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Sunday, March 9, 2014
So.... that thread I quilt with gets dusty and can get dirty so I decided to put it in an empty pharmacy bottle I had :) Yep! Upside down!!! lol
My thread and a needle threader too!
My very good friend gave me the cute needle threader and the Aurifil thread I am quilting with is kind of "flimsy" in nature even though it is 28/2 Mako cotton.
Do you have a fave brand of thread for hand quilting? I love YLI 40/3 the best but the colors available are still limited... Aurifil seems to have the best color selection!
Do you store your thread on current projects? Or do you find you don't need to??
Hope you find this little hint on storing current thread useful!
Do you have a tip you use when slow stitching that you would like to share??? We would love to hear it! Share in the comments below or to me directly! I can share your pics here in a future post :)
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Monday, February 10, 2014
I started this quilt back in August of 2012. It was put aside numerous times as I tried to decide if I wanted to make the whole quilt. After I got the pattern – Edyta Starr – Common Bride – (listed in the traditional quilts in the index on the side) I decided I really didn’t like it as much as I thought I had.
Finally I decided that I would go no further than the center medallion but use some of the applique and some of the star blocks in the rest of the quilt – this is what I ended up with. Because it is so different than the original I decided to call it “Uncommon, Common Bride”. The quilt measures 70 x 73 inches.
This quilt is needle turn applique, hand pieced, and some machine piecing. I quilted it with Quilters Dream Select loft (med weight). I used King Tut variegated thread to hand quilt. It took about 100 hours of quilting. I started to quilt it in the hoop but had a hard time with it. I’m so used to quilting at my 3 roller that after getting the center medallion done in the hoop I moved it to the frame – yes you can do that and it does work! You just put it on 2 of the rollers instead of 3. This link on my personal blog shows how I got it set up.
The background fabrics are a variety of white on white fabrics from the stash. I will never hand quilt though a white on white though again that has as much painting on it as this one does on the border – the final border has the same fabric in it and it was very hard to quilt though – leaving me with larger stitches and not as consistent as I would have liked to be. The more paint on the white on white or white on beige or whatever colors it comes in – the harder it is to hand quilt through.
I ordered my backing fabric from Connecting Threads – it is a wide back. I was not pleased with it as it wasn’t as light as it appeared in the photo to me – I went ahead and used it anyhow. I mainly order on line as I have no fabric stores in my area – for the past 10+ years I have been over all pleased with the fabric I received – this is only one of two or three orders that I have not been pleased with – the stitches do not show up on the back of the quilt – but then most times we do not look at the back do we – I never make a quilt with the intention to enter into a show as I quilt mainly just for my own pleasure – when a quilt is finished then I decide what I want to do with it. I do not want the stress of perfection to get a quilt to a show.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
You might remember this post from a little over 2 years ago...I'm almost finished!
I'm working on the outside sashing and going to start the red border soon. My border plan is this continuous line.
And I was thinking of quilting in my initials and the year(s!) within the border after seeing all the lovely photos on Facebook group this week! Maybe I can even find someone to make me a few woven name ribbons to sew on the backside.
This one is sure taking a long time, but soon my #1 son can have it. I've gained a little more time within the last couple months even while homeschooling him! Mostly because now he is more independent with reading and his math. I'm very happy with his progress because we are expecting to add our #2 son soon. Again we are adopting an "older" boy who is 6 at present. So we'll start all over again learning to read English and knowing math facts like he knows his name. Although I won't be able to start and finish a quilt in time for #2 son's arrival, it will be ok. Someday I will finish one from him -- handquilted of course!
Monday, January 27, 2014
Then this article is for you... how to get started on your journey to successful stitches!
