KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, BUT IT DOESN'T MAKE MY BLOW DRYER RUN!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Lots of Stuff Going On


I'm a Cover Girl! 😊😊😊


Last year I was contacted by 50 Plus Life magazine asking if they could do a story about my quilting. Mary from my guild gave them my name and I thank her for doing it. It is something I never would have thought about doing on my own and truthfully it was a bit daunting.

You can read it using this link Quilting Made Modern  I think Megan did a great job asking questions as a non-quilter and interpreting them into an article. How fun is the cover! They made a quilt using quilts, there's even stitching along the edges!



Some of you may remember the swap Barb Vedder organized I think in 2018. I love these blocks and wanted to get them in to a quilt. I am almost there. I also stretched and used a dark blue background instead of my usual low volume, light and airy fabrics I tend to use for the setting squares. I am so glad I did! It will be perfect for watching football (hopefully) this winter.


I have made quite a few tops the past few months. I am actually quilting one (albeit slowly) myself. I need to get some backs made to get the others finished. 


I am doing the Alison Glass Slow stitching along. I really like this but it took me forever to get to it. My stitches are needing some work but it went fast and I like my color choices.



I am doing a Sew Along for my guild and all the members made these pretty blocks for me! I am so touched that they took the time. It means a lot to me. Thank you all!



I have been painting too. I am taking an online class and you get to use an old fashioned Little Women ink pen! They are fun. This is another skill that I am learning and loving!


Some of you may have heard about a new product called Applipops. I was curious and decided to try them out. It's a way to get some pretty perfect circles for applique.
Sorry for the dark pictures, thank you Hurricane Isaias! Can you hear my generator humming through the computer?


I made a big one so now I am going try a small one. Cover the larger ring with a scrap of fabric.


Push the smaller ring into the back. It will look like this.


When you turn it over, the larger ring should look like this.


Trim your seam allowance. The directions say 1/4" or less. If you have done applique you know the smaller the seam allowance the better it looks and the easier it is to sew down flat. Go as small as you are comfortable.


I used the iron to start pushing the edges towards the center.


Take a paint brush (or a Qtip!) and put liquid starch all along the edge.


Use your iron tip to push all the edges towards the middle making sure the edges don't have any dents.
This was definitely harder with the smaller size but not that hard.
This is what it should look like.


Flip it over and it should look like this. I ironed both sides well to get a good crisp edge.


LET IT COOL! This is so important. If you don't let it cool you will lose your circle and it will be wonky.
After it is cool, pop out the smaller circle and it should look like this.


Pop out the smaller circle and there you have it, nice smooth edges and ready to sew down.


Here is the larger one with the smaller one. After you take the metal rings out, press it well and leave it until cool. Your edges will stay down better.


They come in 2 sizes. I bought both. If you are interested in them you can find them here...Applipops
Just so you know I bought these myself and am giving you my own honest opinion. I like to share what I find!


Lastly, I bought myself a book holder. While working I always am losing my papers or book. This makes it so much easier! This block might be the start of a new quilt!

Kelly

Thursday, June 4, 2020

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I am a little frustrated. Blogger changed it's format and I am trying to figure it out.....why can't they leave wel enough alone?
My new ironing board cover. This is the one I use that is near my sewing machine to press blocks and small pieces of fabrics.


I love how it fills the space and makes it easy to iron a fat quarter. The top one is the old one, you can see how small it was.


I am doing the Alison Glass stitch along. It is to work on our hand stitching and enjoying the slower process. I made a large container for I am not sure what. A bottle of wine will fit in there though....


Our first prompt was to use the Kantha stitch. I really enjoyed this and it did not take as long as I thought it would.

My quilt is getting bigger! All the blocks are sewn and trimmed. I just need to sew them together.


So now that I made my new ironing board......I found another way to press seams. Use your roller (I think I purchased this for paper piecing?) Open the seam and roll back and forth a few times.


I was skeptical but look how flat it is! Also there is no distortion and it takes 2 seconds.


I feel this technique is good for when you want your seams open. Look how nice they look!!! They never look this good when I iron.


A very nice flat block. I am going to be using this for lots of blocks.


Did you see this? Marcia, Marcia, Marcia has her own line of fabric! It does feel so 1970's. You can be sure I will be getting some of this. What do you think yes or no?

Kelly

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Going in Circles



Yes I have started another quilt! This is Chic Country by Sew Kind of Wonderful. They make the Quick Curve Ruler. Scrappy seems to be my thing these days!


It has gone pretty fast once you get all the  pieces cut out. That takes forever!!!! It does become mindless sewing which is good for me right now.


For those of you that have never used the Quick Curve Ruler, it will change your mind forever on curves! It makes them easy and doable.
After I cut out all those pesky pieces and sew them together it will look like this. Pretty bad? At this point you can spray it with starch or my favorite, Mary Ellen's Best Press.


Next comes the trimming, it's very satisfying.....


Pretty darn easy and a pretty perfect block.


AND you can chain piece them for an even faster way to go.


How perfect (for me) is this fabric? It is decorator weight and I am planning to make an ironing board cover along with a new board,  I need a bigger one. It is by Lori Holt and she has a Youtube video on how to make the ironing board. My friend Stephanie and I think she is the most clever quilter out there. She knows what we need before we do! 


I ran across this on Instagram and fell in love with the pattern and the colors. It's by French General.



It is not something I needed to add to my "pile" but I feel like things are slower in the summer and it may be just the perfect porch activity.

Once again, to those that emailed me for a pattern. If you did not receive one, it is because it did not include your email address and I have no way of know where to send it to. Same thing with comments. I always respond to every single comment, unless I don't have your email address.
Another thing.....Blogger has changed and I am not sure if I have figured out all the new steps. I hope this turns into a blog post!

Kelly

Monday, May 18, 2020

What Are You Sewing?


So this is on my design wall today. These are blocks for a Sew Along that my guild is doing. I am the organizer so I need to see this often to decide what the next blocks will be. This could not come at a better time for our members. I even added blocks because we all have a lot of time on our hands!


I love this book block! It was a fun one. I had to figure out how to fit in those titles.


All of my guilds have started having Zoom meetings. They are fun but let's face it, not quite the same as the real thing. I am hoping things will get back to normal so we can see real quilts and hear real lectures.
I won these at the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild last week. I have always loved the Quick Curved Ruler. The book has a fun tulip pattern I want to try.


So of course I had to try it out. Two blocks made using (2)  5" squares. They came out perfect which is the whole idea behind the ruler. If you have been wanting to try curves, this is the perfect tool. I do have a quilt in mind......


This is a Fig Tree block of the month. I am enjoying it and am excited to see how it unfolds.


My focus is still a bit shaky.....this is how the block is supposed to look


but I got this one instead! Oh well it will truly be my quilt.


I have also started a doll quilt. These blocks are 3 1/2". I will set them with alternating blue squares. At least that is the plan for now. As you can see, one can never have too many projects!



Wow! A lot of you wanted to make this quilt! I sent out about 200 patterns!!! I can't wait to see what you all do with it. I love how mine turned out and the colors are so bright outside. It feels kitschy and a little 1970's to me. Please ignore the dirty deck, we haven't cleaned it yet.


I feel like this is a pattern that you can use any fabrics with and have a successful quilt.


The more fabrics the merrier and the crazier the better!


So to be clear the size of the block is 10" not 12", I wrote it wrong. Also if you emailed me and did not get the pattern it is because I did not get your email. Sometime when people email the email address is not there. If this is you, please send me another email and include your email address in it and I will be happy to send it to you.
Now how to quilt it.....and figure out the name.

Kelly