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Just want to hug that little llama because she is so cute. (Yes, I can tell it's a girl llama because her choice of colors is so feminine.)
Ami, thank you I'm going to remember this tip for the next time I do a crazy bunch of small pieces quilt.
Glad that my suggestion is something you can use. I have used this technique many times with projects and it really does keep it all organized even if you drop the project on the floor! When I do scrappy applique I can lay stuff out and then just do my thread thru the stuff in the order I had laid out and I never have to guess. I also snap a photo of the layout so I know where I am as I go.
He is cute.He look like he need some company.
I remember you telling me about running a thread through the middle. So I did that yesterday. The stacks of pieces were too thick to use clips but thread will work. I then put them in bags by section (face, neck, legs, ears, body). I think that will work well. I'm going to try and save it for the retreat the 1st week of October.
As I was going through the bin for a large project bag I ran across a top that for a moment I could not remember where it came from Then duh, I had been given a top to quilt by a lady at church that I had forgot all about - at least 2 months ago. Not real excited about it, it's random squares and her 1st quilt. I've made 2 t-shirt quilts and 2 granddaughter quilts for her. Now she's trying quilting and wanted me to quilt it. I felt kind of cornered so I agreed. She didn't give me any backing and wouldn't tell me what she wanted - grrr.
I also need to quilt a baby quilt for my boss's 3rd grandchild. The two big sisters both have quilts with purple backs that they LOVE (the mom sends me videos of them playing with them). But all the quilts I have finished have purple backs. Grandma & I agreed the new grandson needs a blue back or his sisters will appropriate his. I have 6 finished tops in the closet so I can finish one of those. I didn't realize all the ones I had donated were blue backed and only had purple left. So I have some quilting to do this weekend.
Glad the thread thing works for you. It really keeps things together and I use old junk thread for that, usually two strands with a nice knot on the bottom and a paper template marked with what it is. I can't wait to see your little herd grow after the retreat.
Costco had very colorful llama dog toys a few months ago and we got Aspen a set. She just loves them and now we wish we had gotten more as they no longer have them. She is very careful with them and prances around with one in her mouth. When we tell her to go get her toy she knows we mean a llama. Pretty cute.
I do the same thread thing to keep my hexies bundled together prior to stitching them into whatever shape is required. Of I've prepped 6 hexies for a flower unit, I sure don't want to lose any of them! I typically prep-prep-prep instead of prep-stitch. So the thread thing keeps all the prepped hexies of a unit in tact until I get to stitching them.
We're on the road right now. I prepped a bunch of hexies to work on. This is what I've accomplished so far: made (4) 4-hexie units that are partial flowers. To complete the flower unit, the bottom two spaces are filled in with background hexies. Over the top of this unit, 5 more background hexies are stitched.
I'm still working on the others .... there needs to be a total of (6) of them.
I have (4) more to work on here. The other 2 are back home, pinned to the central medallion.
Each flower unit has a stack of (5) background hexies (shown at the top of each unit) that will be stitched to them. The two extra stacks have the hexies held together by a threaded stitch... what Dee and Ami were talking about to keep their applique pieces together.
*If* I finish all of this while on the road, I do have other hexies to be stitched. There's never a shortage of work to do!
Rosie got a Mr. Bill doll that she carries around. If anyone steps on him to make him sound "oh noooo" she comes and takes him away, pretty funny.
I took your suggestion on the wrench quilt. My boss's daughter is pregnant with her 3rd child (1st boy). The two girls each have quilts and I am regularly hearing about how much they love the quilts, play with them, bring them to grandma's, etc. So of course I need to give them one for the new little boy (with blue backing to distinguish from big sisters' quilts). I decided what better quilt for a boy than the wrench quilt. I added the "bolts" you suggested using prepared edge applique - I really love having various "tools in my toolbox". I turned under the edges using the same method I've been using for my Christmas quilt - freezer paper and starch to turn the edge. Then just top-stitched around each one. It worked great and the entire process from cutting to sewing took about two hours. The blank white hexagons from the original pattern were kind of distracting to me, I like it this way much better. Thanks for your suggestion. All ready to quilt.