Vera’s Quilt

Rita on January 24th, 2011

Saturday’s quilting sure went poorly.  I ought to know to stop when things start like this.  I keep thinking that it’s something I can fix but often, it’s just how you’re holding your mouth.  Sunday, the quilting went wonderfully.  If you click on the pic, you’ll see a bunch of black markers.  When my thread [...]

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Rita on January 22nd, 2011

In this case the ‘waste’ was waste of time.  I was in a hurry to get Vera’s quilt done and thinking to speed up the ‘mounting quilt on the frame’ time, I thought I’d try something I’ve heard other frame quilters do, at least this is what I thought I understood.  Instead of putting each [...]

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Rita on January 21st, 2011

Sarah is hosting a celebration of friday finishes. I am joining with my finish of a quilt centre that I’ve been haggling with all week. The quilt is for the baby of my daughter’s good friend. It’s the first of her friends to have a baby in fact, so it’s kind of a special occasion. [...]

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Rita on January 20th, 2011

I had to work pretty hard today to do what I had planned – to finish Vera’s centre.  I started out inserting the butterfly diamonds into the holes I made to move the medium purple diamonds.  It was finicky but fast.  Then the rest of the rows. Phew!  All my diamonds are used up.  Remember [...]

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Rita on January 19th, 2011

Here’s what you get for planning by the seat of your pants.  I did think at one point that I was going through my alternate diamonds a bit quickly but I thought I had enough diamonds for 2 baby quilts so I didn’t think further on the matter.  Also, today when I realized that I [...]

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Rita on January 18th, 2011

If you click on the picture of the top so far, you’ll see I’ve put numbers on the diamonds along the width and the length.  I don’t know why I measured wrong yesterday, thinking that each diamond was 5.5″ high when sewn.  They are 5″ so another row had to be added to make the [...]

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Rita on January 17th, 2011

My worry about sewing two ‘on bias’ diamonds together without a sashing was unnecessary.  They go together very easily without any bowing or stretching as you can see. Now, how many of these diamonds am I going to be putting together:  If you want the quilt top to be about 45″ by 60″ and I [...]

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Rita on January 15th, 2011

I thought cutting up the composite fabric was going to be a bit difficult because it was wider than my ruler was long but it wasn’t bad.  I created a cardboard template of the 60 degree angle because I figured that the narrow ruler wasn’t going to be useful enough.  Again, that was unnecessary. I [...]

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Rita on January 13th, 2011

After a tiny bit of housework I got into the sewing room and organized, sewed and ironed strips. In the upper pic there are nine pairs.  The 4 on the left are the wider ones I was talking about in the last post.  The middle 6 are the ‘for variety’ strip pairs.  I’d forgotten when [...]

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Rita on January 13th, 2011

First, a word about the “For Dummies” series of books. I approach those books with a frown. I don’t want to think I’m a dummy or that there are enough dummies that books can justifiably be published for them on so many topics. But that said, I’m starting to feel like I need to read [...]

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