Friday, May 18, 2012

Finished My String Quilt

I finally finished putting the binding on my string quilt.  It is 110" x 110" and fully covers our king bed.

It was really tough taking a picture of this quilt because it is so large.  But I decided to put it on the bed and take another picture.  I love the way it turned out.  It only took me how many years to sew a quilt for my bed?  Let's just say too long.

I am also progressing on my yo-yo handbag.  It is a bit slow.  I have now sewn 16 yo-yo's together to make 3 blocks.   There are beads sewn in between the yo-yo's.  This is really a cool way to sew the yo-yo's together.

I have not managed to get outside and garden as much as I would like, but I will share some pics.


Can you tell I love irises?  Throughout the years I think I have planted about 100 bulbs.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Some Progress With a Few Hiccups

Although I went out bought the correct size yo-yo maker, the results were not satisfactory.  So I decided to make one by hand to see the difference.

The yo-yo on the top right is made by hand and the one on the bottom left was made with the yo-yo maker.  It seems that when you take small stitches and pull the yo-yo into shape, there is a an opening.  The yo-yo maker tool takes larger stitches and closes completely.  I decided to take some time and think about which yo-yo I was going to use for this bag.  As you can see in the picture below, there needs to be an opening for the inside fabric (smaller circle) to show through.  I think that is the beauty of this bag.

There needs to be an opening to show the inside fabric.

While I was waiting, I made all these large yo-yos for the other bag I wanted to make.  Since I was using the tool, it only took me two nights (while watching tv) to make the 128 yoyos.

There are 128 yo-yos in this pile.

On another note, I do not know if you will remember, but I had an unfortunate finding while I was quilting my strip quilt.  I posted about it here.  Well I took the advice left in the comments.  First I painted the hole using a permanent pigma marker and then put a few drops of Fray Check on top to seal it.  I was going to try to put a bonding agent underneath the hole, but I could not get it underneath and I did not want to make the hole any bigger.  I think it looks fantastic and now I can hardly see the hole at all.  I took the picture when the Fray Check was still wet (oval spot), but the spot went away when the Fray Check dried.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Progressing on My YoYo Bag

So I got out my trusty Go Cutter and started to cut out the circles I need for my YoYo Bag.  I started with 3" square which I placed on the circle size die I wanted to use.  And then ran it through the Go Cutter and...

I ended up with these:

Look at all that waste?  Wish there was something I could do with all these scraps.  

A friend of mine had used a YoYo maker for a project and she said they made life simpler.  So I ran out to the store and purchased the large and extra large sizes.  I got out my thread and was ready to start making the 192 YoYos when I noticed something disturbing.

Guess I should have measured before I went to the store because neither one of these YoYo makers is the right size.  So I guess I will be heading out to the store tomorrow.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Starting To Think About My YoYo Bag

I have finally picked out the first handbag I want to make from the Japanese book I bought while in San Francisco.

YoYo Bag (I wish I could write the author, but I cannot read Japanese)

As you can see, I have also picked out the fabric I want to use.  The best thing about these yo-yos is that there is a center fabric inside the circle.  I have never seen this before and I am dying to give it a try.  I plan on using up all my small scraps for the smaller/inside circle.

So, next up, I am going to get my Go Cutter out.  I could do cut the circles the old fashioned way and cut them out with scissors, but I won't!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Finished Another One

I finished the King's Cross that I was making as a graduation gift.  I ended up quilting it with circles.  I like circles, I have since I first started quilting.  Of course in the beginning I did it by hand.  Using a machine is a lot easier and faster, but I do miss hand quilting.  Any way this quilt is now done and ready to be wrapped.