Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Disney Cruise Gifts

I was so happy to get my sewing room set up and I wish I've spent more time in it but I've had to split my focus the last few weeks. In addition to the triangle quilt I'm making I've been a busy crafter making gifts for our upcoming cruise on the Disney Magic.  We're participating in the fish extender gift exchange. For those who've never sailed on a Disney cruise - outside each stateroom is a brass fish clip that is a way for cruise personnel to leave notes and information. I don't know where it started but guests started extending their fish by hanging pockets so that little trinkets can be left inside. Think of it as a glorified secret santa exchange.

I decided to make handmade coasters for each of the families participating in the exchange. That's a lot of coasters! All I can say is thank goodness we don't have to board a plane in order to get to the ship because these things weigh a ton!

Next up, I need to make our fish extender for outside our stateroom.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mind the Tips, and Other Lessons Learned

I've learned quite a few things while participating in the Sassy Quilter's triangle quilt along. If you've ever been reluctant to sew with triangles, I highly recommend following along. Paula's tutorials and tips are very detailed oriented and easy to follow. Of course I still had some blunders along the way, but that's to be expected. So here's what I've learned so far:

1. Mind the Tips - the tips of the triangles, that is. Paula was very clear on why you snip off the tip of one end on each triangle but I still managed to incorrectly piece together at least 6 pairs of triangles (almost an entire row). If those blunted ends are not at the top and bottom, it's impossible to accurately attach the next triangles.

2. My camera phone has been invaluable in remembering the placement of each triangle. Because these rows are 18 triangles long, I have them laid out on the bed in our guest room. I then have to transfer half a row at a time to be sewn up. Also, when sewing these together it's easy to get them flipped around so it just made sense to photograph each row and refer back to it.

3. No matter how much I try, I just can't keep my cat Oliver from wanting to help me, as evidenced in the picture above.

4. Dealing with triangles (and pieces cut on the bias) aren't as scary as I thought, you just need to use some care and a lot of Best Press.

5. Even with an entire room dedicated to sewing, I still need to use the guest bedroom for overflow. Here's some of the completed rows laid out:

Thursday, April 03, 2014

If I Have to Cut Out Another Triangle...

... I think I'll go crazy. Oh wait, I'm already there. I got a late start on cutting because I realized that my large ruler didn't have the 60 degree marks on it. I ordered one online last Friday with free 2 day shipping but due to an unexpected delay while in transit it didn't arrive until yesterday. Needless to say, I've been doing a marathon cutting session today. And I still have a few more triangles to cut out because one of my fat quarters (the solid orange I added) was stained when I unfolded it. I'll have to return it tomorrow.