Friday, January 15, 2021

Fun Friday ~ Old Western Movies & Hand Piecing


Watching some old Western Movies
 without any interrupting commercials
 on You Tube, (not You Tube TV). 
I can do some hand piecing.
 Practicing consistent stitch length.
 I guess it does end up to be more
 listening than watching.
 Still it mostly keeps my mind 
off today's problems
 I consider it fun.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Fun Friday ~ Is it a Quilt?

Someone asked if it was going to be a quilt? 

Since I'm having so much fun and cant stop making them,
 it looks like its headed that way?  In this case, it's a table cover?

Really enjoying handstitching.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Monday Memory 120~ Grandmother's Garden Hexie Deal


Summer before last and one of the few yard sales we went to I scored a great deal I forgot to share.
These hexies brought back memories of my Grandmother's "Grandmother's  Flower Garden" quilts.
As you can see these directions have reference to the 1987 "Quilts and Crafts" so this bag of fabrics had to be from around that time.  Although rotary cutters had come on the market, many of us still used cardboard templates.

I found this bag with some cut pieces and some squares waiting to be cut.
The bag also included a cardboard template you see above.

As you can see, this was a fantastic deal.
I bought the bag because of the deal on the fabric.
I have not been interested in hand stitching hexies, because I thought that to be
a long, difficult and tedious process.
I had been given little paper piecing kits from a quilt guild at the state fair 2 years in a row.
People claimed it to be habit forming?

We made quilt templates out of any stiff but not too heavy to cut cardboard.

Only 3 pieces out of the entire bag had been sewn together and they were done by hand.

I found it interesting how they stored them by folding the middle piece so they could be stacked.
Check out the tiny stitches. That's what I always observe when looking at these vintage pieces.  
People strived to make tiny and consistent length stitches both in piecing and quilting.
So a couple of weeks ago, while cleaning up my sewing room, 
I came across this bag of hexies.
I apprehensively looked at this bag again.
When I first bought them I thought some day I might machine stitch them,
but that's not easy either.
Then I started watching English Paper Piecing on You Tube.
I don't like messing with glue or starch.
Then videos about just regular hand piecing of hexies came up.
For some reason that interested me.
So a couple of weeks ago, while watching TV, I tried it.
Yep, it's habit forming.
While it took me an hour to make each of these, it's still a progressive process.
Since I was VERY pleased they didn't come out wonky,
Oddly a few years back, 
I found this great deal.
Again, I thought they might come in handy if I machine stitched hexies.
I had no interest in hand stitching them. 
This is how we build our stash.
If its a great deal you buy it, just in case you might need it.
Well, now I need it.
I'm using the 3½ inch template to cut out more like the hexies in the bag.
I had also a couple of years ago,
accidently bought a fine tip heat sensitive Frixon pen that hadn't been too useful
until I started using it with this template. 
It can mark the holes!

So for the next couple of months,
while warming up in the south,
I hope to hand stitch more of these,
while they continue to bring back memories of my
Grandmothers, Aunts and neighbors that always made the hardest quilt patterns
two of which I believe to be the Grandmother's Flower Garden and Double Wedding Ring.
by hand.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday 170 ~ Mail Box Hot Pad & Free Quilt Design Software


Its been a rough year for all the mail carriers.
They have worked long hours all year due to a shortage of workers.
Many have had to cover for those that became ill or needed to stay home and take care of family.
Now, with the extra load of holiday shipping, many are working 7 days a week.
The USPS have been begging for people to apply for work, but they are still short handed.

I decided I wanted to make a potholder showing a mail box for my carriers.
In the process of not finding a pattern for a mailbox, I found a present to myself.

A free quilt design Software called Quilt Assistant.  This is NOT a trial offer. It really is a free software for drafting quilting templates and paper pieced patterns. It will also allow you to digitally color the block or print a blank pattern to color. You can also upload a picture and draw lines to create a paper pieced pattern for the picture.  This will save me a lot of time with upsizing or downsizing a pattern.

Unfortunately, I haven't found a way to save the pattern to share online. I can only print the pattern. I can save the file that can be opened by this software or another high priced quilt design software so you don't have to recreate the design. 

So click here to download this

So if you have just one more gift to make, then think about pulling out your scraps and scrap batting, spend some fun time with a new software to design your own personal pattern and make a pot holder?

It is a special time to think about those front line workers that never have been allowed to stop and rest for a moment. We owe our livelihood to them in ways we probably haven't thought about.

I also have a special nurse in my life too.

Think about it.

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