Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Some background info....

The Kaffe quilt I'm making....I must say I have re-arranged those blocks to make an entire quilt no less than 8 to 10 times...really!  The blocks are now finished shuffling around and the top is almost put together!   If the elves didn't have an appointment today, it would have been together.

Now for the background info.

Waldo and I agreed to start our quilts in January and this is her quilt in progress:
The minute I saw hers I was itching to get to mine and naturally I wanted to make one just like Rosemary's.  She discouraged me from making one like hers because my design wall is not very large and she didn't want me to be frustrated.  Welllllll....hells bells....I could have had 12 quilts done with all the time I've spent tweaking the blocks in my quilt. I really love how her quilt starts with light in the center and expands out gradually getting darker.

Some of the other options I tried after struggling with my blocks:

This would have a pieced block in every other space just like the center one.  I like this pattern as well because it looks great with any fabrics as long as the centers are light.

This was another option I could do and not have to re-cut any of my blocks.  It is a Lady Eleanor Burns pattern.

Believe it or not, I went back to my original pattern, Big Ten by Swirley Girls...LOL.   Why?  Mainly because I had the purple borders on 8 blocks and I have already re-sewn them once....I have a tearing out limit...and I've reached it.

Today while I was sewing a few things came to mind that I want to share.  The first is something I learned in my first quilting class...baggy bottoms down.  Have you ever heard of that? I was told that after piecing fabrics that sometimes they may stretch a bit and are no longer the same size.  You pin the fabrics together and then place the larger one down on the bed of your machine.  When sewing them together the feed dogs will pull the fabric through and take up a bit of the overage. It works!  

The other thing I was thinking about is how much I appreciate great pins.
I have three magnetic pin catches and each has a different pin based on what I'm using them for.  I use the long glass head pins for piecing...as shown above.  They glide into the fabric and don't distort or move the fabric.  I can keep the pins in when I press because they are glass head and won't melt.
 
I use the flower head pins to mark the tops of blocks so I know their position after I piece them.  They also work nice for piecing I just don't iron because the tips are plastic and will melt.

Then I have a catch with cheap-o pins that I use on my design wall.  They are not as sharp or nice but I don't have to worry about that because I'm only pinning to my design wall.

If you don't have pins that you love, I encourage you to try some of the one's I've suggested above.  I promise you that you'll like them or I'll pay the return shipping.  Also, if my website overcharges for postage (which it can on light items) I will refund the overage.  That also happens with patterns....no worries....I'm not into postage gouging.

If you have pins you love or a pattern that is your go to pattern....I'd love to hear about them. 


Smiles,
Kelly




5 comments:

  1. Girl, quit fiddling with the quilt and make it! Lol! I have a kajillion pins, all sorts. What I reach for depends on my mood.

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  2. Yep I have been guilty of over designing a top!!! Not a fun process... especially when we constrain ourselves .... with rules... such as we have to use what we have already cut! Beth-near Louisville KY!!!

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  3. Looks like you did a great job shuffling your blocks....gorgeous.

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  4. My favorite pins ate the ones I can find when I need em!heehee, no, really, I have only the yellow flower pins, and they are mostly bent and few, as the flowers are falling off after all these years (and moves). I have some shorter, glass headed obes, but, being so short, they're mostly used pinning pattern pieces and zips for garment sewing.

    Glad you're finally happy with Kaffe...now you just have to figure out backing and binding. Always something, eh?

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  5. I always sew with baggy bottoms, lol!!! Seriously, it does work. Glad you got Kaffe sorted. Pins? Whatever's handy, lol, although I do have some dedicated to the design wall also, and try not to have to pin too much when I'm sewing!

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