Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pinwheel Fixed

I have fixed my pinwheels, and now I have 12 - 3" pinwheels.  I am so excited that I have these completed and now I can just focus on doing the applique for the rest of the time...
But, they are not trimmed yet as I don't think they are correct.  The paper piecing should be easy to do but I was so right on that I did not allow myself any give and I think some might be out a little.  So if there is any material left over I might have to redo some the old way....

Monday, February 21, 2011

Month 1

So for month 1 we need to do the following:
Center Applique set on point
12 – 3” Pinwheels
2 – 6” sampler blocks – Evening Star, Friendship Star

As in my first post, I don't know how to applique so I have signed up for a class...  Waiting for the class I have decide to do the Pinwheels and Evening and Friendship Stars.  Since I have gotten really good at Half Square Triangles I thought that is was going to be easy as pie...  Well they through a little loop into this, you can do your HST for the pinwheels and stars by paper piecing...  Well I don't like things always the same, as I am always willing to try different things and I thought that paper piecing should be easier then all that cutting, right...

So I went to working cutting my squares for the paper piecing, I then followed the instructions for how to sew and bam all my HST are completed - wow that did not take very long at all.  Still not convinced that this is the way I want to continue making the HST.

I have completed the Stars

I have finished the pinwheels as well, but I only got 6 correct so I have to rip out 6 as they are incorrect....

Well I will fix the other 6 on a different day.  Till then.

First Post

Well I have joined a group called Girls Gang over at Traditional Pastimes.  This is a Jan Patek group but for this year some are doing her new designs and other are doing a different quilt called Coxcomb Medallion by Susan Garman.  Well I was very hesitant on both of the projects, as Jan's instructions are not the greatest and they can cause great confusion for an in-experienced quilter.  The Coxcomb Medallion has this HUGE applique section that is the center piece of the quilt - I have no clue how to applique so I was really tossed as I did not want to hate this quilt as much as I hate my Gone to Texas (as I did not know how to do HST).

By the time the club was over, I decided to do the Coxcomb Medallion!!  One of the ladies at Traditional Pastimes is doing an Applique course in April and she is full but will allow me to come in - what a very nice lady to allow me in - who knows nothing about applique to come in to a full class.

Then on Thursday,  I received a phone call from her and she was thinking of me and how the applique class is not until April and how I probably want to start on the club applique so we talked and we are going to meet on March 2 for a one on one lesson on how to applique....  What a very nice lady, to take time out of her evening to help someone that they barely know.  This touched me in such away that I don't think I will ever forget.  So if you are ever in Calgary and looking for a place to find some fabric, notions, friendship, clubs whatever it is in Quilting that you need or want PLEASE stop by Traditional Pastimes and check them out, they are all supper FRIENDLY.

Here is the Quilt that I am going to be working on for the year!  It looks hard but really I think it should be pretty easy except for the applique.