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