Show and telll… Bullseye!

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!

Show and tell…

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!

Wednesday Giveaway

Chris K. is this week’s giveaway winner. Chris will receive a package of Sulky’s Stick ‘n Stitch wash-away sheets and a package of 6 spools of cotton 12wt, 2-ply thread. Congrats to Chris!

Be sure to come back next week for the next Wednesday Giveaway. Until then, you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

Music for kids…

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…

Bullseye! A tip for precise points…

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!

She tacked 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.

My student 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.

I hadn’t 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!