Happy accidents & super flat seams

While I was cutting my Oh Deer! jelly roll strips, I had some happy accidents happen.

         

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m using water, applied with a paint brush on seams then pressing with a dry iron to make them flatter, it works beautifully!

Now that all my two-piece blocks are sewn and cut I’m sewing 320 4-patch blocks today, I’d love to get them finished but it doesn’t seem likely, too many other things to do today.

Fabricland is having a member’s sale today till Saturday, 50% off everything in store! I hope to purchase cotton canvas to make a pressing surface and velcro leaders for my quilt frame. I noticed in their flyer that they also have wool batting on sale, many professional quilters use it for show pieces, I’d love to try working with it! Have you used wool batting? Did you wash it? How did it turn out??

Check out today’s tutorial at Quilt Story.

Holiday Tutorial Thursday

I can’t believe it’s November already! And it’s a Thursday which means Quilt Story is featuring another Holiday Tutorial. This week Messy Jesse is showing us how to make a Cutlery and Napkin Holder, super cute, super easy and quick to whip up for the Holidays!

Next Thursday is my turn, hope you like it!

Block 1: Star Blossoms

One block done on my Star Blossoms quilt, 19 more to go…

Star Blossoms Block 1

There are a lot of bias edges on these blocks, I’m being very careful not to stretch any piece. The blocks go together fairly quickly even though there are 61 individual pieces!

AND, I received a box of goodies from Kathy Quilts that go along with my Grace Start-Right fame and Juki TL-2000Qi.

Visit Quilt Story today where SewCalGal will be hosting a tutorial today.

Quilt Story

Bear’s Paw?

Bear's Paw quilt blockIs it technically still a bear’s paw if you turn the blocks? I’m sure I’m not the first or last to try this but… Not sure if I’m in love with it yet. What do you think? Maybe I’ll just make a low volume HST quilt…

Don’t forget that Holiday Tutorials Thursdays starts today with verrykerryberry! This week she’s making a super cute hexagonal pot handle holder, visit Quilt Story to see the tutorial.

WIPs Galore!

All quilting is suspended until I have my quilting frame & machine (and a LOT of practice), which leaves me with many WIPs and new projects. As mentioned yesterday I’ve been invited by Heather & Megan of Quilt Story to participate in their Holiday Tutorials Thursdays so one of my WIPS is to work on my tutorial!

One new project I started last weekend is what I consider a “guy’s” quilt using Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt, Robert Kaufman Essex linen and log cabins. Love the fabrics in this line! I’m using Superior Threads’ Kimono Silk for piecing and quilting which gives me super flat and strong seams!

   

Another project I’m working on is a baby quilt for one of my girlfriends, she is currently 6 months along so I only have four months left to work on it. I don’t know if she’s having a girl or boy (I’m guessing girl) but thought I’d play it safe  by making it for a boy or a girl by using two Aneela Hoey embroidery patterns from her new book, Little Stitches. Her designs are so sweet and book is fabulous, great for embroidery beginners like myself.

Last but not least, I’ve been hankering to make a bear’s paw quilt and have decided to once again pull out Backyard Baby fabric by Patty Sloniger. I’m not a big child’s fabric fan but I adore this line, it’s obviously for kids without being too cutesy.

On a side note, I’ve started using my Sony NEX 5-N instead of my iPad, I really need to use all of the features available, it’s a great camera but I need to work on my white balance as well as other things.

In case you haven’t noticed, I have new a hair style, it’s very similar to the last style. I’ve decided that I really, really love short hair (so does DH!), so easy to care for, I haven’t had to use a blow dryer or straightener in months, which is so much healthier! I just need to ignore my parent’s and strangers comments — my Dad loves long hair but he doesn’t have to take care of it. ;D

Have a great week, keep on sewing!

Linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and Freshly Pieced.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced   

Holiday Tutorials Thursdays

Heather & Megan from Quilt Story asked if I’d join their Holiday Tutorials Thursdays blog hop, of course I said yes! Each Thursday a different blogger will post a fabulous tutorial to make a holiday gift. It starts this Thursday with Kerry from verrykerryberry so follow along if you like, and start creating those holiday gifts for friends and family!

October 4th: Kerry from verrykerryberry
October 11th: Amber from A Little Bit Biased
October 18th: Darlene from Sew Cal Gal
October 25th: Kirsty from Handmade by Kirsty
November 1st: Jesse from Messy Jesse
November 8th: Tabatha from Bending Pins
November 15th: Ali from a.squared.w
November 22nd: Happy Thanksgiving!
November 29th: Karen from Sew Well Maide
December 6th: Pennie from Tuppence Ha’Penny Quilts