Rosa's World

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Print 'n Sew With Inklingo!

Hi There!

I'm not sure if any of you remember me mentioning "Inklingo"
 before but it truly IS an incredible quilting tool!

Do any of you remember when you first heard about 
rotary cutters and "self-healing" cutting mats?



Once you've tried Inklingo, 
you'll understand why Inklingo 
is setting the quilting world on it's ears!

Here's how I can explain Inklingo in a nutshell:

You cut your freezer paper to 8-1/2" X 11"
Iron it on the RIGHT side of your fabric.
With your rotary cutter,
trim your fabric and FP back to
8-1/2" X 11"

Open up your Inklingo PDF.
Select the block you wish to print and ink color.
Put your freezer paper
piece in your printer tray.
Click "Print".
Once printed, remove your FP.

Your sewing lines are now on your fabric,
ready to be cut 
either with your scissors or rotary cutter
and ready to be sewn....
either by hand or by sewing machine!

And here's Linda Franz's
 Quick Start Guide 
It explains a little more about printing on fabric.

Now, the creator behind Inklingo
is always busy creating
new and incredible Inklingo patterns.

She has recently designed over 300 + 
different Hexagon patterns!!! 

And we all know that hexes are the latest craze!

My goal is to make all of them!
And to blog about each and every one of them!
I'm making them at 6 inches.

This is Hexagon #1

For those of you that already have this Inklingo pattern,
and would like to follow me on my
Inklingo Hexagon adventure,
you will need....

Hexagon the Other Half, at 1.50
Triangle, at 1.50

Did I mention that I'll be handpiecing them?  

Here's the back of my hexagon, 
not yet ironed.

And here's the back of my ironed hexagon...

See the nice, neat sewing lines?
When you handpiece with Inklingo,
its almost IMPOSSIBLE to not
make a PERFECT block!

Inset seams are now


You end up with the cutest "rosettes"
and your block lays nice and flat!

NOTE:  When you finally decide to get OFF the fence and TRY Inklingo, you will be asked where you heard about Inklingo.  
PLEASE click on my name as I'm an "Associate".


Have a Terrific Thursday!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Picture Sharing.

 Hi There!

Picture sharing time, once again.

Gilbert's wrist pincushion was getting pretty raggedy.  So, he went on-line to find a nice, puffy and big-enough-for-a-man, wrist pincushion.

We ordered 2 from 2 different spots on-line and it certainly wasn't what we were expecting.

Sooooo, once again, it was Rosa to the rescue.

Made this one from the leftover fabrics of "Be Happy".  You know - the baby quilt that we sent to his daughter?   S'nice to use up every little bit of fabric that I have here!   


A few weeks ago, we placed an order of thread, for Gilbert and Bertha, our Gammill longarm.

Once this thread arrived, Gilbert needed a place to "display" them.  He made another wall board, with pegs to hang these big cones of thread.

On this picture, there's either no varnish or just 1 coat.

Can't remember.  

And here it is, proudly hanging in its place!

It has been terribly hot 'n humid this past week or so.  And, to be honest, heat and I are not really the best of friends....

I've been going into my Quilting Studio and most times, just pant in front of my portable fan and "ponder".  I might lift a bit of fabric.... just to place it in another spot. LOL

Anyhow, this morning is a new day!  I hope to work on one of my Dear Jane blocks and finish the top of my Christmas Eye Spy quilt, today!

Wish me luck!

P.S. I forgot that I have 12 more "Mug Rugs" or coasters to make, for a cousin's friend.   HEY!  I'm gettin' paid for these!  *VBG*

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Winter Twitterings in July

 Hi There!

Remember my Redwork book that my friend Frummie 
had given to me, while in Florida?

I had blogged about it here.

Here's a picture of the back of the book.

I believe there's 12 blocks
and they give you a multitude of 
other projects you can make 
with these blocks!

I had uploaded and shared with you
the first block that I had made.

It seemed to take me FOREVER
to embroider this!

Day before yesterday, I finally finished
the second block.

And while working on this one,
I came to what I call
an "Executive Decision".

I will NOT be making this entire quilt.

Its too long, there's waaaay too many 
twigs and berries and holly leaves, etc, etc, etc. 
I will be using these 2, that are completed, 
as labels for the back of 2 quilts.
Nothing wasted!
No, I will not give up on this project.
Maybe someday, I'll re-start it.
 Who knows, eh?

But, for now, 
I have other projects that I wish to work on.
Hope you're all have a Super Sunday!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mug Rugs, Keeping Calm and Eye-Spyed Blocks

Hi There!

How's the weather in your area?  

Here, we "were" to get yesterday - it was overcast - and today, Saturday and Sunday..... rain.

Remember - yesterday was overcast
and it was supposed to be rain, right?  

This morning, I get up and its a GORGEOUS sunny day, out there. So, I go and check the forecast and now, it's sun, all across the board till Thursday of next week, I believe!
  *shakes her head*

Anyhow... Let's chat about quilting!

A week or so ago, my cousin Doreen asked that I make her friend 12 coasters or "Mug Rugs".

Her friend is rather conservative - you know, the kind of man that only likes "dark" colors?  *grin*

Here's the fabric that I choose which I had picked up in Florida. Its part of a coffee bean themed fabric.

Here's the first 4.  Got this FREE tutorial 
from my friend at Cyn's Quilted Travels.

I finished all 12 and delivered them to Doreen.  She, in turn, gifted them to her friend who liked them so much, he commissioned me to make 12 more, of a different fabric combo.  He wanted 12 spare ones.  :-)

Have any of you seen the latest posters, 
generated from the "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters?

As per Wikipedia, these posters were 
created and produced at the beginning of World War II.

I saw THIS variation and immediately knew that I wanted to make this for our Longarm Studio!

Cut out the letters and the crown and ironed them onto some Heat 'n Bond.  Mind you, some of the "holes" or jewels on the crown were too small to iron on and then, machine applique.  

So, I decided to hand embroider some of it.

(Crown still needs some more "jewels")

 Wallhanging is now hanging in our Longarm Studio and quilty friends will be greeted by this cheerful quilt.

Here's a close-up of Gilbert's incredible Hearts 'n Loops, done freehand!

This past winter, I participated in a Christmas Eye-Spy Block Swap.  Time to pull these blocks out of their hiding spot and figure out how to put 'em together.

When it comes to "designing" a quilt,  I prefer the old fashioned method of grid paper, pencil, eraser, markers, scissors.... You know what I mean.  :-)

 I wanted this lap quilt to look complicated yet, be easy to put together.

Got the bottom 3 rows put together!

I've got some strippy red, green and white fabric that I will probably use for 1 of the borders.  But I'm not quite ready to sew up the borders.  Still have 3 more rows to sew up.

Here's a close-up of 2 of the blocks. 
Cute, eh?

Well, I'm off to a funeral, today.  

My ex father-in-law who was also a good friend, over the years.
He was also my oldest son, Adam's grandfather.

And yes, Adam came down from Halifax, to be here.

Hope you all have an incredible weekend!