Thursday, August 27, 2015

HST's Aboard

The HST baby quilt that I played with last weekend is loaded on the long-arm.  Getting to play with it on the machine, however, has not been easy.  Remember that I wrote on Saturday how I was undecided about the design?  Well, I thought I'd share the layout that I finally settled on.  

I know, I know, I chose the layout that I was considering from the beginning.  In the end, I couldn't decide, so I went with what got me started.  It was the easy way, I'm sorry.

To make up for it, I thought I'd share how I keep my rows in order.  I write numbers on small sticky dots and put them on the end of the rows beginning at the top (in this case).  

Another thing I did was to put all the dots on the left side and on the white triangle.  Doing so helped me to keep the rows in the correct order, but it also helped me keep from turning them around.  

I find that having a touch of dyslexia increases my chances of turning blocks and strips in the wrong direction.  I don't care for ripping out seams, so I've had to figure out how to prevent sewing dyslexia.

The fabrics that I used for this quilt is from the Antoinette collection by Connecting Threads.  The main fabric is beautiful, so I wanted a big chunk of it showing.  A border handled that perfectly.

Won't this make a pretty little quilt?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pin It Weekly #117

What have you been pinning lately?  I've been thinking of

Back to school....
Weight room or classroom, it’s all about the fundamentals. The latest 2-in-1 laptops feature the back-to-basics operating system Windows 10 with the return of the Start Menu—the perfect jumping-off point for every study sesh. When it’s time to kick it into a higher gear, you’ll plow through multiple programs like a breeze. Get flexin’, beefcake.

Moving into a dorm comes with a lot of changes, but you can at least keep your diet consistent. With a Frigidaire Compact Refridgerator, you can store 6 cans of sparkling water or soda in the door, keep fresh fruit and veggies in a crisper drawer and still have plenty of space for leftovers from home. All you'll have to do is find the perfect spot in your dorm room to keep it.

The campus life is an active one. There’s class, study groups, long treks across campus and, hello, gotta have a social life. 2 in 1 laptops—powered by Intel—are the ultimate solution for every student who needs to save time, get stuff done and still have a little fun—and that’s EVERY student. Intel’s power, speed and overall performance keep students moving from here, to there and everywhere after.

End of summer......
to play in the gentle surf...........ahhh the joy of lettin' a soul frolic freely~ ~*~moonmistgirl~*~

blackparadiseforher: Gisele Bundchen

And the beginning of autumn....
Actually I fall for the blues and greens first, but you can't deny what October does. Always stuns me.

Things I love about autumn - cosy chunky knits, log fires, candle light, hot chocolate, boots and amazing colours #rockmyautumnwedding @rockmywedding

The tranquil Androscoggin River in Turner, Maine • photo: Amber Waterman / Sun Journal

Maybe you'll encounter a scene like this on one of America's Best Fall Color Drives. Photo courtesy of dayflowerdream on Instagram.

BNSF Train in Oregon. wish NS had views like this

Are you ready for FALL??? I AM!  Bucks County in the Fall. Photography by Scott Mahon


Vermont Foliage Drive | Photographs » Yankee Magazine

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Tutorial: Reusable Bunting Holder

Some time ago I decided to make a bunting as decoration for a party.  Once I began thinking about it, I felt guilty about making something for a one-time event.  After all, sustainability is an important ideal for most of us--not use and toss.

I decided to make a clear plastic bunting that could hold paper or fabric designs.  Those designs could be changed out for the seasons or events as needed.  

To make this bunting, you'll need several sheets of regular copy paper for the pattern, clear table covering, and enough double-fold bias tape in the length you want.  I purchased one yard of plastic covering and made about three yards of bias tape.

Begin by making your pattern using the sheet of copy paper.  Measure and mark a line one inch from the edge of the short side of the paper.  Fold the paper in half to find the center line on the long side of the paper the draw lines to form a triangle from the first line to the center point on the opposite edge.  Your pattern should look like the picture on the right.

This pattern will serve as both the front and the back of each bunting.  Cut the pattern out leaving the 1" edge in tack.  With the 1" edge, you have the pattern for the back of the bunting.

To create the front pattern, simply fold the 1" edge down out of the way.

Decide how many "window" pieces of bunting you want.  If your plans are to have one letter in each bunting window, count out the letters.  For example, "Happy Birthday" needs 13 windows.  Once you decide on the number of windows you need, cut that number of triangle patterns out for the front of the windows and the same number for the back of the windows.  Note: It's easy to save the amount of plastic covering used by flipping the pattern back and forth so the pieces nest inside of each other.

