I suppose I need to find a better time to blog than on Fridays because that doesn’t appear to be working out very well. I guess I will try posting periodically through the week, but sometimes I just don’t have anything to blog about.  Luckily for you, that is not today. There is plenty to catch up on.

First I will show you a bad picture of my pretty dishes, that I talked about in my last post.

Daisy chain dishes

I know that they are avacado green and old, but they are really pretty. I love that they are Corelle – light weight, thin, but awesome quality of glass.

In other news, I’ve basically completely given up on my sewing machine. It is old and pieces seem to fall off everytime I try to use it, and fixing the mistakes seems to be more effort than just sewing by hand. So that is what I’ve been doing instead -hand sewing everything. Starting with these hexagons.

Plume Hexagons

I’ve made twice as many as this, and I have a complete stack of fabric pieces ready to be sewn. At first I was going to make a pillow, but now I think I’m going to size it up to a wall hanging. I really love the light shade of teal and think that it would be beautiful to paint the sewing/living room a shade of that color, which would make the wall hanging really “pop”! (Just add painting the living room to my to do list. Ha!)

With some of the fabric scraps, since I’m using a layer cake of the “Plume” line by Tula Pink I decided to make a mini quilt block. It measures by about 5″, so 4 1/2″ finished.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, especially since I don’t really have enough scraps to make more like it, but it sure is cute.

Baby Log Cabin

Other than that, the only other thing I’ve sewn in the last 2 weeks is a lunch bag made with some of the blue ornamental oil cloth I bought at the SewFlakes sale in February. When I finish it, I will post a picture.

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Earlier this year we received a new notion from Checker, called Print ‘n Fuse. Basically it is Heat n’ Bond that you can put in your printer to print designs you create instead of having to draw them by hand. The idea was grand, but the product – not so much. At the beginning of February it was recalled because there were reports of fusible web coming off the paper while in the printer causing a paper/fuse jam. We were told to destroy any packages we had in the shop.

However, instead of destroying it I decided I would bring it home and risk it. I didn’t have any problems with it in the printer. Instead, I found that the fusible doesn’t hold to well, and it gunks up on the fabric. Its not a horrible gunk, but if you look closely at the pictures you might be able to see a gray haze over the seal.

I’m interested to know if the other products like this work better or have the same out come. Personally, I figure it is probably best to stick with Heat n Bond for fused appliqué projects. Either way, here are three quilt blocks I worked on using the Print n’ Fuse.

I knew I wanted to do a pink penguin, but I didn’t have the right color pink in my stash. So I broke open my new Plume Layer Cake, that I was going to use in the Pin Wheel Party. The penguin turned out so cute that I had to do the seal and Eskimo as well. I also have a walrus in the works, and think I will do a fish, some sort of bird, and an igloo too.

I think it is funny to be using Plume – a wonder spring fabric collection in a quilt with cold area characters, but its cute. Now I will have to get another layer cake for the quilt along, which doesn’t hurt my feelings in the least bit!

I’m debating whether or not I might make the patterns I made into a PDF quilt pattern to put in an Etsy shop. What do you think? I suppose it will be better to tell once I have all the different quilt blocks made, though there is no harm in planning ahead.

Trina

P.S. I have to do hand stitching on the Eskimo and seal so that they will have facial features. That will come after I figure out how I’m going to secure them to the fabric. I guess it is time to learn how to do a blanket stitch.

It was my intention yesterday to work on the quilt I am making for Erik (which I will have to post pictures of later) while I was baking the cake.  However, my sewing time didn’t go according to plan.  Instead, I saw a tutorial that a SewFlakes QBS partner posted for making a disappearing 9-patch and I decided I just had to give it a try.

For once I had the perfect fabric already in my stash – a fat quarter pack by Andover.  The pack of 8 features 6 pieces from Kathy Hall’s “Intrigue” line and 2 pieces from Gail Kessler’s “Dimples” line.  How lucky was I to pick this pack up for free while SewFlakes was having a buy 10 fq’s get 10 free sale after Thanksgiving!

So having decided that it wouldn’t hurt to have two projects, okay three projects, fine! four quilting projects going at one time I started cutting out the 2 1/2″ squares.  The 8 fq’s yielded 448 – 2 1/2″ squares.  The original tutorial calls for bigger squares, but since I knew I didn’t have enough fabric to make a quilt, I thought I should cut smaller pieces to get more blocks.  With more blocks I should be able to make a decent sized quilt after adding sashing and borders – plus more blocks will make it look “fuller”.

9-patch cut into quarters

After sewing the normal 9-patch block I cut it into quarters.  Then I rearranged, this part was all fine and dandy.

Rearranging the 9-patch

After achieving the desired look of the block you sew all the pieces back together into the square to finish the block.  Or…

Seam ripper

…if you are like me, you realize that your corners are off by 1/8th” so you sit and rip the seam out and try again.  For the record, an 1/8th” wouldn’t matter on a galloping horse, however, a block 1/2″ smaller than the other finished would, so I had to redo it.

Finished block

This is the finished result.  The corners are still off ever so slightly, in the center, and the block needs to be squared.  All in all, after spending about 1 1/2 hours making the first block (sewing, eating, talking, undoing, and resewing) I think I’m going to like the results of this quilt.   I’ve already picked a name for this quilt as well.  I will name it “Mysteries”.

That is all I have so far!

I hope you stay warm, as the temperature seems to be dropping quickly here.

Trina