Flurry

One of the things that I ordered this month was this kit from The Fat Quarter Shop.

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Though I can’t wait to chop into the fabrics and start the project, I promised myself I would complete two tops before I would do so. Hmmmm… I can’t wait!

Charlotte’s Web

I think I am seriously in love. 


(photo from Superior’s Site)

This is the product I used for my Fireworks on the Prairie quilt.  Here is a small how-to on how I did it differently than the videos on the website.  I found this way by accident and it makes it even easier (if you could imagine) than their way.

First, I trace the design on freezer paper and cut it out.  I cut just inside the line to make it a little bit smaller.  I then iron the freezer paper down on the fabric that I am using for the design.

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Next, I stitch around the freezer paper. I use Bottom-Line in thread in the top and the fusible web in the bobbin.  You can do it either way, but since I generally have a size 10 needle in my machine, it is easier for me to do it this way.

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Yes, I do use a contrasting thread. 

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After stitching all the way around the shape, I cut as close as I can to the stitch line without clipping the threads.  This can be difficult, so go slow.

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Next I press, as directed, to the background fabric for about 10-15 seconds to fuse the shapes together.  Not shown:  Once the shape is fused down I spot-heat a section to lift up the top thread to separate it.  I then spot-heat all around to make the top unravel.

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After this I do a button-hole stitch in the matching thread.  You can use whatever decorative stitch you want; zig-zag, herringbone, etc.

The other cool thing is that the fabric is not stiff like when you use steam-a-seam or wonder-under.  You can also trim away fabrics like traditional applique.  I actually trimmed the black away from the white stars in the quilt.

I Have A Notion

For those of you not “in the know” I am going to share a little secret with you…

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Kelly there is awesome!  There are all sorts of notions there for you to purchase.  I have several things on my wish list.  Shipping is fast, and the line above about “excellent customer service” is no joke!

So don’t hesitate to click above and see what she has to offer.  You won’t regret it!

HQG – June Potluck

Monday was my guild’s annual potluck dinner.  In addition to that, there is always an auction of donated unwanted items from member’s sewing rooms.

 

Here were my spoils from the evening.  I spent maybe about $20.

 

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A kit to make a small wallhanging.

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A set of fabric – the floral is 1 yard and the other two are about 1/4 yard pieces.

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These are almost half yard cuts

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These are 1-yard cuts of a nice decor weight fabric.

 

Another thing that happens is the installation of new officers for the following guild year.  I was installed as the guilds Vice president and Membership Chair.

Here my friend Susan and I (she was installed as President)

 

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I also got a few things in the mail this week:

 

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A new book

 

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My Aunt Kathy sent me these – they were my grandma’s.  I lost ONE of mine – a very commonly used size in all the BOM’s I work on.  She sent me the whole set.  Thank you Aunt Kathy!