Monday, December 2, 2013

Progress on the Smoothing Iron quilt


I’ve been working on the Smoothing Iron quilt that I’m making with my African indigo fabrics.  Just two more long seams and the top will be complete.  THEN I can start on Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice!
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There are lots of bias edges with these sixty degree angles and lots of points that I would like to have match nicely.  So I’ve been pinning carefully as I go along – I would rather spend a few minutes pinning than a lot of minutes picking out!
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As I worked I became annoyed at finding pins with rough spots on them.  Seemed every second pin I picked up had burrs on the shaft.  I finally reached for the little pill container in which I put discarded “Sharps” and dropped the next nasty pin in there.  No more rough pins!  I had been picking up and putting back the same bad pin for half an hour!!

3 comments:

Ramona said...

I love your shweshwe fabric with the green! I bought some a few years ago and enjoyed working with it. Very cool pattern!

~Kris~ said...

This is really a great color combination. Your blocks are so nicely done and lay so flat.

I have been having some bad pin days, too. I keep thinking there must be a way to smooth them out or sharpen the points. Such a waste.

AnnieOf Blue Gables said...

I use my hubby's whet stone he uses to sharpen knives with.
Also I learned online to use a tiny bit of school glue on your seams and press after gluing and you need no pins. . .
http://quiltinggallery.com/2008/05/15/binding-with-elmers-school-glue/