Monday, September 15, 2014

Design Table Monday

I'm boxing my stars.  

Here are some more.

 I just ordered yet another book on quilting as you go.  I really don't like the process of making the quilt sandwich.  What I want is to make the individual blocks, then make a mini-sandwich of backing, batting and block, quilt it (either by hand or machine) and then join the blocks as I go along.  I've been looking at various techniques and am still searching for the perfect one.  Which I may never find.  

At any rate, these guys will all be joined up.  A white border, and that's it.

Have I told you just how much I love making these?

Friday, September 12, 2014

No more inept quiltarian.

I'm still in starry heaven.  Who knew that flying geese could be such fun?  Way back when I started quilting, I did a couple of Schnibbles, and one of the patterns included tons of flying geese.  So, being brave and dumb, I made tons of the geese.  I used Carrie's method, which works for most people, but not for me.  This time, I made rectangles with folding corners, and I can do it!  By golly, I'm a real quilter!  Like knitting, the quilting world has lots of ways to make the same object. And one of these days, I'm going back to making Schnibbles!

I boxed in one of the stars and I like how it looks. I have 4 different fabrics for the boxes.  This star is my first star before I got those points correct.  I'll keep it just to remind me of how far I've gotten.  Besides, I like the color.

And i am no longer an inept quiltarian.  Well until the next time something messes up.  Eh, who cares, I'm learning and having fun.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More Stars.

I think I'm a star-crossed lover.  I love making stars.  Yes, I know what the original phrase means.  But I like making stars and then arranging them, and crossing them over each other.  Sigh.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stars again

Yay, stars!  I did it!  I conquered flying geese and folded corners!  Wow, does this ever open up possibilities for me.  

I really struggled with these two elements, until I realized that moving the needle was the way to handle them.  So I move the needle to the right 2 clicks (I have an older Pfaff without the gazillion needle positions), and then my sewing line is a pinch over the actual sewing line.  And it works!

There are many quilters who can handle that scant 1/4" seam naturally without having to resort to playing with needle positions, but I'm not one of them.  So, my scant 1/4" seam is 3 clicks to the right, and now my geese and corners are 2 clicks to the right.  

I made a note and stuck it onto the machine, 'cause you know I'm going to forget this.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Design Floor Monday

Stars in my eyes.  As a somewhat inept quiltarian,I need to work extra hard on flying geese blocks.  But I think I'm getting the hang of it.  First star on the left has cut-off points of the stars, but the other two are much better.  Yay, me.

The plan is to make 25 stars, and border each one with a print fabric.  I initially wanted to use the white in the blocks, but I don't have enough fabric, whereas I have a lot of pretty prints that will match.  5 blocks across and 5 down.  I make square quilts.  I like the symmetry of  square quilts.

And that's all the quilting news of the day. 


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