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03-13-2019

Ask Sassy! Quilting Questions…

Ask Sassy!

Today’s quilty question:

What do I try if my thread keeps breaking???

Well, first things first… Completely re-thread your machine and bobbin.

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If that doesn’t do the trick… Let’s look at your thread and needle!

When quilting we are generally using a 40 or 50wt cotton thread. If using a special type of thread, you may need a special needle. Otherwise, a universal needle should be fine.

Secondly…. When did you last change your needle??? This is one of the biggest things we as quilters forget to do! Every 4 to 8 hrs of sewing needs a new needle. They cost cents… so just change it for every new project. When machine quilting a quilt I always start with a fresh needle.

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What else do we always forget to do???

Clean our machines. So if you’re still having trouble… give your machine a quick de-fuzzing!

These are just a few quick things to try! Hope these tips helps you guys.

 

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03-11-2019

Log Cabins and a Giveaway!

Log Cabins!

 

Aren’t they so fun? I live in one so I am a little biased:)

I bought this quilt kit from Fat Quarter Shop HERE and am slowly working my way through these blocks. 

The fabric line used is Smitten by Bonnie and Camille for MODA Fabrics.

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Sweet Escape is a Thimble Blossoms pattern by  Camille Roskelley.

Log Cabin blocks are not super quick, but do look awesome when your done.

I just love these sweet fabrics.

This will be the first entire quilt I have made with just log cabin blocks.  

It finishes at 80 x 80. Wowza, its a big one!

Leave me a comment if you have ever made a Log Cabin Quilt!

A winner will be chosen to receive this super cute box that the kit came in!

Each comment is an entry. 

     Good Luck guys!

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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…

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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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02-26-2019

Sassy Tip 108

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Spray Starch

I learned this tip several years ago at a QuiltCon lecture…

When using spray starch… Spray starch on backside of what you are pressing.

When starching your fabric it should feel slightly damp after you spray it. If you spray on the front side and then press, most of the spray gets on your iron. Spraying on the back just keeps most of the starch in the fabric.

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Now…. whether to starch or not to starch…. that’s a discussion for another day!

 

 

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02-24-2019

QuiltCon 2019- Day 3

Day 3

Today we finished up seeing all the quilts in the show and Wow…. it really took three days to see all this stuff!

Here are some of my Day 3 faves…

We took some time today to do a Make and Take. Those are so fun. They had a few here to do. We each did a different project… quilted post cards, eye masks and a draw string pouch.

Here is my cute little pouch!

We had a great class by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time about paper piecing. Her work is amazing and I’m dying to get her book, Intentional Piecing.

Since we finished up all the show stuff we decided to hit up some sites! The Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

   We had a great time meeting up with our Richmond friends for dinner too.

I have a class tomorrow and then its back on the road again.

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02-23-2019

QuiltCon 2019- Day 4

Day 4

Today we just had one lecture left on working on accuracy. Learned a few tips and tricks there.

We did one more round in the show room and voted on our favorite quilt for the peoples choice award.

This was my pick….

And you know we had to go grab a couple more deals! Just a little more….

Quiltcon was an awesome experience! If you haven’t been you should definitely put it on your list. You won’t regret it!

I can’t wait to get home and start all my projects that I have been inspired to make.

 

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