So what does a quilter do when she’s not quilting???
Lots of other sewing projects !!!
Today I’m linking up with Thank Goodness it’s Finished Friday for my recent finishes.
At the beginning of the summer I had an informal “to do” list for things that just needed doing around my home. Well, as we all know, life is unpredictable. My list went down the ole crapper – which is okay-nothing like a few wake-up calls to remind you what is important……
Then life begins to return to “normal” (not sure if my life could ever really be described as that 😉 ). I began to look around and things that weren’t important a few short months ago, started to bug me again.
By late August / early September I began attacking things that were on my list. While I have quite a few things that will have to wait until after the holidays , my TGIFF is a hodgepodge of finishes from painting to yardwork to various sewing projects. I will spare you all the gory details and highlight a few sewing improvements that have been nagging at me.
A new box cushion for my little outdoor wicker sofa. Here in Florida we are just heading into our prime outdoor season ( the cute bird pillow was from the clearance bin at Lowes) . But I learned a lot about outdoor fabric. I made another cushion out of Sunbrella fabric in the past, but it didn’t hold up. Turns out that Sunbrella fabric comes in different outdoor ratings- according to how much direct sun the fabric will take (and don’t forget the UV upholster thread) . This time I ordered marine/ awning quality Sunbrella fabric. Not the easiest to make welting out of, but I’m hoping it will last a bit longer.
My beloved doggies were in need of new dog bed covers. I was going to photo before and after photos, but I was afraid you would think my whole house looked like their poor old beds 🙂 lol . Seeing them sleeping on their beds just makes me smile.
I needed a new lampshade for this cute little lamp that I bought in an antique store years ago. I looked everywhere for the right size replacement shade. One evening my daughter asked what the big deal was- it’s fabric- you sew – make one…Well a few YouTubes later, a dig through my fabric stash and I was committed. I learned a lot about things I would do again or not if I absolutely couldn’t find a new shade. But I am here to tell you~ I now know why you pay a lot of money for an odd size silk lampshade !!!! I think I am ready to pay the big bucks and check that off my list the next time! I hope this one lasts a long time too!
Finally, I squeezed in a 2 day class with Angela Walters at our local guild. I really liked her and her class. I have watched her Craftsy classes, but she is lovely ,inspiring lady in person. She is so down to earth and makes everyone feel welcome and able to tackle that next quilt ~ it just makes you happy. It is what we hope we are to everyone we meet- inspiring, kind, encouraging .
As we are heading into Thanksgiving here in the USA , I am so thankful for my wonderful life, family and good friends. I wish you the same wherever you may be. I have missed blogging with you all so please jump in and share what you have been up to. Link up below and don’t forget to spread that Linky thankfulness around!
With an Attitude of Gratitude,
Love and Hugs ,
In the beginning of the summer I received a beveled inside circle template from Teryl Loy Enterprises. Teryl McKnight and her husband John are Innovis Longarm dealers out in Utah , run an on-line quilting supply store and manufacture longarm rulers/templates. What is unique about their templates? Well, first they manufacture rulers in 2 different thicknesses -the traditional 1/4” longarm ruler and a thicker 3/8” ruler. The second is that all her rulers/ templates have a beveled edge. Why does that matter??… In one word- clearance.
As quilters we are pretty good at avoiding the sides of our ruler foot that is difficult to get around. As sit-down quilters we are lucky that we can turn our quilt to get us out of those tight situations. But lets face it- if you have a larger quilt, you don’t what to be swinging that quilt back and forth every other pass of the ruler. This is where the bevel may be helpful. Of the 5 ruler feet that I tried this template with, the tightest was (no big surprise) the low- shank feet.
On a low-shank foot, I was able to make circles without feeling like the fit behind the foot was too tight. When I was doing designs like the clam shells or cathedral windows with a low-shank foot and I had to reposition the template half way around the circle I could feel some tightness toward the back . Still do-able, I just needed to be aware of it so I lined up my ruler carefully. Performance of this template with a low-shank foot will vary due to the different clearances in machines.
