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Teaching Engagements

This week is a busy and exciting one for me!

Monday, April 3, I will be holding my last class for a very successful T-shirt quilt class at Sweet Home School’s Community Education.  I will be doing more classes, and will post when those are!!

Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30pm I will be doing a hands-on presentation on The Meaning of Color at the Newman Center on Skinnerville Road.  I’ll be talking about how colors effect our mood, spiritual meaning of colors, and bible references of the colors. We will be painting, so if you come, please wear a smock.

Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm I will be at the Twin City Quilt Guild presenting my Trunk Show.  I am excited to tell my quilt journey and share my quilts!

Tuesday and Wednesday are at no cost to you. Please come and join these presentations! I would love to see you!

 

 

 

 

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Beginning of Papa’s Door

I’m starting a new quilt which will hopefully accepted into a National Quilt Show (s) this year.

I’ll share the story behind the quilt when I finish.  This blog is to show you my process and my thinking.

Papa’s Door will be a painted whole cloth art quilt.  I started with a traced image as my usual process and added the squares around it to resemble Italian tiles.  The original photo was a plain stucco wall.  To add interest to the quilt, I decided to add the “tile” look.  Frixion pens are my favorite fabric marking tools.  They stay on for as long as you want, thin line is formed, and iron off easily.  I have found that on dark fabric the pen leaves a white line which can be removed with laundry soap quite easily.

 

img_3275I started painting the squares (tiles).  It took me two days with a total of about 10 hours to finish painting the tiles.  Very peaceful and relaxing to do!img_3276fullsizeoutput_d0dIn the bottom right of this photo, you can see that I ironed some of the marks away.  The bottom photo shows more lines being removed.

img_3278I am still working on the painting part of the fabric, so I was afraid to iron more of the lines and have my lines disappear!!  YIKES!!!

I don’t know if this technique is out there, but I love doing it!  I would love to read your comments!

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Quilt photo bomb!

I had to share these two pictures.  I took the first one on the left seconds before I took the right one.  In the right one, you see my dog Lola peeking around the left of the quilt.  It is a little hard to see because she is a black lab/retriever mix, however, she is not camera shy!

Thought you would enjoy this!

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Monofilament Thread

Wanted to share a little tip I was told the last time I brought my machine in for repair.

I use monofilament thread in my bobbin when I am doing my quilting art.  This allows me to change the color of the threads continually without having to change the bobbin all the time.  It also prevents the bobbin thread from peeking through to the top of the quilt.

Using the wrong monofilament thread in your machine will actually ruin the sewing machine tension.  Most of these types of threads are stretchy and will thin out when it goes through the tension discs and keep changing thickness.  Plus, if left in the bobbin as I do, the thread will warp your bobbin making it unusable.

The brands that don’t stretch are Aurfil and Superior.  These are better for your machine (and mine too!)

I could not believe it when I held both types of monofilament in my hands and pulled.  I could really feel the difference!  I use Superior threads for most of my work anyway, so I am not straying from that brand anymore.

Good quality thread is better for your machine and will hold up better in your projects.

Try the monofilament test yourself and tell me what you think.

Thanks for reading!

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Table Runner Quilt Patterns

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These are my first two patterns!  I’m really excited to present them to you!  These are table runners with full instructions and templates for traditional piecing as well as foundation piecing.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these patterns, please press here to go to my Etsy.com site.

Thank you for supporting me!

 

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Sewing Curves!

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My new project!!  Double ring Quilt.   If any of you know, it is one of the most difficult traditional quilts around.  Why? Because you are sewing curved pieces most of the time.

Curved pieces have more stretch than the square or rectangle pieces because they are not cut on a straight of grain.  This leads to unwanted stretching of each piece.

With a lot of trial and error, I figured out how to do it with some ease that hopefully these tips will help you as well. By the way, you will see some dark threads on the pieces.  This is proof of my trials and mainly errors!  I will be taking a tweezer to them one night and pulling them out when I’m watching TV.

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I discovered that the concave curve (Yellow piece) is the longest and needs to “ease” into the convex (Blue piece).

img_2923 Folding all of the curved pieces and lightly pressing them gave me the center of each piece.  I pinned the pieces in three places starting with the center and then both ends.  It will not lay flat until it is pressed.

img_2924I had to sew slow and math up the edges of the fabric approximately 1/4″ at a time.  I held onto the blue fabric with my right hand and eased the yellow fabric in place.  The feed dogs grabbed the yellow fabric more than the top fabric, and I allowed that to happen.  It took some getting use to.

img_2926When it is all sewed together, all of my pieces looked like this.  The ends of each piece and centers matched.  The iron does the rest of the work. I found it easier to place the blue fabric on my iron board first and gently push the yellow fabric flat.

img_2927 Just using the tip of the iron on the crease was just what the piece needed to lay totally flat.  Remember I said that you are working with all curves?  I didn’t have to clip the seam allowance because of those same curves!

As you look at the photo above, you can see the seem allowance from the right side of the piece.  This is due to poor planning.  Most of the double wedding ring quilts you see have a light colored background and darker colored curves.  The curve can only be ironed one way.  If I ironed the seam towards the blue, it would pucker and I would have to make those slits in it to work.

This is as far as I have achieved so far.  The completed block on the top is the only completed block I have so far.  By the end of the week, I will complete the rest and post it.

Thank you for reading this blog!  Have a wonderful day!