Friday, August 28, 2015

Freebie Friday 08-28-15

It's Freebie Friday again.  I can't believe it's already Friday once again.  Where does the time go.  I'm participating in a blog hop next week and we are required to use Rafflecopter for our giveaways.  I've seen Rafflecopter on other sites and have wanted to add it to mine for quite some time but that requires time and patience to learn a new technology feature.  It seems like I'm always behind the eight ball and never have enough time to do it.  It's actually pretty bittersweet that this is happening.  It's forcing me to go outside my box, once again.

Sooo.... in order to use Rafflecopter, I need to have a giveaway.  How about I give away one of my new patterns Modern Dutchman.

Just leave me a comment and tell me what you think of this whole Rafflecopter thing.  Do you like it, is it a pain... what do you think?  You'll have until Monday 8/31/15 to enter.  It's open to anyone in the USA 18 years of age or older.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Tenant

A few months ago William came to me and asked how his dad and I would feel about having one of his friends live with us and go to college where he was planning to go here in DeKalb.  The King and I talked about it and I'm not going to deny, I certainly had some reservations.  I didn't know this young man at all, and I had never met him either.

You see, this young man, aka Cody was one of William's online friends that he plays his online games with.  William has talked about Cody for years.  They have played together, and skyped daily for more than 5 years.  But still, I didn't know him and I didn't know his family.

Reluctantly we agreed to give it a try.  William was ecstatic!  He could hardly wait for fall classes to start.   I met Cody and his dad and grandma about a month ago and all my fears were eased.  The family seems wonderful.  Cody is so nice and quiet and polite.

This is them on their first day of classes.

I was told this would be the last picture I took of the first day of school.  We will see.... as one friend told me; if I'm paying the tuition and living expenses I should be able to take as many pictures as I want.   Good point!

And this is them just hanging out.  So far so good.  I don't foresee any trouble from this kid at all.  In fact, I think they will be good for each other.  They have the same interests, several of the same classes; it's going to be a good year for them!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

One Of THOSE Days

Today has been One of THOSE Days!  You know, the one where nothing goes right and you probably should have gone back to bed or at least to the quilt store!

It started by me dragging my butt out of bed later than normal.  I didn't oversleep, I just laid there longer than I normally do.  My morning routine has been off all week.  The boys have an 8:00 a.m. class so I'm last in the shower taking pecking order.

Then I cruised the Internet and email longer than my usual time as well.  Today I decided to tackle the second block in my EQ7 Seasonal Row Along.  I've been putting it off because it's paper pieced. I have a love/hate relationship with paper piecing.  Hate how messy it is and how time consuming it seems to be but Love how perfect it turns out.

First thing I notice is that I created the block 8" x 9"!  What!!!?? Now WHY did I do that.  Of course I sent it to the blog coordinator who in turn sent it out to all the participants in the blog hop.

So now the block is fixed.  Off to print my foundation papers to paper piece it.  Fiddle Sticks.... the printer is adjusting it to fit on one page and simple math tells me that a 9" block won't fit on one page when the paper is only 8 1/2" wide to begin with.  I messed with that until noon.  I was so frustrated I could have spit nails.... But no luck yet.

Maybe an Iced Tea is what I needed.  I text the King and ask him to pick one up for me on his way home for lunch.  Guess what?? He forgot.  So off I go to get my own tea.

Back home in my studio... Gave up on printing the block.  I just decided to enlarge the block until I got it the size it is suppose to be.... Finally mission accomplished!  Back to the studio to get some fabric attached to that paper.... Well ding, dang, darn... I just spilled the whole glass of tea I just bought.  Mess cleaned up... Finally first row complete....

Wait... that's backwards.... the blue star tips are suppose to be on the left and the red heart part is suppose to be on the right... URGH.... I forgot to print in "mirror image".  Back to the printer....  In my mission to figure out how to print mirror image, I figured out that EQ defaults to a 6" block and I needed to change the block size to 9".  Geez!  Something so simple and I wasted about 6 hours on this!  Foundations printed correct size and mirrored!  Whoo Hoo!!!

Ok... 3 sets of row 1 complete, 3 sets of unit 2A complete, 3 sets of unit 2B complete.... UH OH!!  One of these rows is not like the other....   

Yep, even though I wrote the color of fabric I was suppose to be using on the foundation paper, I apparently didn't pay any attention to it!  Double URGH!!  

I quit for the day.... Of course during this whole entire process this afternoon, I have managed to sew something backward, place the wrong color of fabric on the paper... and sew it like that, cut fabric too small for the foundation (more than once), sewed a pucker in a section, and picked up two pieces of fabric and sewed as one...   At one point I thought I should just quit and work on the custom quilt I have in the frame but I didn't dare.  I probably would have stitched out something wrong or something even worse....  I really should have gone shopping.... Oh well, tomorrow's another day and it surely has to be better!  

I'm linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts on her Let's Be Social Post.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Easy Angle Ruler

I interupt this Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday on Bindings with something I just have to share with you.  I'm in love with another cool tool.  Today is Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Easy Angle Ruler.  I've owned this ruler for a number of years.  I bought it at a garage sale several years back and have never used it.  I didn't know how it worked.

Then I attended Bonnie Hunter's workshop last month and you know the saying "Where have you been all my life?"  Well that's what I wanted to know.  I learned how to use my Easy Angle Ruler!  It is awesome!  Oh and by the way, I am not being paid to endorse the Easy Angle Ruler.  I just love it and want to share with you how wonderful it is.

Here's how it works.  I'm sure there are instructions that come with the ruler but remember I bought it at a garage sale and there were no instructions.  So....  Begin with two strips of fabric.  In this case I want to make 1 1/2" half square triangles that will finish 1" so I cut my two strips 1 1/2" wide by the width of fabric.

Lay the strips on top of each other right sides together.

Now lay the ruler on the strip set, making sure the wording "Easy Angle" is right side up and readable.  Line the lower edge of the ruler with the lower edge of the strip set and the left side of the strip set with the 1 1/2" line on the ruler.  Now cut with your rotary cutter.

Now here comes the important flip trick.  Flip the ruler over, as if the diagonal edge of the ruler were on a hinge.

Now line the diagonal edge of the ruler with the diagonal edge of the strip set, the 1 1/2" line even with the top edge of the strip set, and the black tip sticking out below the strip set.  Now cut with the rotary cutter again.

Flip the ruler back (remember it's hinged to your mat) so you can read "Easy Angle", slide the ruler down on the strip set and begin the process over again.

The other neat thing about these half square triangles using the Easy Angle Ruler is that they chain piece together very easy.  Notice how there is one tip of the triangle nipped off?  That makes them easy to feed one after the other to chain piece.

And there you have it.  A half square triangle that you didn't have to cut oversized, wasting fabric, wasting time sliver trimming to the correct size.

If you like YouTube videos, check this one out from Bonnie Hunter.  She explains it so much better.