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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 22nd June
« on: Yesterday at 22:47:20 »
Oh @Catllar    :grouphug:

There are different types of dialysis.  My friend's husband was on the type that he did at home 3 or 4 times a day (and could be done in the car, or elsewhere, if necessary) and he was relatively happy with that, but was really upset when told he'd have to have hospital dialysis three times a week.  After a 'talking to' by a senior nurse he accepted it.  Mr Catllar might just need time to take in all that's happening to him.

Current Projects / Re: Lap quilt
« on: Yesterday at 20:20:51 »
I think weight only applies to polyester wadding (batting if you are American), 2oz, 4oz, 6oz?  Depends how thick and squidgy you want it to be 

AFAIK cotton and 80/20 cotton/poly only comes in one thickness.  Much nicer for anything that you will snuggle into, athough 100% polyester wadding is ligher weight.

Current Projects / Re: Sewing Machine Mat
« on: Yesterday at 20:06:20 »
A single piece of fabric rather than a pieced top will be flatter and less likely to make the machine wobble.  Just make the usual top-wadding-backing sandwich and quilt as desired.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello from beautiful Kent UK
« on: Yesterday at 09:39:51 »
Welcome to another Kentish Maid - or were you made in Kent?

Looking forward to seeing photos of your makes, and fire away with any questions; there is always someone who will know the answer.

In the wardrobe / Re: Poppy skirt Simplicity 8128
« on: Yesterday at 09:31:30 »
Hangers with clips, or Jessie's workaround, or the expanding hangers, all hold a skirt in a much better shape than ribbon hanging loops which pull the side seams up but allow the front and back to droop down, not to mention that those ribbon loops tend to poke out above the top of the skirt in wear.  I wouldn't bother sewing them in.

Nine blocks completed - and the iffy one unpicked and remade to include more of the accent fabric and less green.  Same link as before:

I'll get them packed up and in the post to @RJR_38  within the next few days

@Iminei does she avoid Y-seams by making wedges with triangles?

Yes, she did, but as you say it's not that difficult to make a Y-seam, just stitch slowly and carefully.

As I said before, I'm not a block maker usually - my quilts are organic - so the block restrictions are new to me. How do you resize one if you find a pleasing patterns ? Do you just have to do the maths?
Yes, @Catllar  you have to do the maths.

Quite often it works best for me to draw out the block full size onto paper (if it's for the 12" boom blocks you will need paper bigger than A4).   I just use a quilting ruler to get the right angles.  Then for each different piece draw the 1/4 inch seam allowance around, use a different colour so you can see it..

Once you've done that squares and right angle triangles canbe just measured, other shapes either measure the angles and do the maths to cut from strips or cut out that piece and use it as a pattern.  I have done that for a couple of the boom blocks that I've made.


No, really, I CAN'T take the hips in about 4 or 5 inches, straight through the pockets.  :angry: Put the money towards a pair that will fit you.
Anyway. They're being returned for me to shut up and do as I'm told have another look at them and take in what I can.


Either return them again, or just sew up the side seams as instructed, to include the opening to the pockets.  Maybe he'll understand then.  :devil:

A bit grey here but not raining (yet).  Nothing special planned here, but I got my last boom block sewed yesterday evening, will post piccies later today.  Like JP I forgot to do our covid tests yesterday so they need to be done sometime today.

Eight blocks made now, but there's one that I'm not happy with so I might remake it.

If you want to see the blocks I have made have a look at

Yes, it's a good video, she doesn't waffle and her accent is quite nice to listen to.   :thumbsup:

I liked the clever way of avoiding Y-seams.  I've just finished sewing a star of Le Moyne block for the BOOM swap which has lots of them.!

How would you make a half size version?  Would you use 1.5" strips instead of the 2.5" jelly roll strips?

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 19th June
« on: June 19, 2021, 08:10:08 AM »
Dull and grey here, and not too warm.  Socially distanced art group meeting today so the weather won't make any difference.  I'm going to, try to, make a start on a textile collage.  Yesterday I sorted out a basketful of possible scraps and it barely made a dent in the stash! :o

Now to have breakfast and get my packed lunch made.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 18th June
« on: June 18, 2021, 10:20:29 AM »
Morning all.  It was a bit cooler last night so I slept better but now the rain is coming down in stair rods.

My jobs for today include editing Sunday's grocery order and sorting out something to do at art group tomorrow. 

Have a good day

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 17th June
« on: June 17, 2021, 20:33:53 PM »
 :grouphug: to Mr & Mrs @Greybird  Having to go to a hospital every day is bad enough if you are not feeling poorly.  Sending you positive vibes for a really good outcome at the end of it all.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 17th June
« on: June 17, 2021, 09:31:15 AM »
Ooh gorgeous sandals @Flobear !  (might have to sit on my hands...)

I might have to sit on my hands too!

It's damp here after overnight thunderstorms, but still warm.  No special plans for today. 

Have a good day whatever you ae doing.

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