Terrific Tip Tuesday: Appliqué Cheat

When I make a quilt with lots of appliqué that I plan on densely quilting, I skip the actual appliqué. This quilt is dresdens that I glued down. Instead of stitching them down, either by hand or machine, I just started quilting. 

You’ll want to carefully stitch over each point and cross the edges frequently. This is a great trick to speed up a quilt full of appliqué!

xx LC

Carolina Carousel

Yesterday I introduced the two quilts that I designed for Quilt Carolina. But I wanted to show some more pictures- who doesn’t love quilty eye candy?!

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This quilt was made with Jen Kingwell fabric, made by Moda. I combined two lines, Moving On and Behind the Scenes. Moving On is printed on lawn and feels amazing. It’s a bit thicker than voile and has a great drape if you use it for garments. For clothes, it makes the quilt perfect for the South, lightweight and luscious. Behind the Scenes is a great collection of background prints. It is quilting cotton weight. I love how all the slightly different values add a new dimension to the quilt.

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I quilted this by machine but also added in some big stitch quilting, a la Jen Kingwell.

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I used Aurifloss, the floss made by Aurifil. They have a HUGE selection of colors. I’ve almost gone through a whole spool of this marine blue, it’s obviously a go-to color for me.

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I used Lollies, also by Jen Kingwell, for the binding. This might be my new favorite binding. The look of scrappy binding without all that piecing. I pieced the strips end to end, instead of mitre, to keep the look consistent.

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This quilt features lots of different style blocks. There’s traditional piecing, a bit of foundation piecing and some appliqué. I did freezer paper and hand appliqué, but machine appliqué would also be lovely!

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Here’s a full shot! If you’re interested in taking a workshop for this quilt, you can read about that here.

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xx LC

Quilt Carolina

I was really honored this year to be asked to design the quilts for Quilt Carolina, the shop hop that covers the middle of North Carolina. There are two major areas The Triangle (Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill) and The Triad (Winston Salem <—my hometown:), Greensboro & High Point), so obviously there needed to be TWO QUILTS! Basically, as you visit each shop, you’ll get a block and then you can make the quilts. The sizes are interchangeable on some of the blocks, so you could even combine the blocks for your own version! Here’s The Triad, called Carolina Crossroads! And if you want to learn more about making this one, I’m doing a workshop on November 3, from 9:30-3:30, here in Winston. You can sign up and learn more here! The workshop is at Brookstown Inn in Old Salem which is such a awesome location! It’s one of my favorite places to teach:) This is made with Amy Butler Eternal Sunshine.

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Here’s the quilt for The Triangle, called Carolina Carousel! There’s a workshop for this one in March! Learn more and register here. This one is made with Jen Kingwell for Moda. It’s a mix of Behind the Scenes and Moving On.

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I love Shop Hops because they are a great way to find new shops near you! If you’re interested in getting these patterns (shipping after November 1), you can order them from the shops listed here:

Village Fabric Shop, Winston-Salem
Trailer Stash Fabrics, Bermuda Run
Sew Original, Boone & Winston-Salem
Sewingly Yours, Lewisville
Wish Upon a Quilt, Raleigh
Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill
Quilts LIke Crazy, Wake Forest
Loving Stitches, Fayetteville
Cary Quilting Company, Cary
Bernina World of Sewing, Raleigh

Some of the shops made cool projects with their assigned blocks! Sew Original Winston Salem made this fun pillow!

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Sewingly Yours made this gorgeous quilt in batiks!

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And a really cute bag with their block!

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Quilts Like Crazy made this cool quilt using their block! It also features the Quilt Carolina batiks!!

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Village Fabric Shop set up this adorableness! Their pillow is in the back and they have a super cute little mannequin sporting their block.

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Happy Shop Hopping!

xx LC

Want to be Scraptastic?

I love all things scrappy, so it’s no surprise I’m a fan of Shannon Brinkley’s Scrappy Applique technique. Our guild was lucky enough to host her for a lecture and workshop last year. It was such a fun technique! I made this!! Making it was the fun part…now I must quilt it.

And she just told me she’s offering online workshops! There are two coming up. The first is this Saturday, the 24th and then another one September 27. You can get all the details and register here. I’m hoping to join in some on Tuesday! Even though I’ve done her workshop before, there’s always something to learn. And the good news is that you don’t have to choose, once you sign up, you can go to either or both!

