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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 350550 views.

Rather than starting Ring Cycles (modified Jack's Chain), I think I'm going to try this 1st.  I purchased the pattern last fall but got busy with t-shirt quilts and forgot about it.  I am going to give it a try as a semi-miniature (half size).  The pattern calls for 2" width strips and finishes at 58" square.  So that would be 1.5" finished width of the strips.  If I cut then at 1.25" wide, that will finish at .75" wide, so I think that means the finished size will be 29".  I'd like it a little smaller but I think I would regret trying to sew strip sets any smaller. I've never done a Lone Star quilt and I liked the movement in this one a lot.  Hmmm, maybe I'll add some applique in those corners, those big blank squares would be a good place.  Not sure what tho.  Any suggestions?

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Nov-24

I think those corner squares might be a perfect place for a Texas state flower; am I correct in thinking it is the bluebonnet? Is there an applique design for  a bluebonnet? 

Oh, dear, I just looked up the bluebonnet and saw lots of "bluebonnet tattoos". That would be a most difficult idea to applique!

  • Edited November 24, 2020 12:32 pm  by  judyinohio

yes, though I have seen some bluebonnet appliques that weren't horribly detailed.  I think I need to decide on the fabrics 1st.  The picture looks very southwestern because of the colors, all I can think of is southwest designs (think Pueblo pots).  Once I have the fabrics/colors picked out something may suggest itself.  I'm kind of thinking I'll use some of that dark blue you sent me.  I'm really missing having any applique going.  I might even grab another one of the blocks from Aunt Millie's garden.  Flowers would really really pop on that blue.

A fun option would be to take that square, set it on point on the blue fabric and then applique on that and then do a little border ispired by the strip sets in the star. To  me putting stuff on point is a go to for adding an extra element.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

Nov-24

AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!     **How annoying**.

After a hiatus of several days, I returned to my SITD quilting on the queen sized quilt loaded on the longarm.   I'm carefully stitching along, some places are better than others, but not enough to cause me to rip it out and re-do.

I finished the full width (about 96"?) and I'm about to advance the quilt.   When I realized .....   aaarrrggghhhhh!!!! ... I have forgotten to stitch the vein in the leaf that is on either side of the vine!  aaaaarrrrgggghhhhh!

It's easy and convenient and efficient to do that vein when doing the SITD around the leaf: when you're at the base of the leaf, just a quick trip up and back down the interior, then continue with the SITD.

But, since I have done ALL the SITD and idiotically FORGOT about the vein in EVERY SINGLE LEAF in the width, I now have to do each leaf SEPARATELY .. which means ALL THOSE THREAD TAILS will need to be dealt with separately.   aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhh!!!   <thunk head on wall>

Feel your pain. Thread tails are not the worst thing but still not fun.

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

Nov-25

can you just follow the original line of quilting to add those veins?

I tried using the handle thingy, but ended up using this ruler, moving it round as needed.  Fewer wobbles.   Sometimes I was moving the ruler as I sewed, for some reason this worked better than the smaller ruler/handle.   I know you are done now but just as reference.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

Nov-25

Dee, for *years*, I have used Deloa Jones' Appliglide tool for all of my curved SITD and close-in work.  It works very well for me.     What makes it work for me is that she has beveled the edge that slides along the fabric.  The beveling allows the edge to glide up and over the applique edge instead of getting hung up on it.  There is an opening that you put your machine foot into; it surrounds the foot.  You hold onto the tool and use it like a ... umm... handle? ... to move the foot around instead of the machine's own handles.    When you are able to control the movement of the foot *right at the foot*, you have much more control than when you are using the machine's handles.

Heh .. even so, there are spots when my moving wasn't as "controlled" as it should have been and the SITD isn't quite next to the applique seamline.  Ah well .. such is life. :-)

There are lots and lots of tools that have been invented, as a solution to a problem that some quilter had.  You never know which tool might be best for you until you see it in action or hear of a recommendation.

Deloa Jones' Appliglide tool: https://www.deloasquiltshop.com/products/appliguide

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