Today’s tip is courtesy of Lynn at The Little Red Hen. It was originally spotted on Instagram and she was kind enough to let me share it here! You know those Aurifil boxes that hold twelve spools of thread. Well once you’re done with the thread, look what they’re perfect for!!
They can hold machine feet (Lynn is a fellow Bernina lover), bobbins and other notions! Thanks Lynn!
A couple months back I saw that my friend Amy (aka Sukie…don’t you know who she is?!) posted to Instagram that she got a new Bernina 350. I immediately had to tell her that we are machine twins and she’s obviously a genius for getting the greatest little machine!! And she immediately replied that we should have a SEWOFF! Fast forward to now and we are ready to throw it down.
This is a friendly sewoff that’s really about making a project in your own style. There’s no winner or loser. Although if you like my project more, shout it from the rooftops! But if you like hers more, keep that to yourself…there’s no winner here and nobody likes a whiner. We’ve decided to make the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt. I’ve wanted to make this since I saw it at Market last year. I got my pattern from Sewlux.
Here’s our schedule:
November 3: Blocks 1-8
November 17: Blocks 9-16
December 1: Blocks 17-24
December 15: Blocks 25-32
January 5: Blocks 33-40
January 12: Blocks 41-48
February 2: Finished Quilt
While Amy and I are quilting, Jemellia and Lee H are garment making. They’ve already started and are making some beautiful things. Follow along on Instagram using #sewoff. Then for the final round, all four of us are making a bag.
Today’s tip is a special request courtesy of Sarah at Stitching & Bacon. She asked me for tips on squaring a quilt. I put a chair next to my cutting table to hold the bulk of the weight. You don’t want anything pulling and stretching.
My best advice is use two rulers: your largest square and you longest rectangle. I start by lining up the square in a corner and trimming.
Then I switch to the rectangle. I constantly check the lines of the ruler to make sure they’re “square” with seams in the quilt. I line the ruler up with at least 6″ of already cut area; this keeps me square.
When you get to the next corner, switch back to the square and repeat the process. Works like a charm every time!
A few weeks ago, Dani at Soak asked me if I’d like to join in a bloggers challenge. I love nail polish and their boxes of coordinated colors are gorgeous. I selected the Lizzy House collection. I was swayed by the white that has a thin brush.
(Image courtesy of Soak.)
Basically working with the contents of this box, I needed to create two designs. It’s such a beautiful palette!
I’m a fan of a few accent nails so I started by painting all my nails with the coral. I did two coats.
Then I painted half of one nail vertically with the yellow.
Next add three small triangles in yellow. Do this by angling the brush out.
Using the (amazing) thin white brush outline the division between coral and yellow.
For the next design, paint half the nail blue horizontally.
Using the thin white brush, paint a row of dots along the color division line on the coral side.
Last week, the Triad MQG welcomed Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness to Winston Salem. While she was here, I hit her up for her favorite bag making trick! She said this is a basic tip, but it’s served her well. When you have loads of interfacing and you’re sewing a corner, clip out the bulk as you would in garment sewing. So simple, but it makes all the difference!! Thanks Sara!
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Terrific Tip Tuesday! It’s possible that I flat out forgot to post yesterday. (It’s been a busy week; Sara Lawson is in town visiting the Triad MQG!) I really like the look of leather handles and love to use the ones that come prepunched. These need to be hand stitched to attach. Because the pressure points on handles are at the top, I like to start at the bottom and sew one stitch on the right, then one stitch on the left and keep going back and forth.
The back will look like shoelaces. This provides reinforcement.
And the finished product looks like this. I used all six strands of embroidery floss. It makes for a strong attractive attachment.
Last week my cousin and I went to Minnesota. I know what you’re thinking…it says North Dakota right there! ^^ We arrived in Minneapolis and drove up to the North Shore on Lake Superior. It’s gorgeous!! I’m already planning a trip back! We met a SUPER nice guy at the Duluth visitor center who was so helpful in planning our next few days. And he told me Fargo was only six hours away!! And I could walk across the headwaters of the Mississippi River en route! We were in Minnesota to check off Minnesota on our Visit All the States Tour and a quick detour over to North Dakota (and South Dakota!) would cross off even more for me! So off we went!! We stopped at the headwaters:)
Along the way, we found out ESPN College GameDay was going to be in Fargo!! What?! So I posted on Instagram.
Modern Textiles commented that they are in Fargo and located just blocks from GameDay! Obviously I had to stop by! Never doubt the power of social media!!
Can you even handle the cute?! Look at this packaging!
Every wall had something even more adorable than the last.
How happy are these mugs?! One now lives on my desk! And they had tons of Merchant & Mills loot. That’s a site where I often fill my cart and then back out because the international shipping is too overwhelming. They had everything! So I bought everything!!
They sell washi! Have I mentioned my love of washi?! Just here and here and here.
Can we talk about the wall of fabric? These gals have AMAZING taste! They literally had a wall of fabric I wanted to buy. I only got to meet one owner, Roxanne. She’s awesome! She’s definitely good quilty peeps!! And I’m sure Connie is just as fabulous.
Each of their displays was just so cute! These gals get an A+ in merchandising.
They had an extensive collection of wool felt. So pretty! LC
I want it all!!
So should you find yourself in North Dakota, go to this shop! Or if you’re in Minnesota, it’s quite close;) I look forward to my next visit!!
I love to make bags! Towards the end, you usually have to sew the lining to the outside with a hole for turning inside out.
Sometimes one might forget and sew the whole thing closed by accident. (I’ve never done it and I’m sure you haven’t either.) I pin all my pins perpendicular to the edge of the fabric, except a horizontal pin to note the “do not sew” area.
Sometimes things work to where one (or both) of your fabrics need to be a bit scant. You might be trying to keep a point on your triangle or you could just be a tiny bit shy of having a large enough piece of fabric.
Shortening your stitch length is a great idea to add stability to the scant seam. I shorten mine to about 2.0. (I normally sew at 2.5.) This will get you the result you want without weakening the quilt top.
Have you been furiously making shirts?! Let’s be real, I furiously make shirts the week before the deadline. But I do love to make a quick shirt here and there. They’re so fun to make!! I made this little guy out if some Liberty scraps.
And I made a special sewing shirt as a surprise for a friend.
We are about halfway there to the deadline in All Shirts 3.0! Shirts need to be mailed by November 1, a bit sooner if you’re international. You can read all the details and rules here. There’s also a sign up form. I’ll email my address to everyone on that form.
So go forth and shirt make!!