Saturday, September 27, 2014

Red Bliss polka dots

Well, I did decide to use the red Bliss polka dots.....  notice the very slight change in the pattern directions I have made?


Friday, September 26, 2014

another option - Metro Rings

I found this chunk of a red print from either Bliss or Ruby (I think Bliss?) that goes with the April Showers prints.  So, the blue from the last post, or this print?  Decisions decisions!!!  At least I know this print wouldn't match up with any of the April Showers prints - and I could still use the blue print as a binding......


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Metro rings decisions

Trying to decide on the cornerstone color for the metro rings quilt.  I ordered the solid (I think this is Betty Teal?) that is supposed to coordinate.  It goes OK, but not perfect.  I ordered the ''mint'' that was suggested, and I am SO not in love with that color for these, so I didn't even bother to take a pic of it - I just stuck it away with my 30's prints.

Also trying to decide if I want to use one print/color or two.  I am leaning toward one print because I like the square instead of triangles....

Hmm, so far, I think that the blue polka dot might be my favorite.  The only problem being - there is some arcs that have that print in the end (see upper right in the pic below)

Decisions, decisions!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

120 arcs

Lovely pile of scrappy arcs.  Can you guess what I'm making?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Rookie mistakes

I made the biggest rookie sewing mistake on Monday working on the awning for my vintage camper trailer....  sewed wrong sides together on a seam (that wasn't a french seam).

Then, I did it again today!  Same exact mistake!

I am determined to get this awning for my vintage camper trailer done though!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

10 quilty little secrets

I have been seeing lots of ''quilty little secrets'' around blogland, so I thought I'd join in :)

1)  I don't prewash my fabrics.  I will make an acception with dark/bright solids.  I have no qualms about mixing washed and unwashed fabrics in my quilts.

2) I sew over pins.  I have never had a major disaster and have only had one pin get bent in half.

3) I am a fabric snob.  I love Moda fabrics.  I can't help it!  I rarely buy fabric from JoAnn's anymore - and if I do, it has to be the 'quilter' quality fabrics.  I hate that they are so expensive, but I'm worth it :)  I actually gave away almost all of my non-name-brand fabrics on freecycle.  I have one more area that I store fabric to go through and get rid of what's in there as well.  It won't ever get used, so why not have the space for more Moda (or DS Quilts, or Freespirit, etc.)

4) I iron.  I don't press, I IRON the heck out of my quilting.  With steam.  Lots of steam.  And I leave the water in my iron too.  I don't buy expensive irons, so when one starts to leak, I just buy another cheapo.  This last one has lasted me 3+ years and it was like $25.  Still more cost effective than an expensive one IMO.

5) I have a lot of UFO's.  A *LOT*.  It might exceed 20, but I'm not going to count, LOL.  I think I have adult ADD :)

6) I don't like quilting from scraps.  It just seems like such a pain.  Even cutting odd sizes from larger pieces of fabric is a headache to me.  I have been slowly working on the Gypsy Wife quilt - and I tell ya, that is the MOST challenging quilt I have done yet....  I don't know if I can keep from going crazy working on cutting the fabrics for it.  Sewing is fine, it's the CUTTING that makes me crazy.

7) I don't bury my threads when I quilt.  I pile up a few stitches and snip it off.  When I have to start a new bobbin, I pull up the bobbin thread to the top, pile a few stitches, stitch a few inches, then snip off the tails and continue on.  No burying threads for me, bleh.

8) I don't get the Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  Ick.  Too bold and weird.  And Liberty fabrics?   Eeesh.

9) I try to avoid using pink if at ALL possible in my quilts.  I rarely wear pink too.  The only pink clothing I have now that I wear is a fuschia tank top.  And that's only because it's super comfy and I bought it in all 3 colors they had because I like the comfort of it that much to tolerate wearing pink.

10) I totally dislike stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.  Yuk yuk yuk.  Don't like the way it looks, don't like to do it.  I much prefer an overall stipple or swirl.  I love fancier quilting for sure - but I stick with what I can do well.  Which is stipple and/or swirls, LOL.