a picture of my thread painted clematis quilt

Thread Painted Clematis Quilt

Welcome to The Quilt Journal  and My Friday Finish!

a picture of my thread painted clematis quilt
Thread Painted Clematis Quilt- pattern by Melinda Bula
I had a long list of things I wanted to finish or accomplish this summer. This thread painted clematis quilt was only one of them. For one reason or another this has been my only significant finish in a few months (funny how that happens when sadly you haven’t really had time to sew in over 2 months). I am so grateful to Laura over at TGIFFriday.blogspot.com for lighting that much needed fire under my butt to make me re-enter life and get quilting!

Some of you may remember that I started this quilt back in January after taking a class taught by Melinda Bula at my local quilt guild. This quilt is made from my friend Sherry’s and my stash (outside of the background fabric). Funny how saying it came from your stash practically makes you glow with pride….justifying all those purchases right??? lol :). Pooling our stash really helped. It’s harder then you think to come up with a variety of color values to try and make your palate work. I don’t know that you will ever actually see a clematis that looks like ours, but I love pink and purple…..so I’m a happy camper.

close up of front of quilt showing color fabric and thread choice

Things that did or didn’t work for me during this project

another close up picture showing thread paintingMelinda likes Steam-A-Seam 2 to fuse her quilts. I like Steam-A-Seam too, but it does add a lot of fusible . Not entirely a bad thing. Due to the Steam-A-Seam and heavy quilting my quilt is rather stiff and lays really flat. Both good things for a wallhanging. The negative is I had layers of the fusible, some areas 5 or 6 fabrics thick to quilt through. Not all thread or machines like that. I started quilting this on my Baby Lock Ellisimo with Sulky 30 wt Rayon (Melinda’s prefered thread). No matter what needle I put in (topstitch, mirotex, embroidery, sharps, jeans ,titanium) the rayon shredded. Changing my thread to Floriani or Glide helped, but my Ellisimo wasn’t in love with this project. Consequently, I quilted the bulk on my George.
 The other consideration is paying attention to your tension.If you look closely at the picture of the stitching on the back, you can see my tension wasn’t always ideal, not terrible, but not perfect either- depending on what area I was quilting.
 I thread painted this quilt with Floriani Polyester, Glide poly, and Superior threads variegated Omni and Magnifico, all 40 wt in top and in the bobbin. These threads were great- no hassle threads. I used a variety of manufactures to get the colors I needed to match the fabrics.
a picture of the back of the quilt more clearly showing thread painting
The small white spots are either fusible or the warm and natural batting being pushed through the back of the quilt on my occasionally gummy needle

Finally the last thing that didn’t work so well for me, was Melinda’s technique of starting and stopping a stitch line.  Melinda pulls her threads to the top takes a few stitches and clips the tails. She feels that all the fusible will fuse the thread ends in the quilt when you hit it with an iron and make your stops and starts invisible. I found that sometimes my threads did come loose in-spite of all my ironing. Little bird nests do show more on the back where I start or finish if I take a few extra small stitches with 40 wt to secure those tails. It’s also difficult to bury threads with the heavy stitching and fusible. I think it’s just one of those things that I need to work on perfecting that technique. Maybe my big ole Rowenta steam iron doesn’t get hot enough??? Inquiring minds may want to figure that out. haha

I had a lot of fun with this quilt and would love to do a poinsettia for the holidays….some year !?! Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

Now onto Thank Goodness it’s Finished Friday.

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Pinmoor DIY Alternative

This past week I helped my son move to Richmond Va to start a new job… Sigh… What a crazy summer this has been!! I have been away from home for weeks at a time for various reasons and am longing for some quilt therapy.

I was catching up on my email  and I am in awe of the wonderful  amount of creative sharing that goes in our quilty worlds.  Jill McDaniel  is a talented quilter who also quilts on an APQS George. Jill has shared  wonderful tips in the past and  this one was  for a Pinmoor DIY alternative . I have seen the Pinmoor video put out by Leah Day. Pinmoors  look like it could be a really quick way to pin-baste a quilt without cramping up your fingers fastening and unfastening all those quilt pins. However,  $34 for 100 pin toppers made me think more then twice about how much I really wanted to try them…….Enter Jill…….A picture of flops flops from walmart with a price tag of 98 cents in bright green that will make several hundred Pinmoor DIY alternative pin covers

Jill felt the same  about the cost of these little do-dads, so she had tried different types of foam but they were not performing the way she had hoped. While shopping in Target and thinking about another source/type of foam for the ends of the Pinmoor  DIY alternative she looked down at her feet and realized she was wearing flip flops……foam!!!

a picture showing the thickness of the flip flops
These flip flops are 1/2 inch thick

Initially she purchased a pair of children’s flip flops and cut them up into little squares. They held up beautifully to pin basting a quilt . Jill also loves how easy they are to remove as you free motion quilt.
After going to  Walmart and buying an adult  XL pair of flip flops for .98 cents, Jill said she ended up with about 300 Pinmoor knock offs that  work great! That many Pinmoors would cost $101.85 plus shipping!!!  I shared Jill’s pictures so you can see for yourself this creative idea.

picture of diy pin basting covers
DIY Pin basting covers!!!

