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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Red Rose Block and Potholders

I made this one last night. There are 28 pieces in just the red rose section.

This is my pinky fingernail to give you an idea of how small some of these pieces are. Quite by chance, my nail polish matches the rose color. Some days things just work out. LOL.

It's amazing what can be done with paper piecing! I like this block a lot. I am thinking it may make a very nice border for my next quilt. I think I will begin making dozens of these just to have them ready when I need another border. If I used it for the outer border (for a king-sized quilt) I would need about 80 of them. Hmm, that's a pretty lofty goal....maybe I will use for an inner border which would require a lot less of them.

Here are a couple of the potholders I've been making and the big trivet thing (to put large hot pans on) I made Thursday. I like them hanging on the china cabinet in my kitchen. I guess this really should be called a chicken cabinet since that is mostly what I have in it.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Piecing My Nights Away

I've been experimenting with the 101 Log Cabin Blocks book I bought a few weeks ago.

I really enjoy making log cabin blocks. You never really know what you will end up with.
This is the start of a block. I'm thinking, "Hmmmm...Am I doing this correctly?"
It turned out to be the one in the bottom of the photo above. The one that sort of looks like a large pinky-peachy flower.

This setting is just a courthouse steps log (for those familiar with quilting), but I think the bunny center is so cute.

I am going to turn these into potholders. I've pinned some binding on this little house block.
I like the really thin little roof line on this one. When I look at this block, I get the feeling that it should be hanging near an old wood stove in a log cabin in the woods.

Paper Pieced Potholders

I made two blocks tonight.

Can you tell ithe bottom one is an angel?

I'm having a bit of difficulty remembering how to put on a mitered corner binding. I am fully frustrated and have given up for tonight. I tried to drown my frustration with some butter pecan ice cream. It did seem to help a little--especially the second bowl.
*big chubby grin*

I am planning to give these to people for little Christmas gifts IF I can get the binding to look good. I sure don't need a dozen more. Last year I made myself some dandy bluejean potholders that are still in excellent condition (I posted about them last spring). I use them all the time to set under hot dishes on the counter.

I have a SIL who likes cats, so my next one has a cat face in the center.

Hope you all enjoy what's left of your Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Spikey Border Blocks

Are Finally Done!

I am very happy with them. The border was my first paper-piecing project and it took a long time (about 33 hours of actual sewing time)-- much longer than it takes to just cut strips of fabric and make a plain border. But it was worth it.

Every block finished at exactly 10.5 inches. It was quite a breeze to sew on.

There was not one piece where I had to "make it fit" -- how wonderful is that?

I am happy to report that tearing off the back paper is not nearly as tedious as I expected it to be. I've only just begun that part, but it's going quite quickly. I've already discovered that the secret is to sew with a very small stitch (which is NOT so wonderful when you have to rip out sections--believe me, I did my fair share of ripping out).

I can't wait to start my next quilt. I've purchased another Carol Doak book full of 9-patch paper-pieced star blocks.

I am now an official paper-piecing addict!

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Working Like a Clydesdale

Horse, that is.

Geez, work all week, and spend the whole weekend doing more work.

Scrub the floors, clean the bathroom, vacuum, dust, strip the bed, do laundry, fold and hang up dry laundry, put clean sheets on the bed,cook dinner,clean up the kitchen, cook breakfast, clean up the kitchen again, cook dinner again, clean up the kitchen again, take paper toweling and wipe up all the crud that landed on my clean floors...and I even had to go to my paying job both days for a short time...thank goodness we lost an hour was one hour less I had to work!

Our warmish weather ended on Friday, so I did not get outside at all this weekend. I don't know where I would have found the time anyway.

The few spare hours I had were spent sewing more blocks for the quilt border. I am a little over halfway done.

I think I have 20 done and I need 32.

Everyone of these blocks has paper on the backside that I will have to tear off section by section.

Since this is my first paper-piecing project, I am not sure how much of a pain that will be. I am sure it will be a big mess! Imagine all those itty bitty pieces of paper all over the furniture & floor. I am leaving all the paper on until I sew it all together (helps to stabilize the block). Then I plan to plop down on the family room sofa in front of the television and start tearing off the paper.

I hope you all had a more relaxing weekend.

I am off to read a few blogs.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I am Ready for Summer

Last night I finished my 7th (and probably last) pillow for the deck. I found a triple star paper-pieced pattern that I wanted to try. These pillows were great for teaching myself paper-piecing. I got to practice on something that would end up being useful to me. And I got to use wickedly bright colors that I would never dream of using in my home.

I still need to stuff them all, but will wait another couple of months to do that. They are much easier to store flat. These are the three different designs all together.

With the triple star I finally realized the value of paper-piecing. It would have been nearly impossible to traditionally piece all those angles.

I am quite happy with them and glad that I learned a new technique.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

My First Paper-Piecing Project

In January of 2006 I taught myself to paper piece with this heart block. I made quite a few heart blocks -- until I felt comfortable with the new technique.

I was intrigued by this paper piecing. I decided to try a larger, more difficult block before I forgot what I had learned.

I copied the pattern, taped the 4 pieces together and numbered them all

Then I just cut chunks of fabric that somewhat resembled the shape I needed, turned the pattern to the back side and started sewing

At this point I am not too optimistic. Did you ever see a more sorry-looking block?

I think the pattern should be on the back also. I can't tell where to place the piece to sew it on. I decided to use a pin to push through the front

When turned over you get this little holey line so you know where the fabric needs to end up

After ripping out and resewing 4 or 5 pieces that I still cut too short, I finally ended up with this

I have to say I was surprisingly happy with the outcome.

It didn't take me long, though, to realize that poking a needle through every line was way too time consuming. I finally discovered just folding on the line and that is still how I do it today.

Paper piecing is easy, but I think I would have learned it more quickly if I had a teacher to demonstrate.

I spent many hours during Jan - April of 2006 honing my PP skills.

I made good use of all my teaching blocks. I ended up making 7 pillows, and a 3 throw quilts to decorate my deck.

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