Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Busy Little Bee

Nothing like a new year to motivate some serious sewing. Well, that and a boot on your leg which prevents you from doing much. Whatever the reason, I've been sewing up a storm the last 2 days. Here's what my design wall looks like right now:

That's 25 8.5" blocks up on the wall and there are 17 more that won't fit. Man, I can't wait until I'm in our new house and can enlarge my design wall! Now I need to decide how I want to set them. I'm leaning toward sashing with rust colored posts and a double border, but I want to see what other interesting layouts I can find in EQ7 before I make the final decision.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Year -- New Creations!

Now that Christmas 2013 is in the books it's time to start looking forward to 2014, and all the new and exciting quilting projects that I want to tackle. I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions but this year I want to set some project goals and track my progress throughout the year. I'll start with the things I already know that I want to make and can add more along the way. Here goes:

  1. New Quilt: Brown Bear themed baby quilt for my son's preschool teacher (needs to be done in by March)
  2. UFO: need to finish up the backing so I can quilt my Accuracy Quilt
  3. Software: Learn how to confidently use EQ7. I've been playing with it since it showed up a few days ago but there is definitely a learning curve.
  4. New Quilt: A queen sized quilt for our new master bedroom, using batik fabrics. I was originally going to use the Star Surround pattern that Melissa from Happy Quilting developed for her 2013 QAL but then she posted about her 2014 QAL called Star Light Star Bright with different variations and I fell in love with variation 4! After input from her readers, the majority voted for variation #1 but I'm still going to make variation #4 (with her permission of course!)
  5. New Project: A Christmas tree skirt for next year, based on my earlier post here.
  6. New Project: A quilted Advent Calendar for next Christmas
  7. New Quilt: A large lap quilt with all the half square triangles I made back in October. I still have another charm pack to make so depending upon what layout I select, it might be bigger!

I think that is MORE than enough to keep me busy! As a new-ish quilter (and one with a preschooler) I think it's an ambitious list especially since 3 of them are finished quilts! Of course, even if I don't accomplish everything on this list, I'll still be quilting and having fun!

How about you, are you the type to set New Year's resolutions or goals? What crafty type projects do you hope to tackle in 2014?

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,
I wasn't planning on making out a wish list this year since I didn't think I needed anything.
I have an amazing husband and a wonderful son. We have a roof over our heads and never have to worry about where our next meal will come from. We have wonderful friends and amazing family. The holidays make me even more aware of all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me.

So what else could I possibly ask for? Well... after sketching out this design for a quilted tree skirt and not knowing how to convert my idea from paper to reality, it dawned on me that a copy of the EQ7 quilting software under our tree on Christmas morning would make me giddy.

Happy Holidays & Thank you Santa,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Feathers Afoul

I was feeling well enough today to sit down at my sewing machine for a little while and was able to finish up a Christmas gift.  I also planned on finishing up the mug rugs that I'm making for my son's teachers but I noticed something looked wrong. Here is the first mug rug, finished:

I quilted it using some flowing swirls. Nothing fancy and I think it worked. Then there was the second mug rug:

I had quilted feathers. Eh gad?! What was I thinking?! The photo just doesn't do it justice as to how distracting these truly are which is why I included a photo of the back so you could see it a bit better. I wish I could blame my free motion quilting pattern choice on the drugs that I've been taking for my foot, but no, I quilted these the morning before my surgery.

Lucky for me (and my son's teacher), I have enough of the school-time fabric to make another one. This time, I'll stick with using the swirls for the quilting.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Just Checking In

After having surgery on Monday, I'm feeling surprisingly well. I'm sure some of this is due to the heavy narcotics but having the holiday decorations up and not having to worry about any major holiday shopping definitely helps. I go to the doctor this morning for them to remove the initial dressing and see how it looks. I should also find out how long it will be before I can start putting weight on it. I'd be nice to be able to do a bit of sewing again. Until then, I'll just prop up my foot and enjoy some White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street whilst sipping my tea.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

'Tis the Season!

