Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. Now that I have professional help, I have delegated the fabric selection.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Mystic Quilt's post about making her version and following along at Crazy Mom Quilts. I can see from this start that I need to work on some contrast. I tend not to use light fabrics and only a smattering of dark. So my scrap quilts can tend toward a medium bright mush.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. The fish suggest you swim over there right away because there are kittens on the loose over here. And in an ironic twist, the foster kittens escaped into the sewing room where columns of kittens are hanging from the design wall. And two kittens decided that they would climb the kittens...because they were there.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
And just to complicate things, while Lizzie was at the shelter, she decided to foster a 3-day old kitten because she was apparently getting nostalgic for the good old days. This means that when she returns to my foster care, she will take over the downstairs where she will be tending to a new foster of her own.
So if any of you know what Tommy would have suggested for getting me out of this, I would love to know given that part of the manual has been heavily redacted by the kittens.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Smitty, over at Three Cat Ranch, is having his staff make set in circles.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Right now the light blue and blue green bunnies are in a race to go see what's hoppening over at the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.
And later today, Lizzie the Mother Cat and her kittens are going into town for a check-up. How I get everyone into one carrier may get interesting.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Mr. Mouse would like to interrupt this tutorial to report that I use my seam ripper as often as a mouse uses his whiskers. And while he feels its sad that he doesn't have whiskers, he thinks it is tragic that I gave instructions yesterday that would make a mutilated mouse. So if you followed along, better get out your seam ripper. Sorry about that!
Now we are ready to assemble the body. Attach the arms to a 1.5 by 2.5 inch rectangle of the light fabric. While you're at the sewing machine, attach the right and left feet to the center 1.5 inch square of background fabric. And finally, sew the arms, tummy and feet together. If you have corrected the nose section, you can attach this on top to complete the center section.
Lay the 2.5 inch square of background fabric face down on the corner of dark fabric. Sew along the diagonal and iron the flip triangle over. Trim. Now you have the diagonal piece of tail.
You will also want to cut a 3.5 by 4.5 rectangle of background as well as a 1.5 by 4.5 rectangle of dark fabric.
Now you have all the components to make the right hand section of the mouse. First sew together the 3.5 by 4.5 rectangle of background to the 1.5 by 4.5 rectangle, that is, sew A to B. Next sew a 1.5 by 2.5 inch rectangle of background to a 1.5 inch square of dark fabric. This is where the tail is attached to the mouse body. Sew C to D. Next sew the diagonal part of the mouse tail (E) to C+D. And finally sew A+B to C+D+E to F. Or more simply...sew the parts together as shown above.
Last but not least, its time to call the exterminator. You have a mouse problem!
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Lay the dark fabric face down on the background fabric and sew along the diagonal. Remember to sew just slightly off of the diagonal toward the corner so you can iron it over and have the corners meet. Trim away the bottom two layers leaving a quarter inch seam.
Now for the double flip. Place the small square of background fabric in the corner of your flip triangle, sew along the diagonal, then iron it over, and trim. You have just done a double flip.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Before I begin, I like to cut strips of fabric, choosing strip sizes that will make the process easier. I often have lots of scraps left over, but this just feeds into other scrap quilt projects.
For the mouse, I would cut 2 strips for background fabric: one 3.5 inch strip and one 1.5 inch strip.
I would also cut one 3.5 inch strip of a light fabric and one 3.5 inch strip and a 1.5 inch strip of a darker fabric. (One 3.5 inch strip would work as well.) You will also need three 1.5 inch squares of black or whatever you might want to use for the nose and eyes.
The diagram on the right shows the gross anatomy for the mouse. It is constructed in four large sections. Each of these sections are built from smaller units.
Then the flap of each corner square is ironed over to make what I call a flip triangle. The bottom two layers of the triangle can be cut away (leaving at least 1/4 inch from the seam line). Now watch your language, because your mouse can hear you now.
And now your mouse can see, hear and smell.