Shannon’s also hosting a quilt along for all her skylines. I’m going to make Austin as a present for my best friend! You can check the patterns here and over on Instagram using the hashtag #scrappyskylinequiltalong.

There will be prizes and who doesn’t love prizes. So join in the fun! Shannon’s technique is fun and SCRAPTASTIC!

xx LC

PS: This post contains affiliate links. I’m telling you about because I find it interesting and valuable:) They’re paying me a small referral fee because they’re good people.

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Thumb the Appliqué 


Today’s tip is straight from The Guru! She and I are both big fans of freezer paper appliqué. When you’re doing a complex shape like this flower, no matter how carefully you cut, there tends to be a little different in each of your scallops. 

As you move the freezer paper from the front to the back, hold your thumb on one petal to keep it in the same location. This keeps the subtle differences to a minimum.


It’s something small, but it made a big difference when there was a lot of appliqué.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Ironing Mat

 
This week’s Terrific Tool is one that I use almost every day. It’s also something that I didn’t even know I needed until I had it! It’s an Ironing Mat made by Bo Nach. It’s a bit thicker than most mats with the added benefit of being perforated, but still see-thru.

 
The mat works great for appliqué. I use it to protect my iron from interfacing. It allows steam to penetrate because of the holes. I use steam with this mat on interfacing that calls for a damp pressing cloth.

 
If you’re local, I’ve spied these at both Village Fabric Shop and Sew Original.

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Smooth Curves Ahead

 

While the amazing Jen Kingwell was visiting, I was able to take a few workshops from her. When she told us this, I actually thought…duh! I’ve never thought of it, but it’s so SMART! When you’re clipping a curve, in this case for needle turn applique, don’t clip right in the middle (marked with a pink mark). Instead, clip to either side. You will have a smoother curve!

 
It’s so obvious, but I’ve never thought of it! In fact, I’m pretty sure I start clipping in the middle! Not anymore!!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: The Review Link Up & GIVEAWAY

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Can you believe that it’s been a YEAR of Terrific Tip Tuesdays?! I can’t! I have been debating what to do to celebrate the year and here it is! I’ve pulled all the posts into one post and organized them by topic. It’s sort of a one stop shop of tips! I edited them down to a brief snippet and photo, but if you want to read the whole tip, just click on the date.

I’ve also put a link up option so that you can share your tips! There are so many great ones out there, so link up with posts old and new. I’m also going to have a little giveaway next Tuesday. If you link up this week, you’re entered. International welcome! Enter as often as you like. Mack will choose a few winners using the random number generator. I’ll leave the link up open through the next year so that we can fill this post with tips!

BAG MAKING
May 20, 2014: I place washi on vinyl approximately where I need to cut. It’s much easier to see! Then I can cut without trying to figure out where the vinyl is. It also keeps it from sliding!

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August 12, 2014: I don’t love turning out the corners. There are tons of tools; I’m a fan of the skewer myself. My solution, dampen the corner! You don’t need to soak it, just slip it under the faucet for a second. Wet fibers are more pliable. But this can work both ways, don’t jam your seam ripper in there and accidentally rip a hole! You’ll be able to work out your corner easily once it’s wet.

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September 16, 2014: Towards the end of bag making, 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 pin all my pins perpendicular to the edge of the fabric, except a horizontal pin to note the “do not sew” area.

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September 24, 2014: 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.

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September 30, 2014: This tip is from Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. 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!!

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CUTTING & MARKING
April 6, 2014: If you like to paper piece, you know you have trim up the paper when you’re done with the block. But you also know that using your rotary on paper will dull the blade. So label a second rotary with a P and put your dull fabric blade on it. Each time the fabric rotary gets a new blade, the paper rotary gets the old blade. (And the old paper blade goes in the trash!) If you don’t have two rotary cutters, just put a P on the old blade with a sharpie and switch out the blade when you’re cutting paper.

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April 22, 2014: When I cut the same length over and over, I mark my ruler with washi. It comes off easily when I’m done and no residue! I mark a smidge past the line so I can still use the line for alignment.

