Wednesday, December 4, 2019

RED AND WHITE QUILT - 6















Well, I am moving right along on these blocks.  I have 13 finished and 15 more to go.  It takes me about 1 hour to get one finished.  I thought I would show you some of the steps I have to go through to get these points correct.

I have to sew on the four side strips to the center square.  On the first two side strips I have three main areas that have to match perfectly to make the points on the stars.  You will see where the sewing crosses.   I first sew along the wrong side.  You can see that I have to mark the cross section with a purple evaporating pen.  I must see the cross point and sew a little to the left of the cross.  Now when this is in my machine I can't see the cross, so I mark it with the pen so it stands out.  This is my first match and I just sew about two inches across this section through the sewing line cross.















Now I flip the square over and I have two more crosses on this side and you can see in purple where I sewed on the back.  I have to mark this stitching line from the back because now I will sew down the whole side of the front of this first strip.  When I come to the purple, ( the stitches I sewed on the back), I try to sew directly behind the first row of stitches so it doesn't create any bulk.



I have finished sewing down the first strip and marked with a pin each point that I had to watch and make sure it was sewn correctly.  These were the three areas that must be watched closely.  This has to be done on the first two sides sewn to the square.  You want those points showing (beige color) and (red and white) not to be cut off.  















On the other two sides, I have an additional step and that is the little corner square that hooks all four sides together.  I have the pins showing the additional match and it also has a matching point, so on this side I have five areas that must match.  This is what takes so long.  I don't see how anyone could just sew all of those sides together and have everything match perfectly without taking some additional steps.  This is how I am making them and they are coming out nicely.  



This was the steps I wanted to see how Fons and Porter handled this, but as I said before, they just said you sew on the sides and you are finished.  If you are making a video, you must show the hard areas also or don't bother making a video.  This is no help to us.  I hope these directions might help someone else. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

RED AND WHITE QUILT - 5

I am really struggling with this quilt.  I think the problem is the flying geese.  It said to sew them at a scant 1/4 inch.  OK, what exactly is a scant 1/4 inch?  I know you gals are not much for talking on my blog, but I could really use some answers.  Can I trim the flying geese down to the correct size or do I half to resew them all? 

 I really wondered if I should not of just sewed them all at 1/4 inch, but I tried to listen to these directions which I really think are poor.  Now, they are not lining up exactly and I have to stop and fiddle with each and everyone of them.  When I start, there are three intersections that must match up perfectly on each side of the large square.  First I sew the three little sections that intersect and line them up perfectly and then go back and sew on the rest of the sides.  Is this how you would do it?  One of the intersections is on the backside when I sew, so I was never hitting this correctly and would have to tear it out and correct it.  This is when I decided to sew just the intersections and then go back and sew the rest of the seam.  It would really help if these flying geese were the correct size, so what I really want to know is can I trim them to the correct size or do I need to rip them apart and resew them??????

Here is the square that I was not happy with and I redid it.  It looks much better but it also took quite a while to get everything to line up perfectly.  I even watched Fons and Porter on tv and they were sewing this block.  When it came to attaching the sides correctly, they just skipped over this part and said you just sew on the sides and you are finished.  I knew then that it just isn't so easy or they would of showed how to do it.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

MELANIA TRUMP HAS ON A COAT JUST LIKE MINE!

http://www.cynsew.com/2014/11/my-coat-is-finished-take-look.html

Here is a coat I made back in 2014. The link with pictures is up above.  I purchased this material from Mood Fabrics in New York.   I just saw a picture of Melania Trump with a coat almost identical with the exact fabric made by Valentino!  Click here   Melania Trump Article  If you want to see the article, they are showing the European look but made in the United States.  Her coat cost $790.00 and mine cost around $150.00!  Since I made mine first, they copied off of me!  LOL







Melania's

Thursday, November 14, 2019

RED AND WHITE QUILT - 4

I now have all of the darling little 316 flying geese made.  What a job, I could not see straight any more.  I have them all pressed and ready to be sewn. 
















 I did go ahead and finish one of the twenty-eight quilt blocks. After sewing it and pressing it, I noticed that I have two corners that are not quite matching perfectly.  Hmmm, now as I have said I am a perfectionist, should I rip them apart and fix it or can I just let it go.  Well, I stopped sewing and decided to see if I was going to be able to live with it and it has been on my mind for two days now.  Some times you just have to walk away and calm down.  It makes me mad when I have tried to be so precise and this happens.  So, I have decided that I can't live with it and I am going to have to rip it apart and see if I can fix it.  Even if no one would ever be able to pick it out of the quilt, I will know it is there.  Is there anyone out there that is like me, or am I the only crazy person who would do this?  Here is the finished block and then I will show you what I don't like.















