Wednesday I decided to try machine stitching one of the little 5″ shabby chic log cabin blocks and was pleasantly surprised at just how well it turned out. In fact, I think it looks better than the one I had previously hand-pieced.
The back looks wonderful too. The one thing that I can’t get used to is the amount of pressing that machine piecing entails. When I hand piece, I usually leave the pressing until the end but with this I found I was jumping up to press after each little log was added.
When I was cleaning up my stitching area I found these 2.5″ half-square triangles I had made quite a while ago using Inklingo. For these, I had printed the triangles on the back of the cream fabric and then stitched on the lines. When cut apart, I had perfect HSTs but that was as far as I went. I decided to try joining them into a couple of rows using the machine and was again pleasantly surprised. This time I decided to try stitching without all the pinning and, while a few of my joins aren’t perfect, it’s good enough for a small doll’s quilt — and a great learning tool for me. I’ll keep making the rows and joining them until I’ve used up all the HSTs and then will decide what, if any, border to add.
One of the things I found at the Creativ Festival was the Grace Company TrueCut My Comfort Cutter. I’m really impressed with this cutter — it’s very comfortable to hold and use and doesn’t set up any pain in my wrist or hand. The ruler is interesting as it has a slight lip on which part of the cutter rests and rides along as you cut and makes it easy to get perfect cuts. The best part to me is that the rotary cutter takes any blades on the market. I hadn’t even heard of this cutter before seeing it at the Festival.
Smudge loves to lie at Mr. Q.O.’s feet. Wednesday night he was having quite a dream and was growling in his sleep. That’s the first time we’ve ever heard him growl while dreaming. Normally he only growls if he sees a dog at the vet’s office.