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December 9, 2014: In order to sew accurate half square triangles and flying geese, it’s important to start with a well marked square. I place my pen in the corner and align the ruler next to it. This puts the ruler in the right spot, so that the line goes to the corner and not next to it. I draw the line starting in the middle and going out. This keeps the fabric from bunching. Draw slowly and carefully. Perfect! But if it’s not, don’t be afraid to erase and try again.

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FINISHING
May 27, 2014: I love stripe binding! I really like the pattern to align on my stripes as misaligned stripes are quite distracting. I start with my two pieces of binding. Then I take one piece and press a 45 degree angle. I’ve already removed selvages. Align the pressed seam to the pattern of the other piece. It’s practically camouflaged! Although full disclosure, this print has a hand drawn aspect that makes a perfect match impossible. Sew along the line that you pressed.

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June 17, 2014: Today’s tip is labels!! They not only offer a polished finish to your project, but also mark the maker. I order from Spoonflower. They’re a great company right here in North Carolina. I just uploaded my logo and set it to repeat. For my pouches and other small projects, I order a fat quarter of twill. My logo is approximately 1 1/4″ wide with plenty of white space above and below. For my quilts, I ordered the Kona cotton base cloth. It’s machine washable. My logo is about 2 1/2″ and I added three faint grey lines for my additional information. I label my quilts with the name, recipient, piecer, quilter and date.

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July 22, 2014: Washing quilts can be a real nail biter. You’ve put so much work and love into your quilt, and the idea of color bleeding everywhere makes your stomach turn. The answer…color catchers! They’re found with detergent and dryer sheets at most grocery stores/superstores and often at your LQS. You can reuse them until they’ve turned black. If I have a quilt with lots of brights, I’ll throw in multiple color catchers to ensure no bleeding. I always wash my quilts with them, even after the first washing. When you transfer your quilt to the dryer, add a few tennis balls and it will help the quilt dry fluffy. It will also sound like there’s a marching band in your dryer, so don’t panic!

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July 29, 2014: My quilty buddy Dana offered this guest tip! When she makes binding, she makes one whole yard, regardless of what the pattern calls for. That way, she has plenty of already made binding ready for her small projects! So no need to calculate!! Plus, you’ll always have enough binding!

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October 7, 2014: 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. 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.

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November 25, 2014: When you’re free motioning (or when you run out of thread in the middle of topstitching), you need to bury your threads. Often times, these are not nice long tails, they’re scraggly short pieces of thread. The best solution: self threading needles. I love these by Merchant & Mills that I picked up at Modern Textiles. Basically, in lieu of threading the eye, you pop the thread in through the tension points on the tip of the needle. They’ll change your life.

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January 13, 2015: What to do when the thread is short and you’re trying to bury it?! The answer is to go ahead and stitch your needle. Once your needle is in place, simply thread it. You’ll want to use a self threading needle for smooth sailing.

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February 10, 2015: When marking binding, The Guru marks the mitered line to sew on. Sometimes it’s hard to see where the other corner is when marking, so lay your piece near the edge (not at the edge) to use that as a guide.

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HAND STITCHING
April 15, 2014: I also use washi to mark my binding as I’m working on it. I stick the needle in to take a break and tape over it with washi. It makes it easy to find my spot and protects the needle from sliding out. AND residue free!

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April 22, 2014: This week I found myself binding while I was out and about. My whole world is covered in thread, so it doesn’t bother me at home. But out in the (nonsewing) world, I try not to leave a trail of thread. Insert the wonderful world of washi! One upside down piece of washi and I was in business.

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August 26, 2014: We are back with another Carolyn guest post, hand sewing style. When you’re stitching, it’s best to thread the end of the thread that you pulled off the spool first and knot the end you pulled off last. The thread is less likely to knot up on you. Also, this way, you’re stitching in the same direction that the thread came off the spool.

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LABELING
March 4, 2014: The hardest thing about sampler quilts is managing all the little pieces and still piecing efficiently. Making them one by one would take forever. So, I started numbering my blocks. First I made little numbers on cardstock. As I cut, I pile all my pieces for each block and then the number on top. When I go to sew, I sew through the number first and then piece as much as I can for that block. Don’t cut them apart! Then press them. The number is still sewn to it so you know what block it is. Some of these blocks require multiple trips to the sewing machine and iron; the numbers are there the whole time.

