Crafty Vet

I’m trying to lay out some blocks on my design board before I start sewing.  I am concerned about putting all those colors together and having it look good and not like clown puke.

I liked how all the stacks of triangles looked lined up on my ironing board. But sure enough, once I laid them out for that first block, I didn’t like it. (Upper left).  The others are examples of Ocean Waves quilts.  Somehow even though they are all multicolored, they look good.  

Maybe I’m just being crazy and need to lay out more blocks before I decide. Or maybe I need to limit the color palette more than I have.

I am a little gun-shy because I had a similar problem with my flannel quilt.  I liked all the colors when I had them lined up at first, but I never liked the way they came together when I pieced the quilt top.  I guess that’s why that quilt top is sitting folded up, unquilted, in the spare bedroom.

maranon:

The yarn wanted in, obviously.

Oooh, cool idea!  :)

maranon:

The yarn wanted in, obviously.

Oooh, cool idea!  :)

I’m done cutting fabric for my Ocean Waves quilt.  Well, except the borders and binding, but I always cut those once the middle of the top is done.

I divided my colors into light and dark fabrics, which will alternate to make the pattern pop.  I have a lot I’d consider “medium,” which can really go either way based on what they are next to.  

I took a b&w photo to make sure I was on track, and there were 2 that stood out.  I swapped them out and now I’m pretty happy with those.  I’ll have to try not to put mediums next to each other, but I think it’s going to turn out pretty well.

I had mostly 1/2 yard cuts of fabric, some fat quarters, and some scraps, so that is why there are more lights in shorter stacks.

These are all hand-dyed fabrics by Cherrywood.  They have a sueded look, but they are cotton.

The big board is a blocking board for knitting.  It’s useful for ironing - it’s huge and nice and firm.  I have it set up on my folding table.  Despite the grid, it’s not for cutting, though.  :)

I have a tip!!!
My coworker Mary works with leather (she makes dog collars) and she said you can sharpen rotary cutters by running them over some folded up aluminum foil a few times.  
I was skeptical, but I tried it this AM and really works!  OMG.  I’m excited.  I can’t imagine how quickly blades must dull cutting leather, because they get dull pretty quickly with just fabric.
It only works if the blade is dull, not if it’s nicked.  And you don’t have to press hard on the foil, just roll it lightly over it.

I have a tip!!!

My coworker Mary works with leather (she makes dog collars) and she said you can sharpen rotary cutters by running them over some folded up aluminum foil a few times.  

I was skeptical, but I tried it this AM and really works!  OMG.  I’m excited.  I can’t imagine how quickly blades must dull cutting leather, because they get dull pretty quickly with just fabric.

It only works if the blade is dull, not if it’s nicked.  And you don’t have to press hard on the foil, just roll it lightly over it.

countdowntooz:

saxifraga-x-urbium:

malformalady:

A son went into a rarely-used bedroom in his mother’s home and discovered thousands of wasps had made a giant nest in a bed. An estimated 5,000 wasps had created a nest by chewing through bedding, including a blanket and pillow. Pest-control expert John Birkett was called to tackle with the mound of wasps inside the mattress at the five-bedroom home in Winchester, Hampshire.



Its nice to know this was going on 15mins away from where I live!!

Noooo, not the quilt!!!!!!!!!!!

countdowntooz:

saxifraga-x-urbium:

malformalady:

A son went into a rarely-used bedroom in his mother’s home and discovered thousands of wasps had made a giant nest in a bed. An estimated 5,000 wasps had created a nest by chewing through bedding, including a blanket and pillow. Pest-control expert John Birkett was called to tackle with the mound of wasps inside the mattress at the five-bedroom home in Winchester, Hampshire.

Its nice to know this was going on 15mins away from where I live!!

Noooo, not the quilt!!!!!!!!!!!

nezua:

A true artist gives it their all, even on the parts you barely see.

nezua:

A true artist gives it their all, even on the parts you barely see.

(Source: valscrapbook, via casaannabel)

maranon:

In case you’re wondering how all the random bits came together.
Improvised quilts are open-ended puzzles, and assembling them gives me the best thrill!

maranon:

In case you’re wondering how all the random bits came together.

Improvised quilts are open-ended puzzles, and assembling them gives me the best thrill!

I swore I’d start working on my Ocean Waves quilt this weekend.  Here’s the proof!  I even had Darcy supervising.

I just spent about 4 hours working on it and I didn’t sew a single stitch!

And I think I’m less than halfway through the cutting.  

They really should have called this hobby ironing.  Or using a pizza cutter on fabric.  

:)

threadparty:

(via Blue Elephant Stitches: A Big Heart)

Simple and elegant!  I love it!

threadparty:

(via Blue Elephant Stitches: A Big Heart)

Simple and elegant!  I love it!

This weekend.  Quilting.  It’s on.  I’m starting a new project.  You’ve been warned!