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April 10, 2017

Cat Bullet

Monday update

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 2:03 pm

Well, I didn’t get any quilting done this weekend. :-( Very sad. I’m being all responsible and everything and spending all of my time outside working on my maintenance-free yard. (grumble grumble).   Side note, it turns out that if you ignore a maintenance-free yard for several years, it will turn on you in a bad way…

Progress is being made, at least.  I got the big garden on the ground level cleaned out and mulched.  The roses are all pruned and fed (THANKS MOM!!) and I started cleaning out the next tier up.   I’m very sore today, as I have been for the past several Mondays.

No pictures of the yardwork, yet, because I keep forgetting to take them.   Maybe when I get all done.

I do have a quilting photo to share, left over from last week.  It occurred to me that some of my readers (HI MOM) might not actually know what process I’m using to make the pieces for the Day Dreams quilt.   It is called Foundation Paper piecing, and you literally sew the pieces of fabric to the paper pattern and then trim it to match the line.   Here is a photo to see the back of the piece, in the progress of picking out the paper after it is done.

I’ll be really honest, I kind of enjoy the process of picking out the paper.  It is relaxing.   You crease the paper pattern on the lines a couple of times before sewing and then you set your sewing machine to a really short stitch length.   By the time it comes to taking out the paper, they are willing to be removed easily.  I have a nice pair of tweezers that I use to get the remnants out without disturbing the threads/stitches.

There are lots of markings on the papers.  The arrows indicate the direction of sewing, the numbers in circles indicate the fabric choice and the numbers without circles indicate the order you attach the fabric.    Before you start sewing, you are given a list of what sizes of fabric pieces to pre-cut so that they can be attached to the paper with minimal waste.

Which leads me to a looming deadline… Before I leave for my fancy class this summer, I will need to have all of my fabric pieces cut and all of the paper patterns cut out and pre-creased.  Yikes… lots of work to do.   It will all get done at some point, but I will be very glad when the garden cleanup is finished so that I can just do “quick” maintenance projects outside for the rest of the spring and summer.

Oh well, I hope that everyone had a great weekend and got fun things done.  Happy Spring (or almost spring) depending on your local climate!!

 

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1 Comment »

  1. Your garden is looking good. Those suckers are going to be a continual problem though.

    Thanks for the explanation of using paper patterns. Makes it easier to understand.

    Comment by Mom — April 11, 2017 @ 10:07 am

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