Monday, November 30, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Isn’t it funny how just when you think you got it figured out life changes again and you are left reevaluating your choices, desires, and potential outcomes?
I ended the summer ready to sell, however; I had no time to produce anything so I started furiously sewing in September....At about the same time I got a job as a waitress...Just part time, just for the fun of it...The opportunity presented itself and I said sure why not...Since then I have found I am putting a lot of time in making quilts with the intention of selling them.. Initially I mulled over what others would like, what was marketable, what was good enough. I’m here to tell you it took all the fun out of quilting for me.
Then I realized I have to just stay true to me and the rest will follow. So I tried that and found that being true to myself is truly the key except, I'm still not sure this is what I want to do. I think the biggest reason I am keeping Etsy is because it was a lot of work to put up and I hate to pull it down. Hm... That leaves me with options. Do I simply leave it up, put up items I want and just don’t worry about it? Or do I tear it down, and just sell at craft fairs if I should so desire?
In the end I wrote myself a mission statement, a little hokey, but it allowed me to determine what I needed my goal to be concerning quilting, a craft I love but which was becoming a little less enjoyable when my intention was to sell on Etsy and be worthy of selling on Etsy.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Community Hall. I had three table toppers I wanted to finish and some mug rugs so that I had some small items to include.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
I also manged to finish a pair of fingerless mitts for my oldest girl... Not sure what yarn I used, I think Alpaca.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Today I am traveling on a big charter bus, heading to Missoula Montana, on the end of the year field trip for my two youngest still in school.
I am attempting to write this on my phone, for the first time ever, I might add. I won't guarantee it is proof read perfectly....but I just really wanted to share!
It seems I do a lot more hand work when I am traveling. And today is no exception. I started doing English paper piecing after seeing some amazing projects done by a wonderful relative. As usual I am using up scraps and just winging it. Meticulous, I am not, so the back is not pretty, but I am quite pleased with how the front looks
I'm hoping to get the last of my blocks sewn together in the next two days...
Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
I tried pin basting and oh my aching back, not to mention I always, without fail, would have a pucker on the back of my quilt when I had finished quilting.
I tried spray basting, certainly better than pin basting but still that dreaded pucker...and I would get a headache spraying those chemicals for a large quilt.
I am one of those people that loves quilting my own quilts on my domestic sewing machine...as we all know though, that requires a lot of moving and handling of the basted layers. I twiddled my thumbs, obsessed, finally had a light bulb go off in my head....ELMERS Glue! I knew you could use it for different aspects of quilting.. I had seen others on the Internet who used it for their binding, for making sure their points matched. I always had Elmers Glue on hand, since I am a mother of four.
I researched and I found a blog that uses it, however; she chose to mix her glue with water or alcohol..I said to myself lets just try it as is.
There started my love affair with Elmers glue basting. Now, this is not a perfect technique either... It has it's pro's and con's. You have to wash your quilt when you are done, so if this is one that is a wall hanging and is too delicate to be washed, I would not recommend glue. A very important consideration is that it may not work with all fabrics, so make a test block if you are unsure! It also does require some squeezing on your part.. Keeping the glue upside down in a cup helps and so does keeping the tip of the glue bottle unplugged with a needle. I also wait to quilt my newly basted quilt, just to be sure it is totally dry. I have had others tell me they had issue with not being able to get the glue everywhere it needs to be? The last and probably most important con to this technique: the glue itself! If Elmers ever changes it's formulation I cannot guarantee this will work. Wouldn't it be horrible to not be able to remove the glue? With that consideration in mind I plan on making a small (12x12) glued sandwich, using the same fabric backing as my quilt, I will practice my quilting on that and then wash it before I start basting the whole quilt...just to be sure.
For positives, I have never, not once had a pucker since I used this method. Not once have I not liked the results when I was done. It takes me a fraction of the time and quilting through the layers has never been an issue for me. It is also incredibly inexpensive.
Now theoretically I can see how it could be an issue for your machine if you over glue...not something I have ever encountered. I am pretty sure I have used this method for at least 20 quilts, though I didn't keep count.
I think it's worth noting I usually use 80/20 batting or cotton batting but it should work with any washable, dry-able batting. I am leery of 100% poly batting because if your iron touches it directly, it will melt, however; a friend of mine uses it frequently and loves this method with it..
1. To start you have to have a table. I do recommend the biggest you can find, however; I have done king size quilts on my table without issue, it just takes more maneuvering.
This table fits a baby quilt or small lap quilt
beautifully, anything bigger and I have to adapt.
2. Get all your materials together:
pins (for marking middle, sides, etc.)
pressed quilt top and backing
Iron set on cotton setting or even lower if your iron is ultra hot!
I almost made the mistake of using the wrong kind of glue once and that would be a disaster. Elmer's makes multiple different kinds, one in particular states it washes out when wet but is set when dry, now that would be bad!!!!
Once all materials are together and organized:
I fold the half I just glued back on the batting and press out all the wrinkles, making sure to not stretch out my quilt top (just like regular basting). I then start pressing from the middle to the edge. I do a nice slow, even pressure. I've found I don't have to be real careful. You do have to set all the glue you have put on your quilt top though.
*Sometimes this requires multiple iron passes on the fabric.
As you can see in the picture, I circled my pin (so you could see it), showing through from the front. I use this as my reference as to the positioning of the top.
15. I proceed in the same exact method as I did for the quilt top. I fold back half, glue, fold back, hand press down, then use the iron to press from the middle out.
I then do the other half. (I did not include pictures since it is exactly the same as the top) see # 5 - #11.
16. Test your corners and sides as you go.
Note: I have had multiple people express concern that their table would not be able to handle the heat of the iron. If you are concerned and do not want to try this method on your expensive table I have two suggestions. 1. If you have room, buy a cheap second hand square/rectangle table to do this on or 2. Don't do it. I personally can not be held responsible for all the variables that exist regarding this or any method. I can only report what works for me. It's up to you to decide if you want to try this. If you do try this I would suggest starting with a small item to practice with, then decide if you like it or not. My sincere desire is that is makes your quilting life easier not that it cause additional stress.