Saturday, December 29, 2012

Nine Patch Flimsy


Well, here it is, finally. I love that secondary trellis pattern that appears from such a deceptively simple block, even with so many different fabrics. On this one I took the time to trim the nine patch blocks to exactly 6 1/2", and checked those first seams as I paired them with the solid fabric, so that everything was accurate across the row. It seemed time-consuming, but it was totally worth it. The rows went together so well that I did not even have to check all the corners, because I could feel them locking together perfectly as I sewed.

My plan today was to go and buy more safety pins to baste it. But right now it is snowing again, and our garbage bins are blocking the driveway, so I'll see if it looks any better later this afternoon.

All my pins are currently still in Edward's quilt. I am struggling with that one, it is quite heavy with its flannel backing. I think it would be best to work the kinks out of my machine quilting technique with this one first. I had to do quite a bit of thinking and re-organizing to set up my small sewing space for quilting. But, I think I have all the theoretical problems solved, so now it is just practice.

This is my third finished flimsy, but still no finished quilts. This will be the one, though, I'm determined!

8 comments:

  1. Red and white nine-patch. Double cool. Looks great. Happy winter sewing. It snowed here last night, too!

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    1. Thanks, Mary Ellen. It is still snowing here, but I think I will have to brave it anyway, or I will miss my chance to baste it for another week.

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    2. My least favorite thing about quilting is basting the quilt. I gave up on the safety pin method the second time I did it. I use basting spray now. I can only machine quilt up to a twin sized quilt and this method has worked great for me and saves my poor fingers. If you have asthma I have been told basting spray is not a good idea, though.

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    3. Yes, it is quite a hassle, isn't it? I have a 3" scratch down my arm from a pin on Edward's quilt that came undone. I do use the spray for small projects, but with my chemical sensitivity I don't like to use too much.

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  2. I do love your flimsy and it is so worth the effort to trim the blocks too. It would be a perfect first quilt too. I only have a small sewing area now but when I quilted my xmas quilt I set it up on the big kitchen table for a couple of days while I worked on it. The table took most of the weight of the quilt and made it much easier to sew.

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    1. Thanks Katherine! I frequently say that organizing is half the battle with quilting.

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  3. I'm full of admiration. It looks stunning and so precise - I doubt I could achieve it.

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    1. Thanks very much, Jillian. Remember it is my third one - believe me, you learn as you go!

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