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!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"Prolific Pyramids" - a finish

This may be called "Thousand Pyramids" but 1000 is too many this time.  All from my stash, except the backing.  I practiced "ruler work" on this one and was marginally pleased with what I did.  The end result is much better than I expected.  These triangles/pyramids are using the triangle from Tri-Recs, a little more graceful than the 60 degree equilateral triangle.  I called it "Prolific" because every time I turned around, another triangle was needed, and then those baby ones started showing up!

I was surprised with how easy this was and how many different ways the triangles could be set together, resulting in a myriad of variations.  I grouped 4 light and 4 dark triangles in each unit, and always had the darks on the same side each time.  I pressed seams open and again was pleased with the ease of sewing them, with reasonable care, as 2 sides were on bias. 

DH was holding this up and sun was shining thru.  It's all quilted and DONE.  

 Lots of straight lines, lots of practice with rulers!  I reverted back to free-form quilting in the side triangles. 
 Backing - isn't it delightful?  ... giraffes, with little blue baby giraffes. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Something from Nothing - a String Quilt

mmm not bad, considering the bin of strings I started with!  Of course, the bin is still full.  The blocks are sewn on phone book pages.  These blocks are 7.25 in. unfinished.  I don't mind removing the paper at all - it's a pleasant, mindless project.

Some of the blocks were getting kinda murky and dull-looking so I started sewing in some skinny, jazzy bright colors on the dark side.  Problem solved.