Saturday, September 23, 2017

Quilt Shot Block #96~ No Tear Paper Piecing Log Cabin

Log Cabin
 6½ inch block
No Tear Paper Piecing
Log Cabin Foundation Paper Piece
found in
the May/June 2009 Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Magazine
(see below for more information)

However a quick web search can bring up several Log Cabin Foundation patterns you can download.

I used the same method to make this Log Cabin block that I made 
Dug into my scraps for these tiny 1/2 inch strips.

Remember for "No Tear" paper piecing, stitching is not done through the paper,
but rather the paper is folded on the stitch line,
and fabrics are stitched just beside the stitch line.
Small pins are used to hold pieces in place during stitching and pressing.
This pattern does start out with a rather large center.
Paper was folded as the piece progressed.

Possible quilts
No Rotation
Every other counter clockwise
When half of a log cabin is done with dark verses light fabrics,
there are many layout designs that can be created.


And there are probably more?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ "I Got It" Heard in Sewing Class

I loved:
 seeing teamwork in class.
......when one student was successful making a buttonhole,
they passed on help to the next person.
...when a younger student showed an older student how to cut open their button hole.
...when one discovered the parts of a machine and how to use them,
 even though it might have been a bit awkward at first.
....when a student intently sewed with the machine to be as accurate as they possibly could.
....... when students helped set up and take down the classroom,
which was a tremendous help to me.

.....when students took pride in the tiny whip stitches that used to make their pencil pouches.

But, probably the most exciting thing I heard this week
was a result of me demonstrating all of September 
how to tie a knot in the thread.
 A student came up to me somewhat excited and said,
"I tied a knot!"
Now that's a FUN thing.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #107 ~ Yarn Bowls

When the air gets a bit nippy 
and my sewing room gets a bit cold,
I like to sit on the couch with a crochet or knitting needle.
 Last year for Christmas gifts,
I made some yarn bowls.
 I had decided both guys and girls could use these.
 So I made several.
 This one could be used just for Christmas or maybe set out all year.
What use would a yarn bowl have?
Perhaps to protect some nice furniture from keys and change?
What colors would you use to make one for a man?
or a little girl?
"THINK about it."
Crochet Bowls from Recycled Clothing
This link includes directions

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday #234 ~ Waiting for Sewing Class @ CAB

 @ Christian Academy of the Bluegrass
for 12 students 3rd to 8th grade.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Changing Needles & What Do You Do with Them?

Have you ever changed a needle and lost it down in your machine? Then, what do you do with that needle if it's not machine usable anymore? Here are some solutions.

Tuesday Tutorial Tips

When changing a needle, it can slip out of your fingers
and go down into the machine.
Ask me how I know.
I don't know how they can get stuck down in there but they can.
Ask me how I know.
Also, sometimes its still a good needle with a few hours to go on it.
It just needs to be changed because of a different fabric.
However, by the time it goes down in the machine,
it most likely develops a "burr" or got bent and can't be used anymore.
Ask me how I know.

 I have learned to cover the throat plate.
 Then, what do you do with a needle that won't work in your machine anymore?
Dad's Hospice nurse had reminded us that needles or sharps as they are called
should be handle with blood borne pathogens in mind.
So we created a plastic container like the liquid laundry detergent bottle
by marking it with red ink with the word "Sharps."
The opening at the top is just the right size to drop in needles and lancets.
I found the containers that my bulk chewing gum comes in
to be perfect for this job.

 The top opening is just the right size for rotary cutting blades.
The front opening is perfect for the needles.
Could you used needles if they haven't been bent yet?
I did see someone on You Tube the other day that actually use them as pins to pin a pattern.
If they don't cause thread to break and are at the end of their use,
I use them when I'm sewing on paper, like for
 scrappy cards
 You'll find this post at several Linky Parties. Please check them out for some great ideas.

Thanks to 
GIMP for cropping & other digital effects
PicMonkey creating collages used on this page
 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo

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