Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New purchase



I went to the store yesterday and took my time to really look. I have been really hard on my cutting mats. I soak them and they just get such grooves in the surface. I change my blades often. I found this Fiskars 12 X 20 inch cutting mat. 

This is the back side to the mat. Yes two lined cutting surfaces. Maybe this will turn out to be a good purchase. My mother couldn't figure out how I went through mats like I did, but she didn't do as much cutting as I do.  

This is the label on the mat. It says Two-Sided Cutting. Yes I cut on the back side of several of the mats I have had, but I use the lines to square up my pieces for cutting. 

I went into the sewing room and took two mats out to the garbage. My husband has an old one to use for his cutting with and Exacto knife. Sometimes he make stencils and patterns to save. 

I am not associated with the Fiskar Co. Just wanted to pass on a hopefully good buy. They did have other sizes and when I need them I will replace with this brand if it works out well. I threw my receipt away but I think it was under $16 for this size. 

I don't care if I have a blue one or a gray or green mat just so they work.. Chris 

Changed Gears

My shoulders and neck have been bothering me of late. So I decided to walk away from the sewing machine for a couple of days. I needed something to do. Yes you say there is always cleaning. Well pushing a vacuum cleaner wasn't letting the shoulder rest.So I got this back out. I think I put it away about Christmas time and just haven't been back to it since then. I started this one yesterday. It isn't complete yet. 

This is about a year and a half worth of sporadic work on this. They are 1/2 inch on a side Hexagons all hand worked. To give you a reference this is my dining room table. So it is progressing in size. 

Auditioning another round for this star shape. I knew I cut extra 1.5 inch strips for a reason. That is the size strips I need to make these hexies out of.

Today I need to try and vacuum. Do a room at a time and see how far I get. I use to clean three houses in a day and my own takes a week to clean now. What is wrong with that? Like 25 years older I guess......

Hope you have a good day. Chris

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Rut Row

Well I thought I was smart. Now I know I am no smarter than Scooby Do!
See the top left block. Well I thought this was right. I finally read the instructions and found out it was suppose to be a 9-patch instead of 4-patch. So I had to add to the blocks to make them. Also I need a light and dark configuration. So 110 of each type of block. I have quite a few already corrected. At least no ripping out had to happen.

I had the right size of squares to sew together, but the total size of the block was wrong.

It has rained 2 1/10th inches in the last 24 hours. I think we might get a little more before it is overwith.

The grass is getting green already. The sun come out and we will be mowing real fast.

Have a good weekend. Need to cut some more. Chris

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Small parts and pieces

4-patches for sure. I have been cutting and stitching most of the day yesterday. The pressing has been almost an hours worth of handling small blocks. These are 2.5 inches 

These are a little larger. They are 3.5 inches. They go in the outside border. I have 58 of 360 of these sewn together. Long ways to go. 

These are 1.5 inch strip sets ready to be pressed and sub cut for the 2.5 inch blocks. I cut full width of the white and add small pieces of the colors I am using in the string blocks. Then I cut them into smaller sections and sub cut to the 1.5 inches. 

This is how they look when sewn onto the centers for this block. Now this block has a 1.5 inch black sashing sewn around the block to match the size of the string blocks that are pieced already.

Here is a picture of this quilt. It a Bonnie Hunter quilt. This is the "Fair and Square" in the book "Scraps and Shirttails II" She uses mens shirt pieces and scraps to make this quilt and most of them in this book. 

Intense stitching to get this scrap quilt made. It is 81.5 X 96 inches when finished. The combination of scraps will be individual because you use your scraps and your color choices are your own. That is the fun of scrap quilting. 

Raining here and suppose to rain the whole weekend. My husband mowed yesterday to clean up the leaves from the neighbors Pin Oak tree that doesn't loose it's leaves in the Fall. Other neighbors don't clean up their yard so all their debris blows around during the Fall and winter so it looks bad in the Spring. 

Today I need to run to the grocery and then back to sew. Also a few minutes today to vacuum the living room. Some each day makes it easier to keep up with. Chris 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Walked outside that was a mistake

I walked outside to see what was coming up and my allergies are really telling me they don't like me. I hate that feeling, but I hate staying inside all the time. Guess I will take some meds to clear that up. I came back in the house to do something to keep busy and I sorted some  more smaller pieces out. Smaller meaning fat quarters or smaller for cutting. I need 2 inch squares and 2.5 inch squares for this quilt. I started cutting and decided I needed a break.

Here is the second pile that needs cutting. I am sure there are many more. 

This is the third pile. If I keep a pile or two ahead I can get variety that way. Some of the fabric in this pile is some I got at a thrift shop. So I will use up the smaller stuff and maybe stack the bigger ones for the next cutting.  

. I am making the 1.5 inch squares into 2 patches by cutting strip sets. they are left over hunks off of the string blocks I make. I have a bunch pressed and subcut into 2 patches. Need to go in and make some more 4-patches. 
I need 30 of these blocks. I have all 30 of the centers cut and and I think four finished. I will be working on those over the next couple stitching sessions.

I also have to cut my white strips 1.5 inches so I have them ready when I start to sew. I hate to have to stop to cut more when I am sewing.

Beautiful outside if you don't have allergies. Chris

Being a cut up today

Got my 2 inch strips put and started cutting. The tub is a little larger than a gallon size. Plenty more to cut to finish this scrappy quilt. 

While I was at it I took the 2.5 inch strips and started whittling on them. I have a future project for them. Start while I have the pieces in hand and get more cutting done. 

I got my 18 string blocks cut and assembled for this scrappy quilt. I also have the corner pieces because of it being set on point.

Suppose to be nice today. I got the kitchen floor swept and mopped already so let the rest of the day be what it will be. Chris

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Way to busy to sew

Four year old multi tasking while holding her sister. Kids! 

She was a little fussy and wanted to eat all the time so I upped her amount of milk and she slept really good that way. She has a check up today and I am sure she is almost 15 lbs now. 

Here is a better picture of Autumn holding Charlotte. She does pretty good with her, but as she gets bigger it will be to much for her to handle her. Autumn wants to change diapers and giver her a bottle so I think she will be a good mother when she gets older. 

So as you can see during the day I was busy with these two. Then after dinner came and I got the 2 1/2 year old. She spent the night. At three am she slipped off the bed so had to get up and help her back into bed. So I have been up since 3 am. 

The Internet went out last night and I was to tired to check on it. It was the modem needed to be rebooted. so at 4 am I got that fixed. I am sure it is about time to get a replacement modem. They do wear out. The you have to wait for it to be mailed to you. 

Well while it is peaceful I will catch up on my blog reading. Chris