  I'll reveal it in a later post.  You can tell the maker (ME) was frugal and using what she had.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

"Critter Comforts #2", (another QAYG)

I still had more animal prints, more kids prints, more batting scraps, and more fabrics for backing squares so I'm making another QAYG, this time, a bit more girly, (more pinks).  Finished blocks (trimmed) are 8.5 in.  They are 6 x 8, a good size kids quilt.  Honestly, this has been pure fun!   It only me about 1-2 weeks.  I put one row together with sashing in less than one hour this morning.  I was VERY neat and precise, and the stitches on back fell neatly OFF the sashings, like I wanted.   If you've made this version of QAYG, you probably know what I'm talking about.  Keep your iron hot and ready. 

My method is from a YouTube video from Erica Selman who says hers was from Leah Day. 

Here is my stack of finished blocks - even tho the strings were fairly randomly sewn, I did arrange them with a little order, and always white down the diagonal center.  When preparing to sew, I pinned the each rows together, and pinned a number on upper left for the appropriate row.  Stay organized - there is a lot of flipping back and forth during construction and it is easy to get them out of order.  I also had my variety of backing squares carefully planned and orderly,  but then the front was too chaotic, so I gave up on the back symmetry and concentrated on the front looking good.  It will be a surprise when I turn it all over! 

Strips on front (white) are cut 1.5 in., folded/pressed in half, and back strips (pink) are  cut 1 inch.   
One row, done.  My garden gnome says it's looking good.   

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Visually Disturbing

Hmmmm - wonder why my vacuum quit? 

OK, to the shop, 60 miles there, 60 miles back and I had to leave it.  Great Vac & Sew repair shop, but no idea of damage we caused when we tried to thoroughly clean up this mess, but they kindly gave me a loaner while I wait to find out damage. 

I'm also waiting for the new electrical connection and new range "eye" -- guess I'm not making gravy for Thanksgiving. 

Guess I'll sew, and work on my second QAYG kids quilt.  8-)))

I am wishing all of you a blessed, warm, and safe Thanksgiving Day. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fence Rail, or is it Rail Fence?

This inspiration came from Quiltville.com - thanks Bonnie!

Simple stash user, but those black and white checks took some getting used to!  In the end, they make the quilt!  (Where have we heard those kinds of comments before?)

I quilted it with light blue variegated in a topographic type design.  There's a lot of quilting in there, more than necessary for a kid's quilt - wish I had done something simpler but it sure gives it a nice texture.




Above - the last of that cute fabric!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Short and Sweet - Waste of Money!

Scissors Sharpener - Don't waste your money - it did not sharpen my scissors, but made them even worse.  I can't remember what I paid, but perhaps $14.99 - must have had too much money that day!