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Quiltville’s Quips & Snips!!: Spring Ahead Fail!


From the appears to be like of her, Lola feels the very same manner I do about this springing ahead factor within the spring.

It is now Thursday – and I discover I can not get to sleep at night time, and getting up within the morning is a drag.  As in – Gotta drag myself off the bed and drive myself into today when all I need to do is throw the covers again over my head and snooze an additional hour or so.

It will get tougher as we become old, does not it?

I LOVE having it lighter within the evenings.  That half is nice.  It is the attending to sleep at an honest hour and having the ability to get a restful sleep and waking up refreshed that’s simply not occurring.

I did spend a while with this, although!

It appeared like these went on perpetually – and there may be nonetheless extra to do.

I am going to must restock the inexperienced basket earlier than I can transfer ahead.

It has been tons of trimming and de-papering as properly.

However they give the impression of being SO fairly, do not they?

Excellent for St. Paddy’s day tomorrow.

On the de-papering factor:  I assume there are two camps in terms of the perfect time to take away the paper from basis pieced items.

For me – As quickly because the items are trimmed I get the paper off.  I must see to essentially be capable of match factors when becoming a member of issues, and I do not want the additional thickness that 2 items of paper add to the combination if I have been to stitch unit to unit with paper nonetheless on each.

And typically I want the paper off so I can press a seam in the other way.

Yesterday’s #igquiltfest2023 immediate was all about “BEST TIPS.”  And since I used to be deep into paper piecing mode and trimming up a katrillion issues, here is one I exploit very often:

A sq. of shelf liner.  A ruler with a marked 1/4” throughout the skin edge. (I’ve had this Optima ruler perpetually and it’s my favourite although I can not discover who carries them anymore.)

For trimming, I place the 1/4” line on the outer seam line of my block.  And since rulers love to slip on paper greater than they do on material, I go away the margin of my ruler simply over the sting of the sq. of shelf liner.  It actually does hold the ruler from sliding.

From right here I trim up the best aspect, and throughout the highest – two sides directly with out transferring the ruler.

Then rotate the unit to place the opposite uncooked sides in place, place the 1/4” line on the seam line once more, and a part of the ruler on the shelf liner, and I am good to trim up aspect three on the aspect, and aspect 4 throughout the highest.

I simply hold this sq. of shelf liner on my mat always with my rotary cutter.  And sure. it really works nice for chopping material.

Are there different options? After all. However this works for me. 

All trimmed and ready for the subsequent step!

Oh, and the opposite greatest trace?

I’ve posted about this many instances, however we have so many newbies that joined throughout our Chilhowie thriller I feel it bears repeating.

Be certain that the ruler line you might be measuring by is up ON the material, not sitting subsequent to the material on the mat or your strip might be one line-width too slender and your issues can compound from there!⁣



To be able to see in case your seam is providing you with what it ought to – primary rule is to NEVER belief a 1/4” foot of any variety till you take a look at it.


And by no means measure simply the seam allowance – as a result of it will possibly look good, however your unit won’t be the best measurement.


As at all times – seam take a look at, seam take a look at!


Two 2” squares sewn proper sides collectively and pressed ought to measure 3 1/2” on the ruler.


After we press after stitching, the material truly folds up from the “different” aspect of the thread, so the material has to go up and over the seam and nonetheless attain unit measurement. This needs to be compensated for inside the seam allowance.


The thickness of the thread and the material additionally matter, so in case you change from stitching with Kona cotton to working with batiks, you could must tweak your seam allowance after doing one other seam take a look at to make sure your unit sizes are appropriate.




Measure the entire unit. Not simply the seam.⁣


Together with that is my greatest seam information hack – a chunk of resort room key with double stick detachable poster tape to carry it down. It sticks for a LONG time, and I just like the laborious edge to feed my material towards.


And keep in mind: The numbers on the ruler do not lie! LOL!

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The Richmond Specific gals pulled in simply earlier than 4pm yesterday afternoon – it was a lovely clear sunny day with out clouds – however boy is that wind nonetheless a bit chilly.

We hope issues will heat up by the weekend.

There could even be a gaggle stroll this afternoon if the temps allow.

I am desperate to recover from to the inn and see how everybody has arrange their areas and take a look at what they’re engaged on.

What do you’ve got occurring for this Thursday?

Quiltville Quote of the Day –

This is one thing that solely Quilters and Sewists will perceive! 

Fabulous quilt shared by Siobhan!

Have a productive quilty day, mates! 



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