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I Won Some Fat Quarters and WIP Wednesday

Posted by supermom on September 14, 2011

I was going through all the pictures I took last week and realized that I had forgotten to post about the fun surprize in the form of a squishie that was waiting for me when I got home from Canada.

While I was away getting our youngest settled into his second year of college, I got an e-mail from Impera Magna over at The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe telling me that I was one of the winners of 4 Citron/Gray FQs from Michael Miller!

It was so much fun to arrive home after driving for two days and find this parcel waiting for me.

Thank you Freda!

In my comment on the giveaway post, I mentioned that I’d make a tote bag out of the fat quarters if I won, but since I’ve received them it’s been fun to imagine them transformed into all sorts of different things… so for now, I’m just enjoying them as is.

WIP Wednesday

My list of unfinished projects had one more item added to it last week.

I’ve got all the blocks on my Smiling Sunflower quilt sewn together, but after going through my stash, I couldn’t find anything that I had enough of to make the borders.

The fat quarter bundles I used for the quilt were quilt shop fabrics, so I want the borders to be made of the same quality fabric.  And that means waiting until the next time we make a trip that takes us close to a quilt shop.

Then there is this pile of quilts and table runner/toppers in need of quilting and binding.  The table runner/toppers are going to be used to practice some more FMQing on.

I’m also borrowing an idea from Sandra over at Sandra Sews : ).  She makes up project kits that include everything she needs to complete a particular project.

So I’m making up a couple of kits for projects to work on during this month’s Friday Night Sew In.  Have you signed up yet?

Handmade by Heidi

It’s not too late, just click on the button above and it will take you to Handmade by Heidi, then scroll down for the sign up post.

In addition to all the above, it’s time to get back at our Christmas gift list.  That got set aside for the summer while our son was home as I want this year’s Christmas gifts to be surprizes for everyone not just for the recipient.

Needless to say, I have a busy few months ahead of me for sure.

This post has been added to WIP Wednesday #44 over at Freshly Pieced

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August Friday Night Sew In Results

Posted by supermom on August 20, 2011

I’m going to start off by saying I am ridiculously pleased with myself.

Last night during FNSI, I was having trouble figuring out how I wanted to quilt the hot pads I had prepped and ready (see previous post.)

I had toyed with the idea of free motion quilting them.   For a while now I’ve been watching videos on youtube to learn how it’s done, but felt I hadn’t learned enough to give it a try.

First I tried sewing ¼” on either side of the blocks but didn’t like how that looked.  So I unpicked those lines of quilting.

Then I tried stitching in the ditch.  I liked how that looked especially when the stitches actually stayed in the ditch.  I don’t know if it was the extra layer of batting or what but I ended up having to unpick those lines of quilting too.

As I sat there at the machine trying to decide how I was going to go about quilting those hot pads, I thought to myself… what did I have to lose by just dropping those feed dogs, installing the darning foot and giving FMQ a whirl.   So that’s what I did.  And I had a blast doing it!

I meandered.  I made loops.  I made points (some intentional and some not so intentional.)

I overheated the foot controller of my 15-91.  Dave made some adjustments to the speed control screw and after a half hour break to let it cool down; I was back to meandering and loop-de-looping.

Now my FMQ certainly isn’t the prettiest.  And there are places where the stitches are bigger than others.  I’m still learning how to control how I move the quilt so that it moves smoothly so I don’t get those unintended points and wobbles.   But I’m definitely on my way to learning how to free motion quilt.

The Jacob’s Ladder hot pad was the first one I FMQed:

Front of Jacob's Ladder hot pad.

Back of Jacob's Ladder hot pad.

For the second hot pad, I only FMQed the background fabric.  That made the pinwheel really stand out and created a pretty “butterfly” on the back.

Front of Pinwheel hot pad.

Back of Pinwheel hot pad.

The third hot pad will be quilted today and then I’m going to get the binding on them so that I can start using them.

I’ll say it again, I am ridiculously pleased with how the quilting on these turned out for my first attempt at free motion quilting.

