Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Mickey Mouse Quilt - still a WIP

Mickey Mouse is back in the box, for a few weeks anyway. I have the top completed except for the borders. I will add a 4" black border with a narrow red flange. Some Mickey panels and leftover Mickey prints should fill the back. 

This will be a gift for a friend who has been asking for it for 10 years... "Mickey, but not that slut Minnie"

The delay is only because other commitments are taking me away from my sewing studio for a month. (panic!!)




Friday, 16 June 2017

The Mickey Mouse quilt is happening!

Fabric is cut, blocks are stitched and on the design wall. I ended up creating a different pattern than I thought I would - two reasons:

  • The overall image was boring so I did some more playing in EQ6. I have spent over 20 hours working on the design of this Mickey Mouse Quilt


  • I needed to match my fabric cutting to the various amounts of each print that I had



I played a bit with the the order of the diagonal  squares (blue, plaid, and red). Now I am sewing the rows together... should be pretty quick ... hopefully I will get the top done this weekend. I have some great Mickey Mouse fabric and a few panels to make the back, and perhaps a couple of pillow cases... we shall see.
Once this is assembled it will be the first piece to be quilted on the HQ Simply Sixteen that I bought last summer. ( I have still been quilting on my Brother 1500S)..
Watch this space... I should have an update next week!
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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Finished the Red & White, moving on

The Red & White Canada 150 Quilt is done!

I named it "This land is your land, this land is my land"
Thanks to Mark Lipinski for the pattern, "Curvy".




Next on my list is "the Micky Mouse quilt. My friend (since we were 4) has been asking for a Mickey Mouse quilt for 10 years now... I have been secretly stashing any Mickey Mouse print in a nice cotton fabric that |I can find. My friends have also been searching this out.. I have 11 different prints now plus 2 panels. I just keep telling her that I will make it when I find the right fabric.

The hard part is that it has to be "Mickey", "just Mickey"and not "that slut Minnie".  I have enough now I think to work with, to plan with. There is enough for a full size double bed quilt. I do not want to lose the actual print so I need to work with pieces at least 4" and larger.

I am thinking of something like this:






This is what I have to work with:
























Monday, 13 March 2017

Red and White!!! Celebrating Canada's 150th with a Quilt

The curved blocks (most of them) are laid out. I could not lay the full set at 9 blocks wide and 10 high because my design wall is only 72" wide.. and it is really hard to reach that high. I used a yard stick to place these up but there is  set of pins in the blank space up top that I cannot reach to pull (unless I use a ladder).

I am really excited.....it is looking just the way I was hoping it would. It has to be D O N E by mid April.... time to sew...

These were laid out randomly. I wonder if I should move a few around?... thoughts???
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Sunday, 5 March 2017

A Heavy Purse Challenge - a new diet challenge - Part 2, and a Red and White Quilt update

I added a few things that I missed, like a few sets of keys, my chequebook (when you need it,.. you still need it- though I may opt for a single cheque in my wallet instead of the whole booklet), a charging cord and battery power pack for my phone (did not help me that they were at home), business card holders (okay, yes I do need three sets of business cards), a small cosmetics bag, .. it feels heavy again... Weigh in tomorrow...

Counting up, 45 of each! 

Let's Square these up!!!

Ta da!!! 90 (8 -1/2") squares, ready to match A/B, A/B... and sew together.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

A Heavy Purse Challenge - a new diet challenge

My purse is too heavy.

I keep what I need in it... wallet, change purse, keys for work, phone, lip balm, hand cream, spare eyeliner, mini mirror, emergency tweezers, spare bandaids, pain killers in case of a headache, sanitizing gel for unsanitary places, tissues, nail file, notebook, cheque book, business card case, phone charging cable, back up phone battery, six pens, a hair clip, a mini flashlight, shopping cards, keys for my aunt's house, keys for my daughter's house, my purse keep (a file folder with receipts, stamps, coupons, an old lottery ticket), just important things that I need to have whenever I need need them.

Every day... 6.5 pounds.







So now this purse is on a D I E T !!!!

I have taken out everything except my  wallet, change purse, my house keys, phone. purse keep. THAT IS IT,

I am going to see what I miss, what I need, then add only what I really miss.  Will this diet work?




Saturday, 4 February 2017

Still Sewing Red and White Subsets for Canada's 150th Birthday


All the curved pieces are cut, with fabric to spare. I need to step up the sewing pace... NETFLIX makes for a slow sewing partner.

The mix of many Red prints and the Kona K001 White makes me happy. I think it will look great together. If I get all these 900 pieces together.


I tried to see how many pins I needed to use to set these curved pieces together - five pins. Three pins arse not quite enough though it goes fast if I can sew through with 1 pin anchoring the work and my fingers pinching the edges but this does make it far more likely that i sew through my finger.

Assembling these curved pieces was much easier than I expected. This was the one aspect of this quilt that caused me hesitation. I was afraid it would be hard to do and that the pieces would not lay flat. They work well. I stretched the inside curves to match the outside curve and amazingly.. they are beautifully flat after they are pressed!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Red & White Quilts - next step

Cutting and counting
I had to set this project aside for a while. Life, family, friends, work, all that stuff took priority.

"living, quilting and stuff..." is the truth for me.

Living happens first, then quilting, then other stuff. Living though means family, friends, work, responsibilities. We all have that and if we are lucky we can have that and more. I am lucky. This also means though that there is a lot of time that I am not quilting.

I had a math problem that took some time and a fresh look at the numbers to solve.  I needed to make the quilt larger than the actual pattern. Should be easy...  The quilt has to be 72" x 80"and the pattern is 56" x 74".  Instead of 7 x 8 blocks... I am making it 9 x 10 blocks.  The first time that I did the math I thought I needed 2,250 individual units - is that total? or each set?  I was daunted by all the cutting and subsets. It did not make sense so I had to wait until I could be sure. That would be a lot more work than I really wanted to do. I counted up all my stitching and cutting so far... 255 #1 sets, 259 # 2 sets. I can see that there are 140 of each in the pattern in the magazine so the 2,250 number has to be  a bit crazy.

The mistake that I was making was figuring out that each blocks is 5 sets width ways and 1 row and not 5 x 5. Yay. I only need 225 of each set.  I have enough.

Sorting the mix of prints. I can see that  I am missing some of the prints in my available pieces. I need to make a few more. I plan to use only one white, a Kona white. I need a bit more so if I can pick some up tomorrow I can make another few pieces. If not then I will work with what I have since I do have enough actual pieces right now. I am trying to have each print in both pieces sets if I can.
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