It's the official start of the holidays. Time for some turkey and visits with family and good friends. It's also the time for all the crazy shopping frenzies which, thankfully, I don't take part in. I prefer to do a lot of my shopping through amazon just to avoid all the mayhem. I'm 90% done with my holiday shopping and I'm glad that I got the bulk of my holiday sewing done before now since I have to have foot surgery on Monday. It's going to lay me up for the month of December so it might get a little quiet here but don't worry, I'll be back and quilting more soon enough!

In the meantime, enjoy your time with you loved ones today on this beautiful Thanksgiving day. I have much to be thankful for and I hope you do too. Have fun trimming the tree, baking cookies, and finishing up your holiday projects in the coming weeks!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Show & Tell Thursday!

Amidst everything else going on I was able to finish the table runner and I'm excited to show it off! This is my first batik project and I love how it turned out.

I decided to free motion quilt the diamond pattern that I learned from the Dot to Dot Quilting class that I took on Craftsy. Of course, the best laid plans are always the first get derailed. I used King Tut variegated thread by Superior Threads. I've used it in the past but for whatever reason I kept having skipped stitches. I tried rethreading, rewinding the bobbin, different speeds, and playing around with the tension, all to no avail. In the end only half of the diamond patterns were done free-motion. The other half were done using my walking foot. Surprisingly, I could still quilt them almost as quickly as the others (since there wasn't the bother of stopping, ripping out skipped stitches, etc.) and I couldn't even tell you which ones were done free motion and which ones weren't. I'd consider that a win.

Close-up of the diamond quilting.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sewing for a Cause

When I first learned that we were relocating to the Orlando area, the thing that excited me most was the opportunity to volunteer my time at Give Kids the World. Give Kids the World village is a 70-acre resort with over 140 villas to accommodate families from all around the world who have children with life threatening illnesses. They partner with wish-granting organizations to give these families week-long once-in-a-lifetime vacations where the focus is having fun going to all the places that the Orlando area has to offer like Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld. For many of these children it is a chance for them to focus on just being a kid, to laugh and smile and to not have to think about hospital stays, doctors, and treatments.

I first learned about this amazing organization when I met my husband 6 years ago and since that time we've both been huge supporters of GKTW, helping to raise money for them through various fundraisers especially Coasting For Kids.

I've been volunteering at the Village every week since the beginning of October and it's been such an amazing experience. In addition to the time I physically spend at the village helping out, I've also started sewing for them. During their stay at the village, each wish child receives a wish pillow. They're so easy to make and has such a huge impact for the child. Here is the batch that I made earlier this week when my son was napping:

If you'd like to make some wish pillows for Give Kids The World you can contact Rick at Give Kids The World or leave me a comment below and I will get all the information to you. If you are a no-reply blogger be sure to include your email address or or send me an email directly using the email button in the upper right hand corner of my blog. There is also a video tutorial that you can check out (but it doesn't include any of the shipping details). Okay, now to get back and make another set of pillowcases!

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Basted & Ready To Quilt!

I finished piecing together this placemat earlier this week. It's now basted and just waiting to be quilted. I've been taking the Dot-to-Dot Quilting class on Craftsy and plan on using some of the techniques that Angela Walters demonstrates. I should have it done in no time!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Where'd My Comments Go?!

When I started this blog Google+ was already in full swing, but I was never quite clear as to the purpose of it. As far as I can tell, it just seems to cause more problems, like reverting my own profile to a no-name blogger and restricting people from leaving comments. The only thing that has kept me from ditching Google+ is losing all of my comments from all of you wonderful readers! Yep, if you look back through my posts now you won't see any comments and that makes me sad but I think this blog will be better off in the long run.

Farewell Google+. I don't think you'll be missed at all...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Funny How Life Takes Over

Life has been pretty busy here the last few weeks! I haven't gotten much sewing done lately but I'm starting to get back into the swing of things. Some goals for this week are:

  1. Get the backing for my Accuracy Quilt sewn up. I bought some coordinating fabric to go with the improv strips that I made from leftover fabric.
  2. Make a wish pillow for Give Kids the World (that's for another post soon!)
  3. Finish piecing this table runner together, made from some pretty batik charms:

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Drumroll Please.....

