Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Exit, Refrigerator

In November of 2018 I bought a new refrigerator. I got a French door fridge with the freezer at the bottom. I loved it.

A month or two after I got it, I noticed some plastic parts on the floor. It seemed to be a cosmetic issue, so I didn't think much about it. As time went on, more plastic fell off, but the fridge worked fine for years. 

Then one day I opened the fridge and the right hand door seemed to sink down a bit. When it closed, the doors were no longer aligned. It still worked. But by then it was beyond the warranty. 

Last November it stopped closing smoothly, and I had it jog the right side door up a bit to get it to close. I called the repair guys and they asked about the problem and to send them a photo. Without even coming to my house, they said the part could not be replaced and that I would need a new refrigerator door. The cost was $750.00 with another $150.00 for freight. That did not include the cost for installation. I had paid $1100 so I wasn't going to spend $900 on a five year old fridge out of warranty. I considered just getting a new fridge, but my son suggested that the engineers where I work could fabricate the part with our 3D printers.

So I talked to one of the mechanical engineers and she came over, took the door off the fridge, made some measurements and fabricated a replacement part.

That broke within minutes.

We've since made more new parts, and tried filling the empty space, but nothing has worked. 

We now believe the door was defective. We think the foam insulation was not properly installed and left a gap. We think the door started to fail as soon as I started using it - the weight of the items stored on the door and the movement of the opening and closing of the door caused that interior hinge area to fail. 

So the refrigerator is going, and a new one will be delivered tomorrow. Naturally I did not buy the same brand, and did a bit more research before buying a new fridge.

And yes, a letter to the manufacturer is in the works.

Monday, June 17, 2024

The New Scrap Slab Quilt

I decided that the best way to figure out where to put the pink pinwheel blocks on the new scrap slab quilt was to cover the design wall in green slabs and then fill in where I wanted the pink ones to go. Then I decided to make some darker green scrap slab triangles because leaves aren't always the same shade of green.

This is where I was went I went to bed Saturday night.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

One Quilt, Two Quilts, Pink Quilts, Word Quilts


Way back in January I packed my quilts for my talk to the SeaBreeze Quilt Guild. The talk was postponed due to inclement weather. I eventually spoke to the group in May. When I got back after the talk I brought the bags into the house and left them there.

My task for the past weekend was to put the quilts away. 

First though, I had to unpack them.

The quilts above are (clockwise from top) Partly Sunny, Greensleeves, Prism, Asterisk, Picnic Table and Snow Day. You knew that, right? (LOL)

It's a corner closet. I put the smaller quilts on the left.

The tallest quilts are to the far left of this side, the Christmas quilt are at the far right. The others are grouped together by pattern. There are 48 quilts in this closet*. (I counted.)

I displayed my favorite pink quilts on the quilt rack.

I also have nine quilts hanging on display elsewhere in my house, one on the dining room table, and two in the living room (one on the couch and the other on the back of a chair.) One quilt lives on my bed. Another one is ready to fly to its new home. But that is a semi-surprise. The new owner knows the quilt is on the way, but my readers will have to wait and see. One other is waiting for beauty shots.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Another Idea



In the past I have tried to avoid arranging the triangles so they create this pinwheel, but this time I think I'm going to play with those. I've got so many greens I think I'll make it look like a garden.

I'm not sure how I will arrange the blocks, but I think I am going to have fun figuring it out.

I'm not planning to have more than eight of these, but their placement is up in the air too. They certainly won't be placed regularly.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Yellow Scraps


I have finished with the limey green scrap slab triangles. I have 82 of them. Next up is yellow. The first thing I had to do was separate the golden yellow fabrics from the yellow orange ones. I'll make those triangles separately. Once I had them sorted I had to iron them, and then straighten the edges and pair pieces of fabric together.

Then I had to press those pieces and pair them up. If the pieces of fabrics were large enough, I cut triangles.

I cut 20 triangles before I called it a day. I have a lot more yellow scraps to go through.

Earlier I watched the Men's Final at Roland Garros; washed one of the windows in the living room and cleaned the mini blind of that window, made my lunches for the week ahead and cooked fish chowder for dinner.

I've made over 10 quilts with these scrap triangles. If you want to make one (or two or three), you can get my tutorial here, at my Etsy shop.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Scraps, Slabs and Triangles

I've just finished four quilts in a fairly short time, and now I have to figure out what to do next. Since I have some big bins of scraps I decided to make scrap slabs and then cut the into triangles. I've got a few different layout ideas rolling around in my head, this is a good start.

Sometimes I'll make a slab and I know I can get several triangles out of it but while I am making up my mind I lose track of how I planned to cut them out. So I have these two blue triangles I use as "placeholders". I can move them around while I figure out how I want them to look when I cut the triangles.

When I cut scrap slab triangles like this, I work on one color at a time. Today it was light, lime-y green. I really want to use up the fabrics in my bins. I group the triangles in tens, and then stack them on my worktable. This is six stacks, so sixty blocks. The average Scrap Slab Triangle quilt has 120 triangles, so this is half a quilt.

I am always amazed at how much fabric is in the little bins.


Friday, June 7, 2024

River of Light, Beautifully


This is the River of Light quilt. It's a wonky rail fence inspired by Sujata Shah in her book Cultural Fusion Quilts (?). The blocks are designed to be sixteen blocks four by four. I thought, why? Then I rearranged them in long diagonals, and had a lot of fun making them crazy, irregular and over-the-top. It's definitely over the top, but when something heads in that direction, you'd best let it go. (In the photo above the quilt is sideways.)

This is such a fun quilt.

I made the backing with leftover bits from the front and from my stash. I love the back too.

This is an example of a beauty shot that didn't look like it was going to work when I saw it in my camera. I took only one photo. I figured I'd need to come back earlier in the day to get the shot I wanted, but the more I looked at it afterwards the more I liked it.

After I take beauty shots of my quilts outside I always bring them home and run them through the washer and dryer to make them soft and wrinkly. More than once I have discovered a tick on a quilt, so I never put this off. At any rate, the photo above is the three Color Catcher sheets that came out of the washing machine AFTER I washed the quilt. Now I wash every single piece of fabric that comes into my house before I bring it to the studio, so that this happens ought to be reason enough for everybody to wash their fabric first, and then when the quilt is finished, use Color Catcher sheets whenever a quilt gets washed. While these used to be easy enough to find at the grocery store, in the last few years I have bought mine on Amazon.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

PRIZM Beauty Shots


This is the PRIZM quilt. It's a Zebra quilt in the Ribbons version. I just love the way the bright colors sashay across the quilt.

Here's another shot.

And you thought this was easy!

This is a Zebra quilt. You can get the tutorial here, in my Etsy shop. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Beauty Shots Asterisk Quilt

 Got home from work on Monday and I did not feel like making dinner. It was sunny, so I packed some quilts in the car and went out to take some beauty shots.

In the full sun you can lose a lot, but this looks pretty good.

It's really nice to see all the true colors in this.

It always interests me that a photograph you almost didn't take, or think will totally not work, turns out to be the definitive shot. Like this one.
After I was done, I brought the quilt home and washed it. It is now soft and wrinkly, and if possible, even prettier than it was before. I wasn't quite sure if this was a quilt for cuddling, but now I am convinced.

Incidentally, although I wash every single piece of fabric before it comes into my studio - and I wash it in WARM water no matter what the label says, I always throw a couple of color catcher sheets in the washing machine when I wash the finished quilt. These two pink sheets came out after washing the Asterisk quilt. And I washed it in cold water.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Fancy Dress Up Day


It was Fancy Dress Up Day at my granddaughter's school on Monday. Naturally my daughter-in-law took a picture of my DGD and my son.

Pretty in pink, the two of them!

BTW, my seminole patchwork basics tutorial is available here, in my Etsy shop. The band on the bodice of her dress is more complicated than it at first looks, but the instructions are in the tutorial.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Not Quilty

Saturday morning I got up and made breakfast, solved the Wordle, Connections and Mini Crossword puzzles then I went out to whack weeds in the garden and water my herbs. 

I changed the sheets, solved the Spelling Bee (got Queen Bee, naturally) and then got to work on the other things I wanted to do: wash some windows and the mini blinds. This is the window over my bed. I took the mini blind down and washed the window, inside and out, and dusted and cleaned the sill area. All the while I listened to Radio Roland Garros, which broadcast the tennis from the French Open.

So I listened while I washed the mini blind from the bedroom, and then while I washed the window in my kitchen (the one over the sink) and the dining room. While I was on the ladder over the sink I decided to wash the glass globe from the overhead light.

After each mini blind was washed and rinsed, I let it dry by hanging it over the side railing of my entry. I listened to the tennis the whole while. I also did the other usual chores - changed and washed the sheets on the bed, did all the laundry, made lunch and dinner, and did all those dishes.

I brought the big windchime outside to hang under the carport. I watered the plants. I made a coconut pineapple pound cake.

Afterwards I was sitting on the couch (still listening to the tennis) and I was feeling really sore. I got up to take some Ibuprofen, and looked over at the bathtub. YES! Just what my sore muscles needed. I started the water running, and threw in a bath bomb.

As I luxuriated in the tub, the tennis kept me company.

Sorry, (not sorry) no pictures.

The plan for Sunday is to wash the three windows in the office (after the sun moves away) and take beauty shots of the River of Light, Prizm, Yakkety Yak and the Asterisks quilts.

And yes, I shall be listening to Radio Roland Garros* again.

I listen through the Roland Garros app on my phone. There are radio broadcasts from all the major tennis tournaments. I find them a lot more interesting than watching or streaming on TV.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Yakkety Yak, Finished!

The Yakkety Yak quilt is all finished. Here it is, hanging over the top edge of my cubicle at work, but more on that in a bit.

I've been binge watching all the past seasons of Top Chef. I watched them all while they were happening, and it's amazing what I forgot. I'm up to Season 11 now. And yes, I am watching the new episodes of Season 21 as they are shown. So while I have been sewing the binding of the last few quilts, it's been Top Chef all the time.

And Cherie, I am sorry! Your brain wasn't sleep addled. In yesterday's post, I did indeed refer to the binding mistakenly as "backing." It's fixed now, but you were not wrong. That's what I get when I try to post too close to my bedtime.

I brought the quilt to work to show my colleagues and the CEO suggested I display it for everyone to see. 

Not going to refuse that. I wrote a note and taped it up so folks could read, since I was on the other side of that wall and couldn't tell if anybody was there.

It's a good sized quilt, and it will surely live on my bed, at least for a bit.

You too can make birds! Get my tutorial here. It's an instant download so you can get started right away!


Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Binding for Yakkety Yak

I have been lucky enough to get four quilts ready to bind all at once. This shows the quilting for Yakkety Yak.

I always knew the binding for this quilt was going to be pink. I had originally bought this "handsy" fabric as an option for the backing, but for some reason I didn't buy enough.

When it was time to choose binding fabric, this was an option. It's a Kaffe fabric that's pink with red and reddish orange fabrics.

I liked this fabric as an option. It was fabric I used in my granddaughter's seminole dress. Of the three, I really liked this the best.

Here's the fabric.
I cut strips for the binding and sewed them together.

I've sewn it to the back of the quilt. This fabric ravels like crazy, so once I sewed it to the quilt, I had to trim each edge. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Noel Banner Finish


The Noel banner is finished. I am happy with it.

Here is a closeup of the quilting.

This isn't where the quilt will hang during the holidays, but it gives you an idea of how big it is. It is about 34" wide by 68" tall.