Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Cheddar Bowties! I've kept at it, making four every morning and stitching them together. Today I had enough to make the first big unit made of 64 bowties. Progress!
Monday, September 21, 2020
You guessed it - sew it to the bottom of the main quilt top as shown above.
This is getting big now! It measures more than 38 inches top to bottom. I promise the next two steps will be much more simple, but look how good it looks so far!
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Hurricane Sally came through here. By the time she got here she was a tropical depression - not a hurricane any longer. We have a rain gauge - she left us with more than 6 inches of rain yesterday. At that point our gauge overflowed, so we don't know exactly how much more she left overnight.
She took down this tree behind our fence and smashed it into our fence. This is so minor compared to what many closer to the coast have to deal with now. The tree is owned by the golf course and they came by early this morning to check it out. They'll be back later today to get the debris from our yard.
I've been working behind the scenes on this sweet little dress. I'll share more of this later. This has been a challenge - I'm better at quilts!
Did you notice???? The Curved Hexie Stitch Along is back at the top of the blog!!!!!
I spent much of Tuesday trying to fix this. I also watched some tutorials for the New Blogger. That's when I realized that my screen didn't look like theirs. I was missing the tool bar in New Blogger. No wonder I was having trouble using it! When I talked with one of my daughters later in the day, she immediately said I needed to try a different browser. Try Google Chrome, she said.
Well, what do you know? That did the trick! I was able to see the missing tool bar! I was able to put the tab back in place! And I'm now using the New Blogger to post this! All is well here from computer land!
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
We had a relaxing weekend at the lake. Though I keep a sewing machine and supplies there, I only did hand stitching while there. I have finally finished a half block for my Stars Upon Stars quilt. It only took me a month - haha! It all fit together nicely and I think I'm finally getting the hang of this tiny work. Those diamonds finish at 1/2" x 1/2". SO TINY!
I need 15 whole blocks, 11 half blocks, and 4 quarter blocks. A long way to go, but I'm ready to attempt a whole block next. Fingers crossed.
These little bow tie blocks seem huge in comparison, though each bow tie will finish at only 3"! Though I didn't make any of these Saturday or Sunday at the lake, I'm back at them now. The pattern calls for them to be sewn in groups of 4. So now when I make my daily four blocks, I go ahead and stitch them together.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Let's get the easy ones done first. These are a simple S2 - easy peasy. I did have some fun fussy cutting these. Make 4 of these.
Now let's make the more complicated hexie. Mark the paper using S2 on opposite sides (left and right sides in photo above). Next mark P2 on opposite points (top and bottom in photo above).
I find it very helpful to number the sections before cutting this paper into pieces. That way I don't get confused when putting it back together.
And look at this interesting hexie you will have! I found a cute eye in my Tula Pink fabrics to put in the center of mine.
Okay. Now sew the hexies as shown above. NOTE - the bottom hexie in this photo is turned with the fussy cut image OUT, unlike the other three similar hexies.
Now sew this unit to the top of the main unit just like this. You've got this!
We went to the lake over the weekend, so here's some photos from there:
I love the way this is growing!
And since I still haven't figured out how the get the older instructions back yet (I will, just give me time...), here are the links to them.
General Instructions: https://thehexieblog.blogspot.com/2020/07/curved-hexie-stitch-along_16.html
Part 1: https://thehexieblog.blogspot.com/2020/07/curved-hexie-stitch-along-part-1.html
Questions Answered: https://thehexieblog.blogspot.com/2020/07/curved-hexie-stitch-along-your.html
Part 2: https://thehexieblog.blogspot.com/2020/08/curved-hexie-stitch-along-part-2.html
Part 3: https://thehexieblog.blogspot.com/2020/08/curved-hexie-stitch-along-part-3.html
Part 4: https://thehexieblog.blogspot.com/2020/08/curved-hexie-stitch-along-part-4.html
Part 5: https://thehexieblog.blogspot.com/2020/08/curved-hexie-stitch-along-part-5.html
Part 6: https://thehexieblog.blogspot.com/2020/08/curved-hexie-stitch-along-part-6.html
Part 7: https://thehexieblog.blogspot.com/2020/09/curved-hexie-stitch-along-part-7.html
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Monday, September 7, 2020
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Here is some show and tell from this week’s Curved Hexie Stitch Along. I think in my video I called it, “Curved Stitchy Hexalong.” Haha. Someone wrote me: “Well, didn’t you have a little bit of a sadistic streak in you with those teeny, tiny points this week. But, the video sure helped.” You are learning something new! Isn’t that a good feeling???
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
I successfully made the intricately pieced star for the Edyta Sitar quilt. Now I'm trying to make the little stars that surround it. The top one I pieced with my machine. BIG NO! It doesn't lay flat! And it's too small. So hand pieced the middle one with 3/16" seams. Again - not right. This one measured too big. So I hand pieced the bottom one using 1/4" seams. Too little.
At this point, I finally decided to measure the little stars against the big star. The problem is that the little stars are the correct size, BUT the big star is the wrong size, I think. So what do I do now???? UGH!!! The pattern is correct, I'm sure...it's my piecing that's the problem. I'm going to put this aside for a day or two and then come back and figure it out.