Saturday, December 18, 2010

600 tri/sqs finish at 1.5 inches- merry christmas to me!

I haven't been posting my progress on the latest mystery by Bonnie Hunter. The Roll Roll Cotton Boll has been a very active project with my cyber friends.

Bonnie is known for scrappy Mystery's that pull from stash and I am all about loving both.

I wanted to use my new BABY GO to assist in the cutting. Last night I actually cut out kits for steps 1, 2, 4 & 5. (I have been working on the 60 string blocks for step 3- also pulled from stash and cut on the BABY)

The 600 triangle/squares that finish at 1 1/2" are going to be a take along project to do over Christmas. I will get them sewn before we leave and trim/resize during quiet time.
I did that step last night with the die I have. I used the 2 1/2" strip and cut cut 20 width of fabric strips of my RED and then used 4 neutrals I liked and cut 20 WOF of them too.

I scissor cut those strips in half (just preference not necessary) match sets right sides together and sew 1/4" down both long sides.
I then press (I know I never iron but trust me it is ok every now and then)

I then layer 4 sets on top of each other and rotary cut my triangles lining up on the sewn line. Alternate from each direction and it yields a lot of tri/sqs. For this step I will iron/press again and re-size. Yes I know that leaves a bias edge on the outside BUT these are small units and it shouldn't be an issue.

I have the BABY GO and purchased the 3" finished triangles and the 2" sq dies specifically for this mystery. I cut out parts 1,2, 4, 5 last night (almost finished with sewing part 3 which I also cut on my strip die)

Now I have a new pile of strings for the next project! Merry Christmas- cheryl

I will edit in photos later- cw

Saturday, December 4, 2010

apple core Holiday prints

I swear this seemed so much larger before I quilted it.

Still need to trim and bind, I am hoping to do a bias keeping the scalloped edges. (we'll see)

60 x 60 (ish) cut with my BABY GO apple core die and scraps from the Christmas box. (144 pcs)

I have ordered the foot for my sewing machine that is suppose to help sew these curves.
I read up on the site how to do it and did all this with my regular 1/4" foot. (I can't wait to get the new one and see if I can do better)

No ironing, no pins, only a couple of spots where I didn't line up right the first time. (If I had cut everything correct there would not have been problems, but cutting from scraps sometimes I had a bias edge to make the fabric fit the die)

Now that I know I can do it, I have two more cut out ready to sew up.

Look how straight it loaded for quilting- I am a fan of this block! Never thought I would be sewing them, but now I have no excuses!

In the spirit of using up stash the back is pieced from panels and yardage given to me from my mom a few years ago.

Grand kids are spending the night and did their best to keep me busy. Every time I tried to slow down from quilting, Lane would remind me that these don't quilt themselves!
What would I do without them!- cw

Thursday, December 2, 2010

apple core in BW&Pink

I have a couple of different ideas to consider.
Short story is I want to make a quilt for my daughter's niece. The child's mom said she decorates in black & whites and likes pinks too.
I have pulled all the fabrics I have with those colors.
Idea #1: finish cutting apple cores and do a controlled scrappy with the prints in picture one.

Idea #2: sew four solid pieces together to make a background and then applique Sunbonnet Sues using the two multi prints from photo one.
If I go with a version of #2, do I make some backgrounds in solid pink, some black, some white?
I don't have a coin to flip but will consider any/all suggestions.
My BABY GO is being put to use, I love this apple core die!- cheryl