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WIP Wednesday – Hand Basting My Scrappy Nine Patch

Posted by supermom on May 25, 2011

Over the weekend, I got the flying zebra baby quilt and one of the child-sized quilts hand basted.

This shows the fabric that I chose for the back of the flying zebra quilts and also what the hand basting looks like from the back.

Dave’s away on a contract for a few days, which means that it won’t matter if I have a larger quilt taking up residence on the dining room table for a day or two, so I decided to baste my scrappy nine patch.

Last night, with the help of our son who is home from college for the summer, I got the back and front rolled up neatly around the 1X4 basting boards and then got those rolled out a few inches and arranged on the table with the batting in between. (Forgot to take a picture of that, but will on the next quilt)

This morning, I started the hand basting.

By noon I had almost 1/3 of it basted.

At which time, I remembered that it was the 25th and I hadn’t posted the next post in my Christmas on a Budget Series.   So if you’ve been following along with the series, be sure to check back later this evening.

This post has been added to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

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WIP Wednesday – Baby Quilt

Posted by supermom on April 6, 2011

Now that one of the larger secret Christmas projects is finished, I’ve decided to pull out an old WIP.  I made this baby quilt top a little over three years ago.

Three years is a long time to wait to be quilted.

Here you can see that I fussy cut all the squares for with teddy bears.

I actually made two of these; one with teddies on a yellow background and this one on the green because I wasn’t sure which I wanted to send to Dave’s granddaughter when she was born.  I ended up sending the yellow (on her second birthday).  That one was so easy to quilt once I got a walking foot for my machine.  If only I’d gotten the walking foot sooner, she’d have had her quilt sooner.   Thank goodness I made them large enough that they’ll work on a toddler bed too.

This one has been in the drawer waiting to be finished.

Yesterday, I pulled it out and then started cutting the pieces for the backing and sewing them together.

Pieced quilt backing

Now I just need to cut the batting to size.  I’m using flannel drapery lining for the batting so that the quilt isn’t too heavy.

Once I get that done, I can start basting.  I’m going to use this quilt to practice Sharon Schamber’s hand basting method.   I pinned the yellow one when I quilted it, but found that I didn’t like having all those pins everywhere.  I’m hoping I like this method better.   Sharon has a couple of videos demonstrating how she hand bastes.


This post has been added to the WIP Wednesday link party over at Freshly Pieced.

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How Not to DeStash – Part Two

Posted by supermom on April 3, 2011

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been working to complete a major Christmas project.  I had purchased the flannel for the project from Hancock Fabrics a week or so ago but when I went to iron it to get it ready to use, I discovered several flaws in the fabric itself.  So I had to make a trip to Hancock’s to return it and hopefully find a suitable substitute because I really wanted to have this project done by the end of this weekend.

Well not only did I find what I needed to complete my project, I also found that they were having an unadvertised fabric sale with prices ranging from $1 to $5 per yard.    Any of you who love to work with fabric will understand that $1/yd for fabric is almost irresistible.

But resist I did because the above mentioned return was the third of it’s kind in three months and I had pretty much decided that I’d shop elsewhere for fabric in the future even though the next closest store that sells fabric is over 20 miles away and the next after that is over 40 miles away.   I figured that this would also help in my bid to destash before our possible move because if I wanted to sew something I’d have to use what I had on hand or wait until we were making a trip to the other towns.

Then when I was on my way to check out, I came upon tables (three to be exact) stacked high with bolts of 100% cotton fabric.   I decided a quick browse through couldn’t hurt… you know… just in case there might be some hidden gems in those piles of fabric.

This is the result of that little browse through:

Santa pillow panels to be used for a gift. The red and white to be paired with redwork embroidery pieces and the blue with white dots just because it never hurts to have that kind of thing in your stash.


This fabric reminded me of Hawaii. As there was less than a yard of this left on the bolt, I'm going to make an apron with it paired with the fabric underneath for the ruffles, ties and pockets.

This Mardi Gras fabric will be making an appearance in a quilt (possibly on both the front and back.)

I think the two on the left will make perfect backing fabric for some charity quilts and the owls as backing for a quilt to keep because I do love owls.

