A Friday Finish: Laundry Day Mini Quilt

Thanks for all the kind wishes for my daughter’s recovery from her arm-break and surgery.  It’s been a long week, but each day is better than the last.

While we were in the hospital this past week, while Sophie slept, I did a little hand-work to finish up appliqueing and embroidering the mini quilt I’ve been working on.  I had finished most of it before the big emergency; I asked my husband to pack it up and bring it to me at the hospital.

Here is the quilted piece that serves as the background for the quilt. I finished quilting it on the longarm last week (I posted it on Instagram because I liked it so much, I almost left it like it was without adding any embellishments).

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I used a quilting design made famous by Angela Walters from her Shape by Shape quilting book.  My friend Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl used the same beautiful design a couple of weeks ago too in her Out of the Woods quilt. There’s no better way to quilt a windy scene.

Meanwhile, before the big injury, my daughter and I had been having fun practicing origami, with little squares of paper over the past few weeks. She folded all of these paper dresses by herself.  I wondered if I could accomplish the same look, but with some of my favorite fabrics.

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I gave it a try, using some of my favorite Cotton & Steel prints in beachy, dreamy colors. And I love the results! It finishes at 20.5″ x 17″.

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I am having fun imagining all the possibilities for future projects.  If anyone is interested, I could post a tutorial for the method in the next couple of weeks.

Here’s a closer picture, where you can see the dresses a little more clearly.  I also used the rope stitch to embroider the laundry line using Aurifil’s Aurifloss in Natural White (2021), and I made the little bird with Aurifloss black (2692), and a tiny turquoise beak (2810).

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The Austin Modern Quilt Guild was invited to exhibit a selection of quilts at our local airport where they have an awesome Fiber Arts display.  I submitted this mini quilt for consideration.  The guild will vote on entries this week. We’ll see – there are so many beautiful entries! Wait til you see Michelle’s entry – it is so cool.  She knocked it out of the park. We’ll post it next Friday.

Happy weekend, everyone.  I’m linking up with My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric Addict, Fort Worth Fabric Studio, Link A Finish Friday, Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday, and Show off Saturday.

 

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday: My Rule of Thumb

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It was a wild weekend here.

My 7 year old daughter fell from the monkey bars on Saturday and broke her arm. To get her out to the ambulance, we had to carry her 50 yards, through one of those winding, 5 story indoor-play mazes, on our knees, while being hit in the head with swinging foam obstacles. It was brutal, to say the least.

But we’re home today; she’s recovering from surgery, and we’re trying to get our lives back to normal.

A part of getting back to normal means putting up a blog post for Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!  It’s amazing how good normal feels.

For this week’s tip, I want to share with you the simple method I use to place my applique, binding and embroidery stitches exactly where I want them.

For the longest time, I had difficulty determining where to place my stitches as I sewed on a binding or around a piece of embroidery. I often want them to be exactly 1/4″ or 1/8″ apart, for a consistent look to my hand work. But I’d fail over and over, which left my embroidery looking as though it was stitched by my 4 year old (no offense to my 4 year old.)

Then I started using this simple little method:
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I just measure and draw a few marks on my thumb that correspond to the distance I want between my stitches. The ones above are drawn 1/4″ apart, perfect for the running stitch I embroidered around my quilt label.2015-03-19 17.15.58

Do you have a tip or tutorial to share this week?  If you do, please link up below and show us what you’ve got!

 



Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

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Thanks to everyone who entered the Blue Line Eraser Giveaway last week.  If you plan to use the 20% off coupon, today is the last day to do that (enter “LateNight” at checkout).

The winner of the giveaway for the $25 All In Blue Line Eraser package is… Laura at Merry Organic.  Laura – I’ll send you an email to let you know.

We had such wonderful tips and tutorials last week.  Thank you all again for linking up.

I want to highlight a couple of my favorite links from last week.  So if you didn’t have a chance to look at them yet, pin them, bookmark them, put them under your pillow for later.

Did you see Karin’s post about her Flowering Snowball mini quilt?  She made a downloadable template for you and everything!

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And how about Kitty’s post about how to organize your embroidery floss? It’s a really helpful tutorial; and as usual, her pictures are fantastic.

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I think both these ladies deserve a little prize for their efforts, don’t you?

