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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Tucker Trimmer and ME

Okay right.  I am making a quilt for my darling granddaughter Chloe who is almost 9 months old so guess I've been promising this quilt for say almost 9 months but I'm finally making it.  After a lot of deliberation (I am a type 'A' personality so it has to be perfect in every way - perfect choice and perfectly made) and many many months - well 9 of them to be precise but it might actually have been longer I started on Sunday I think.

Here is a picture of Chloe because you so NEED to see her - you really do. And here she is
My personal favorite.  A biscuit (cookie) in her mouth
and one in each hand.  Guess who found the biscuits???
Here she is reading
Well she's really smart - she takes after ME!!!
So after seeing and buying and downloading loads of patterns I finally decided on this one:
which you can buy here
Right I'm in love with this and I've been collecting charm packs for quite a while amongst the rest of my stash which shall remain nameless.  But let's just say it isn't small.  So I started out with two charm packs like this, and as you know Charm Packs by Moda are 5" square and cutting out a load of 5" squares (I'm getting so much better at cutting out anything using a ruler and my trusty rotary cutter) when I have lines is no problem at all so what next
I ironed all the white fabric, because you have to do this, no I didn't iron it - I PRESSED it.  Because ironing is a big no no and pressing is a HUGE yes.  Now, as you can see I marked two lines on either side of the center and I know it was the center because my trusty Quilters Magic Wand told me I was bang on in the center of this and if I drew a line either side I would get two quarter inch seams and then be able to cut right down the middle of the two squares I've sewn together using the lines for guidance and voila all would be good!  Really???  Somehow I think not.

Okay so right sides together I stitched with my sewing machine expecting, yep you've got it, when I ironed them open, and the pattern told me to iron the seams open so that there wasn't any bulk when I made up the X's otherwise known as Pinwheels.  So this I did for a while and then thought 'this is killing my junky arm and either I'm going to stop or else my arm is going to give way totally'.  So I stopped around halfway through because I knew I had a seen a uTube thingy that told me how to open up the middles of the pinwheels so they weren't bulky.

Then I got out my trusty Tucker Trimmer just to make sure that the new squares I had made were really square and guess what I found?  Yep!  They weren't square at all.
Which is where all this stuff came from
80, yes 80 Half Square Triangles, so far
have had to be trimmed

Please trust me this is now a PERFECT
4 1/2" square
which is should have been
but wasn't

So now you see why I am so adamant and have now made three posts on my Tucker Trimmer.  Well the first post was really about the Wing Clipper but who is cutting hairs here?  Not me that's for sure.  I will show you one completed X or Pinwheel has been sewn.  BRB (that's Be Right Back if you're new to this blogging thing, which I am not, but you might be and one shouldn't taken liberties with one's readers now should one?  Do I sound Queenish there?  You know enquiring minds and all that). 

It isn't really squiffy)
Here she is in all her glory - my first
PERFECT Pinwheel or X thanks to
my Tucker Trimmer

Oh, by the way IT STOPPED RAINING here FINALLY we have had three, yes you heard me right 3 lovely sunny days in a row, but apparently on Friday it is going to start again.  I HATE THE RAIN!!!  

Until next time ...  
Lots of Love Patti xxx 
American by birth and MOUTH but British in every other way


  1. Lovely blocks! Great job. I like the pattern. I might just have to get it, on your recommendation, of course! Your granddaughter is a cutie for sure!

  2. I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post's to be precisely what I'm looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn't mind composing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome blog!

  3. Hi Patti

    Just found your blog through your link on the Yahoo FWS group.These Deb Tucker rulers look great - Do you know if they are sold in the UK anywhere? And what are these Invisi-grips you mention? Off to have a little browse through your blog now :)

  4. OH gosh am I glad Julie sent me over here because this post alone gives me SO much help. It helped me to realize that *I* am not alone and to help me let go of some of the guilt I've had for the very thing you mentioned. My Granddaughter was born in Feb and she still has no quilt from this Grandma. But, given what you said, I still have 2 months before I have to begin feeling guilty again since you finally did something when your Granddaughter was 9 months old and mine just turned 7 months old. LOL


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