Around the World Quilt Block

27 Oct

This is one of the quilt blocks I was cutting when I posted the blog about tools not costing a leg and arm.  I have to make 16 of these.  I have 3 done, 13 to go.  Then I have two other blocks I have to make.  I’ll keep you posted.

May Every Stitch Be a Happy Stitch!

Best Quilt Binding Video

26 Oct

I just bumped into this.  I have been wanting to learn how to miter my corners when I put a binding on my quilts.  This video is easy to understand, and really gives detailed information.  For any of you wondering the same thing, I think you will find this very helpful.

May every stitch be a happy stitch!

Helpful Tools That Don’t Cost an Arm and a Leg

25 Oct

I have spent the last two days cutting out a quilt.  This quilt has a lot of curves.  I wanted to rotary cut it, but found ou t,  I was trimming my pattern every time I made the corner.  That is not a good thing to have  happen.  I dug out my mat that rotates, but it was so stiff, I couldn’t get as nice of a cut as I needed.  I started going through all of my tools that I have accumulated, nothing that I had bought for quilting was working.  Then I remembered a block my husband made me for tracing  the Dear Jane quilt pieces. One side has sandpaper, the other side has a cutting mat. Instead of trying to cut the pieces with the template in place, I placed my strips of fabric on the sandpaper block, traced around my template, ( after I made a new one), it cut my time in half.  Then I dug out my old lazy susan.  By placing my block on it, with the mat side up, I was able to cut out my pieces quickly and accurately.

The other item I was having trouble with was the quilters tracing pencil.  After much frustration with it, I threw it in the garbage and grabbed my white colored pencil.  It worked perfect.

It just goes to show you, sometimes tools of the trade are not as good as improvising.

Happy Quilting!

This is on the sandpaper side of my block

Flipped over to the cutting side.

Sitting on the Lazy Susan Turn Table. It turns freely, making cutting smooth.

Make 4 Flying Geese Units at one time

21 Oct

This method is by far my most favorite way to make the Flying Geese Unit.  Some quilters like using the Quilt In A Day method, but for those do not have the rulers, this is perfect.

Happy Quilting

Flying Geese Made Easy

21 Oct

This is a really good video for making traditional Flying Geese.

Flying Geese are used in so many quilts, and is probably the hardest block to make for accuracy.  This simplifies the process.

Happy Quilting

Fabric Calculator

21 Oct

Yesterday I purchased a fabric calculator.  I can’t believe I have not done this sooner.  It saves an enormous amount time and frustration trying to figure out yardage for quilts, blocks, sashing, binding.  Wow what a great thing to have.  It is very user friendly, came with great instructions both written and DVD.

I recommend this for any quilter, especially for those of you that have trouble with math.  I had a 50% off coupon for JoAnn’s, lucked out that they were not already on sale, I got a good price.

Happy Quilting!

 

 

My Goof

16 Oct

This weekend I had time to catch my breath.  My husband was watching football, which I have no interest in, so I decided to cut out a quilt.  I turned on my favorite radio station, poured me a glass of wine, and withdrew to my sewing room.

The pattern was a winter theme, the fabric I was using had baby woodland animals, cabins, snowmen, etc.

I pulled out the pattern, read it over, got out my fabric, made a few mental notes on what I wanted to do and needed to do to achieve my goal with this pattern, then I went to work cutting out my quilt. The pieces that could not be easily rotary cut, I painstakingly traced  the pattern pieces onto template plastic, and then cut them out.   My quilt consisted of one block,  and I needed 16 blocks. The block consisted of 6 pieces, and there was a lot of fussy cutting that had to be done and two  parts of the block had curved set in pieces.  There was quite a bit of cutting to do.

By the time my husbands football game was over, I had finished cutting out my quilt.  It was time to start dinner, so I put my quilt aside and decided I wouldn’t start sewing until the next day.

Yesterday, I finally had time to start sewing on my quilt.  I got all of the curved pieces sewn to the top of each piece, as the pattern showed.  Now I was ready to start assembling the block. I organized all of my pieces and started sewing the pieces to make my block. I started putting my block together.  That is when I discovered my big blunder.  I cut half of the blocks wrong.  Because of the print, I neglected to make sure my pieces were going the right way when I sewed everything together.  If I put the block together the way I cut it, my animals, trees and cabins would be upside down in every other block.

I was so perturbed with myself for not catching that error before I cut everything out.  It just goes to show you, even seasoned quilters can make big blunders.

All is not lost yet on this quilt.  I will  have to formulate plan B and figure out another way to use the fabric.

New quilters don’t be disheartened when you goof up something, it happens to all of us.  The key is to not let it derail you.  Find a plan B and go from there.

Happy Quilting

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