Hope you have some more tips and tutorials to link up today.  Keep ‘em coming!
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Friday Finish – Mikey likes it

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By: Michelle Alderman

This week’s finish is a simple, 40″ x 40″ star block quilt made out of Cloud 9 Organic cotton fabric from the Lotus Pond line.  I used this free pattern for the Big Star Baby Quilt from Fave Quilts

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I quilted it on my Bernina with some fun swirls. I wanted to keep it soft, so I did a minimal amount of quilting in the star and the borders. I loved the way the quilting played across the vertical stripes of fabric on the back.

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I just adore this fabric. Whimsical but still somewhat masculine; the perfect choice for Baby Mikey, my friend Brianne’s baby who was born a few weeks ago.  I joked with Stephanie that I just can’t get myself to use white on a baby quilt because I hope it will be drooled on, dragged around, and used often.  So a gray seems like the perfect choice to me.

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I have to take a minute to say that Brianne is one hell of a mom. Four kids and (probably) counting. There is no way I could do what she does (or Stephanie for that matter) and stay somewhat sane. My hat’s off to them. I’m just happy to have so many babies to quilt for. It feeds my addiction soul.

Happy sewing ya’ll!

P.S. – Have you heard…  creativebug has temporarily dropped their price to $5 a month for unlimited access to a million beautifully filmed, unique classes, and Craftsy is having a special on up to 50% off it’s classes, with a money-back guarantee.

Stephanie is a video tutorial addict, and I know she loves watching every kind of crafting video under the sun during her quiet moments with a cup of coffee before the kids are awake.

If you haven’t tried either video tutorial site yet, this is definitely the weekend to do it! These sales won’t last long.

Also, if you missed Stephanie’s in depth review of her favorite new quilting tool, Blue Line Eraser, we hope you’ll check it out.  We love supporting great new businesses that make our quilting lives better, so we’re thrilled that they provided a coupon for our readers to try their product at 20% off til Tuesday of next week (coupon code “LateNight”).

*The Craftsy and Creativebug links in this post are affiliate links.  If you’re thinking of trying either, we greatly appreciate you using our links.  If you do, we receive a small commission, and there is no price increase at all for you.  Thanks for helping us support our blog!

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday Linky Party: Blue Line Eraser Review and Giveaway

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I am writing my first product review this week for our Tips and Tutorials Linky Party! If you have a tip or tutorial today,  be sure to scroll down to the bottom and add your blog link so everyone can check out what you’ve got to share.

The focus of the week is Blue Line Eraser Solution.

You know those water soluble blue pens that are in quilt shops everywhere? They appeal to longarmers, domestic machine quilters, and those who love applique and embroidery too.  Yeah, they’re really great tools, and have made life easier for many sewists.

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Until those little blue lines don’t actually go away when you want them to, and then they’re a little less great.  Then they can make you cry.

Enter, Blue Line Eraser. This product can solve any blue-line woes you’ve ever had.

As a longarmer who quilts for others, I often like to mark a quilt top to guide me in the quilting process.  This is especially helpful for crosshatching, feathers, and my new favorite Krista Wither’s style of quilting where you break negative space up into manageable chunks.

But when it’s someone else’s quilt top, nothing is more terrifying than marking it! I mean holy #$%*.  Talk about risk-taking behavior.  That is not something to mess around with.

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I can safely say that Blue Line Eraser has got to be one of my favorite quilting products out there.

I’m writing this review on my own, without receiving any compensation.  However, I did contact Blue Line Eraser and let them know that I would be posting an honest review, and they generously offered to give away their All In Package to one lucky winner and to offer 20% off to my readers (scroll to the bottom to see how to win or use the coupon).

About 6 months ago, after marking up a top with a Clover water soluble pen, and struggling to get the blue lines out with water, I thought I’d give Blue Line Eraser a try.  You can imagine my relief when it worked exactly the way it said it should. I’ve been using it consistently, and it really makes the blue lines from any brand of those water-soluble blue pens disappear.

Here’s a funky practice quilt top I did on some lime ombré fabric after taking Krista Wither’s quilting class.  It required a bit of marking ahead of time to break up the space. Do you see any blue lines peeking out anywhere? Nope! Not one.

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FEATURES:

Blue Line Eraser is biodegradable, and the thing that I love most about it is that it removes blue lines that have even been pressed with a hot iron. (I may have done this once or twice).

It comes in a spray bottle, which is perfect for large or densely marked spaces. And you can also get a nifty pen that allows you to erase single lines without wetting your whole project. This is great for applique or embroidery too!

