Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ripping out and Starting over = SUCCESS!

Hello my bloggy friends... I have been uber busy this week with other things ... but have managed to get a bit of stitching time in since Sunday... mainly on these beauties :)
6 almost perfectly pieced blocks... my best piecing work ever!  :)

All but the last block required some amount of ripping out and starting over... I thought you might light a short tute on how to make ripping out or "frogging" I have heard it called... a little easier...

First snip every 3rd or 4th (if on a flat area) thread from the top if you know which is the top of your piece (chain piecing can cause you to get confused I think! lol) to remove thread from...
Once you have done this across the entire seam then gently PULL the pieces apart.. now they will have little stings (and a long one on the back side from your bobbin thread)
Clean up all the strings ... if you have a long seam use a rolled piece of sticky tape to catch on those little pieces in a snap too!

You are ready for another try at that perfect pieced block now :)  Yahoo!

In reviewing my last block post I found the pic of this QAL did not show up so let me show you the example of this pattern and kinda what mine will look like...
but only the same basic layout on mine... the spool blocks and borders will be similar but I plan to feature My Fiona in the center!  Fiona is my main sewing machine I use for piecing and she and I are really getting along :)  I love sewing vintage too!  The hum is like no other type of machine!

Here are some close ups of each block in the order I did them ;)


The very last block was the first one cut and last one pieced and is the most special piece of fabric... each piece in this quilt has some meaning to me for the spool insides.. but this was a cover my friend Joyce made for my gypsy... now that I am selling my gypsy I repurposed the bag into 2 blocks... the one above... and this one a little smaller that I did with my friend Wendy!
I love that polka dot white fabric but wanted plain for my wall hanging so my hand quilting would show more :)  This "test" block for my learning was a perfect place to add the white polka dot fabric don't you think?!

I plan to do something special with this block and am pondering it.. it measures 6 1/2" now and finished at 6" .. ideas anyone??  I could applique is to my quilt center section... that is a thought on that redesign.  A sewing machine with a spool and a cute pair of scissors ??

The MAN QUILT will be getting some attention today from me.  Right now I am about 1/2 way through this feather now :)
I have 3 feathers, 1 cornerstone and 2 blocks to do in this grouping... no goal setting for this as Ebay selling has to remain center stage in my life this week... that is what has been keeping me so busy ..

I am selling all my craft room and will have an advertisement posted on my blog this afternoon for everything I am selling on eBay.. it is sad but necessary and I don't use the stuff anymore so it should go to someone who will love and appreciate it for what it is!  Wonderful paper crafting tools and accessories to make masterpieces possible!


I am also trying to sell personally my Cricut Gypsy and wanted to offer it first to my paper crafting followers and their friends... are you or do you know anyone interested in a Cricut GYPSY???
If you know anyone with a Cricut that doesn't have one (works with all Cricut's no matter if small or large, old or new).  I am selling this to the first person that contacts me :)  If you are interested just contact me here!

Thanks for bearing with me through these times... more quilty fun to come!

Linking up this tutorial to Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social here where she is sharing who is most inspiring person in her life... her mom!  For me it is my honey, my best friend, and my kids :)  Who inspires you to succeed in your life dreams ??!!


4 comments:

  1. Good Job on those Spool blocks. Can't wait to see your Fiona block. Is it going to be a pieced block or a photo? Thank you for sharing with Lets Bee Social.

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  2. Wow, you did great on your spool blocks. I need to get it in gear on mine. Way behind.

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  3. WOW ---- this is beautiful KC! You are getting really good!!!

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  4. Wonderfully done! Those spool blocks are gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing them in place, surrounding your beloved Fiona!

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