Monday, April 26, 2010

Another Finish

There hasn't been much time for my personal quilting lately but I did manage to finish a lace scarf in my UFO box.  I usually knit at night while I watch TV because you don't need much light.  I used to applique but my eyes have gotten older and they don't seem to see as well as they used to.
This scarf is one of Birgit Freyer's patterns from Knitting Delight she is a German designer and has a Yahoo Group I am a member of.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cutting Bias Quilt Binding

I was cutting some bias binding today and thought some of you might like to know how I cut mine.

The first thing I do is fold my fabric cut edge to selvedge so I have a bias fold.
I always press as I go so I have a nice crisp edge to work with.

The next step is to fold again along the bias fold.

Then you fold a second time.   Always keep the folded edges together.

After folding the second time you will have a little bit left over.  Just turn this piece down. (got tired of using the word fold.)

Now you trim  all the folds .  Cutting off just about a quarter inch.

                                                                             Turn your fabric around- if you are right handed like I am- and start cutting your strips whatever width you want.
I was a weaver in another life and this is the way I would cut strips when I wove with fabric.  If this isn't clear to anyone (not sure it's even clear to me) let me know and I will try to help.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

No Words Necessary

The top is finished. I still have to get a backing and quilt it.  This has been a fun experience. My first time using all solids and only the second time I have used Tonya's letters.  It will have to be put aside for a while as I have other things I need to get done and I am going to  VA to see Lillian.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Liberate Amish New Direction

Turns out those fans weren't as inspiring as I thought.  I really didn't enjoy making them so I decided to go in a different direction. I am using #25  as my inspiration now.
I used the layout I had planned for the fans and think I got a similar look.
Now my big problem - the letters in the border.  I have no idea what I want to say.  I really want them on the front.  Maybe just my initials in the corner.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hooked Rug - Another UFO

I finally finished this hooked rug I have been stepping over for about 2 years.
Nice to have it off my to do list.
I used to hook a lot but now not so much.
I love hand hooked rugs and have several projects I need to get back to.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Liberate Amish Get Together

OK, as if I don't already have enough to do. I joined the Lazy Gal Liberated Amish 2010 get together - Tonya has organized. I am a little late joining but we have until June to finish. Sounds like a long way off doesn't it? It really isn't when you have as much going on in your life as I do.

We are supposed to use solid fabrics. Make the quilt liberated and use letters either on the front or back of the quilt. Our inspiration should come from the book

I have decide to use Fans Variation as the inspiration for my quilt. These are the fabrics I have chosen. They are actually brighter than the picture shows and some of the ones that look black are brown and Burgundy.

The Quilts that are being made in this group are really wonderful. You should go over and check it out. It's still not too late to join.

My quilt won't be too large just a wall hanging.