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March 25, 2014: Today, I’m showing you how I use numbered pins to not only keep my rows in order, but also to show me which way to press. I use them to keep both individual blocks and rows in order. Then, I point the pin in the direction I need to press.

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January 27, 2015: Today’s terrific tip is brought to you by my buddy Dana, of Old Red Barn Co. She uses pins to mark her rows by placing the number of pins for that row. Five pins means row five.

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ORGANIZING
March 18, 2014: Does your machine ever bounce when you sew? It makes me crazy when mine does that. And I like to sew fast. So you just take a piece of foamy shelf liner and put it beneath your machine. Since bouncing tends to be a real problem on fold up tables, I like to take a piece to class and on retreats!

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April 22, 2014: One unfortunate side effect of sewing among other sewists is losing your tools. Lots of us have the same tools and washi is cuter than sharpie!!

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May 6, 2014: It’s unsafe to throw a rotary blade in the trash. It’s unsafe at home but it’s REALLY unsafe when you’re at a retreat or taking a class. Since we all have washi in our sewing kits (right?!), just tape it to some scrap paper. It’s much less likely to injure anyone! All the same rules apply to needles! Just fold a piece of washi around the tip!

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May 13, 2014: I write in my own selvage on interfacing. I found when I pinned on the label, they always became separated. I also toss the directions. Using google on my smartphone is WAY faster than me hunting down the directions. Make sure your label is detailed with the name, brand and weight if it’s not something you use often. I also create a selvage for my solids by labeling the brand and color. I keep a micron pen in my bag so I can label it when I buy it. I label every 6-8″.

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June 3, 2014: Packing up quilting is always rough. I always end up with one suitcase of clothes and seventeen bags of sewing loot! One thing that’s stressful to pack is already pressed blocks. Who wants to press twice?! Gasp! So I Saran Wrap the blocks to a square ruler. Keeps them flat & happy!

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October 14, 2014: 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!

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November 4, 2014: I like to mass make binding. This relates heavily to my quest to immediately finish a quilt the EXACT moment I finish quilting. So I needed the perfect storage spot and I had these cool antique spools that The Guru gave me that I stole from The Guru’s house. Let me tell you how handy it is when you’re attaching binding…you can put the spool on your thread stand and unwind it as you attach it!

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December 2, 2014: My trim drawer was a disaster. So, I cut a few comic book boards in half lengthwise and wrapped the trim. Organized and nice to look at!

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OTHER TIPS
March 11, 2014: Here’s a tip to get a clean edge. I like to machine piece the wedges and then hand appliqué the Dresden plate down. Using your 1/4″ foot, start sewing about 1/2″ from the edge using back stitch. When you get to the edge, begin stitching forward to the bottom of the wedge. Your thread tails will be 1/2″ from the edge and you’ll have a clean edge for appliqué! This is a great technique any time you don’t want your thread tails peeking out.

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April 29, 2014: Belt in your baby!

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August 5, 2014: Use Fray Check BEFORE you cut. This will keep the buttonhole looking perfect!

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October 21, 2014: Need to pack A LOT of quilts? The best method…the big roll. First I laid them out flat on top of one another. I put a large one folded in half on the top and bottom with all the babies in the middle. Then I rolled them onto an upholstery roll. I tied them off with strips of fabric.

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November 18, 2014: No one likes to poke their finger with a pin (or worse yet, sew over their finger), but it is so much worse when your blood gets on your fabric! I’ve found my words get less and less PG the bigger the mess. The best way to clean it, spit on it. Your spit gets out your blood. I’m sure there’s a fancy scientific reason that this works, but details aren’t important. It works.

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December 30, 2014: Our tip is from Shirley Bailey of Sew Original. Imagine that you want to make covered cording with no seam, for a strap or tie or something like that. You cut your cording twice as long as you need it with a few extra inches. Sew your bias fabric around the cording as shown. Bias is key to success and it should be the finished length with an extra inch or two. Sew across the fabric and cording in the middle as shown. Now, you skunch (technical term) the fabric. It’s hard to get over the hump, but once you do, smooth sailing.

