Storing interfacing is always a problem. I posted a bit ago about how I write a selvage on my interfacing . But I never really know what to do with scraps! Someone suggested storing interfacing rolled in a toilet paper roll. I’ve since found it to be the perfect solution for interfacing scraps! For larger interfacing scraps, you can wrap a piece of paper around to write your label.
There’s been a little bit of lonestar making in my studio. I guess cabin fever got the best of me…so much snow! Thought I’d share how I worked on my points. First I stuck a pin 1/4″ from the edge along the seam of the first piece and into the second piece. This one is also 1/4″ from the edge. You can draw the 1/4″ seam; I eyeballed it. As you can see, you need the points to align 1/4″ in, not at the edge.
Next, I gave the pin a good wiggle. This is a very technical sewing term, “a good wiggle.” This way, you can see where the pin was. Remove the pin. Place a second pin in as you normally would. As you stitch, stitch though the pin hole.
Do you have more then one sewing machine? There’s nothing worse than arriving to class with the wrong foot pedal! Or even worse without your foot pedal! Linda, my tablemate from Sew Virginia Beach, suggested labels. Her machines have different pedals, so she labeled them prominently.
My machines have the same pedal, but I bought an extra to take to class. I keep it in my sewing machine’s case, so I don’t need to remember to pack it. I do the same with the power cord. If you have a spare already packed, you don’t need to remember it!
Yesterday was my stop on the Pat Sloan Mega Fun Book Tour! When Pat initially asked me to join in her fun, I asked if I could also find a tip to share today! There were so many to choose from. But I love this!
I love this idea of going in with a group of quilty friends to buy a batch of different batting. If you wanted to kick it up a notch, you could do larger swatches so that you could all quilt the samples. I pretty much use the same batting 99% of the time (you are my true love, Quilters Dream Select), but if I had samples, I might venture out more. I do love wool batting so when I venture, that’s where I tend to find myself. So gather your quilty troop and start sampling!
Marking the maker is so important! I would love to have labels on my vintage quilts. Then I would know who made them…and when…and why…and all the other questions that we have and we look at a quilt! But alas, no labels. So I make a point to label mine. And today I’m going to talk about the pens I use.
Regular Sharpies are awesome pens, but not for labels! They’re permanent but they’re NOT fade proof. In fact, after a washing they’re usually a gross shade of purple or green. Microns are permanent, waterproof AND fade proof. Micron is a brand name (as is Sharpie), so just look for words like fade proof and colorfast. I think sharpie even has a colorfast pen for fabric. This will ensure that your label will look just as good after a few washings!
Who’s a fan of hand stitching? I find it relaxing. Sometimes my perfectionism and my desire for a mindless activity have trouble meeting at the same spot. So here is a great old trick for perfect even stitching!
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.
Some of you might already be creating spread sheets and plotting the perfect Quilt Con schedule. Some of you might be saying, what is Quilt Con?! Let me address the latter first. Quilt Con is put on by the Modern Quilt Guild and is a giant quilting extravaganza celebrating modern quilting and all the ideas/discussions/making/creativity that comes with the modern quilting movement! You can read more about it here. A quick google search will yield countless blog posts about how life changing the event can be. In 2017, the event will be in Savannah, Georgia! You’ll want to be there!!
I’m very excited to be teaching and wanted to share a bit more about my workshops and lectures! I’m teaching four workshops and giving one lecture. My lecture is Thursday at 1:30. It’s called Techniques of the Trade: Tips for Easier Quilting & Sewing. This lecture was born on Tuesday…my Terrific Tip Tuesday blog series to be precise! It’s a lecture full of things you wish you’d already known mixed with tips long forgotten. There’s something for everyone who has a passion for quilting!
My first class is Thursday night, from 6 to 9. We’ll be making my All Sewn Up Sewing Kit. This fun little kit is the perfect size to pack for class or take your sewing project on the road. There are lots of lessons in perfecting your top stitching and bag making skills, plus a quick introduction into interfacing.
On Friday morning from 9 to 12 and Saturday evening from 6 to 9, I’ll be teaching my Understanding the Rainbow class. This class is based in Color Theory, but goes far beyond to apply your skills to your fabric selection and quilt layouts. We will make a dresden color wheel. The fabric is included in the class fee and I’ve already started pulling together some goodies!
My last class is all about free motion quilting on a domestic machine. We will focus on quilting those quick smaller projects, from table runners to mug rugs to minis. The only requirement is that you’ve at least attempted free motion quilting prior to class. My quilting method is very learn as you go and this class will be about exploring what works for you. I’ll also load in lots of tips and tricks and a few go to designs.
I hope to see you at Quilt Con in Savannah! And I’d definitely love to see you in one of my classes! Remember, you can also just get a show pass to enjoy the AMAZING quilt show and vendors. Let me know if you have any questions about the classes or Quilt Con in general!