Okay, full disclosure, I had to actually google whether this was terrific tool Thursdays or Thursday’s terrific tool. It’s been that long since I’ve posted a cool tool! But I am back with a doozy. The Oliso. I know what some of you may be thinking. Is it worth it? Can it really be that great? Do I really need another iron? The answer to all of the above is yes!
For an iron, it can be a bit spendy. Think of it in terms of fabric. Do I want 15 yards of fabric or do I want the most amazing ironing experience of my life? For those of you who aren’t familiar, what is unique about the Oliso is that it pops up and down. This means you never pick up the iron. When you are quilting all day and pressing repeatedly, it makes a huge difference in how your wrist feels at the end of the day. Here’s a short video.
I have definitely heard rumblings about Oliso’s that leak water. I will say I hear these complaints about most irons. I have no concrete facts on whether this iron or that iron leaks more. That said, I do not use steam and therefore do not ever put water in my iron. None of my irons leak;) I can say that a really good way to prolong the life of your iron, is to use a spray bottle instead of putting water in the iron.
Another full disclosure, I was given this iron by Oliso last Spring at Market. I wanted to use it a bit before I introduced it on the blog. After a few short months of use, one had to be purchased for The Guru! Iron envy is a dangerous dynamic for a mother daughter duo. If/When this one dies, I’ll be purchasing a replacement stat. My wrist thanks me in advance.
I love a good dresden quilt! It’s one of my favorite blocks. Today’s tip is to help with getting your dresden point perfectly centered. As you go to stitch across the top of the dresden, finger press down the center line.
Once you’ve turned it right side out, use the finger pressed line to align with the seam.
Press! Your point will be right in the center.
Last year, I showed you the awesomeness that is Shannon Brinkley’s scrappy appliqué. You can check out that post here. It’s possible that I still need to finish my project that I made with her, but I did baste it, so there’s that. This is it pre-basting.
I’m mentioning it because Shannon is about to offer another round of her class online. Her Scrappy Appliqué technique is great fun (and highly addictive). If you want to check out one of her workshops, you can find out more and sign up here. She has two dates coming up on Tuesday, April 4, 7-10 CST and Saturday, April 8, 12-3 CST.
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If you’re like me, when you saw this book cover, you thought, what??? How can I be both improv in paper pieced? So I was really excited to get a copy to review from the author, Amy Friend.
Amy kicks it off right with a really detailed chapter explaining. It’s good stuff. I feel like another title could’ve been Precision Improv! The book is very conversational in tone and an enjoyable read.
The quilts are stunning. I love how the low volume selections in this one really add depth. It’s the one I have my eye on making. The shapes have an improv vibe, but the repitition makes it unique.
The directions are quite clear and concise. Even if you’re new to paper piecing, you’d find them easy to follow. There are lots of tips for efficiency and clear diagrams.
I’m not a huge fan of paper piecing and improv is not my jam, but Amy sucked me in. There are lots of good projects in there, but it’s really just a cool process that makes the book stand out.
Here’s an added bonus, Amy is giving away a copy of Electric Quilt. You can enter over on her site here.
Today is Tuesday Tip number 100!! I’m pretty excited and decided to celebrate by…posting a tip! This is an oldie, but a goodie. If your ruler is not wide enough, stack in another ruler. Here I’m cutting 8″.
Only one needs to be as long as your cut. This is an especially great tip for classes and retreats. You can bring one short ruler and one long ruler and make all your cuts.
Who’s a fan of Corey Yoder?! She’s the awesome designer behind quite a few stunning Moda collections, including her latest, Lulu Lane. Corey is also a pattern designer under the clever name Coriander Quilts and author of Playful Petals.
And let’s get real for a second, she’s one of my favorite people in the quilting world. She’s quick witted with a kind, generous personality. It’s hard to find a more genuinely wonderful person. We taught together at Stitchfest last year and instantly became buds. You will love her!
Now that I’ve talked her up, you can meet her in person if you’re local. She’s coming to Triad MQG on Tuesday, March 28 for a trunk show. We meet at Southfork Community Center on Country Club at 6:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. There is a $5 fee at the door for out of town speakers. We are also offering a workshop!! The workshop will be Wednesday, March 29 from 10-4, also at Southfork. The workshop is $75 for TMQG members and $85 for non-members. The workshop fee includes a copy of her book, Playful Petals. To sign up, email TriadMQG at gmail dot com and reserve your spot.
We will be making the gorgeous Petal Pillow on the cover of her book! And we will be getting a hand quilting lesson in the afternoon. Corey is a master hand quilter! I’m already picking my fabrics for the pillow!
We’ve all been there. Just when you’re about to finish up your project, you do the unthinkable. You pull off the zipper pull. Noooo! It’s the absolute worst. Today’s tip is preventative.
Before any trimming takes place, run a stitch along the edge to secure the zipper. Make sure that the seam is within the seam allowance of your project. This also helps to make your zipper lay just how you want.
Everybody loves a ziplock! They’re so handy to sort things and keep organized. However, they’re not the best for fabric storage. It’s better for cotton to have airflow, so you don’t want to seal it up tight. If you put blocks in a ziplock, snip off the corners!
I also like to leave the top unzipped for some extra airflow. If you seal fabric in an airtight container, it can trap moisture and bugs.
Last year, I bought a cute little cottage in North Carolina. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the blue fireplace and other little touches as I renovated every inch of the house. (And by I, I mean the amazing contractor and team that I hired. Although Team Monroe did the painting!.) One interesting feature was that the entire front porch was covered in lattice, top to bottom. It was like a little lattice cocoon. The previous owner’s cat would hang out on the porch. Mack the Chihuahua wanted open air and breezes. This is a long intro to tell you that this quilt was inspired by the lattice! Meet Gale’s Lattice!
I used Fig Tree Co.‘s new Coney Island line from Moda. This line totally lives up to the Fig Tree reputation! I wanted to make a somewhat patriotic quilt; I’ve had a red, white and blue quilt on my list for years! I think this quilt wants to go on a picnic too:)
This quilt has optional borders. The borders are part of the design which makes for a great look and makes them less cumbersome to attach. Since there is piecing in the borders, you have things to line up. This baby version was quilted by Laura Davies of Tanderwen Quilts.
Laura does a great job with creating shapes in the quilting that complement the piecing. She created a large square on point in the border that I love. She did a beautiful custom job!
You can find this one in the online shop to, it is here!
When I saw Corey Yoder‘s latest line for Moda, I knew that I needed to created something in honor of my grandmother. Corey’s line is called Lulu Lane and my grandmother was named Lulee! It seemed like the perfect tribute. I named it Lulee’s Garden!
This is a great pattern to work on your piecing techniques. It’s fun either scrappy or with your favorite collection! How delightful is the palette of this collection. I smell Spring!
In a fun coincidence, when I messaged Corey that I was naming the quilt for my grandmother, she told me that this line was named for her grandmother! Here’s to two great ladies!