Saturday, March 31, 2018
I also have the binding made and wound on my binding bobbin. My husband made these for me after I saw them in Nancy's Notions Magazine. He had the wooden people looking pieces in his woodcraft supplies, and had to drill the hole in the bottom and cut the slit. My daughter, Ellen, painted them. A ponytail holder keep the roll tight until I am ready to sew it on.
You put the bobbin on the extra thread spindle and sew away, no tangled, twisted binding to fool with :)
I usually wind it a little more evenly, but this was the best I could do one handed.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
just shouts Spring to me. It also has special meaning in that Fred, my husband, has helped so much in its construction.
Its actually longer than this picture shows - there are 19 4-patches in each row and this will be a vertical row.
Its definitely not my best stitching, but I will always remember doing this one with a broken wrist and the greater appreciation and empathy it gave me for people with handicaps they overcome to achieve their arts.
This past weekend we made a quick trip to West Virginia to attend services for Fred's Uncle Glenn, who passed Wednesday last week. It snowed while we were there, and our ride home was so beautiful. Living in South Carolina we don't get to see snow very often and even then, seldom in this quantity. I must admit to being scared as we don't have the equipment to clean off the roads when we do get the freak snow storm. But when we left on Sunday to come home it was a winter wonderland and the roads were clear of snow and ice. I took lots of pictures from the moving truck so they aren't the best
but I wanted to share some of them anyway.
Friday, March 16, 2018
I have this tub of 2 1/2" squares I use when teaching Cathedral Window quilts or Hexagon EPP quilting, so I decided to just start making 4 patches I could use when I make this quilt I designed in EQ8. This takes 152 4-patches. That should keep me busy for awhile.
A couple days later, they were done, and needed to be squared up......but try as hard as I could, I could not use a rotary cutter with one hand :(
I think he got tired of all my muttering and "southern sighs" because I could not master one handed rotary cutting. Or maybe he just did not want to see me cut off a finger. Either way, I think he is enjoying helping :)
I am a blest lady!
|Before and After Square in a Square|
Monday, March 5, 2018
I have tried EPP and that did not work out too well, although I did get a little done on my Jacks Chain.
So then I tried embroidering on a BOM of the month I started in January. This is the February block, appropriately named Hearts. I had it a little less that half done before my fall. I found that by balancing the hoop on a table I could stitch one handed, but after just a bit of trying to undo knotted thread, rethreading needle and not so good stitches, I gave up on this too. The heavier stitching is twilling, and the other is backstitch. I did finish the block!
So now I am trying to do a little machine piecing 4 patches.
I have a tub full of 2 1/2 inch squares and have recruited a friend and my husband to cut scrappy off white and white tone on tone squares for me. This is fun, and I can even press the seams open. I have just been sewing twosies so far, but that is a start!
I learned how to layout a custom quilt in EQ8, so I spent this morning designing my 4 patch quilt. Going to have to teach hubby how to square the 4 patches for me, but he seems to be enjoying working with me on the quilt. Here are my designs. The 4 patches will be scrappy, but I just used the same block in the design.
|This one is my favorite so far, but that could change.|
|Least favorite, maybe too messy looking?|
|I like this, but it seems off balance to me - think it needs one more column of 4 patches to match the first vertical row.|