This week I’m giving away two helpful piecing tools. Use Sewing Edge strips to mark the 1/4″ seam allowance on the bed of your sewing machine. Removable and repositionable, Cutting Edge strips stick to the bottom of any smooth acrylic ruler. No sticky tape, and they last forever. The thickness creates an edge that stops at the fabric.
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Louann Young sent me these pictures of her finished quilt. Here’s what she said:
I finally got it hung on our bedroom wall today. I wish I could take credit for the gorgeous machine quilting, but that was done by Debbie Ator of Dumont, Colorado. I enjoyed making this quilt so much and found your pattern extremely easy to follow. I know I will do another one day.
I love the color combination! Well done Louann, and Debbie!
Nancy Caine recently finished her Hexie Garden Quilt—isn’t it great! She says that it was a fun quilt to make!
Nancy changed the quilt top layout. I really like the way the blocks form a big hexie flower and the way it glows against the dark background. She used the other two blocks which are not in the quilt as table toppers. Well done, Nancy and thank you for sharing!
My friend, Laurie, put together this list for her good friend, Carla, for Carla’s granddaughter, Kella. (Now there’s a sentence that you may need to read twice!)
Carla wanted to introduce Kella to classical music but she didn’t know where to begin. Laurie knows music and she knows kids. I think it is brilliant that she began with the question ‘What mood are you in?”. Click here for a printable PDF version of this list.
You’ll need to search online for the music. I’m sure a playlist could be constructed and shared in iTunes. If any of you do put one together, please do share it with me and I’ll share the link. I suspect most of us would love it.
I wonder which mood would fit Elanor, floating on a unicorn on the water…
Setting the center circle into the Ring 1 is the most tedious part of making the Bullseye quilt. There are clear instructions and photos in the instructions showing how I match, pin, and then sew the center in place.
In a recent
class, one of my students had a really good idea. Her background is in garment
sewing and she decided to thread baste the center circle into Ring 1, rather
than pinning it. What a good idea!
the points in place with heavy thread and then thread basted between the tacks
along the seam line. Basting the center circle makes it easier to see if you
have your points correctly positioned before you sew the circle in place.
planned to go to the machine and baste it in place again, before sewing it for
real. I would run the machine basting stitches to one side or the other of the
first (yellow) basting stitches. Then I would remove the hand basting to keep
it from being sewn into the final seam.
On the one
hand, this is more work than pinning. On the other hand, it adds precision.
considered doing this when I made my Bullseye quilts, but it’s definitely going
to be something I try when I make my next one!