Sunday, May 1, 2016

Making Progress Monday

At the top of the weekend To-Do List was press the Dresden blocks.  Laundry, dusting and cooking all fell somewhere way down the list, and the truth be told they were pushed even farther down when I made the decision to also finish making the yo-yo's for this quilt.

It feels good so good to be in the sewing room and making some noticeable progress.   The sun was shining most of the day.  Which made these bright and cheery fabrics even brighter and happier.  What a wonderful day!  

I couldn't help playing around a bit with all the pieces.  

So how big are those yo-yo's?  Not very big.  Just a little over an inch wide.  
The plastic template below shows the size of the fabric circles before they were yo-yo's.  As I sit here looking at the picture below it reminds me of the candy necklaces from my youth.  Do you gals remember those?  Remember how sticky your neck would be before you could eat all those candies?  Obviously a mom didn't come up with idea to make candy into a necklace.  

~ Lea Anne ~
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Podunk Pickin's #30 QAYG

Yep it's time for Podunk Pickin's again.  I'm gonna make this quick today.  The sun is shining and I've some plants to get in the ground.
This week the Random number generator came up with the magic number 4.  
Barbara shared with us how she makes quilt as you go blocks.  I'd love to try this someday, it's been on my bucket list for years.  Quilt as you go is great for those who don't like to quilt the entire quilt at one time. Just quilt one block at a time then connect the quilted blocks into a quilt.  Hop on over to Wonttobequilter get the details.

Now it's your turn to link up anything you've been working on sewing or quilting related.  Old or new blog posts, tutorials, tips and tricks for sewing and crafting, basically anything you like.  You don't need a blog to link up, you can link from other social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so on.  Feel free to share my linky party and copy my Podunk Pickin's image.  If you'd like to see the past Podunk Pickin's linky parties just click on the image on the right side of my blog.  Have fun and make sure you visit some of the other links, everyone loves visitors and comments!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

I'm no fabric snob!

Let's get right to the point.  I'm doing a shout out today for a Local Quilt Shop.   Coffee Cup Quilting in Trafalgar Indiana.  First let me say I'm in no way affiliated with this shop.  I'm not getting paid or free fabric, I'll get nothing but the pleasure of sharing a my thoughts.  Alright, what makes this quilt shop so special?  It's very small and focuses on sharing the love of quilting and not overpriced fabric.  So she doesn't carry two of the top manufactures fabric lines.    I'm not going to drop their names in this post because this post is all about Claranna and her non traditional shop.  The picture below is the entire shop.  The only thing you can't see is the bathroom in the corner and her small office corner.  I was in the shop the day this picture was taken, but I'm not in the picture.  However I met several wonderful quilters.  These ladies are all volunteers, cutting donated fabrics for charity quilts.  What a wonderful bunch of gals!

Below is Claranna the shop owner standing in front of her magnificent postage stamp quilt.  She can tell you exactly how many tiny pieces are in the quilt.  I can't remember the number because my jaw dropped,  and her words bounced off my brain and right out my mouth.  You know the common CRS you get when you're in shock.  After regaining my senses Claranna made me feel right at home, like we had known each other for years. 

Now I'm going to be honest, on my first visit I expected to go into this quilt shop and recognize most of the fabric lines.  I didn't see one bolt of fabric I recognized.  But as you can see in the picture below there's plenty of fabrics in my pallet.  They are name brand fabrics, just not the most common brand names.  It's good quality fabric, a lot a blenders, novelty prints and flannels that are great for making baby quilts.  She also has a fairly large selection of wide quilt backs.

You gals know me, I'm no fabric snob.  If it can be stitched it can become a quilt.  Yes I love the so called "famous" more popular prints. The fabrics below match perfectly with a new line I just purchased last month.   I'm not dropping the name but I'll tell you it has roses in the title.  I couldn't resist these absolutely adorable prints at amazingly low prices.  Cheaper than Joann's and better quality!

So if your not a fabric snob, and you live in Indiana or plan on traveling through Central Indiana, stop by and tell her Podunk sent you.   And don't forget to hop over to the Coffee Cup Quilting on facebook and show Claranna a little of that quilty love to let her know some of us still love all fabric not just the brand names.   

~ Lea Anne ~

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sugar and Spice is Oh so Nice

 Whats not to love?  It has everything in a quilt that I love.  Pretty fabrics, flowers, applique and that level of cuteness that makes me smile everytime I look at the adorable blocks.  

You might remember in a earlier blog post my frustrations with this pattern/kit.  Well I found another issue.  It's not an error,  more of  a personal preference.  Let me explain.  In the block below you see the Dresden as it finishes before the yo-yo's are attached.  The pattern calls for a large circle to be placed over the hole.  The large circle is just big enough for the 16 yo-yo's to cover the edge.   After attaching the large center circle and yo-yo's I'm supposed to applique the Dresden to the background fabric that is the same print as the large center circle....what?  

So here was my pattern alteration(because I can never follow a pattern to a "T").  I sewed my yo-yo's together, then centered them on the Dresden and glue basted them in place.  Next was to do some seam ripping from the bottom of  the dresden wedge seam.  The extra fabric on the blades will be cut away before attaching the Dresden to the background fabric.  Wish I had made a test block before cutting and sewing all the Dresden wedges.  I learn something new with each quilt.  LESSON LEARNED: Always make a test block.  The little cut offs would have added up to some nice sized  scraps.

Here's another lesson learned quite by accident.  A few years ago started using Roxanne's glue-baste.(on the right) to hold applique in place instead of pins.    Well I read somewhere on the vast internet...."Roxanne's glue baste is nothing more than washable school glue."   So when my large bottle (on the left with the big brown glob) was empty I refilled with the school glue you see laying to the side.   The big brown glob is school glue.  Why is it brown?  I've no clue why it turned brown, but if it'll turn brown on the bottle when it sets for awhile, what's it going to do in my quilts!?   Now I know what your thinking....It's washable school glue, just wash it when you finish the quilt.  True..but what if the one quilt I use it in becomes a UFO, lays around for weeks,months or years?  LESSON LEARNED: Some internet quilt tips are actually bad advice, do your research.

 So back to those cute yo-yo's.  Remember I told you I stitched them together before attaching them with glue baste.  Well hold on to your's machine stitching holding those yo-yo's together.   A tiny little zigzag.  Can you see it?

Here lets zoom in and take a closer look, can you see the stitches?
Invisible!  This was so much quicker than  handwork.  Making the yo-yo's by hand has been a real chore(bore).  So anything to speed up this quilt is worth a try.

I know my loyal followers are tired of hearing about Superior Threads MonoPoly  thread but it really can't be beat when it comes to invisible thread.  It doesn't show on a quilt, it doesn't melt under a medium heat iron, and it won't melt in the dryer.  I've put this thread through several test and it holds up very well.  It can take more heat than suggested by the manufacturer.  It can also be used for the actual quilting.  If your making a quilt with darker fabrics it also comes in a Smoke color.    At about $10 a spool it won't cut into the quilt budget to bad.   I've made several quilts with this one spool and will probably be able to make one or two quilts with the same spool.   Let me also say my blog doesn't make money for suggesting a product.  My blog makes no money ever.  It's just me doing what I do...quilting.  

~ Lea Anne ~
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