UFO coming in for a landing
Quilting...for the Rest of Us
by Sandra Hasenauer
1w ago
A very old UFO, at that. This was a block of the month challenge in my guild many years ago. I had to go back on my blog to see what previous references I had to it—apparently it was a challenge in my guild in 2008. I finished the top at a retreat in 2017. I quilted it myself on a longarm (rental) maybe two or three years ago. And this morning I finished the last stitches on a machine binding. Done. Well, I skipped putting a label on it but when I had my daughter play Quilt Holder for the photo I told her to just remember when she finds it in a closet when I’m gone that I’m the one who made it ..read more
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Finished: Crafty Clutch (June Tailor)
Quilting...for the Rest of Us
by Sandra Hasenauer
2w ago
(Oops. I just found this in my draft folder rather than posted. Here it is, a few weeks after writing it!) Lookie what I got done! I talked about this in my latest episode (221) so the review of the June Tailor Crafty Clutch kit is there. In brief, the kit is easy to use, the sew-along video from AccuQuilt was helpful, and I could imagine myself maybe making another one at some point. For a full description, check out the episode. Images include several shots of the exterior, one shot of the interior with the zig-zag-stitch finished edges, and the last image is of all the leftover fabric from ..read more
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Update: Old Craftsy links on Blog/Podcast No Longer Work
Quilting...for the Rest of Us
by Sandra Hasenauer
4M ago
Just a quick note: I received a notification that all of my old links to Craftsy Classes when they switched to Bluprint are now broken. They’ve actually been broken for quite some time. I just wasn’t paying attention. I honestly don’t have the time to go back and fix them. Sorry about that—there are way too many of them and as you know, I’m having enough problems keeping up with today, let alone redoing work from 5 years ago! If any of those classes interest you, they’re pretty much all still available through the current Craftsy streaming app, so just search there. Craftsy has also completel ..read more
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TAA-DAAA! Introducing the Storm at Sea Top Finished!
Quilting...for the Rest of Us
by Sandra Hasenauer
4M ago
Can you hear my happy dance from there? I couldn’t fit it all in one picture—it being huge n’ all. Something like 108” by some-other-big-number. As I’ve thought about it (I was still debating when I posted my episode), I will definitely be sending this puppy out for quilting. I need to keep truckin’. Made using the Storm at Sea block die from AccuQuilt*, an assortment of batiks, and a whole lot of Aurifil 50 wt “Sea Biscuit” thread, my new favorite neutral. The couple who will be receiving it are California kids, so a sea and beach theme seemed appropriate. Plus, I’ve always wanted to make a ..read more
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Catching Up...A Few Past Projects
Quilting...for the Rest of Us
by Sandra Hasenauer
4M ago
As I mentioned in my podcast episode, I’ve had a few goings’ on. Here’s a quick gallery. Photo 1: The sew day with friends in my office. The quilt hanging on my wall was made by my Mom—no idea what the pattern was, although it smacks of a block of the month kind of thing, or maybe a book of blocks or something. Anyway, because it has the church block it seemed appropriate for my region office. (If anyone recognizes the blocks/BOM/book, let me know!) Photo 2: A close-up of one curvy log cabin block (using Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool). You can tell I used three different quarter-inc ..read more
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First Attempt: AccuQuilt Log Cabin Die
Quilting...for the Rest of Us
by Sandra Hasenauer
4M ago
I grabbed two old fat quarters I wouldn’t be sad to have exit from my stash to do a test run on the AccuQuilt Log Cabin die. Mind you, I almost never make a sample block. I usually just dive in. Very glad I was impatient to try it out and didn’t have time to try to sort all the fabrics for the final projects. Sample block it was. It’s supposed to end up a 12” square (or maybe 12 1/2, don’t remember offhand). Somehow mine came out rectangular and no sides were as much as 12”. Something doesn’t look right, but I recounted strips multiple times. Time to go back to the tutorial and see what I did ..read more
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Tying up Loose Ends—the DeCluttering “End of the Story”
Quilting...for the Rest of Us
by Sandra Hasenauer
1y ago
So when I was quickly reviewing recent back blog posts to see what I had been working on before I, well, stopped working on much of anything, I realized that I’d posted about starting the 2022 DeCluttering Challenge a year ago but never let you know how it all turned out. Turns out, it turned out pretty dang good! I did, indeed, offload a decent number of books, although I’ve now filled that vacuum back up again. My bookshelf will always be a challenge for me. What was more significant is what I did with my fabric stash. Everything is now on comic book boards except the higher yardage (backin ..read more
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Wow. It’s been a year.
Quilting...for the Rest of Us
by Sandra Hasenauer
1y ago
I knew it had been awhile since I last posted or podcasted. I didn’t realize it had been over a year. But what a year it’s been. In a nutshell: Several work and vacation trips back-to-back for about three months The last trip sent me home with a COVID souvenir which knocked me out of the loop for about three weeks Shortly after recovery, my MIL had a medical event (still don’t know what caused it) resulting in a month of hospital and rehab center then arranging for in-home assistance—her life changed significantly and she can no longer drive and needs a walker most of the time now—all of ..read more
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Another Cotton Cuts Delivery
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by Sandra Hasenauer
2y ago
Although I’ve cancelled by Cotton Cuts monthly subscription, you pre-pay for a certain package. So this week I received the last of the subscription I pre-paid for. As usual, there are a couple I like, most I’m not a fan of. However, now that I’m doing EPP and more scrap quilting, I do tend to look at fabrics with a little different eye now. There’s no such thing as an ugly fabric when you cut it small enough! Nice Ice Baby by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs Night Fancy by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for Free Spirit Fabrics Same line as yellow fabric Rose Lemonade by Wishwell for Robert Kau ..read more
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Unexpected decluttering in progress
Quilting...for the Rest of Us
by Sandra Hasenauer
2y ago
A couple of weeks ago I was perusing my fabric stash for a new project. In this instance, “perusing” is defined by “digging through, excavating, precariously balancing stacks of fabric while pulling possibilities out of the bottom, pushing stacks back into place with elbow while holding found possibilities in both hands….” And I reached a breaking point. For almost the entirety of my quilting life (read: 20 plus years), I have used the ruler technique for folding my fabric. You know the one—use your 6”x24” to fold fabric neatly into a bundle to stack on your shelf. In fact, even after I’d chan ..read more
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