Clover also makes an eraser pen.  These work fine for awhile, but I get frustrated that they dry out so quickly.  Why do they make those little caps so easy to lose?? I also find that I have to go over lines a few of times when the pen is drying out, which is quite annoying.

I love that the blue line eraser pen is re-fillable, and comes with a mini funnel to make filling easy.  So no worries about your pen drying out if you use it often.

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I wish I could tell you what’s in Blue Line Eraser solution.  I really tried to get it out of Sky, the founder of the company, in my email to her.  Of course, it’s a proprietary formula. And although I’m very curious, I suppose it’s best if it stays proprietary so they can stay in business.

LIMITATIONS:

There are two important things to consider when using Blue Line Eraser.

1) You should always test it on your RED fabrics first!

—Now, in the product information, it says you should test it on every fabric.  I will tell you, I’ve used it a ton, on many many different fabrics, and I have not had a problem that I know of with discoloration.   But apparently red fabrics (or fabrics that are shades of red, purple or marsala) are a different animal, and are more likely to discolor with the Blue Line Eraser solution.  So be careful and test first.

I tried to do a highly controlled experiment in my lab for you, so I could show you examples of the discoloration you might expect to see if the product is used on reddish fabric.  But, Blue Line Eraser was not cooperating, and refused to discolor anything.

Here’s my picture of a few fabrics I tried.  The top row is the fabric without any application of Blue Line Eraser.  The bottom row has been soaked in Blue Line Eraser solution and then allowed to dry. You can see there’s no color change.

But still, take care, just in case.

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2) After using Blue Line Eraser, your first washing of the quilt should be with plain tepid water.

–Apparently some detergents can react to residual ink, leaving faint brown lines after washing. This has never happened to me before, and I’m pretty sure I have forgotten to take this step.  But I will certainly be careful from now on. So let’s all be good at following directions, and hold off on the detergent for the first washing.

Of course the Blue Line Eraser company makes a blue marking pen to go with their solution. It’s perfect for light fabrics, and comes in a regular tip and a fine line tip, which allows you to draw your lines more accurately.  They also make a white pen, which works for dark fabrics.  I have not yet used the white pen, but I recently ordered the “All In” package, which includes this pen, and I will let you know how it goes.

GIVEAWAY:

Here’s the All In package, available on the Blue Line Eraser site for $25. And guess what, this is what is up- for-grabs for today’s giveaway!

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The All In Blue Line Eraser package includes:

  • 8 oz spray bottle of Blue Line Eraser
  •  1 eraser applicator pen,
  • 1 small funnel to fill the applicator pen,
  • 1 regular blue water soluable marker,
  • 1 fine line blue water soluble marker,
  • 1 white marker

     How to Enter:

If you would like to enter to win the All In package from blue line eraser, you can be eligible for up to 4 entries (you probably know how this goes):

1) Comment and tell me how you follow the blog (email, bloglovin, feedly, or some other way)

2) Hop over to Facebook and like the Blue Line Eraser page (comment that you did).

3) While you’re on Facebook, like our Late Night Quilter Facebook page and comment here.

4) Follow me on Instagram and my blog partner Michelle and comment below to let us know you have.

We will announce the winner here on the blog, in our Late Night Quilter’s Facebook group, and on Instagram next Monday, March 16th.

COUPON:

If after reading the review, you’d like to try any of the Blue Line Eraser products, go to their site and enter the coupon code “LateNight” as you check out, for 20% off any order over $8.50!

And now, linky party friends…. do you have any tips, tutorials or recommendations to share? We’d love to see what you’ve been working on!

I’ll link up to Sew Cute Tuesday,  Fabric Tuesday, and Freemotion by the River.



 

 

 

 

Supernova Swap Contest Winners!

WE HAVE A SUPERNOVA WINNER!!!

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Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced has chosen Jen Van Dyke, from Jennifer Under the Juniper Tree and Kris Jarchow from Sew Sunshine as the winners of the Supernova Swap Contest!

Their quilts are gorgeous, with bold, saturated colors.  You just can’t stop staring at them. Sandra and I are so happy for Kris and Jen.

