Archive for December, 2015

Allietare: Clue 4

December 30, 2015

Yep. Clue 4. I’m a week late. This is the clue where I always get behind because of holiday travel.


Clue 4 ready to sew


This is as far as I got.

I think this clue looks like martini glasses.


A pile of little bonus triangle squares just from the sets I’ve sewn


Bow ties sewn as leader/enders between sets of clue 4.


Four flowers on each stalk opened up right before I left. This is a record. Of course, by the time I got home last night they were all shriveled up except the last two to open.

While I was in Illinois, my friend, Becky, and I wandered through a local antique shop. I found this interesting design, circa 1940s I think. It wasn’t well made so I only came home with pictures.




Can you see the octagonal block? Squares fill in the gaps between blocks. I didn’t find the exact block in Brackman’s book but 445.8 (Wedding Ring Tile) is close. Nothing exactly like it in Jinny Beyer’s book, either. I’ll have to show it to her at club next week and see what she thinks.

If I were small enough, I’d have snapped up this beaded dress, even if the only place I had to wear it was around the house. They were asking less than $40 for it.



Detail of bodice. Love that sweetheart neckline.


Detail of skirt. Not a very good photo, I’m afraid.

See how others are doing on the Allietare mystery at this week’s link-up.

Allietare: Clue 3

December 14, 2015

Friday gave us clue 3. Because I’m cutting with the Accuquilt dies, I’m sewing squares instead of strips.┬áLots and lots of little squares.


Squares all cut. Ready to sew twosies.

Each fabric is in its own little pile. It looks like there aren’t many golds but each gold pile has two fabrics in it. I don’t have as many golds as I do other colors.


Twosies all sewn.


The twosies piled by neutral color, ready to be sewn into the 4-patches. I arrange the pieces in a way that gives me maximum scrappiness. I randomized the neutrals so that should be no two 4-patches with the same neutrals. I realized while I was sewing these that I should have done it so that the golds didn’t repeat pair-ups in the 4-patches.

Some of my neutrals are a little dark or have too strong a print to provide good contrast with some of the lighter golds. Too bad. This is the way it’s going to be.


Who’s this? The 4-patches are all done. I finished the sewing this morning while catching up on the last quilt cam.

I still have to cut the neutral rectangles for this clue. I’ve got 3 more days to finish that before the next clue. See what others are up to at the linky party for clue 3.



Allietare: Clue 2

December 8, 2015

Friday morning gave us the second clue for the mystery. Thoughts of the new clue coming drove everything else out of my mind. When I felt awake enough to want to look at the clue, I turned over and reached for the tablet. I saw the time on the clock and suddenly remembered that I had an appointment for a haircut that morning. Oh, crap! What time is the appointment? Whew. I had 10 minutes I could use to take a look at the clue before hopping into the shower to get to the appointment on time.

Got home around 11:30 and started cutting.


Uh, oh. By noon I ran out of fabric for my constant fabric but I hadn’t finished cutting for the clue. Normally, I round up when buying for a specific pattern. Had I followed my normal practice, I would have bought 2 yards instead of the specified 1.5 yards. I guess I was trying not to end up with extra fabric for stash the day I bought it and only got the 1.5 yards. I ran out because I neglected to consider the waste for die cutting.

Now I had a dilemma. The quilt shop where I bought it is a 45 minute drive from my house. I would be at the shop on Monday for an event. Could I wait until then? No, I couldn’t. I would have spent the weekend worrying about whether they had the fabric or not. I went to a closer shop first in case they had the same fabric. They didn’t. Didn’t take me long to decide to go ahead and go to the other shop. I chalked up the cost of gas and time as payment to relieve the anxiety of not having the fabric.

I quickly found the fabric and bought another yard. I suspect we may be finished with the constant fabric which would mean I could have gotten by with half a yard but better to be safe than sorry. I can always use the extra for binding if that color works for that.

I used the flippy corners method so the constant squares were cut with the die cutter. The rectangles were a different story. They are a non-standard size so no die for them. Since I only needed one strip per fabric, I went to my next best tool for accurate strip cutting – the Stripology ruler. Go to the linked site to see details about the ruler. It is similar to the June Tailor Shape Cut and Shape Cut Plus but better.


It has slots for the rotary cutter every half inch. I cut in the 0 slot to cut off the raggy edge on the left and then in the 2″ slot.


Shows where the strip was cut.

I starched the strips based on this video by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. The strips do distort a little while they dry or maybe it’s because I don’t have a gridded ironing surface and iron them crooked. I’ll have to experiment with that. But, I find it doesn’t matter that much when I’m cutting small pieces from the strip. I can work around any distortion. I also use the Stripology to cut the rectangles from the strips.



Four perfect rectangles. I doubled the strip before cutting.

For Grand Illusion, the 2014 mystery, I drew lines for the flippy corners. That wasn’t fully successful for me. Earlier this year one of my old tools turned up. The tool is The Angler from Pam Bono designs (no longer available). I forgot to take pictures while I was sewing. The tool is taped to the machine bed. Instead of drawing lines on the fabric, you just position your piece under the needle and guide the fabric according to the lines on the tool.


Clue 2 all done. The squares are on the right. Wonder what makes the purples glow in the photo?


What’s this?

Call me crazy (and many have) but, yes, I went there. 160 bonus triangles that finish .75″. I’ll have to wait and see what else is left over to add to it for a miniature quilt of some sort when Allietare is complete.


It measures a perfect 1.25″. The ruler must have slipped while I was moving things around to try (unsuccessfully) to eliminate the glare and shadow.

This is a picture of The Angler after I’ve sewn the last bonus triangle square. It occurred to me that if the original line can be sewn following lines on the tool, I could draw additional lines that would produce bonus triangles of a specific size. The blue lines are the lines I drew. On the right behind the needle, you can see the corner of the fabric touching a line. The stitching from the first line is lined up with a line to the left of the needle. I hope all that makes sense.


While this tool is no longer available, I know of three similar tools on the market now:

Too bad none of them had the bonus triangle square idea. My tool has seen better days and is pretty flimsy. I’d like to see the Seams So Easy tool – sounds like it is a thicker product. I have an idea how to temporarily modify it with quarter-inch tape to do bonus triangles.

These tools aren’t just for sewing flippy corners. You can also use them for straight quarter-inch seams.

See what everyone else has done at this week’s link-up.