Alison Glass Thread and Fat Quarter Giveaway sponsored by Massdrop!

Field Day fat quarter bundle

a Rafflecopter giveaway What is Massdrop? Massdrop is a group buy website that helps you get a large discount on popular items. Once enough interest is shown in an item or group of items they go to the company and negotiate a group buy discount. As more and more people sign up to participate in the “drop” the price goes down! Each drop is open for a certain number of days before they close it and place the order for {Read More}

Take the drag out of free motion quilting

14297033734_5e5d3bf51e_z

When I bought my Powerquilter I had to think about ways to help reduce drag on large quilts as I’d be working on them. I didn’t purchase the extension table leafs because I thought perhaps I had a better solution. My idea was partially inspired by Leah Day’s bungee cord rigging she uses on her domestic machine.  I didn’t want to drill into my ceiling though so I thought of a different way that would work with any table I {Read More}

Memorial Day Sew In – Photos!

14302881003_55a2c9d4b9_z

I got a new tool! The Versa Tool by Handiquilter has lots of different applications and so far I like it a lot even on my sit-down longarm. They don’t recommend using longarm rulers on domestic sewing machines since you can damage your machine (the feet on domestic machines raise too high and if you break a needle on the ruler you can really mess up your timing or something worse). But if you have a sitdown or regular longarm {Read More}

Saturday Stash and Quiltsmart Gadget Cushion Finish

14254930261_2875571128_z

I missed Sunday stash earlier this week so better late than never! Also finished the absolute cutest gadget cushion ever using some fun fabric I picked up in Vegas at Quiltique. I can’t wait to make more of these! Really fast (made in less than an hour with minimal fabric) and super useful. I need to make a few more for home and one for work. They’d also make cute pincushions I think!   I fell prey to the Hancocks {Read More}

WIP Wednesday – Back in the Saddle

14204545443_0c11825246_z

I’m sewing again! Feels good to finally be having some creative fun. I made a denim bag with my cut off jeans hems so I could stop storing them: And I started working on my Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller challenge quilt. I had several other ideas on what I wanted to do for this quilt and nothing felt right until I pulled out my EZ Dresden ruler and had an idea of where I wanted to go with this. {Read More}

Creating Pixel Blocks Using Grid Interfacing – A Tutorial

12298349916_383f3b95a1_z

Materials List: Quiltsmart Watercolor Grid Interfacing in the size of your choice. The width of the fabric strips you are using will determine the grid size. I am using 1.5″ grid since my strips are 1.5″ wide.  They have it in varying sizes: Quiltsmart 1″ Grid Quiltsmart 1.5″ Grid Quiltsmart 2″ Grid Quiltsmart 2.5″ Grid You will also need: Sharp fabric scissors (I used my Perfect Scissors for this project) Piecing thread (I used 50 wt Aurifil Cotton Mako) 90/14 {Read More}

WIP Wednesday – Experimentation and Nostalgia

12085715536_8533a048f5

I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing the past few weeks. I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things though. I did a bit of experimentation with some Pigma Paintstiks on fabric. That was interesting to play around with. The bottom of the feather I drew directly onto the fabric with the Paintstiks and towards the top I put the paint onto a stencil brush and brushed it on. I like the look at the top better – {Read More}

Panasonic Cordless Iron Review

11548725333_9cffd434a3_z

The quilters on Twitter (we call ourselves “Twilters”) will be the first to tell you – I’m a bad influence. I find good deals on quilting stuff and share the info immediately. This cordless iron was one such deal that I found and several of us purchased one.  I mainly wanted to see if a cordless iron would be useful with my melt and blend crayon classes since the cord does get in the way sometimes.  I’ve been using the {Read More}

Tutorial – Printing Directly Onto Fusible Web

10997891943_0f91935a4b_z

I love machine applique but one of the things that I hate doing is tracing designs. They can be really time consuming to do especially if they are very intricate patterns you need to trace. The good news is there is a way to print onto fusible web using your ink-jet printer and it’s not very difficult to do. Supplies and Tools Needed: Your applique template, preferably sized to fit on a regular letter size sheet of paper. Download the {Read More}