So, I have read a lot about piecing curves. Many people have said how difficult it is to piece a curved seam. For this reason, I have shied away from it. Until Now. I like all kinds of quilts, traditional, modern, weird, you name it. I saw a quilt a couple of weeks ago and I thought to myself, I want to make something like that. But Oh No, it has curved piecing. Yikes! (Me talking in my head) Maybe I better not, that is way too difficult for me. You always want to try new things, so why not? OK, my multiple personalities decided that I should go for it.
Here is the weird thing. It was not really hard. I did the first one and thought, OK, maybe I got lucky, so kept on. Surprise! Not really that hard. It does take a little more time, because you can’t whip right through it like you would a straight seam. Here is what I found.
- I found that placing the smaller piece (the one you are piecing into the other) let’s call it the outside curve, on the bottom and sewing it like that works best. So, my outside curve (with the outside arch) was on the bottom. My photo shows it with the outside curve on top, so you can see it, but when I pin and sew, I flip it over so it is on the bottom
- Pin, Pin, Pin. I hate to pin, but you really need to.
- Sew at a slow steady rate. Don’t be a speed demon.
Piece of cake. You got this.
So, I enjoyed block #3 of the Fall Into a Quilt Along. A little bit of everything, piecing and applique. It is very cute. I managed to keep background fabric in this block. I am hoping I can manage to do this throughout the Quilt Along.
Today was my lucky weekend. I can home from work on Friday and had a package from Nanette at Chopin-A Passionate Quilter. She sent me a “Quilters care Package”. In it she sent me some wonderful batik scraps. I used some to make the applique on this block. I had mentioned that I was going to be using batik scraps with my background fabric. She sent me some other lovely items, that I will show later as I complete them. She is one of the kindest people I know and it certainly brought a smile to my face. It has already proven to be a very valuable resource.
So, this top had been stuffed in a storage bag for years. I had it in my head that the quality of the maker (me) was bad. So, I was going to turn it into a Duvet cover, because I could use another one of those. I had been thinking about it for quite some time. Decided I would use a flat sheet for the other side. Spent several weeks looking to buy just a flat queen sheet. Hardly anyone sells single sheets and I don’t have any queen beds at my house so it did not make sense to buy a set.
Well, found a sheet. When I got this top out and hung it up, I decided that I liked it. I even had some backing stuffed in the bag with it. So, no Duvet cover until I dig up another top. I will finish this one that is Circa 2002.
This past week at the local guild meeting, they had Lunn Fabrics in to go over how they make batiks. I had no idea this company that makes Robert Kaufman batiks is right in my backyard (about an hour or so away). The went over how they design their fabrics and had a slide show of how they are made. They even make the white fabric. IT was fascinating. I knew how they were made, but watching the slide show filled in a few gaps. Then they brought stuff to sell, and surprisingly it was very reasonable. I bought a 4 yard bag of blue scraps for $15.00 (this is the pile after I washed and ironed them). There were no little tiny pieces. I have already cut them all up for a blue batik scrap quilt. More on that later.
I never get accomplished what I have planned. My napping schedule is currently out of control. One of the many side effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis is severe exhaustion. This was a side effect I had not experienced, until the last few weeks. I have been coming home from work and sleeping on the couch until I went to bed. Then, this weekend I slept in both days, which is totally out of character for me. Sleep 12+ hours and still wake up totally exhausted. It totally messes up your sewing schedule. Hope everyone has a wonderful week.
Mystery Quilt Along….AKA the Fluffer Nutter Butter Quilt.
OK, so while I like the Mystery Fabric, I found it weird. Not a bad weird, but a good weird. When I purchased the fabric, I though it was grey. However, when I received, it was sort of a light green/grey. I had one thing in mind and then had to change gears when I actually got the fabric. So, I went into my stash and decided to use my weird batik. Not sure why I call these my weird batiks, They just struck me as odd, not in a bad way. So, Here is what I started with to get to my block. This block is about 6 1/2 inches square, so I will need quite a few.
Hand Quilt Along
So, not tons of progress here…..but some. The Dog Bone dresser runner is at about 38″. i think it will never end and since I need it to be 54″, it may not.
THe hexie flowers are coming along. There are about 24 1/2 half of them completed. I have no idea how many of the I actually need. I thought I was going to get a lot done today at the swim meet, but ended up not even finishing one. Too many distractions. I really need to get more of both my hand projects done.
