Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
It is so cold here that I had to turn on the heater! It makes me just want to curl up in bed and stay put. I felt that way every day of winter when we lived up north. Kurt is in DC and it was hovering around 0 when he landed. Brrr! Glad that it is him and not me.
I think that all the links are up to date on the RSC19 Tiny Tuesday Sampler blocks. There is one scheduled for the morning, but the PDF is available on the RSC19 Sampler tab right now.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Let us know about your plans and progress as the red month moves closer to the end. The linky tool is below,
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Sunday, January 13, 2019
All the others were stacked awkwardly in the master bedroom closet. It was hard to know what was there or to get to it at all. I tried rolling them, we'll see if that makes it easier to access particular quilts. The corner closet organizer isn't the ideal arrangement, but at least there is plenty of space. So the master closet is done, along with the space under the sinks. That leaves the drawers and the linen closet. Slowly, I will get to it all. The girls needed to go shopping this afternoon and I was ready to rest by the time we finished all the running around.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
I hope you are all off to a great start with RSC19. I know I've been spending some time sorting and organizing, I'm sure I'm not alone in my preoccupation with having things tidy at the start of a new year.
An InLinkz Link-up
There has been some sewing too of course. As soon as all the scraps were organized it was time to put some of them into blocks. The 2.5-inch squares went into scrappy sprouts blocks. I really like how they came together. This block has been on my list for quite a while now. I think that I will need about 5 of each color to have enough for a nice sized quilt by the end of the year. Then the 2-inch squares went into some 9 patches which I framed in alternating black and white. Each color will make a column of 10 blocks and 8 colors should be enough for a quilt. I might combine orange and yellow. I never seem to have much orange on hand. I'm just starting on the strings, so that might be my project for the afternoon. We have been looking at condos and townhouses on the beach and are meeting with a realtor after lunch. It is starting to sink in that we will have only one child left in the house when school starts again next fall. Where did the time all go?Be sure to check out the second Tiny Tuesday block. It is applique. Don't be afraid to try it. They are just scraps after all. Everything that seems hard now will be easier with practice. I'll try to introduce several methods of applique prep this year. You just never know what you might end up enjoying. There is an ongoing list on the RSC19 Sampler tab in case you are looking for a specific block.
An InLinkz Link-up
Thursday, January 10, 2019
I've been on a bit of an organizational spree lately. There was the pantry, then the spice cabinet. Yesterday was the closet in the master bedroom. This usually happens to me around this time of year. Obviously the sewing room could not be left out of all the fun.
There were also these partial blocks which I wanted to use for something interesting.
I decided to reconfigure them into the beginnings of a Double Irish Chain.
School is finally back in session again and I'm afraid that the sewing will slow considerably. It will be as big of an adjustment to me as to the kids to have to do work again.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
I'm trying to work in some applique blocks this year. I know that not everyone likes applique, but we will start with something nice and easy. Just a circle. There are A LOT of ways to do applique. I'll show you a few options as we work through the first simple blocks, but you should feel free to use the technique of your choice.
Here is your finished circle. Block #2. If you are adding the setting fabric now, use the directions for a diagonal setting located on the RSC19 Sampler tab. I'm still waiting for my background fabric to show up, so I'll catch up to that part soon.
If the smaller setting squares seem like too tight of a fit, you might want to try this slightly larger version. It will leave you about half an inch on each side to play with.
- 1 tiny Tuesday sampler block - 5 inches unfinished
- 2 squares of background fabric 5.5 inches each
Cut the background squares in half along the diagonal.
The math on diagonal set blocks is always a little tricky. Because of the angles involved, they don't tend to work out to nice even sizes. Either you can cut the inside square to an odd size and have and nice even size on the outside -- which doesn't work out well when you are working with a pieced inner block. The other option is to use an even size on the inside and have an odd size for your finished block -- this option tends to make everyone a little bit cranky. I'm going with option #3. I'm using an even sized inner square and leaving it "floating" in the middle of an evenly sized outer square. Setting option 1 uses even sizes to get almost exactly to the right finished size. There will just be a tiny sliver to trim at the end. If you block seems a bit small or you aren't getting enough breathing room, try out setting option #2 which uses larger squares for extra squaring up room at the end.
1 finished Tiny Tuesday sampler block unfinished at 5 inches
2 squares of background fabric cut to 5 inches
Cut the two background squares from corner to corner to yield 4 triangles.
Mark the center of the sampler block and of the triangles. There are many ways to accomplish this. You can fold them in half and finger press. You can iron them to get a nice crease in the middle. You could measure them and mark the middle with a pin or a disappearing pen. I chose to crease mine gently with an iron.
Match the center of two triangles to the center of the block. Pin the center and sew one triangle to each side. Press the seams away from the center square.
The triangles are oversized, so trim them so that the edges are even with the edge of the sampler block.
Your finished square should be just barely a smidge larger than 7.5 inches. Carefully square up your block to the desired size of 7.5 inches.