Crafty Vet

I got a few more blocks done this weekend.  Now I have all 18 full blocks finished, 4/10 half blocks finished, and 1/4 quarter blocks finished.  So I guess that leaves me with 3 3/4 blocks left to go.
I still have zero ideas for the back.  Usually I’d have the back all planned out by now.  What if I never think of anything?

I got a few more blocks done this weekend.  Now I have all 18 full blocks finished, 4/10 half blocks finished, and 1/4 quarter blocks finished.  So I guess that leaves me with 3 3/4 blocks left to go.

I still have zero ideas for the back.  Usually I’d have the back all planned out by now.  What if I never think of anything?

Spent some time doing layout last night for the remaining blocks between cases at work.  The goal was to finish laying out everything,  but I didn’t have enough time.  

But I got all the full blocks laid out!

Spent some time doing layout last night for the remaining blocks between cases at work. The goal was to finish laying out everything, but I didn’t have enough time.

But I got all the full blocks laid out!

becolourfulquilts:

"Enchanting Stars". A new ©BeColourful; by Jacqueline de Jonge release. Colorful, strong and bright, with beautiful curves, stars and spikes.

WOWZA!

becolourfulquilts:

"Enchanting Stars". A new ©BeColourful; by Jacqueline de Jonge release. Colorful, strong and bright, with beautiful curves, stars and spikes.

WOWZA!

At first, I was laying out whole blocks next to each other on the design wall, but I found that a bit tedious, since I could only lay a few out at a time.  I decided to pre-make a bunch of units of 4 triangles.  The units have to have either 1 dark and 3 light triangles, or vice versa.

I made a bunch of the units, but then when I was trying to lay out blocks with those, I didn’t like how they looked as much as when I laid out the whole block ahead of time.  :(   I think the “A” half-block above is fine, but I am not in love with 11 or 14 at the top.  I figure they will blend fine with the rest of the quilt, but I’m just not 100% happy with the colors.

So, I laid out the above blocks, but after I sew those, I’m going to lay out the rest like I did the first sets.

This quilt top is a huge PITA to keep together.  I am having to photograph every layout step and double check everything.  Today I put each completed and in-process block with a label that corresponds to its position on the quilt top, so I won’t mess it up. 

It doesn’t seem like it would make much of a difference, but this diagonal set is really messing with my head!

11 full blocks done.  This is almost 1/2 of the blocks.

I’m not used to working with a diagonal set, so I’ve been turning the blocks sideways.

11 full blocks done. This is almost 1/2 of the blocks.

I’m not used to working with a diagonal set, so I’ve been turning the blocks sideways.

Oooh, love this color combo. 

Oooh, love this color combo. 

(Source: quiltify)

gabdardesign:

This weekend Kara Stone and I made a game using homemade-knitting-needle-controllers for Dames Making Games Toronto's Julivewire Hardware Game Jam!

I present to you: ¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸¸,ø*° KNITTING SIMULATOR 2014 °*ø,¸¸,ø*°´°*ø,¸

OMG!

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EBay sent me 3 more 1/4” feet in the mail today.  I can’t wait to try them out this weekend!

EBay sent me 3 more 1/4” feet in the mail today. I can’t wait to try them out this weekend!

apotospitimou:

Morningstar Quilt (by m_soto)

apotospitimou:

Morningstar Quilt (by m_soto)

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I did some experimenting this AM, before going further with my Ocean Waves project.

I tried a few different feet, sewing together 3 - 2” strips.  Once sewn and pressed (I pressed these all open because I’m using open pressing for this quilt, although I don’t always), they should measure exactly 5”.  That’s 2” x 3 = 6”, minus 1/2” for each of 2 seams, = 5”.

I didn’t get a single one that measured 5”!  The compensating presser foot* and walking foot both take exactly a 1/4” seam, which results in a small loss, even with open pressing, so both of those measured about 1/16” shy of 5”.

The regular presser foot that came with the machine takes a VERY scant 1/4” seam, so with that one I got about 1/16” more than 5”.

I am using Guttermann cotton thread.

You can see on each presser foot, I placed the red ruler, which has a hole at 1/4”.  Both the compensating presser foot and the walking foot measured right at 1/4”, but the regular foot, as you can see, was narrower.

Interestingly, the 1/4” marking on the throat plate is too wide.  I don’t usually use those anyway.  I wonder if that was because the machine is Japanese and was converted from metric, if they didn’t use a very precise conversion.

I have 3 feet from Ebay on the way, plus my acrylic foot from the Janome, to also compare.  But it’s looking like I might be best off just continuing to use my regular foot for this project, since I already started and the at least my blocks will all be the same inaccurate, rather than different and inaccurate.  :)

The 3 feet above came with my Juki.  

*The compensating presser foot has a guide on the right that prevents you from sewing a larger than 1/4” seam. But, it also means that the fabric must be flush with that side.  For example, you can’t make HSTs using the drawn line method, because the foot won’t sew over the middle of fabric.  It has to be along the edge only, and even little triangle points or threads won’t go through.