Sunday, May 29, 2016

"Stop Me In My Tracks" off to a SLOW start!

As you know, I jumped onto the Painted Quilts Blog Sew-ALong...except they are finished making their quilt tops and I am just starting!  SEW goes the story of my life...but that's OK because I will get 'er done...maybe not in this decade but definitely the next!  :o))

I ordered the fabric from an On-line Shop...mail to Canada from the States is s-l-o-w but mail to Vancouver Island is even slower!  So there was THAT wait...then when I received the fabric I was short fabric...(I NEVER measure fabric after I buy it...but for some reason I wanted to be certain...I guess because I didn't order extra fabric...I ordered exactly what Kaaren instructed).  Dang...but the shop was great and popped the extra 1/4 yd into the mail!  NOTE to self...always measure your fabric before starting...who knew?!

So this week I got out my trusty June Tailor Ruler...the ones with the slats cut out...LOVE THIS RULER!

In a matter of minutes I had tons of strips cut out!

 I have switched over sewing machines...I am now using my Grand Pfaff 1200 for piecing and I love it...Oh man, she goes like stink!!  I means she sails through those strips in a blink!....BUT she doesn't have the 1/4" seam foot attachment...so I got out my green tape and measurement thingy...and I'll be darned if I could get a precise 1/4" all the way down that long 44" strip!!  Kaaren did highlight the part about how that 1/4" seam was SO important...just for me, I'm sure!!  So I stopped until I could get my hands on the foot!
 Saturday morning it was off to Sawyer Sewing Centre for me! OK...I stopped at a few Garage Sales along my way...!  It WAS Saturday after all!

 Yup...they had the right foot and I am now back in business!
 I now have NO EXCUSE for not making perfect 1/4" seams!...Or if a needle should break... or if I don't have an empty bobbin to fill...or if I run out of thread!

Guess what I'll be doing today...and tomorrow?:o))

Have a sunny Sunday and Happy Stitching!~P

17 comments:

  1. I love that yellow fabric, this is going to be a lovely quilt when finished. No mention of whether you scored at the garage sales. I'd like to have one myself, but they take sooo much organizing. I have a large stack of quilt books and patterns to get rid of. Any interest?

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  2. Oh I am SO jealous! I've got my fabric but now I don't have the time (summer and gardening and everything else that goes with summer :) But I'm very excited to see your top!! P.S. I love the yellow fabric you and Kaaren are using!

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  3. Glad to hear that your June Tailor strip ruler worked well for this project. I bought it on your recommendation but this will be the first time I've used it. Haven't started my cutting yet so you can see you aren't the only one behind. But Kaaren promised it would go quickly once we start.

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  4. I haven't ever seen or used that ruler--but it looks fabulous--what size is yours??? I love your gold/yellow fabric--so dang pretty hugs, Julierose

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  5. Bought that ruler....because you said to....haven't used it yet! ๐Ÿ˜Š ....but I will.....๐Ÿ’•

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  6. Darn, a friend of mine has that ruler - i should have borrowed it! It goes pretty quickly. I only made 16 blocks, and had them pieced in two days. Then two days to quilt. Can't wait to see yours.

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  7. I have admired the yellow and white quilt Kaaren was making. Happy to see you making one but I won't be doing it though it would look so good in my house.

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  8. Good luck! Your strips look like they are waiting patiently to be sewn together!

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  9. Good for you Paulette. The closest I've come to entering the fray is to download the instructions. I've got a few other projects that I'd like to finish up first but there's this huge piece of a yellow-green that is sitting just outside my sewing room door and one of these days I think that the temptation might just be too much! Yours is looking fabulous and that ruler looks like it makes quick work of tons of strips.

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  10. I need your motivation, lol. I need a summer quilt for our bed, so time to find a pattern I like and get going, but then again, it is hot and I have a trip in 3 weeks, too much for my brain;)

    Debbie

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  11. It's going to be fantastic with the yellow and white. So fresh for summer.

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  12. A slow start but what the heck. You're on track now, my friend! Speaking of mail to the island, I sent an order there at the same time as one to Northern Ireland and Spain and guess what? The one to Vancouver Island took 5 days longer to arrive! Isn't that pathetic? Must have a look at that ruler the next time I'm in my LQS.

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  13. Just a word of caution Paulette, I purchased a 1/4 inch foot for my Pfaff and couldn't figure out why my blocks were off--the foot wasn't giving me a true 1/4 inch! The cowboy drilled out the center hole so I could move my needle over--geez!

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  14. Glad everything has finally aligned and you can now put the pedal to the metal. I'm sure I can hear your machine just a hummin'

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  15. A wonderful yellow print - the buttery tones are always so appealing. Bet your machine is smokin'! Caught the earlier comment about 1/4" accuracy.. On my Bernina if I move the needle 1 dot to the right (it still clears the center hole) then it gives the correct alignment - that is in addition to using my 1/4" foot with guide. You just have to know your individual machine - no matter the brand.

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  16. I SOOOO want to do this for my bed. I saw a photo in a magazine a while back that had a yellow/white quilt laying across the foot and I saved it for future reference AND THEN low and behold a tutorial for one is laid at my feet! Excellent yellow fabric too!

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  17. That ruler is perfect for a project like this!

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