Fabric, Thread & Quilting

I’ve started quilting my Parcheesie quilt by stitching in the ditch. The new generation thinks this is old fashioned and I thought so too until I took a course on free motion quilting. When you free motion quilt, wash and dry your work, your piecing  becomes distorted, the FMQ is more prominent and the piecing can get lost. Stitching in the ditch prevents your hard work from becoming skewed. In fact, it’s also recommend that you stitch around the perimeter of your quilt prior to FMQ so the edges of your quilt don’t become wavy. If you’ve never tried these methods, give them a whirl and witness for yourself, the difference these techniques make. This has really solved some common problems for me, especially the wavy edges.

In the case of my Parcheesie quilt, I want the piecing to be dominant, not the quilting, because it was a lot of work and I really love it!  In summary, stitching in the ditch isn’t a style choice but rather a practical choice, IMO.

Superior Threads’ Kimono Silk

On another note, everyone has been raving about Aurifil for the past year or so and I have to admit that I love it too but it’s just not available at my local quilt shops. Aurifil has done an excellent job of using social media to boost their profile and increase sales. Superior Threads, however, are available at the quilt shops around me. I recently purchased three spools of Kimono Silk; beige, white and light grey, the basics. It’s very fine and extraordinarily strong — more so than cotton, and great for stitching in the ditch because you don’t notice the stitches, it’s like a filament thread but a natural fibre, a great alternative to nylon (ew).

Lastly, I FINALLY received the backing fabric for my “Les Fleurs Bleu” quilt, I can’t believe it! I can’t wait to start quilting it — very simply, outlining the flowers I think, still undecided. Sadly I had to pay an additional $25.00 for customs on top of the shipping charges. I hate customs, it’s so random and unfair! On the other hand, The Fat Quarter Shop reduced my shipping fees from $26.00 to $13.00, YAY and thank you FQS!!!

See you next time I come up for air or when I have something to show you! ;D

Spa White Rose Vines and Flowers by Deb Strain

Thank you Alex!

Alex Veronelli of Aurifil fame posted my lucky ladybug cushion cover on his Facebook page and drove hundreds of visitors to my site today, it was very exciting, thank you Alex!

I managed to make a back for it and bind it, 13+ hours later here’s the finished project.

Alex, if you’re reading this, you’ll be happy to know that I ordered two more spools of Aurifil thread, I don’t want to run out!

What am I going to sew this weekend?

Any suggestions? I’ll definitely work on a few more Pezzy blocks while I wait for my Pezzy jelly roll, I have more half square triangles to make for our own personal quilt and maybe I’ll give the circle of geese one more shot. (WIP post here.)

a doodle from workI was surfing around on my lunch break today and came across a few blocks I’d like to try. I love the Lynne Bob Square Pants block and this Zombie Bob Square Pants pillow. I adore the Lattice Work quilt at Freshly Pieced, I think my newly acquired fabrics would look fantastic with this pattern! Maybe I’ll make a lattice work pillow.

I was doodling while on the phone today and thought it would make a cool, mid century modern quilt (without the letter ‘a’).

One other thing I’d like to do this weekend is give my new  Aurifil thread a run for it’s  (my?) money!

I wanted to add a little ode to our old Pug puppy Winston, he’ll be 15 this July. We adopted him from a rescue organization when he was 5 years old. He was suffering from severe allergies, his life consisted of scratching himself bloody and was mostly hairless. As a last resort, after umpteen different medications and special commercial diets, he was put on a raw chicken diet. He quickly improved without any medications, his fur started to grow back and the itching stopped. We continued the raw food diet and extended it to our other pets. Eight + years later he’s mostly def, almost completely blind from cataracts and isn’t as spry as he used to be but he still goofs off, waggles his tail and enjoys his bones. We don’t know how much longer he’ll be with us but we’re hoping at least a year if not longer.  Many people think Pugs are ugly but to us, they’re perfect and whether you love them or not, they always think you’re the best person in the world and will always be your friend. Pugs were bred to be companion dogs and they do their job exceptionally well.