First of all a big Thank You to those of you who ordered my first paper piecing pattern “Flying High”. It was easy, right? I’d love to see pictures of your finished quilt. And how do you like patterns in PDF format? They can be downloaded instantly and there are no shipping and handling costs.
Today I have a link to a couple of videos. The first one is the October Strip Club quilt by Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design. Daniela did it again, she came up with a terrific design that looks complicated, but is actually quite easy to put together. Just click on the link to see how it is put together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOrthFJQgQo
Pattern is available from www.cozyquilt.com or your local quilt shop.
The next video is by Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy. Laura shows how to use a paper gift bag as a pattern for a fabric one. If you are like me you probably have stacks of paper gift bags in all different sizes, but making them from fabric is special and they are so easy and quick to do. They make nice gifts all by themselves and become extra special when stuffed with something, a few fat quarters perhaps or some cookies or chocolate.
Click on the link to see how it is done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHb_eYb3s_8
Until next time.
Have you ever experienced tiny stitches, or the sewing machine stopping, when you try to sew over a thick seam? This happens because when the needle reaches the heavy seam, the front of the presser foot is pushed up and the foot is no longer level and therefore has not enough traction. There is an easy solution. You have to put something under the back of the presser foot so that the foot is level again. Some machines come with a special little tool for this purpose that are called height compensation tools or sometimes hump jumpers. If you don’t have this tool, don’t despair. Anything thick will do the same thing, an index card folded a couple of times, for example, as long as it is the same thickness as the seam so that the foot is level.
Here is a link to a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbeuDo6WW70
I saw this couching method by Sharon Pederson on the daily blog of the Quilt Show and just have to pass it on. It is pretty ingenious. You can also find it on YouTube. Just search for Sharon Pederson – lesson 20. I have couched on some scrap fabric, but will have to try it on a real project one of these days. I wonder where I can buy that type of ribbon. Does anyone know?
It has been a busy couple of weeks. I have made a dent in my list of things to do. I am almost finished with designing new quilting patterns for the next month. Yeah! I have started and am about half way through my Spring cleaning and organizing. (This should have been done a couple of years ago). I was able to drop off a really large bag of clothing and items I no longer need or use at Goodwill and also quite a few electronic items that were outdated. Most places don’t accept anything electronic here in California, but I found one Goodwill that does and it was not too far away. I think they need a special license to do so. I am glad to be rid of those things as they were just gathering dust and taking up space, but how come I don’t seem to have that much more room in my closets?
I was also able to sew and embroider a new knit top. I’ll show that and my new quilting designs in my next blog as I still have to take a picture. I am very pleased with how my new top turned out. I call it a top because it is too nice to call it a T-shirt and too thin to call it a sweater. I am sure there is a correct word for it, but I don’t know which one. Perhaps someone can enlighten me.
Anyway, I am just rambling on. What I really want to show you today is a video of my daughter Daniela, showing how to assemble her latest strip quilt. The pattern, Double Friendship Star, is available from www.cozyquilt.com or perhaps at your local quilt shop if they are smart enough to carry her patterns.
You can find the video at YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ythmrkgo8j4
I made a Christmas banner for my daughter. Is that the right term, or should it be bunting, or even something else? Anyway, whatever the correct term, it is now hanging in Cozy Creative Center. I should have taken a few more pictures of the shop. It is all decorated for Christmas and looks lovely and festive.
My Silhouette Cameo took care of the cutting and I did the stitching on my Bernina embroidery machine. It was quite a fun job, except that I made a mistake attaching the band to all the flags. I had arranged everything so nicely, all in the correct order, but when I lifted the banner up….surprise! It did read Merry Christmas alright, except that the words read from right to left instead of left to right. I still don’t know how that happened. I probably turned the whole pile over and started at the wrong end. So out came the ripper. It’s a good thing the letters themselves were not turned around. If that had happened I’d probably have said more than one bad word. Anyway, it did not take too long to fix it and it goes to show that no matter how long someone has been sewing, mistakes still happen.
I wrote up instructions on how I put it all together in case someone is interested. You are welcome to use it, but please don’t share it. You can share the link, but not the document itself. I put the instructions in a PDF so I believe you can print it out. The letters are rather large and I had to use a fairly large hoop, approximately 6″ x 10″ for the largest letters to fit. The embroidery/applique files for the letters are available on my website for $10 for the bunch, but the instructions are free. The banner can also be used for other occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, graduation, etc. Just add different letters. And, of course, if you are not into embroidery, you could always use vinyl.
To retrieve the instructions, please click on the link below.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
I came across some interesting links I want to pass on in case someone else find them helpful.
The first one is a video showing how to attach binding together with faux piping by Margo Clabo. It came in a newsletter form the Quilt Show by Alexander Anderson and Ricky Tims, but can also be found on YouTube, the link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOd26fzU4jY .
Even if you don’t want to bother with piping, there are some great tips in the video and well worth a view.
The next one is a tutorial on how to hem knit fabric by Beth Huntington of the Renegade Seamstress, a blog I follow. No video here, but clear instructions and excellent pictures. If you have ever struggled with hemming a knit shirt and the result was a wavy hem, this is a must see. You can find the tutorial at: http://www.ehow.com/how_7422013_hem-knit-fabrics.html.
I fell in love….. with some wild fabric I found at Cozy Creative Center and just had to buy some. I really did not need to start another project, but I could not resist it. I really, really love this fabric. At Cozy they had stretched a piece around a painter’s canvas and it looked stunning on the wall. What a great, quick and easy decorating idea, except that I really did not have any free wall space. So I made placemats instead.
One finished:Seven more to go:
And then I’ll have 8 reversible placemats, all slightly different.
A Bernina binding foot would have really helped, but I was so impatient at starting them that I did not think it through, so all the binding will have to be sewn by hand to the back. Another example of “what was I thinking!”.
Do you have impulsive ideas like that? I do hope I am not alone when I think I can do something quickly in between some other projects and then realize it will take much longer than I had anticipated. Oh well, at least I don’t know what boredom is.
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