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October 8th, 2017 at 8:17 pm

FMQ – 1st time on a real top

It’s not even

It’s not perfect

it’s not symetical

What it is…is done me by on my Sweet 16.

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October 6th, 2017 at 10:51 am

Bright Stars in the Fall?

So when I finished up binding on that last one, I was in a mode and I wanted to keep working on stuff. So I looked around the room to see if I could find something that I could finish. 

I started opening up project boxes to see if there was one that I could ‘whip’ together.  I ran across a stack of blocks that caught my eye – my “citrus quilt”.

Maybe it was because of the dreary, rainy day that it was, maybe it was just what my soul needed at that moment. Who knows, but I grabbed them and put them in to a cute little top.

The blocks aren’t prefect, a lot of the tips got trimmed off, but it just is so bright and shinny.  I think it would be so cute to be finished off and hung in a young girls room.

So I put the binding on 3 little quilts and took them off that pile, only to add another one to it.  Good grief, it’s an never ending cycle!

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October 6th, 2017 at 10:34 am

Fall is in the air

in: Crafting

It seems that I am only in the decorating mode every other year or so. This year, it came on fast, so now I’m even more motivated.  And the dog decided to photobomb the mums!  I think I need one more medium sized something to make this perfect – for now.

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October 6th, 2017 at 10:02 am

The month of September just flew by

in: Quilting

This month I spent most of my time working on finishing projects. I am trying to push myself to start binding the few quilts that I have done the actual quilting on.

I can honestly say that I have 3 finished quilts now. I even signed the back. I did a simple signature on the back with a little bit of info and my name – which is a big deal for me to do.

So, technically, as of right now, I do not have any quilt tops that are waiting for binding.  So, I guess I have to go and push myself to do some actual quilting now.

 

 

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September 23rd, 2017 at 10:03 am

Binding Binding Binding

in: Quilting

I knew it was a challenge for me to do actual quilting – mostly because it is the employs the science of chaos.

So, I decided to work on binding the 3 projects I have had sitting here waiting. I discovered a couple of great ‘tricks’ that made this process so much easier.

  • Making binding strips:

I did discover a great process that really made a difference when connecting the strips of fabric.

I use a small piece of painters tape aligned with the needle and this allows me to have a straight line to use a a guide as I sew the 45 degree angle. Basically the needle and the top of the two pieces of fabric are all aligned together, then I have the lower(extended) line to align the bottom of this connection to and use that to follow/guide the material under the needle.

It was a success the first time – which is probably why I kept making binding and was able to do the binding on all 3 little projects.  It made a huge difference in this tedious part of the project.

  • Attaching Binding

There are so many parts to this process that I am still struggling with but, I randomly came up with this little tidbit and it made such a difference.

Once I had the binding strips all sewn together, trimmed and ironed, I didn’t know what to do with them. So for the time being I wound them up on this large left over spool that I had laying around (usually the dog gets these to chew on, I guess she missed this one).

When I was ready to attach the binding strip, i was struggling trying to control everything that was going to have to happen. Then it dawned on me, I took the spindle that I had the trips wound onto, removed the two I wasn’t going to use, created a sling (using a scrap piece of ribbon that was laying around) and hung the spindle from the table. 

 

Now, on to the next hassle, getting the binding to look half way decent.

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September 5th, 2017 at 2:27 pm

New Favorite thing in Excel – Frequency

I love it when I can learn a new thing in software program.

I have had to do this function many times before, however, I have never run across this option:  “Frequency”.

A B C D
1 Purchased   Colors
2 Green   Green
3 Yellow    
4 Green    
5 Red    

 

=frequency(B2:B10,D2) Results = 2

Counts how many times in B2 thru B10 that match what is in D2 – Awesome.

so, let’s add a little bit to this (I love things that do multiple things at one time (multi-tasking!) )


IF… you wanted to know how many unique items are in a column:

=SUM( — (FREQUENCY(B2:B5,B2:B5)>0))

—   =  Double-unary: A single unary operator (-) coerces true/false values into -1/0. By using the double unary operaor, we coerce the values again to 1/0.

This can be used in place of the countif statement for large sets of data.

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September 4th, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Snowy Day Quilt II

Well last weekend we were on a day trip up north and on the way back it was early enough that I got to stop at a couple of small quilt shops.  It was awesome.  One shop had lots of finished quilts that are so fun to look at and see how they look done (not at my house, that’s what makes it so fun).  There were not many kits or samples at that shop, but I still love stopping there – lots of Up North Feel to it.

