Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some Days.....

I decided on a star block for the baby quilt I want to make. It is going to be pink stars with every other block a plain polka dot. Sounds pretty simple and straightforward right?
This only took me 2 HOURS to make!

I drew my size out on graph paper, a 6" star. A good start.

Next came the math.....not my favorite part at all....I am also thinking of my friend Terry right now for some reason.....
Ok, so I do remember how to convert fractions, but do I have the right fractions?????

I wanted to use the same technique I used to make these flying geese blocks.  But oh, how to figure it all out!!!
Then I remembered that Sophie from Sophie Junction sent me her tutorial page on how to make them any size your heart desires! Yes now I am saved from doing math!!!! Do go check it out, save it, pin it on Pinterest or print it out so you have it if you like this method.

So now you would think I am down the home stretch right? Uh no, I sewed the flying geese wrong. The pink and white fabrics should be switched. Now while this does not look bad, it is not the look I am going for here.

Next once I finally got them sewn correctly, I sewed it on the center square the wrong way. Will I ever get this sewn right?

I finally did but not before I cut the corner squares the wrong size too! Maybe this was a day to walk away from the sewing machine....
I know now that directional fabric will drive me crazy making this block. This was to be an experimental block (I'll say it was!). I have enough of the polka dot fabric to do the whole quilt so that will stay. I also pressed the seams open which I seem to be doing more and more. I like how it makes the block nice and flat, especially smaller blocks.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Red Hot

I laid out all my Farmer's Wife blocks to see what I had in the way of colors. I am heavy on the red and blue! I am up to 50 blocks and I am trying to decide how far I will go. I definitely need more yellow and green.

I really like the combination of these two fabrics together and I love basket blocks.

So you will notice both of these blocks have red and blue in them.  Now I have to plot out the rest with a little more green, yellow and a dash of pink.
I do love these blocks and think it will be a nice quilt when I get to the end.

I also made some more nine patches, I can't stop making them. Some of them were made with the scraps from the FW quilt and some were just scraps laying around on the sewing table.

Oh and I started another quilt, for my cousin who just became a grandmother for the first time. I also need to make a baby girl quilt for a special mom who thought she would never have a baby. Sometimes you get the nicest surprises when you least expect it! I am so happy for her.
Do you have a go to pattern for a baby quilt?I would love to know......


Monday, July 21, 2014

Mini Vacation

My husband and I got away for a long weekend at this gorgeous place! Yes it really looked this good!

As my friend Judie says, there is nothing like being on the's so calming.

We were on the ground floor, right behind that clump of trees to the right, overlooking the water.......

We had front row seats to a wedding at the end of the pier! How fun was that? When the ceremony was over, the yachts honked their horns in celebration!
I will be back with some sewing this week.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Really Random Thursday Post

I have a few random things to show you today. I have a lot of almost finished things.
This is going to be a quilt for our quilt show's mini quilt raffle to be held next spring. I totally copied another one I made (well not exactly). The point is to make things people will want to buy a raffle ticket for. Who doesn't love a sunflower?

My friend Chris has recently discovered hexagons. She has been laboriously cutting them out with scissors. While I do have some larger ones already in progress, I want to make a small grandmother's flower garden. This paper punch is a 1" and makes tons of card stock hexagons in a jiffy!

Maddy's flower
It even encourages kids to be creative and they love to punch them out.

These are from the quilt along with 1/4" Mark.  So last week when I wasn't on the computer, I got these out to sew together. I couldn't remember how we were to lay them out and of course they were not in the order that I made them, so I had to wing it.

Have you heard about these new needles? I LOVE the box. You can get them at the Quilt Block in Exton. Jan, one of the owners gave me one to try and I really liked it. I will be buying more if for no other reason than I like the box! Marketing does work on me....

I also got a box of thread. Aurifil is my favorite thread to use. What is your favorite?

A box of thread that are totally my colors!

I taught a Quick Curved Ruler class yesterday and look at all the beautiful blocks!!! These are Holly's.

Sue and Holly
They did such a good job and caught on right away.

Sue is making a Christmas quilt.

Mary Lou

Mary Lou even brought her own table to get good and comfy. What a nice set up.

Mary Lou went through her stash and came up with this pretty combination.

