Thursday, June 05, 2014

This and That and Maybe a Little Something Else....

I'll bet you're scratching your heads, saying "What in the world is she talking about today?  She's for weeks and weeks and then twice in one week...."  Well I had lots of questions about the 2 baby quilts...requests for pattern sources and pictures of the whole quilts...so here you go...

This is the quilt for my friend...The pattern name is Candy Shoppe Quilt by the Clothe Parcel...I think I originally saw it on Pinterest and then just Googled it...came as a PDF pattern...love that...instant gratification.  The other one...

the one for the baby is my creation...easy peasy...lots of 2" squares for the 16 patches and then more 2" squares for the 4 patches...the white strips around the 4 patches are cute 2"X3-1/2" and 2"X6-1/2"...set on point so you need setting triangles and corner triangles...I cut 9-3/4" squares and cut those twice for the side setting triangles and 5-1/4" for the corner triangles...those are both a bit overcut but I prefer to do that, add them to the quilt and then cut them down.  Make as many blocks as you want to make it the size you want...remember the formula for how big the blocks measure when on point is finished size (which is 6") X 1.414...that's exactly what I did to determine how many I needed to make.  This is a really easy, fun quilt to do...great way to use up tons of scraps...make as many blocks as you want and when you're done, you're done...FUN!

Those of you that have read my blog for a while know that I am the queen of steam...love that steam in my iron...well, look at the setting I've been using for some blocks...

yes your eyes are not deceiving you...NO steam!  I know I am still not believing it, but in this case it made the biggest difference in these blocks.  The blocks are from the Penny Candy pattern by Primitive Gatherings...the strips are cut 1-1/4"...lots of seams in these blocks...I've been having problems with them getting a little wonky so I thought I would give this a whirl and it worked...

dry iron, spray them with Magic Sizing and press...oh my goodness they came out sooooooooooooooooooo much better.  Now don't get me wrong, big blocks I'll be back to my steam...but these little blocks I'll be no steam until the very end when the block is done...

give it a good steam press...Can you tell I'm a happy girl?

And I just have to share this new cute girl that came to live at my house...

I saw her on Nicole's Facebook page (Raggedy Old Annie's) and it was love at first sight...I commented "I NEED her"...a few days later she was on my kitchen table...her dress with all those dogs on it and the dog tag in her hand...Yup, she needed to live at my house!  Thank you Nicole!  

I think I've remembered to tell you everything...Have a great rest of the week and a fabulous weekend!

15 comments:

Janet O. said...

Thanks for the info on the patterns for those fun quilts!
I am loving your Penny Candy block. How many have you made so far? It is a great pattern!
I had to make sure I was really reading your blog--no steam? Shocking! We have converted you to the "dry side"--at least on this little creation. : )
What a cute little doll!

Terry said...

I never use steam...I've found that it just distorts my blocks too much. I'm glad you found out there's some good to dry ironing! :0)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I never use steam. If I need to add moisture, I use a spray bottle to give it a quick spritz. I do love Magic Sizing for my clothes though. And I have a similar Raggedy Ann!!! My daughter used to collect Anns when she was younger, but this one is MY Ann!!

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MJinMichigan said...

I never use steam until I have a finished top because I like to work with small pieces and find that steam distorts them. Your new doll is super cute. Could you share information on the quilt she's sitting on? Pattern and fabric line used for it would be helpful.

Darlene said...

Everything is looking fabulous!

Hey I got a new Raggedy Annie a few weeks ago, too. :-)

Jeanna said...

Raggedy Annie is so cute. Now she needs a puppy ;)

Thanks for sharing the information on the quilts. I use steam also but have found recently one type of fabric that actually stretched...ok, maybe it was 'tugged' a little too much.

Have a great weekend. I'm cleaning and organizing the sewing space...

Jackie said...

I never use steam either - in fact I never put water in my quilting iron at all. I either spray water on fabric I haven't cut yet I use Best Press after I've assembled a block. It works much better for me that way.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Thank you!

Sandy D said...

Thank you very much for your pattern information. I like to use steam to help bulky intersections lie down.

Ruth said...

I should try the starch with the log cabin blocks I'm making. They are 1" logs and finish at 4 3/4". Of course, I'm almost finished making them - I've had them as my travel project for a few years, so maybe it's too late, or I could do it before I start putting them together. Maybe it would help. Both your quilts are adorable and I love your pink and white 9-patches. What will that become?

Ranch Wife said...

To steam or not to steam - that is the question. I guess there is a time and a place. :) I love those two scrappy quilt - they're both so pretty and you're Penny Candy blocks? I just may have to look that one up!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I steam...a lot. Sometimes when I shouldn't to my dismay. But when I use a dry iron I almost always use spray starch. blessings, marlene

Kris said...

Love this idea on the teenie tiny blocks!! Especially since my fingers are in such close quarters, my fingers, along with the fabric, gets steamed!! I'm going to give it a try!! Thanks, Carolyn!! But, I am with you, I LOVE steam!!

Kris said...

Opps, I said Carloyn, I meant Carol! ;-0