Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Not sure if this domain name redirect works but here goes

Bear with me while I change some stuff around.

I just dumped my big, clunky, expensive website so I can concentrate my online sales on Etsy and a few Facebook fabric sale sites (didn't know Facebook fabric sales was a thing)

I'm trying to follow the directions for my domain name host, and I think I did things correctly?  I also know it takes a day or two before stuff transfers.

In the meantime, I'm mostly just going to use my Facebook Quilt Lodge page to share info while I figure out how to work this blogspot site.  Bonnie Hunter uses this method, and while she is definitely a good  blogger, I can learn?  I hope?

I'm also heading out for my annual huckleberry picking adventure, so my friend and major support person Betty will be holding down the fort on Fridays 10am till 3pm and Saturday's 11am till 2pm.  Be sure and stop by and give her a hard time, ask her a really hard question (then run).

This picture above is of the Old Roosevelt School Building that's right on Broadway.  Our building has sold to a non-profit that hopes to renovate and create a space for the Arts and Culture.  The boiler guy was in the old boiler room getting things ready for a very important test.  If all goes well (saying prayers here), the boiler will be started and I will be moving to a lovely classroom, maybe this fall.

Stay tuned

The Calamity Quilter

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

My favorite sew and flip method for corners

This method has really improved my outcomes for adding a corner to a square or rectangle.  The method I used the most previously was to draw a pencil line from opposite corners, sew on the line, trim and then flip and press.  My outcomes were hit and miss, maybe I could even say disappointing, and apparently I'm not the only one who suffers from this quilt piecing dilemma.

I used this trim first and sew second method for the first time on a Cozy Quilt Design pattern and I really thought I was doing more steps instead of less, WRONG!  To make these corners, the old way, or the new way, I'm still doing the same number of steps, just rearranging the order.

Use this picture demo to help you with your next project that involves flip and turn corners.

Step 1
Put a square on top of your rectangle or larger square, right sides together

Step 2

Take a ruler and line up the opposite corners with the 1/4 measurement so you can trim off the excess fabric from the corner you want to flip towards (thank goodness for pictures)

I'm using the Creative Grids Quick Trim and Curve Ruler which also has a lovely 45 degree angle I can use to line up the blue rectangle, this turns out to be very helpful

Step 3

Sorry this picture is a little blurry, I didn't notice that until I finished my little demo.
Trim off the extra fabric from your corner, just like this.

Step 4

Sew from corner to corner, use the fabric cut edge as your seam allowance guide.
Notice I'm not using a line?  Just do it, don't think too hard about it.
An accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance is really helpful, for everything.

Step 5

Flip this corner and press seams towards the new color of corner.
Whoo hoo!
I'm not a point princess, but I do like to improve my odds for accuracy.
I hope this helps you with your quilt piecing accuracy (and happiness) as well!

I did lots and lots of these little flip corners in this quilt.
Each strip is 1 inch wide, finished.