As their prize, they will each receive:

  • A copy of the book, Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks, signed by Lee Heinrich
  • A $50 gift certificate to Green Fairy Quilts, an online fabric store
  • A charm pack of a recently released line of fabric
  • A mini charm pack of American Made solids
  • A mini charm pack of Fresh Cut by Basic Grey
  • and a few of Stephanie and Sandra’s favorite notions

Even more wonderful than the prize package, is that Jen and Kris developed a beautiful friendship during the process of making their quilts. You can read more about their experiences and their friendship, and see lots more pictures in each of their blog posts by clicking on their names above.

Lee’s honorable mentions include Ashlee Schnell and Kate Yates as well as Maya Toscani and Cathy Ledbetter!

I wish Sandra and I could send you all prizes.  Each and every quilt entered was beautiful, unique and worthy of an award.  I sincerely thank all of you for joining us, and I hope you found yourself challenged and inspired. I know I did.

On Thursday, Lee will be posting on her blog the reasons she chose Jen and Kris’ quilts, pictures of her honorable mentions, and the things she loved about those as well.

And now, for our

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday Linky Party & The Save Your Selvages Oven Mitt Tutorial

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Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!

My blogging partner Michelle has written up an easy tutorial for the cutest Cotton + Steel, Save Your Selvages Oven Mitt that you’ve ever seen!

If you would like to link up a Tip or Tutorial of your own, scroll to the bottom of this post, click on the linky button, and show us what you’ve got.

Here’s more from Michelle:

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As you may have heard, QuiltCon just wrapped up in Austin and after the unpacking and quilter’s hangover, I finally had the chance to sit down and sew. I was one of the lucky early-arrivers at the show to receive a goody bag from Cotton + Steel full of selvages of all of their prints.

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I was so happy to come home and dive into a simple project.  I thought I’d jazz up my kitchen. {I realized how boring and plain my house seemed compared to the wall-to-wall quilts at the show}.

Here’s a quick tutorial to make a Save-Your-Selvages Oven Mitt:

Materials:

Strips of selvage sewn together to create a rectangular piece of fabric (approximately 36″ x 15″)

1/2 yard of lining fabric (I used a plain white muslin)

A 2.5″ x WOF strip of binding fabric of your choice

1/2 yard Insul-Bright Needlepunched Insulated Lining

1 yard of batting

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Step 1: Make Some Selvage Fabric

Step 1
Sew enough of your favorite selvages together, using 1/4″ seam allowance, until you have enough fabric to set 2 oven mitts next to one another (plus 1/2″ around all sides of the mitts). My rectangle of “selvage fabric” ended up being about 36″ x 15″. Press the seams in one direction.

(Hint: Use an oven mitt from your own kitchen for an easy template).

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Step 2: Make a 5 layer sandwich, baste and quilt it

Step 2

– Make a 5 layer sandwich:

Layer 1 – your newly created Selvage Fabric, right side down on the table,
Layer 2 – Insul-Bright (sparkly side down)
Layers 3 & 4 – two layers of batting
Layer 5 – lining fabric, right side facing up.

Spray baste, pin baste or just go ahead and quilt the layers together however you’d like. I won’t tell anyone if you don’t baste at all.

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Step 3: Trace and Cut

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Now that you have a quilted sandwich, you will place the oven mitt that you stole from your own kitchen on top of your newly quilted selvage fabric, and trace two copies of it.

(note: the picture is an example, but yours should be quilted before you trace and cut….a lesson I learned the hard way on the first run!)

Make sure you trace it once with the thumb to the left and once with the thumb to the right, so you end up with mirror mitt images.

Cut approximately 1/2″ outside of your traced line carefully using a rotary cutter (you’ll need a fresh blade for this many layers). Go slow around the curves, and it’s do-able.

Step 5: Place Right Sides Together and Sew

Step 4: Place Right Sides Together and Sew

Step 4

Place the two cut-outs right sides together and sew from the bottom (below the thumb) to about 3 inches from the bottom of the other side. Back-stitch at the beginning and end.

It’s bulky, so just go slow. Use a walking foot and 1/4″ seam allowance.  Don’t use a wider seam allowance; it will be hard to turn it later (yes, I tried this because I thought it would be sturdier).

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Step 5: Attach Binding Strip

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Fold your 2.5″ strip of binding in half, length-wise, just as you would when making a quilt binding.  Press fold. With the wrong side of your oven mitt facing out, sew a strip of 2.5″ wide binding around the bottom and leave about 3″ of a tail and trim.

