Over time…

I can’t whip stitch!!!???!!!

S-C-O-R-E!!!  The Gold Medal to Canada.  Team USA played a GOOD game.  Thanks for the thrills.  I’m off for some winks before work!  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

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half square triangles + sample block = math

So, I’d like to begin sewing my pieced Bunny Hill Snowbound blocks.  I saw another Flick’r member’s cool pieced block.  Hmmm, I like how THAT looks…maybe I’ll give it a try…?!

OK.  Those aren’t half square triangles (HST).  They’re not quarter square triangles (QST) either!?  Mmmm, they’re hour glass blocks.  HOW do I make those?!  Is there m-a-t-h?!

I REALLY just want one sample block.  I’m not sure I like how my fabric choices are playing together and I don’t want to make too much of a time investment or big comittment here…  Books, paper, pencil, rulers, etc.

Here’s what I’ve got:

Two HST sets

Cut in half on the diagonal

Yield two hourglass blocks

So/sew, my sample pieced Snowbound block using previously selected fabrics and nine patch blocks

Hmmm, not so sure I like it...?

Together with my appliqued Snowbound blocks...

Yuck-o!  Oooh, I’m not happy with it.  : /  I like the pieced block, but NOT done in these fabrics and definitely NOT with my appliqued blocks!  Thank goodnes for a mock-up/sample block!!!  I have other fabrics I’ll try.  And, at least I learned how to make hourglass blocks without pulling out all my hair…just some of it.  ; )

Do you have any good tips for making hst, qst or hourglass blocks?  Would you care to share…?!  Do you press seams open or to one side?  Thanks for stopping by!

Piecefully, Pam

Olympic binding.

I worked to finish quilting circles on my Pastel Bubbles project…so I could machine stitch the binding in place…so I could whip stitch binding to the back while watching the Olympics this evening!!!  : )

I make and machine stitch a hanging sleeve to the back of a quilt when I machine stitch the binding to the front.  That way, I only have to whip stitch the bottom of the hanging sleeve to the quilt back.  Do you do this too?  I also use my walking foot (not necessary if you have a dual feed machine!) to sew my binding to the front.  Do you use yours?  It makes sewing through all those layers SEW much less frustrating!

I used a marking tool today that I especially liked.  I’ve used it before.  But today, it was quite helpful!  I used the Bohin chalk marking pencil.  It comes with multiple colored chalks that are easy to swap out.  It also comes with it’s own sharpener.  Today, I needed to use more than one colored chalk to mark some circles.  I could easily do that with the Bohin marker.  I also needed to sharpen the chalk and held my breath thinking, “This isn’t going to work…”, but it did! So, it’s my new favorite marking pencil!  Plus, the chalk brushes out pretty easily.

Bohin chalk marker set

I have more whip stitching to do tomorrow.  So/sew…GO Team USA!!!  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

Iguana

by Carol Morrissey

Over on Karen’s blog she’s posted about her recent trip and has a photo of an iguana.  I saw this quilt photo in my Houston file and thought I’d post it.  Do you think she’ll see it?!  Then, I noticed the maker of this Iguana quilt is the same maker of the Carrot Farm quilt from my previous post.  Hmmm, I couldn’t do that again if I tried!  Enjoy this one.  ; )

Perhaps this will help me to think tropical and overlook our recent snowfall.  We’ve gotten some 70, that’s SEVENTY!, inches of snow this Winter…  Keep warm and have an excellent weekend!

Piecefully, Pam

Birds of a feather…

I have a friend’s presser foot on loan.  It’s the open toe darning foot.  It seems to be making a difference in my free motion quilting.  That and practice!?

I’ve been working on fmq’ing unmarked feathers.  I LOVE the look of these in a quilt!!!  I have the hope of using them in the border of my Bunny Hill ATAT quilt. The border is fairly narrow so, the feathers need to be controlled yet flowing and organic.  So, Im practicing…

I marked some circles in the border of my Pastel Bubbles quilt this evening.  I plan to fmq bubbles tomorrow evening…provided Mother Nature cooperates?!

Piecefully, Pam

Rain, rain go

away…and we DON’T want any snow either!!!  Ugh.  The Winter doldrums and cabin fever are lurking around the corner.  Another winter storm warning has been posted and they are calling for significant accumulation.  : P  This will be our 4th major snow storm this Winter.  The 3rd this month!?!?!?  CrAzY.

At the Houston Quilt Festival in October I bought something I LOVED.  : )  It was an impulse purchase.  I don’t have many of those.  Seriously.  Afterward  it hit me…This isn’t going to fit in my suitcase-I’m going to have to carry this on the plane-Oh brother!?  It suddenly seemed very foolish of me…  Yesterday it helped to brighten my day!  ; )  Today I’m thinking…I wonder if snow shovels can be made to look this fun…?!

Wherever you may be…enjoy YOUR day!  Keep it safe and be warm.

Piecefully, Pam

Look what was in

my mailbox today!!!  ; )

Not one surprise, but two!  I NEEDED the Kwik Klip gizmo and one of my Bee peeps had an extra!  Hooray and THANKS (Marianne or Cathy?!)!!!

When the envelope reads ‘USA’ and has a return address of Gloucester I KNOW it’s gonna be good!?! Seriously.  Completely unexpected and taken by utter surprise I was gifted with an Oakshott color chart from Michael Oakshott!!!  ; )  I LOVE him!!!  Truly.  I didn’t even know I NEED this, but clearly I do! It’s perfect.  What an ExCeLlEnT surprise!  If you’re reading this Michael – here’s a BIG thank you!!!

Enjoy your evening!  Hey, how ’bout that Bode Miller and Apolo Ohno?!  And what about the Olympic Hockey too…?!

Piecefully, Pam

Dresden Lace

by Leona Harden

From vintage blocks given by a friend she was able to create this masterpiece.  Hmmm…  Makes you look at UFO’s and orphan blocks with a different perspective doesn’t it?!  I’m inspired by the free motion stitching!  ; )  Enjoy this one!!!

Piecefully, Pam

P.S.  Do you think that yellow border along the inner binding edge is rick rack tucked down in there…?  Double click for a closer look.