Easy Peasy Piecing

Last night was the first night I taught a Beginner Piecing class at my great friends’ quilt shop, Inspire! We started with this cute block design called Deck of Cards. The one above is mine and the beautiful ones below were completed by first-time quilters.
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Wonky Cross Quilt: Part II


I skipped some steps in blogging about the Wonky Cross Quilt I made for my friend Angela’s baby boy. I neglected to take pictures of the whole process – mostly because I ran out of time and needed to get it finished before the baby shower happened. I’m very pleased with the way it turned out, though, and Angela loved it.

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Sewing & Quilt Expo

Sewing & Quilt Expo
This weekend I’m heading out with the girls for some expo adventure. I’ll go ahead and admit that this is my first sewing and quilt expo or conference or trade show or anything of that sort. I’m really looking forward to it, but I’m on a serious budget. I’ll just try to think of it as an inspirational adventure.

Since I’m going, I won’t be able to make a tutorial this week. I will post pictures of anything particularly amazing that I find. I’m mostly just excited to spend the day with girlfriends.

A New Adventure: Machine Quilting

Loopy Flower
Until now, I have sent my quilts off to be professionally quilted with a long-arm quilting machine or I’ve simply tied them myself. Machine quilting myself was the last thing I wanted to attempt even though it’s a great time and money saver.

So, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and learn how to free-motion quilt using my own sewing machine. I’ve found a couple of amazing resources that I thought I’d share.

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Upcycled Quilt Tutorial Part II: Shopping for Suitable Fabric

Upcycled Quilt Tutorial
When you go to a thrift store to begin a new project, expect to spend some time. You should check every section including linens, men’s, and children’s. I employ the rule of grabbing whatever strikes my fancy and ruling out garments after I’ve been through the whole store. Be aware that the smaller the garment, the fewer useful pieces of fabric and the more expensive those fabric pieces are.

In this outdoor quilt, I have some squares of fabric that came from a camisole or a baby dress. Sometimes I only got 3 squares out of a garment, but if I loved the fabric, I didn’t mind taking seams apart to get just one more usable square.

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Upcycled Quilt Tutorial Part I: What to Know Before You Go

Upcycled Quilt Tutorial
What could be more true to the origins of quilting than making a well-worn quilt from previously well-loved garments! Not only is it ecologically-friendly, but it is a rewarding and ultra-creative process. Depending on the fabrics you find, the end-product organically evolves its own unique character that can never be reproduced.

Be prepared to potentially spend more time and energy to find fabrics for your quilt than you normally would. You may have to visit many thrift shops to find enough fabric and that driving may offset the ecological benefit of upcycling. Keep your eyes peeled for the next project or two while you are shopping. I’ve often found an entire quilt worth of coordinating fabrics while searching for the last garment for the quilt I’m currently working on.

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