Going organic…

Sometimes I just can’t sew a straight line.  I didn’t realize how crooked my stitching had become until I was halfway through this section so I drew a line with an air soluble marker (purple).  I’m not sure you can see the line in the middle of this section.  If not, you can use your imagination.

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New Applique Tool:  This is Clover’s Fabric Folding Pen.   I’ll talk more about this when I get back to my applique project.   While it just had plain water in the pen, I used it to erase my trial purple marks to make sure they would come out with water in case they didn’t fade away on their own.  When I resumed stitching on the line, I had a very irregular space–very tiny at each end and larger in the middle.  I just sewed between the lines to fill up the space.  This is what I mean by organic quilting.  When things don’t quite work out, you fudge it and call it organic!  Works for me.

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Another handy tool is the sticky note.  Use it as a guide when you don’t have a line or seam line to follow.

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When I finished the two outside white sections, I ended up with a grid in the corner, which is what I had planned.  Sometimes I do think ahead.  Now I only have one section remaining.

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I drew out some simple letters on graph paper, cut them out and traced around them with my chalk pencil.  I also extended some the lines to help keep me on the straight which will be rather important if I want my relief letters to be legible.  I’ll save wonky for another day.  I may or may not finish this today.  I was up for several hours with last night’s thunderstorm so it may be better if I start fresh tomorrow.

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Here is my summertime lunch most days:  my favorite yogurt and granola along with blueberries my sister-in-law sent back from Minnesota.  And speaking of Minnesota blueberries, there are tiny wild blueberries in Holyoke (south of Duluth) which make the most excellent pie.  I love pie (especially for breakfast) but seldom bake or have it in the house.  DH has diabetes and if it’s there, we’ll both eat it.

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So now I’ve decided that I’ll finish this quilt tomorrow, including the double binding, so come back and hit me.  I’m going to run the dishwasher, do dishes and check on the crock pot pork which DH started this morning.  Until then, have a wonderful day and be good to yourself.  You deserve it!

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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