Thursday, March 31, 2011

No Pins Mess

I thought, I need to finish this rag quilt.  I have had the rows completed for a while and they have been hanging over my banister just waiting for a completion.  I thought, I'll just whip them together without pinning them.  How hard could it be?  I'm regretting that decision.  I finished up one row and placed it on the floor to admire.  From the fringe side, it looks ok.  However, when I turned it over for the flat side, each intersection was about 1/2 inch off.  Not to mention, look at the fringe stuck in the seam.  Looks like I'll be doing some seam ripping before moving forward.



I'm making great progress on the string quilt.  I have 12 of the 6.5" blocks completed.  My goal is to finish 2 per day.  I don't have enough attention span to do more (lol).  Here's a photo of 8 of the completed blocks.  I like it a lot but I'm already starting to think of the quilting process.  It may be a nightmare but I'll try to not think about it until I'm closer to the quilt top being finished. What a great way to use up non-favorite fabrics!



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~*~Trish~*~

Monday, March 28, 2011

Another Project Start with Strings Attached

Sometimes a new project is just what a person needs to get the creative juices flowing.  I've always been interested in the string quilts that I see out there in blogland.  The only issue was that I do not keep scraps.  So, I actually took a few fat quarters I had in a similar color tone (green/blue) and sliced them up in 1.5, 1.25, and 1" strips.  I was ok with doing this because they were all random patterns and I never could imagine a project for them.  I just hope I did not cut up too many.  I don't think so because I kept pulling out similar colors/patterns.  Next, I determined that I wanted a solid white center on each block to form a border connecting in each square.  So, I cut out 1.25 strips of white.

Next, I took some art paper I had and cut out 7.5" squares.  My goal is to finish with 6.5" finished squares.   I used some scrapbooking glue to secure the first white strip in the center of the square. From there, I placed all the strips into a grocery bag to help me randomize my colors and sizes on the squares.  Once I got started, I loved it,  They went together so fast and I couldn't stop until I had at least four squares completed so I could see the white center form a diamond.   Each one was trimmed downed to size.
My goal is to complete 80 of these individual squares to complete a 48 x 60 size top. 

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~*~Trish~*~

Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Life for Practice Piece

Whenever I practice things, sometimes I like them so much that it is difficult to get rid of them.  So, I took my basic square fabric sandwich with test stitches on it and made a basic rotary tool case.  All I did was fold the square in half and sew up two sides.  I turned it right side out and then I added a little Velcro to the top for closure.  Now I have a transport bag for the rotary tool if I ever take it anywhere  I can look at it and admire my test stitches now.  I have some digital quilting practice pieces that I need to make into some items.  I'm thinking potholders.  For now, any completion makes me pretty happy.


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~*~Trish~*~

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Practice Makes Pretty

I know they say practice makes perfect but I always say that nothing is perfect.  So, I follow the next best thing, practice makes pretty.  Here's a scrap sandwich I decided to practice decorative stitching on.  Once I got started, I could not stop.  I used a Valdani Variegated thread 35wt in the top and a white bobbin thread in the bottom.  I liked the results so much, now I'm going to need to figure out how to use it.  Maybe I'll make two bookmarks out of it if I can.
My favorite stitches so far are the spools of thread and the scissors.  They are just too cute!
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~*~Trish~*~

Friday, March 18, 2011

Joann Coupons Good Until 6/18/11

I have not been to visit my local Joanns for probably 3+ months.   I think it was so long because I did not have any coupons.  Then, it became habit not going.  Yesterday, I stopped in quickly to see if they had the magazines with the new coupons available.  I can't believe that I'm a month late in picking up the magazines.  The coupons on the back of the Fashionfusion magazine are good until 6/18/11.  Great, I have a couple months.  I picked up a couple at $2.99 each.  
 Every time they come out I swear they change the "fine print".  This set of coupons specifically say that they can not be used on AccuQuilt Go items, bummer.  Can't be used on the slice cartridges as well, another bummer.  Oh well, I'm sure there are other things I can find to buy with them.  What I love about these coupons is that I use them at Michael's and other craft stores as well.  So, I keep a bunch with me at all times.  Other times, I like to share them with strangers in line if they don't have coupons. 


