Monday, December 27, 2010

All Pieced Together

Like all of you out there in Blogland, it's been a few days since I have been able to sew anything. But now it is time to get back to quilting.
I finished the last seam this morning on my Diamond baby quilt. I think I may add a narrow border, only because sometimes the points get cut off when I add the binding. I usually use a little wider than a 1/4" seam allowance when I put on bindings. Just have to see if I can find something in my stash that will work. My daughter Jill gave me a machine quilting book for Christmas and it is inspiring me to try something different in my quilting. Can't wait to give it a try.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Blocks On the Floor

Last post, I showed you all the squares I had cut out with my new GO cutter.

And this is what I have done with them.

Only with my camera, can I see a pattern going on. I hope you can see some kind of order. Once I have all the blocks made, I will fiddle with the arrangement some more.

What is it with a dog and quilt blocks on the floor? Is there some kind of perceived softness? Is there a voice in the fabric saying " Let's cuddle up"?
Because there are other places to lay down in my sewing room.

In the end, the fabric won out and Tess fell asleep.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A New Way To Cut It All Up

My Christmas shopping is practically done. Yipee! that's a first for me. I usually wait until the last minute. I don't know what inspired me. It's a bit easier this year. Two of my Bah Humbug children decided they didn't want to exchange presents this year. First born Jill to the rescue! They all decided to drastically limit the quantity and the money spent. And I'm OK with that.

So, now I have time to do what I like to do. Make quilts, of course! I bought myself an early Christmas present this year. You could say it is a business expense. I am getting ready for my first show in February, by cutting tons of 3-1/2" squares with my new GO cutter. .
These will all turn into Half-Square triangles made with Stitching Lines.

I think I need to cut some orange squares. that's next.
I learned quickly the key to success in cutting with the GO cutter. I have to put the fabric on the die in the right direction. And a piece of paper on top of the fabric seems to be needed to get accurate cuts. But that's a small price to pay for the speed of cutting. I think I really like this cutter.
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