Thanks to everyone who entered the Great Wolf Lodge Giveaway for an overnight stay for four! And the lucky winner is....

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Thursday, October 31, 2013


There be a pirate in the house! 

Another halloween is in the books and so is another successful costume. It came together pretty quickly with the 2 thrift store items that I bought a few weeks ago. The most difficult task was altering the extra large woman's shirt to fit a 3 year old. I now know that I suck at reattaching sleeves. Oh well, it all worked out in the end. The pants were from his closet and I bought some red fabric for the sash.

My favorite part of the outfit was the hat. Since we'd gone on a Disney cruise at the beginning of this year we had some pirate bandanas. I could have left it at that but I wanted to give him a hat as well.  Some craft felt, a skull patch and some basic machine embroidery and voila ~ a cute pirate hat!

My son loved the costume (despite hating the various fittings that I inflicted upon him) and thoroughly enjoyed himself trick-or-treating!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Why I'm Not Sewing

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I have a laundry list of things to sew:

  • Put the finishing touches on my son's pirate costume
  • Finish the backing for my Accuracy quilt top.
  • Baste & Quilt the above mentioned quilt top.
  • Sew a charm pack into 80+ half square triangles
  • Make a table runner for a holiday gift
  • Make a quilted advent calendar

But am I getting any of these things done? No, not really. Why? Because a new Lego game came out this past week. Now I'm not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination - put a game controller in my hands to see just how coordinated I'm not. With that said though, I love the Lego games. They're easy enough for me follow along (most of the time) and they're just so much fun. Some of my favorite Lego games include Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean. The newest one that just came out is Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Give me a week and I'll be back to sewing in no time!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Great Wolf Lodge Giveaway!

As many of you know, beside my love of fabrics & yarn, my family loves theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks. I was so honored earlier this year to be selected as an Ask-a-Mom panelist for Great Wolf Lodge and I was so thrilled when they contacted me asking to host a giveaway for a one night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge of your choice!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Accuracy Quilt Top Finished!

I'm so excited to share the finished quilt top for my QAL! I actually finished it Sunday night but have been waiting for some better lighting to take some pictures, not that it mattered since they all sort of came out the same. The quilt top is just a bit too big to easily photograph even with me standing on my cutting table. The finished size came out to 58" x 82.5". I'm attempting to do a scrappy pieced back but despite how easy it comes to other quilters, I'm struggling a bit. Maybe my OCD personality can't handle it.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My Newest Love Affair

Thanks to the quilt along I've discovered a new love - half square triangles. There are so my possibilities for these little babies! I've been holding onto 2 charm packs from Moda (Mill Book Series 1835 and Crossroads) just waiting to whip up some HSTs. I've gotten the Mill Book squares done using Kona Bone as the coordinating color. That's 84 squares waiting to be trimmed down (using my awesome June Tailor ruler of course). Now to tackle the Crossroads pack; then comes the challenge of figuring out how to lay them out!

Monday, October 14, 2013

My Mission, should I choose to accept it...

I'm not sure who I feel like more - Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible (or maybe just that Brit from Dinner Impossible) or MacGuyver. I went to the thrift store this morning to find some things to make my son's pirate costume. Spending a whopping $6.68, here's what I came home with:

The white long sleeve shirt is a woman's extra large and the black sleeveless vest is a woman's small (but I think it's mis-marked as it was huge on me). I've already started altering the black vest. It's a faux suede and easy to work with. I've removed the buttons, taken off the collar, and cut it off just above the pockets. All I really need to do now is take it in under the arms (about 2 inches on each side) and hem it and it will be done. The white shirt is going to be the bigger challenge. I just think the frilly front just screamed pirate to me. Obviously I'm going to shorten the sleeves and length but not sure what else beyond that. Still wondering if I should cut the collar down a bit or remove it completely. I have an idea of how to attach fake boots made of felt onto some pants but it seems my son has outgrown most of his long pants (it figures). A sash around the waist and a bandana on the head will complete the outfit. No hooked hand or eye patch for this 3 three year old. He already hurts himself enough without giving him weapons or making him half blind.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween Horrors

