Crafty Vet

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.  

Laying out more triangles…
I’m really thinking about putting up a big piece of batting on the garage wall for a super-sized design wall this coming weekend…
(This past weekend, the painters had my garage covered in plastic so I couldn’t go inside - I’m having my house painted).

Laying out more triangles…

I’m really thinking about putting up a big piece of batting on the garage wall for a super-sized design wall this coming weekend…

(This past weekend, the painters had my garage covered in plastic so I couldn’t go inside - I’m having my house painted).

Lion by Jeslyn Mason

wolfquilting:

These Patch Pals from Quiltmaker are super cute! And this one might be my favorite!!

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Jeslyn Mason did a great job on this little cutie!

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I quilted this one with an overall scroll swirl.

CUTE!

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5 blocks!
Unfortunately, I did Step 1 for each of the blocks I’d laid out on the design wall, then Step 2, and so forth, till I basically finished all 5 at the same time.  It would have been nice to have made 1 block in its entirety and THEN realized the blocks were coming out too large.  
Then again, I might have made the entire quilt that way if I’d been able to lay out more than 5 blocks on the design wall.  
The quilt has 18 full blocks (like these), 10 half blocks, and 4 quarter blocks.  So basically I have 5/24 of the top done.  :)
It’s weird.  I was really skeptical of the colors when I first started putting them on my design wall, but I really like the colors now.  For some reason it keeps reminding me of a court jester and the Renaissance Faire.   

5 blocks!

Unfortunately, I did Step 1 for each of the blocks I’d laid out on the design wall, then Step 2, and so forth, till I basically finished all 5 at the same time.  It would have been nice to have made 1 block in its entirety and THEN realized the blocks were coming out too large.  

Then again, I might have made the entire quilt that way if I’d been able to lay out more than 5 blocks on the design wall.  

The quilt has 18 full blocks (like these), 10 half blocks, and 4 quarter blocks.  So basically I have 5/24 of the top done.  :)

It’s weird.  I was really skeptical of the colors when I first started putting them on my design wall, but I really like the colors now.  For some reason it keeps reminding me of a court jester and the Renaissance Faire.   

Here are my first 2 blocks.
I’m pleased with the colors, now that I have a few blocks laid out.
The piecing is proving a bit challenging, though.  
Aside from cutting measurements, the only other measurements are that each block finishes at 14” (so these should measure 14.5”).  
So, instead of measuring each unit and squaring up as needed at each step along the way, I sewed the whole block and then found they are nearly 15”.  Oops.
You’d think at this stage I could sew a damn 1/4” seam.
They mostly look okay and can probably just be trimmed down a smidge, but if you look at the triangles just outside the black squares, you can see the points there don’t line up well.
I think my 1/4” seam is just a little too small.  The Juki is a wonderful beast, but doesn’t come with a good 1/4” foot.  The regular piecing foot sews a very scant 1/4”.  I think that is just a bit TOO scant for these blocks.  I know some people (Rachel from Stitched in Color) have good luck using that foot, though.
The walking foot actually sews a perfect 1/4” seam, and I use it for piecing long strips, but I felt it was a big clunky for these small units.  
There is a “compensating” presser foot which has a 1/4” guide, but the guide is very rigid and it won’t sew over anything.  Like if you have any points sticking out to the side or if you are sewing not along the edge of something (making HSTs with drawn line method).  So it won’t work well for these blocks unless you trim off all the little tags at each step.  I guess I could do that… 
For now, I dug out the 1/4” acrylic foot for my Janome and I’m using that with a low to high shank adapter.  I even considered just pulling out the Janome and piecing on that, but it doesn’t have a thread cutter or knee lift, which I’m very addicted to now.
I’m sure that was way TMI.  
If anyone has a good 1/4” piecing foot recommendation for a high shank machine that doesn’t have a rigid guide, I’m all ears!

Here are my first 2 blocks.

I’m pleased with the colors, now that I have a few blocks laid out.

The piecing is proving a bit challenging, though.  

Aside from cutting measurements, the only other measurements are that each block finishes at 14” (so these should measure 14.5”).  

So, instead of measuring each unit and squaring up as needed at each step along the way, I sewed the whole block and then found they are nearly 15”.  Oops.

You’d think at this stage I could sew a damn 1/4” seam.

They mostly look okay and can probably just be trimmed down a smidge, but if you look at the triangles just outside the black squares, you can see the points there don’t line up well.

I think my 1/4” seam is just a little too small.  The Juki is a wonderful beast, but doesn’t come with a good 1/4” foot.  The regular piecing foot sews a very scant 1/4”.  I think that is just a bit TOO scant for these blocks.  I know some people (Rachel from Stitched in Color) have good luck using that foot, though.

The walking foot actually sews a perfect 1/4” seam, and I use it for piecing long strips, but I felt it was a big clunky for these small units.  

There is a “compensating” presser foot which has a 1/4” guide, but the guide is very rigid and it won’t sew over anything.  Like if you have any points sticking out to the side or if you are sewing not along the edge of something (making HSTs with drawn line method).  So it won’t work well for these blocks unless you trim off all the little tags at each step.  I guess I could do that… 

For now, I dug out the 1/4” acrylic foot for my Janome and I’m using that with a low to high shank adapter.  I even considered just pulling out the Janome and piecing on that, but it doesn’t have a thread cutter or knee lift, which I’m very addicted to now.

I’m sure that was way TMI.  

If anyone has a good 1/4” piecing foot recommendation for a high shank machine that doesn’t have a rigid guide, I’m all ears!

I added a couple of blocks, and made it so that the dark triangles next to the black squares weren’t so dark that they blended in and made the squares look jagged.  I think I like it better now.  
I need a bigger design wall!
Please ignore my beautiful but crazy carpet that clashes with everything.  :)

I added a couple of blocks, and made it so that the dark triangles next to the black squares weren’t so dark that they blended in and made the squares look jagged.  I think I like it better now.  

I need a bigger design wall!

Please ignore my beautiful but crazy carpet that clashes with everything.  :)

That is pretty cool that you both mentioned the upper right.  That one isn’t a real Amish quilt, because it was made in the Amish style by a contemporary quiltmaker.  But, it is probably my favorite as far as the colors go.  The only thing I don’t like about it is that she took the easy way out and used all HSTs including for the center diamonds, instead of cutting large black diamonds. But the colors, I think, are perfect.  All the other quilts pictured are truly Amish.

So, I’m going to give it another shot trying to mock up maybe 4 blocks at a time (the quilt uses 18 full and some half and quarter blocks).  And see if that improves how it looks.

  1. tinkerbellrun said: I kind of like the one on the top left. Try another block or two, I think it will look a lot like the one in the top right corner :)
  1. a1angiem said: I agree with the other comment: I don’t think you are that far off from that right hand quilt pic. Also, you can’t really get the whole effect from one block that’s not pieced yet and joined with all its friends!