Sunday, November 27, 2011
or is it - Scrappy Happy?
All I know is that I have been working on this project for awhile, but the scraps seem to be growing....hmm
What to do with all of these scraps! I hate throwing out scraps, but they are taking up too much space! The bags are multiplying! It's time to use them up and get some storage space back. So my mission this winter is to use up all of these scraps.
For some reason, most of my scraps are long strips so using this foundation pattern works well for using up all those scrappy strips. It is a 6 1/2 inch block so the scraps can be pretty small. Yes, I'm bad about saving the very small pieces. I think after this quilt is finished, I will use a larger block size and get rid of the larger scraps.
I love using paper piecing. No measuring or miscalculations! Well, okay...sometimes I underestimate the size of fabric and end up short when I fold it over. But that rarely happens now. After a few of those mistakes, I double check and when in doubt - I look for a larger piece! I've got plenty of them!
|older pattern from Quiltmaker (sorry, I don't which issue)|
I separated the scraps by colors. Two colors per bag. Yellows/oranges in one bag. Reds/purples in another. Blues/greens in a third. Whites/blacks in a fourth and centers for fussy cutting. Oh yea, plenty of scraps to work with on this project!I picked out a center and decided to start with the reds and purples.
light box* so I can see the pattern through the paper. I place the center scrap face up and the second scrap face down on top of the center. Just like sewing two pieces together except there is paper attached to them and the seams don't have to line up.
I make sure there is a little over 1/4 inch of fabric over the guide line I will be sewing on. I pin parallel and away from the line using a pin with a flat flower head* for less bulk.
*I added links to a couple of my tools so you can see what I am talking about.
I like to sew over the lines to help anchor the thread in place. Sometimes removing the paper pulls the threads loose.
For trimming the extra material, I use a ruler called "Add-A-Quarter"*. It has a ridge measuring 1/4 inch. I have two rulers for different lengths - 6 inch and 12 inch long. I started with the smaller one and found out it doesn't work too well on larger foundation projects.
There's a 1/8 inch add-on ruler for miniature foundation quilts, but I refuse to go that small just because I would have doubled my scrap bags!
This shows the fabric's seams.
Back to the cutting board. Using a regular ruler, I line it up to add in the seam allowance. I trim paper and material together.
|Showing the seam allowance|
I usually save all the blocks for TV time. I can watch a favorite show and tear paper (and make a mess) at the same time - aren't I multi-talented? LOL!
Won't these blocks will make a bright and cheerful quilt for Project Linus?
Here are some more free foundation patterns at Quiltmaker.
Just a quick note: We had a wonderful visit with our son Shaun. I wish he could have stayed longer since he can't make it back for Christmas.
Well! Back to sewing! Happy Quilting All!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Shaun and Dan walked the cats while I cooked. Here are a few of the birds that came to visit.
|Gnarly old Cottonwood|
|Fall colors at Sonoita Creek|
|Dan & Shaun|
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I'll probably get most of the dinner prepared while waiting for Shaun to get here. Small space so I have to do some careful planning and I might be able to make two dishes at a time - depending on what is involved.
Here are some pictures I have taken since we settled into our winter home - Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve. One morning I took a walk with frost on the ground. The birds seem a lot busier in the mornings. Flying all over the fields, but I managed to catch one resting before he realized I was taking his photo.
|Good Morning Sunshine!|
|Yes, I am keeping one eye on you|
|Tarantula - one of many|
The Help by Kathryn StockettExcellent book! Now you are probably wondering how I finished another book so fast. Well, I was listening to this one on my iPod. (Yes, while reading the other book.) There are four narrators which is quite different from most audio books with one or two narrators. Their southern accents were perfect.
Most of you probably know the story already thanks to the movie being released. I hear it is very good too. I can't wait to see it, but I'll wait until the DVD is available. I prefer to sew while watching a movie.
There are three main characters. There is Skeeter, a young white woman raised by and closer to a black maid then by her mother. She has a college education, but is not encouraged to find a job half as much as she is encouraged to find herself a man to marry.
There is Aibilene, an older, very experienced, and very observant black maid with a big heart. She helped raise 17 white children.
And there is Minny, a younger black maid always getting herself in trouble just because she speaks her mind.
These three women give you a walk-in-my-shoes view of what the South was like living in the 1960s during the Civil Rights movement. A troubling time not just for the Southern Blacks, but for any Southern White person willing to agree that it was time to change.
I'm not doing a plug and I am not getting anything for telling you this. My brother told me about this great membership club to help me save money on audible books.
I use my iPod to listen to my books. I haven't tried burning a disc, but I'm sure that too can be done if you are wanting to listen to a book in your car. iTunes, of course, saves everything so I never have to worry about losing my books if my computer crashes....Knock on Wood!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank the following Artists for adding my Mug Rugs to their treasures. If you see something you like, please click on the item and you will go right to the shop.
|Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve|
at 7:19 AM
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
Okay! Time to turn around and go the other direction! I'm glad I did change directions to follow the spring-fed creek trail. The sun was hitting it just right to cause steam to rise up. So enchanting! I looked for Frodo and Sam, but I did not see either Hobbit. Darn!
The rest of my walk was uneventful, but very relaxing. I took this last photo with my Fish-eye lens just for fun. I hope you enjoyed my walk and photos.
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