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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Silent Sunday - 10/22



Today's post is brought to you by the number 1022...


which also happens to be my house number.

Have a great Sunday!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Those little side trips

Three things to be happy about:
(1) flavored water
(2) a morning walk
(3) trying a new pattern

As I've been going through my fabric inventory I keep wanting to organize (once again!) my strip bins.  The worst, most tangled one is my 1-1/2" strips, how do they keep getting tangled??

Meanwhile I ran across an old McCall's (December 2006) with a pattern that appealed to me, double nine patches in a square-in-a-square setting.  Each little nine patch has dark fabric in the corner and middle positions.

The instructions say *gasp*
"...from assorted prints cut a total of 1,250 squares 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" ... stitch 9 assorted 1-1/2" squares together to make a nine patch"  
Say whaaaaat?



Well, I have a better idea!

This is where those tangled 1-1/2" strips come in.

Sew much ugly fabric in that strip bin!

I stitched light and dark strips into pairs...





Strip pairs became light/dark/light and dark/light/dark trios.

Then I cross cut the trios into 1-1/2" threesies...




Sewing those threesies together to make the nine patches will eliminate a lot of piecing time.

And, it will use up just a few of the tangled strips in my 1-1/2" strip bin!

Sew much easier, yes?


Well, today's the day I've been waiting for since last October - the annual Milltown Quilters shopping trip to Lancaster, PA!  Since the weather is supposed to be nice with no rain in the forecast,  I know our good time will be even better!

That's it for now, sew forth and sew on til later

Thursday, October 19, 2017

That little house quilt, again

Three things to be happy about:
(1) remembering when
(2) mailing labels
(3) learning a new tip

I like finding new tips!  Now, I'm not particularly a gadget person but I do like running across handy tips in unexpected places!  For example, I was watching a YouTube video the other night sponsored by Jordan Fabrics, and I saw the neatest thing - Matt placed an 8-lb barbell on his ruler while he cut a batik WOF.  My ruler always wants to shift just as I reach the far end of a long cut, probably because of the way I lean over it.  What a great idea to keep rulers from shifting!


Here's another money-saving tip (spend that money on fabric instead!):

I own a pair of quilting gloves that I got at a quilt shop, but I'm pretty sure I got these gloves at the Dollar Tree in the tool section. 

What's in a name anyway?

Whatever.




The houses are quilted! 


This little bit of of ugly was used for the binding (Why did I even buy this fabric???)

Who'd have thought it would actually look this good?  But agsinst the ugly blue Christmas fabric I used for the backing (see it here), not so much.  Does it match the front?  Nuh-uh.  Does it matter to me?  Nope!

You know what really matters?  Another quilt got added to the "done" pile!  Finished is better than majoring on the minor, right?

Just to move it along and because I didn't want to think about it, I quilted it with a simple wavy line, edge to edge - it looks good enough I think.

Have a great Thursday (where did the week go?); sew forth and sew on til later!