Thread Envy

i have serious thread envy.. i want AURIfil thread in every color they offer! but alas.. i can’t always have what i want, so i’ll settle for my quick little shopping trip yesterday where i picked up these little spools of goodness!

..aren’t they pretty!

Aurifil Thread - kreationsbyjulz.com

50WT 100% cotton AURIfil thread 1422yards 1300mt

Machine piecing : Gives a great result with a nice flat seam every time.

Machine quilting : Use for very detailed machine quilting with a lot of back tracking such as feathers and heavy background quilting . Perfect for quilting that creates texture when you don’t necessarily want to see the quilting lines. Use the same thread in the bobbin. Use a Sharp/Microtex, quilting or even denim needles 80/12. – source

Makings of a Quilt Sandwich

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]

ingredients

  1. the front of a beautiful project
  2. the backing, i.e. a solid piece of fabric, a cotton sheet, a pieced backing, even another front for your back..
  3. batting, i love Warm & Natural and/or Warm & White and have no experience with anything else, it just works for me!
  4. 505 Spray and Fix Adhesive
  5. old sheet for overspray

tutorial

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..

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Nautical Sailing Ships

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my second addition to my Etsy Shop.. a cute little nautical themed sailing ship quilt that measures 36″ x 45″. perfect for a little boy or girl on sale for $85 with free shipping within the United States. for more details and additional photos simply click on the photo or the Etsy Shop link in the menu.

thanks for peaking!

Sweet Pink Vintage Baby Girl Quilt

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my first quilt for sale on Etsy is a sweet pink vintage style baby girl quilt! it measures 35″ x 41″ and is on sale for $85 with free shipping within the United States.

i originally bought the pink print fabric to make a toddler dress and when i got home from the fabric store i laid out all my fabric and i literally said out loud, “oh these prints have to become a quilt”…

so i started cutting 2.5″ strips and and began piecing. for all the details and additional photos you can click on the image or the link to my Etsy Shop in the menu bar.

Eight Little Squares [work in progress]

this is one of those quilts i started before finishing the previous project… but oh what fun it was to make! i had to start on a quilt for my brother in laws wedding this past valentines day, so i have yet to finish it. i haven’t decided on a back yet or exactly how i’ll quilt it, but i really like the colors and for the most part all my blocks matched up! hurray!

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My First ‘Finished’ Quilt

i say “finished” quilt because as i’ve found out from reading other quilters blog, i’m not the only one who starts another quilt before the last one is complete.. it must be a quilters illness or have some sort of catchy name.. because i’m already shopping for fabrics for 1,2,3 more quilts before i even have the front of my current ‘quilt in progress’.. i shall call it “QIP”.. i bet that’s not original, but for now i’ll go with it!

for my maiden voyage i chose 4 coordinating fabrics along with white and went with half square triangles.. and although, i know where all my “oopppss” are, i really love this quilt… maybe it’s because it’s my first!

it’s perfectly imperfect, just like me!

what did i learn from this first quilt..?? well, i learned that starch and my Rowenta iron are my new best friends!Photo Jan 24, 10 36 51 AM

i learned that a 1/4″ piecing foot with guide is a must have!

i learned what a walking foot actually is and why i love it so!

i also learned i’m not a big fan of binding.. booo for binding… in fact, it’s my least favorite part of the whole process [i bet i'm not alone]..

binding and i need to come some sort of an agreement.. what that agreement is, is yet to be determined! it may just end up a love, hate relationship.. i love the finished quilt, i hate the process of binding…

time will tell..