30 Aug

The light at the end of the tunnel :)

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I’m about two-thirds of the way through the second quilt of valor.  It’s again going much slower than I had hoped it would.

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Every advance of the quilt I have very full borders to deal with.  These in fact, are so full I probably would have been better off taking tucks.

About halfway through the quilt, I was once again grateful that my longarm is computerized.  When I first started quilting for hire, before I had a computer, I was doing a pantograph for a lady, all was going well then suddenly the machine caught, made a horrible noise, I heard the fabric rip, my needle broke, and my machine’s timing was thrown off.

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Because she had left a seam open, like this.  Since I’m working from the front, I saw it, stopped the machine, and whip stitched it closed.  Had I been working from the back, likely the same scenario would have repeated itself.

I’m going to be very happy when this one is finished. I may even finish off a pint of Haagen Daaz!

30 Aug

Great day trip!

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I had a wonderful time with the girls yesterday, we drove out to Mama’s Log House, a quilt shop a bit over a hundred miles from where I live. It’s in the middle of nowhere, so we packed a picnic lunch and took it along.

My friend Sindy gifted me with this gorgeous basket!  I can’t wait to fill it up!  It’s locally crafted right here in the Ozarks.

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I bought these beautiful blue fabrics.  Blue isn’t typically a color I’m drawn to!

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I didn’t have a quilt pattern in mind, I just loved the floral fabric, and hopefully got enough to make whatever pattern I come up with for them.

The Maxi-Lock swirls thread came in the mail and was there waiting when I got home.  I’m not sure if I like it.  It’s darker than I had imagined, and the color changes are about two inches apart.

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I really would like to try it on this quilt, but my eyes aren’t agreeing.  Your thoughts?  I’d like to hear them, although I already know I won’t use it.  It’s too contrasty and that is all your eye will see.

Jim finished building a simple table for my sewing room I’d requested, to replace the folding melamine table that was there before.

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This is now sturdy enough to embroider on, plus twice as deep.  I have to decide if I want my embroidery thread carts pushed all the way back, or pull them to the front edge for easier access, but my small shop vac stays down there, always in easy reach for cleaning my machines.

DSCF7878I now basically have one solid wall of thirty-eight inch deep sewing counter, with the quilting “arm” that juts out on both cabinets.  The new table bridges the gap between them, being the same height and depth.

29 Aug

How to fix an incorrect block (I said that so nicely didn’t it?)

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I was pretty tickled that I finished piecing my QoV yesterday.  And I really like it.  So I couldn’t resist walking back into the garage and taking one more peek last night before crawling into bed.

DSCF7865Gasp!  Is that what I think it is?

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Yes it surely is!  How did I ever overlook that glaringly painful mistake?

I’m sure 99% of you know how to repair a mistake in the middle of a quilt, but for those of you who don’t, or think (ahem!) it’s too much work, it’s an easy fix, and takes about fifteen minutes.

Find the offending patch, or entire block if that is the case, and stick a pin in it so you can find it from the backside.

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Flip the quilt over, and carefully rip out the stitches hold the patch in place.

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Next, rip out the stitches about halfway across the seams of the patches to the right and left.  This will give you room to insert the new patch.

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Please take a moment to remove the old threads.  Nothing looks worse than a repair with snippets of thread left in it.  It screams repair!

You do NOT need to open the seams on the patches above and below the opening, where I am pointing.  If, by any chance, those stitches came undone, fix them now.

Turn the quilt back over to the front and make SURE your replacement piece is correct.

DSCF7872Sew it back to the patch on the left.  This works exactly the same way for an entire block.

Flip the quilt back over to the backside, and sew the new patch to the right side.

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Now all the remains is to sew the top and bottom seams.

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And that quilty friends, is all there is to it.  Never leave a wrong patch or block in your quilt. ESPECIALLY if this quilt is for a Veteran of our country, who has sacrificed SO MUCH for us.

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Press and it tada!  Good as new :)

And I’m off for the day with the girls, we’re making a cross-country trek to a quilt shop.  Okay, not really cross-country, but here in Arkansas every quilt shop is two hours away and two hours apart :)