Then the second shop – they always have lots of kits available. Which are my weakness.  I swear, every single project they have on their walls screams out to me to take home and make. But I had to refrain, because I know how much is already here to do.

3 yard bundles from LQS – best thing ever in my book

I got all the way to the back of the store and I broke. They had 2 quilts up on the wall as samples of a 3 yard and a 5 yard quilt. And quess what – they had fabric bundles …. ready to go …  How the devil and I supposed to pass those up.  I picked up three of them.

Once I got them home I just knew that I had to make another Snowy Day Quilt with the bright purple & green pack. With a little white added, ok a lot of white it seems, it came together so cutely.

 

I so love the colors, it would have taken me a month to put together these fabrics for this quilt. It it just perfect.

But it was pretty close.  I have a small, small piece of green left (I even had to piece together 2 sqaures to complete one of these large ones of the green), and when I was sewing the little bit of sashing around the outside, I ran out of bobbin – 32″ from the end, and this is what I ended up with for top thread…  I don’t think there is 24″ left from here to the needle.  Good grief for cutting it close.

So because I had some extra fabric I decided to use on of the blocks (that I didn’t use in the original pattern) to make a small kid size throw blanket.  I can’t wait to get this one done, it so darn cute.

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August 6th, 2017 at 5:20 pm

SnowDay Quilt – All put together?

in: Quilting

So got all the blocks made – falling deeper and deeper in love with this project every moment!!!

During the week, I was able to get them all ‘sashed‘ together and a border around the whole thing – love, love, love it!

Then it happened … I made the mistake of asking my hubby what he thought of it.

He said : “It’s kinds short isn’t it?”  – he’s 6’2″ I’m not!

So off I went to add another row. It took me longer to design/choose 3 new blocks, make them, take apart the end and attach the new row than it did to make all 9 blocks last week. Not quilted yet, but I have the perfect backing material and I love how this top turned out.

 

And the best thing is that I already have a coordinating fabric (that I love as much as this top) for the back of this quilt. Maybe, this will be the first one I actually finish all the way – my hubby sure hopes so, the fabulous quilt rack he made me is still hanging on the wall empty.

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August 2nd, 2017 at 8:32 pm

Fly by Month

in: Quilting

I can’t believe that July
Flew by with the blink of my eye!  

I started a bunch of projects this past month, finished a couple, yes only a couple.

I made T-Shirts for family that we unexpectedly doing a project together – I can’t share them yet, because not everyone has gotten there’s yet. But they are hilarious!

But today, I was working in the craft room, feeling not very accomplished and I looked down and my heart was immediately warmed by this, simple sight…

the joy a simple garbage can can bring someone.

Seeing this made me feel accomplished – a garbage full of trimmings – AWESOME! 

Wait ’til you see what was being trimmed. I don’t know which I like more the front or the back – it’s a toss up for totally different reasons!!!

 

 

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July 29th, 2017 at 6:48 pm

SnowyDay Quilt – NQC Quilt Block Challenge

in: Quilting

So joined a new group on facebook – NQC Quilt Block Challenge and they had run a Snow Day Quilt Block challenge this winter. I fell deeply in love with the pattern they had so I set out to find fabric.

Well as things usually go, I ordered, I shopped, I reordered, I shopped other places…only to come across a bag of fabric that I had purchased some time ago for another BOM that I was in and never did. Good Grief Charlie Brown!!!

It was the perfect fabric and there was more than enough to do this challenge quilt.  So, I started cutting.

The pattern called for 3 fabrics plus background, the fabric stash I found had 4 colors and the background fabric in there had a lot of black so I decided to take this opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and use black for my background.

So, with everything laid out, I started to put my first block together. What I didn’t realize is that these blocks are 16″ – wow, now I know why I needed so much fabric.

Got my first block done and I just sat and stared at it.  REALLY!!! Usually this happens farther into the project, when I’m in Zombie mode. Not this one, first block and of course it’s in the middle of this 16″ block.  The 2 gray pieces  didn’t come together very well at the corner, but the bigger problem is that one of them is backside out. 

For the love of Pete, George and Ringo!!!  At least I caught it before the whole things was put together – which is when I usually do find them.

So I am calling it quilts – no sense in pushing the line tonight!

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