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.