Saturday, June 8, 2013
A group of online gals with longarms has gotten together to swap some blocks for a summer-themed quilt. My block is 12-1/2 inches square, a Sunbonnet Sue as a toddler in a swimsuit. The block was originally going to be Sue in a bikini but I couldn't get her bikini to look right so I went with a more Victorian swimsuit look. I'm still in the process of stitching her down.
Each block has 13 pieces and I went through a lot of Steam a Seam Light 2. Fortunately I had a big roll because I kept drawing on the wrong side of the paper and wasting my fabric, of which I did not have extra of the cute little Loralie Designs checker blue, but there was some on Etsy!
A real lifesaver working on this project has been a neat pair of 7-1/2 inch Karen K. Buckley scissors (above, middle). I highly recommend them! I've been using them for years and they are still nice and sharp. They have a serrated edge and really do a nice job cutting through multiple layers of fabric accurately. The serrated edges bite into the fabric and make it so easy to cut as you turn the fabric. I also have her little green pair with serrated edges but they don't get used that often, except for cutting thread. When I bought my longarm I moved both of my curved Havels to the longarm and now I use the Karen's little green scissors at my sewing machine. I wish I had a third pair of Havels that you pinch in the middle to snip threads but the green pair work fine.
Olfa makes a little circle rotary cutter that I picked up at Joann's a long time ago with a 50% off coupon and it came in handy for making the beach ball circles. It's a little tricky to use but makes nice, round circles from 1-1/2 inches to 8-3/4 inches, so it makes lots of sizes for the money.
I've only played at doing a blanket stitch on my Pfaff and was never really happy with how it turned out. Thank goodness for my wonderful Bernina 630! She makes a much nicer blanket stitch. Maybe after doing 22 of these Sue blocks I will be an expert? Gosh, I hope it doesn't take 22 blocks to get there.
The forecast says it is going to reach 110 degrees here today, and right now the humidity is about 40%. I have two quilts that need to be quilted but it is just too hot to be in the garage so I guess I will pull my sewing machine out to the living room where it is cool and work on my blanket stitch and drink iced tea today. Maybe I can quilt tomorrow.