Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Downstairs in the lower level of our home, used to be a "game room" with a couch and big screen TV. A while ago, we realized we hardly went downstairs to watch the TV. We preferred to watch TV upstairs. So, about a year and a half ago, we brought the big screen TV upstairs. Love it upstairs and the TV is used daily now.
After that, the downstairs just sat quiet and lonely. We'd pass through on our way out back, but, the couch was not used anymore, etc. We did add a treadmill down there and a smaller TV that was used with it.
Then about a year ago, I purchased an HQ16, frame, and table. We placed it smack dab in the center of the downstairs because it was the only place it would fit. All other walls were used up by the fireplace (not used), back door, couch and half wall for TV.
So, you guessed it, I've claimed stake to downstairs and we are rearranging. Not sure if I'm going to move my general sewing machine downstairs just yet, but, we'll have to just wait and see. When it's done, I'll try to post photos.
Now the question is, what to do with that big ole' masculine deer head.... Do you think I could hang sewing gadgets from the antlers.....ugh
~*~ Trish ~*~
Sunday, July 27, 2008
This item is called the Sixth Finger Stiletto. Odd name for a neat little tool. This obviously can be used in sewing, quilting, ironing, etc. This stiletto has two prongs which deviates from the standard one prong stiletto. What is nice about this particular stiletto is that one of the prongs is truly a stiletto with a sharp point for whole punching if needed while the other is flat for a sturdy hold on fabric.
The stiletto is made very sturdy and can easily withstand the pressure to hold an item down as you are feeding it through your sewing machine. My favorite item to use it with is binding sewing. It keeps the layers tight so that it gets an even insertion under the sewing area. I've also used this when ironing and you need to get into those tight corners. It has definitely saved me a burn or two.
Primarily though, I love using with the sewing machine to feed in the fabric. The split of the prongs is just right to keep feeding fabric flat as it goes into the sewing area. They are thin enough too that I can place it on the very edge of the feeding fabric and several times, the prongs have gone under the sewing area. Now, obviously you don't want your need to hit the prongs but they can guide the fabric under the sewing area.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Not much has been going on with crafts with me since I finished the Birthday Quilt. That was so much so fast that I decided to take a break. I'm working on a few Birthday cards and will post the designs later.
This weekend, it's a craft field trip for me. I'm heading over to the Hershey PA Quilt Odyssey for some Merchant Mall shopping. It's only about 30 minutes from my home so it' will be a quick trip on Saturday. I can't wait to see all the new things out there in Quilting and possibly pick up a new stain glass pattern to complete since I enjoyed completing the last one.
I'll keep you posted.
~*~ Trish ~*~
Monday, July 21, 2008
It was a great party. Here's the birthday girl in her formal photo and then she's enjoying cake!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
- Place the candles on a velcro system so that they can add candles each year on the top of the cake.
- Depending on time, possibly add clear pocket in the 4 blue corners to add photos.
- Create applique numbers in case they want to use those instead of candles.
- Finally, create and add the binding.
Whew, nothing like a little pressure. No worry, if I don't get it all done, I'll finish the binding on Friday at my sister's in time for the party Saturday.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The question is, would I have enough time? I was able to select my fabrics and create the basic back block on Sunday and then cut out all the paper templates and their subsequent fusible web pieces.
I used a lot of the Timeless Treasures fabric with Metallics. Here's a great place to see and purchase them. OK, so I have my fabrics, I made the square on Sunday, I have my fusible web cut out as the pattern pieces. On Monday, I applied by fusible we pieces to fabric and cut out all the fabric pattern pieces. From there, the fabric cake assembled pretty quickly. I ironed the patten to the background square. As of last night, I have the full cake and icing completed and I have the candles completed. It's just that I decided to try and figure out how to make the candles interchangeable each year. Since she's only 2, I want only two candles. Next year, her mom can add another candle.
Last but not least, I have created the quilt sandwich (which you may be able to see the pins on the photo above on the right). Tonight after work, it's securing the layers with a little thread. I'm not too crazy about the light pink below the cake base but I'm thinking I'll place a seam of black around it to make it stand out. I leave for my trip on Friday, so it's crunch time. ~*~Trish~*~P.S. Of course this is not her real birthday present. It's just icing on the cake :-)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I'll just hang it up on my split entry home "built in quilt rack" (aka the railing to my steps between upstairs and downstairs) and take a few photos for the record. Hold up the camera, look through the lens, yep I see the dark blue wavy back and forth pattern. Looks pretty good. Snap another photo.
Wait a minute, that's odd. That area in the middle looks a little funny. The dark blue is lined up but I have several blocks in the wrong order.
Son of a *%*&^, right there in the center of the quilt (of course it has to be center) I sewed on two rows backwards. UGH!!! See how the tan blocks are on the left of the line but should be on the right. There is nothing more frustrating than when you find a mistake after you are done.
Well, see if you can spot where I am talking about. I'll help you out by a red box. These two rows should be pulled out and completely turned around horizontally. Well folks, there is going to be a delay in completion of the game. Time to get out the seam ripper.... :-) I'll be back to show you the end result!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Well, take a look at the photo. That's a lot of little pieces of fabric in a scrambled fashion. Here's my goal. These are actually snippets of left over shirt material from my father's shirts. Previously, his shirts were cut to make memory quilts for my sisters and mom in honor of my father. I completed the memory quilts a couple of years ago but, I could not bring myself to throw away the scraps. Well, my goal now is to sew, sew, sew, these pieces together to make a halfway decent size scrap material to make a teddy bear out of.
I know, I know, it doesn't look like much. However, to the person that knows the fabrics and can render memories just by looking at the swatches, it's the most beautiful piece of fabric in my whole stash :-)
That's right, I'm on a mission to make a memory bear. Stay tuned for updates! I'm very happy with my progress so far. But, this is a one shot deal. Once I start cutting the pattern, there is no more material to cover mistakes. OK, maybe just a few pieces but quality counts here.
~*~ Trish ~*~
So far, I have 8 columns completed. The photo to the side is really two parts so far 4 vertical rows each. Only 4 more rows to go and my rag quilt of 12 rows but 12 columns will be done!!
I've decided that I'm going to give it to my sister. Just a surprise for no reason. Besides, she can cut all the fringe on each square and that will save me time.
Here's the layout so far. I'll probably be done this weekend and maybe I'll start on snipping each of the seams to create the fringe.
~*~ Trish ~*~
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Now, decide on the number of blocks per row you want and start sewing your blocks together using a 1/2 seam allowance. Be sure all the seams face up towards the same direction. Complete each row separately and then when all your rows are completed. You'll start stitching together the rows. Again, make sure the 1/2" seam allowances are facing the same direction as the blocks. Next thing you know, the whole quilt will be assembled.
~*~ Trish ~*~
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wishing you a safe and Happy 4th of July!!
I'm now posting on my custom URL - allthingscrafty.com Yeah! It was really easy to switch to a custom domain. I'll try to share steps later.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Don't be too concerned if when you sew the X's on the blocks that the blocks shift a little and you see they area uneven. Look at the dark blue bear fabric, you can see the whites of the bottom square. Once you sew them together and start snipping the edges, it will all blend in.
Here they are in all their glory. 36 quilt sandwiches in each type fabric. Next stop, trying to figure out how I want them sewn together. ~*~ Trish ~*~