I buy a lot of books about quilting! I love to read them, be inspired by the pictures and fantasize about the quilts I’d make if money and time were no object! From time to time publishers or authors will send me copies of their books to review which I absolutely love to do. On many other occasions, I’ll simply buy and review books just because I want to.read more
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After all the rushing and bustle that accompanies a holiday, I am so thankful I got a chance to do some sewing today. It's tricky this time of year to post about what I'm working on, as I'm not quite sure who reads this blog. I know I can't post about Kimberly's present!
Last night Kimberly and I attended our 2nd meeting of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild. We had a great time. I shared a few small projects I have been working on lately (more on that Saturday) including this name tag I made to wear:
Christa is hosting a Quilt Along (QAL) on her blog for a Modern Christmas Tree wall hanging. On the color diagram you see her quilt pattern for piecing the top. On the other she generously shares her sketch for free motion quilting on a domestic machine. Of this part of the quilt-making process she explains,
My hope is that by seeing what I do, it will inspire you to quilt it yourself and maybe try one or two of my ideas.
If you have put off making a quilt from A to Z, don’t miss her QAL Go HERE ...read more
|These fabrics are so hard to photograph! The green looks too lime here, but not lime enough below! Also, shadows... Chicago fall/winter is the worst for photos!|
I’ve been enjoying the lively discussion that my recent soapbox post on machine quilting has generated. In fact, I can talk quilting all day long!
Speaking of machine quilting, I have a little warning here before we start. You know I can go a little crazy with the quilting because it’s my favorite part of the process. Although this is still supposed to be a tutorial on how to quilt your own quilts, please don’t feel like you have to quilt them to death like I do (though I would love it if you became just as ...read more
I've been making baby quilts :) I LOVE baby quilts. The husband hasn't been working for a while, and I though hey it doesn't cost me anything to make these as I have it all right there in my sewing room so why not get busy and see if you could see a quilt or two. I know I'll never ...
Welcome to Sew Thankful Sunday, my day to share some fabulous new blogs, tutorials, or recipes that I am sew thankful for!
1. Don’t throw away your empty spools – Karen from Sew Many Ways shares this adorable garland made out of recycled spools. How clever is that?
2. I love this Boxy Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial from Natalia at Piece ...read more
This project has worked out having an oriental look about it. Will make an ideal wall hanging .read more
I have spent several pleasant evenings in the past few weeks making some very small, sweet projects. I love quilts as much as the next girl, but I also LOVE finishing projects, which is why smaller is sometimes better. This particular set of small projects are in the true Swink Girl style: hand made with love. One of my most wonderful friends, Judy, is turning 50 this week, so I made these quilted, coordinated gifts for her, I really hope she loves them!
I've been working on a sewing (not quilting) project for a friend, and it has been slow going. Let's just say I haven't been wildly enthusiastic about the whole thing. So this weekend, I decided to switch to a quilting project for myself, that turned out to be A LOT more fun. I'm hoping this will get me back some of my quilting mojo. I'll still have to work on my friend's sewing, though, just as soon as I get this bag out of my system!
This is as far as I've gotten ...
Finally tackled the FMQ on my disappearing Four Patch quilt. Decided to go with an overall meander given the business of the quilt top.
I chose a 40/2 Aurifil thread in light green. Usually I use the 50/2 Aurifil thread but I had 2 spools of 40/2 thread sitting around, so I thought that I would give that a go. I love this thread...works beautifully and is the right strength for an overall meander. I am using a 80/12 Denim/Jeans needle for this.
So, off I went and straight away the issue of scale ...
I had a set image in my mind of what it might look like, and I loved the quilting ...
Directions are given for sizes up to King.