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I Cannot Sew Without ___.

What can you not sew without?
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You can sew the guided quarter inch foot in this picture.
Gosh, my list is long but here are a few things I truly cannot live without (or maybe, things that I just really like!).
A seam guide. I use several different methods depending on what machine I’m sewing on. Recently, I purchased a guided quarter inch foot for my Featherweight. To be honest, it’s taking some getting used to. I think I like it….?
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This is a close-up of the Guided Quarter Inch Foot that I have been using on my featherweight. I purchased it here
On other machines I use my “purple bumper”. Think back to the last time you went bowling and had to beg your husband to let you put up the bumpers. It kept you out of the gutters then, and it’ll keep you on the straight and narrow in your sewing as well.
If I can’t find my trusty “purple bumper” I’ll reach for painters tape. I stack several layers so it creates a lip that my fabric can push against. It’s cheap, works great, and you probably have some around your house.
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These are my “purple bumpers.” They come 5 to a package, and one lasts quite awhile. I’m actually not sure that I have ever replaced my first one. They are available for purchase here.
The key to each of these guides is that you have an accurate way to check your quarter inch, or scant quarter inch, seam. After all, the guide will only work correctly if it is placed in the correct spot. My favorite tool for this is the guide that has a spot for your needle to slide into. If that is not an option you could carefully use a ruler.
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This is an example of a seam guide with a needle slot. It is available here.
Another thing I cannot seem to sew without are small snips, or scissors. Again, it depends on where I’m sewing for what I reach for. I’ll share pictures of my top three choices. I like snips that are small, easy to use, and super sharp!
To be honest, I’m pretty set as long as I have good snips and a true quarter inch guide. Of course, I could get into the fact that I’m a ruler snob and I only like Creative Grid rulers or that Aurifil Thread in any light grey shade is always on my machine.  Technically I could get by with other options but my complaining might be a little ridiculous.  This post is about what I cannot live without, so I’m trying to keep it narrowed down to the absolute necessities.
The last thing that I cannot, will not, without a doubt won’t do is quilt without taking my right shoe off. I can leave the left shoe on— that one isn’t a problem— but there is no possibility of me sewing with my right shoe still attached to my foot.
If you have ever been in Quilter’s Hideaway, our quilt shop, you have probably heard “Where is my shoe?”, “Just a second, I’m looking for my shoe.” or some version of this more than once. Anyone else? I cannot be the only single-shoed quilter.
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Customer quilt quilted using Flowing Water pattern.
Anyways, I would love to hear what you cannot quilt without.
See you at the machine,
Care
… Have you found my shoe yet?
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ONE DAY AWAY

It is Tuesday! We are ONE DAY AWAY from our biggest challenge, change, project QH has ever tried to tackle.  There will be mistakes, we will still be crawling along, learning as we go, but the end result should be amazing.

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Customer Quilt quilted with Deer Hooves and Antlers.

Tomorrow, you will have to check out our NEW website!

The class calendar, in my opinion, is much easier to operate, and you can even sign up for classes. You might just have to give us a few moments to get everything set up.

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Customer quilt quilted with Meandering Circles. 

We are still working to get everything set up: every bolt of fabric, notion, ruler, etc had to be re-input.  That part has been gross!

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Customer quilt quilted with Modernish.

I miss my sewing machine. Millie, our longarm quilting machine, has been putting in long hours, but that is the only machine that has really seen any operating time.  I miss it.

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Customer quilt quilted with Americana Rounded Stars.

I’ve received two spectacular machines recently, and they are begging to be used. Soon.  I keep telling myself that it will happen soon. When it does, you bet I’ll be sharing with you.  TWO MACHINES! You will be meeting them soon.

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Customer quilt quilted with Nested R&R.

Until then, I’ll be looking through photos on my phone and trying to share some of our older quilts that we have quilted.

 

See you at the machine,

-Care

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What’s In a Name?

Happy 2018! It is a new year, and we have so many things on the agenda for the shop. I’m not a huge New Years Resolution person, but I am really hoping to find time to blog more this year.

 

With that said, I am also helping to continue learning more on Millie, and I started early learning new things this year. On Christmas Eve/Day, I quilted a custom quilt for my Brother-in-Law. Somehow, my two brother-in-laws have been able to convince me to only quilt custom for them. It has always been a large learning curve. Each time, I have learned new things, and thankfully the quilts always turn out great!

