Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Best Sewing Tip Ever In My Opinion!!

Wow!  I have been sewing, lets see, it will be 52 years this year and I just learned the greatest tip!  I would think this video tip would work on any machine.  You absolutely must watch this very short video!!

Sunday, February 23, 2020


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.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


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


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.

Thursday, January 16, 2020


I finished up the center design this morning.  There was a lot of embroidering done on it and it took many hours of time to get them all finished.  I am happy with the way it turned out.

I also purchased some quilting design rulers off of Amazon and I have never done any hand quilting on my new machine.  I am anxious to give this a try, but if it doesn't work and I need practice, then I will probably load it on my quilting machine that my husband made me.   I am getting a little ahead of myself here, I still have the rest of my material to cut out now for the plain blocks of the quilt. Then  I need to get them all sewed together and we will talk about quilting when that is finished.

I purchased the Janome Ruler set and here is a link if you want to take a look.  They are suppose to arrive today!  

Have a great day!!!  Cindy

Thursday, January 9, 2020


Good Morning, it is about 4:30am and I am ready to start my day....  Now that the holidays are over with and I hope everyone made many wonderful memories, and I have gotten back to sewing.  I finally finished all 28 of my blocks. Whew!  Glad those are done.

I am moving onto the next project of this quilt and that is the center block.  All I have direction wise is to look at the picture.  Like I said, the directions are not good or maybe they all are like this, I am not sure!  Here is the picture that I am supposed to reproduce.

Here are the directions.  It says to applique the designs.  Ok, I can do this, let me figure something out and what would be the best way for me to handle this.  I also am showing the picture of the leaves that are to be appliqued and the small diagram of how to layout the vines for the leaves to attach to.

Now, what I did was cut out one-fourth of the above picture on the cross arrows in the center of the picture.  I then put that one-fourth section into my printer and increased the size as far as I could with 8 1/2 X 11 paper.  Then I copied this four times and taped it back together.  I had to take this picture and make it large enough to fit the 18 inch square of material that it will be used on.  I came up with this next picture which isn't perfect but close.

I then centered this onto my 18 inch square of material and used tracing paper and traced around the red design onto my material for a guideline to sew on the vines. 

 Now, instead of doing hand applique which takes a long time, I decided to digitize the sample of the leaves and circles that were given on the direction picture and turn them into an applique that my embroidery machine can sew out.  I had to print that direction picture at 100% to get the correct size of the circles and leaves.  Then as I digitized these designs with Embird Software, I measured each design of leaf and circle on the paper for the size to get everything correct.

Here is a picture of as far as I have gotten as of yesterday!  I wasn't sure at first, but I think this is going to work and be cute!

Once I get finished with this, I do believe all I have left is some more straight sewing to connect all the blocks and I will have all the hard parts over with.  Please let me know what you think!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Well, I am moving right along on these blocks.  I have 13 finished and 15 more to go.  It takes me about 1 hour to get one finished.  I thought I would show you some of the steps I have to go through to get these points correct.

I have to sew on the four side strips to the center square.  On the first two side strips I have three main areas that have to match perfectly to make the points on the stars.  You will see where the sewing crosses.   I first sew along the wrong side.  You can see that I have to mark the cross section with a purple evaporating pen.  I must see the cross point and sew a little to the left of the cross.  Now when this is in my machine I can't see the cross, so I mark it with the pen so it stands out.  This is my first match and I just sew about two inches across this section through the sewing line cross.

Now I flip the square over and I have two more crosses on this side and you can see in purple where I sewed on the back.  I have to mark this stitching line from the back because now I will sew down the whole side of the front of this first strip.  When I come to the purple, ( the stitches I sewed on the back), I try to sew directly behind the first row of stitches so it doesn't create any bulk.

I have finished sewing down the first strip and marked with a pin each point that I had to watch and make sure it was sewn correctly.  These were the three areas that must be watched closely.  This has to be done on the first two sides sewn to the square.  You want those points showing (beige color) and (red and white) not to be cut off.  

On the other two sides, I have an additional step and that is the little corner square that hooks all four sides together.  I have the pins showing the additional match and it also has a matching point, so on this side I have five areas that must match.  This is what takes so long.  I don't see how anyone could just sew all of those sides together and have everything match perfectly without taking some additional steps.  This is how I am making them and they are coming out nicely.  

This was the steps I wanted to see how Fons and Porter handled this, but as I said before, they just said you sew on the sides and you are finished.  If you are making a video, you must show the hard areas also or don't bother making a video.  This is no help to us.  I hope these directions might help someone else. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!