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Saturday, June 24, 2017

              Finished Cutting All the Center
                        Pattern Pieces
  I just finished cutting all the fabric pieces for the center of my quilt, I thought there were only going to be 36 pieces to cut and fuse but as it turned out I had to cut many more pieces than I thought I would. Happens sometimes.
  Once I started cutting the pieces out I realized I wanted much more detail in each row and that meant cutting more pieces.
 I divided the quilt into several rows and made the pattern piece one row at a time and put each row of pattern pieces in its own bag.

  To keep track of the pieces I had to cut I penciled in the area with an  orange pencil . each time I cut and fused a section of the middle area of the quilt.

  Next  I fused the freezer paper pattern to a chosen fabric and fused those to lightweight  fusible web. I end up with a sandwich of fusible web, Fabric and freezer paper.
  I placed each fused sandwich on the top of my  homemade light table and drew around the edge of each pattern piece with a pencil and cut them out.

  To make my light table I used a shoe box I had on hand and taped the lid in place and cut around the inside top . Them I used duct tape on the edge of the top of the box . Next I took a small pane of glass that was light weight and the same size, as the top of the box and taped the edge so it would be smooth. .
 I put a small push light in the bottom and ended up with a light table that I could sit in my lap and use to make my pattern pieces,
  Cheap, easy to use.
   With me sitting in a wheelchair this  light table makes it easier for me to draw what ever I need to. It sure cuts down on the cost of a light table.

   Lastly I put each row of pattern pieces in a plastic bag that I had marked with the row number and any extra information.

Monday, June 12, 2017

             Cutting and Fusing Fabric
         Today I'm cutting and fusing the fabric pieces for the center of the quilt.
  In the first photo I've ironed the freezer paper pattern to the front of the fabric I've chosen for the gravel drive way. I have folded back the freezer paper so the fabric can be seen. I've fused fusible web to the back of the fabric

In this photo I've taken a straight  pin and used it to make a tear line in the fusible web paper on the back of the fabric to  expose the back of the fabric where the fusible web glue is located.
  It will take two to three days to finish this process. there are 36  pattern pieces  to be prepared.

    In this last picture I've done a black line drawing of the middle section of the quilt. Each time I finish a pattern piece I mark the area off using an orange color pencil. This helps me keep track of the pieces I've done and to help me see if I've forgotten to cut out a pattern piece so I can make one if I missed making one. I'm hoping to get 12 pieces done each day. It is labor intensive so I have to take a break in between each set of twelve.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

                     NEW QUILT
                 GARDEN QUILT

  I've decided to work on a couple of quilts and a new bag design in the next few days.
  Here are a few pictures of my Garden Quilt design .
I have 36 pattern pieces cut and I have my fabric sorted out along with my fusible web.
 I'm going to spend the day getting my fabric pieces cut out for the center of the Garden Quilt  today.
  I'll post photos of the other two projects, I mentioned, once I have my designs finished and patterns cut.

  The first photos is my black and white design. Second photo is my design drawn of cellophane paper which is then pinned on top of my base fabric of white cotton. Third photo is a picture of some of the freezer paper pattern pieces I'll use to cut out the , 36,fabric pieces for the middle of the quilt.