Halloween is a mere 18 days away and I need to get my act together and whip up a costume for my son. I love autumn but always dreaded Halloween, especially the older I got. My earliest memory of Halloween was dressing as Caspar the Ghost, wearing one of the nylon parkas with that god-awful plastic mask - you know, the one with the cut-out eyes, 2 nostril holes, and that piece of elastic that goes around the back of the head. I HATED those costumes. The only other costume I remember was being a gypsy in which my mom had made the skirt.

I always struggled to come up with a creative costume and it only got worse as an adult. Having a career in theatre and the performing arts, everyone expected me to have a kick-ass costume at adult costume parties. They just assumed that I had access to the theatre's costume shop and had my pick of the litter. That was not the case and I would have so much anxiety over having to dress in costume at parties around Halloween that I just stopped going to them.

Now that I'm a parent I don't want to just pull something off the rack for my son to wear. So now I've traded in my anxiety over what I will wear for Halloween to what my son will wear instead. Great. I try not to let it get to me since I know that Simon isn't really going to care if it's not perfect, but I set a pretty high standard last year when I made an adorable sheep costume using a men's sweatshirt, a fleecy hood from a thrift sweatshirt, and some synthetic poly-sherpa fabric.

That was the year of Word World, better known as "Sheep & Dog" at our house.  This year Simon is really into Disney Junior shows, thanks to us having to have cable for the first time in over 2 years. Our cable DVR is almost completely filled with Chuggington episodes. He also likes Jake and the Neverland Pirates. My main criteria for a costume for Simon is that it be comfortable. I really can't think of any way to make a train costume that he would be willing to wear so I'm going to attempt to make him a pirate for Halloween. Now comes the mad dash.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

A Thankful Finish

Seems like it's taken me a while to get this done because life has seemed to get busier suddenly but since it's not even mid-October I still consider myself ahead of the game. Autumn Thankfulness is bound and ready to hang.

Now I can get back to finishing up my accuracy quilt top. The goal is to get that finished by the end of the month. I also want to make a Christmas wall hanging and one other big holiday gift. Let's see if I can stay on track.


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Friday, October 04, 2013

Vote for Me!

The host of the aiming for accuracy quilt along also hosts a weekly quilter's show and tell. The theme for this week was Fall's Glory so I decided to enter my current project, Autumn Thankfulness.

Check out the quilts that are posted and please vote for mine if you feel so inclined. Click here to go to the website - mine is the last one in the top row (the sixth quilt in the voting list).  Thanks so much!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Venturing into Applique

I was very excited today to try my hand at applique. I used Pellon EZ-Steam because it was the only thing they had in stock at Jo-Ann's. I was a bit reluctant to buy it at first because I didn't know anything about it. Steam-A-Seam and Heat'n Bond Lite were the brands I was familiar with but it worked just fine. Here's a picture of my progress.

Now I need to applique some leaves and I'll be ready to quilt this!


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Autumn Wall Hanging

A few weeks after I started my very first quilt I knew I wanted to make a two-sided holiday wall hanging. One side for Thanksgiving would say "Thankful" and the other side for Christmas would say "Joyful." I even drew a sketch of what I wanted one side to look like, with pumpkins and acorns in the corners and a piano key border.

Having made a few quilts now, I've since rethought my idea of making it two-sided. It would limit my options for quilting it. Besides, I now have other ambitions for some Christmas holiday wall hangings.

Here is what my wall hanging looks like so far:

I tried making an acorn block but failed miserably so opted for all pumpkins. I still need to applique the wording. This will be my first applique attempt. The only thing I'm not sure about is if I should keep my original wording of "Thankful" or choose something else. Maybe "Fall is Here" or "Happy Fall?"  Suggestions, anyone?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall is in the air...

