April 9, 2011 in Podcasts
April 9, 2011 ~ This was recorded over a week ago, took me a bit to get it posted.
No show notes this week. Just me chatting and some tips from some old magazines.
How did the piano player get to Carnegie Hall? Practice! Practice is something that we cannot get away from. Yes, it would be wonderful if we could sit down at our machines and automatically create the most beautiful, perfect pieces of work we have ever seen. Wouldn’t it be great for the creative ideas to [...]
These are my first three blocks from my Hot Ribbon Block of the Month I am doing at the local quilt shop. The pattern is from the Dutch Quilter and it is a no-sew applique. The shading is done using fabric markers. The snowdrops were my first and the daffodill was my last; you can [...]
April 12, 2010 ~ Today we talked about my visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Quilting Natural Florida exhibit. Check out this great picture that Vanessa sent us. Vanessa had 8 dresden plate blocks completed and had to come up with a way to put them all together. Don’t you LOVE [...]
Yesterday, a receptionist at a business I frequent gave me an idea for a quilt. She is so sweet and friendly, I would like to bring her idea to life for her. She thought about making a quilt out of buttons – or having a quilt with buttons all over it. The idea has been [...]
March 29, 2011 in Podcasts
March 29, 2011 ~ This week I caught you up on what I have been up to and discussed what I am learning in my monthly quilting class – Hot Ribbon Applique.
So here is the process:
This is everything that came in my first month’s kit: a picture of the block, the pattern, pattern instructions, fabric, Steam a Seam, hot ribbon, a green Copic marker and a Copic colorless blender.
The first step is to trace the pattern pieces onto the Steam a Seam. This pattern came with the pieces already in reverse.
I didn’t take pictures of the next step. But you press the Steam a Seam onto the back of the fabric and cut out the pieces.
Next lay down the pattern on your pressing mat or ironing board. Place an applique pressing sheet over it. Notice how you can see the pattern through the pressing sheet.
Then place you cut out pieces in the right spot. Be sure to overlay them about 1/8 of an inch. Press. Let cool and peel off the pressing sheet. It is almost like a giant sticker!
Press the applique piece onto your background. If you want to machine embroider on the block, this is when I suggest you do it.
Here are the supplies to finish up: a mini iron set on the low setting, tiny scissors, and the Copic markers to add shading.
This is how you apply the ribbon. It is important that you press and don’t push the ribbon around. The ribbon has a glue on the back that will adhere to the fabric once it is heated. You can lift it and reposition if needed, but try not to do that too much.
Cover all your raw edges with the ribbon and Viola! Beautiful! Shade with the Copic markers as desired using the patten picture as a guide. You can’t see it here but I shaded the white with a bit of the green.
March 20, 2011 in Podcasts
March 20, 2011 ~ Thanks for sticking around and putting up with all me delays. In this episode I will catch you up on how I have been doing and all the crafty stuff I have finished or I am working on. I did not take notes, so I am sure I will miss some things in these show notes.
I will post pictures of Frolic later this week. It would be too much to add to this.
I recorded a little differently this week. Leave a comment and let me know if it is totally unbearable or if it will work in a pinch. Things have been hectic at home and finding time alone to record at the house has been impossible.
Here are some pics of some of the things I talked about:
December 8, 2010 in Podcasts
December 8, 2010 ~ Today we talked about a few tips when machine quilting. Not much for show notes, but here is the list I ran down.
