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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 1028169 views.

I had a sew day with 5 ladies at my house yesterday to start on the raffle quilt I am coordinating for one of my guilds.  We got about a fourth of the blocks done and learned a lot about how to organize this process.  I had tried using a new to me ruler for making folded corners (called Simple Folded Corners ruler).  It involves cutting away the waste triangle BEFORE sewing.  But a couple people definitely had trouble keeping their seam allowance at 1/4" all the way from end to end.  One lady in particular tended to veer over 1/4" at the end of the seam.  Which caused problems with some of the pieces.  So I think next time I'm going to have them mark the line and sew on that instead.  It's not a big deal - the result was some floating points which isn't too bad.  But sometimes the pieces were too small and had to be resewn.   And I definitely want to be the person doing most of the trimming, gives me a chance to check for problems before they are sewn into the block.  Overall it went very well, and the new room arrangement worked great.


Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


Yes... it's the project I was working on at Retreat... still stymied on how to proceed with affixing the trunk of the tree... once I figure that out, it shouldn't take long to finish.

Might have to do some experiments to see what will work

What I need most is more room!

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


Your updated sewing room looks grand.

Cats are so funny about changes.

Love the raffle quilt.


From: MelRN


Did you cut your own kit? I love your colors!

MelRN said:

Did you cut your own kit

yes and no.  We collected donations of 2.5" strips of batiks from the guild members.  Then we cut as we went on Saturday.  But I think I will precut before the next one just to save some time at the cutting table.  We were sewing oversized white triangles on, and that took a lot of time trimming.  If I precut the strips before hand, that will help keep things moving.  The sewing skills/accuracy in a group really vary a lot.


From: bornblesse2


The inaccuracies are always the way with group sewing!

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Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


DD#3 and her Golden Retriever have been with us for a while, prior to her May 20th wedding.  The Golden Retriever has a stuffed rabbit as a toy.  She had chewed a hole in the bottom of one of the rabbit's feet.  My daughter (who KNOWS that I have sewn all of *her* life) asked if I had fabric to repair the hole.  ::bonk head on wall::

Yes, dear, I have fabric to repair the hole. 

However, I can't just *repair* the hole.  I need to do a Good Job.  So, I made a flower unit from 1/4" hexies.  QUARTER INCH HEXIES.  Good gosh, 1/4" hexies are **small**!  But, the rabbit has a cute little EPP flower on the sole of its foot.

This photo is a picture of the damage with preliminary repair work: I stuffed the hole with more fiber fill, inserted a piece of muslin under the tear and whip stitched the torn fabric to the muslin.

This photo shows the flower unit made of 1/4" hexies covering up the basic repair.


From: judyinohio


Ah, the things we do for a Grand-dog.  feet

Excellent work, Ms Shelley, excellent work. ok_hand

If Grand-dog starts to chew on this area again, I recommend the teeniest, tiniest micro touch of hot pepper sauce on the center of the blossom.