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This particular quilt was a gift for the man officiating his wedding. The family’s last name starts with a G and they have three kids: Ellyn Beth, Jax Joseph, and Jones Dean. I promise we checked the spelling multiple times during this process, but it still made me nervous.

Devin, my brother-in-law, had the idea to quilt all of the childrens’ names into the quilt. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well… I couldn’t find an easy way to do it without a ton of jumps between every letter (A jump is when Millie stops sewing in one spot and moves to another spot. It leaves a stretch of loose thread that needs trimmed.), so I improvised. I spent quite a lot of time in PatternCad, a program in QuiltPath that allows a pattern to be “drawn”.

I grumbled quite often while “drawing” this pattern, but I love how it turned out. Now I want to do a similar quilt for my grandmother with all of the grandchildren’s names, but the idea of creating patterns for all of those names makes me worried.

 

See you at the machine,

Care

 

 

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A Leap of Faith

It’s been awhile. And by awhile, I mean way too long. I’ve been working full time plus helping at the shop too many hours to count. This isn’t a pity-party, but a party because that has all changed now! 

I’m still at the shop too many hours to count, but that full time job is no longer on the table. I’ve taken a leap of faith, and I’m trying to follow a dream. (Or something like that….) 


My husband has decided that I am a “Professional Quilter; Occupation: Quilter.” He made that declaration as I walked in the door one week ago after my last day training my replacement at the full time office job. I think he was under the impression that I won’t need to add to my personal fabric stash, now that I’m around fabric all day. He has no idea.. 🙂 
Now that I’m at the shop, and supposedly have free time (I still haven’t seen any or that), we are going to start working of a few fun things we’ve been planning. We are also gearing up to announce our next few months of classes. So far, our classes have been successful, fun, and energetic, so we want to keep that going. 



Do you have any fun ideas that you would like to see added? 


I did manage to finish this quilt last week, so I will leave you with this picture. 
See you at the machine, 

Care

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Sew Nights and Design Walls

When my mom and I made the decision to open Quilter’s Hideaway, we knew we wanted a way to bring people together. We immediately knew we wanted some form of a sew night where people with different experience and projects could come together to learn from one another, create a community, and encourage each other throughout their projects. 

Our Open Sew Nights every Thursday, have slowly molded into this. Although I cannot be at every one (I’m still working fulltime in Tulsa), I receive pictures, and it makes me want to be there every week. 


There have been many finished projects throughout our short, two months of being open, many newbies have learned tricks, and friendships have been made around our tables. I’ve learned more about embroidery and so many other things, I’ve seen others teaching how to chain-piece, everyone has a home at Quilter’s Hideaway.


The other thing I love about sew night, is that our design wall is always covered in so many different quilts as people work to find a layout they are happy with. Occasionally I’ll even get FaceTime to give my opinion, or someone will leave a quilt up for a few days to play with until they are happy.  My favorite saying when a quilt is on the wall is, “Can I play?”  Everyone sees quilts so differently, and I love this. 


Everyone has been on a log cabin “kick” recently using our new rulers and upcoming class, but every single quilt has been vastly different. Other than the actual block, the quilts are unrecognizable as the same pattern. 


If you are on the fence, or want to surround yourself with funny, encouraging, helpful people, think about coming to our next Open Sew Night. It happens every Thursday. Come when you’re free and stay until the seam rippers come out. Usually the crowd starts forming after 4pm and we shut the party down between 8:30 and 9. 

 
I’ve seen knitting, embroidery, paper piecing, chatting, quilt layout, laughing, pressing, and so much more happening during our Open Sew nights.

See you at the machine,

Care

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day- FREE PATTERN

Top O’ The Mornin’ To Ya!  (I just looked up different St. Patrick’s Day sayings and came out somewhat empty handed. Thanks Google…)

 

Happy St. Patrick’s day!  As I sat in the car this morning before work, I realized that I had walked out the door without any green today… Thankfully, I had a green hair-tie in my car, but does that really count? We could get into the nitty-gritty, or I could share with you a fun, green pattern.  Let’s get to it, and hopefully it will make up for my lack of green wardrobe.

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You can mix and match your fabric or use all the same.

 

Prep:

Dig in your stash for green and cream fabric. Or whatever floats your fancy.

