Jul 10, 2021
Six inch blocks are no joke! This is the first time I've tried a smaller size block. There's no room for error, not in cutting or sewing seams. Apparently, all my seams sway at the end:) And easing is a bad, bad idea. Bad Quilter! Bad! I even pinned the rows together and I don't normally bother. I spent three hours today trying to figure out this one. I made cookies and took some breaks, too, but it was intense. It looks like one of the simpler ones in the book, too. Finally, I cut the rectangles half an inch larger than the pattern called for and trimmed the final triangle blocks to fit the four patches. Not pretty. I'm going to redo it, this isn't going in my final quilt. But I'm going to do a few more blocks first and try to get a handle on this six inch size. And I'm going to research tips on working with smaller sized blocks. Hopefully they won't all take me three hours. Maybe I just need to watch a refresher course or something. I taught myself how to sew, maybe I'm doing it wrong? I'm determined to make this quilt! I love my fabric, the patterns are pretty, I've wanted to for a long time, and I'm going to do this by next Christmas. It'll be a present to myself. Anybody have advice on working with small blocks? Any suggestions at all? At this point, I'm willing to try skinning chickens and lighting candles.
Jul 01, 2021
In Are you mental?
Wa Hoo! Tomorrow, my state will get rid of all the coronavirus restrictions. No more masks! Huzzah! I've decided to smile at everyone, now that they can see it. And I'm reveling in the idea of people being able to hear me clearly again. And to go shopping without having to go back to the car halfway to the store because I've, once again, forgot my mask. Tonight, we're going to burn all our masks and roast marshmallows over their charred corpses. Late tonight, like at 10 pm. That's late for a married woman with four children at home! It's just so hot right now, 112 yesterday. Good grief.
Jun 22, 2021
Is anyone else finally getting around to doing a Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Quilt? I wanted to do one before it was ever published as a pattern book and was just a collection of patterns Jennifer Chiavenini put up online to go with her book. I had some printed out and was all ready to go. I had a handful of little kids at the time, so my quilting dreams got left behind somewhere on the diaper aisle. A dozen years later and there I sat at thriftbooks.com, just enjoying the good bargains, browsing their quilt stuff and I came across the sampler in book form. Holy Cow! What a flashback. I clicked that button and a few days later I had the book. Today I got the fabric. Pretty stuff from two different red rooster fabric collections. I love their fabric! It's so beautiful, my pictures don't do it justice. I'm just waiting on a small rotary cutter and some starch and then BAM! I finally get to make one. I feel a little silly being nostalgic for a quilt pattern, but it is such a beautiful thing that I wanted to make but just couldn't.