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I did pay attention in geometry class…

except for that one day, hot n humid, no a/c at school (Orlando), B.O.R.E.D., and I fell asleep. Sr. Ambrose, a big-boned gal (NOT from Southern Alberta), kicked me out of class. I was painfully shy even in high school, but the next day I came back to class and all was well. Anyway, I ended up with this odd-shaped table mat that I wanted to be a rectangle to fit on my hutch, and using a compass and figuring angles seemed tedious.
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First I traced around it on newsprint (I save packing paper, iron it, roll it up), subtracted 1/4-inch seam allowance, drew a rectangle, traced the odd shapes, added 1/4-inch seam allowance and indicated straight of grain. Woohoo. Since I didn’t need the pattern anymore, I inked it in so it would show up on camera.

I then added strip piecing to the two remaining corners. I just need to layer and quilt.
P1120976TIP OF THE DAY: Cover up the edges of your batting to prevent lint from transferring to your quilt top, especially if the top is dark and you’re using light batting.

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UPDATE: I am hand-stitching down the facing on Less is More. The long sides are done. This is my most successful facing to date (no pleats). I use Susan Brubaker Knapp’s method. The only thing I do differently is, in Step 3, I do not pivot at the corner. I sew the long seam edge-to-edge, and then sew from the unfolded edge to the folded edge. Find her excellent tutorial below.

bluemoonriver.com/tutorials—freebies.html
P1120967My domestic chore today is to put away my snowmen. I left them out because winter was hanging on for so long. I have meant to put them away several times and in five months I’ll be hauling them out again. Le sigh.

P1120959Final Answer: Microsoft Edge does not play well with wordpress. After a long live chat with wp, I tried Chrome, which I used to use to write this blog; however, Chrome did not even recognize me and I was having more trouble with that so, my links will have to be copied and pasted. And sometimes, there will be duplicate photos. I apologize, but that’s the way it is until Edge decides to use extensions. Sometimes, it is what it is. Till next time…

 

Finished – Too Precious to Cut (But We Will) Challenge

I have finished my Too Precious to Cut (But We Will) Challenge for the Modern Quilt Guild of NWA. This was a challenge put out by Paula Mariedaughter, one of our members. I was in a panic last week thinking that it was due for our September meeting (next week), but it’s actually not due till October. Ah well, it’s finished. Go here to see what else this creative quilter is up to.  She’s always putting a new spin on quilt design and makes the best labels.

http://paulamariedaughter.com/

Me n the Moon with Lilies - Finished

Me n the Moon with Lilies – Finished

I faced this quilt using Susan Brubaker Knapp’s tutorial. Check it out along with her other free tutorials.

http://www.bluemoonriver.com/assets/nonmitredfacing.pdf

The only thing I do differently is Step 4. I don’t like to pivot at corners, so I sew to the end, and then cross the seam at the corner. I also use these little clips instead of heavy pinning–you don’t want the facing to show on the front and this helps.

Facing Me n the Moon with Lilies

Facing Me n the Moon with Lilies

Me n the Moon with Lilies - Finished

Me n the Moon with Lilies – Reverse

I had a little trouble with the quilting. After doing all the straight-line quilting in the center, I went to free-motion quilt the lily fabric and ripped out this lily twice. Then I quilted this spot with regular stitching, which required a lot of pivoting, cleaned and oiled the machine AGAIN, changed the needle AGAIN, and free-motioned the remainder with no problem. Gremlins, I’m tellin’ ya.

Troublesome Lily

Troublesome Lily

I also finished my placemats. See my previous post for the Round Placemat Tutorial. And why does spell check always want “placemat” to be two words? Not doin’ it.

http://wp.me/p5pibn-12i

Lily placemat, Lori Kennedy Flower Power quilting

Lily placemat, Lori Kennedy Flower Power quilting

Lily Placemat, Leah Day Layered Flower, circle quilting

Lily Placemat, Leah Day Layered Flower, circle quilting

Lily Placemat, line quilting

Lily Placemat, line quilting

Lily Placemat, front, contour quilting

Lily Placemat, front, contour quilting

Lily placemat, front, contour quilting

Lily placemat, reverse, contour quilting

Well, it’s back to my studio. I am putting everything away so I can get back to finishing up the rest of my Christmas UFOs. And here is one of my favorite Paula Mariedaughter quilts from a local Q.U.I.L.T. Guild of NWA show in 2013–those wonky flowers and the colors just make me happy. Till next time, do what makes you happy for at least part of the day!

Flower Power, Paula Mariedaughter

Flower Power, Paula Mariedaughter

Flower Power, Paula Mariedaughter

Flower Power, Paula Mariedaughter

Flower Power, Paula Mariedaughter

Flower Power, Paula Mariedaughter