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ImageHemophobic
Feb 19, 2018 2:59 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Pat, glad you found us! Can't wait to see what you're working on.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageSiliolegma
Feb 22, 2018 4:03 PM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
I posted this in another site too. This years D.I. T shirt quilt. Most likely the last one as my grandson has resigned from the state board.Thumb of 2018-02-22/Siliolegma/edba53
Imagevic
Feb 22, 2018 4:22 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh WOW Karen - that is BEAUTIFUL Lovey dubby
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art
ImageArleneB
Mar 1, 2018 7:33 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I got a lot done on my quilt yesterday. Well, I say a lot but it's probably nothing compared to the ones who do quilts. I got 25 melons put together. (Doing a double wedding ring) I need a total of 127. I had some already done so I still need to do about 50ish more. But, it was slow because I thought I was smart and altered the arcs my mother put together only to find out I shouldn't have so I spent a lot of time ripping out stitches. Thankfully I didn't do all the arches before I figured out I should check them as I go individually. And I ripped out a lot of pieces I had already put together because they just weren't right. I usually don't have the patience for things like that but I was enjoying my sewing so I didn't fell rushed. But my middle finger on my left hand is hurting and stiff.

Arches:
Thumb of 2018-03-01/ArleneB/9174a1

Melons:
Thumb of 2018-03-01/ArleneB/8c3060

And of course I had to put some together to see what it will look like!
Thumb of 2018-03-01/ArleneB/bf21ef
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 1, 2018 10:12 AM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
It's looking amazing Arlene. You are braver than I, arches are not something I've tried as yet. Still doing my usual. I make a bunch of blocks and then put together several tops at once. I do have an Accuquilt die cutter so cutting out many pieces at a time is what work best for me.

I use a battery mustache trimmer I got at Walmart for un-sewing. I also have a sewing clamp (used to be called a sewing bird) to give me a third hand. I can un-sew nearly as fast as I can sew so it's a real time saver.
ImageArleneB
Mar 1, 2018 10:46 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Thanks. Remember, the reason I am doing a DWR is because that is one of my mother's favorite quilts and she cut out several so I only cut the green squares that go at the end of each arch. AND, she sewed the arches!!! How tedious, but she enjoys doing it. Well, she did. She said her heart isn't in it anymore. I did watch a video and they do it a bit different than my mother, and much easier for me. She does each arch on the melon then puts in the square. I put one arch on the bottom then sew the squares on each end of another arch and then sew it to the top. Much easier to keep the points accurate. I am going to show her when I go up. Also, the video showed how to make strips, like I have in the picture, then sew together. My mother does circle by circle. I think she will be amazed but like I said, she has done so many DWR that they are easy for her.

Oh my gosh, I am going to check out the mustache trimmer and the sewing bird because I seem to do a lot of unsewing! Hilarious! My mother did give me a cutting wheel but I haven't used it yet. I'm pretty sure she cuts out stacks at a time too, except when she's maneuvering those tiny pieces to get the very last piece out of the fabric.
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 1, 2018 12:08 PM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
I got my mustache trimmer at Walmart, I think around $13. Get the battery operated, no cord to deal with.
This is my sewing bird, I've had it nearly forever Look under sewing clamp.Thumb of 2018-03-01/Siliolegma/918102
ImageHemophobic
Mar 1, 2018 12:17 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Hurray! Arlene, on all that sewing and stitch ripping! My seam ripper is the tool I use most often Thumbs up

Karen, I had forgotten about a sewing bird, but I will look for one. And I have a question about your Accuquilt cutter. Would it cut 12" wide strips? As in cutting long 12" wide strips for sashing?

I have some photos of my progress to post on my gallery later.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageArleneB
Mar 1, 2018 12:20 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Yes, thank you for the picture Karen. I am going to invest in one because a "third hand" would be welcome.

Angie, my favorite seam ripper is pretty dull so I am going to have to get a new one. I have several others but just can't get "into" them. Not saying a new one will be better, but hoping it is.

Can't wait to see your pictures!
ImageHemophobic
Mar 1, 2018 6:14 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Arlene: I buy the cheap ones at Walmart and have them stashed all over the house.
Why is it, though, that I never can find one except in my sewing room? Hmmm, the borrowers must have them!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageSiliolegma
Mar 1, 2018 9:21 PM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
Angie, Accuquilt does make a die cutter big enough called the Studio.I'm not sure about the dies though. The dies are made of plywood and are quite heavy. The one I have is a GO Big, it is large enough but the largest strip it cuts is 7" I use the 2 1/2 strip die the most.

Angie there are several people making and selling seam rippers with larger handles. They are made of acrylic or wood and are double ended so you can have two different tools. I got one and like it really well. The seam ripper is very sharp and i got a needle threader on the other end. You can also get them with a stylus. The site I see them on the most is a Facebook site called Sewits For Sale.
ImageHemophobic
Mar 2, 2018 7:14 AM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Karen, you are a wealth of information. Thank you for answering my question about the Accuquilt. I know they're very expensive, so probably will not be high on my wish list.

I will check out Sewits for Sale.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageArleneB
Mar 4, 2018 4:11 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I got 15 more melons done this morning. Seems to be getting a bit easier. 96 done and need 127. Trying to do five a day but I missed several days.
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 4, 2018 6:04 PM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
Sounds to me like you are making great progress.
ImageHemophobic
Mar 4, 2018 8:08 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Much better than I am. Right now I'm stalled with 3 of the border blocks done. Won't get much done this week either, as Alexis is out of school 3 days and we have shopping for her, more cleaning and taking my mom to the ophthalmologist on Friday, another gym meet this Sat.

That's my week in a nutshell.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageArleneB
Mar 4, 2018 8:09 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Every time I talk to my mother (almost every day), I have to act like other things are keeping me super busy, like the garden, so I can surprise here and hopefully have the top completed. She suggested I bring it with me when I come to work on it there since I won't be done. Tee hee.
ImageArleneB
Mar 4, 2018 8:10 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Crossed Angie. I just skip the cleaning part. Rolling on the floor laughing
psychw2
Mar 10, 2018 4:02 PM CST
Name: Pat Hull
Othello, WA
CLEANING?? Surely you jest! by the time I am done with the 40 hours at work, caring for Ben at home, cleaning is WAY low on my priority list. If I got the "cleaning" done before I "Played" (IE sewed), I would have NEVER got any me time in!
We just got back from the motel where we spent a week while our hard wood floor in living room got finished. It's beautiful but still stinky from all the chemicals.
ImageTallulah_B
Mar 10, 2018 6:06 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Pat - floors are all done? Wonderful! How time flies........ Big Grin

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ImageHemophobic
Mar 11, 2018 10:11 AM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Hurray! Pat, on getting those floors redone. I love hardwood floors, real ones, not the faux hardwood that passes for them these days. Despise carpet.

Well, I now have laryngitis so badly I truly sound worse than a frog. Trying not to talk,
and couldn't even cheer for Alexis at the meet yesterday, but we had lots of family there and her fourth grade teacher even came to support her! It was a good day.

Taking her and a friend to see "A Wrinkle in Time" this afternoon and really need to get my shower, so ta-ta for now.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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