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Step 6: Clip the valley and turn

 

Step 6

To ease turning the mitt right side out, clip the fabric in the valley (between the thumb and and the hand) a few hairs away from to the seam. Be careful not to clip through your seam! Flip right side out. It’s easiest to start by smooshing in the thumb first (technical term), and then turning the main body of the mitt.

Step 6: Finish binding on front

Step 7: Finish binding on front

Step 7

Fold the binding to the front and blind stitch by hand or machine stitch 1/8″ from edge. Be careful not to stitch your mitt closed! I used sturdy, old-fashioned pins to hold the binding.  Clover clips would also be great.

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Step 8: Finish the Loop

 

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While your mitt is right side out, fold each raw edge of the excess 3 ” tail in 1/4″ and then fold the piece in half on itself, so its width matches that of the rest of the binding that’s already been sewn on (see the picture of the finished loop tucked in below). Sew the folded-in raw edges 1/8″ from the edge to finish.

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Step 9: Tuck the binding tail in

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Flip the mitt back inside out. Tuck the finished tail into the inside of the mitt, and then bring the very end of the tail out towards the bottom of the side opening, as shown in the picture above.

Step 10

Sew the last 3″ of side closed (you’ll sew over the end of your tail).  Back-stitch at the beginning and end to secure it.

Flip it right side out again, et voila!

If you’d like to see another oven-mitt variation, check out this tutorial by our blogging, longarming friend Heather, from Quilts Actually. She approaches her oven-mitt slightly differently, and it’s fun to see the variety of ways a similar project can be handled.

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Sunday Stash – Wild and Free by Maureen Cracknell

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a bundle of Maureen Cracknell’s Wild and Free. (By the way, there’s a good giveaway for an entire fat quarter bundle of Hello Bear! on her blog that runs through Monday, March 2nd).

I bought the bundle entirely based on this quilt by Jodi at Tales of Cloth. She calls the pattern Mountain Campfire, and she’s hoping to write it up and release it later this year.

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Mountain Campfire (in progress) by Jodi at Tales of Cloth

 

 

Here are some close-ups of the fabric that make up this line.

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They are graphic and rich, and I can’t wait to use them.  Jodi added a beautiful aqua print to her quilt, which I think adds an enormous amount of interest to the interplay of colors.  I’d love to make my own pattern with these fabrics, but right now, I have Jodi’s pattern stuck in my head!  (Does that ever happen to you?)

However, I did pin this picture on Pinterest a long time ago.  I think it may have been from an Anthropologie catalogue, but as the link doesn’t work anymore, I’m not sure.  I think it’s great inspiration for using this fabric.  It might be just what I need to get creative with Wild and Free.

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Linking up with Molli Sparkles!

A Supernova Finish!

Supernova: pieced by Gail Maddick and Nancy Swanwick, quilt by Stephanie Palmer

Supernova: pieced by Gail Maddick and Nancy Swanwick, quilted by Stephanie Palmer

I have a gorgeous supernova quilt to show off today…

unfortunately, it is not mine.

But I did get to quilt it for my lovely friend Gail Maddick! Gail is also a member of the Late Night Quilter’s group on Facebook, so if you’re a member there too, this quilt might look familiar to you.

That reminds me… we are all anxiously awaiting Lee Heinrich’s decision on the best finished Supernova quilt entry. Don’t worry, we have not forgotten about it!  I picked up the signed copies of Lee’s book (part of the prize package) over the weekend when I saw her at QuiltCon.  Now she just has the incredibly difficult job of making a decision.

Now, back to telling you a little more about Gail’s quilt:

Gail participated in the Supernova Friendship Block Swap with Nancy Swanwick; the bright, beautiful blocks that comprise this quilt were made by both these talented ladies. They used a collection of orange, yellow and red batiks, with a dark navy batik as the background.

As a quilter, it’s so important to carefully consider what a quilt will be used for when choosing the quilting design. Gail told me that her teenage son had claimed this quilt for himself during his mother’s long, arduous process of making it (it’s 90 x 90″). The fact is, men seem to gravitate toward simple, angular, or straight line quilting; so that’s the direction we headed.

I quilted long, straight, horizontal and vertical lines across the quilt.

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The long, straight lines posed a bit of a challenge since I don’t have a channel lock on my machine, that keeps the longarm running in a straight line from left to right. Therefore, I relied on my trusty straight line ruler by Teryl Loy.