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PHOTOGRAPHY
September 2, 2014: For me, one of the best steps in laying out a quilt is putting all the blocks on the design wall. I want the right balance of color and value. Plus, I want my favorite blocks to shine. A great way to double check is turn the photo into a black and white image. (Or on my iPhone, I just take another picture in black & white.) This really shows the values and I can move around anything that seems off. It’s a great way to check your choices. I also use this trick when I’m choosing fabrics, especially if value is important.

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October 31, 2014: This is a display/photo shoot tip. I discovered these little bendy things at Home Depot. They’re technically called rubber reusable twist ties and come in multiple sizes. They look like this and are very pliable.

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February 3, 2015: Take your picture outside on an overcast day. Even light looks better than sharp shadows. Before 10 am and after 4 pm are good times. A day with little wind is great. Images taken at these times require less correction. This is an untouched image taken at 4:30 pm on an overcast day. Style your picture. Are there things that should be edited out? If it’s not contributing to your image, get rid of it. Close ups are great! We sure spend a lot of time quilting, show it off!

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PILLOWS
March 3, 2015: When you buy Poly-fil, you have to work with it or it’s lumpy. Start by pulling out a lump, and pull it apart at least three times. Keep pulling until you get little pieces and then put those in the pillow bit by small bit. This leads to a lump free pillow every time! If you still have lumps, pull it apart more.

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PRESSING
July 1, 2014: The appliqué pressing sheet is magical! Basically you can layout all your pieces and press them to one another on this sheet. The back layer doesn’t stick and then you can transfer all the pieces to your project. I know…it’s genius!

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July 8, 2014: Sometimes you need to press something, but you don’t want to literally press it flat. This can be true of certain textiles such as seersucker. But for me, it’s always my embroidery projects. They’ve been stuffed in a bag and wadded up for years stowed neatly for a few weeks with minor fold lines and I want to press them without flattening the stitching. There are fancy pressing cloths for this, but nothing works better than a washcloth! Keeps the stitches “safe” and the fabric pressed!

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July 15, 2014: I love the feel of perfectly pressed fabric! It is easier to cut which makes it easier to piece and ultimately means a better result. If you spray your starch (or starch alternative or water or whatever you use) onto the back of the fabric, it will permeate the fabric. Then you press from the top. If you do spray from the top, the starch/starch alternative/water will mostly evaporate without permeating the fabric. It makes sense and when I tested the theory, it proved true!

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January 6, 2015: When you’re sewing a triangle to the corner of a larger square or rectangle, you mark a diagonal line and sew along the line. Don’t trim yet! Use the corner to line up your corner as you press.

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SEAM RIPPING
February 18, 2015: Nobody likes to unsew. Nobody. Unfortunately, it happens to all of us. So, here’s the proper way. First off, ripping isn’t involved. Gently break every 3-5 stitches on one side. Turn to the other side and give the thread tail a tug. Voila!

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STITCHING
April 1, 2014: You know when you’re using a specialty stitch and you get everything all set up and then you try to take notes on all the settings, but your notes don’t make sense the next day?! It used to happen to me a lot, then I started taking a phone picture of my settings. Works like a charm! And if you’re like me, it’s also possible that you’d forget to change the settings as well, so I use the post it system for that! I stick a post it with CHANGE SETTINGS to the front of my machine. A simple reminder!!

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September 9, 2014: 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.

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January 20, 2015: I’m not much for pressing seams open. That said, there are certainly times when you need an open seam. If you lower your stitch length for an open seam, it will be much stronger. There will be more stitches per inch. I sew on a Bernina and my typical setting is 2.4-2.6. When I’m pressing my seams open, I use 1.8-2.0.

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THREAD
April 15, 2014: You know how unruly monofilament and transparent thread can get. It begins to unravel the moment you open the plastic. I use washi to tape the end to the bottom. Washi doesn’t leave a gross sticky residue like most tapes would! You can actually tape directly to the thread on the spool and stay residue free.

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June 10, 2014: Where to put the thread on your machine? Most machines are designed with at least one vertical spool holder and one horizontal spool holder. Thread that is wound with a pattern (like Aurifil) works well on either spool holder. However, thread that is wound straight (like Sulky and YLI) needs to be on the vertical spool holder. This will make for much happier thread which means smoother tension and less breakage.