The easiest way to learn is to find a "quilting mentor"... someone younger or older that knows how to do it that you can meet with and pay or barter to teach you the basics... this is what I did :) My quilting mentor and I are now best friends and trade secrets on a regular basis. However, I sought her out initially for her skill and ability to teach... I chose her :) You should think about someone who teaches in a style you can learn from easily, as quilting is fun but also complex... like an onion... your first quilt will be fun and simple and easy probably... but as you learn more about the different aspects of quilting... it is an in-depth art form, for sure :)
So if you don't have someone in your life/vicinity/LQS (local quilt shop) that can teach you to quilt personally, what do you do??? GOOGLE and FACEBOOK :) With today's technology, we gather from all over the world to share what we know... people post tons of helpful things online!
Have you found the Celebrate Hand Quilting Facebook page yet?? I hope you came from there, but if you didn't, ask for admittance here... Caron Mosey is the site administrator and does a fabulous job. It is a busy board with lots and lots of eye candy, along with handy tips and tricks for hand quilting... it is limited to hand quilting pics only of work you have done or seen yourself at a quilt show for example. Totally awesome :)
|look who comes up!|
Youtube has a plethora of videos of all learning styles... this is how I prefer to learn about new ideas or questions I have that aren't answered to my satisfaction on Facebook. When I want to learn more I go there... BUT... huge BUT... watch SEVERAL videos by different people on a subject before you run off and try it. I have learned with quilting there are many ways to do things... for the same result. Some work better than others depending on your sewing style, so watching a few before you start into motion is my advice with Youtube. Anyone can put a video up; Make sure it is right before you fail because you didn't know the whole story or another way.
CRAFTSY.com is another helpful online site. You must pay for most of their courses, but they are fun and interactive. You can ask questions online via computer and watch the videos at your own pace. They currently offer a few FREE courses, and one I know includes basics on hand quilting your finished top, called... Piece, Patch, Quilt. This is an excellent FREE video class to see if you like it.
Okay... lots of info; now what? Run with it! decide where you are in the project, and move forward. Start with the free Craftsy class and join the Celebrate Hand Quilting site to see if it is for you. No investment of money made for a hobby that just isn't for you.
I hope this article has provided useful to those new to hand quilting, or maybe who didn't know of all the avenues to learning new techniques that are out there. I am not affiliated with any way with Craftsy, Youtube, or Google... just sharing what has worked for me since I decided quilting might be fun to do!
Have a wonderful week!
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Today I wanted to share what I have learned recently marking a complex shape for hand quilting...
You see I had this feather but wanted both ends pointed instead of one blunt feather tip and one sharp point. So I turned the template at the end of the marking process to change the intended shape to my own custom shape!
I used graphite in my Fons & Porter pen pictured on the right and marked all 49 feathers on this quilt top sashings...
|about the size of a queen throw :)|
But the blocks are dark and multicolored on this top... how to mark them... I tried all colors of lead and colored pencils even!!! But this design...
Here is the deal... I had the stencil and gathered supplies...
I added regular school chalk and baby powder with zinc (medicated ~ check the ingredients) to my marking supplies before I started playing with the design... Above you will see I marked the whole block... well not so much... it wears off and bounces off as you stitch... adding some baby powder helps.. but my big trick is...
SCRUB the pounce pad into the stencil... when you first get your pounce it will be empty. Fill it with some of the powder (chalk and cornstarch mixture) and "charge it". You charge simply by banging the pad in the box face down on your hand or a table to settle the powder into the pad. Then you SWIPE it across is what the videos showed.. and it's suggested use... however... the lines above only came by SCRUBBING the powder into the slots of the stencil. Then I got the nice marks you see above..
I took a close up of the stitching with reduced visibility of the lines to show you...
|fading lines as I stitch...|
|Completed block :)|
In closing I would like to say I am glad I learned how to scrub with a pounce pad and use it for my purposes... if you have a pounce pad or are thinking of getting one they aren't too expensive and you can always buy the powder in colors via refill form if you find you like it.
I quilt without a hoop. I think a hoop would make this process harder as I have a hoop and tried it... but your hands rub more on the chalk design you have yet to quilt than how I can position the quilt without a hoop. This may work VERY well on a frame system however as it doesn't move at all really!
Let me know what you think! Have you used a pounce pad before... are you likely to try after this review???
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