Terrific Tip Tuesday: Decorative Stitching

 

Today’s Terrific Tip came from my Bernina mastery classes. I said it to The Guru the other day and she said she’d never heard that. It’s rare for me to know something sewing machine related that she doesn’t. (Cue the silent cheering.) I would expect this would apply well to other machine brands, but check your manuals and ask hour dealers for your specific brand. When sewing a decorative stitch, set your speed to 50% and put your foot pedal 100% down. This way, you’re sewing at a consistent slower speed.

It will give you the best results on your decorative stitching. Plus, I use this tip for overcasting and such. Great stitches every time!

xo LC

Flat & Happy: Preparing the Fabric

Today starts the Flat & Happy series! It’ll be full of quick little tutorials on basic patchwork skills to better achieve flat & happy quilts!! These are all based on how I do things and you might not do it the same, but you might pick up a trick or two. Let’s prep some fabric! 

I start by spraying the back of the fabric with starch or a starch like substance. Flatter is generally my option of choice. Spraying the back means the starch will penetrate instead of evaporating the second your iron hits it.

  
I press everything with the selvage folded down the the existing fold. Make sure it’s straight. I offset the selvage about 1/8″ from the existing fold so I can see they’re straight. 

  

I prefer to prep about 18″ at a time. Once I’ve cut that, I prep the next section.

 

I don’t typically use steam. But if the fabric is super wrinkly, I’ll add some steam to help flatten it out!

xo LC

The Talented Mrs Kingwell

Jen Kingwell came to North Carolina! We kicked it off with a book signing at Sew Original! (I might have told her to wave like the queen in this photo…) Cyndy made that cute sign in Gardenvale for the event.

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Then we headed to the Triad MQG for a trunk show. The guild had a blast hearing stories, asking questions and looking at all the pretties! She was a huge hit with the guild and might have even sparked a hand piecing craze!

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The first class was at Sew Original. I picked my fabrics including these great African waxed prints from Crimson Tate.

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Class was in Greensboro at Studio Stitch the next day. I had made all of this at the end of day two. I’m not going to start hand piecing everything any time soon, BUT I am sold on hand piecing an inset circle. That would have taken me twice as long on a machine and the results were perfect. No lost points!

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We had fun!

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As we were driving home, we passed a Dash game in progress and Jen had never been to a baseball game, so we went! And we ran into Amy, who had been in class! There’s a video of Jen & me singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame, but I’ll spare you…

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Obviously, Jen had to pose with Bolt!

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Next, we were off to the mountains for some rest, relaxation and stitching!

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I finished my circle after the class at Stitch in Time!

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My sweet family hosted a southern picnic in Blowing Rock! Pimento cheese sandwiches, fried chicken, deviled eggs…so yummy!

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She taught at Sew Original in Boone and then we headed to Charlotte for a trunk show at We’re Sew Creative! I finally took some quilt pictures!

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Jen is a genius!

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I love this happy row of flowers.

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So much brilliant scrappiness!

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Sadly I was not able to swipe one.

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It was a great trip full of laughter and stitching. I can’t wait for her to come back!

xo LC

 

Color Stories 1

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And so it begins…  Today is the first day of the Color Stories series. I cut up my Robert Kaufman Kona color card and planned 52 palettes using every color. There are currently 303 Kona solids. I’ll post each Friday for a year. Here’s my first pull.

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And here’s what it inspired from my stash!

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See you next week!

xo LC

Kit it Up

I’ve noticed some really great kits popping up using May Chappell patterns. Plus, I’ve gotten to select a few myself! There are some Hattie’s Dresden kits at Sewlux! One kit is a fun mix of bright limes, oranges and blues.

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The second option looks like the pattern cover with Tula Pink True Colors. Both have multiple background colors to choose from and are for the throw size.

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They’re available through Sewlux here and there is a coupon code good until July 4: HATTIE15. It’s good for 15% off the kits. I’m working away on making myself one! One dresden down, eleven to go! Pictures soon:)

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This kit uses my Georgia’s Dresden pattern and is available locally at The Village Fabric Shop! The backgrounds are a really great mix. It’s for the throw size.

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Are you doing the Row by Row experience? I designed the row for The Village Fabric Shop and she has kits available. You have to come to the shop for a FREE pattern and the kit is an optional buy. It’s a fun thing to do while you travel; you can read more about it here.

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Red Thread Studio has kitted the All Squared Up throw in Gardenvale. I’m a bit obsessed with the grey background they chose for the background. Plus, let’s be real, everything looks great in Gardenvale.

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They brought it to quilt market and Jennifer and I took a photo! I tried to steal it, but I guess I’ll have to make my own! I love the colors.

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Last but certainly not least is this awesome version of All Squared Up at Park Bench Quilt Shop! They used Valori Wells’ new line In the Bloom for Robert Kaufman. They’ve used the scraps for a stunning quilt back. 

 

Happy Kit Sewing!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursdays: Thread Cutter

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Today starts the new series Terrific Tool Thursdays! I am excited to share some of my favorite tools with you! When I decided to start this series, the very first tool that I thought of is this thread cutter! It is so useful! It seems really simple, but trust me, it saves a lot of time. My friend Jamie Mueller of Sunflower Quilts gave it to me at Quilt Market in Fall 2014 and I am embarrassed about how long I had it before I started using it. But once I did, I never looked back!

  

Basically, it easily cuts thread as you chain piece. I keep it right next to my machine and would never consider going on a sewing retreat without it! Jamie sells them on her site here. (I get nothing if you buy one from her.) There are other versions, but I’ve not seen one as sturdy as this one.

xo LC

 

Winners!

It’s winner time! The young chihuahua rested up last night and we picked winners this morning!

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The winner of the giant box of goodness is lucky number 40 aka Roxanne! Congrats!!Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 9.12.34 AM

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And the winners of the PDF patterns are number 57 and number 219! Congrats Sarah & Angie!

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I’ve emailed the winners!

xo LC

 

 

Blogoversary Week GIVEAWAY

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I hope you’ve enjoyed all the fun announcements on the blog this week! We had the Blog Tour, the announcement of the new series on the blog and the new Back of the Month club. I’ve had a great time planning them and I can’t wait to show you the actual projects!! Now it’s GIVEAWAY time! There are THREE prizes since my blog turned three! First up is all this loot!

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Prize includes: Twenty Fat Quarters/Half Yards, Robert Kaufman Kona Color Card, Two Mini Charm Packs, Quilt with Scraps, MSQC Mod Block, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Uppercase, Quilt Labels, Sewing Kit, MQG Sketchbook Ruler & Colored Pencils, Sew Sweetness Pattern, Quilters Dream Batting, Aurifil & More

I’m also giving away a few patterns! Two lucky winners will get to choose three of my PDF patterns!
It’s easy to enter! Enter once or enter a bunch of times with all these ways:
1. Leave a comment with what project you’re currently working on.
2. Follow my blog with Bloglovin or RSS feed.
3. Like me on Facebook.
4. Follow me on twitter.
5. Follow me on Instagram.
6. Follow me on Pinterest.
7. Subscribe to my blog via email. It’s on the right sidebar (or down at the bottom if you’re on a phone or IPad).
8. Post, tweet or blog about the giveaway for extra entries. (One for each time you do it!)

Please post a separate comment for each entry! This giveaway is open to everyone, international welcome. Entries open until next Tuesday, June 23! Mack the Chihuahua will select a winner using his magical powers (and/or the random number generator).

Good luck!

xo LC