Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Easy peasy pin wheels

Finally after two weeks of pouring rain we had a some of the concreting done :) The concrete pipe was fed through from the front door out to the back!

I won't bore you with more renos.

Instead here is my easy way to do pin wheels, well i think it was easy :)

Start with two squares of different fabric, mine were 10" layer cake,
 cut them across both diagonals without moving them after the first cut :)

You will end up with four 1/4 square triangles from each piece of fabric 
which you then make up like the one below
making sure you have two matching pieces opposite each other

separate the halves and sew two 1/4 triangles right sides together to make two 1/2 square triangles as shown below, all seams are 1/4"

sew the two HST together so you end up with the formation below

then carefully cut them again to make four squares

dont move them after the first cut so the second one is accurate, again :)

and then you will have this

So all you need to do is rotate two of the squares so that you end up with this

sew two of the squares together as you can see below

and repeat for the other two, 
then sew the two rectangles right sides together matching seams so the points will meet, 
using a 1/4 " seam allowance.

And voila here it is !
I hope you like this way to do pin wheels, I did get myself muddled a couple of times when not concentrating and ended up with odd ones !

this is the quilt top done with this method, then set on point,
 next post I will show you how to do this an easy way as well :)
Happy sewing everyone ! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Renovation mess

It's a disaster zone here at the moment, the concrete has been demolished around the pool and my garden has been ripped to shreds. Also silly husband has cut down some palms, which did look lovely,  and now it looks really terrible, so I am a bit depressed. I'm not a fan of palms normally, but I made an exception for these ones. Hopefully when all is done it will look ok, I will do some more planting. I'm in a fug. I know there are more important things to worry about, but I just wish there was a bit more consideration and sense in the man's head. Sorry about the whinge, I will get better. I will do some sewing on the weekend to take my mind off it all. Hope your week is going ok.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ozzie aftermath and more usa photos

After 4 days without power I nearly went mental in the heat and humidity, I went to Margs for some respite, she had the air con on :) Thanks Marg, you are a life saver! Fortunately we had no damage, although the slab did absorb some of the water and we are on a hill !  Onto other things, hubs is going to be in the US again in July, I would love to go with him, but would need a teenage sitter for a month, her brother will be busy studying in the city. So I probably wont be able to go :((

I loved it there even though they drive on the wrong side of the road!  The mountain ranges were extraordinary! Here are some photos of the trip through Death Valley on the way to Las Vegas.
There are loads more but i cant find them on the silly mac, grumble, silly husband has put them somewhere obscure.

Even though Death Valley is all dirt and the occasional tumbleweed, its still impressive although I am glad we went through in winter :)  It was chilly, we were glad to get back in the car with the heater on !
Its hard to believe we had our ski jackets on there, and here we have had the aircon blasting !

Well other than that not much is new, I have been sewing a little bit, but i get annoyed with myself when seams don't align properly, and then have to get up and walk away, otherwise i would do a psycho on the fabric, my patience is low at the moment ! Hope you are having a productive week, and hopefully i will be back soon :)