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October 19, 2016

Cat Bullet

What am I working on?

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 5:56 am

Well, as promised, pictures of my two most active works in progress.

I took a class at a quilt store up in Broomfield last July. The pattern was called “Chopsticks” and here it is with all of the blocks together.

Chopsticks quilt blocks together

 

It wasn’t that difficult of a pattern, but you did need to have a specific tool to cut the pieces properly.  You make a bunch of the triangle blocks, sew them together and then you trim off the top and bottom so that they are a straight edge.  I plan to add a white border on all sides (not too wide), and then quilt it on the new machine.  It isn’t too big, around 4 ft square (not really square but I haven’t actually measured it yet).  I have a fun piece of backing fabric with owls on it that I’m planning to use, and some teal/aqua floral print for the binding.

It has been a good project to use to get to know my new machine.  I’m very pleased with how it sews and I’m interested to see how it works for the quilting step of the process.

I’m also continuing to work on my Day Dreams paper piecing project.   The circular medallion has been made into a square.

Day Dreams progress

I’ve got the next set of sawtooth borders done, but I need to figure out how to attach the cornerstones (squares in the corners). Both the written and video directions are incomplete and a bit contradictory, so I’m just going to go slowly and figure it out as I go along.  It won’t be too hard.  I have confidence that I will figure it out easily.

I really want to get this top finished by the end of this year, or at least in early January.   That way, I’ll have plenty of time to buy the kit and start getting things cut and organized for the big quilting retreat next year.   Fun times!!!

 

 

 

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October 17, 2016

Cat Bullet

I’m back!

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 3:07 pm

OK, I’m back. Did you miss me?

I got a new computer at work and lost the ability to resize photos for my blog. I could still have posted them, but they were HUUUUUGGGGGEEEEEE and wouldn’t have worked very well.

Luckily, I work with smart people who know how to use Google, and I’ve regained the ability to communicate with the world.  At least with photos.

In the meantime, what have I been up to?

Well, I bought a new sewing machine.  Baby Lock “Jazz” – all mechanical, not too many fancy stitches, but boy, does it really sew nicely!

New machine

It has a 12 inch harp space (the distance between the needle and the upright part of the machine, which should accommodate up to a queen sized quilt.   It has six LED lights to really brighten up the work surface – I can see really well.  It sews with authority and is almost too helpful when feeding through the fabric.
I’m quite enjoying getting to know it.

Its price was below the amount that I had already saved up for a new machine, and it came with a 25 year warranty.   Twenty five years.  Wow!!

So, I’ve been working on the triangle quilt project – you can see it on the wall behind the machine in the picture.   I got all the triangles finished, arranged and sewn together, and I also trimmed down the extra points on the ends so that they are straight.  Next I need to add the border and then it will be ready to layer and quilt and then bind.   Large baby sized quilt, around 4 ft x 4 ft.    I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, but it will come in useful at some point.

Once I finish that one up , then I’ll get back to the paper piecing project.  I just wanted something to work with that wasn’t completely critical so that I could get used to my new toy.

One last photo… fabric that I picked up at the Longmont Quilt festival a couple of weekends ago – farm animals doing yoga.  It really makes me giggle uncontrollably.

yoga fabric

I have no idea what I’m going to do with it, but I’m sure the perfect project will present itself at some point.

I hope that everyone is well, and hopefully the blog won’t be so quiet in the future.

 

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