Thursday, November 20, 2014

The color is light blue... and a tutorial

Sugar Cone  3 inch block
The color for November at RSC14 (soscrappy) is light blue. I know one needs lights and darks to make a quilt sparkle but I must admit I don't reach for pale fabrics as often as bright saturated colors.

Still...
I like them and blues that remind you of sky are beautiful. Out came the blue scrap bins, the paper pieced pattern sugar cone and I made some blocks.


I figured out an easier more exact way to match block segments and thought you might like to know too.
 First place the two segments face to face. Stick a pin straight through both corners, turning it over to make sure it's in exactly the right place. Push the pin all the way thru til the pinhead bumps the paper. Do this on both corners you want to sew thru.
On the 6 inch blocks, I also stuck a pin midway.

Then carefully while it's in place hold a pin parallel to the paper and carefully making sure not to distort it, pin parallel to the sewing line. Repeat on other side. Take out the first pins, sew, flip over and it should be sewn on both printed lines and match exactly.

You see, by pinning this way you leave the pins in while not sewing over them.  You can knock off your machine's timing by hitting a pin.


And now I want to tell you about my favorite new tool! I got a little Fiskars cutting set last year for little paper piecing blocks. I didn't use it til yesterday and WOW! I love it! It twirls around so you can cut without moving the block or ruler.   It turns around easily. Perfectly.

My white mat is so hard I have to push down with my rotary cutter but this one is perfect with a light touch.
In fact it's so perfect I don't want to use it.
(crazy)
I don't want to use it because I'll use it up and hopefully they'll make more.
They stopped making my favorite bra, my favorite lipstick, my favorite running shoes, so I hope they'll keep making these!



I am behind on making the 3 inch squares in monthly colors but here are all the ones I've made so far. 
I have no idea how I'll set them but I like them a lot. And they are all from scraps a sane person would have thrown away!
LeeAnna
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25 comments:

  1. Hi LeeAnna,
    So frustrating when Companies do that!
    The stars are looking great!
    Take care,
    Joanne

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  2. Lovely 3" squares and your new tool looks like it's going to be great asset, once you persuade yourself to use it!

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  3. I like your blue blocks. The very light one says winter to me. I know what you mean about manufactures stopping production of our favorite things. It's happened to me more often that I care to think about.

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  4. Your blue stars are so pretty ! Thanks for the pinning tip... I am guilty of sewing over pins "occasionally!" Will try to stop that now! I also just starting using that turnable Fiskars mat.... such a fun tool!
    Susie

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  5. These blocks are looking pretty cool - the blue has a winter-y kind of feel to it, so just right for this time of year.

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  6. Your stars are coming along beautifully! I might need to join in next year.

    I have one of those spin things and love it as well. Mine is 12 x 12 and was given to me by a friend as a thank you for transporting her while her knee was healing!

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  7. Lovely blocks in beautiful colours. Thanks for this tuto, I always have probloms with lining up those paper pieced blocks.

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  8. Gosh, these are so tiny, and I love them! Sky blues are great, and the overall mix of colors looks terrific so far. I love the spin thing for paper piecing, too.

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  9. Love the string blocks. I especially love the different sized blocks.

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  10. Your blocks look amazing all together! And I like your pinning tip.

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  11. What sane person could have thrown away such lovely scraps. Just look at the great blocks that they turned into. They will make a fabulous quilt.

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  12. Your blocks look terrific together.
    Thanks for the pinning tip.

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  13. You definitely aren't afraid of colour. Your blocks look terrific. Can't believe how cute and tiny they are.

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  14. Gorgeous and colorful, just like you my friend!

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  15. Love your variations on this block. The fussy cut lollipop is so cute.

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  16. Such small blocks, but they will make a dynamic quilt when you get enough.

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  17. These new light blue sugar cone are lovely and they look great with all your other blocks, coming together nicely.

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  18. I love that Sugar Cone block but don't like paper piecing so I'll have to admire your blocks. I do like the b/w background with the block too.

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  19. Hi! These are beautiful and you have used great colours! x Teje

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  20. I hear you. This year my favorite eye shadow was discontinued and VS 'rearranged' my favorite panties and I don't like them anymore... Still not over it! Sigh. Here's to the long life of your new favorite tool!

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  21. So many beautiful blocks!! I love that they're all made with your scraps.

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  22. LeeAnna, those are great blocks! What surprises me is that a soft blue color looks so wonderful against the cream, low volume background. I'm usually thinking bright, bold colors too. Love your sense of humor! And it is too true that they often stop making our favorite things!

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  23. What a neat idea! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

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  24. I love this quilt!! It's beautiful!

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