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I am back

‘nuf said. There were many reasons I was away but I am not going to go into details. The important thing is – I am back. And I have been working on… stuff.
FIrst… these Economy Blocks. Because everybody is making them now.

My heart goes to all affected with the shooting this morning

I cried when I heard about the shooting this morning.

My older one is in elementary school, third grade. He is in school right now.

My younger one will be in kidergarden next year.

Shooting in an elementary school. I couldn’t believe it. Elementary school! As of now, they think 18-20 kids were killed.

I cannot imagine what the parents are going through.

I am really, really, really ANGRY right now.

How many people will die before we realize we have a PROBLEM with GUN VIOLENCE in this country.

You might say, it’s the people, not the guns. I say it’s the people with guns!

How many children will die, how many children will loose parents before something is done about gun laws in this country. How MANY?

Is it worth it?


Kelly Pillow – finished

Another Christmas present.

I wanted to try this block for a while. I cannot find a link to a tutorial I saw about this block, but I believe it included drawing a layout on a foundation block (white) and then sewing the strips on top of it. I did not do that. I cut a bunch of 1.5 in strips and just sewed them together, cabin log style. I am not saying that’s the best way to go, I had some problems keeping things straight and all the block same size, but I managed in the end.. If I do this again, I will either do wider strips, or I will use the foundation.

Another pillow

And then I had one more problem… the last three blocks were made using the new machine, and therefore a new presser foot. I did  not have a 1/4 in foot on the old machine, so my seams were a bit smaller for the last three blocks. And thus, the blocks were a bit larger. So I had to do some fixing, trimming… not a fun part

Almost finished

This is after sewing the block together (excuse the poor quality – low light and instagram do not mix well)… The last three blocks are in the lower left corner. You can see they are bigger!


I quilted it quite densely. I believe the distance between the lines is less than 1/2 inch. I like the look of heavily quilted quits/pillows, and since this is a small project I decided it would not be that bad. It wasn’t.

Densely Quilted

And here it is again. It was fun piecing this. Fun trying to pick fabrics. I would like to do a quilt using this pattern. Some time…

Would I do anything different? Yes, I would make the center square (orange here) larger. Or maybe a darker color. These little squares are really hard to see and do not “pop” as I wanted them too… I quite like it though.

Size 23 in x 23 in. For the back I chose some Ikea fabrics I had for a long time. Thick white/orange striped fabric. And I put in a zipper. With a flap! My new favorite thing for pillows. (This time I did not make flap out of a separate piece of fabric.)

One more to go…

An expensive Christmas present

I just bought myself a new sewing machine. I had my Singer Quantum for 13 years and it is a good machine but it was not made for quilting. It is too small, and doesn’t really do free motion that well. But it will still do well for other kinds of sewing… The new machine is Janome 6300 and it’s throat space at 9in is double what I have now. I read good things about it so, we’ll see…

half rectangle “triangles” -> chevron

How about some more chevrons with easy cutting and assembling?

But first, continuing with a previous post, let me just show you how the diamonds/chevron shape would change with an angle of your cut:

Pretty self-explanatory, right?

OK, now onto our main topic: Let’s say you want to do some chevrons that are “stacked together”, not separated by strips (like I did with my pillowcase #1). A good example is this quilt, by Tag Fur Tag:

Using the cutting technique I showed above (and described in more detail before), we could cut up some rectangles in different colors and stack them up… something like this:

Not too bad, but look at all the seams we need to do to sew these up. And I particularly don’t like those “bias” seams. OK, so hear me out. We will use a technique similar to half square “triangles”, to get these diamonds/chevrons. (I will call them triangles, but they will be triangles only if you cut diagonally across the rectangle.)

Start with two rectangles and draw in the cutting line like this (note that the lines are at the same “slant” for both pieces; it is important here to keep track of this direction – this will be clear later):

Next, match the two lines on the rectangles (both triangles facing in):

It is important to lay them like this – if you simply put one rectangle over the other, you would get two “kites” instead of two rectangles – which is what I did to make my Tolva quilt). Now, sew 1/4 in on both sides of the line, cut along the line and press open:

As you can see, you have one half of a chevron there in the middle. The drawback of this method is that you have to do some planning before sewing these pairs, because you will be sewing together adjacent rows.

Therefore, this is what you get with that one pair of rectangles. How do you make a full chevron?

Cut out another pair, but now draw the line with the opposite “slant”. This is important because these are rectangles and if you cut them differently, you will get different “triangles” – right and left. If you cut them the same, you will not be able to stack them into chevrons.

Repeat the sewing steps. And you can arrange your rectangles like this:

These two need to really be in one row, but that was impossible to photograph. These make one row, two half chevrons. to finish the chevrons (say the striped part), you need to repeat the two steps but now pair that fabric with the fabric that will be in the row above. Therefore, to make a row of two chevrons (like the example quilt above) you will need 4 rectangles of each fabric, except the first and the last half row).  With this method, you will always end up with two chevrons. I am already working on pillowcase #2 using these fabrics: