What the Heck Friday – February 15, 2013

Things are not always what they seem. Can you tell me what this is?


Here’s a hint – you need to look at it from the perspective of a small cat.

In other news – on Wednesday, Mom and I worked on the walker bag that she wanted.


Mom did all the sewing to assemble it. I did the machine quilting for her.


This is the (almost) completed bag. Mom had to take it home to apply the velcro and stitch the pockets. She finished it up in no time and will now have a handy, unique pocket for when she needs to use the walker.

While Mom was stitching away on her project, I laid out all the Bedford Beauty blocks and labeled them for easy assembly.


I forgot to take a picture of the blocks all laid out – darn it!!!

Here is my labeling system:


On this quilt I wanted to be sure to spread the different fabrics around. Since it is very scrappy, I didn’t want same fabrics right next to one another. Sometimes that doesn’t bother me and sometimes it does. This time it would, so I took a while to lay out the blocks “Just Right” After taking all that time, I needed to keep them in the correct order. And I couldn’t leave them on the bedroom floor until they were all sewn together or DH might have had a fit!! Besides, the sewing room is at the other end of the house. If I picked up two blocks to sew together, by the time I got to the sewing room, I would have forgotten which sides to sew together. (I’m speaking from experience here!!) So I made some slips of paper to label the positions. Each slip of paper is marked with Row # and Block #. Rows go from top to bottom and blocks go from left to right. So this block will be the top left hand corner of the quilt.

Does this make sense so far?

The note for sashing is because I am putting this together with the quilt-as-you-go technique. The arrows indicate where a sashing strip needs to be attached to the block. I could probably remember where the sashing goes without the notes, but I’m playing it safe this time. All block #6’s would not need any sashing attached, but I might get on a roll and sew some on anyway. Then I’d have to unsew – and you all know how much I dislike that!!! So to be safe, I indicated where sashing goes. And I also pinned the little notes in the same place on each block. When the blocks are sewn together all the little notes will line up just right. If they don’t, then I’ve twisted a block and might wind up with same fabrics together somewhere down the line.

And, finally, I made sure to pin the notes in a place on the block where it will not interfere with any stitching lines!! I almost pinned them in a corner of the blocks, but then I realized that when I needed to sew the sashing on, I would have to remove the pinned note. That would not be helpful when trying to assemble it all.

I’m sure all of this is not new to a lot of people out there. But I thought it would be worth explaining in case there is someone else out there that is directionally-challenged like me. Plus, I just wanted to give myself a pat on the back for being so very, very clever!!! 😉


4 thoughts on “What the Heck Friday – February 15, 2013

  1. I know what I think is in your picture, but I obviously am not thinking about it from the perspective of a small cat. When are you planning to give the answer? Also, thanks again for all of you help on Wednesday. I was amazed at how much lovely patriotic material you had in your stash. And, needless to say, I was surprised at how fast it got put together. Now I am ready for whenever I need to use my walker. I just LOVE it!!!


  2. Our cats think that’s a monster. Fortunately for them, it only comes out when company is coming.

    I do think you are very clever. I can always find a way to turn or flip the two pieces I want to sew together. Directions with pictures are wonderful!

    I can’t wait to see your Bedford Beauty quilt top. Maybe we can find another quilt day to help things along.


  3. I think it is for a cat a tree or scratch pole? Thanks for the tip about the sashing on the label.
    Having more than one fabric on the bag makes it much more interesting to look at and I am sure it will be a great conversational piece.


  4. I almost forgot to say … one of the pockets is big enough to hold a picture of George Clooney. Now I guess I need to make a dribble bib!!!


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