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A Quilter’s Stocking Stuffer Guide

 Christmas is FOUR days away! 

Have you finished your shopping? What about wrapping?

Our shopping is almost finished, but I haven’t even started wrapping anything. I did, however, make it to the post office today to send a few things. 

This year has flown by and I kept thinking we had more time. Now, Christmas is here and I am frantically trying to wrap things up at work, for the shop, gifts… pretty much everything.


 

Growing up my mom always had cookie decorating parties, and this was my first year to host a party. I gathered a group of the sweetest ladies, made over 100 cookies, and even cleaned the house a little.

 

We had a blast. 
 

As I was thinking over the past few days, I thought I would share my last minute, go-to quilter’s gifts. These are tried and true, things I love, and things I have even used for Christmas gifts in the past. Although this list could be miles long, I am going to focus on my top five favorite stocking stuffer gifts.

 

  • First on my list are these scissors.  They are perfect for cutting little threads that always appear out of nowhere. I have several pairs and I never sew without them. 

  • Secondly, these clips are life savers. Okay, they might not be able to save a life but they are great at saving your fingers from holding the binding down as you sew your binding on. 

 

  • Another great go-to gift are these seam allowance bumpers. I always need bumpers when I go bowling, and sewing is no exception. Ever since I put one on each of my machines, I have been able to hold a true scant-quarter inch seam and my points finally turn out perfectly pointed.  I also use this seam allowance guide to make sure my bumpers get placed in just the right spot. 

 

  • This seam ripper is another one of my favorite things. I’ve mentioned it in the past, but I have many dates with my seam ripper so I want it to be durable, sharp, and easy to use. 

 

  • Best Press is another must have. I like the unscented option the most. If I had to pick another scent it would be the lavender, the other options are just too strong for my liking. This product is extremely helpful when pressing blocks and helps them to hold their shape. It is a great starch alternative for quilting. 

 

If I were to continue sharing, quilt rulers, a great iron, an extension table for your machine, and quilt patterns would follow. Some of these are larger/more expensive items, but also make sewing more pleasant in my opinion. 

 
Knick-knacks are not required for sewing. I know friends who only have a machine and a pair of scissors and are able to create masterpieces. I also know friends who have every ruler and magic tool ever created and they make the same level products. As long as you enjoy whatever you use, that is all that matters. You do not need the next fancy thing on the market, sometimes it just provides a shortcut or a more enjoyable way to make something. 

 

I hope you enjoy your holidays. I need this little one to wake up and get to wrapping… 


 

See you at the machine,

Care
 
 


44 days until our Grand Opening.

{I am not affiliated with any product or link mentioned above. I am just sharing what I like to use.}

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Final WIP Week Of 2016!

Oh my goodness, it is DECEMBER! It is also the first full week of a new month, and you know what that means. It is WIP WEEK!

For those of you new to the blog, the first full week of each month is work-in-progress week also known as WIP Week. It is one week where you try your hardest to not start anything new, and instead drag out a project sitting in your unfinished pile and get to work. It is one week where we hope to mark something off the to-do list. One week. That’s all it is. 

If you are anything like me (someone tell me I’m not alone) you have a closet or box or cubie or hidey-hole full of projects you haven’t finished. Some are one seam away from being finished or one page in a scrapbook or one something away from finishing anything while other projects might take several WIP Weeks to finish up. Set this week aside and avoid starting new things. It doesn’t have to have to be a sewing project. Just something in your life you want marked off the never ending to-do list. 

Working with a group to finish projects is much more enjoyable than dragging through it alone. Share your pictures, tag us, use the hashtag #QHWIPWeek, let us know what you are up to; who knows, I might even show up to help ;).

Not only is this WIP Week, it is the last WIP Week of the year! Have you been avoiding a calendar like I have? This week is the last week to finish up those WIP’s and start new in 2017, or at least finish up your Christmas projects in time to get them under the tree. 

