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Focus…

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Focus, or rather lack thereof, is a problem for me this week.  I have too many quilty things I want to get done so I am making just about no progress on any of them.  Some are old projects, some are new, some are not started but definitely swimming around in my head with the rest, some are sewing, some are blogging, some are pattern writing…In no particular order, here’s a peek at the competing projects, some of which you have seen before.1. Seeing Stars needs:a backing basting machine quilting (no clue what to quilt here!)2. Vintage Sparkleneeds:a pieced border to continue the sashing stars into the border a plain border to frame everything prairie points a backing and basting hand quilting3. As yet unnamed Christmas quiltThis one just jumped up on my wall with a mind of its own last week.  It’s the same layout as Sparkling Strings so I can test cutting directions for a possible pattern. It needs:cutting setting strips piecing basting and machine quilting4. Baby quilt for hub…

Kaleidoscope

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Forty blocks with 8 points on the edges and another thirty blocks with 4 points on the edges add up to way too many points to match!  Let’s just say the assembly of the kaleidoscope quilt slowed to a crawl and I sewed just a few rows each day.  This was not happy quilting, but I will say that in the end it was worth it for the final result.The flimsy measures measures 69” x 93”, which is a generous twin size.  It also made my two kids, who are now both taller than me, feel short.  They had to stand on chairs and raise their arms up to hold this for me.  You wouldn’t believe the cries of “Hurry up and take the picture!  This is heavy!”I need to piece a simple back then pop into the quilt shop for some black batting before I can get this basted.  I plan to hand quit this one so I’ll have a slow stitching project to work on in the evenings.  I think I know what I want to quilt on it and I’m impatient to get started.  Hubby has the car today, though, so the batting run will have to wait u…

Pondering yet another border

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After deciding on a border for Vintage Sparkle(not actually making the border, just making a decision) I was ready for a change so I switched back to the kaleidoscope quilt. Over the last several days I finished sewing the block halves together for the center, then sewing them into rows.  Today I stopped procrastinating and figured out how to cut and add the black halves of the edge blocks.  I taped a template to my ruler, cut the odd shape, held my breath and sewed it to my pieced half units.  It worked!  I’m not sure now why I was so worried about it.I added all the blocks to the design wall and ran right into another border decision!  Here is what I had planned out in EQ7:I really liked those grey points on the screen and on paper.  I liked that they looked like a pieced border but in fact were just grey corners added to the edge blocks.  I still like the look on the screen, but in actual fabric in actual size…not so much.  The points just seem to overwhelm the curve illusion on th…

Joining binding strips

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Recently I made binding for a group project and instead of using my favourite bias tube method I had to use strips that someone else had already cut.  The group needed a lot of binding and I really didn’t look forward to marking and pinning all the strips before sewing then having to go back and individually trim all the seams to a 1/4” allowance after sewing.  Happily, I had just cleaned out my filing cabinet and stumbled upon the instruction manual for my corner trimming tool. Wouldn’t you know there was a suggested method for joining strips on the diagonal!It worked so well that when I decided to make a scrappy binding for Sparkling StringsI used the same method and took pictures to share.  I just found them again, so here is a tutorial on using the corner trimmer to skip the marking part of joining binding strips.Here is my new favourite tool. This particular one is by Marti Michell but I believe other companies have similar tools.Start with cut strips (cut along lengthwise or cro…