Monday, February 27, 2012

Accuquilt Apple Core Saga

I joined a couple strips together and they are a hot mess as Pam from Hip To Be a Square podcast would say. There are puckers and misaligned corners abound. I think my new plans for this project involves shoving it all in a baggie and someday in the very distant future trying to finish assembly. Maybe hand piecing would be more forgiving? I am not a hand piecer at the current time. Maybe some day I will be and this project will be already and waiting for me.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Grrr to the Apple Cores

I have been piecing a few by machine without pins the same way I do the Drunkards Path pieces (also cut with my GO!). I am not thrilled at the way they are going together. I can't seem to get a good amount of them to nest perfectly. I tried pinning and ended up with more puckers than when I do them without pins. I am going to go ahead and do rows but the whole time I am wondering how on earth I will ever get any points to match when joining the rows together. What keeps going thru my mind is the saying "better done than perfect". That saying is competing with composing a rough draft to sell the die on the Yahoo group 'Sew It's For Sale'. Going to try for less thinking and more sewing and perhaps all will be well :-)
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Apple Cores Cut

I got 6 pieces from each fat quarter. Now to do a bit of housework. Then parhaps I'll give sewing them a try :-)

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Batik Apple Core

I am about to press my batik fat quarter bundle and the run them through my Accuquilt GO! This will be my first time using the apple core die. As I type this I'm thinking these would make a really nice drunkards path, but I really want to use the apple core. I didn't really have any interest in batiks early on in my fabric acquisition stage of sewing so this is almost all of my batik stash. I picked it up at Fabric Depot on clearance 2-3 years ago. I'm excited to get to unfold and iron them to see the designs.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jury is still out

I just took the mini trial rag quilt out of the dryer. I used the accuquilt 8-1/2" die to cut the squares. Flannel on both front and back with warm and natural batting. I only broke one needle while assembling. I put the wee quilt inside a fabric bag to wash and dry. I have a front load washer so I don't think the fringe got a great deal of agitation. I am just not sure I'm crazy about it. Rachael seems to love it. I should have made it bigger but at the time I just wanted to get something stitched up and in the wash to see how the die worked. I also realized I don't have much of a flannel stash. Has anyone made rag quilts with just quilters cotton rather than flannel. If so, with or without batting? Or with just a third layer of cotton rather than batting? I would love to hear anyone else's success or failures.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Binding with the new desk

I am *finally* putting on the binding for my dad and step mom's Christmas quilt. With some real motivation I *may* get it to them before spring gets here. I am really loving the new recessed desk set up. There is a place to the right to put my roll of binding. My quilt isn't snagging on the adjustable acrylic table I was using. I am thinking my next project is going to be placemats with the apple core accuquilt die :-). I just need to remember which tote I stored it in...

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Kitschy Cocktails

I found the backing fabric for my placemats. It's so darn cute errr kitschy! It's a Michael Miller print I got from a remnant auction from Emerald City Fabrics on eBay. I love getting fabric from them. Very fast shipping and great quality. Also buying remnants at auction ends up with me getting prints that I never would have picked from the overwhelming selection at my LQS or Fabric Depot when I get to Portland.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Well, the old machine fits in the new desk and...

The new machine sorts fits in the old desk with a little bit of fudging.

I think I am going to call it good and string around power cords and it shall be official.

New Table

Look what my sweety drove 2 hours each way to get me :-)

I'm so glad he went with me to pick it up. I found the table on Craigslist. We got to the house and the nice man selling it answered the door. We go inside and the man says 'it's in the basement'. I'm thinking WHAT?? The basement? I'm going to go into a strangers basement? Lol. I am not sure if I was alone if common sense vs. Bernina table would have prevailed :-)

Look at this huge mess that soon will be tamed and organized into the new desk (until I start sewing again anyways)!