I also agree with supporting small business whenever possible, but this is such a simple solution with huge savings that I had to pass this on.
I can’t wait to give these a try- I have several quilts calling my name 🙂 I hope you will too. Drop us a line and let us know how they worked for you!
Thanks  for sharing Jill !!!

Clarity Ruler Foot Review / Video

I am so excited about the Clarity Ruler Foot review / video . The Clarity ruler foot is made by Carol Olson of Fine Line  Accents in Design.   I am honored, proud, excited ( and many other adjectives ) to say that I was included in the beta testing of this new ruler foot. I was sworn to secrecy and dying to tell people. Carol went public with this a few weeks ago when I was out of town and not able to take pictures and really show off this foot properly ( Carol worked night and day perfecting this foot). I decided that a video would show it the best, so today I threw this video together, even though my domestic goddess responsibilities are no where near caught up ( I just got in from Richmond last night….still need to do laundry yada yada lol).

The visibility on the Clarity ruler foot is great. I think that alone is a big selling point as I love to just leave it on my machine making transitions between ruler work to regular free motion quilting and back to some ruler work a breeze. 

The other great point is that regular 1/4 inch longarm templates/ rulers work just great with this foot. No need to buy special thickness rulers to fit. I beta tested this foot on a low shank machine with really good results- a little limited to the right, but quite honestly- that is the nature of a low shank machine and not a reflection on the foot. I now have a high shank machine and the clearances are amazing!
The only caution I have to convey is the need for you to lower your presser foot prior to dropping your needle to bring up your threads. This is especially important on the low shank machines – there just isn’t that much room under there and your needle bar could smack the ruler foot , breaking your foot, your machine or both. This issue is not unique to this Clarity ruler foot- if you read about other ruler feet on the market they warn you about the same issue. Just get in the habit of lowering your foot before bringing up threads no matter what foot you have on and it will be second nature.

Carol has included a circle level disk to help install your foot to the proper height. I did not show that aspect in my video as Carol has 2 videos on her site that show all the info needed to install .

comparison on visibility between Janome foot and Accents in Design Clarity ruler foot
notice the increased visibility and ruler clearance around the Clarity Ruler foot below as compared to the Janome ruler foot


Lastly ,this foot is available at www.accentsindesign.com at a really reasonable price. The ruler feet are $24-$30 , priced well below anyone else out there. I do not sell this foot or profit in anyway- just think it’s awesome!

Happy Quilting!
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Christmas in July Supplies sale at Craftsy – up to 60% off until 7/24/16 !!!

Great Sales

I am currently up in Georgia at a wedding and realized that there was a few great sales going on out there and I know I am not the only quilter who appreciates a good value :).

First on my list of purchases was a Flash sale from Patsy Thompson. All Fabric cutting dies are on sale for $10.00.  I have an accuquilt-go,  so Patsy said the “blue” Appli-K-Kutz are compatible. Her Fabric die cuts are compatible with different systems.I have been eyeing the feather die cutters from Accuquilt  (http://www.accuquilt.com/shop/go-heather-feather-border-collection-by-sarah-vedeler.html?___store=accuquil&gclid=Cj0KEQjwwYK8BRC0ta6LhOPC0v0BEiQApv6jYcVaekhNTn7Hit-qCJiyFFQPMUjdphSRqhwHiEIgRBAaAry48P8HAQ ) for some time, but they can be sooo expensive. This is a steal!!! I purchased 4 dies for $40.00 !

I also have been eyeing Patsy Thompson’s new suspension system. I have ordered the Quilt Suspension 2 System. I thought this was a great way to share the shipping between the fabric die cutters and the suspension system. I can’t wait until I get back home from all this traveling to post about my purchases! Patsy has been so helpful with feed back as to which system would work best for my quilting set up.

As I said the die cuts are compatible with different systems just carefully choose the right one for your system.
Next up is Craftsy Classes on sale- 50% off a lot of the most popular selling classes.
If you are interested please click on through this link.It helps keep the website costs down and product reviews coming 🙂

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This has been such a busy couple of months for me and my family. I have some interesting blog post that I can’t wait to blog about- IF I can stay home long enough to take pictures and write !

Hope you are having a great summer with time for happy quilting,