Sunday, February 23, 2020

RED & WHITE QUILT 11

I was having trouble with some of the embroidery in the center of the quilt.  Please watch the new video to see the work around I designed to fix the problem with very little expense.

https://youtu.be/Hglot6paj3Q

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

RED & WHITE QUILT - 10

I have the quilt all laid out and when it came time to piece it together, I had a very difficult time.  What gave me the most trouble was sewing on the sashing pieces to the correct block.  Some sashing was on top of the blocks and some sashing was on the bottom.  I guess I was going cross-eyed because I sure did a lot of ripping out.  I am not sure if I like the two-toned look of the white and beige background material but I used it anyway.  Hopefully, it will look better once it is quilted.  I do like it in the picture in the book of the pattern.















I do have it all pieced together now.  I ironed it and also laid it out on my backing and batting.  I used a different kind of batting because JoAnn Fabrics no long carries the Warm and Natural which is my favorite.  I can't even remember what the name of it is that I purchased but it is similar.  It did seem thin to me and I thought it would make a very cheap feeling quilt, so I bought enough when it was on sale to double it.  So I am using two layers of batting.















I am now in the process of starting to quilt the squares with a embroidery design on my Janome 15,000 sewing machine.




DIME Quilt Topper Hoop.  This is the first time I have used this quilt topper.  It is available for certain special hoops that match your sewing machine.  You hoop just the bottom of the hoop that is your regular sewing machine hoop to your sewing machine and then lay your quilt on top of the hoop.  You do not use the normal top hoop that comes with your hoop, you use this topper instead.  It is just laying on top of your fabric and attaches on top of the bottom hoop with magnets to hold it in place. You can see they are the gray pieces in the picture. The magnets are very strong.  I got two in my hand that connected through my skin and it was very painful!  It really pinched.  Now, you sew out your design and then when finished you remove just the topper and slide your quilt to the next block, add the topper again and sew.  So far so good!





Tuesday, February 4, 2020

RED & WHITE QUILT - 9 A TRICK I FIGURED OUT THAT WORKED GREAT!


Can you believe after all of this, I still had to make another 80 flying geese and several half-square triangles.


I tried an idea and I think it is working great. So I will share. 

 On my center quilt block, I had many hoopings to get all of the embroideries finished.  The many hoopings left my center with some puckers which I was not happy with.  When I quilt, I want a perfectly flat surface.  Here is what I did.  First, I serged the four edges of the center block.  I layed the center block out on my table that has a flat surface and sprayed it with water and tried to stay away from the edges.  I then taped the edges down on the table with painters tape.  I would lift up a section of the tape at a time and I pulled and stretched the block in the directions that I needed to get all the puckering out.  Once I was happy with it, I sprayed it again with water and then I left it sit and dry.  It is perfectly flat now.  It might be a little distorted along the edges but I will just again square it up to the 18 inches that the block is supposed to be.  This worked great!  I also gave it a spray of starch after it dried.















I now also have a few of the blocks stitched together with the sashing.















I am getting close, the sashings are taking a lot of time also because I have to make sure that each star point is correct when I sew on the sashing.