Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
You will also need a circle (or a half circle). Before I found this "Circle Cut" I was just flipping my mixing bowls upside down and tracing them onto butcher paper and using them as templates. This circle tool is neat because you don't have to have a pile of ratty looking papers cluttering up your sewing room. I found it at Hobby Lobby. Oh and you need a chalk pen or a regular pencil to mark your arcs. For this demonstration I used the chalk because the strip I will be quilting is black.
Mark your first arc.
Mark the arcs on either side. I like to make a little dash where the center of the circle are. That will help with the next step.
Now you chalk in the overlapping arcs. That is all I mark. I will now quilt them down.
Quilt one line right on your chalk arcs, then quilt another line right under the first line (about a quarter inch space between lines) This outline or Echo is important. It makes a frame to keep all the detail controlled. I know this isn't perfect. But I love the imperfections of this. I am not a computer. Thank goodness!
Now quilt the design of your choice in the arcs or windows.
Good luck! I would LOVE to see how you go if you try it.
Friday, April 20, 2012
|that is not rust on the needle shaft...it is just discolored. I need to give it another wipe with the cloth|
I won her on Ebay. I always wonder why people sell these great old machines for next to nothing. The featherweights came be quite expensive, but the 301s are very reasonable. Oh, the parts are interchangeable between the 2 models.
OK, I am off to sew some more! I think you should try to find a fine little machine on Ebay for yourself. These old gals are too special to be tossed out.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Windorski family. Karin and I have been working together to come up with a quilt that represents Philip and the 3 men who were killed with him. Needless to say it has been sad work, but I want this quilt to be just right. Karin wants 4 large gold stars on the quilt. I love stars. They are one of the most popular shapes in quilting, right? Well, 5 point stars are quite difficult. I was going to use Lily's Army Star, but I could not figure out how to make the star really big. I am no technical wizard. SO I went hunting for a suitable block. I scoured the Internet and could not find anything I liked. I finally went to my Library and I would this book. I checked it out because I wanted to learn more about Civil war era quilts, but as I was flipping through it at home I noticed all the 5 point stars! Hot dog!
Sunday, April 8, 2012
I hope your Easter Weekend is going as well as our is!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Have a happy day!
I am adding a list of tutorials I have made over the years (many of them are on my other blog) to my side bar. I am doing this both for you and for me. I hope you use them and link back to them.
Have a great day!
Monday, April 2, 2012
Since the quilt is for my husband I let him select the binding. He decided on black. Not bad I think.
You should write on your quilt too! Just use your free motion foot. Oddly (or maybe not) my quilt hand writing looks the same as my regular handwriting. Funny, huh?
Have a great day!
I found a tutorial on youtube somewhere, but I can't find it again.
Sew your strip together like this.
jelly roll-solid-jelly roll
You need the same amount of each pairing - so divvy your fabric up in little stacks that look nice together.
Go ahead and do that for each tube strip. It goes fast when you get the hang of it. Don't worry.
Now, try out some layouts.
sew your blocks together.
OK, let me know if you have any questions. I know this was a pretty slap shot tutorial, but maybe the pictures explain my technique better than my words.
Have a great day!