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It’s 3/8″ thick, 3″ x 8″ long.  See that open channel in the ruler? It’s wonderful for stitching in the ditch.

We chose to leave the triangles unquilted so as not to lead the eye away from the stunning supernova effect of the stars. I did stitch in the ditch around each and every triangle, and knotted and buried every thread (because I really love Gail a lot!).  I am reminded of what my friend Melanie from Mel in The Attic said about making her Peek quilt… minimalism does not mean easy.

We used one of my favorite threads ever created, Glide, by Fil Tec, in Sand. It glimmers like a thin, delicate strand of gold, and it looks great on almost everything.

It was definitely a challenge to stitch in the ditch accurately around all those triangles, given the extreme contrast between the yellow and dark navy fabrics. But I did my best, and I am happy with the results. As I stitched, I tried to relax and remind myself that there is no such thing as perfection in quilting (and for the record, there’s no crying in quilting either).

Now check out the back of this quilt! Something about it reminds me of The Kiss, by Gustaf Klimpt.

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Gail worked some serious magic with the backing fabric.  She carefully pieced the back so that the straight lines on the edges of the print would line up perfectly to create a very cool frame around all 4 sides.

I’ve now carefully wrapped up Gail’s baby in cellophane to protect it from the elements during the shipping process and will head out to mail it momentarily.  Hope she loves it as much as I do!

Special thanks to my parents, who lovingly help me hang and photograph many of my quilts.  Where would we be without the quilt-holders in our lives?

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I’m linking up to Sew Can She Show Off Saturday.  See you Sunday for the latest on my new addition to my fabric stash (it’s a good one!).

 

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday: How to Wind your Bobbin and Get Back to Sewing without Re-threading your Machine

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Hi all!  There were some really wonderful tutorials and tips posted last week.  You bloggers are awesome! And if you didn’t have a chance to look at those wonderful tutorials from last week yet, you can click back to it HERE.

The prize for the week goes to Nesta from Ella and Nesta’s Little Room.  She designed the cutest little heart mug rug that can be folded up into an envelope.  I love it!

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Congrats Nesta.  I’ll be sending you a cute little handmade fabric necklace as your prize.

Now, for a tip this week… you’re gonna love this!

Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to attend QuiltCon, the modern quilter’s convention here in Austin.  I took some excellent classes there, including one on Paperless Paper Piecing with the amazing instructor, Cristy Fincher, from Sew Much Like My Mom.

In class, Cristy shared a simple tip that I swear will save me a ridiculous amount of time in my sewing years to come.  I’m still slapping my forehead, wondering how I never thought of it before. I asked Cristy if I could share it with you here, and she was game.  Thanks Cristy!

You know how you’re happily sewing along, minding your own business, when OH CRAP! your bobbin runs out.  AAAGH! You’re facing a sewing crisis: Stopping the sewing bliss to unthread your machine, wind your bobbin, and re-thread your machine.  Who’s got time for that?!?! Ummmm, no one I know.

Enter Cristy Fincher.  Imagine her walking into your sewing room to save the day (or at least several infuriating minutes of your time).

Here’s what Cristy says to do:

Step 1: Clip your thread where it’s hanging there in the middle:

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Step 2: Go ahead and wind that annoying little bobbin, using that solo spool of thread that’s on your machine.

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Step 3: When you’re finished winding your bobbin, tie a quick square knot with those two hanging pieces you clipped earlier.

Then pull that thread right down through all your thread guides, and the knot will slip right through the hole in your needle.  And BAM! you’re ready to start sewing again without re-threading your machine!

 

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 WHAT?!?!  How did I not know this before????? sigh

Oh yes, one more thing.  Have you heard of paperless paper piecing?  It’s a technique developed by Cristy Fincher and her mom, Sharon Schamber.  Check out Cristy’s picture below to see the beautiful points and seams you can accomplish using PPP.  If you’re curious about this unique technique, click over to Cristy’s blog for a fantastic tutorial that can start you off with this mind-blowing method.

 

 

And keep an eye out for her Craftsy class coming out soon, where you can have one-on-one class time with her.  At QuiltCon, Cristy showed us the quilts she will be teaching in her Craftsy class, and they are incredible.  I mean really, really gorgeous. I can’t wait to enroll in it as soon as it’s available!

If you have any tips or recommendations or tutorials to share, go ahead and link up below!