Directional Fabrics

can bite me.

In a quilt with sixty-four unique print fabrics quite a few of them are directional. Since I’m strip piecing much of this project I was having some troubles training my brain to deal with those directional prints.

I took the time this morning to make a mock-up block:


Yes, this is wee but I can now clearly see how things get spun around and put upside down and sideways. I can’t recall where this not-so-awesome fish fabric came from but now I have less of it.

This wee block helped me make this terrific poster so that I’ll never get it wrong again.


I will probably make a different mistake instead.



Sorting out for the new year

I am interested in trying to be more consistent and have a more…complete follow-through we shall say. Really that just means stopping leaving things half undone… projects, quilts, filing, thoughts, spreadsheets, ideas, etc.

Instead of having several lists of quilts in progress, I combined them into one big list. (Projects in some state of completion: 20, Ideas for which I have the pattern/fabric: 10, Projects I kinda-sorta want to make: 6 that are written down but hundreds more in my head).

And I cleaned out my under-the-bed overflow storage area today. Fabric was put away. Projects sorted into ONE zipper container (that originally held a queen duvet to give you an idea of size).

Quilt tops needing quilting were all measured so that I can get batting and backings for them. Need those before I can get them quilted! They will all go to my bin under the longarm.


And this went into the recycling bin: the stencil I made for an oversize baptist fan pattern.


It was for my scrap vomit quilt (sorry Katy, can’t call it anything else!), completed March 2013. It measures 98″ square, has 2,458 2″ squares in it, and was quilted on my domestic machine.

Scrap Vomit copy

Ruler Sorting

Last week I was fed up with my ruler storage being cluttered (see below) so I pulled it all out and had a look at what was lurking about.


Welcome to ruler land!

Laid out flat this is what I had stuffed in that little area.


  • A – 6×12, off brand, paid <5$ a long time ago. Use it all the time.
  • B – 6×6, Olfa. Don’t use it now that I have a 6.5×6.5
  • C – 6.5×6.5. See above.
  • D – small Kaleidoruler. It was free. I’ve never used it.
  • E – large Kaleidoruler. Ditto.
  • F – British History Ruler. List of kings and queens of Britain on one side, metric and imperial on the reverse. Don’t use it in quilting.
  • G – Great Women Rulers of Science. Ditto.
  • H – fancy deckle edge paper tearing ruler someone gave me. Definitely don’t use it in quilting.
  • I – my scale rule. Birthday present from my sister when I was 17 and she was 14. I never did become an architect but I used this all through theatre school. It has my maiden name scratched on it.
  • J – flexible curve ruler. Fun for amusing children. Also good for clothing making. Christmas present from my family 2014.
  • K – 30cm plastic ruler, no idea where this came from. Will send it to school with a kid in Sept.
  • L – 12″ metal with cork back ruler, just appeared one day
  • M – 18″ metal with cork back ruler
  • N – 18″x2″ flexible dressmaker’s ruler. I use this one ALL.THE.TIME.
  • O – 18″x2″ flexible dressmaker’s ruler. I bought this one for costuming class in 1997. The giant white splodge on it is a sticker from my travels in Europe in 1999. I haven’t used this one since I bought the previous ruler a while ago.
  • P – Circle template. Really useful when tracing tiny circles. Plates and bowls work for large circles. String and pencil for really big circles.
  • Q + R – 14″ right angle triangles (30/60° and 45°). Drafting class, 1998. I saved up for these giant ones. Keeping them out of sentimentality. They were expensive!
  • S – mini cutting mat. Much handier to access than the giant mat when just one thing needs cutting. But not heat resistant it turns out!
  • unlabelled at top – the cardboard from my rotating cutting mat. WHY did I save this?

What a lot of unnecessary stuff. Here is what I’ve decided to keep in my little area. And now that it’s been a few days and I’m looking at this picture I’ll get rid of both the Kaleidorulers and the giant triangles as well. The circle template and two of the 12″ rulers got put elsewhere.


June 13, 1999. A Tesco store in Prague. Golden Delicious apples.


They were delicious.

Day 295

The tidying up bug has been hanging around for the past couple of days. Last night I spent a very pleasurable hour putting books on hold at the library and updating my books spreadsheet. (What? Like it’s a surprise that I have one for books too.)

This morning I dug out my summer clothes and culled, sorted, and organized. This afternoon I reviewed my 2nd Quarter list for the 2016 finish a-long. I have 2 out of 6 done and have eight days to finish another. We’ll see about that.

I also noticed that 7 of my quilts in progress are stuck at the quilting stage. That’s half my list! Geez, I should get rich and pay someone to quilt for me. Or get a long arm.