Sunday, November 25, 2012

sister suzy got some new shirts

Sister Suzy decided she needed some new t-shirts for college and she wanted to know if I would do some appliquéing like I did on her bird shirt.  I said sure and here are the results.
 The design for these two came from EQ-6, my quilt program.  The pattern is an appliqué Celtic braid block.  Kind of tedious but looks sharp on the shirts.

Found a piece of fabric with dog prints on it.  She wanted the basset hound as it looks like Gracie.  I used a quilting trick here.  The colors in the Cocker complemented the shirt; so because both motifs came from the same fabric the Cocker ties into the shirt and the Basset.
This one took even longer than the first two.  The appliquéing starts on the sleeve, wanders over onto the shoulder, down the front and then curves around to the back.  The shirt looks really nice on her.  She says she wears this shirt when she is having a tough day because it is so bright.

I have a couple more to go but I haven't figured out how to take what we have envisioned and turn it into reality.

Have a good day!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I hope every one has an enjoyable one.  We are heading to Hubby's brother's place.  Things are a little tight at their house so I dug around in the freezer, refrigerator and pantry and came up with lasagna, salad, pumpkin cheesecake, apple pie and no-knead bread.   The lasagna is from my 1963 Pillsbury Cookbook that I've made a bunch of times and is a real crowd pleaser.  The apple pie comes from the same place.  The cheesecake however is a new recipe so I'll let you know how it turns out. 

Friday we have another Thanksgiving at my house for my family and that will be ribs, corn on the cob, sweet potato fries, and  maybe regular fries.  I'm thinking brownies and pumpkin pie for dessert.  I should have enough left-overs that I don't have to cook much for the next week or so.  LOL

By the way I've been sewing like a demon but haven't taken any pictures, so maybe this week-end with Sister Suzy's help I can get some.

Have a good day!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

10 minute quilt block quilt

 I want to warn you this post is picture intense!

I was out cruising the web looking at You Tube videos for some new quilting ideas and found one demonstrating an idea they called the 10-minute block.  The premise looked quick and do-able. 

I want to make a 48" by 72" quilt.  I decided that an 8" finished block would be the best choice for giving me the exact size I wanted.  This size of block means you are dealing with 4 1/2" size pieces.  I think the last seam is a bit fiddly and possibly because of this, it took me longer than 10 minutes to make one of these blocks.

First, I went through my fabric stash finding 44 different light colored fabrics and cut a 4 1/2" square of each one.  Next I cut 8, 4 1/2" squares of the background fabric I wanted to use and made two blocks

Well, looking at those two blocks setting beside each other didn't do much for me, so I pulled out another piece of fabric and made two more blocks.

Better, but it still didn't do much for me, so I called it a day and went to bed.  The next morning I woke up with a stroke of brilliance and decided to recombine the two background fabrics like this.

Much better!  By the way that center square of fabric is a green print.  The camera washed out the colors!

So to record the process for posterity and to offer some of my thoughts on the process let me show you some photos.

Here are my three piles of fabrics.  If I make this block again I will use larger squares of fabric such as the 10" squares they used in the video.  Also, if I use all the same size squares I will probably use 5 different fabrics for each square of the block.  The 8" finished block I made would make a nice 3D bow-tie block.  I, also, though the center square was out of balance if you were going to use all the same fabric for the background.  I haven't experimented, but I think a 5 1/2" to 6 1/2" center square would give you a 4" finished center square.  A 4 /12" center square ends up being 2 7/8" finished square.

Fold your center square in half.  I found that the grain line mattered on this square.  Fold it so the grain lines are together. (The non-stretch sides are opposite the fold.)  Place right sides together.

Lay the top piece of the fabric sandwich on right sides together.

Pin the seam line and sew a scant 1/4" seam allowance catching the folded edge of the center square.

Fold the two sides back like this.

Because I wanted the backing fabrics to alternate, I laid the third piece of the block down to match the piece showing.

Lay the last square on right side down, pin the seam line and sew a scant 1/4" seam allowance.

When you finish sewing this last seam and open the block up it should look like this.  Now open it up and match up center seam lines, pin.  The video shows the seam lines as pressed open which would reduce the bulk of crossing seam lines.  I didn't, I just nested them running opposite directions.

I want to make a point here.  See how close I pinned the center block to its edge?  I found two things, one is to pin the right-side first and the second was to be sure to pin as close to the edge as possible.  Because if you don't the right end of the center block pulls down away from the outside edge of the seam allowance when you are sewing on this small of a block.  Also, don't remove that pin until you are right up to the pin or the center block will shift down.

Now pin like hell the rest of the seam line!  See how that seam line is puckered!  I discovered that if I kept what I was feeding into the sewing machine flat I ended up with fewer problems.  Once you get to the centerline it was easier to then work the pucker out and finish the seam.  Unfold and iron your seam allowances flat. 

Next up is to play with the arrangement of the blocks!  I'll let you know how that goes!

Have a good day!


Edit:  5/31/17  I have finished this quilt.  Go here to see the finished quilt.