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8.16.2006

s is for sewing

Thanks to everyone for the sweet comments about Pierrette's quilt. I was so happy to deliver it to her last week. She loved it, and it looked great on her bed.

To answer a couple quilt related questions...
I never hand-quilt...I started (never finished) a king size quilt two years ago that is hand quilted and I hate it now! I did enjoy watching tv and stitching along but I would rather embroider than quilt.

I always make my own binding, the stuff in stores is never as soft as binding made from cotton fabric. Although, in a pinch it is tempting to use some ready made stuff! My favorite method is to use a double layer like this tutorial describes. It makes it so easy to stitch the back of the binding onto the back of the quilt because you are stitching a folded edge, not a pressed under edge. If I am using a stripe or a gingham as my binding I cut my binding on the bias because I like the look of bias stripes and checks. However for every other fabric I cut my strips on the straight and along the lengthwise grain.

Probably the greatest help to me in my process of learning to quilt was dritz temporary adhesive spray...baste with a can baby! I love this stuff. It is so worth it, for both hand or machine quilting, to use this spray instead of safety pins or thread basting. It washes out great and doesn't gum up your needle.

Anyway, I think those are the couple of questions I wanted to answer!

I am really enjoying quilting lately and I have a few WIP quilts that are going well. I look forward to taking some pics today because it is sunny for the first time in a few days. I started one somewhat modern quilt in varying shades of pink and want to capture that WIP. I also just finished a little boys quilt using some of that awesome Heather Ross gnome fabric, so I'm looking forward to taking a pic of that.
Quilting is a sewing hobby that I have done off and on for around 5 years. My first project was a patchwork bag and from there I went on to t-shirt quilts and then on to traditional quilting. (pieced cotton fabrics with batting sandwiched inside and cloth binding) At first I machine quilted on my regular sewing machine with the feed dogs down. That took a little practice to regulate my stitch length but it was great once I got the hang of it. (although I never quilted anything large on that machine...that would have been REALLY difficult) And then as I mentioned in my last post I recently got a new machine that is larger and roomier to the right of the needle so I can tackle larger quilts on it...here she is...
new machine!
This machine is a great investment not only for quilting but for other heavy duty projects too. I have already used it a bunch for some custom home dec projects I have been working on and I sew through so much faster now. If you do a ton of straight stitch sewing I highly reccommend this machine. For all of you out there that make purses and whatnot to sell on etsy...this would be a great purchase. It zips through 5 layers of denim like it is butter! I wish I had bought this machine YEARS ago.

I have been doing a lot of custom projects this summer. Thankfully none of them have been bridesmaids like last year! One project I am particularly excited about is a nursery. Can't wait to show that one all done!
I finished a b-day present yesterday but I'll wait to post it till after the celebration...don't want to ruin the surprise!
I finished this headband the other day out of a treasured scrap of Liberty fabric...great for this summer heat!
new headband
I also just finished a little present for a friends daughter Ivey, a pillowcase dress in her colors...pink and orange!
pillowcase dress
and here she is modeling her new dress...
ivey in her new dress
Those little pillowcase dresses are such an easy project, I love them. I used this mccalls pattern to get an idea of sizing but I made it a little wider and a decent bit longer. Well, that's all for now. I'm working on some big news but that will have to wait till my next post!

5 Comments:

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Harv & Nat said...

Oh shes lovely! the machine that is.. (Ivey is quite the beaut as well.)
So cool to see that contraption that has helped my girl out soo much.

 
At 6:53 PM, Blogger Rainbow dreams said...

That is one cute dress - and child :-) Beautiful

 
At 6:57 PM, Anonymous kelly said...

ah, the wonders of a new sewing machine... so fantastic! and, I just love the pillowcase dress... so cute and comfy!

 
At 12:56 PM, Anonymous carolyn said...

i have a pfaff grand quilter also and it's definitely one of the best investments i've ever made. the speed on that thing is unbelievable, even when you have it set as low as you can go! and p.s. pierrette's quilt is beautiful!!!!

 
At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Kristi said...

So cute, I really enjoy you blog. It's fun to watch the creative process from sketches to the finished product. Especially when they are so well done.

 

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