Friday, December 23, 2011

TESTING, 1, 2, 3!

FINISHED BLOCK #51 NEW YORK FROM BARBARA BRACKMAN'S CIVIL WAR.



THEN THIS MORNING A LITTLE BIT OF THE WHITE STUFF ACTUALLY FELL.  JUST A LITTLE BIT OF DUSTING; WE WILL SEE IF IT LASTS.




THEN I DECIDED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW AND THAT I HAD NOT DONE BEFORE.  I HAVE DEFINITELY DECIDED TO USE TWO DIFFERENT FABRICS FOR MY BORDER.  HOWEVER I WAS THINKING OF MAKING SOME SCALLOPS IN MY BORDER .  SO I THOUGHT I WOULD TRY A METHOD I HAD READ ABOUT.  IT MAKES VERY SMALL SCALLOPS.



FIRST TAKE TWO DIFFERENT FABRICS AND SEW THEM TOGETHER USING 1/4 SEAM ALLOWANCE.  THESE PIECES ARE FOUR INCH WIDE AND TWO INCH WIDE.  PRESS SEAM WELL TO ONE SIDE.  I  WOULD USE A MATCHING THREAD TO DO THIS ,HOWEVER I WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO SEE THIS SO I AM USING A CONTRASTING THREAD.   TAKE A DISSAPPEARING MARKER TO MARK  ONE INCH FROM SEAM LINE. AND PRESS AND FOLD THE LARGER PIECE OF MATERIAL TO THAT LINE.



I PUT A PIN EVERY FOUR INCHES ALONG FOLD LINE TO MARK WHERE I WANTED TO TACK DOWN  FOLDED LARGER FABRIC.  ONCE IT WAS TACKED DOWN WITH SMALL CLOSE TOGETHER ZIG ZAG STITCH , I COULD THEN  PRESS A SMALL FOLDED EDGE DOWN AND USED BEST PREE SPRAY TO HELP HOLD IT DOWN.



I THEN WAS ABLE TO USE A STRAIGHT STITCH TO PERMANENTLY HOLD DOWN THAT EDGE AND CREATE A SLIGHTLY SCALLOPED EDGELINE.  MATCHING THREAD WOULD BE BEST.


I WILL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THIS BEFORE I TRY TO DO IT ON MY LARGE QUEEN SIZE QUILT.  SEW A LITTLE EVERY DAY TO KEEP THE BLUES AWAY.
MARTHA





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