Spent part of the day in Wally World getting a refund on my Droid. Nope..still keeping it. It turns out the other day the priced dropped and I asked for the difference. Wally World was great and very helpful.
While going through the apps section on my Droid in B&N I found an Amazon barcode scanner. You can scan the book and see if it's cheaper via Amazon. Of course it is. We all know B&N is incompetent with their prices but it was great to download an e-book from Amazon.com right to my iPad from the store to get the book cheaper. One book was 50 dollars cheaper via Amazon when I showed DH. He about fell over as he thought about buying it. I bet stores HATE these kinds of apps.
I have all of the outline quilting done on my quilt. I have the first part of the border done and have spent the evening working on a design for the eight plain squares:
Umm..Can the feathers go backwards as I just realized I did that? Oh..wait, I have the paper backwards.
Making a quilting stencil can be quite easy or a giant pain. Here's what I do:
First; if I can get lucky like the above, I already had some stencils that fit in an 8x8 inch square. If not, draw out the size square you need filled on a separate paper(s). I draw lines diagonally, horizontally and vertically to have a defined area. You can easily fold over the paper as well to get those lines.
I then draw what I want and refine as I go. If what I have looks terrible, I draw another square and work with it again. This is about having fun, not about perfection. If you do a half design, fold over the paper and trace the other half to keep it symetrical. You can do this in all four corners or on the diagonal.
This is where I KISS it. I know there are specialty papers that let you "sew" the design and then pounce the chalk. Meh. I'm cheap. I use regular typing paper, a pin and a water soluble pen. I push the pin through the paper all around the design making small holes and then mark through the holes.
I put the design on the block, pin in place and where the holes are, put the pen in to mark the design. I only had a fine pen to demonstrate so it's hard to see, but you'll get the idea:
Here's the corner design w/the dots. I'll connect the dots with my marker and sew along the line.
If I had my thicker pen that I couldn't find, the dots would be much more visible. I've never had a problem with a WS pen in the eight years I've used them. Chalk drives me nuts and makes me sneeze like crazy.
The last two pics were taking with my Droid camera. I think it's just easier to use my own but I had to try it.
Then the question becomes, dark thread or light thread for the quilting? Dark will show up mistakes (shhh..don't tell anyone I make mistakes) and the light will give a softer look to it.