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I pray everyone had a Merry Christmas. Mine was good. My family came to my house where we ate, drank and were merry. Afterward we went to Glendale Glitters. It was a really good day.
I actually finished sewing my quilted gifts on Christmas Eve. I wanted to give something quilted AND useful. I settled on these microwave cozies.
|Leaning Tower of Cozies|
At first I was overwhelmed, not sure how to layout all these colors and fabrics. I finally decided to just alternate dark and light triangles in each row. Eventually I started to run out of lighter colored fabrics but then I remembered a trick I saw somewhere…I think it was Instagram. By turning a fabric over, to wrong side out, it basically looks like a lighter/muted shade of the same fabric. I did this several times through out the baby quilt. Thank you whoever thought of this wonderful technique!
|Middle fabric used as a dark|
|Middle fabric turned wrong side out and used as a light|
This was my first time sewing triangles together. I found/used this tutorial. Thanks Lorna! Instead of pressing the seams open, I opted to press to one side or the other, alternating rows.
I’ve also been working on the pattern test I mentioned in my last post. I’ve got it basted and ditched. I’m calling it Walk Like An Egyptian. I love how it’s turning out. I can’t wait for everyone to see it! It’s going to be a wall hanging above my bed. I’m not sure how I’m going to hang it as I’ve never hung a quilt before, so if anyone can point me in the direction of a good How to Hang Quilts tutorial, please point away.
I haven’t shared pics of Ivy in a while. She is now 6 1/2 mos. Look how big and beautiful she’s gotten.
I pray this coming year is a blessed and peaceful one for you all.
Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!
A Thread for Life
So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. Matt 6:34
I finished Red Chevy Crush a couple of weeks ago.
This post is a little longer because I have some catching up to do.
Ok, so…I’ve been free motion quilting, herein referred to as FMQ. In an effort to get good at it…and I DO want to be good, I started the #dailyfmq challenge on Instagram (it goes through 9/22/14). It challenges me to practice for at least 10 mins/day. I had previously enrolled in two Craftsy quilting classes (one of which I wrote about here) but I haven’t really done what qualifies as practice until about 2 weeks ago.
|Also practicing w/Paint|
I’ve been doing my FMQ practice on this Autumn quilt top I finished a few weeks ago. I’m quilting something different on each piece w/in a block.
I don’t mean to toot my own horn…but toot toot! I already feel and see a difference in my FMQ.
I’m not sure if this qualifies as a notion or gadget, but a friend told me about Clearly Perfect Angles and how it works beautifully for sewing HST and mitered binding, so I ordered it. It’s perfect! And speaking of mitered binding, I found and used this sanity-saving tutorial for a mitered join.
I attempted to make my first pattern tutorial for something scrappy but I don’t like how it turned out at all. A solid fabric would’ve improved the look, but I’m still not liking the center either.
Maybe pattern tutorials aren’t my thing just yet. In the mean time, I will continue to use other peeps’ patterns and tutorials, like the tons of free lovelies I came across on Quilter’s Cache.
We went camping over the Labor Day weekend and aside from fear of being mauled by a bear while sleeping, it was fun.
A Thread for Life
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