Here’s a chart to go with the video for cutting eight inch log cabin blocks on the AccuQuilt Go cutter. Call me compulsive, but I have a notebook with lots of cutting charts. After I go through the process of creating a quilt in Electric Quilt and calculating everything for a block or a quilt and get it started; sometimes I get interrupted or distracted with something else for a week or a month or so, (sound familiar?!? ;). So it’s really nice to have something written so I can pick it up again and proceed.
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Here’s a picture of the four-patch strip quilt now that it has been quilted. I quilted ribbon candy in the long vertical sashing strips and a Terry twist variation in the four patches. I love the way it turned out. The thread is clear monopoly by Superior. If I were doing it again, I would have used the smoke color on the dark purple strips and clear on the lighter areas.
And don’t forget to look at the books I’ve been reading. The menu is at the very top of the page. Just finished Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. It was a great book. Loved every minute of it.
I am so excited. The open toe hopping foot for my longarm came in the mail today. It took me about an hour to get it on my machine – it was a very tight fit, and I had to adjust the needle bar height. I put a practice piece on the machine. I can see where I’m going on feathers and fills. I love, love, love it.
Here a couple of projects that I have finished this week. One is a quilt for Suzie – or rather Ted. It is one of the old Roman shades I took down and has been made into a lap quilt for the dog. Ted likes these quilts so the dog hairs don’t get on his clothes when that 50 lb dog sits on his lap. I like these quilts because it gives me an opportunity to practice, practice, practice as well as try out different threads.
The second picture is a comfort quilt for donation. I used Patricia Ritter’s Mimosa pantograph on it. I like the way it turned out. It was pieced using a flip and sew method on a foundation square.
One of the things that everyone needs in their sewing room is a quick and easy disposal of broken needles, bent pins, and dull blades. Over the years I have used many containers, but the one I have found to be best is an empty Coffeemate powder container. It has a small round flip opening for needles and pins and a wide mouth that can be opened to dispose of blades. I always make sure that I remove the label and mark it with a red Sharpie that says “Sharps Disposal”.
Another container that works well is a Benefiber container. I am sure there are others that meet the criteria. Just last week, I bought Coffeemate instead of the store brand just because of the shape of the container.
A great tool that I use when quilting pantographs is Scotch Removable tape. Some quilters use a clear gridded mat over their pantograph. Because I use my table as a cutting table and also a place to lay out and cut borders, I would have to remove the mat every time. I traced a grid on my table with a Sharpie for placement. I lay out my pantographs and stick them down with Scotch Removable tape. The tape holds the paper securely in place and is easily removable when I’m finished. This tape has a blue label and is easily found at the office supply store and at most other stores such as the drugstore, discount stores, and department stores.
Here’s a photo showing how I use it. I am attaching a pantograph that I purchased and downloaded from intelligentquilting.com. The pantograph is Mimosa by Patricia Ritter.
I quilted this donation quilt yesterday with one of my new designs. I really love it – it’s geometric and masculine, great for a man’s quilt. Here’s what it looks like done up in fabric and thread. It’s available in digital or paper formats from intelligentquilting.com.
Here’s what I have on the design wall today. These are four patches that Mother pieced into strips. With only one functional arm and poor vision, her seams are variable so I squared the edges from the center seam and trimmed all strips to the same length. The sashing strips are 2-1/2 inches. Because everything is accurately cut, I am using glue on each end of the strips and in the center and then easing the side fullness in with glue and steam to fit. Hopefully, I’ll end up with a perfect rectangle.
Only two strips are pieced at this point, but they went together well. Here’s the design wall:
Here’s a photo of the quilt I finished yesterday. It’s a t-shirt quilt for Emily for Christmas. These are her sports shirts (tennis and softball) from high school. It is quilted with a freehand overall swirl pattern. Now it’s ready to be bound, washed and dried, wrapped and put under the tree.