Thursday, February 26, 2015

More Adventures in Paper Piecing

Even though paper piecing still intimidates me a little, I'm definitely getting better with each project and my confidence is growing. Carla from Granny Maud's Girl charged us with making these amazing union jack blocks for our February Compass Quilters Bee:

They were so fun to make and what made the difference for me was her detailed cutting instructions. That extra prep at the beginning made the actual paper piecing a breeze. Here is her tutorial if you want to make your own.

We were only asked to make 2 but my first one came out a little small due to what can only be a printing issue. I can't explain why my measurements weren't accurate. I printed the pattern off at 100% scale and it also included a 1-inch square to check scale. When I measured the square, it was spot on, but when I measured the sides of the block it was off by an 1/8 inch all the way around. Just plain weird. So that's why I made 2 more for her. I'm hoping she can still manage to use the slightly smaller one somehow.  I was in such a rush to get these sent out in the mail that I had forgotten to take any photos which explains my less than stellar pics below. It was late at night when I remembered, so  I opened up the mailer and snapped a few quick pics.

I then promptly sealed the mailer back up, mailed it at the post office, and then realized that I forgot to add a signature block.  Oops. Oh well, I hope Carla likes these along with the other little goodies I send along.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Handy Metric Conversion Chart

I love Craftsy. It was such an invaluable resource to me when I first started quilting in 2012. But did you know that in addition to all of the amazing classes, patterns, and fabric that they also have some handy reference materials? Below is their metric conversion chart. When I saw this, I immediately thought of all my international quilty friends, especially those with metric rulers who struggle to convert patterns You can download the PDF directly from their website here.

For some reason, I had a hard time trying to find the comprehensive reference list on their site. They don't seem to have an easy-to-find link, so I just added the word references at the end of the URL and got to it that way. Here is the direct link for all Craftsy reference materials.  You'll notice that they have reference categories for both quilting and sewing.

*This isn't a paid endorsement or anything fancy like that. I just like Craftsy and wanted to share something new that I'd found.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Neat Little Seam Ripper Trick

I've known how to sew for most of my life but I'll be honest - I never knew the purpose of that little ball on the end of the seam ripper. Well, I just learned about it. Check out this quick little video and see for yourself.

Who knew! Right? Or maybe it was just me that was in the dark. All I know is that I can't wait to make a mistake so I can try it out for myself to see if it really works.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sewing for Others

For anyone who follows my blog regularly, you may have noticed that I'm not posting very often. I'll be honest - I'm struggling to find a balance in my life.  I absolutely love working again, even if it's only part time. But because my son is still so young I'm working nights and weekends. Some days I feel like a zombie during the day and have been known to take a nap between the 3 trips I make back and forth to school. It doesn't help that I got sick right after the new year and still don't feel 100%.

Now don't take this to mean that I'm complaining - I'm not. I've not been out in the working world for 5 years now and it's just a life adjustment that's going to take some time and for now it's my sewing that's taking the hit. I just don't always have the mental capacity to be creative. So for now, the only sewing I'm getting done is for my bee mates in Compass Quilters and Stash Bee.

Here is my most recent finish, my February stash bee block for Kathy. You can read the Stash Bee blog post here.