I think these circle templates are nice if you are using an APQS Longarm style foot (like my George) or high shank DSM. I loved how it floated all the way around my foot without having to reposition my hands. I never felt any tightness or awkward passes when playing with various designs on my George.
My only real criticism is that this template does not have a “key” for the slot that we use to slide it on and off my machine. As sit-down quilters we apply more pressure pushing the ruler against the foot. Most of the time- if I am paying attention- I can anticipate the opening and glide past….but sometimes I get a small hiccup :).
Circle templates are one of those things that most quilters end up needing at one point or another. They are handy for feather wreath spines, shield and buckle designs, orange peel or cathedral windows and clam shells for a few quick examples of a template with multiple uses .
I think these beveled edge rulers may allow us sit-down quilters to do ruler work without having to turn/ reposition our quilts as much- which is a real plus in my book. I am eyeing a few other templates that I think may come in really handy……..
I hope you will visit Teryl’s website : www. terylloy.com. Be sure to check out her great video tutorials on using some of her templates!
Have a great week!
I stitched this sample with 100wt Invisafil thread in the upper and 60 wt Bottom Line in the bobbin
After coming across some orphan blocks that were older then dirt in my stash, I decided that I would do a tutorial on easy diagonal cross hatching. I am not saying that this is the only way to mark/ approach cross hatching. This tutorial is all about an easy, quick, accurate and enjoyable way to approach cross hatching.
Back in February I took a class with Cindy Needham. I can’t say enough good things about her. If you have taken her Craftsy classes great – but if you ever get an opportunity to take a class with her in person- do it!! One of the things that really took root with me was that she uses stencils to make the quilting process easier, more accurate, give you better results and ultimately more enjoyable. Once again I was impressed that as I go out of my way to avoid marking , I keep hearing top notch quilters saying they invest a little extra time on the front end of quilting by planning and marking their quilts as much as possible to obtain the great quality quilting that they consistently produce. I have really been trying to plan and mark more….which isn’t easy for a gal that flies my the seat of her pants a lot :)…. I found out that the little extra time pays off in my end product. I’m not saying my quilting is perfect….far from it! But I can really see growth in that time spent marking and working my plan. Having said that – I still don’t love the time spent marking- let’s face it- it’s not the fun part . But as much as I dislike marking- I hate ripping more- if marking spares you from that horrible feeling when you quilt your way around an area – only to find out that it has ran off and doesn’t match up count me in!…. Not that that has ever happened to me! lol …..
Using those orphan blocks is also a great way to gain some practice navigating around obstacles without all the anxiety that we all have felt when we have finally finished a quilt and just don’t want to ‘screw it up” when it comes time to quilt.
I used Cindy’s Ultimate Stencil to mark my block into 8th’s , giving me the registration marks to keep my stencil marking on track and lined up as I slide it from one area to another. The diagonal cross hatching stencil is one that I had in my stash from the Stencil company. I do use a straight longarm ruler to guide my ruler foot along the lines that I have marked, making it an easy way to do cross hatching. Merging stencils with some basic ruler work will give you more accurate results, by giving you a constant visual that you are staying on track and not running off.
I am not saying that you can’t measure and mark your cross hatching using whatever method you prefer – it’s all good! I just know that I love to quilt and don’t love the prep time necessarily going into starting a project. If you are new to cross hatching and have some stencils hanging around, I hope you will jump in with some orphan blocks of your own- you will be amazed at how easy cross hatching can be!
So….do you mind marking or not?? Do you try to mark just about all your quilting or just the major elements?? Inquiring minds want to know!!!
I wanted to share some quilting inspiration from Paducah Quilt Week. It was so hard to pick pictures to show, as there was just so many awe inspiring quilts. I hope this brings a little sunshine into your day!….
Well I think I better get this posted- hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
PS: I am not sue why, but on my mobile devise some of the pictures are presenting really small , like a thumbnail. I am able to enlarge the photo to a size that I can appreciate the stitching by using the spreading finger motion on my iPad- hope this works for you. Maybe the file is too large with all the pics and wordpress is economizing ??!!