With the kids in school, it’s been a remarkably productive couple of days over here. The house is clean, dinner has been planned ahead each night, I’ve actually gone to the gym (shocking!!) and I’ve even spent busy chunks of time in my sewing room.
This week I also received a great package in the mail. Last week I ordered Moda Fabric’s Modern Building Blocks pattern and kit. I remember seeing this quilt at market and it was one of those stop-you-in-your-tracks moments for me. I love Moda’s Bella Solids and the colors in this quilt, along with the layout of the blocks, really spoke to me. I cannot wait to make this (even if it will have to wait in line a bit until I’m done with other commitments).
Also, I love the packaging of this kit. I was joking on Instagram that whoever came up with it deserves a promotion! Wouldn’t this make a beautiful birthday or Christmas gift for a quilter? (Husbands…hint hint!)
The inside has all the fabrics, layout and assembly directions, as well as this handy set of double sided cards with all the block patterns.
You can buy this kit at a few of my sponsors:
The Loopy Ewe (fabric kit with pattern)
Fat Quarter Shop (fabric kit with pattern)
Fat Quarter Shop (fabric kit with pattern – PREORDER if link above sold out)
Fat Quarter Shop (pattern only, no fabric)
So, besides drooling over this kit for the last few days, I’ve also been working on my sadly neglected Arkansas Traveler quilt! I basted it yesterday while watching Call the Midwife on Netflix. Wow, what a great show (even if it does make me cry at every episode!).
I started quilting in the blue fabric areas using a coordinating blue thread I had on hand – Aurifil’s Color Me Happy by V & Co’s set. It’s #2775 in a 50wt (orange spool). I’m still debating whether or not to quilt the cream fabrics (with an off white thread) or leave them unquilted, giving it a slightly poofy look.
I’m using my Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR) which I just realized I’ve been using for 5 years! Obviously I’ve had a lot of time to practice with it. I’ve had some people ask for tips on using it.
• I don’t go too slow or too fast. I try to find a nice, middle of the road speed and stick to it. It might help to get some music (not too crazy now!) with a consistent rhythm and play that while you sew, to get in a nice groove.
• I use Bernina’s single hole stitch plate when stitching straight lines.
• For a while I found that when I was stopping stitching (like to remove a pin), I was taking my foot off the pedal while still moving the fabric slightly. Not good, this leads to messed up stitches. Stop completely before taking your foot off the pedal. When you stop moving the fabric, the stitching will stop as well. (At least does when I use BSR 2).
• If you are feeling like your fabric is getting stuck and you have to pull it (leading to messed up stitches), lessen your pressure foot setting. I’ve had to do this with some fabrics that just didn’t seem to slide well under my foot. Other’s swear by using something called the Supreme Slider on their machine. I don’t have one though.
• And then just practice, practice, practice. When I first sat down to use the BSR I thought I would turn my machine on and suddenly my quilting would be perfect. Um, it wasn’t. lol I needed to still practice. If you still aren’t getting the results you think you should be getting, ask if you can bring your machine into your dealer and have them watch you quilt on your machine. I’m sure they will have tips as well.
I’m halfway finished with the blue and about to go upstairs and get cracking again. I can’t wait to (finally!) share this completed quilt with you soon!
Tagged as: Arkansas Traveler · aurifil · Basting · Bernina · BSR · Free Motion quilting · Moda · Modern Building Blocks · Modern Quilts · Modern Traditionalism · Sampler · Text Fabric · Text Prints · Traditional Quilts
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Happy Monday everyone! As I type this, I’m sitting in a very quiet house. Last week, for the first time in almost 8 years, both kids went to school at the same time. Although I obviously knew it was coming, it’s so weird. So now I’m plotting and cleaning and stitching and beginning to think about this new chapter. (And the kids area absolutely loving school and their new teachers.)
