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03-21-2019

Let’s talk about…Needles

I’ve been doing a “Let’s talk about… Quilting” series about all the different parts and pieces of quilting. You can find my two previous posts here about Batting and Starch.

 I hope you are enjoying them… they are a little on the educational side. Sometimes its good to dig deep and really get to know about our quilting tools and supplies!

Let’s talk about Sewing Machine Needles…

First things first, what are the parts of a needle?

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Parts of a Needle

Did you know a needle had a scarf???

The scarf of the needle is a small trough that helps the hook(in the bobbin case) pick up the thread.  The eye of the needle is actually bigger on one side, so if you are having a hard time threading your needle… try the other side. The side where the groove is also helps to guide the thread through the eye.

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Needle Sizes

Needles come in all sizes and there are several types of needles you can use.

The most common universal sizes are:

  • 70/10- used for lighter wt. fabrics like polyester or silk
  • 80/12-most used for medium wt. fabrics like cotton and linen
  • 90/14- used for heavier fabrics
  • Microtex(Sharp)-slimmer needle with fine point. Excellent for piecing and using with batiks

Other types of specialty needles are:

  • Ballpoint-used for knits
  • Denim and Leather-for heavy fabrics like denim or leather
  • Curved-for hemming
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How often do you change your needle?

Sewing machine needles are good for about 4-8hrs of sewing. That being said… Needles are inexpensive and I recommend changing with each project and especially when machine quilting.

You can tell when a needle is getting dull by a “punching” sound it makes when trying to pierce the fabric. Another clue is thread breaking, skipping stitches or tension issues.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Leave a comment if there is anything you would like to know more about:)

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03-19-2019

Threadology…Block 4

We are on Block 4 in the Threadology Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop!

Block 4

Churn Dash Blocks are finito!

I think they came out great… I’m biased:)

They are super simple and easy to put together!

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These baby blocks are just tooooo cute!

If you haven’t joined in… it’s not too late!

Just head on over to The Jolly Jabber blog by Fat Quarter Shop. The pattern is FREE, but proceeds are going to the Make a Wish Foundation, so donations are encouraged.

They are sold out of the Threadology Quilt Kit and Backing set so if you are just joining in, you can find the full fabric requirements HERE to make a Threadology Quilt just like theirs. I am loving seeing all the different varieties of fabrics used in these quilts.

The winner from the “Log Cabins and a giveaway!” post is…
Brenda Niedermeyer

Thanks so much guys for following along!

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03-15-2019

Log Cabin…Sweet Escape

Sweet Escape…

This quilt finishes at 80 x 80.

Pattern is Sweet Escape by Thimble Blossoms.

This quilt was a slow fun quilt to work on….

Took some time but chain piecing made it go quicker.

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The “logs” are from a honeybun(1.5″strips), so they are skinny!

The quilt has a very soft feel to it and for some reason I feel drawn to hand quilt it.

My grandmother was a hand quilter so it makes me feel close to her when I always have a hand quilting project going. My last was the Wonky Christmas Tree you can see HERE.

Believe it or not… there are two blocks turned the wrong way in there! Dang it!

I am gonna fix them… mostly because they are on the edge. LOL.

No matter how long you have quilted!!! You STILL make mistakes. That is what is so perfectly imperfect about quilting. I love every mistake I see in my grandmothers quilts. Every wonky stitch or crooked piece is so personal and filled with love.

Maybe I should leave them that way????

Last posts Giveaway Winner:

Thanks so much my quilty friends for following along and leaving comments. It inspires me and I love to hear from ya!

 

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03-07-2019

Curvy Clutch

Curvy Clutch

So…. I am not a big bag maker. I have made just a few, but am ready to dive in and up my bag making skills!

I recently went to QuiltCon and purchased this cute little kit on the right to make this zipper pouch.

The pattern is called the Curvy Clutch and is from Pink Door Fabrics. The kit came with every thing I needed except the interfacing.

You can find the free pattern HERE.

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There is always a little learning curve to making bags…. so different from making quilts!

On this bag I accidentally cut my fabric in the wrong direction and didn’t have enough fabric left for my second piece. I had to come up with some quick thinking and made a seam down the middle of one side to make it work. There is usually always a way to get it done!

I just love the way this came out! It isn’t perfect but not too bad.

I can’t wait to keep trying some new patterns!

Leave a comment of your favorite bag pattern if you have one:)

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03-05-2019

Christmas in March?

So I finally finished my Christmas quilt!

A couple months late but its all good because this quilt is just for me:)

 

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This quilt was made using the free block Modern Christmas Tree pattern at Diary of a Quilter HERE.

It finishes at 63 x 68. 9 blocks across by 8 blocks down.

I just love these wonky trees. They were super easy to make.

I decided to hand quilt this one using Big Stitch Quilting! This was super fun and goes pretty quickly. I uses a 12wt Aurifil thread. This really makes the stitches stand out. I think it adds a lot to the wonky feel with the folk style stitching.

HERE is a video on how to do Big Stitch Hand Quilting.

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03-03-2019

Let’s talk about… Starch!