... at least it would be if we still lived in Ohio. But we now live in Central Florida and with autumn being my favorite season, it's going to be quite an adjustment. I love seeing the leaves change color and the sweater weather. Since we don't have that here I'll need to bring autumn to me. What better way than with some pretty fabrics in some of my favorite colors. I'll have more to show you soon.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lesson 12 - in the home stretch!

I finished lesson 12 of the Aiming For Accuracy Quilt Along. There are only 4 lessons left and the quilt top will be done. This was the last large component.

All that is left are some small filler sections in order to combine all of the sections together. I'm looking forward to figuring out how to quilt the top and what to do for the backing. Here's what the mockup looks like:

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ashen Floral Placemats

Wanted to share my finished placemats. I really love that I've gotten confident enough in my free motion quilting to quilt feathers but now that it's all finished, I wish I would have chosen a different thread color. I had used a light gray so that the quilting would be subtle but now I wish I would have used the pale yellow that I used for the binding. I think it would have really tied it all together. I guess I'm just reluctant to use a bolder thread color choice since my mistakes would be more obvious. I think I'll have to move out of my comfort zone on the next FMQ project and opt for more visible thread.

From the very start of this project I knew I wanted to use yellow as the accent to the gray and black floral fabrics but now that they're done, I'm not 100% sure I like it as the binding. Still, they should coordinate well in the intended recipient's kitchen so that's good.

Now it's time to start planning my next project.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

3rd Time's A Charm

This past week's lesson in the Accuracy Quilt Along seemed straightforward and easy. Who knew that I'd have to redo it 3 times before I was happy with it. We've only got a few more lessons before we finish the quilt top and it's getting trickier to balance out the fabric selections. The quilt pattern actually calls for 24 fat quarters (about 6 yards) of coordinating fabric plus 3 yards of contrast fabric (white in my case). Since I didn't buy a specific fat quarter bundle, I opted for some yardage in my stash. I also didn't choose 24 different prints. I have half that many: 6 blues, 6 purples, and only 2 greens (I might have to mix in a 3rd for some of the small border blocks, I'm not sure yet). The limited palate has definitely made this more challenging.

This lesson consisted of 3 friendship star blocks, which I called throwing stars because they remind me of ninja stars. Here was my first attempt. I liked the 3 different colors for the center block but the middle violet fabric had too much white and you couldn't see the star very well.

For my second attempt I switched to a lighter purple fabric. The hue was similar to the block on the right so I decided to place the blue fabric in the middle. That worked out better but now I don't like the green square in the center.  Grrrrr...

My final redo involved swapping out the green center for a navy blue center. That balanced out the 2 outside stars and highlighted the deep purple on the center star.

Whew! Now to add the white sashing in between and I can get on with lesson #12 now.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Time to Bind

Placemats have been quilted, all that's left is to put on the pretty binding. I know what I'll be working on this evening!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fanciful Feathers

I can't remember the last time I was so proud of an accomplishment that I couldn't stop smiling. Yes, I've had various accomplishments throughout my career at work but this feels different. I feel like a kid who finally figured out how to tie her own shoes. That's how I feel about quilting feathers. Every time I look at them I'm just so proud of myself! Don't get me wrong - I still have more practicing to do. I can only make them in one direction, from the bottom of the stem working my way up to the top. I'm sure that will come in time. But for now, I'll take what I can get.

I was trying to figure out how to quilt the borders of my placemats and decided on a feathered corners. I tried copying a few that I found online but after practicing on paper it was better for me to make up my own design. Here's my practice muslin piece:

And here are the feathered borders on the first placemat:

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Figuring Out What Works For You

When I first decided to try free motion quilting I remember looking through the manual of my Baby Lock Symphony at which foot I should use on my machine since it included 2. The one on the left they called a free motion quilting foot. The one on the right was the open-toed quilting foot.

The manual mentioned that the open-toed one should be used with uneven fabric so when I started playing around I used the one on the left. I took a free motion class from Craftsy and they mentioned using the "hopper" foot so I gave the foot on the right a try but immediately hated it and switched back to the closed foot. I used that foot for the first quilt that I made my son which included stippling, stars, and swirls.

