Friday, January 21, 2022

Chevron quilt mania - Day 1 - see layout correction

Did you get your fabric cut for your chevron quilts? You have all weekend to get this done as on Monday I will post how to start sewing them together. I did get mine laid out and this is what it looks like. The rows with the X's on them are the pieces I already had cut and were in the scrap pile. There wasn't as much blue as I thought so I just cut the rest of the pieces from my stash.
The layout correction is as follows. Here is what I posted yesterday with the seam lines highlighted in pink
If you want rows of the same fabric from one side to the other, the pieces need to be laid out like this with the seams highlighted in green.
See the difference? The picture here is an example of the rows straight across in the quilt on the left which would be the just like the picture above with the seam highlighted in green. The quilt on the right would be how the quilt would look if you laid out the pieces a different way (I don't like to say wrong, but the design is kind of cute with the chevon going up) 
The one on the right isn't wrong or bad; I was just not what I was aiming for. Not the end of the world! Here is the one I am quilting right now. I am almost done quilting it.
Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Chevron quilt mania!

p. you are a no reply blogger so to answer your question - yes, I am in NE Ohio and we only get a large dump of snow every 4 or 5 years. Mostly we will get a dusting to 3 or 4" in one snowfall. Up until Sunday/Monday, we had only received a trace of snow and there was no snow on the ground when this storm came thru. I was so busy yesterday I forgot to post! When my friend was over on Saturday I had her dig thru the pile of pieces for chevron scrap quilts and design a quilt. I got it pin basted and partially quilted. The green circled area is what is quilted.
I had two very small partial cones of two slightly different variegated threads that I used on other projects and was graciously sent to me by Vicki of Colorways by Vicki Welsh. I decided that this quilt had so many different colors in it that the two different colorways wouldn't show and I could use up that thread. The one cone had more yellow, whereas this cone has the same colors except for the yellow.
You can see by the picture that you have to look really hard to see the difference in the threads.
I will go thru my pile of 3" scrap strips and put on a scrappy binding.
I did get the stitching done on this small. Maybe this weekend I can get it fully finished. I didn't measure it, but it is around 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". This is the piece I was working on while sitting outside waiting on my new tires to be mounted.
I haven't had much time to cross stitch, but I did get this piece back out and have worked on it yesterday and today. I has been months since I worked on this; I was busy with Xmas sewing so it was set aside. Here is where I am right now and the picture of the finished piece for reference.
A friend has a friend that is downsizing her jelly rolls, charm packs, and layer cakes. She had pictures so I looked thru them and saw a layer cake of a fabric line I really like; I usually don't buy fabric collections, but this one I loved. It is called Ebb and Flow.  I made a baby quilt a couple years ago out of it and I wanted to make several more but the fabric is several years old. I bought the one layer cake the lady had and it arrived last night.
I have received several questions about the chevron quilts so I will post more detail on how I put one of these together. I guess if anyone is interested we can have a bit of a sew along! To start out you will need to cut your pieces. For the chevron scrap quilt I went with 4 1/2" x 16 1/2" pieces. I laid out 11 rows for this quilt. Those green quilts I recently finish I cut the pieces 4" x 16.5". The reason why I made the strips narrower was then I could get eight pieces out of a half yard of fabric which was enough for two quilts in the layout I was doing. In using 4" strips I needed 12 rows of pieces. Here is what the first row looks like. I put a line to make it easier to see where the seams will be.
You can layout the fabrics in so many different ways. Here are examples of chevron quilts I made in the past. These had 12 rows. You can really play with the layout!
Let me know if you have any questions! I will get mine laid out tonight and then show you how to start sewing it together.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

2nd and 3rd finishes for 2022 - what a crazy 4 days off!

