to stimulate the economy and support the post office.
Since I haven’t been sewing, I have been buying… and boy have I been buying!
A king-sized batting for a specific quilt. Though I have a roll of batting, it is queen sized. So I had to order a king-sized batting.
A new sewline pencil with refill leads in other colors.
Block three for the Designer Mystery from Fat Quarter Shop
A book, the other two I ordered were not released yet. There was a sale to buy two and get one for $1.99 – this was the book I got.
Some Lanyard parts
For a project:
Two bias tape makers:
Some 1.5 yard cuts of batiks from Fat Quarter Shop
For these two projects:
Some 1-yard cuts from Thousands of Bolts:
Some threads from Superior – mostly bottom line, a couple of spools of king tut
And lastly, I got this cute package in the mail – when I turned it over there were these cute owl stikers:
Inside was this:
I guess the moral is, don’t leave my sewing stuff in the garage for a week… my pocketbook can’t take it… lol!
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.
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.
Yes, I do use a contrasting thread.
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.
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.
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.