Sunday, November 13, 2011


I finished my quilt top!

Now I just need to get the backing and batting, tie it, and bind it. So... there is still quite a bit left. But the part that takes the longest and is the hardest to do is done!

I'm going to show you how to make crazy quilt squares in case you haven't done it before and are dying to know how it is done. :)

This is how I do it.

1. Cut out all the squares of all your fabrics. You can do them any size you want. Mine are 8 1/2 x 8 1/2.

2. Stack four squares (each one different patterns of fabric) on top of each other.

I do a couple at the same time (keeping them separate until the end so they match up) to make it go a little faster.

3. Line up a ruler diagonally across the stacked squares, leaving about an inch of room uncovered on one corner and one inch covered on the opposing corner.

4. Cut all four squares along the edge of the ruler. (Before I had a mat and rotary cutter, I just cut an approximated diagonal line, without using a ruler, across the squares with scissors. It works just fine. Doing it this way just makes it a little bit more precise and it's a little faster.)

This is what it will look like after it's cut.

5. Mismatch the squares. (Take the top piece of fabric from one side and put it on the bottom of the stack).

6. Place right sides together, and sew together one square at a time. (1/4 inch seam allowance).

Like so.

7. Iron each square flat, then place the four squares of each stack in their separate stacks again. (Like I said before, it's easier to match them up later if you keep the stacks separate when you do more than one at a time).

8. Repeat steps 3 and 4.

9. Mismatch the squares again. I like to mismatch them completely so that each square has four different patterns.

10. Put the mismatched sides right sides together, making sure the seams in the middle of each side match up. (Pin the seam so it doesn't move out of place when you sew it).

11. Sew them together same as before, 1/4 inch seam allowance.

12. Iron them all flat.

See the uneven edges?

13. Cut them off.

So they are even.

And after going through this process many many times, you will have a big stack of squares with which you can construct your own crazy quilt.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I'm making this quilt


And it is not almost done.  But you can kind of tell what it will look like as a quilt with these squares next to each other, right?

I'll tell the truth. I really only work on it when I feel like it... So it's taking a while to finish. I'm almost done piecing the individual squares though!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Belted Bag

I'm a fan of the hobo style bag, so this is what I did for my first design. I already had this fabric, which is why I used it, but now I know for next time not to use 100% cotton if I don't use interfacing because it's not as stiff and sturdy as I would like it to be. I also won't use D rings to attach the handle to the bag again. They never stay horizontal like they should. Next time I'll have to use rings that are symmetrical.

 You can kind of tell from this view of the inside how I made a million pockets, all designed for something specific to place in them. I hate losing things inside of my bag. This way, everything is organized and easy to find. I also sewed in a trigger hook on one side of the bag to hook my keys onto, so now I never have to search for them!

And here's a view of the back. Two belt loops on the front, two on the back, and I just tacked the belt on with a needle and thread in a few places so it would stay in place.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

There's this thing

how I'm taking a statistics class. I'm pretty sure everyone in the world already knows this because that's how many people I've told, but I'm actually quite surprised at how much it differs from my expectations of how it would be. My math skills are much lower than sub par. And math classes have always been my most dreaded subject. So there's no way I could enjoy a statistics class, right? So thought I. But. I was wrong. I don't hate it like I thought I would. I even find it a bit.. shall I go so far as to say.. fascinating. (Feel free to gasp).

Why am I telling you all this? Who knows really, but it seems I'm incapable of telling a story without prefacing it with another. And I also give way more information in the story than people need to know to get what I'm saying. Sorry about that. But now that I've gotten the preface out of the way, I'm going to tell the real story. If you're bored, go ahead and bow out. I won't be offended.

So. In stats class yesterday, we were learning about prediction errors. There are two kinds. Type 1 and type 2. Type 1 error is when you reject H0 (the null hypothesis) when H0 is true. Type 2 error is when you fail to reject H0 when Ha (the alternative hypothesis) is true. For those of you who aren't as into statistics as I currently am, don't worry... a perfect knowledge of these things isn't necessary when I finally get to the point. After learning about the two prediction errors, we were discussing which error is more serious, (and we learned that it just really depends on the situation and what is the null hypothesis and the alternative hypothesis), but my teacher brought up an interesting scenario where we could decide our own opinion on which error we thought would be more serious. In this scenario, the H0 (which is basically the original hypothesis) is that The Book of Mormon is the word of God. The Ha (the alternative hypothesis - which one develops in order to disprove H0) is that The Book of Mormon is not the word of God. So, in this case, which error would be more serious? Type 1, where you reject The Book of Mormon as the word of God when it really is? Or type 2, where you fail to reject The Book of Mormon as the word of God when it really isn't? If you believe H0, you would probably say that a type 1 error is more serious. If you don't believe H0, though, you might say that type 2 is more serious. How about with this second scenario though? It's put a little more simply this way. H0: there is a God. Ha: there is not a God. In this case, which error is more serious? Type 1, where you reject the null hypothesis that there is a God and there really is? Or type 2, where you fail to reject the hypothesis that there is a God and there really isn't? It's probably easier to think about it this way... would it be a more serious error to: a) live a good life and do good things and then find out that there is NOT a God when you die, or b) live a life that isn't good and not do good things and then find out there IS a God when you die?

There's a saying that goes around (which the girl I was sitting by brought up in class) that goes something like:
I would rather live my life as if there is God then die and find out there isn't, than to live my life as if there isn't a God then die and find out there is.

And that concludes my food for your thoughts on this day. I am so proud of you if you made it through to the end.