Well I resisted going out shopping the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, trying to give my wallet a break. So I did miss out on some killer deals but did I really need them? Well maybe, but I was strong. One item that has tempted me 2 years in a row was the large wood container of Gutermann thread that shows up every year at JoAnn. It's over 100 spools and screams my name. Once again my cheapness over came my desire. I did break down this year and get it's baby of 26 spools with a 50% coupon.
I am also shamefully behind in making some really cute Santa towels. Stefanie and I were making these and she has of course finished her's and mine are still in the package. But I did get the buckles for Santa's belt on Tuesday so I am getting closer to getting them underway. Hopefully today they might even get sewn together.
I enjoyed an afternoon sewing with the girls at JoAnn Tuesday afternoon and I took my Civil War blocks to work on. Traditional piecing is not a normal thing for me. I'm learning a lot along the way with this quilt. I was trimming up a block and the Quilt instructor, Edna told me I know an easier way! I asked will this make me want to buy a new tool? - Yes. So after using the class ruler from Quilt In A Day - yep I had to have it. This is just the best tool. So now I have several items I use to make all these little parts for my finished 6" blocks. Each of these squares are 2.5" sq.
The Fons & Porter little ruler for finding the center of any block and also their marking pencil are a must. Now adding this square up ruler, I'm ready to plow into these little bits that were slowing down the block construction quite a bit.
This square up ruler is wonderful, prior to ironing your block you just place it under the ruler and line up your seams (horizontal and vertical) and then just zip your rotary up each side and you are just as square as you can be.
Then there is the Triangulations CD - this speeds things up too. Rather than cutting strips, then cutting the little blocks then chaining them all you just print out the sheet from the CD the size you want your 1/2 squares to be and rough cut 2 fabrics, lay them face to face with the paper on top and sew on the dotted line. In just a moment or 2 you have 12 quarter square sections. It's genius to me the way it works out. It even takes the dog ears into consideration.
So now I'm armed with tools aplenty and ready to get this quilt under way. The block patterns are coming from the book, The Civil War Diary Quilt a wonderful gift from Paula. Paula purchased for herself, The Civil War Love Letter Quilt. Both of these books have original writings from the civil war from ladies who were trying to survive these sad days and hold their families together. I've ready about half my book and wonder at their strength.