Friday, May 2, 2014

Whooping in May Ya'll!

May has entered our part of the world with lots of rain and thunderstorms... we missed out on the real scary stuff! :)  How is your weather... today we are calm, warm and the sun will shine soon!  The birds are singing happy tunes and all is well now :)  WHOOP!

However to the north of us in the mid US was lots of tornado action and several lost lives in the storms and it's aftermath... so in the meantime I have tried to focus on making a proper patchwork square that is square!

See how lopsided this one turned out!  So I sent a shout out to my quilty friends and Wendy came to my rescue and offered to help me out via facebook chat and pics to make a block together.. she lives in Australia :)

So I finally started using my metal seam guide I harvested from one of the sewing machines we sold and tried it out...
took some adjusting ... and some resewing after adjusting (I measured exactly a 1/4" line... should have measured scant 1/4" line for my seam guide)... however I sew I need to short myself to make the measurements come out right for a nice looking block...

First step is to cut Accurately!..
Got that all done with my new little ruler and little rotary cutter too!

I also learned to stop and measure as I go THIS WAS EPIC for me :)  Super WHOOP!
I do enjoy how Omnigrid marks on their rulers... and I used them a lot in cutting and measuring after sewing each step...
So I finally have a nice square block!
This lesson with Wendy... who blogs here.. was Priceless to me!  WHOOP!

If I had only had all that learning earlier.... maybe this block wouldn't have been pregnant! lol

But i still think my nametag turned out lovely!  Crooked and all! lol
Finished but not washed :)

Before washing close up...

After washing close up
 Here is a close up of how nicely these tags I got to go into quilts launder... before I counted on them to hold my name on a quilt for it's lifetime... I wanted to wash and see how the inks held.. they HOLD for sure!  WHOOP!  Wanna order some.. check them on on Etsy HERE!

 And here is my finished name tag... you will see me wearing it at the top of this post... after being washed!  The tape measure has Velcro attaching it to the badge ;)

Lest I forget to update you on my current reading... I am loving this book!  WHOOP! I just am enjoying all the eye candy..


 Here is one page as an example of the close up high quality pics that went into this book.
It is currently selling on Amazon for around $3.00 plus shipping... yep, that is what I paid.. and you get 80 thick beautiful pages of inspiration and instruction on improving your hand stitching by understanding how the pieces all work together.  Very interesting thus far and well worth the money spend to add to my library!  WHOOP!

My final WHOOP is how well we are doing with our Ebay selling!  Right now we have 2 great sewing machines (both vintage as we only deal with vintage)
as well as my great Cricut Die Cutter WHOOPING getting some space back for more quilty goods :)

& the Gypsy I used quite a bit will be going up this weekend!  If you are a scrapbooker or cardmaker or papercrafter of any kind check out my auctions!  I had a massive inventory and am clearing it out!

Here's hoping you have a blessed weekend!  Thanks for taking time to visit me :)

Linking this post to Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict ~ Whoop & a Giveaway HERE!









5 comments:

  1. I used one of Jeanna Kimball's book for the Red and Green applique that I did. Glad the bad storms missed you! Sometimes no matter how I try my blocks still do not come out even, I find it works best if you press as you go.

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  2. Yep, I press as I go Karen.
    Kathi, I find that if I don't go slow on the cutting I mess up. Can't tell you how often I resized blocks because I rushed through the cutting and they were all different in size. LOL I end up with quilts smaller than planned when I do that. Truth be told, I hate cutting and use a lot of precuts. Some day I will be able to buy an Acuquilt.

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  3. desde que utilizo gobernantes, estoy muy satisfecha
    mis bloque salen,casi perfectos
    tu tarjeta es genial
    buen fin de semana

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  4. Your accurately measured and pressed block looks great! I also like Omnigrid rulers. The metal seam guide will surely help you stay accurate. Lots of Whoops. Best one is the bad storms missed you all. Thanks for the many tips.

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  5. Well I had a whooping good time doing this little tutorial and block with you!

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