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June 24, 2014: This one is for the preservation of your machine. When you’re going to rethread your machine, clip the thread at the top and pull from the bottom so that the thread moves through the machine in the direction that it’s designed to travel. The discs that the thread travels through control your tension. Repeatedly pulling thread backwards through them causes damage. This is bad. Be kind to your machine!

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August 19, 2014: When you put your thread on your machine horizontally, it’s best to put it where the thread comes over. And if you use Aurifil, you can remove the bottom cap and move it! That way, you’ll be able to get the thread the right way.

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December 23, 2014: As the spool gets low, sometimes it decides to be noisy. (And super annoying, but maybe that’s just me.) Slip a straw, cut to size, on your thread holder and put the thread on top. Enjoy the sound of silence!

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xo LC



GO! Pillow Talk: Hearts Around Pillow

I’m really excited about a new project that I’m doing with AccuQuilt! It’s called Pillow Talk!! Each month for the rest of the year, I’ll be bringing you a new pillow design. And the best part?! They’re FREE patterns available on the AccuQuilt website.

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We are kicking off today with the Hearts Around Pillow! You can get the pattern here.

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Along with each pattern, I’m offering a cool technique! You can check out AccuQuilt’s blog here to read about how to use paper to make appliqué designs on the AccuQuilt! As you can see, this is an appliqué pillow which makes it both fun and FAST! I whipped up this version using all white hearts on a red background! I stitched around each heart with the trusty blanket stitch. (It’s stitch 1329 on my Bernina 530 Swiss Edition. It’s one of my favorite stitches.)

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Thanks so much to AccuQuilt for this great opportunity! It’s going to be an action-packed (and pillow-packed!) year! I’ll see you February with the next pillow. My couch is about to be even more full than it already is!

xo LC

Carolyn’s Big Visit

Last week was Carolyn Friedlander’s big visit to North Carolina! It was even better than expected (and I had high expectations)! We started with a trunk show and book signing.

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Cynthia made her a shirt! She’s an active participant in the All Shirts Swap.

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The next day was the Stripes class at Sew Original. Carolyn talked about arranging prints in color order. It was a great new approach to color and applies easily to this quilt. It was fascinating to see all the different arrangements.

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I made this. It’s going to grow up to be a pillow. It’s for my pal Sarah.

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Amy made these! Gorgeous!! She’s doing a Wake Forest themed wall hanging.

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Then we headed to dinner at The Porch! Here’s Shirley, owner of Sew Original, Carolyn & The Guru.

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Sarah showed off her just finished Tangelo! A full reveal is coming on her blog soon. She worked on this during countless retreats and FaceTime sewing events over the last year. It was so exciting to see it finished. It’s amazing!!

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The next day was the big class at Studio Stitch. There were so many fun folks in this class! We worked on another paper piecing pattern, Olive.

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A bunch of the gals from my sewing group came to the class! Here’s Carolyn, me, Xandi, Melissa, Amanda Jean, Sarah & The Guru.

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Here’s Shirley with her block. I love how well stripe fabric works on this block. Carolyn’s original had stripes as well.

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Here’s my block! It’s also going to grow up to be a pillow!!

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Then we went out for burgers and shakes!

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Carolyn brought tons of her quilts from her new book, Savor Each Stitch, and patterns. Eye candy was everywhere. This is Facing East from her book. It’s on my “to make” list!

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Aerial Grove, which is also from her book, is a favorite of mine. I love the subtle color change in the background.

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This is Stripes, the pattern we made at Sew Original. It’s so interesting how she played with color.

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Sessoms, a pattern, is also an amazing color study. This is a close up, but the color change across the quilt is fascinating.

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And here is Botanics, an appliqué pattern. It’s amazing in person; photos can’t do it justice.

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They’re all so unique, yet her aesthetic shines through. I love the use of color and different fabric types.

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This is Olive, the pattern we made in the second class. Stripe fabric are so cool in this pattern. Love!

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The last class was needle turn appliqué at Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill. I’ve never done needle turn and enjoyed the class. My assistant also enjoyed the class!

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And Nicole and Amanda Jean had a blast! We were definitely the trouble table, but it was so great to hang out and stitch.

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All in all, it was a great weekend of stitching and friends.
xo LC