Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Connect the Dot Design
Fine Tip Sharpie
Ultra Fine Tip Sharpie
Pencil (mechanical pencil is preferred*)
Pencil sharpener (for 2 mm mechanical or wooden**)
Straight Edge or Drafting Ruler
Eraser (pink rectangular with angled edge)
Notes on Supplies --
*I prefer a 2 mm Mechanical pencil (often labeled Drafting Pencil) as it is a little thicker than the 5 mm or 9 mm pencils. This preference id due to drawing with them and having a heavy hand that breaks finer leads. Use what you have, or is most available/cheap!
**When you choose a finer/thinner lead there is no need for a sharpener. With a 2 mm or a wooden pencil there is. These two require different sharpeners. No matter which you choose if it does not have a built in container to capture the shavings please bring a small container for that purpose!
ALSO - a drafting ruler or straight edge (Some times labeled a Grid Ruler) is a good tool to have. Rotary cutting rulers work, but the thickness of them is cumbersome. Using other items, like the edge of a pad or book also works -- seeing through the straight edge is invaluable!
***Don’t let anything get in your way! A pencil with an eraser will suffice. The other supplies just make it simpler and more accurate.
Layout Grids and Graph Paper
Things you will need to do more at home
*Exacto knife (with new blade or extra blades) or Box Cutter
Small cutting mat (12 x 12 or similar)
Square Rotary Cutting Ruler (9.5 x 9.5)
Screw Punch or Hole Punch and Hammer
I will have Punches in class for use and sharing - if you have one bring it.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Like an over scale square in a square - only on the back!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Yesterday's work began with only a dozen seams to sew to complete a project. Then I noticed an area where two little blocks were oriented incorrectly. fixing that required ripping open five seams and restitching them all with the blocks oriented properly.
At the end of the day there were still four seams to complete - each at this point being eighty plus inches long, so no small task. I did think ahead to block the top (make sure it was square) while it still fits on the design wall...
Today I look and there is an area that is rippled and needs attention. It is not horrid, but if I ignore it and put the final borders on it will not be better. Perhaps it can be quilted out, but why go through that when I can spend another day ripping things out and fiddling? YEAH!
So begins the task for today... fixing one tiny area in hopes it is all worth it in the end.
Just some background. This piece was started at UnCommon Threads Quilt Guild retreat in November on 2009. I wanted to add borders, but kept trying things -- nothing seemed to suit. Until recently I turned the whole thing on an angle (making the center diamond) and it works! I thought sewing the corners and subsequent borders would take a day. Three later I hope to finish today.
Then on to the task of quilting...
Saturday, May 21, 2011
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Last fall at the UnCommon Threads Guild Retreat I took a class from Vanessa McCallum on her optic quilt, a circular checkerboard pattern. Vanessa sews two sets of strips, one light and one dark and cuts them using a 10 degree ruler for wedge shaped pieces that are then put together.
Here is the address for the creator of the 10 degree ruler.
Monday, May 9, 2011
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