Today I’m excited to share with you a new quilting book, sent to me by Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn, Co. ~ Imagine Quilts : 11 Patterns from Everyday Inspirations. Dana is a hugely talented quilter and as soon as I saw the beautiful quilt on the cover of her new book, I knew I needed to get my hands on it.
Imagine Quilts is 64 pages and contains 11 quilt patterns. The patterns are sorted into 4 sections: “be inspired by your stash”, “use techniques in new ways”, “look around”, and “break the rules”. There is a 1 page introduction and then Dana jumps into the patterns.
I love the idea of being inspired by your stash. Many of us are a bit of fabric collectors…sometimes even forgetting what we have buried under the piles. Dana talks about pulling fabric, making piles, and seeing where that leads you.
Imagine Quilts not only has very in depth patterns…
But also even shows alternative layouts with one of the blocks.
The “Zip It!” quilt is one of my favorites. I just look at it and think “how did she do that??”
I also love the “Princess Crowns” quilt and Dana’s ideas on working with Dresden Plates. This quilt would be fun in a huge range of colors.
Each pattern that requires templates has them printed in the book, to scale. All you need to do is make copies – I don’t believe I saw any that required enlarging (which is always nice!). The end of the book contains 6 pages of terms, tools and tips and tricks.
I hope you will check out Imagine Quilts and also be inspired by the patterns inside!
Today I’m excited to share with you a fantastic Community Giving opportunity. This week is the Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser. For the last 5 years, Alissa Haight Carlton from Handmade by Alissa has hosted a fundraising effort to support Action Kivu.
“Action Kivu helps women and children who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo. One of the wonderful things that Action Kivu helps finance is a sewing workshop that teaches women to sew. When these women graduate from the workshop, they are given a sewing machine and therefore the means to support themselves and their families.” – Alissa
This year’s goal is to raise $15,000 by Friday, August 24th. For different giving amounts, you are entered to win prizes donated by amazing artists and quilters like Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Elizabeth Hartman, Jacquie Gering and more. For all the details and to donate to this amazing cause, visit Alissa’s blog. And remember, you can keep up with all sorts of great ways to help others on my Community Giving page.
Happy Saturday everyone! School is starting here in just a few days, and that means…more time at the sewing machine! It’s a great time to stock up on fabric, so I thought I’d share a few deals from my sponsors. Enjoy your shopping!
Lovequilting.com is currently running a special of $5 off any purchase from the Batik category with coupon code BATIK. Also be sure to check out the What’s on Sale category for the most current products on sale, by clicking here. We love FREE, so we offer free downloadable projects and patterns in our free pattern category – check back often for new additions! Shipping on purchases over $50 is always FREE!
Dragonfly Fabrics ~ 15% off storewide using coupon code freshlemons15, expires Wednesday, August 20th.
Discover Fabric ~ Great Sale on Riley Blake Fat Quarter Bundles this weekend including Splendor, Giraffe Crossing, and Evening Blooms. Check out the Sales Section to see all new sale items including by the yard, and patterns. Always Free Shipping on all Domestic Purchases over $75.00.
Contemporary Cloth ~ 10% off orders with code: ThanksFaith. Ends Wednesday, 8-20, midnight, EST. Includes all New Arrivals!
Southern Fabric ~ Come on over and join them because starting at midnight e.s.t. they are giving away a FREE $24 – Cotton and Steel Fat Quarter Bundle for each order above $80 before shipping. Southern Fabric is so in love with these colors and they hope you as well. Offer ends midnight 8/15/2014. Open to all U.S. and International customers. Happy Shopping!!! Coupon Code: cottonsteel
Lark Cottons ~ 20% off all fabric with discount code summer14 entered on the shopping cart page, with 40% off collections from select designers: Rosemarie Lavin, Laurie Wisbrun, Malka Dubrasky, Lucie Summers, and Creative Thursday (automatically applied to cart). Coupon code is valid until Thursday 8/22. 40% designer special is good through the end of August.
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