Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Binding in Solid Black


These eyes aren't getting any younger!

Too often, lately, I've had to use a black or dark blue binding on a quilt (love the way it frames it).  Do you know this trick?  Since the front and the back of the fabric is solid - you can't tell them apart - make sure you mark both ends with a yellow or white pencil.


That way, when you join your binding strips, you can place "right sides together" instead of sewing haphazardly and creating a serpentine mess!


Why does this matter?  You don't want to sew 7 strips together and then discover, when pressing, that some seams face up and some don't.  AARGH!

Happy Thanksgiving, all!


Monday, November 17, 2014

TIP: Threading the Sewing Machine Needle

Sometimes it's the littlest things... old trick but worth repeating.

SCENE: This weekend, late at night, when my eyes were tired but my spirit was high.

I was quilting a gift when I needed to change spools.  Well.... late at night, tired eyes, black thread in front of a black walking foot.... frustrating, right?

I glanced over and saw the white scrap of fabric.  It covered the black part of the walking foot, reflected the sewing machine light up, and made the needle eye more apparent.  Threaded it in the first try!



Sometimes if just feels like you've won the Super Bowl, and, yes, I did a victory dance!  Sometimes it's the smallest things.... 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quilts as Comfort


I haven't quilted much in the last two years. I kinda lost interest after making quilt after quilt for others. Instead, I've spent most of my time outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and the freedom.

Funny when times get anxious one returns to the comfort of the quilt. It represents stability, comfort and warmth.

Here's the backing to my latest creation. I'm also eyeing two more that just need bindings... It's going to be a long winter.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Quilts Aren't Just For Beds, Ya Know?

A very dear friend of mine lost his Mother last summer.  I made him a quilt from her Oxfords shirts.  I was thrilled with how well the lap quilt went together.  I recently asked him if he uses it as much as his wife uses the quilt made from her late Mother's clothing.  

Answer? No.  

Because he loved it so much he added straps to it and has it hanging over their bed!


Isn't it lovely?  It looks like it was made for it, but it wasn't.  I'm tickled pink!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ginger Made Me Do It!


While on vacation, Ginger is cracking the whip to ensure I get this Japanese butterfly top done.  She must be a good taskmaster - those are the only butterflies left to add!

She is a bit of a fabric snob, though. She's laying on imported cotton!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Believe Christmas Sampler


Have you been to Red Brolly's blog lately? She released this free adorable Christmas Sampler today. In addition to the free pattern, she also offers some great advice on stitching the Satin Stitch (I love the stitch but have not mastered it). Stop by her blog and DEFINITELY check out her other freebies.

http://www.red-brolly.com/2014/07/believe-christmas-sampler/