Monday, January 2, 2017

Dad's Patchwork Stocking

I can't believe I forgot to share this! I made Dad a stocking for the holidays! Isn't it cute?


Dad moved into American House in Troy this year (he loves it), and each senior has a shelf outside their door. Some leave it empty for mail drops and some decorate. My sister told me as she had decorated for the last two holidays I was in charge of Christmas.


I believe we can call this a success! I must give credit Rana of Sewn Into the Fabric for the great technique of cutting bias binding for small projects. It really made a difference!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Love (TSS 073)

Alas, the holidays are over, my Dad is settled, and all my adult responsibilities have been put to bed! I decided to head over to Bits 'N Pieces in Wayne to treat myself to a bagful of new goodies! Happy New Year to me, right?


With my first free day, I headed back to the Splendid Sampler.


Now, this block might appear simple, but it took me forever! First I had to move the rolls of holiday paper propped against the table legs. Them I had to rewind the spools of Christmas ribbons. Next came the filing of the sales receipts. And lastly locating my cutters. Then the fun began!

I selected the green and the purple center as a play on the posies in the corner fabrics. What do you think?

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That's a lot of pieces!

I've decided to keep a counter at the bottom of these posts to track them. 
The totals are based on the original patterns and not on deviations.

Love = 13


Total to Date: 596 pieces*

*The count only includes the blocks I've completed to date

Monday, September 12, 2016

Traveler (TSS 061)


It was a nice surprise this morning seeing a pieced block released.  wasn't sure I'd have time for it, but I've been itching to get back to the machine. Kinda Christmassy, eh? Not sure if I'd like a full quilt of this block.

As per my norm, I peaked at the pattern and scratched my head. Some of the patterns use the newest and most time-saving techniques and some don't. This one wanted us to cut two fabrics into 4-2" pieces and then piece into pairs. What? 


So I went my own route. I cut 2 - 2"x8" strips and cut first. Then I cut them down into 2" sets. Pretty standard, don't you think? 


The other thing I changed were the corner gold pieces. This was the same flaw as in block #3. Why would you flip-and-sew a triangle onto a long piece only to catch it into a thicker, bulkier seam? 


I sewed pieces C & D to piece B. THEN I added the flip-and-sew corners. No extra bulk in the connecting seams. Then, after sewing, trim and flip.


Look how beautifully it all went together? And without the extra bulkiness it lays flat as a pancake.



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That's a lot of pieces!

I've decided to keep a counter at the bottom of these posts to track them. 
The totals are based on the original patterns and not on deviations.

Traveler = 16


Total to Date: 583 pieces*

*The count only includes the blocks I've completed to date