Saturday, January 29, 2011

Portable Hexies

This is a paper plate of hexagons. I pin them all up in order and set them on a paper plate on the table next to me. I have twelve hexagons in a pattern block, and so I will pick up the next twelve hexies and baste them and then stitch them down. However, if company comes over, and I need to move them to another location, I can just pick up the paper plate, and sneak it off to the other room in a jiffy and hide it. So I have this set all lined up and ready to go but I laid out my quilt blocks, and whoo hoooo it is coming along nicely. They are not sewn together for the most part.. just the very top portion so I could see how it worked.. but here is a picture of how many I have finished so far.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Applique Stem makers..

So, I ordered a brand of stem makers that make stems Perfectly, and I have been using them. They are working wonderfully. Funny story follows. I was making them last night when DH asked me what I was doing. My reply.. I am making stems.. he looks at my work and says..
Those are zip ties.. I said NO.. Those are $%#& Stems .. He says No.. Those are zip ties.. at which point he proceeds out in the garage, and returns with.. Zip ties. I look at the zip ties.. Umm well they look a lot alike.. (I'm feeling a little stupid at this point). So I have to proove the MAN wrong.

I clipped off the end of the zip tie. So that it looks like the other brand. They look like the Stem makers now
I put them in the fold of some scrap fabric, and set the hot iron on them, and they didn't melt.. they got warm, like the other ones do.. but I'm thinking they are the same dang thing. Now DH doesn't have all of the thicknesses that I purchased. But then, I got one of each, and so he said, you just let me know what you need, and I will go to the hardware store and pick you up a bunch of them for cheap. I'm thinking wow, I could stitch up a whole bunch before I have to iron them. Since I am hand stitching, I have to stitch.. stop. clip. Iron.. remove.. start over. If I have a whole bunch, I could do a bunch up and then press them all at the same time.
I'm not too picky on perfection in the width of my stems, but I am certain you can find LOTS of sizes at the hardware store. And perhaps you could share with your whole quilt guild for like a couple of dollars out of pocket. Now is this cool or what?? Just try to get you some nice long ones if you can ;)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Perfect Circles

I have to say first of all I DID IT! Okay this may be old hack to some of you.. but as a newbie, I can not be more thrilled right now! I made perfect circles.. and this just makes me SO excited. I ordered these thru Karen Kay Buckley, and they WORK! Just as they are supposed to.. If I can do this, anyone can.

First word of warning. I thought I would be super duper smart and label my circles with a permanent marker according to their size. Yeah! Not as smart as I thought. Live and learn.. this is what I got. You see that black blob in my perfect pink circle? Well that is NOT supposed to be there.. That would be the "permanent" marker that transferred to the fabric when I starched and ironed my Perfect Circle..
I took all of my circles, and used Lens Cleaning pads for my glasses, and it all came right off. Wheeeeeeeeeew!! Nervous moments..
So, I was right back to making more of my Perfect Circles.
Now the directions are Wonderful.. afterall, even I was able to follow them. But I did make a little change to them. I'm not too keen on putting my fingers anywhere NEAR a hot iron. I followed the directions up to gathering the basting stitches..and spraying with starch. I'm not going to hold that while I iron it. I decided to place my needle (or a pin) in the spot where I finished.. and with my thread that I have left wind it over and under the needle (in a figure eight) to hold the thread tight while I iron. Once it is done, and cooled.. I then take out the Perfect circle.. and tadaaaa.. I still have a perfect circle!

Now, I started with the biggest size.. 2" and I have worked my way down to a few smaller sizes.. These are SUPER COOL! I've made some yellow ones :) and some Orange ones (giggles!) I think maybe I should have gotten the larger set of circles as well because last night I had some ideas for making textured petals with the perfect circles, but oooh not with the tiny ones that I have. I'll think on it.

If you havn't tried these.. ooh it is worth the small amount of money you put into them I think.. goodness knows I would not want to cut out 1/2 inch circles and make them as perfect as these come.. already done and ever so perfect.

I want to use these to make Erin Russeks Block of the Month, and I figured.. I better practice first :)

Now.. for the Perfect Stems.. wish me luck!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Oh What a Beautiful Morning...

Oh What a Beautiful Blog!!

I thought about sleeping in this morning, and wheeew, I'm ever so glad that I didn't! I got an e-mail this morning from Madame Samm. There looking at me was a screen shot of my blog. Wait, that isn't my blog...that looks WAAAY better. My heart began to race.. You know the feeling. Was it even possible??

I had seen the blogovers that Madame Samm had done on other blogs previously you can see all about them over at Sew I Quilt, and was super impressed with how well she had done. They all looked so beautiful. What a kind, sweet lady. I thought, well there is just NO WAY she could do that for my blog. I don't even know myself!

Guess What!! She surely CAN... and she did.. Just look at how beautiful it is now! All of the lovely pink.. I'm a pink girl, and she knew it all without even talking to me. Is she psychic, LOL. I am all about my kids, and have dedicated my life to them and their needs.. and they always come running to Momma for advice.

Madame Samm called me to make sure I liked the blogover. Oh my goodness yes, yes, YES! I can never say thank you enough! (See the little cutie up on top?) Samm drew that. I mean she didn't just go get some clip art somewhere.. she DREW it.. simply an amazing woman. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day, to beautify my blog..and my day.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

My New Purchase..

I finally made a purchase with the Gift Card that Dear Hubby gave me for Christmas, and arent these wonderful!
I couldn't stop there however I had to include the
perfect stems. I am REALLY wanting to make Erin Russeks new BOM coming up soon which she recently gave a little preview of. Oooh it looks like a beauty! I havn't tried applique before, but I just had to take the leap. I had to! Now I'm thinking this will be SOOO much fun, and of course a big challenge for me. Wanna see a peek? Head on over to One Piece at a Time and check it out. I see sets of birds, and I think that they will make a lovely family tree type quilt. It would be nice for me if I stitch in the main part my Daughter and her Husband's name, and the date of their wedding. Then they can stitch in the name of a child on a bird as they are born, and when they get married etc..I think I want to make the birds in pink and blue (boy and girl).. see what I am getting at?? You might when you see her quilt!