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What do Quilters do when they are not quilting?

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.picture of box cushion on wicker couch

 

  • 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.
picture of a long over due sewing project - my 2 dogs Bella and Evie resting on their new beds
Bella and Evie
  • 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.
finished silk lampshade sewing project
Finished silk lampshade…Why would I ??? Because I can I guess!
  • 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!
    A picture of angela W@alters teaching a free motion quilting class
    Angela Walters

    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 ,
Debbie

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Beveled Edge Inside Circle Template

a picture of the beveled inside edge template

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 :).

a picture ofmy hiccup to the bottom of my circle where my foot hit the channel
notice my hiccup to the bottom of my circle where my foot hit the channel

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!
Debbie

Easy Diagonal Cross Hatching

Craftsy

a picture of my finished block showing easy diagonal cross hatching

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.

a picture if marking easy diagonal cross hatching using markings that keep the stencil lined up
notice the registration marks through the center in both directions that were used to align the stencil

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!!!
Happy Quilting!
Debbie

 

One Fine Day By Laurie Britt Bakersfield, CA

Quilting Inspiration From Paducah Quilt Week

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!….

Best of Show Arandano by Marilyn Badger, St George UT.
Best of Show
Arandano by Marilyn Badger St George UT.

 

 

close up Arandano
close up Arandano
close up of Arandano
Arandano

 

Red December By: Gail H. Smith and Angela McCorkle from North Barrington IL.
Red December By: Gail H. Smith and Angela McCorkle from North Barrington IL.
Free Fallin" Kathie Beltz and Mara Novak Greenfield ,NH
Free Fallin”
Kathie Beltz and Mara Novak
Greenfield ,NH
close up "Free Fallin"
close up “Free Fallin”
"Free Fallin"
“Free Fallin”
The Jester's Folly by Margaret Solomon Gunn
The Jester’s Folly by Margaret Solomon Gunn
close up Jester's Folly
close up Jester’s Folly
Bodacious by Claudia Myers and Marilyn Badger Duluth, MN
Bodacious by Claudia Myers and Marilyn Badger
Duluth, MN
Oscar The Great By Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen Sistek
Oscar The Great
By Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen Sistek
It's the Cowboy Way By Kalyn Bue Lohrenz Billings MT
It’s the Cowboy Way
By Kalyn Bue Lohrenz
Billings MT
Charlie By Patty Williams Plessis, NY
Charlie
By Patty Williams
Plessis, NY
Color Flow By Brenda R Roach Bloomfield, IN
Color Flow
By Brenda R Roach
Bloomfield, IN
Lava By Sandra Morgan Cockrum Linwood, KS
Lava
By Sandra Morgan Cockrum
Linwood, KS
One Fine Day By Laurie Britt Bakersfield, CA
One Fine Day
By Laurie Britt
Bakersfield, CA
Poinsettia By Laura Ruiz Malabar, Fl
Poinsettia
By Laura Ruiz
Malabar, Fl
Hopeless By Janneke de Vries- Bodzinga Kollummerzwagg, Friesland, Netherlands
Hopeless
By Janneke de Vries- Bodzinga
Kollummerzwagg, Friesland, Netherlands
Why not? By Angela Petrocelli
Why not?
By Angela Petrocelli
Close up of "Why Not?"
Close up of “Why Not?”
The Paisley Peacock By Bethanne Nemesh Allentown. PA
The Paisley Peacock
By Bethanne Nemesh
Allentown. PA
close up of "The Paisley Peacock"
close up of “The Paisley Peacock”
Duck Face By Hiroko Mirama and Masanobu Miyama Tokyo , Japan
Duck Face
By Hiroko Mirama and Masanobu Miyama
Tokyo , Japan
a picture ofeveryone loading in for a little quilting inspiration
Everyone loading in for a little quilting inspiration
Last but not least is a pic of Hancocks of Paducah.....I could almost hear a choir of angels when I walked in the door! lol!
Last but not least is a pic of Hancocks of Paducah…..I could almost hear a choir of angels when I walked in the door! lol 🙂

Well I think I better get this posted- hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Debbie
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 ??!!