Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Another turn in the road

Hello, dear readers!

Okay, okay I know that you're gonna love this, but I had such difficulty with using glue on the Baltimore Halloween, I couldn't even stitch it down on the background.  I couldn't get my needle into the ding dong fabric!! 
I left it by the wayside and just put it back in the box and it will stay there until I figure out what I can do with it.  LATER

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

So with that out of the way, I had to turn my attention to something I found on the net and have kept going back to and trying to find more eye candy.

What I'm talking about is Lucy Boston and her Patchwork of the Crosses or POTC.  Have you seen this?  You must see this quilt.  It is breathtaking for sure.

I have read  a little history of Lucy Boston and thought that I really would like to make this quilt and it won't happen overnight either. HA!

So for three days I've been working on making one block to see if I could do this.  And....Yes I can.
I need 24 honeycombs to make a block.
The method that was originally used was EPP or English Paper Piecing.  

I designated one sheet of paper for one cross block  So first, I carefully drew out the honeycomb pattern to fill an 8 1/2 x 11 page.  Okay!  It took a while, believe me, but this is a test run to see if it's going to work out.

I dug out a bunch of fabric and had a go.  I even washed the fabric!  
Finally putting the honeycombs together and got this below.



Now to stitch them together.

No muss, no fuss, no sweat and quick!  I'm trying to figure out what is the best approach, i.e., cut out all the papers as I go or all at once or a block at a time?
No biggie, right?
Until later...




Thursday, February 19, 2015

Baltimore Halloween

Hello, dear readers :)

Today there was a small accomplishment.  Yay !!!!

And I don't mean this clown.  

I was laughing so hard that I couldn't take a proper px. (I moved) LOLOL



So on to the "Baltimore Halloween." 

The first thing is I decided on a method of how I'm going to approach a particular quilt.   For the Halloween Baltimore I decided to needle turn with the help of "glue."  I'm not a very good needle turner with the right side facing you and using a 1/4" seam to turn under and for this one I didn't want to leave raw edges and use a machine blanket stitch, not for a Baltimore.  (My choice, right?)

So after this decision, I used transparencies for the patterns.  I take the whole pattern for the particular block I'm going to work on and run the transparency through the printer.  This way you have the front and the reverse side of the pattern.  I also run off a couple of patterns with freezer paper on the reverse side.  Cut out as many pattern pieces that you can that are not intersecting or lying over or under with another piece.  Later you will use the extra pieces from the extra sheets you printed.  For example, the ghost sits on a leaf, cut the ghost out in one piece to be placed on top of the leaf.  Then cut out the whole leaf from the other copy, noting that the leaf has sections you do not turn under.   Okay reverse pattern, use pattern piece to be ironed to the wrong side of the fabric.  Then bead the piece with glue and press and smooth with your fingers.   
Did I explain that well?



So then I began working around the quilt by following the numbers.  Cool, huh?
I may have to re-position some of the pieces later.  But that's no biggie.



It helps to see the block from a px.  
I need to swing the right side facing us a little better, don't you think?



I'll adjust this later.  In the mean time, 
I'm trying to select the thread so I have everything all together to stitch.
This will go into one of my portable tables and I'm good to go for the evening.

I'm wondering though, should I cut out all the remaining patterns and prep them and leave all the blocks to be stitched together once, or would that be too assuming.  Hmmm
Maybe what I'm doing for this block would break up the stitching?  Not sure.  

We'll see where it goes.
It really didn't take me long to cut out the pieces, so I guess I don't mind. :)

Until later...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Baltimore Halloween

Hello, dear readers !

Hope you had a wonderful day today?

I haven't been blogging for a bit.  
It has been "walk-around day."  
Or days. 
UGH.  
It has been a week, I think.  I just couldn't get anything in gear.....does that happen to you?

Until today.

Max has been keeping his eyes on me. LOLOL


Soooooo I pulled out this Halloween Quilt.  
I've had it for quite a while.  
I looked it over and had to decide on what method I wanted to use.  
I tried several and decided to use a reverse pattern, using freezer paper and glue stick//Roxanne glue-baste-it.  So this morning I got organized and gave it a whirl.



This is how far I got today.  
I may work on it some more this evening.


Until later ...


Friday, February 6, 2015

It's only a clam with pickles!

Hello, dear readers!

Well, it's been interesting today.  I found another shape on Inklingo that I had to try. 
It's a clam shell with pickles!  You know where this is going, right?
First one potato chip then another and another and another....
After I try one shape...I'm gonna try another, yes?

However, after I made the first one, there was a serious concern on my part, because the pickle strip was longer than the clam shell and it just didn't fit properly.  
I  ripped it out many times and started again.
No problem.  
Contacted Linda at Inklingo and she diagnosed the problem and after trying to put the clam shell back together again, I saw the light!  
Her advice worked.  
I'm thrilled.





I still have to concentrate on my points to make sure they are perfectly  "pointed."  I think I'll get better as I go along, and if a couple of them are not correct I'll do them over.  YAY!!!!!
No biggie.
You have lots of help at Inklingo with Linda and Monkey.
Guess what I'm going to work on this weekend?
Until later...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Grandma Ellen's Flower Garden

Hello, dear readers!

I've been having such fun with my hexagons!  
I just can't leave them alone, no matter what :)
Up at 7 am and stitching.  Breakfast, what?  

The flowers will need plenty of water though, they are growing by leaps and bounds (LOL).

Inklingo.com  by Linda Franz has made it so easy to make "Grandma Ellen's Flower Garden." 
However, when you see all the other shapes that are available, OM goodness!
I've got my eye on several more that I want to collect.

It's very innovative, and I know that a lot of work went into the creation of Inklingo.  It is precise, beautifully illustrated and a heck of a lot of fun. Plus, you have "Monkey" as support! 
You can't beat that now, right?



Max keeps checking on his mom, making sure she is stitching!
He says, forget housework but remember to feed me some time
 during the day, and take me out for my walk, yes?


So, you know what I'm doing after this post, right?
LOL
Until later...