So, at my house when socks and things go missing, we say that the Underpants Gnome took them. This was my late husband Derrick’s version of comedy that stuck. Gosh I miss him. He was hilarious. So, we don’t have the Sock Fairy stealing socks, but the Underpants Gnome. Let me tell you, he is hungry because I have an enormous bag of un-mated socks and underwear with holes (They couldn’t be because they are 10 years old).
So, when I felt slightly guilty about the Fabric package in the mail, I decided that I would blame the Fabric Gnome. I like him way better than the underpants Gnome. He left me this fabulous pile of batiks from Hancock’s of Paducah.
So, the folded pile is a sample pack. There are 40 pieces at least 14×18 (most nearly fat quarters). It was $19.99. Holy Cow. They are very lovely and luxurious. There a few duplicates, but I won’t complain. Such a steal. I am having a difficult time not going and buying more, especially since they sent me a 15% off coupon after that order. The other pieces are one yards that were $3.99.
Odd thing, I love batiks, but have only made a couple of small baby quilts. I got these with the plan of making myself a quilt. How weird is that? I already have a jelly Roll and was looking for a few others. This will be perfect.
Beware of the Underpants Gnome
Invite the Fabric Gnome in
As I go through the many many boxes of miscellaneous quilt boxes (like it’s Christmas for me). I am coming across projects that I started and never finished for whatever reason.
I could guess that this never got finished because, well, I got pregnant and my daughter was born. I am sure that is why I know that I started this quilt in 2003. I am not sure I remember why. The colored part is actually one piece of fabric with all the multi colored batiks. I sometimes can’t remember what I ate for lunch, but I remember that I bought this not in the quilting fabric area. It was actually in the clothing fabric area. Weird the things you remember. I most likely remember because I thought it was interesting and since it was not in the quilting fabric, it was way less expensive. I love a bargain. It is high quality fabric too.
Now to the odd issues. So, the black in this quilt is defiantly 100% cotton, but the fabric seams weak. I had a couple of seems that were previously torn out (like 13 years ago).. When i resewed these seams the fabric just fell apart. It happened on a couple of pieces. So, then I took a square to see how easy it would come apart if pulled at both sides. It was way to easy. With my rheumatoid arthritis, I would expect me not to be able to pull apart (not tear) a Piece of fabric by holding one edge in each hand and pulling. So, I have a concern that this quilt is just going to fall apart. Nearly all of the squares are done, so I feel compelled to complete it.
Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? it does not appear that any bugs or anything got to the fabric, so I am at a loss. I would appreciate any insight, because it sort of pretty and would be a shame to have to lose it. Thanks.
Treasure your Family
I made this table runner for my own table. I usually don’t make much for myself, but it seems odd to be a quilter and not have quilted stuff all over your house. It is an interesting batik and I was not appalled at my quilting this time. When I did the quilting, I was sort of thinking/going for snow drifts. It came out all right.
The snowflakes are not struggling. I am guilty of that. Basically I have been feeling like crap and am sick of it. I have two conditions that are currently competing with each other in my body. For years I have had something called Dopa Responsive Dystonia. For me, it basically means that I have the worst Charlie horses all over my body. Medication had solved about 90% of it until the Rheumatoid arthritis reared its ugly head. So the drugs for that cause the dystonia to be a zillion times worse. Like I actually have cramps in my jaw (awful) and my tongue (imagine how that looks and sounds when talking). I spend a lot of my free time at work, hoping no one notices that occasionally my arm shoots across the table without warning and begins contorting, which often causes tears to run down my face. They attempt to solve this with powerful anti-seizure drugs that I don’t want to take because they can be very addictive and when you have to take them around the clock. It makes a person wonder. Then there are the two doctors, the rheumatologist and the neurologist, who don’t really want to talk to each other, they just want to prescribe more drugs. Yesterday I was at the neurologist and pretty much begged him to talk to the Rheumatologist. Just got a dumbfounded look and an offer to write him a letter. Really?
Actually discussed with Kevin last night if I should just stop taking everything, because I am not sure much is helping. If you want the Rheumatoid to be better you have to screw with the dystonia drugs. It is a no win. My only saving grace is the inexpensive hot tub Kevin put in the garage for me. It is really the only thing that helps. I find myself in it 2-3 times a day.
I know I should just stop feeling sorry for myself. I just don’t want to always feel like crap. On a positive note, my daughter Miranda is doing well after the accident. Working on therapy.
Treasure your Family