Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The zig and the zag

Perfecting your machine applique technique when it comes to outer curves,inner curves and the dreaded sharp point can be easily done with a few tried and true tips!
It's a good idea to have a few sample or pratice pieces on hand before actually doing it on your beautiful project.
Zig is the stitch made with the needle down in your background fabric
Zag is the stitch made with the needle down in your applique

You want to always start with the needle down into your background right next to as close as you can to the edge of the applique and you want to pull your bobbin thread to the top of your work and hold those threads in your left hand and begin to stitch, Now it only makes sense that when you think about it when you zig zag your needle moves side to side or right to left, so you have to make little adjustments with your project by pivoting your work especially for curves and points. Just before you reach the point say on a leaf applique you want to stop with the needle down in your applique(zag) just one stitch away from the point. Now make your adjustment by turning your work so that when you begin to stitch again your zig is going to land right on the point of your leaf.
Now you make your adjustments again to continue , just remember a little at a time!

Resource:Simply Successful Applique by Jeanne Sullivan, comes with a CD full of step by step instructions and wonderful step by step photos, for every kind of applique hand and machine.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Stress free summer sewing

Summer is here and I know many of us like projects that are portable and travel with us, whether we are vacationing or sitting outiside in the sun.  One most of us do all the time anyway is english paper piecing soI thought of posting a tutorial on english paper piecing here but There are many good blogs out there with fantastic tutorials,that I could not even begin to compose anything as comprehensive and accurate as many of them.  My favorite for English paper piecing is Pam Buda's tutorial, awesome photos and step by step guide will have you mastering EEP in no time at all. There are four parts so scroll up to start with part one.
Another low volume and stress free way to stitch in the summer is using template Stamps.  These are rubber stamps that you stamp your fabric with and you have a stitch line!  My grandson loves to stamp the fabric for me so it's a way for kids to be involved too!

 One of my favorites is the spool template stamps.
The spool blocks are 2 3/4 inches so it's a great way to use up scraps this summer!
Always Quilting, 
Teresa

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It's all about the Red white and Blue

Summer is almost here and that means some Red White and Blue Quilting! There are some great free patterns on the internet these days for Patriotic Quilts and Projects to honor those whose Serve,
There is a lovely sampler on the Quilts Blocks Galore Website, an original pattern by Marcia and easy to make.

Lovely hometown pattern at the McCall's website and I also found one  on Pinterest Old Glory by Yellow Creek Designs  ( I couldn't locate the pattern for this one). There are lots of great ideas out there. Don't forget to check out some of our Red White and Blue.
What will you be Quilting in Red white and Blue?

Always Quilting, Teresa

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bramblewood 1870-1890 by Betsy Chutchian

Bramblewood arrived yesterday and we are already creating lots of fun fall projects, everything from dish towels, stuffed pumpkins and of course we will making the quilts too!  You could almost smell the cinnamon and apples!  We will be making up kits tomorrow for the Bramblewood and Spicebox patterns, we are including backing with the spicebox kit and Bramblewood will have everything to make the bigger quilt and the mini too!  Backing for the Bramblewood kit wiill be sold seperately,  This collection has vintage appeal, timeless and classic and is definitely one of my favorites this year !

Always Quilting, Teresa

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dress your Table

Quick and Easy to Make this cute utensil caddy,  All you need is a 6 inch diameter flower and two 14" circles of fabric.
Layer your circles right side together and stitch the edge leaving about 3-4" opening for turning. Turn right side out and top stitch the edge sewing your opening closed and press .
Now fold your circle in half and stitch right down the middle, Next fold the other way in half and stitch down the middle again.
And that's all there is to it !  Make them to match your table setting, red white and blue perhaps for summer holdays, Black and white for a dressier look, A friend hand painted my flower pot to match the fabric so let your imagination fly!


Always Quilting ,
Teresa

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spinning Star Singles

Making a ton of half square triangles?  Spinning Star Singles can help!
Make eight half square triangles at once!  Simply layer two 6 inch squares of fabric right sides together and pin a star single on top and sew following the arrows, cut apart and tear off the paper!  Easy as 1 2 3 !
I make a stack of these whenever I need to use up fabric and I have an extra  rotary cutter specifically for using with paper so I don't use the one for fabric cutting,  Comes in pretty handy especially when you are making 120 of them!
Comes in different sizes too, so pick the one size you need, I basically use the 2" finished alot.

Always Quilting,

Teresa



Saturday, April 9, 2016

SPRING CLEANING


 With the change of the seasons is when it's time to air out my quilts and get them ready for storage for the summer months,.or vice a versa ..  I hang mine out on a day the air is crisp and fresh, usually mid morning when the sun isn't too strong yet,  Then carefully fold them on the bias and put them into a cotton pillowcase.  If you always keep your quilts stored the change of seasons is a good time to take them out and refold them a different direction to prevent crease and fold lines and use rolled and crumpled up acid free tissue paper in each fold.  I do keep quilts once they are a pillow case in a large colored -not clear_rubbermaid tub, I have never had any problems storing them this way but the tubs are in a normal temperature room, not a hot attic or damp basement. I make a little sachet for each tub of my homemade herbal insect repellent recipe, This works perfect for dresser drawers and closets too--

1/2 cup cedar shavings
1/4 cup of each of dried lavender,lemon verbena, mint, & rosemary a few dried rose buds or petals
2 TBlsp each of whole cloves,cinnamon,nutmeg, lemon peel,& bay leaves
2TBlsp of orris root powder
5-10 drops of eseential oil lavender or lemon or cedar or pine
Mix all ingredients together and store in a tightly covered jar for one week
then put into cotton muslin sachet bags or pillows and I place these in the bottom of each tub, and on the floor or on a hanger in  my closet and one in each dresser drawer.

Always Quilting,
Teresa