Monday, January 30, 2012

Starching Snowflakes

Last week I finally remembered to buy some pushpins to starch and block the snowflakes I've been making. Actually I bought some pushpins the week before but I forgot I had so now I have plenty.  If you look here, you'll see my earlier attempt of making do by using straight pins and cereal box cardboard.  Not the best solution.  The cardboard was too hard and the pins kept bending.  This time I followed directions and used real cardboard box material covered with plastic and pushpins.

When stacked, the pushpins provide a little airflow and the whole setup is compact enough to tuck under the bed to dry.

I also sewed a couple more 501 Project blocks.



One more block and I'll be just over halfway through the project.

I played around in EQ7 with the Buckwheat block in this color scheme.  Within an hour I created 23 quilts with it and of course there are a ton more but this is the one I like the best so far.

Of course I love just about everything that's purple.  I don't know that I'll ever make this quilt but it sure is fun and instant gratification to create them in EQ7.

Hope you have a good day.


Kate said...

I'm really liking your purple and yellow blocks. The quilt made up with the Buckwheat block is gorgeous. The shading shift between the different purples really makes that quilt sparkle. But looking at that block, I'm not sure I'd want to make 25 of them!

Angela Michaud-Mourer said...

Love the blocks and the computer-aided design you put together!

As for the snowflakes, you must have very good eyes and fingers and lights. My Mom (RIP) made buckets of tatted ornaments back in the 70's and my sister and I have them now. This year they were especially handy, as we had to have a tree with no breakables--kitten in the house. They are so lovely and fine. And, a bit grubby looking, I need to wash them and I guess I'll do the starch trick as you show, although I have a dim memory of my Mom doing the glue thing to stiffen them. Will find out when I get up the guts to wash this finery.

As usual, Pat, good job!