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TTMT #137 – a few blocks I’m working on.

Sorry, but the video I have is from the night before with my brother and Henry playing with bubbles…not too fun to watch. Maybe next time.

17 thoughts on “TTMT #137 – a few blocks I’m working on.

  1. I am loving the blocks. The second layout is my favorite. I don’t like sewing y seams and will go out of my way to avoid them. Ive been watching the gaming quilt progress and looks like yall are having fun with it.The 3d patterns are very cool. Looks like your on a roll.


    1. Thanks. Just having tons of fun here. I think a lot of people avoid y-seams, so I try to either eliminate them from my patterns or offer an alternative. I have a wedding quilt that just looks better with them, so I offer an alternative HST version. You can still joint the Summer Games. The blocks are really easy, the lessons are educational, and I think I’m going to be able to make them both with scraps.


  2. I must be an odd one, because I like Y seams. But I know a lot of people don’t like them.

    I am following along on the games quilt. Haven’t decided yet if I am going to do it. I might just practice designing the blocks.

    Henry is cute. He keeps you on your toes.


    1. I swear I though I responded to this, but now do not see the response. I am really neutral on y-seams. I don’t like or dislike them, I just do then when the come up…like any other seam. I don’t intentionally put them in designs unnecessarily, but sometimes a design just needs a few.

      Jump in to the Summer Games. The blocks are SO easy and fast to design and piece. And you know with Kari the finished design will be excellent or you can design your own with the blocks. It’s just not taking much time and I’m looking forward to finishing. I lost 3 days of designing and sewing, but I’ll catch up.

      Henry is just a joy to have around…even when he’s “learning” about the rules.

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  3. I don’t mind y-seams. I think some people haven’t tried them and they sound scary.
    I hope you join the games. I got 2 really cute quilts from the Spring one. They are easy blocks but so cute.


    1. I thought I responded to this one, too, but don’t see my response. Y-seams are not difficult. They are easy to learn and easy to sew, they just scare people because they have an unearned bad reputation. I do suggest that you watch someone do one if you are intimidated so you don’t get a bad taste in your mouth if you decide to try them.

      We had a WONDERFUL trip. I didn’t take my computer or my sewing machine, so lost 3 full days of sewing and designing…but I’m back at it now and it was totally worth the distraction.


  4. Out of all the things you showed this week I think your “just because” applique was my favorite! Henry is certainly a big kitten. And rambunctious! Quite a handful. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. I think the flower is my favorite, too. It’s hanging on my design wall and I think I’m just going to leave it there until it has a forever home, because it makes me smile.

      Henry and I are good for each other.


    1. Henry’s just a constant trip. Keeps me happy all the time. We went to our island house from Thursday to Sunday and it was a non-stop adventure. Just a great cat for me, and he seems happy with us.

      I agree on the y-seams. Taking them out just made the design a little easier to piece and kept the overall look without scaring people off.

      The summer games quilt IS fun. If you’re interested, it’s not too late to sign up. That Spring one left me with 2 quilts that I just love.


  5. I’m curious as to why you need y-seams for your quilt to be set on point? I might have missed a video or a picture, but I am not understanding. I’ve done quite a few on-point quilts over the years, and not a one had y-seams. They were sewn in diagonal rows with triangular setting blocks where needed.

    Love your big floppy flower, it looks fantastic!

    Can’t wait to see your platter! Also, that handsome boy of yours is something else! I can’t believe how big he is!


    1. It wasn’t the actual block on point that had y-seams. It’s the adjoining piecing that had y-seams because that one was at an angle. When I turned it straight it changed those pieces and the y-seams disappeared. I do a lot of things on point, and this one had the y-seams because of how they lined up on the angle. The block above it had feathers on the star that were the problem. But when I changed what they were connecting to (the on-point because a straight line), then they could be paper-pieced in rectangles instead.

      I like my flower. It’s a happy one.

      Henry is twice the size he was 2 weeks ago. We’ll be going back to the doctor soon and I think she’s going to be shocked at how big he is. He’s 4 months old, and they can keep growing until they are 2 years…I don’t want to think about that too much.

      I’m hoping for a call on my platter soon. They said 2 weeks, but they may fire some things up before then. It definitely accomplished the goal of looking “hand painted”–we’ll see how it looks once it’s all shiny.

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    2. I didn’t get y-seams in my designs until I started using stars. You know when you’re making a block you have in mind how you’re going to piece it and the lines just go in the right direction. But stars have all those 45- and 90-degree angles that compound and make paper-piecing more difficult. If you want to see my before and after blocks to understand I will show them to you. When my friend Margaret looked at it, she said, “Here’s the line that’s causing the y-seams” and we traced it back to the 45-degree line from the center being on point. I couldn’t believe the fix was as simple as turning the center. I thought I was going to have to make a lot more changes. It was a nice surprise. The reason I then changed the center part is because I just didn’t enjoy piecing it and wanted it to be easier.


  6. All your optical illusion ideas look really cool… I always like the idea of doing an optical illusion quilt, but they always seem like they’d be a ton of work.

    The applique looks great! I hate working with invisible thread, not just because it’s invisible, but it just seems to get tangled and knotted when I try to use it. Maddening ๐Ÿ˜€


    1. I actually designed about 50 optical illusion quilts in July, I just don’t want to bore anyone. The ones you see are my favorites. They’re not much work, because they are mostly just one-sized strip sewn in straight lines. If you want to try one, I’ll send you a pattern.

      I’m so happy with my little stray applique. Invisible thread breaks a little on me, but that’s probably because I’m not willing to turn the top tension to “0”–I put it on about “0.5” and even that doesn’t seem right. It is definitely maddening.


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