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~*~Trish~*~

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wearin of the Green

Happy St Patrick's Day


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~*~Trish~*~

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UFO Debate - Mock Cathedral Window

I finally received my Mistyfuse to work on my mock cathedral window quilt.  It was made out of black denim circles.  Previously I used the Mistyfuse to add the batik fabrics.  Last night I also used small pieces of Mistyfuse to fuse down the circle sides to the batik fabric.  Next I'll go back and sew down the sides.  I think it will be easier since I won't have to work to keep the sides down and straight.

I'm not so sure if I'm going to continue working on this...  It will be pretty heavy when completed and I'm just not sure I will use it.  I'm also not crazy about how all the batik centers are different sizes.  I thought about finishing up what I have and then making a decorative pillowcase instead.  The only issue with that is I'll need to work with the seam ripper.  Decisions, decisions...  I guess only time will tell.


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~*~Trish~*~

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Going, Going, Gone

With the weather getting nicer outside you would think the dogs would not want to cover up so much.  Today, I watched our dog Mandy bury herself in the act.  It was so cute.  You can tell by the photos that the sweater in front of her has not moved.  The last photo is when I called for her and she peeked out.  You gotta love your pets, they make us smile a lot!


Hopefully tomorrow I'll be back to craft postings :-)


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~*~Trish~*~

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sugar Free Easter Gifts

I recently found the most adorable T-Shirt & skirts outfit combos at a great price.  I bought each of my nieces a set that came with 2 shirts and 2 skirts each.  They seemed to be missing a little something.  My nieces love sparkly things.  So, I added a little bling bling to each shirt with some iron on rhinestones I had.  They added just the right sparkle and now I have a great sugar free Easter gift to give. 

The top left photo of the butterfly was before rhinestones and the right photo was after.  The front pink was the second shirt in the set.  It had somewhat plastic type flowers ironed on so I stayed away from that with any heat.


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~*~Trish~*~

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Digitizing Practice Files

I have been busy trying to teach myself how to digitize designs. I'm taking it pretty slow but it's been keeping me pretty busy.  The latest two files I've been working on are basic applique shapes.  I know when I try to free stitch a satin stitch, It just doesn't come out right.  This way, I can rely on my embroidery machine to complete the satin stitching for me and it turns out beautifully.  In the future when I have a few designs, I want to use them to raise money to support Cancer research.

If you have an embroidery machine and would like to test out my designs in the future, please feel free to contact me.  Recently, I've been working on the most basic appliques.  A shamrock for St Patrick's day and a Heart using the AccuQuilt Go Medium heart.

Here is my shamrock applique.  I like my satin stitching to be small and tight around the applique.  I wasn't able to trim the applique fabric close because I misplaced my applique scissors.  However, I know others are better at trimming applique fabric than me.  That's why I love using the GO! dies.  No trimming.


If you would like to download the shamrock applique file, the following formats are available.  When you are transferred to the MediaFire website for download.  Click on the box that states:  "Click Here to Start Download"
  1. EXP Format
  2. HUS Format
  3. JEF Format
  4. XXX Format

I also digitized the AccuQuilt Go Medium heart.  There is a little bend on the bottom left heart that was not covered completely by the satin stitches but it is pretty small.  I'll work on correcting that.  You can see it by clicking on the image to enlarge and clicking again to zoom in.


If you would like to download the AccuQuilt Go Medium Heart applique file, the following formats are available.  When you are transferred to the MediaFire website for download.  Click on the box that states:  "Click Here to Start Download"
  1. EXP Format
  2. SEW Format
  3. JEF Format
  4. XXX Format
This is the first time I provided download files so please let me know if you have any problems.   However, I can not control how MediaFire provides downloads. 
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~*~Trish~*~

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Not So Fast

I waited patiently after placing my order with Keepsake Quilting to finally replace my Misty Fuse that I misplaced.  But, Not So Fast..... I received an email a couple days later that said there was a problem with the CC used.  I tried to use one of those visa gift cards that I received and there was not enough left on the card to cover the charge.  Guess I need to wait a little while longer to receive it.  So, I finally got around to resending another order today to try a 3rd time to replace the Misty Fuse.  I know once I receive it, I'll probably set it aside while I'm working on other things.

This afternoon I was about to kick back on the couch to watch a little TV when I realized Not so Fast....  A head popped out of the blankets strewn on the couch. Our smaller Yorkie loves to hide in things and stay covered up.  How cute she was!!
 
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~*~Trish~*~