Let’s talk about Spray Starch!

So I brought up the topic of spray starch in last weeks Sassy tip post… let’s dive in and learn a little more about starch and how we as quilters use it.

Starch” is a German word meaning strong or stiff. Where does if come from?  It comes from a variety of plants such as potatoes, wheat, rice and corn.

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When combined with warm water it is used as a thickening, stiffening, and gluing agent. We use it in food, wallpaper, on our fabrics and all kinds of other things.

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We enjoy starch for its stiffening qualities. It gives us our fresh looking collars and pleats in our clothes and in quilting it stiffens the fabric(helps with bias), keep fabrics clean(dirt sticks to starch and then washes off), helps to remove wrinkles, keeps seams flat and makes the fabric easier to handle or join with other types of fabric.

Let’s look at some of the most popular starching agents in Quilting…

Image result for what is spray starch made of Aerosol Spray Starch– most common type of spray starch. This sprays a fine mist which is easily distributed over your fabric. Be careful not to spray too heavily or you might get some white flaking. Letting starch dry before pressing with a dry iron also helps!

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Best Press Spray Starch– This starch is different because it is actually a starch alternative. It is made with a soil guard, wrinkle resister and shatterproof spray bottle. It also has a lighter weight to it and because of the spray bottle it does spray in mist/droplet spray. It comes in various scents and unscented. One of Best Press’s best features is that it is no flake and no clog , meaning it won’t leave any white residue on your dark fabrics!

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Flatter is another Starch Alternative. They call themselves a Smoothing Spray. It has all the same qualities, but also boast that they are environment friendly and easy on sensitive skin. This is definitely the least stiff in my opinion, but still a nice spray and it comes in lots of great scents!

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Spray starch is one of the many tools we have in quilting that makes our job just a little bit easier! So if you haven’t tried it yet… give it a go!

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Wanna make your own? Its easy….Check out this link HERE.

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03-01-2019

Threadology…Block 3

 

This month I am continuing in the quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop called…

Threadology

This quilt is super cute and I love the fabric line they are using, Little Snippets by Bonnie and Camille for MODA.

It’s not too late to join in if you are interested… just head on over to The Jolly Jabber blog by Fat Quarter Shop. The pattern is free, but proceeds are going to the Make a Wish Foundation, so donations are encouraged.

You can find the quilt kit HERE and info on the fabric requirements HERE.

Here is my Shooting Squares blocks… Block 3. A big 12.5″ block.

And my cute little Shooting Squares blocks… Block 3 minis. These finish at 6.5″.

Please join in and quilt along!

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02-27-2019

Scrappy Trip Around the World…

Scrappy Trip Around the World

I started this quilt a couple years ago when I participated in 627Handwork’s Scrappy Trip Along. I only had a few blocks….. so to finish I asked the ladies in my guild if they wanted to join in and make one themselves.

This is a pretty good size quilt, 60 x 72.

I used a larger all over stipple to quilt this. Because of the larger design it has more of a soft and fluffy feel.

I absolutely love how much variety you get in scraps when you quilt with a group!

So if you ever want to do a quilt along with some friends, this is a great pick!

You can find some great directions HERE at Quiltville.

 

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02-22-2019

QuiltCon 2019-Day 1

 

I am so excited to be at QuiltCon!

 

We are in Nashville this year… I love the exciting cities they pick for us to visit! I am with two of my quilt besties. I love a good quilty road trip!

It is such a huge show! You definitely need a few days to soak it all in.

Day 1

First stop for us was a couple of lectures…. Building Your Quilt Practice and Free Motion Impact. Building Your Quilt Practice was not what we thought it was about, but turned out to be surprisingly inspirational. It focused more on how you practice your craft. How to make time, how to find what you love and what you don’t, and how to make your quilting your own. My favorite quote from the lecture was….

The first thing we hit after the lectures was the VENDORS! We just couldn’t wait to get our hands on some fabric. They have so much to look at we could barely make it through the first day…. we definitely saved some booths to go back to again.

Here is what I scored the first day…

 

Ahhhh…… in love<3

 

I got some great deals! 6.00 a yard and fat quarters for around 2.00. I definitely had to restrain myself!!! I also got some cork because I’m dying to try it on a zipper pouch.

Tomorrow we will check out all the rest of the show quilts and hit up some local quilt shops… Can’t wait.

 

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02-20-2019

Threadology…Block 1 and 2

Hola quilty people!

This month I am starting a new quilt along with Fat Quarter Shop called…

Threadology

2019 threadology quilt along quilt

This quilt is super cute and I love the fabric line they are using, Little Snippets by Bonnie and Camille for MODA.

It’s not too late to join in if you are interested… just head on over to The Jolly Jabber blog by Fat Quarter Shop. The pattern is free, but proceeds are going to the Make a Wish Foundation, so donations are encouraged.

You can find the quilt kit HERE and info on the fabric requirements HERE.

Here is my cute little Ohio Star blocks… Block 1.

And my lovely little Nine Patch blocks… Block 2.

Please join in and quilt along!

These blocks are fun and not too overwhelming.

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