Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Batik Strip Table Runner

I was searching for patterns the other day and wanted to use batik fabrics. Not exactly a jelly roll quilt, this table runner pattern is rows of rectangles and squares

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How to Make a Stitch Library

Make a stitch library as a reference to show how each looks 
and how much thread is required to complete the stitch
My Bernina 145 sewing machine has 50 stitch selections. 
Stitches 16 through 50 are the many decorative stitches 
I use in quilting, making bags and hemming garments
 I don't use all the stitches available, because some of
them use up a lot of thread (such as stitch #45 below)
To make the stitch library, I used some scrap cotton 
Kona fabric  and folded it in half. The folded fabric is 
7 inches wide and 12 inches long
I used red cotton thread since I had a lot of it!
Each stitch has the same length and width, and are
what the stitch "defaults" to when a new #stitch is keyed in
I made a line across the bottom in disappearing ink
and wrote the stitch numbers below it
I started with the lowest numbered decorative stitch 
that I use (#16), with each new row 1/4 inch apart.
After completing each row, I wrote the stitch number 
below it with disappearing ink  
With all stitched rows completed, I then wrote the numbers 
neater with a fine point Sharpie but that's just me. You can write
the numbers in permanent ink as you complete each row as well. 
Finish the edges of the fabric borders
The disappearing ink is gone in 24 hours or less
Watch on YouTube
 And now you have a stitch reference library!

It took about an hour to make. By having this stitch reference nearby, I can decide later as I am sewing whether to lengthen the stitch, widen it or just use the default stitch setting. Previously I would stop and cut a scrap of fabric, sew and compare the decorative stitches and decide which one to use. Now I have them organized and can skip that step!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Covered Glass Flower Vase

I made this flower arrangement with a pave design, and placed in a square clear glass vase. Florists insert broad leaves inside the vase before arranging the flowers to hide the stems. Since I didn't have any, I thought "why not cover it with fabric?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Make Your own Bias Tape

I make my own bias tape to match or contrast with 
the fabric I'm sewing with.I use it while sewing 
clothing, mug rugs and pot holders

I use this nifty bias tape maker which is made in different sizes.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Binding made easier

I have only been making quilts, mug rugs, etc, for a couple of years now and have had trouble with adding binding to quilts because the corners were always off.
Then I saw a tutorial by Nancy Zieman about a quilt binding technique

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Broken Herringbone block tutorial

This block makes a great mug rug.
The tutorial will also highlight that each time you steam press the fabric with your iron, don't "push" the fabric, just apply the iron and press down on the block. Otherwise, the fabric will be stretched.  Practice trimming and squaring up as you go. There isn't a lot of precise sewing, other than a straight quarter inch seam. 
I was inspired to make this block by this post at Play Crafts. Really detailed instructions and lots of pictures!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

cRAzY quilt block mug rug

What to do with those leftover fabric strips? I am becoming mug rug happy, but it's fun.... I used a crazy quilt block

What's a mug rug?  It's a mini quilt, the idea thought up in 2010 and can be as small as a coaster but is mostly meant to hold a cup and some cookies! Flickr has some examples of mug rugs