Monday, March 1, 2021

Time to declutter .... Squirrel!

 I decided that I needed to uncluttered my quilting life. I have so much quilting stuff, some left over from the Fibre Junction days ... fabric and more fabric. I'm not sure what to do with it all except make more quilts. Not that it's a bad idea, but I already have so many projects going at the moment. For instance ...

This half inch hexagon English Paper Piecing (EPP) quilt ... started quite a while back ... perhaps 5 years ago. It's an ongoing project. The goal is to have a queen size quilt!

As I started to tackle the quilting studio, I came across a bag of 19th century reproduction (less than two (2) inches) fabric scraps. Squirrel! Great! I can get rid of the scrap bag by cutting the fabrics into 1.5" inch squares for this EPP UFO project I'm working on. Perfect way to purge! Off I went to start cutting ....

First I organized the scraps into colours, then started cutting ...


Realizing that the bag of scraps was not enough ... I reached for my bins of reproduction scraps.

As I was cutting the fabric, it dawned on me ... Why don't I also cut for that scrappy 3/8 inch hexe quilt that I have in mind to piece? 
Suddenly .... I realized that I was standing on the edge of insanity! At what point/size will I consider a piece of fabric trash? I quickly crabbed on to the ledge of my sanity and went about continuing to cut for that half inch hexe quilt. 

Shush! Don't tell anyone but I started a bag of 3/4" fabric scraps! Just in case I change my mind! LOL


Three days later ... I'm still at it ... 


Oh but I have a pile of fabric trash to show my progress ...

My cutting table is still a mess and the carpet needs a good vacuuming ... My quilting studio still needs purging .... but, I've got a bag prepped of hexagon blocks for when Chookyblue does her next Zoom quilting meet! lol


My hand piecing progress ... Queen size??? I may have to rethink that!


At what point/size do you consider fabric trash? 

Ever since I started to English Paper Piece, I have a difficult time throwing fabric away. You just never know! The smallest EPP hexagon is 1/4 inch! Turn that into a queen size quilt! ROFLOL

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you later! Cheers!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

A different type of piecing .....

 Not sure if any of you know this, but I'm such a Lego fan. As a matter of fact, I have to be careful when I go on their site ... I can easily drop quite a few dollars in no time. 

Funny thing, Pumpkin loves Legos too. At first, I would indulge my love of Legos by buying her sets. Now, I just buy for myself ... like last week! lol


Pumpkin came up a couple of weekends ago and we decided to continue working on the Saturn V rocket. We started the rocket late July 2020. There were 14 Lego bags total for building the model. The first seven (7) bags was just for the first stage! 

Working on the other stages of the rocket went much quicker. We were done in a couple of hours. Voila!

The little astronauts by the Lunar Module are to scale. You can just image how huge the rocket is. All of the stages stack together just like the real one. It's so cool!

Once the Saturn V rocket was built, we went shopping for more Legos! lol Pumpkin fell in love with the tractor ...

I've always wanted a tractor! I guess that will do for now! lol

Last but not least .... Here's T

Better watch it ... he's scary. So much so that Stella did one of her funky black cat jumps when she saw T. It was hilarious to see! lol

Well, I do hope you are keeping well. Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later!

Friday, February 5, 2021

Tear down the wall ....

I've been in a quiet mood as of late. I seem to be listening to a lot of older music ... music from my teens. Pink Floyd ... The Wall has been a constant play ... album style!


Just sitting ... quietly listening with Stella getting some lap time.


I've been mindful of spending time with my kitty. She was recently diagnosed with stage 2 kidney failure. She's now on a special kidney friendly diet that I'm hoping will stabilize her condition and allow her more time on this good earth.


She is such a wonderful companion and quite the character! Spunky nut case at times! lol

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Chookyblue Zoom time ....

 On Monday, I had a wonderful opportunity to zoom sew with quilters from across this beautiful planet. It was great to meet new quilters. We chatted as we worked on our projects.

Wow! Looking at the picture and noticing how long my hair is .... Covid hair I guess! lol

Gosh, I came on at 2:00 pm and left around 10:00 pm EST. I worked on an EPP project, Star Quilt. As you can imagine I managed to get quite a bit sewn ... Progress is a good thing! 

Voila!

I've been plugging away. I'm really enjoying working on this project.

Hoping you are finding time to relax and work on your favourite projects. Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Quilting Mojo ...

 Well, I think I may have found a bit of my quilting mojo. Last Sunday I decided that I "should" work on a quilting UFO. Let's face it, I'm quite a scatter brain at the moment ... no sense starting a new project only to get distracted ... Squirrel!

I went searching in my UFO bin and pulled out an English Paper Piecing (EPP) project I had started way back in 2016. The Project is called Star Quilt and it's from the book Modern Vintage Gifts by Helen Philipps.

I used the fabric line Sew Cherry 2 by Lori Holts. Love Retro/Vintage fabrics!


Since the stars were all sewn, it was just a question of laying it out on the design wall and get stitching.


For me, the most annoying part about hand stitched a quilt is, how do I keep my project portable while maintaining the order of the blocks? I found that numbering flower pins works. I use a permanent marker to label the pins.


 I first started to use this method for machine piecing rows of blocks. The number with the arrow are the row indicators, as well as the direction I'll press the seams. The other numbers are for the blocks sequence. This method keeps me from having to walk to my design wall and grab one block at a time. I've been using this method for years and it has never failed me!

With each row in a separate bag ... I'm ready to be portable! lol 


The quilt top ... so far!


Thanks for stopping by my little corner in cyberspace. I do hope you find my quilting tips helpful!

Catch you all later ... Cheers!
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