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Polaroid prepping

I will be having a busy July which is also my scheduled month to use my longarm. (I share it with another quilter for the folks who are new here). I’m setting the bar low and will only try to quilt one quilt.

When that’s added to my pile of quilted-but-not-yet-trimmed-and-bound quilts, it will be number four, which is plenty of quilts STILL not done.

In anticipation of quilting the polaroid quilt I did some prep work.

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A victory lap.

I don’t often use yardage for backings but when I do, WOW is that fast! Even when you spend time futzing around to match the pattern.

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Here, let me help you a little:

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So it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close.

Now to decide how to quilt it. Good thing I still have a couple of weeks!

Tooth fairy pillow

My wee one had a wiggly tooth a month or so ago. I thought I had time enough to make a tooth fairy pillow before the tooth fell out. But I forgot about older sisters.

B helped things along and ripped that tooth out around 8:45 one night (well after lights out). Both girls piled into the living room, one holding the tooth aloft and the other jutting out her bleeding gum, both ecstatic. We started work on the tooth fairy pillow the next day.

But it got put away for a while forgotten about, and then W had another wiggly tooth. I found the fairy fabric again but moved slowly. Darned if that new wiggly tooth didn’t get yanked out the next day! W did it herself, at school so that she would get the coveted plastic tooth-shaped tooth holder necklace. That afternoon we made the pillow in about half an hour.

 

Not fabrics I would have chosen or how I wanted to make it, but W is very, very happy with her pillow. She was most adamant that the tooth fairy needed to look like a fairy, not a tooth. Luckily I had a few of these fairy charm squares I bought for 50¢ at a garage sale a while back.

I had no polyfil so I folded up a skinny strip of batting; this is the flattest pillow ever.

All scraps, yay. And finished, extra yay. This was on my 2017 FAL Q2 list.

It amazes me how different two kids can be. B had a strong hand in making her pillow years ago. For this one the tooth goes in the mouth, money in the pocket on the back. This tooth fairy pillow was inspired by this one here.

 

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilt of course!

The Day on Which I Affix Many Crests to a Camp Blanket

Have you heard this expression before? “If it weren’t for the last minute I wouldn’t get anything done!”

Exhibit R:

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Girl Guides wrap up was tonight and since it was an outdoor event, we thought this might be a great opportunity to use her camp blanket. There really are too few places one can sport a crest-covered camp blanket.

All but ten of these were sewn on after school today. I made B work as my thread jockey, bringing me the colour I needed next. And yes, I had the right colour thread for each of the coloured borders.

xlapel-stick-pagespeed-ic-phwnybdniqHave you ever seen this? It’s a glue stick that works better than well, a glue stick. B worked out her placement of the crests and used this to hold them in place while I stitched everything on. Nothing budged as I shoved a large blanket round and round and through the machine.

Happy to brag this was invented in the city I live! And I hear this is excellent for basting hexies and probably paper piecing too.

Day 631

I didn’t get my quilt done in four days. I’ve been grumpy and out of sorts for a while which usually means no sewing. I’m feeling better (my family is sooo relieved) but now I’m exhausted.

I did iron the fabrics from my beautiful pull.

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I have to decide if I want to make this quilt anyway. I tend to get stuck on starting a project that has no definite pattern. I psych myself out about starting.

The only reason I haven’t been really terribly grumpy is that I was able to do some longarming this week. My friend Sarah gave me a quilt top to practice on.

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That’s Sarah, not me.

She won all the blocks way back at the February 2014 guild meeting (tutorial here.) I decided that this would be a good quilt for ruler practice.

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How to hold a ruler, where to hold a ruler (and where not to!), continuous path, stitch ripping (of course), and how to make up your damn mind. All good things to learn.