 

You will need:

1/4 yard of green {clover fabric}

1/4 yard of tan/cream {background fabric}

One fat quarter {backing}

One fat quarter of batting

Two 2” strips {binding}

*You could also use mix and match your fabric as I did.*
 

Chopping Block:

Cut two 2.5” strips of clover fabric.

Now, cut 24 2.5” squares from the clover strips.

Cut two 2.5” strips of background fabric.

Now, cut 32 2.5” squares from the background strips.

Depending on the width of your fabric, you might need three 2.5” strips.

*Note: If you are unable to get the full 34 squares from these strips, you could also cut down the scraps in the next step to get the remaining squares.

Cut one 3” strip of clover fabric.

Cut this into four 3” squares.

*If you were unable to cut all your squares earlier, use the scrap from this step to cut the remaining squares.

Cut one 3” strip of background fabric.

Cut this into four 3” squares.

*If you were unable to cut all your squares earlier, use the scrap from this step to cut the remaining squares.

 

 

Stitchin’ Time:

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For this step you will be using the 3” squares of background fabric and 3″ squares of clover fabric.

Take one of each square and place them right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.

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Now sew a quarter inch on both sides of this line.

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Repeat for all 3” squares.

Cut along the line you drew and press seam.

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Trim these down to 2.5” squares.

You should end with eight half square triangle squares.

 

Assemble your block using the diagram.  Once assembled decide whether you want a stem or not.  It is personal preference.  I decided to add one using a scrap from an earlier step.  To attach it to my quilt I sewed lines through the stem multiple times.  I wanted it to look like veins on a leaf or stem, but also to be something fairly simple.  There are no rules here, just have fun and make it your own.

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If you press your seams opposite directions for each row, it will be much easier to next each corner and patch your points.

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When the top is complete create the quilting sandwich:

Backing fat quarter—Batting fat quarter—Quilt top

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Pin, spray baste, or thread baste the sandwich so you can quilt it together.

 

Quilt however you desire: stitch in the ditch, horizontal lines, meander, the options are endless.

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After quilted, trim edges and attach binding.

Finish by sewing the binding, and you will have a completed clover mini quilt.

Finished size: 16.5″ x 16.5″.

 

 

Instructions Without Pictures:

LUCKY, LUCKY

Prep:

Dig in your stash for green and cream fabric. Or whatever floats your fancy.

 

You will need:

1/4 yard of green {clover fabric}

1/4 yard of tan/cream {background fabric}

One fat quarter {backing}

One fat quarter of batting

Two 2” strips {binding}

*You could also use mix and match your fabric as I did.*
Chopping Block:

Cut two 2.5” strips of clover fabric.

Now, cut 24 2.5” squares from the clover strips.

Cut two 2.5” strips of background fabric.

Now, cut 32 2.5” squares from the background strips.

Depending on the width of your fabric, you might need three 2.5” strips.

*Note: If you are unable to get the full 34 squares from these strips, you could also cut down the scraps in the next step to get the remaining squares.

Cut one 3” strip of clover fabric.

Cut this into four 3” squares.

*If you were unable to cut all your squares earlier, use the scrap from this step to cut the remaining squares.

Cut one 3” strip of background fabric.

Cut this into four 3” squares.

*If you were unable to cut all your squares earlier, use the scrap from this step to cut the remaining squares.

 

Stitchin’ Time:

For this step you will be using the 3” squares of background fabric and 3″ squares of clover fabric.

Take one of each square and place them right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.

Now sew a quarter inch on both sides of this line.

Repeat for all 3” squares.

Cut along the line you drew and press seam.

Trim these down to 2.5” squares.

You should end with eight half square triangle squares.

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Assemble your block using the diagram.  Once assembled decide whether you want a stem or not.  It is personal preference.  I decided to add one using a scrap from an earlier step.  To attach it to my quilt I sewed lines through the stem multiple times.  I wanted it to look like veins on a leaf or stem, but also to be something fairly simple.  There are no rules here, just have fun and make it your own.

 

When the top is complete create the quilting sandwich:

Backing fat quarter—Batting fat quarter—Quilt top

Pin, spray baste, or thread baste the sandwich so you can quilt it together.

Quilt however you desire: stitch in the ditch, horizontal lines, meander, the options are endless

After quilted, trim edges and attach binding.

Finish by sewing the binding, and you will have a completed clover mini quilt.

Finished size: 16.5″ x 16.5″.

 

 

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

See you at the machine,

  • Care

 

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