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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MARCH HAPPENINGS

March has been very busy with family activities.  Mainly, wrestling.  Our Middle School grandson is a very serious wrestler and this year he was advanced to the high school junior varsity team to wrestle in some matches at that level besides his middle school schedule.  We did not make all the matches but we did make it to the Middle School Metro where he was named Most Outstanding Wrestler and to the High School State Tournament where he placed in his weight class.  So proud of him!

With some time left over, I did accomplish a few things in my studio.


This is a paper pieced wall hanging using the freezer paper method  of foundation paper piecing. 

This fun little piece is made of leftover "scraps" from a larger project.  The binding is not complete, but maybe that will be completed before March totally ends.  
Modern Quilt Guild Mini Swap was so much fun!  This is Foundation Paper Piecing using Freezer Paper.


I have a monthly subscription to Darn Good Yarn Mystery Box.  Each month there is a wonderful skein of something with a paper and a little surprise gift.  In March I received a skein of Silk Sari Roving.  I tried to knit with it and that was not a good idea.  It would simply shred too much.  Then I decided to weave with it on my Zoom Loom.  It did the same thing.  So, on my third attempt to use this beautiful roving, I chose to warp my Zoom Loom with it and then weave with another yarn.  That was the answer!

Several of these squares are made with  the Sari Roving.  This is the beginning of a woven table runner for my back porch dining table.









Another fun project with the Zoom Loom was making Lavender Sachets for drawers and closets.

I love playing with this little loom.













A friend loaned me her HFS Washcloth Square Loom to play with.  So, of course, I made a "washcloth" except that I will use it as a dish cloth.






This is pretty cool weaving on the diagonal.



The month is coming to a close and I know there were a few other things I worked on as well as doing a little gardening.  I guess that will have to be another post later.
Happy Spring!!


-sandi and lilbit


Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 OFF TO A GOOD START

2017 started off with a major clean up of my studio and all the closets in my home.  This was an overwhelming task.  Only a few small creative pieces were done in the month of January.

These are samples of the cleaning chaos at my house during that month.
Just one of the closets in the Studio
Dining Room furniture clean out

 So this is where it started.  I spent several weeks working on this.  
In the meantime, I was not creating much until one day I gave myself permission to "play" for a few hours.
So I made another scarf for Scarves for Charity Chattanooga.
 I started working on getting some of the blocks from the Kaleidoscope Kolor BOM from 2008 finished.
 AND, I began looking over some of my Christmas gifts to get ideas to start doing some Loom Weaving Projects.
Now, my house is finally in order and painted and I will begin to post more about my adventures in quilting, crafting, travel, and painting.



                                     -sandi



Friday, December 16, 2016

NO-RIP FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING

Foundation Paper Piecing is a wonderful technique for precise piecing.  However, the tedium of ripping all the paper off the back when finished makes some of us opt out of using the technique.

I was excited to find a way to do Foundation Paper Piecing without sewing through the paper.  Freezer paper is a notion that I keep in my sewing tool box for lots of uses.  This time I am using it to create my foundation for paper piecing.

This is not intended to be a tutorial, but, rather, it is a series of pictures to show you how I paper piece.

The tools I begin with include the pattern, a postcard or two, a rotary cutter for paper and a rotary cutter for fabric, a ruler for straight edges.




I use freezer paper to make my patterns.  First step is to create a sheet of freezer paper to run through the printer to copy the pattern onto.  Iron a sheet of printer copy paper to the shiny side of freezer paper cut to the 8.5" x 11" size of printer paper. Take your paper piecing pattern to the copier and make the number of copies you need for your project.
         

                 Tip:  I mark the corner of the freezer

paper side with an X so that I load it correctly in my printer.

After I cut out my paper piecing pattern I am ready to start adding my fabric pieces to make the block.  


Press piece #1 onto the freezer paper side and lightly press.  Turn back the pattern on the line between #1 and #2 and crease. I use a postcard to get a crisp crease.  I use an Add-a-Quarter Ruler to trim off the fabric.  
Add fabric # 2 by lining it up with the edge of fabric #1 that you trimmed above and take the project to the sewing machine and stitch the first seam by stitching next to the paper and not through the paper.  




This is the difference between the usual method.  Stitch next to the paper.



After adding piece #2
Open out the freezer paper pattern and fingerpress the added #2 piece.  Take to the iron and press #2 piece to the freezer paper pattern.

Continue adding pieces in order by number until you have finished the block.

Turn the block over and trim to size leaving a quarter inch all around.

Peel  off the freezer paper and your block is ready to make your quilt.


Your freezer paper pattern is ready to use several more times to make the rest of your blocks.  I can use one paper pattern at least 3 times.
I hope this has been helpful.  If you have questions, leave a message in comment section and I will respond.



Credit for this pattern:  Designed by Sylvia Schaefer at http://flyingparrotquilts.com


-sandi

Saturday, October 15, 2016

SWEET IMPROV

It all started here.  I made this quilt as a birthday present for a special friend.  I still had lots of this fabric left so I decided to start an improv piece.

Need to get busy sewing bits together.

I have no specific design, it will be what it will be.
Okay, the top is together.  It is not completely square - yet.

Now to make a back and layer it for quilting.  I had planned to do QAYG but I started sewing units together and got carried away and finished the top.  Uh-oh, now I need to quilt the whole quilt.  

Definitely a project for the upcoming cooler weather.  I have a small stack of quilts still to be quilted.  
That means more posts to come.


-sandi

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

SOCKS AT LAST

I love to knit, but I don't do much of it.  Well, actually, I start a lot of projects but I don't always finish them.  

I first wrote about this project in a blog on February 2013.  I started knitting this pair of socks.


I was doing fine knitting the ribbing, then I reached a point with the heel and I was stuck.

They stayed at this place until about two months ago and I decided that I must finish them.  A friend offered to help me get past this obstacle.  She explained the pattern directions to me and I took off.

Now, three years later, here are my socks!!!




I love how well they fit and the contour of the toe area is marvelous!  They are so comfy!!!!

Yes, I have already started another pair!


-sandi

DRESDENS REVISITED


It started with this little kit from Susan G. Cleveland.







This is the first time I have made Dresden Plate blocks using Susan G. Cleveland's Prairie Pointer Tool.  Such a nifty little notion!



Chain piecing the spokes

Using the tool to get sharp points
After Pressing

Beautiful spokes for composition




I will be using this tool in other projects that I am designing.


                            -sandi















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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

PLAYING WITH ABSTRACT QUILTS

I love travelling with my Hubs (a flea market picker) on the backroads of the countryside.  We come across a lot of interesting sights and I am always asking him to stop for me to get a photo.  I definitely had to stop for this Covered Bridge in Tannehill Valley, Alabama.



The covered bridge became the inspiration for doing an abstraction modern quilt.


This is the modern, simplistic rendition of the above covered bridge picture.
Since I wanted to make an abstraction from this I started cutting it up into small squares that I sewed back together.  


Now I have Abstraction # 3 and I love it.  The grid quilting gives it dimension.

This piece was inspired by the right side of the Covered Bridge where the support joins the roof line.  Abstraction #2.

A more realistic abstract was done using hand dyed fabrics from my stash.  Abstraction #1.

A detail of the quilting done on Bernina 640E machine.  I love straight lines.



                                              -sandi