I did pick up some fabric at the Quilt Show last week.
Two on the left are 3-yard backing bundles and the remaining are 3-yard bundles. I’ve already picked the patterns for two of them.
Also, some FQ Bundles – Never know when these might be needed.
I’ve been working on some things for the blog, but not quite ready to post them yet. So I thought I’d share a few Tips I’ve seen on the Internet lately.
To Starch or Not to Starch –
When I need some extra body on my fabric, especially when I’ll be working with bias edges, I will use Mary Ellen’s Best Spray.
Yes, I do buy it by the Gallon. I like Unscented, Linen and Caribbean Beach. You can find it online at Amazon, at your Local Quilt Shop or other places that sell sewing supplies.
When making HSTs, I will spray the fabric well and iron it and sometimes spray it a second time and iron it again. I know that is a bit of extra work, but it really helps prevent stretching when stitching on the bias. It is also great for getting stubborn wrinkles out of fabric.
I recently read this post which talks about starching and various products –Suzy Quilts’ Blog Post. It’s nice to see the comparisons.
How to Hang Mini/Wall Quilts –
Do you make Mini Quilts or Wall Hangings? If so, how do you hang them? I have several in my pile of patterns I want to make.
Heather at The Sewing Loft Blog shared her thoughts about 5 Ways to Hang Your Mini Quilt. Click on over and check it out – The Sewing Loft Blog. I may try a couple of them.
Hand Quilting Cheater Tips –
I’m a visual learner. It’s one thing to verbally explain something to me or give me written instructions, but I learn best if I can see what you are talking about.
I do most of my quilting by machine, but do enjoy hand piecing. I have done a bit of hand quilting, but often get frustrated when my work isn’t “right.” Alex Alexander shares a Video with some Cheater Hand Quilting Tips.
Hope you find some information that will be of help to you!
My project this week –
I’m a bit behind on my Project Linus’ Fundraising Mystery Quilt Challenge – Gracie’s Get Well Garden. Clue #2 came out last Saturday while I was at the Quilt Show. Yesterday I picked my fabrics. I’m making this scrappy and had to dig through my scrap drawers to find the colors I wanted to use. Today I got it all cut out.
This will make 9 Blocks. It isn’t too late to join in. There isn’t a time limit. It costs $15 (plus $0.45 credit card fee) to join and you can download the previous clues and watch helpful videos. Click Here for more information and register.
This is a great way to make a donation to help this organization. If you have a local chapter of Project Linus, you can designate your donation to them. There is also a Facebook Group where participants can share their progress.
After the Dentist and Grocery Shopping tomorrow, I hope to get a couple blocks made.