Now, let’s get to work. I will be working away on this little one.  Well, hopefully these two… I’m also hoping to get a couple quilts quilted and on their way.


Here we go!

See you at the machine,

Care
 

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Sewing Saturday

Saturday was all about getting things done with the help of Millie.

I had several projects that needed finished up and Sunday will be a busy day (Its my husband’s birthday!) so that left Saturday.

I started with a beautiful, scrappy quilt made by a sweet lady.

 

Up next was a table runner I made this week. I used double batting and I could not be happier with the outcome. It took forever to finish due to the dense and detailed pattern but the snowflakes were the perfect addition. The cream fabric has a very light snowflake pattern on it that worked well together with the quilting. All it needs is a tiny red binding then to be rolled up and packaged.

 

Next up is a baby quilt I made earlier this year. I used the magic ruler and showed how to make each block on previous posts. I finally had the chance to quilt it. I wasn’t sure how to quilt it at first, but we had played with this ribbon quilting previously and I really liked it. The decision was made and now it is all quilted.  Another quilt ready for binding.

 

 

While Millie was handling her business and quilting away I sat next to her and worked on more planes. Three more finished, three left to go. Hopefully they will fly away this week and I can get that quilt wrapped up soon.

By the time I finished the baby quilt it was late and I needed to pack up and head out. A pretty successful Saturday in my sewing world.

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We are nearing towards Christmas and this is the first full week of December. You know what that means? It’s WIP WEEK! Find a project that needs worked on or finished and let’s get them completed together.

 

 

 

Share what you are working on and feel free to tag us in pictures. It’s the last push to get things finished up in time for Christmas. Let’s do this!

 

See you at the machine,

Care

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Come Fly Away With Me?

Today is all about borders. It is due time that I stop procrastinating on my border-less quilts. They are so close to finished; it is time they make their move to the done pile. 

First up: Merry, Merry Snowmen. I’ve sewn on the inner border, and I was going to move forward without any green since I was out and unfortunately the quilt shop was also out. Have no fear, I have found a similar fabric and will be using it in place of the original green. I just felt the quilt needed a hint more green to balance out the reds and neutrals.

 

Since I was able to find a green substitute, I will add a skinny green border and then finish off with my favorite- the red with tiny white polka dots. This will also be my binding. Sweet! One quilt down.

 

Up next is my purple and teal quilt. (I still need to figure out a name for this charmer, because purple and teal quilt will not cut it, any suggestions?) I want a small white border to finish off the points, then flying geese pointing outwards.

 

Remember how I had run out of fabric to repair my last block… I am still running low on fabric I used in this quilt. It is time to dig in my stash and hopefully come up with something that will work. If I’m not back in 5 minutes you might want to send in a rescue team. It is pretty scary in there. 

One of these WIP Weeks just might have to be devoted to reorganizing. We can wait until next year to worry about that though.  

3…2…1… I’m off in search of fabric.

Alright friends I have found a few contenders, time to fly away with the geese.


 

After the flying geese border, I will finish it off with a thicker white border and this quilt can join Merry, Merry, Christmas in the DONE pile!

After a week with little sewing, it feels great to mark unfinished quilts, “DONE”. 

See you at the machine,

•Care
 

**If you like the Merry, Merry Snowmen pattern by Bunny Hill Designs, it is available here.**
 
 

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It Isn’t Too Early For a Little Christmas, Right? 

I asked my Love if I could put one of the Christmas Trees up last week. I thought it was a simple question, but it was most definitely met with a stern (but loving), “No.” Well okay then, I guess I will go sew on my Christmas quilt while I wait for the world to get on my level.  
Christmas decorations for Halloween should be a thing; although, I really do love fall and Thanksgiving. Having Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving would not take away from the holiday, but instead it would just add to it. This is all how I felt before I realized putting Christmas decorations up now would mean they would be up for over three months, and at that point they would need dusted. I’m not a fan of dusting, so I will wait until a more applicable time to start decorating. Say, right after the dishes are finished from Thanksgiving dinner. Sounds like a fabulous time to me, only 96 more days to impatiently wait. 


