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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas mood?

Warning- no sewing on todays blog

I don't know what it is about this year but here it is a week before my most favorite holiday and I'm not feeling it. I have done some shopping, made some cookies, have one of my Christmas trees started, we had record snowfall already in the Buffalo area... yet not feeling it.

So over the weekend I traveled to NJ to see my baby girls first home purchase with her fella, it is so adorable and decorated for the holidays.  I am so proud of them, such a cute first home and she gave me an idea of something I can make for her.
 
Lunch in Montclair and a little window shopping, yes those are knitted hats in fun shapes.
 

Saturday morning we set off by train into NYC to see the the sites, a train full of Santas so much fun.  It was Santa.con day in the city- I will say we encountered the largest bunch very early so no drunk santas, just jolly happy ones. 
 

Our first stop was the Etsy Holiday shop set up in Chelsea Market, it was interesting.  I purchased a few cards not much else, it was crowded with barely wide aisles and way too warm.  I hope the shop owners did well, the space should have been bigger.


We saw Cinderella, I always plan a show when in NYC, they are better.  Somehow the storylines are more playful. Very enjoyable.
 

Then there was the tree, my favorite tree.  I dont care how crowded it is or how far we had to walk its worth it every time.
 





Sunday morning after a picture perfect breakfast at Normas, last on the "get you in the holiday mood" are the windows at Macy's, with some shopping in the Christmas department (60% off)
 

After a little break for my knees baby girl took her mama from NYC to the EWR airport by train so I didnt get lost, yes I was conserned about that. Thank goodness she knows the ins and outs of the NYC trains and subway system.

Thank you for a great weekend, see you at home next week!
 

I had a wonderful time with my daughter, great food as usual and then I was back home getting double puppy kisses in the car like I was gone for weeks instead of 2 days.  
 
Kinda caught up on my holiday sewing, off to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" that should do it, right?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Feathers ~ My way tutorial

As you know I am in several bees and our queen for NQB Bee asked for Anna Marie Horners feathers. Stephanie of Late Night Quilters requested them without backing so she can applique them, I can not wait to see her quilt when its done.

After doing so many for my quilt I found a better way without using paper 

 
First when I get new fabric I cut off the edges and save the salvages, sometimes as much as two inches.  I start by picking colors I like to start.
 
 
Then I fold them in half wrong sides together with the idea that the longer ones will be at the base of the feather. 

 
Then I cut the open end (not the folded) at a 45 degree angle


Cut the other end to make it into two pieces


This gives you both sides of the feather at the proper angle, this is where I decide on the fabric colors and order

 
Time to chain piece them one side at a time


Sew together overlapping 1/4" for less waste


After pressing, fresh cut the stem side of the feather
 
 
The stem is actually designed to show 1/4" between colors.  When I sew my stem I use whatever width scrap I have. It is easier for me to control wider widths than narrow.


After pressing, trim to 1/2" showing
(3/4" total)


Attach the other side

 
Press


After trimming the first side to your desired shape, mark the other side to balance your feather.  Use the stems straight line for a starting point
 
 
If you are doing a feather with a background you would start with your background piece before starting the feather.  At this point you would add top and sides of the background.
 
 
 
This is one of the feathers with white backgrounds from my other quilt.  I blue dotted where I attached the white if you need your feather to be a block
 
 
Here are the two I did for Stephanie ~ yay ta-done!
 
Off to make arrows for my Do Good Stitches bee
Pam







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