do you have a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker who enjoys quilting, but you don’t quilt, nor do you know where to begin searching for a gift for someone who does.
one thing about those who love to quilt, they love their quilting gadgets, tools and fabric, so you can’t go wrong if you’re gifting any one or more of those items!
lets get right to the shopping list..
a cute little pixel heart mini quilt created with 2 1/2″ scraps of all the Kona cottons solids that i’ve worked with thus far, somewhat of a ‘milestone marker’ quilt..
it’s not perfect, and that’s okay, i think it’s adorable and when i look at it it makes me smile, isn’t that all that matters when you’re done with a project..
i’m still finding fabric designers i love, but Kona solids are the first fabric i fell in love with, so a heart somehow seems to fit!
..and by night, this mini pixel heart covers my baby lock Melody!
- size: 21″ x 17 1/2″
- fabric: kona cotton solids
- batting: warm and white
- thread: aurifil
i hope you’re having an amazing monday!
ah the great big world of sewing machine thread, have you ever stood there in the fabric or craft store just staring at the oodles and oodles of brightly colored threads, so many brands, so many different types, which one should you buy? aren’t all threads the same just different colors?
i thought i’d tackle the subject of machine thread basics, and hopefully the next time you go shopping for thread you’ll have a bit better understanding of which type of thread you’ll need for your next project.
1. first, what type of sewing will you be undertaking?
will you be constructing garments, quilting, machine embroidery, crafts, mending..? each have different requirements.
a finished quilt…hurray!!
this is a birthday quilt for my step daughter, she loves fairies and when i stumbled upon this yummy alexander henry fairy fabric, i had to have it!
i went with a basic block because i really didn’t want to lose all those whimsical fairies, so i fussy cut them, added sashing and the coordinating alexander henry ‘sprinkles’ fabric as a border…
- size 48″ x 48″
- fabric block: everyday eden flower fairies by alexander henry
- fabric border: everyday eden sprinkles by alexander henry
- sashing and binding: small dots
- backing: kona bone
- thread: aurifil 2021
- batting: warm and natural
it’s not edible.. no calories involved.. yet still exciting, because it means you’re one big step closer to a finished quilt!
if you google “basting a quilt” you will come up with oodles of ways to baste a quilt.. i’m sure there are even debates on the subject, but just like any handcrafted project… do what works for YOU!
so far, this is what works for me [but i reserve the right to change my mind in the future..lol]
- the front of a beautiful project
- the backing, i.e. a solid piece of fabric, a cotton sheet, a pieced backing, even another front for your back..
- batting, i love Warm & Natural and/or Warm & White and have no experience with anything else, it just works for me!
- 505 Spray and Fix Adhesive
- old sheet for overspray
i roll out my warm and white onto a sheet and size to fit my quilt front, making sure to have at least 1-2″ on all 4 sides, this allows for movement when quilting. cut your batting.
note: as you can see i lay my quilt onto a sheet bigger than my project so that it will catch most of the overspray..