The remaking of my friend's small quilt is done! It turned out about 43" x 54" - I forgot to measure. She was very happy with it. I finished hand stitching the binding on Saturday so my friend who came over on Saturday could take it home.
My 3rd finish for 2022 is the pink chevron quilt made from pieces cut from my scraps. It finished at 39.5 X 45.75 inches. This will be a giveaway quilt. It's not the prettiest quilt.  In fact, it's on the verge of ugly, but the point was to use up scraps.  I finished this on Sunday.
The pieces were cut 4 1/2" x 16 1/2", but those other green chevron quilts  I did were cut 4" x 16 1/2". I think I prefer the 4" wide strips, but I still have a pile of 4 1/2" wide pieces and I am not going to recut them. On Saturday my friend laid out on the design wall another small quilt from these scraps. I now have it under the machine and partially machine quilted. Meanwhile, even after using 40 pieces in the pink quilt and 44 in the next quilt, I still have this pile of pieces left! Geeze!
Lets now circle back to Friday's adventure with the furnace guys and the electrician. They both arrived pretty much on time. The furnace guys didn't need my help, but I had to hang with the electrician to show him all the little jobs that needed done. He installed a new dimmer switch; the old one worked, but it was just ugly!
Replaced the door bell including the button outside which now lights up! Look at the crazy wall paper that was behind the transformer. There were also some dark spots that indicated the transformer was running hot so I am glad this was replaced!
He installed an overhead light in the one bedroom upstairs. Before you had to have a lamp plugged in and then turn on the lamp with the switch. Now the receptacles run on their own and the overhead light works with the switch.
The electrician had to run a wire from the switch box to the new ceiling light. He went up in the attic to do this. In order to see where he had to drill a hole for the wire in the wall plate head, he jammed his cell phone in the light switch box with the flashlight on! This cracked me up! I bet the people at Apple never thought the phone would be used for installing wiring!
He hung my bathroom sconces back up.
In the laundry/utility room he put a cover on a junction box and replaced a receptacle. Then he investigated the can lights in the living room. The bottom line is that the 60 year old fixtures need replaced. Two of the cans were not putting out the voltage needed for the lights to work properly. Everything else on my list was completed so I am happy!
Meanwhile, the furnace guys were taking apart the unit and this is what the inside of the A coil walls look like and what the new one looks like. That is mold on the inside of the old one. Yuck!
It took the guys a good 5 hours to replace the parts and do the testing. Here is them taking it apart and then the finished product. They also fixed my condensate line; it was not sloped properly so the water didn't drain right and that may have lead to the mold issue.
My next thing to do was to get new tires on the car and a front end alignment. The tire shop is a block away from a Goodwill so I walked there to see if they had any frames. I found two! For the bigger one I will take it apart, sand it down, stain it, and size it when I have a piece of cross stitch to frame. The one with the carved leaves - I may design my own sampler to put in this one. The frame is to pretty I don't' want to cut it down! They were $4.00 each.
I ended up sitting outside waiting for my car to be done because nobody in the waiting room was wearing a mask. They had a bench outside and I cross stitched while a few snowflakes fell on me. I also watched the never ending line at the McDonald's cattycorner from the tire shop. Eventually I had stitched everything I didn't need a chart for and my hands were getting pretty cold. Yes, the sign reads 32 degrees. LOL!!!
Saturday my friend came over and we kept busy. She pressed all the flannel 9 patch blocks I had sewn together, I finished the binding on her quilt, we empty two scrap boxes and sorted the strips by size, and she took some of those 4.5 x 16.5 strips and designed another baby chevron scrap quilt. Here is the bin with all the dark flannel 9 patch blocks that are ready for a quilt. There are still more that need sewn together; I'm going to need a bigger bin!
Sunday I worked on the chevron baby quilts and then Monday was all about the snow! The snow started about 4 on Sunday and it was so light I thought we just wouldn't get that much. Was I ever wrong! I was outside by 5:30 am on Monday to start shoveling the driveway before I left for work and there was a 21" drift in front of my garage and 14" everywhere else! It was still snowing too.  I shoveled a path to the end of the driveway then gave up. The streets had not been plowed so I was not going anywhere anyway.
So I called in to work and took a day of vacation. I worked on shoveling the driveway throughout the day on Monday and quilted the second chevron scrap quilt between shoveling sessions. The city came at 6:30 last night to plow the cul-de-sac, but left a big patch of unplowed snow at the end of my driveway. Remember this stuff is up to my knees!
So I had to dig out enough of that snow to connect to the area that was plowed to get my car thru. I didn't think the stuff at the far end that the blue arrow is pointing to was going to be a problem. I was wrong. I got stuck. With the new tires and rocking the car back and forth six times I was able to get out. Geeze!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Pink Scrap Chevron top - almost done!

I finished piecing together the two half of this chevron quilt and then got started on joining the two halves together.
When sewing this design together you sew the two halves first by starting at the bottom and working your way up. When joining the halves together, you start at the top and work your way down. The blue line indicated the next seam I need to sew.
I am anxious to get this first quilt done out of my scraps for 2022. I have made many quilts out of my scraps over the years, but it never seem to put a dent in the old scrap pile. Since it has been a long time since I used any significate amount of scraps, the pile has grown. I got a text from my sister and she told me that baseball themed fabric would be great for the baby quilt and a quilt for the soon to big brother would work. These quilts are item 5 on my TO-DO list. I checked my stash and here is what I found for baseball themed fabric.
I have no idea what I am going to make as far as the design, but it looks like I might have to keep my eyes open for some other baseball themed fabrics. I am taking a day of vacation tomorrow to get some trades to the house. The furnace guys are coming to replace my A coil, the electrician is coming for miscellaneous things that need his touch, and I have an appointment to get the new tires put on the car and a front end alignment. After that my plans are to finish up the pink scrap top, work on the dark flannel, and if the flannel arrives I will put the binding on the small quilt I fixed. I have a friend coming on Saturday to hang out.  She wants to help me with my sewing projects so I have a feeling that pressing all those flannel blocks I have already sewn into 9 patch blocks is what I will have her start on.  That will be very helpful!  Have a great weekend!