Tidying, Rearranging, and Gratitude

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So the cool thing about being on social media is that asking just the right question will get an answer pretty dang quickly. Thank you John Kubiniec for reconnecting me with this amazing block: Letha’s Electric Fan
Here’s one
And another
And one more – John designed this one for Windham Fabrics

You may notice that the ones in the links have a circle in the center, and the mock up has a square. This is how I remember seeing the block years ago – so there must be some variation I saw years ago. When I make it, and plan it out for whole cloth work, it will have the square in the center. When Letha’s Fan came up the thoughts of, “This is way out of my league” stopped me from piecing it at the time. This is on the list for the 2018 Quilted Block of the Month.

Well, that brief victory, preceded by the selection of the Word of the Year, led to something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time: organize my sewing room.

And now that you’ve stopped laughing.

I love my shelving unit from Ikea, it’s perfectly functional for storing fabric, and probably books. But add batting and quilts needing stitching, and this perfect storage unit comes up short. Yeah, yeah it’s taller than me but who’s looking.

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Well, the other day a new shelving unit came home with me. Please pardon the “mess” while the tidy up continues. This shelving unit is 18” wide and, yes it’s still taller than me. it went together fairly easily, although the step stool aided the placement of the top two shelved. Have I mentioned that I’m short?

I was able to bring some books out of the closet. Once I have some other stuff sorted the books will go on the Ikea unit, and some other stuff will find it’s way over here. I tell ya, it takes time to get this stuff sorted out.

Well now that this is here, there are two other pieces of furniture that need to move so that the space functions better. This movement leaves space for the heat to come into the room. Oh this quilter does love to work in a warm room during the winter.

Moving this in means that I can see the quilts that are waiting for their turn at the machine. Following a friends lead there will be a list making it’s way to the inspiration wall.

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The Sizzix , and the sewing machine will move, and a cabinet my great uncle made will go here. The rulers should stay where they are for now, leaving them close enough to the cutting table.

Part of the plan is to make a space to keep each Quilted Block of the Month. I got big plans, actually it’s a bunch of little plans to make the space function better.

There’s still the matter of the thread drawer. Hmm, that has to move somewhere, maybe.

Your Quilt,
Your Rules,

Teri

 

Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!

This morning I am headed out to the Quilt Basket in Pawling NY. If you didn’t know this is the home of the Cutie Collection of patterns, the amazing Debby Brown is one of the pattern designers. I have at least one Cutie pack and pattern in the studio that are anxiously awaiting their turn at the sewing machine.

We pause to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming with the need to visit one of these places immediately. Duck Donuts. You’re welcome.

adding binding benartexIf the Foot Fits, Use It, a lecture Demo created to extol the virtues of the usual feet, and show some others not quite considered feet for quilt making.

Like using the zipper foot for binding! Just a wee reminder – try not to use the straight stitch plate with this foot.

Ask me how I know.

And then the big push to get quilts, kits, thread and put the finishing touches on the Generation Q Magazine Quilt as Desired lecture for the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show. I’m kind of excited about this. Kits for this and the Connections Quilt Festival will have Quilters Select Batting. Woot! Woot!

Oh yeah wanna see something kinda cool?

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The block looks a little off because of the bulk of the seams. As I work on joining the blocks for a full on quilt the major seams will be pressed open reducing the bulk. I’ve got to admit I love this bit. Wanna know why? I’m madly in love with the Sizzix Big Shot Pro.

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I got started stitching in the ditch with 80 wt MicroQuilter. I’m a bit pokier that usual as there is much experimenting going on with thread, stabilizers and the like. Oh and the learning of the software hot dog! I’m still planning the whole cloth block, with a fabric in mind

I may go to the Oaks on Sunday…I’ll have to see what happens between now and then.

Happy creating,

Teri

Quilted Block of the Month September 2017 Week 1

If you’ve been following on Instagram you may have taken a gander at this:

Batik Kaleidoscope in progress @sewbatik @sizzix @sizzix_quilting

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I’ve been working on a batik kaleidoscope quilt on and off over the last several weeks. It all started with the Sizzix Big Shot Pro, having the ability to cut the pieces quickly, cleanly and easily. There are a couple of things I want to do with the blocks and hey! I can cut more really easily.

So the first thing is:

September Block of the Month

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Thankfully EQ6 is available making mocking up the block super easy.

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I am using an orange/gold for the background on all the blocks. The orange in the mock up is a bit more on the hot red side because warm is good!

So this month there will be a mock up block and a pieced block.

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Excited yet? Because I am.

Happy Quilting!

Teri

Kaleidoscope – Dreams do come true

Kaleidoscope – Dreams do come true

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this looks like a hot mess, and in a way it is. what you can’t see is the ever growing pile o’holyscraps over there ———->
I’ve wanted to make a kaleidoscope quilt for a long time. Even designing one in a program but not quite getting what I needed out of it. So Sizzix comes to the rescue. After pressing some* of these batiks I started cutting.

*some were from a 5” charm square pack I had from teaching some time back.

I wasn’t quite sure where this where this was going color placement wise, and quite frankly I’m still not. I know  you’re not surprised by this either.

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I made the choice for this one fabric to the be the background, realizing that I didn’t have enough I found this glorious orange. I ripped several pieces off the yardage, pressed, and figured out how to cut each strip to get the pieces I wanted.

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I’m using Superior’s MicroQuilter 100 wt polyester for the piecing. No distortion here.
Tip number two for the day, I put my iron on the lower middle setting for the cotton. Wow! what a difference this is making as I can press for longer periods of time and not burn my fingers. The bigger difference, the fabric isn’t warping. Good golly I’ve been quilting for over twenty-four years you’d think I would have learned this by now, right? Not so. Sheesh.

Now I have another idea for this same die.

I need to set this aside for a few days while I work on some other stuff. Stay tuned.

Saturday I’ll have another installment of the Quilted Block of the Month.

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Center square

Stay

Where have you been all my life?

I have fallen in love.

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The Sizzix Big Shot Pro arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago. After taking it out of the box, and opening the box with the dies, changing locations twice, it sat there humming a little tune looking for my attention. Well, it’s mechanical, it doesn’t really hum. You’re a quilter you know what I mean. We get a new tool to make our quilting life easier, get it home, and have zero minutes to piece.

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There’s a project for the magazine I’m doing that requires hexagons, big ones. I am quite adept at cutting these on my own. I can read a ruler, find the correct angle. Cutting twenty four hexagons? Queue procrastination. I am aware that the sooner this gets done, the sooner it goes where it needs to, then things happen in the correct order, and I can turn in copy to Melissa & Jake on time. It’s really weird, they like that kind of thing.

I digress.

After taking the plastic off the die, setting aside the paper wrapper that Sizzix carefully designed to show said hexagon off in fine fashion. After pressing the Hoffman Indah Solids, doing a wee bit of preparatory rotary cutting to the size needed for the die, layered things up, I took a deep breath and turned the handle. And voila! hexagons in a matter of seconds.

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Can I just tell you what would normally have taken a couple of hours, took under thirty from pressing to finished hexagons. Oh my word, die cutters where have you been all my quilting life? This is one happy quilter.

Once the hexagons were done, a bit more prep work so that when all this gets to Melissa it’s ready to go.

With a bit more time before making dinner I pressed a few SewBatik bits in preparation for some piecing.

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I’ll share progress on that later, when I get to do some piecing. In the meantime…there are articles to write, fabric and quilts to ship, and a day job to find.

Happy Quilting!

Teri