This has been a longer time coming than I thought, but I am hanging up the microphone.
If you want to hear some of my thoughts about the last few years, and some of the reasons as you can decipher it, feel free to go listen to the show.
Currently, I am keeping the blog, the email, the name Scientific Quilter.
But I have found some form of peace in my decision to walk away from the podcast.
I respect the people who listen enough to say good bye and not string people along with a ‘maybe she’s not actually gone’ podfading feeling.
I understand to the blog followers that don’t listen may not know what a large part of my life this has been in the last 3 and a half years, for you, I don’t see a ton of change, except for maybe the loss of the Ep in the blog titles. Although, I may go back and reorganize the blog or I might leave everything as it is now.
I’ll blog when I have things to blog about. Quilting related. Obviously.
Take care everyone,
Goodbye to the Scientific Quilter podcast. It’s been real fun.
It’s finally out, the post March A long Report, plus some discussion of my projects, a tiny bit of paper piecing advice in addition to the project.
*quick warning, I play with the mic stand in this episode – not terribly loud, but occasionally distracting. whoops. not taking this out of the audio.*
During the month of March, we try to quilt for 15 minutes, building our ‘quilting muscles’.
If you listen to the podcast, the first 20 minutes or so I recap some of the achievements we accomplished in the month of March. Here are the links to the past March A Long posts where people reported their progress.
I am currently listening to the Ender’s Series on Audible by Orson Scott Card through audible. There are many books to listen to, the story is science fiction, also somewhat political (one story arc), some are older books, some are newer - great audio drama due to multiple people reading the story!
I am working on my Quilters Healthy Choices #QHC by doing more exercise in the last 5 months than the previous number of years combined.
I recently went to a local arboretum. Beauty for ‘early spring’.
Then I discuss about how I work on paper piecing. I really mean foundation piecing. Some tips below:
I glue the first piece down.
I cut my strips into sizes that I may try to use later, such as 5″ by width of fabric, 3.5″ inch strips by width of fabric. Especially when I am deciding the size needed for the rest of the pattern.
I don’t trim off the quarter inch or eighth of an inch in between seams. Unless there is a seam ending in the middle somewhere. Or unless you plan ultra bulky amount of quilting on the piece.
I prefold my paper before sewing. And I prefold all the way down the length of the paper.
After I fold the pattern, the piece that I am going to fill up next has to match up with the fabric behind or it won’t fit very well. This eliminates the need to have an “extra large” piece of fabric that all gets cut off and discarded. (see picture below)
Make decisions that make sense for you to help you stay organized. Do things that may help you out in the long run. Always put the dark fabric in a specific place if it doesn’t matter to the design.
Make one copy of one block before moving on to chain piecing or cutting all of them, you may save on fabric if you try out something first.
I pin down the other side of longer seams to help it stay in place, but I don’t pin the whole seam unless I fear it shifting around too much.
Carol Doak’s paper piecing is wonderful, use it for times when you have either intricate or small patterns when pulling out paper will be a pain in the bu*t later. Regular paper also works okay.
Incompotec.com graph paper of all kinds, shapes, & sizes. You print off what you need in handy 8.5 X 11 pieces, downloads to PDF files.
The love it / hate it / love it / hate it block for the hexadaisy with stripes.
I bugged about everyone I knew online to see what they liked better, but shows my decision in making the design. I picked the 5th option not shown below – combines the left half with the right half of the mosaic below – which was always intended (some people didn’t know that).
I ultimately decided (finally) to use grey swirls instead. I love the stripes and striped pattern will work on it’s own in a different quilt. But NOW the stripes are gone for this project as they were TOO DEMANDING of my attention.
The version is going to the quilt guild auction in July. When it’s quilted.
A completely random couple of notes tacked on.
Be careful at a quilt show in case of emergency. See if your quilt guild has insurance in case expensive sewing machines become damaged. A guild close to mine had a problem at a local show recently.
Also don’t forget to finish making blocks for other quilters if you signed up to do them.
For those new to the blog/podcast last year, I hosted a “March A Long” partially inspired by my marching ants sound I found on freesound.org.
I decided to “March A Long” inspiring everyone to take a challenge during the month of March to sew for 15 minutes a day.
It was personally motivating to me last year, and I think it will be the great jump start to some sort of podcast return too.
(Picture from Tami from last year)
Here’s how it works. We’re going to do honor system, and try to all do 15 minutes of sewing, quilting, creating each day, during the month of March and then I’ll have a reporting day and a specific blog post, that I would like you to leave your comments about how much you sewed over the previous week (HERE’S THE REPORT SERGEANT!).
If you want, you can break it down day by day (ie Monday, I sewed on this embroidery, Tuesday, I ripped out paper pieces, Wednesday I designed a new border) or just tell me at the end of the week how much sewing you did, and which days you skipped.
Just by reporting in to the drill sergeant every week, I will put you in a small drawing for a prize.
I know we’re all busy with millions of other things, but sometimes need an excuse to do something for ourselves that make us feel good. This can provide you with that excuse.
15 Minutes is all I’m asking, nothing too hard to at least TRY to fit in each day.
I know I will skip days in March too, but I will try my darndest to make it happen for me this year.
So with only a couple of days before the month of March, we’ll give you a headstart on the last 2 days and call them freebies, and you can report from Sunday to Saturday of the upcoming weeks. Sunday starts the week, Saturday ends the week, and I will make the reporting posts on Saturday, and make a podcast calling out all the wonderful things you guys are doing on Sunday of the previous week.
If you pick up on this as we’re going along (start in the middle of the month) still feel free to join up. No pressure. No one is holding your feet to the fire, no one is actually making you do the 20 pushups that the sergeant wants you to do in the start (middle?) of every podcast.
Within the last month, I have had 2 unique experiences with my Guild.
The First is the Jelly Roll Race Day of which I did not participate, but watched several quilters make an easy quilt in an afternoon!
I go into some details about this in the podcast itself, but a few things I learned follow.
Lessons from the Jelly Roll Race Quilt
Check your Jelly Roll Size
Accordion fold fabric ready to sew
Don’t waste your time rearranging the Jelly Roll before-hand
Extra long Jelly Roll strips cut from fabric will make a different effect
Adding small pieces that do not match the finished width will result in a wider quilt
Accent fabric can be fun change to the Jelly Roll race look.
If there is a particular seam you don’t like, you can rip it apart & flip it around to create a different effect
Don’t forget to cut off the beginning strip – about 18 inches.
The magic of the pattern is that you don’t know what it will look like, & some people are OK with that.
A person could theoretically calculate different sizes of jelly roll quilts, but I am not going to do it myself.
One of these was rearranged, but it’s so close to the same quilt here.
How to cope when the jelly roll is too small. Add a layer cake or so!
These strips are longer & wider than traditional strips!
This quilt is quite wide due to the extra accent fabrics in the quilt.
I looked up some sites this AM to see if anyone else had calculated the jelly roll quilt math, and I found a few sites. I have not double checked any of these so cannot verify to the methods’ accuracies.
** No disrespect intended regarding Douglas Adam’s personal views on religion … just looked at wikipedia article & his views may not match up with your current views & beliefs. Only mentioning because it’s in the beginning of the article. Obviously I don’t really know the answer to “life the universe & everything.**