Monday, September 30, 2013

One new snuggle....

coming right up.  I've taken the last one that I made to the quilters and have since cut the fabrics for this new snuggle, marked and sewn the light and dark fabrics together to make half square triangle blocks.

Here's a small sampling of the blocks.  There will also be greens added to this pile soon.
And this will be the only picture I'll post about this snuggle because I don't want to take the chance that my granddaughter will see it before Christmas.

However I do want to tell you about a new gadget I have that makes squaring up small blocks so easy.   This will help you trim a block from 1½" up to 6½".   It's a June Taylor cutter.   I have her large one that cuts strips every half inch and I love it.  So when I remembered that I had this one I dug it out of the drawer and put it to work.  Perfect squared 6½" blocks every time.
Line it up on the square and cut each side.  Turn the block to line up the other two sides and trim.  You can tell by this picture that I didn't have much to trim off but by taking this extra step it sure makes a difference when sewing blocks together.

I'm heading over to Judy's blog to link to her Design Wall Monday.  Come join us.  
I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hexie blocks....

Just for fun I decided to lay all the finished blocks together in sort of the plan I'll be using.
I'm still not liking that one block.  Looks out of place to me.  I tried to find some different fabrics so I could incorporate maybe one or two wild brighter blocks .... but no luck.  At least nothing that I like.
I want this quilt to be calm and quiet and that block just kinda rock & rolls a bit too much.  lol   I'm pretty sure I'll be unsewing that one.

And....I'm a day late but since yesterday was the 17th of the month I'm heading over to Sarah's blog so I can link to her HeLP for Hexie-aholics

I hope you're having a great day.
 Glad you stopped by.....Linda

I'm at the home stretch....

I've been slowly working on this in bits and pieces and now I almost have this snuggle top together.  The bottom border still needs to be attached and then just a couple more simple borders to add.

All the quilts I make I design with EQ7.  Then I'll print out the quilt and use the rotary cutting printout to cut the borders.  That works perfectly for a plain border .... but not so much with a block border.  I'm not sure what happened but even though I used the right number of blocks (cut the right size) I had to adjust my seams on the block border just a smidgen to get the right lengths.   I guess I should have sewn a fat ¼" instead of my normal scant.  Amazing how a small detail like that will make such a big difference in the end.
I'm planning to finish this top today and get the next Christmas snuggle cut out.  It sure feels good to get back into the studio and sew.

Since it's Wed I'm linking over on Esther's WOW -WIPs On Wednesday.  

I hope you're having a great day.
 Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Sunday, September 15, 2013

New Week starts.....

I have absolutely NO appointments - meetings - games etc. to go to this week.  I can't even remember the last time I had a complete week free to do whatever I want.  Right here at home and I intend to enjoy it!!  
The super HOT temps have broken and we've even had rain.  Just a couple inches but soooo needed and definitely welcomed.

So until I head back to my sewing room I thought I'd show you the latest on my hexie project.    I now have eight 'blocks' made and a whole lot of individual hexies basted and ready to go.
I know I'll be working on more hexies today as we watch KC Chiefs play.  It's so good to be excited about them again.  It's been a long time coming and they may not be a powerhouse this year but at least they give us something to cheer about.   Go Chiefs!!  lol

I'm going to link to  Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday.
I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I can stay home now....

 photo laughingcutie.gifToday is the first day of a nice long week that I don't have to drive to a Dr appt for either hubby or myself.   And I am thrilled!!  ;o)
 On those days that I have to spend around four hours out of the house traveling to and from appointments I don't get very much accomplished when I get back home.  So.... I haven't had much to show or talk about.  I can pretty much bet that you don't want to read all about my health ups & downs.  

How about I tell you about the latest Pinterest dinner I made.  OMGosh it was soooo good.   It's called:  Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork.    I used a pretty big Pork Tenderloin roast and my large crock pot.  A first for me.... Balsamic Vinegar.  Oh My Yumm!!   I served mashed potatoes and sauteed onions, zucchini and summer squash.

Now I'm off to spend the day with my sewing machine.  I have all the blocks made for the snuggle I'm working on so now I just need to get the rows sewn together while I ponder the borders.  I've a couple of ideas... just need to settle on one.

I hope you're having a great day. Glad you stopped by.....Linda