Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Quilty Kryptonite

Hello my name is Gina and I can't make a Pineapple block.

Yes I have found my quilt Kryptonite. I can foundation piece with my eyes closed, machine quilting any size quilt doesn't faze me. So why does the Queen Bee asking for a Pineapple block bring me out in a cold sweat.

Now I've made a few in my time, paper pieced and free pieced and I've had problems every time. It really is my Nemesis.

I will admit I put off making this block as long as I could bu this weekend I had to grit my teeth and do it. So armed with this Tutorial I got ready to do battle.

attempt 1

Attempt 4 and 5 ( 2 and 3 didn't even warrant a pic of shame)

I was rapidly running out of low volume background fabrics ( and patience) so a trip to the LQS was in order where I explained my predicament and cried on their shoulders. They suggested just sending the Queen a load of strips to make her own. No I wouldn't be beaten.

Tuesday I pulled up my big girl panties, had a huge mug of coffee and tried for the final time. And what do you know, these B*****ds went together like a dream and both in under an hour.

I had to have a lie down in a dark room after making them,

To my knowledge I did nothing different. The strip widths have all been the same and I've followed the same set of instructions throughout. Not knowing what I did wrong on those many attempts is almost as bad as not being able to make the block in the first place. I know what is wrong I just don't know how I made it wrong, if that makes sense.

I'm making a plea here and now. If ever I'm in a Bee with you, I'm begging you to please never pick the Pineapple as your block. I don't think my stress levels would take another attempt. This is the first time I've been close to tears with frustration over my sewing.

OMG for October

I'm a bit slow in posting this a I've been playing catch up with some SALs and Bees. ( more about them in the next post). 

I had a look through my WIP box to see what I could work on this month. It's a busy month for me I'm away on holiday for a week, I've a couple of yoga workshops to attend and I've a few evenings out. As such I didn't want to work on something large that I had no hope of finishing.

 I've decided on my disappearing nine patches

I originally posted about these HERE where I said I was going to turn them into cushions. I've since changed my mind.

I popped into my local LQS to pick up another couple of FQs and I'm going to make some more blocks. I'll then mix and match to make a 14 block table runner for my coffee table.

So the goal is to get a complete quilted table runner finished by the end of the month.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts

Friday, 29 September 2017

OMG I've actually achieved my OMG ( one Monthly Goal )

So back at the beginning of the month I made the brave statement that I would get Simple Times into a flimsy.

All the centre blocks were done but only one row had been sewn together.

I decided to join up with Patty and friends over at Elm Street Quilts in an effort to progress the quilt.

Well a good weekend of sewing saw the one row turn into five and a centre was done.

Now it was time to make the 52 Dresden fans for the borders. OMG was this tedious.

First cut out 52 petals from each of these fabrics

And then sew, turn, iron, sew until finally

That took me most of this month to be honest. Including a day at the new group I've just joined.

Now it was time to sew all the blocks together and finish the top.

Easy right? Wrong! I had a complete meltdown over those borders. I just couldn't get them right. Either the points didn't match or I sewed them onto the centre wrong. At  one point I had them upside down. Two days to sew on 4 borders. I tell you the whole thing nearly went in the bin.

But I persevered and finally

 I've not appliqued the edges of the dresden petals as I may just anchor them in the quilting. I'm not sure yet. Another option is to put a bit of wadding underneath so they puff out slightly. I'll decide on the day

I tried to get a pic of the true colours but the breeze refused to drop and the sun ( yes it does make an appearance over here occasionally ) decided to pop out from behind the clouds at just the wrong moment.

I'm off now to link up with Elm Street Quilts OMG finishes post and then decide what to concentrate on next month,

Friday, 15 September 2017

Hearts Galore

Today my good internet friend Anita of Daydream of Quilts publishes her first E Book, A Year of Pixel Hearts.

I was lucky enough to get a preview copy of this book and I can confidently say there's a few quilts in there that I will be making.

There are 10 beginner friendly heart quilt patterns, each with a different centre depending on the time of the year you want to represent

All together there are 62 pages of clear and concise instructions and diagrams on how to construct each quilt.

The instructions include placement diagrams of the quilt, templates and colouring pages where needed as well as sewing hints and tips and finally ideas on how to quilt and finish your quilt.

The quilts all finish at lap size and are quick to make up. How do I know...

Well this one took me 8 hours spread over two days to make up, and that includes cutting the fabrics

Using a charm pack and some scraps of low volume and a charm pack and some scraps of batiks.

So in answer to the question are the quilts charm pack friendly...yes they are ( sort of). The squares used are 4.5" so if you have a charm pack you will have to trim slightly. Still better then cutting out from scratch though, The smaller squares are completely charm pack friendly. I just cut the larger 5" squares in half.


I would suggest if you are going to make one of the quilts to lay out and number either the rows or columns and mark them off on a printed diagram to prevent mix ups. Don't ask me how I found out this.

And now the links you need.

Anita can be found at DayDream of Quilts where you can find the link for the e-book at the special introductory price of  Canadian $14.95 until the end of Sept. That's less than $2 a pattern

Or you can go straight HERE to purchase the e-book, but if you by pass her blog you'll miss the chance to sign up for her newsletter and get a free Turkey quilt pattern. Perfect for up coming Thanksgiving.

By the way, just in case you were wondering I'm not on commission,  just helping out a good internet buddy,