Once the pieces are all cut out place one front on top of one back piece.  Sew the pieces together on the long sides, pivoting at the point.  The plastic sticks to the machine and the pressure foot so, to alleviate that sticking, place a piece of paper or tissue along the edges before sewing.  The needle will puncture the paper, and it will tear off easily.

Now you're ready to attach the bunting pieces to the bias tape for hanging.  First decide how far apart you want to space the pieces--I left 3 inches but you can adjust this to your liking.   I also left about 10 inches of bias before the first piece so that I'd have a bit to tie around poles or small tree limbs.  

To sew the window pieces on to the bias, begin by sewing the bias along the open edge until your machine needle is almost where you want the first window to be.  Slip the short edge of the window piece into the bias and sew in place.  As you get close to the end of one window piece, measure the bias and leave space before adding the next window.  

Continue adding window pieces, measure and sew.  Continue this way until all of the windows are in place.  

 Sew the rest of bias to the end.  And you're done.

I used paper cut in the shape of the triangle to quickly decorate for these pictures.  To get a shape that fully fit into the windows, I used the same pattern but cut it down about 1/2 inch on the two long sides.  

The plastics are sticky and difficult to handle at first, but I found that sprinkling just a little powder into each bunting helped. Cornstarch may work even better.

Imagine these with the name of a grandchild for birthday parties. I think I may use this one in my classroom since changing the decorations is easy. It occurs to me that I could use small items made for bulletin boards: footballs in a couple of weeks, fall leaves, Christmas ornaments, etc.  I may want to add more windows.  

Want a no-sew version?  You can use washi tape to hold the plastic pieces together and replace the bias tape.  Of course, the tape can also decorate the bunting.  

One last note: since the bunting is see-through, it will work double-sided.  Simply decorate both sides and hang it in a place where it can be seen from both side.  Outside under a tree, trellis or porch or inside in a wide doorway.  

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: HST

Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: The Wedding Quilt  completed in 2013 for a client who commissioned it as a wedding gift.  She brought it to the reception, where guests signed it, and then returned it to me for quilting and binding.Half-square triangles have been on my mind of late.  I've completed a top comprised of HST's and am ready to begin quilting the baby quilt.  There's another set of HST waiting in the wings....they've been there for a few years and it's only recently that I've decided what to do with them: make a baby boy quilt!  They are small and worrisome to work with.  In fact, they are actually cast-offs from another quilt.

This wedding quilt is the mother of all those little HST sitting in the basket.  Navy, blue, gray and dark green are not very bright colors, so I just didn't know what to do.  I don't want to add to the colors, so I just let them sit.  No more!  They are next on the list.  That's all.
Kindergarten shape owl craft Common Core Geometry
But I could use a little inspiration.  So to that end, here are a few crafty triangles.  Thank you, Pinterest, for making it easy.  Seriously, I searched "craft" and "triangles" and ta-da!

craft: Hanging Triangle Garland ||

That Cute Little Cake: {Craft} 10 things I learned when making my first bunting !

A Colorful DIY Forest - I could not love this project more.

*Hand made Christmas Tree Decoration.  *Tree size 14 long each triangle size 2.75  *21 Jingle Bells *This Christmas Tree Decorate Wall, Door, or

How to: Make Simple Wooden Triangle Shelves | Man Made DIY | Crafts for Men | Keywords: decor, storage, organization, shelf

Colors & Shapes Theme from Sunflower Storytime

And so some quilts with either triangles or HST's (or both)
Love these triangle quilts! \\ via Fancy Tiger Crafts: Pyramid Pals! Three Chicopee Quilts (+ Tutorial!)

Simple assembly:  sew strips of colour to white - both edges, cut triangles through both layers - zig zag from seam to seam, press open, turn and arrange layout, sew blocks into strips, then sew strips together.

red pepper quilts//

a little gray: Anchor's Quilt

RJR Blog Hop_Bolt

Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts

Autumn half square triangle quilt | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Processing Quilt commission for Cotton + Steel by Libs Elliott

Image of i heart you PDF pattern

Flock of crazy birds by a²(w) - asquaredw - Ali, via Flickr

I really like the quilt ideas that use only a few HST's.  I have a basket filled with HST's, but there's no rule saying I have to use them all in the same quilt.  One of the reasons I've been putting off using them is that there are a lot of them.  

Homestead Quilt top

Plus, for some reason when I put blocks together in strips, they tend to be warped.  I'm certain that it has nothing to do with my speed sewing.  

Santa Cruz: the quilt by katie @ swim, bike, quilt!, via Flickr

Just a couple of HST's in a row? Yeah, I could do that without a bad warp.  Only a few rows?  Yeah, doable.  So, yeah, that's probably what I'm going with.  Well, when I get there.  I do have a quilt in que, waiting, for the long-arm.