Monday, August 13, 2012

postheadericon Bloc_Loc Ruler: Notion Spotlight

Hi all,

I thought I might take today to put the spotlight on a new ruler that I have discovered: Bloc_Loc. These rulers are really neat. They are perfect for squaring up those pesky half-square triangle blocks because the ruler had a groove in the center that "hugs" the seam of your HST, keeping it centered. Now, I have to admit that in the past I was really lazy about squaring up blocks, but in the last few months, I have gotten into a "perfection" kick and I've taken to sewing my blocks slightly larger and then trimming them. So, without further ado, here's some pictures of the Bloc_Loc in action!


So, this is my block and my ruler before cutting. See those icky dog ears?!


I put the ruler on my block, being careful to pay attention to make sure I don't trim off too much. Then I trim the first two sides. These blocks need to be trimmed to 3.5 inches square and this is a 4.5 inch ruler, just to give you a reference point. 


Then, I slide the ruler to the other end of the block and trim the other side. 


And you should end up with a very nice neat trimmed block with the seam in the center! 


You also end up with a LOT of little strings and dog ear triangles :) 
Until next time, Happy Sewing! 



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Friday, August 10, 2012

postheadericon My Wedding Quilt

Hi All,

Today I started printing the photos for our wedding quilt. This is the most fun I've had planning something in a LONG time. Probably because I didn't really think I was ever going to get married... so I have been eating up every single momento from that day. First off, major SHOUT OUT to my Mom for hooking me up with a new large format printer that allows me to print 13 X 19 sheets! Makes planning these photo quilts soo much easier, plus I waste a lot less fabric! I started by test printing the photos I was going to use on to paper, just to make sure the resolution and such was the way I wanted it. Then I moved on to printing on my EQ Printables fabric sheets.


These are my test prints. I was really glad I decided to do them because I had forgotten to up the resolution on a few of the files.  


This picture is the centerpiece for the quilt. It's one of my favorite photos from that day. 


And finally, here is my layout! I cannot wait for to get started on this one. I promise to keep you guys updated, hopefully it'll be finished pretty darn quick. Happy Sewing! 

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

postheadericon Fun Animals

Hi all,

I've recently been going through my projects and trying to finish as many as possible so that I can put them up on Etsy. Today I found a cute little quilt top that needed some borders made out of a cute jungle animal panel.


Here's the quilt top. This is the darker or what I think of as the "boy" version of this quilt. Sometime I'll post the brighter or "girl" version. 


Here's a close up of the tiger block. 


Now all that's left to do is decide whether I want turtles or puppy dogs for my borders! Until next time, happy sewing! 

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

postheadericon Wedding Picture Quilt Update

Hi All,

A while back I blogged about a quilt I was planning to make for some friends of ours who were married last November. I finally got started piecing it and laying it out on the design wall. I think it is going to look pretty cool, if I do say so myself!


I need to finish the piecing for the corners and add the pictures up there. 


The couple that it is for got a sneak peak the other night. I can't wait for them to see the finished product! I should have fun deciding how to quilt this baby. Until next time, Happy Sewing!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

postheadericon More 3D - Threader!

Hi All,

So, I think I have found my new favorite long arm quilting tool! I am having so much fun learning how to use my 3D Threader. It allows me to give some really fun texture and depth to the quilts that I am working on. I just loaded a flannel quilt onto my machine and started working on it with the 3D threader. I am loving the results!


For this quilt I decided to use pink, green and a sort of bronze metallic for the threads. 


Here's a shot of some of the quilt top "pre-quilting"





And here's a close up of some of the stitching with all three threads! I am loving the results. I can't believe I quilted this one all in one day! It was only 85 by 95! Until next time, Happy Sewing! 
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

postheadericon Quilting Circles

Hi all,

Last week I had the opportunity to quilt some really fun circles on a quilt for a customer. She had done a lovely job piecing and pressing the quilt top, so my job was super easy.








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Friday, July 27, 2012

postheadericon 3D Threader... or some really fun quilting

Hi All,

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a conference S.U.G.A.R. which allowed me to learn so very much about my new Gammill Statler quilting machine. While I was there, I saw a new product called the "3D Threader" which allows for up to 3 different threads to be used at the same time on the machine.


I have a quilt top that I have been working on for about 5 years now. It is made up of different fabrics from a line called "Lonestar State" and was supposed to be completed while I was still living in Georgia to give me a little piece of home. The joke was that I was going to have moved back to Texas before the quilt was done. My how things can change. Since I'm staying in Nebraska indefinitely now, I thought it would be good for me to finish it. I knew I wanted a red, white, and blue thread to be used on it, so I decided to try out my 3D threader using a red, a blue and a metallic silver thread. I was super happy with the results.

I chose a rather complex star pattern that I have been dying to try out. 


There's a lot going on in this quilt, so I'm glad I decided to try out my 3D threader, since it gives more depth and texture to the quilting. 




I've got a few more projects in the works that I'm really excited about! Be on the lookout for fun and exciting quilts in the near future. Until next time, Happy Sewing!

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