Until then, I will have Christmas cheer with my snowman quilt where nothing needs dusted and no one can tell me “No” to decorating early. Plus, French General fabric is not Christmas fabric and these shapes could be confused for anything. They just look somewhat like snowmen, but that can be our little secret. 


Last weekend I was able to finish sewing the details onto this quilt and the snowmen (or blobs or interesting shapes if we are hiding that this is a Christmas quilt) really came to life. Deciding borders has been a small challenge. After all the time and work it took to complete this quilt, I thought we were for sure working with something King-size or larger. However, I was mistaken and my finished quilt sans borders was about 50” x 54”. My goal is to have a “couch quilt”; I want all of my quilts to be used often and loved well, so this little guy needed a few borders.

About these borders; I picked one fabric, a feather-like design with hints of red and tan, that I loved so I knew it would make an appearance. I also liked the light green that was speckled throughout the quilt and the red with tiny white polka-dot fabric held a place in my heart. Three fabrics—should I use them all?… One?… Two?… Time for an audition. 

I think I have settled with varying sizes of all three fabrics for a pretty good sized border. I believe they will finish the quilt well, and then I will be off to rent the longarm and finish this in time for Christmas. As a procrastinator of epic proportions, I cannot believe this quilt is actually close to finished. Someone remember this because it won’t happen ever again often. 

Hopefully I haven’t spoken too soon…

See you at the machine,

Care



If you missed working through my appliqué journey for this quilt, check out the last blog post.  It was a journey alright… 🙂 

Also, if you would like to purchase this Bunny Hill Designs pattern (which I love!). You may do so here

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An Applique Journey

You know the A word?  The one quilters either have a love or hate relationship with but not often anywhere in between.

You guessed it– Appliqué.

Let’s just get this out in the open.  I did not know how to applique before taking a class recently. I have only heard nightmare stories, and I based my opinions on what I had heard.  Some days my opinion is the same, other days I actually enjoy appliqué (…did I just say that?).

I should have started with something simple, but instead I decided to jump into the deep end with a straight jacket on.  Okay, I’m being a little (or a lot) dramatic.  This quilt was a challenge though.

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Bunny Hill Designs- Merry, Merry Snowmen

I can’t even remember when we started it, but I have had this quilt by Bunny Hill Designs on and off my design wall too many weeks months to count.  It is time to finish it up seeing as how we only have 99 days until Christmas (!!).  Let’s strap on a jet pack and finish a few things!

Back to the A word… I now know how to applique.  Not only do I know how, I have used the techniques I learned in the class to make THE J QUILT.

For the next few days I am going to work block-by-block to finish this quilt.  Stick around, we might learn something together.

I’ll start with my least finished block.  I am pulling fabric and making decisions on how to construct this one. I was taught how to appliqué using freezer paper and spray adhesive.  I know now that there are other ways which include fusible interfacing.  I will be venturing that direction next time.

I find using the spray adhesive makes my entire sewing room like one of those fly trap sticky ribbons.  Everything sticks to me, I stick to everything, and nothing actually sticks to my block where is it supposed to go—not cool.

However, I have already traced every single piece onto freezer paper and I do not want to spend even longer trying to retrace everything.  I have one block left to place and I will be using spray adhesive.  Wish me luck.

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Now that everything is stuck down onto the block (a miracle) I use a satin stitch setting on my machine to sew around the edges.  Nothing too complicated; however, you do want to go slow and pay attention. I also tried different stitch widths and lengths until I reached something I thought looked proportionate for the pieces I was working with.

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After gluing everything down, changing threads is probably the most tedious part.  I wanted my thread to match what it was stitching down so there were quite a few color changes happening.

See you at the machine,

Care

{If you like this pattern and would like to make it yourself you can purchase it here.}