Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
But on the quilting news front - even though I"ve not had time to "play" I did take a few minutes and enter the county fair with things I had done. It was another very good year for me. I think I"d be embarrassed to tell you how many ribbons I won, but I will say a lot!
Very top is my Smore Sunbonnet Sue doll I made a few years ago. I never remembered to enter it in the fair - I always think quilts. So last year I made a note on my list for this year. And look it! I got a first place for the Doll Category and Grand Champion for the whole Domestic Arts - General Category! My first every Champion. I was excited even if it wasn't a quilt.
And I got quite a few 1st places and down. Thought I would share some of them here.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Next you need Magic Sizing, a paper cup and small cheap paint brush. Put the mylar circle in the center of the piece, pull the strings to gather around the mylar circle. Hold and paint on some magic sizing onto the back with the paint brush (spray the magic sizing in the paper cup, it turns to liquid). Let me tell you - I needed 4 hands to do this and take pictures!
Then gently pull the strings again to get back the shape and knot the thread, then trim off tails.
In no time at all you have a ton of fun circles to applique down. I then use Roxanne's Glue Baste it to attach them to where I want them on my applique piece and sew them down without having to turn under edges or remove freezer paper!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Next I sew a zig zag stitch onto the edge of the quilt/binding with regular thread on the top and fusible thread in the bobbin. The fusible thread will go on the back of the quilt. Above are 2 of my favorite brands of fusible thread. The YLI is fairly easy to find. You won't see the collins much - actually not even sure they still sell it. I kept this one to remember what kind it was in case I ever saw it again. The YLI spool I got for about $4.50.
And here is the zig zag from the back. I use a wide setting and larger stitch length. Usually about a 5 width and a 3 length. I also need to put my tension up quite a bit as the fusible thread is quite thick.
Next you iron the binding down on the back with a HOT iron. Pull the binding tight from the front around to the back and iron down.
What this does for me - is gives a nice even binding and it doesn't shift as I hand sew it down to the back. You know how sometimes when your pulling it over while sewing or even clipping it down it kind of pulls sideways. Well this holds it in place. No shifting, no clipping, no pulling and holding it down cramps while your sewing! Plus if you need to show it to a friend before the back is totally sewn down it still looks great from the front! If for some reason you decide you need to pull it a bit more or shift it, it easily pulls up so you can adjust! I NEVER do bindings without the fusible thread step! It has been a life saver for me!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
And I finished the 5th block for Quilter's Blessings. I"m only 2 months behind now!
Friday, July 11, 2008
And her is my attempt to catch a yellow finch in our back yard today. We have tons of them, but they never sit long so it is so hard to get a pic! Blends in with our weeds!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
And quilt camp is coming up in 2 short (or should I say long) months! We always pass out treats and surprises, and the theme this year is Hooray for the Red, White and Blue. We thought we could decorate little ballot boxes to collect our treats in. Well I found 2 adorable wood primitive boxes on sale from 4th of July for Laura's and my ballot boxes! Won't it be perfect!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
I haven't had babies to make baby quilts in ages. This summer I have 4! So here is my latest baby quilt I finished (and the back). Isn't this the cutest fabric! I also made 2 doll quilts. One to go with this quilt and another for big sister that matches her quilt I made 2 years ago. Other than that it is work, work, work!