Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Nested Dies

After my last post on cutting triangles, I had a number of comments as to how the nested dies work on my AccuQuilt fabric cutter.  I thought I would try and explain that a bit better today.



Nested dies come with two "nested" sets.  There is a set with cutting blades (top left) and one with "blanks" (bottom right).  They are called nested because in each triangle die, there are 4 to 5 pieces nested together.


So once you know what size you want to cut, you pull out that triangle from the blade set and drop it into the blank die.  



So when it all together, this is what it looks like with the 8" triangle die chosen.  You can faintly see the blade tucked down in the foam.




The blank dies help to keep the fabric flat against the die so you get accurate cuts.  I love that all the registration notches and clipped corners are precisely cut into each piece.



But the really great thing about having various sizes in one die, is I can take smaller scraps of fabric and cut them with the 4" triangle die (by swapping out the dies) and then piece them together to make the same size triangle I am using in my quilt.  These nested dies are also cheaper than buying individual triangle dies.  

Having all these options allow me to use the appropriate cut size for the scraps I have - which means I get a great yield from my scraps!

Hope that clears up any questions you have.  I look forward to getting this up onto a design wall soon and get to sewing.  I think I have everything cut and just need time to sew!





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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Oh Scrap! : Empty Bin

As I continue to go through and organize my sewing room, I have been coming across a number of project boxes filled with WIPs/fabric.  With each new discovery, I am making a decision to adopt out the project (next March), or finish the project.

One box I came across last week was filled with blue and brown fabrics that had been gifted to me.  I decided to get out my AccuQuilt fabric cutter and use up these fabrics.


I started with my nested Triangle die.  This one is the even set so I can cut from 2" to 8" triangles.  I had some big chunks of fabric so I went as large as I could!




 Soon I had quite a stack of perfectly cut 8" triangles.  I still have a few more to cut to have enough for a large lap quilt.



The bin also contains a bunch of scraps.  After cutting all the triangles, I will throw the leftovers in with these scraps and turn them into a string quilt.  If there is anything left, I will toss them into my color bins.  

I could have just tossed the fabric in my stash but brown and blue are not really to my taste.  I know they would have sat there for years.  This way, I can get them together into a couple nice quilts and if they don't sell, they will be great donation quilts.

And I have an empty project box!

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    Friday, December 8, 2017

    Quick and Easy

    Hey, look what I just finished sewing the binding on!



    This little quilt went from Happy Mail to finished in just 10 days.



    Tucked in my Thanksgiving Craftsy order was a free charm pack of one of their Boundless fabric collections.  I really didn't want to store it away in my stash so I decided to turn them into HSTs as a leader/ender project.



    Last weekend, I sewed them up into a quilt top and this week I found some time to get it on my longarm frame.  I will probably end up just donating this one so I quilted it with a simple stipple.
    Quick and easy!



    The quilt measures about 37 x 45 so I was able to use a single width of fabric for the backing.  Luckily I had something in my stash that would work with this collection.

    I always look forward to this time of year because I find myself with lots of time on my hands.  My clients all have their quilts and are usually focused on the holidays and not sewing so it can be pretty quiet for me.  It feels good to be able to focus on my own quilts!




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    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    Every Last Bit

    I don't usually keep really small scraps.  There is no way I will ever be able to sew up all the fabric I have right now in my lifetime so I have no problem tossing  tiny bits in my trash.  But...



    When I get a large number of similar scraps, I can't seem to let them go.  I don't put these in my scrap bins - instead they pile up around my cutting table.  Such was the case for a bunch of gray trimmings I uncovered this week.  

    They all measured about 1 x 4" - and there were a lot of them!



    I knew I could use them with a number of pieces already cut in my stash.  So I pulled some 2.5" squares and some leftover binding bits in purples, grays and turquoises.


    With almost no effort, I quickly had a pile of blocks.  I still had quite a few more gray "sticks" so I decided to pull more scraps and keep going.



    Looks like I am on my way to a lap size quilt!



    But the really good news is my cutting table is all cleaned off!  I have now dealt with all of the fabric or bits of scraps that were piled all over it.  It was getting to the point where my cutting space was quite small. 

    Now to work on the ironing board.  Who knows what I will find there!




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    Sunday, December 3, 2017

    Oh Scrap! : A Day of Sewing

    I don't often get to spend a whole day sewing.  But when I woke up Saturday, I decided to take the day off and see what kind of trouble I could get into.  I had spent some time Friday in my sewing room and decided I needed more!

    And just what did I accomplish?




    Throughout the day, I turned this "free gift" charm pack from Craftsy into a bunch of half square triangles.  I think I ended up with 84 4.5" squares.



     I turned those into this small little quilt.  I added an outside solid border to get it a bit bigger.  I think it finishes up at about 36" x 44".  

    I think the solid is Kona Snow.  I had a large cut sitting on my cutting table that I was not sure where it came from.  It looked like a slightly different dye lot than my fabric on the bolt.  I really wanted to use it up so it didn't get mixed in with my other fabric.



    So I decided to use the rest of it up on another orphan block quilt.  I had pulled a bunch of turquoise and lime green blocks out of my little suitcase a few weeks ago.  They too were sitting on the corner of my cutting table along with a bunch of gray scraps - which I used to frame all the blocks to give the quilt a bit more cohesive feel.  This one measures about 50" x 65".

    And my cutting table is all cleaned up!



    Friday I did finish another of my Burgoyne Surround blocks brining my total up to four.

    So as you can see I was quite productive.  I also spent some time cutting some triangles for a new project but I will share that some other day.

    So you can see, I didn't spend a lot of time finishing up any of my UFOs.  In fact, you could say, in one day I started 4 new projects. (sigh!)
    Thankfully two are already quilt tops and will be finished soon!


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    • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
    • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
    • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
    • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
    • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do!
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