Here is the first corner that I am not happy with ---















Now the opposite corner is the same and I see another problem.  I have my flying geese fabric matching the half-square triangle.  I don't like that either, so that will have to be changed also.














Well at least this is my first square and I know now what I will have to watch for when I sew the other 27 squares.  It took me a couple of hours to do the first one so I hope I will be able to move along a little faster for the rest.  Oh my, now that I am taking a closer look, I see that I have three flying geese matching the half square triangles in the block.  Now I have to fix them all.  Do you think I will be able to make it through the entire quilt and be able to keep this from happening???  It would look better if I could.  I know how most people sew these scrappy quilts and just pull the next sewing piece out of a paper bag and sew it where it lands, but  I am not sure I can do this.  

I took my mom to the hairdresser a couple of weeks ago and as I was waiting on her I noticed there was a clock hanging on the wall and it was crooked.  Of course, my eyes keep darting to that clock and oh how I wanted to go over and straighten it out but I didn't.  Then when my mother was finished and we were back in the car she said to me, "Did you see that crooked clock on the wall?"  I said "yes," and she says, "Oh how I wanted to straighten that out."  My mom is 93 and I am 67.  I never knew this about her!  I must get it honestly.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

RED AND WHITE QUILT - 3
















Well, I worked on this while watching the Cleveland Browns football game on Sunday.  What a mistake, my husband was yelling during the whole game.  They were making some pretty bad mistakes and he gets so upset.  I keep telling him he is going to have a heart attack over a stupid football game.  He just won't listen to me.  He just says, Oh just let me yell it out!!

Anyway, I had to take these little 1 7/8 inch squares and draw a diagonal line through them and then line them up on my little flying geese. All 158 of them.  I think next time I decide to make a quilt, I will pay more attention to how many tiny pieces there really are.   Now, after I attach them to the flying geese, I have to sew 1/4 inch down each side of the diagonal line and cut them in half.  Then I realized I will have to attach these now 316 pieces to something else. I am getting worried because I even have pieces smaller than this.  What have I gotten myself into!!!! 

Friday, October 25, 2019

RED AND WHITE QUILT - 2


I am moving a little slow on this quilt.  I only am sewing about an hour a day so it is going to be a slow process.  I am ready for my next step and here is what I have finished.

I think I have one more round to go of flying geese.  There sure are a lot of small pieces.  They go a lot smaller than what is showing and they all look the same so I have to be very careful that everything is marked correctly!















Before I continue, I am going to clean out my bobbin area and add a little drop of oil to the wick.  This is a very good practice to keep everything in good running condition. You would be surprised how much lint was already in this area.  I made 28 squares and my bobbin case was full of red lint.















I also take a Q-tip and put some oil on it and I run it up and down on the needle bar.  You have to keep moving it to different positions to get a little oil on all of it.  You will be surprised how much better and smoother it runs.  Happy Sewing!!


Thursday, October 17, 2019

FEATHERWEIGHT SEWING MACHINE

I got a Featherweight sewing machine last year for Christmas and I just love the darn little thing.  I have bought some extra attachments for it since then but I was shocked when I walked into the Miller
Sewing Shop in Charm, Ohio and saw this!



This extension table is made by Sew Steady and it is just the cutest thing you ever saw.  It has the gold trim to match the sewing machine and just looks like a matched set.  I just could not leave without it!  Good thing I had a little money saved away for a rainy day!!  It was $139.00, but I have looked it up since then on the internet and saw it for $109.00.  Oh well, it would be to far for me to return and repurchase.  I would use that much in gas.

This little machine I wanted to put in our fifth wheel rv for when we travel.  This extension table will make it really nice to sew with.  I like to keep a small quilt or project available for rainy days when we decide to just stay in the rv.  I like to sew when it is peaceful and I don't have to stop and think, oh I should be doing this and that.  I have nothing else to do when I am in the rv besides watch tv.  So, this is perfect.  Well, I just thought I would post this for all you quilters who might not of seen it.  I don't know if this just came out and I haven't seen it or if its been around for a while.  All I know is I sure love it!!