In my defense… pictured above are almost 23 yards of fabric and 1.5 fabric panel for just under $35 plus tax (two of the fabrics were $2/yd) and I do already have plans for most of the fabrics.  Plus buying fabric when it’s deeply discounted is, of course, a great budget saver.   But if I’m going to get really serious about destashing before the move, I’m going to have to stay out of fabric stores!

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FNSI Update – I Won!

Posted by supermom on February 21, 2011

Heidi, one of the wonderful ladies who co-host the Friday Night Sew In, drew numbers of all those who signed up for last Friday’s Sew In and I won!

The prize is a cute little FNSI pin cushion that Heidi made and a four pack of beautiful Verna fat quarters.  I’m already thinking up things I can make with them.   If you want to see, Heidi has posted a photo on her blog, Handmade by Heidi.

I want to thank both Heidi and Bobbi (Crafty Vegas Mom) for hosting this fun event.  This was my first time participating.  I’ve had so much fun visiting the other blogs and seeing what everyone’s been working on.  I’m looking forward to next time.

And I also wanted to thank everyone who took the time to visit and leave comments on my last post.  I think that’s the most comments I’ve ever had.

Yesterday I managed to get all 24 blocks sewn together.  Then today after pressing and starching I laid them out on our bed to see how they’d look once sewed together.

It’s looking just a little too busy for our tastes, so I going to do sashing in 1.5” strips (1” finished) between the blocks.  I’m thinking this will give the quilt a kind of stained glass effect and provide a visual break between blocks to tone down the busy-ness.

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FNSI – Disappearing Nine Patch Progress

Posted by supermom on February 19, 2011

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FNSI – Disappearing Nine Patch Progress

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9 Patch Quilt Along Blocks Completed

Posted by supermom on July 9, 2009

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9 Patch Quilt Along Blocks Completed



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How to Hide Your Fabric Stash

Posted by supermom on May 1, 2008

This week Amandajean over at crazy mom quilts has posted the first block of her latest quilt-a-long. Even though I haven’t finished the last quilt-a-long, I’ve decided to take part in this one. For a pic of my completed blocks from the previous quilt-a-long, check my post What do Writers Do When They’re Not Writing? (I’ve actually turned what was going to be that quilt top into three smaller projects. I’ll post photos of those soon.)

I haven’t had a chance to complete this week’s block but if you’re visiting through the link in Amandajean’s side-bar, I thought I’d share this bit of fabric humour.

Fortunately I’ve never had to employ any of the suggestions below because Dave knew going into our marriage that sewing and fabric were a part of my life. After all, I sewed my wedding dress. He’s never complained about my passion for all things fabric. In fact several years ago, he built shelves for me on which to stack my dozen or so file boxes filled with fabric. However, if you have more fabric than will fit in a dozen file boxes, you may find this list useful.


How to Hide Your Fabric Stash

1.  Fold it larger and put it evenly under the mattress – you can get a hundred yards under there! There’s no chance the hubby will find it – how often does he make the bed?

2.  You can also fold some and put is under each chair and sofa cushion.

3.  Hang the yardage on a coat hanger, then cover it with a piece of clothing – hence, 100 coat hangers/100 yds of fabric. (3 closet = 300 yards)

4.  Get a large trash can, remove the cover and have someone cut a round piece of plywood out for you. Put stash in trash can, put on wooden cover, place a pretty 70″ round tablecloth (or sew two 2 yard pieces together lengthwise and “pretend” its a tablecloth) on it – a beautiful lamp on top and who’s to know it’s full of fabric? (A good way to hide the ironing too)

5.  If you have a space under the bed, buy some of the underbed storage containers and fill them.

Now when you’ve bought more fabric than you can store in these five ways, you just aren’t sewing enough!

But remember, if you have 3 or 4 bedrooms, with a closet and covered trash can table in each one and replace the living room end tables with one, that is a LOT of fabric hidden.

Now get the teakettle on and invite your friends and let them see your neat house.

*Note: A local quilt shop had this printed up and sitting on the cutting table as give aways. No author was listed, but if you know the original author please let me know so that I can add her by-line.

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