Thursday, August 12, 2010

2 Challenges

Pat Sloan recently issued 2 fun challenges...one was to post a photo of your scissors. Click here to see all the fabulous scissor photos. I put my scissors photo on my blog header. I don't have a lot of scissors compared to some of the other photographs posted, but each pair has it's own special purpose. Why not join the fun and add your photo...you could win a great prize!
And the second challenge was to try something new. Today I tried 2 new things...the first was a drink served by one of members of the "Sew 'n Sews" at today's quilting bee, during which we accomplished very little because it was too hot!  This drink is called "Pimm's" and it was a very refreshing summer time drink. Looking back on the day, perhaps it wasn't the heat at all...perhaps if we had consumed less Pimms, more sewing might have been done! LOL
The second new thing I did was to try making more circles, this time using Karen Kay Buckley's "Perfect Circles" product.  ("Circles" is the theme of my SAHR - click here to read about my  beginning block...happily my blog readers left me some comments with ideas for new methods of making circles...I plan to try as many of these as I can.)
Anyway,  this "Perfect Circles" product consists of heat resistant plastic washers. You cut a circle of fabric, stitch around the seam allowance as if you're making a yo-yo, and pull the thread tight.
Then you paint some starch around the edges, heat press and remove the washer...ta da...perfect little circles.
Now what am I going to do with these cute little circles?
I don't know yet, but they are waiting in an envelope until I have a chance to work on my second SAHR block. It is fun to try new things!

3 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

This is the very way that I make my appliqued circles.

Ruthie said...

We just had a quild program on machine stitching circles. The circle was cut one inch larger than the hole cut out of the background. We divided the circle and the background into eighths. Pinned and stitched, stitching about 1/2 inch at a time.

The Quilting Pirate said...

Great set of scissors!!

I love Kaye's circles and have used them many times!

OOo I have to try out the drink!