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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 537170 views.

hmm, bull dog clips are an interesting idea.  I had made these fabric things several years ago when I discovered the clamps that came with my machine pulled the fleece backing out of shape (too heavy).  The clamps also hang down and get in the way when doing ruler work.  And hurt my hands - 3 strikes.  I like how light and flat this set up is, but pinning and unpinning if you are rolling back and forth gets old.  (I have some prettier ones now).  The stick puts even tension across the backing, and the velcro straps make the whole thing very light.

I have the side tensioner that red snappers sell but it is very difficult to close it with the fleece backing.  with the arthritis in my hands it was just too much.  

next done - this one didn't have as much embellishment - or I'm getting faster



From: bornblesse2


Ami, bargellos really look nice with curvy or roundish shaped quilting on them.  All those straight lines and cuts look good with curved quilting, circles, waves, etc.

I suspect you know this….

I am playing with ideas and I do have a few curve things among my sketches. Today I walked in the shop checked the quilt on the frame and spent the rest of the day prepping a pattern for a chore jacket. I made a quick muslin to check the fit and cut it out in my fabric. I think I am gonna work on that and hopefully by the time I am done maybe that quilt will tell me what it needs. You are so right an allover curvy something is a good option. In any case it will be at the next retreat so you can see it. It was the class you did for us in 2016.


From: MelRN


i'm finishing up that 30's quilt top. I've been having back pain so my progress is slow..It's very sunshine-y, a yellow buttercup as the background and cheerful floral 30 repros as the foreground, in shoe fly and snowball pattern. :D 

I've spent that last several sorting through my novelty stash and doing some summer cleaning.  It's long, so I made a blog post.

Great blog post!  I have been putting off doing some cutting myself.  This inspires me.  I really like the cutting part, thinking about each fabric and planning ways to use them.  I need to JUST DO IT.  LOL  

Those small triangles are very useful for making string blocks, placing them in the corners before choosing the strings you are going to use -- so that you don't end up with a piece in the corner of the block that is TOO tiny when the block is trimmed.  


From: judyinohio


Amazing amount of work done and I'm sure you will accomplish amazing things with all of those "bits and pieces" that  you have organized.


From: Mishii


Judy, what size did you make your string blocks?

I want to do it in blue, but I think I’m out of blue strips. How is that even possible?

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


I'm off on a tangent.

I had been mindlessly working on a Forever Project of what I'm calling "Color Blocked Hexies".  It is just masses of hexies of a color family all smooshed together.   It's a good activity to do when there is nothing else on the horizon.

THEN, I saw this ....   This is an EPP project called "Forget Me Not" by Sue Daly.    Just LOOK at all those hexies arranged in interesting shapes by color!  :-)   Even better, Sue Daly has a blog stitch-along where she described how to stitch the various sections together.  While she is using 1" hexies, you could certainly use any size hexie you wanted ... I do have a messload of 1" hexie templates already punched out, so I'll use them.

If you take a look at the picture below, you might be able to see that even the background (at the 4 corners) are done with hexies.  Now, personally, I think that's ridiculous.  Once that medallion shaped thing is done, I'll applique it to a fabric background.  I just don't see the need to create the background from the hexies.

I'll be using my own stash fabrics; not fabric from her kit.  So my version is going to turn out a bit differently, since I don't have precisely her shades and patterns.  We'll see how my version turns out.  :-)

The Color Blocked Hexies Forever Project is on hiatus for now.  LOL!