1. Create a flat surface around your machine
2. Extend the flat surface to the back of your machine
3. Sit up higher – ergonomics
4. Good needle, I use a quilting needle and some use a denium needle
5. Prep lots of bobbins before you get started
6. Set you needle to the needle down position.
7. Straight stitching use a walking foot
8. Free motion use a darning foot
9. Make your sewing surface slick – Supreme slider, furniture polish
10. Use a type of grippy glove; depends on your surface and how well it slides around.
11. Prepping the quilt – rolling it or stuffing it under
12. Start in the middle and work your way out
13. Do your straight stitching first
14. Do stippling last – it will draw up the quilt more
15. Quilt sashing in the same direction on all sides, prevents fabric shear or pulling of fabric
16. Speed control – set your speed control but use your foot petal for more control.
17. Take breaks – every hour to 90 minutes
18. Clean you machine with every bobbin change, lots of lint
19. Starting and stopping – do a couple of stitches in place to lock it in.
20. Stop the machine to reposition your hands – do not walk your hands, it will show in your stitching.
Easy straight stitching designs:
1. Vertical or horizontal lies
2. Double lines
3. Grids, straight or diagonal
4. Outline the block
5. Square spiral
November 9, 2010 in Podcasts
November 9, 2010 ~ Today, I tell you the ugly truth about my high-end sewing machine; Janome Memory Craft 11,000 Special Edition (MC11000 aka MC11000SE)
“Tonight when its time to lay down in your bed, Put your tooth under your pillow where you rest your sweet head. may the Tooth Fairy bring you lots of money and your toothless days be bright and sunny.” – Not sure where I found this, on the internet somewhere.
October 19, 2010 in Podcasts
October 19, 2010 ~ Today we talked about naming your quilts, why name them, labeling your quilts, what info to put on the label and different ways to label them.
Check out this award winning quilt by Cherry. Beautiful!!!! I love the quilting. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Cherry. Don’t forget to comment and tell Cherry what you think.
September 7, 2010 in Podcasts
September 7, 2010 ~ This episode I catch you up on what I have been up to and why I have been off the air for the last two months.
Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes, wondering where I was. I really appreciate everyone getting in touch.
Check out this beautiful black and white quilt that Cindy made. You know how much I love black and white quilts. This double wedding ring is spectacular. Not only do I love the use of solids along with a pattern, but the edges are amazing. I really need to try something like this out.
Amy Peterson from the Quilter’s Notebook won the Frolic patten – please send me you address.
The winner of the episode 50 raffle is Sue. Please send me your address.
The short story of where I have been is that I have had massive computer problems. Between work, family, and a separate project, i had very little time to do the work to fix my computer. It was so corrupted that I had to reformat it by hand!
Not much crafting happened during this time. I did finish the drunkards path quilt.
This is how I did my mitered binding
I made an iPad case using fused felt.
I promise next time that I will get back to the normal format and will have a scheduled topic. Talk to you soon.
July 11, 2010 in Podcasts
July 11, 2010 ~ Today I talked about making the drunkard’s path block using a circular attachment – I cheated!
Jackie shared this great picture with us. I love black and white quilts. She says that the podcast has inspired her to quilt more, but her B&W inspired me to do my dunkard’s path. She machine embroidered the notes and piano. I love the use of directional fabric.
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Knitting help – When you are using dpn’s to knit a sock in the round, should the sock knit out inside out?
Winner of the Frolic Pattern – Amy Peterson from Quilter’s Notebook!
Topic this week – Playing around on the Drunkard’s Path
This is a circular attachment. I know they are available on Janome, Bernina, and Babyloc machines; not sure about other brands. The little black knob just protects the pointy tack thingy.
Cut out material for your background fabric and the circle fabric. I laid all my out so it was organized and easy to grab. This was my drawing I used to guide me on colors and cutting out.
Finger press an “X” to mark the center of the block.
Put the fabric right side up on the circular attachment. Layer the fabric for the circle on top.
Sew a straight stitch, using your hands to smooth out the fabric as it goes around.
Trim away the excess fabric from the circle. I found that my machine applique scissors worked best. You want to trim very close to the stitching.
Put it back on the circular attachment and sew a satin stitch. I used a 3.5 stitch width and .2 stitch length. I am using a machine embroidery rayon thread, but you could use anything. I also used a satin stitch foot.
At this point you should press and square up your blocks. Then cut them into quarters.
Flip the pieces over and trim the excess fabric.
Piece together. I laid everything out and stiched one block at a time, so that I did not confuse myself – I was using so many colors.
Here is the pieced quilt top. I got the pattern idea here. I plan on adding a drunkard’s path pieced border too. Right now it is 36″ square. With the border it should be big enough for a baby quilt.