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! 

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! 

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! 

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!

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! 
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.

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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