Earlier this summer I took my first in-person all day quilting workshop and the instructor strongly encouraged that I get comfortable using the open-toed foot since it's better for visibility. Despite not liking it, I stuck with it for the entire class and all of my free motion projects have since been used with the hopper foot.

As you know, I've been working on quilting feather wreaths. But the more I practiced the worse I seemed to get. My earlier attempt that I posted a few days ago looked MUCH better than any of the others I'd done since. I think it was a fluke but whatever the reason, it was making me frustrated. Then I remember how much easier it seemed when I was working on my son's quilt. There were only 2 differences - thread and the quilting foot. I'm using Isacord polyester thread this time around which I like better than the Superior King Tut variegated thread. Hmmm... maybe if I go back to the smaller closed free motion quilting foot... SUCCESS! I feel like the fabric moves around too much with the hopper foot and it makes it harder for me to keep my stitches smooth and to see what I'm doing. It's definitely taught me that despite what others say I should do, I have to do what works for me.

Here's how it turned out. I've included both front and back views since it's a bit hard to see since the thread is blending in (and yes, you can see a bit of my frixion pen markings for the circle on the front, I still need to iron it).

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Balancing Act

When working on a quilt sampler that has no 2 blocks alike, you have to perform a balancing act. You need to balance colors, prints, and scale. Up until now I thought I've done pretty well with it on my accuracy quilt but with this last block I goofed and had to redo it in order to balance everything out. Here is what the block looked like when I first completed it:

I was focusing on the blocks to the left and right of the current lesson and completely forgot about what was below it. Here's what it looks like in the mockup:

Wouldn't you know it, I had 2 of the same fabrics against one another. I suppose I could have left it but the perfectionist in me would have been bothered every time I looked at it so I got out Jack (the seam ripper) and made a slight modification. Here's the new block with the purple violet fabric swapped out:

It looks much better with the other blocks around it, don't you think?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Feathery Ambitions

I've been holding off quilting these placemats I made in July since I didn't know what to do with them. I plan on binding them in a pretty yellow but was stumped on how to quilt it. I could have done a meandering stipple or swirls but the main reason I've been making placemats and smaller projects is to improve my free motion quilting skills. I somehow got it into my head yesterday that I wanted to do feathered wreaths in the center of each one. Nothing like being ambitious. One would expect that I'm already skilled at quilting feather. Ha! Of course not.

I did a little bit of practicing this afternoon but I can't seem to get into a good groove and struggle to make the feathers on one side of the stem. Still, I decided to make an initial wreath to see how far I've got to go before it's good enough for the finished product.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Blog of the Week

I was so thrilled when my good friend Shannon asked to feature me on her website Waits and Measurements as part of her Blog of the Week series. Shannon and I met back in 2000 - I hired her as my Assistant Stage Manager when I was still working in theatre as a professional stage manager. The moment I met her I knew she was the perfect person to work with, full of energy and a smile that was so incredibly infectious! Stage managing is a very stressful profession and Shannon always had a way of getting people to not take things so seriously and to just have fun. One of my biggest memories of her was that she was ALWAYS dancing... during rehearsals, backstage, everywhere! That's why it was no surprised that she started a blog about fitness and health and how to balance it with some good old fashioned family fun. She has inspired me to get outside with my little one and include him in my exercise endeavors instead of just keeping him on the sidelines. Definitely take the time to check out Shannon's blog Waits and Measurements. You won't regret it!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

More Half Square Triangles

I finished lesson #9 and it's made up of more half square triangles. If I didn't have the awesome June Tailor ruler I'm sure that I would dread making them but it's my favorite tool right now. This 3-block grouping is also the first one that I've used Aurifil 50 weight thread and I LOVE IT! I used Mettler cotton thread on all of my previous blocks but it was leaving so much lint in my sewing machine so I was on the hunt for some better thread. Yes, Aurifil can be a bit pricey but it is so worth it. It's so thin and I feel like that alone has improved my accuracy. And it leaves very little lint which makes me very happy. Just like this lesson.