I should have stole some of these scraps to make some nine patches.......I can't stop thinking about them!
Thank you ladies for a really fun day!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nine Patches

So while I was away from the computer I got all these nine patches sewn together. They are for the swap I am doing over at Barb's blog. Even though the swap is closed check out her tutorial, it is the only way to make a bunch of nine patches in a short amount of time and they are very accurate. I made a total of 100.

No small pieces, strip piecing.

Chain sewing makes it all go fast. It's kind of addictive you just want to keep making them!

When you use this technique you get 2 patches that have opposite colors. I now wish I had made an extra set for myself using my fabrics. I thought of  that at the very end when I had ten left to make.

The break from the computer was nice, I didn't even look at the emails on my phone, I thought I would be tempted. I did check on Saturday night because I got a new phone and was playing with it, but only one. I found I did not miss it as much as I thought I would.
I did get a lot of sewing done but now I have a ton of blogs to catch up on! Have you ever given up the computer for any length of time? How did it make you feel?


Monday, July 7, 2014

Breaking Blog and a Tutorial

I have had a few requests to do a tutorial on these Flying Geese blocks. I know it  has been around since the '90s and have no idea who to credit with the discovery of how these work. So if you know tell me and I will be sure to post it.

Start with a square 4 1/2". I did fussy cut this but you don't have to. This is the "goose" part, the triangle you see in the middle. The little side things are the sky, in my mind at least.....

A word of caution..... if you are starching you fabric, do it before you cut it out. This one went totally out of square when I did it afterwards.

Next cut out 4 squares that are 2 1/2". These I do definitely starch, it makes the piecing much more precise, well at least for me.

Draw a diagonal line down the back of the four squares with a pencil.

Take your 4 1/2" square and lay 2 of the 2 1/2" squares as in  the picture, right sides together, making sure they overlap in the center. The lines should match up. Be sure the outside corners are also matched up.

It should look like this. Gently pin each side.

Sew 1/4" on each side of the line. Go right through the section where they overlap. Turn it and do the other side.

It should look like this, make sure those centers stay aligned.

Now cut along the pencil line, either with a rotary cutter or scissors.

Flip up the pink triangles and gently press. I feel it is better to actually turn them over with your fingers and press with the iron, rather than use the edge of the iron. That way they don't get distorted. Ask me how I know that.....

Take that unit and add one of the extra pink 2 1/2" squares as shown in the picture. Line up your edges and make sure the line is in the center of that "valley".

Again you will sew 1/4" on each side.

Cut it are almost there....

Now gently press open the pink fabric. I also turn this over by hand and don't use the edge of the iron. Trim off the dog ears and you have pretty perfectly sized Flying Geese. This process makes 4 Flying Geese.

The only "formula" that seems to work as far as sizes goes is this.......

 (1) 2 1/2" square for goose and (4) 1 1/2" squares for sky made the small ones on the far right they finish at 1 1/8" x 1 3/4"

(1) 4 1/2" square for goose and (4) 2 1/2" squares for sky make the middle ones, they finish at 2 1/8" x 3 3/4"

(1) 6 1/2" square for  goose and (4) 3 1/2" squares for sky make the large ones, they finish at 3 1/8" x 5 3/4"

The key being the sky size is the Goose size divided by 2. I am no math whiz but I did figure that out. If anyone knows of  a chart I would love to hear about it.

My friend  Barb who blogs at Fun With Barb is having a nine patch swap. For purely selfish reasons on my part, she needs some more people for the modern swap. She also has a repro swap but I think that one is closed. Her technique is really great on how to make many of them very quickly. You have until October to make them, so come on join the fun. Tell her I sent you.....

Those of you who blog on a regular basis know how much time and energy is put into it every week. I enjoy it very much and love all the feedback and friends that I have made during the almost 4 years I have been blogging. I am going to take a little break and get some other things on my list done. Every day I think about what I will be blogging about this week and while it is fun it can also get me a little crazy at times. I know what I like in a blog so I don't want to fill it with mundane stuff that wastes my time and does not interest you.  I will be back in a week or so, who knows I may even have some awesome sewing to show you.....see it's always there in the back of the mind.
I am completely turning off my computer for the break so I will have a lot of catching up to do when I come back. I am wondering if I can actually do it, keep it off for a whole week.
So starting tomorrow morning I will unplug. I will be anxious to read all your comments!