Showing posts with label Threads That Bind. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Threads That Bind. Show all posts

Thursday, May 09, 2019

May Flowers - New Shop Sample

I managed to finish up a quick shop sample this week for Threads That Bind - it uses the Poppy Poetry Panel and charm square pack from Clothworks.

Don't those Ombre borders make the quilt?

I had a hard time deciding how to quilt the squares, and what color thread to use?  I decided to use Aurifil Black throughout the quilt (50 wt) and it was perfect.  I love this little loop design more and more every time I use it.  Even if it's a little uneven it still looks great.  And it's quick to quilt as well - this sample was needed for a show this weekend (Grants Pass, OR if you are nearby).

I love sneaking a quick finish in, especially when I am in the midst of pattern writing and sample making for future catalogs!  Plus it gives me something to blog about :)

Island Batik published this funny saying on facebook - it sums up yesterday's sewing for sure:

I started out by sewing one triangle wrong.  Corrected it to match the other three, then realized I had a pair at the end that were wrong.  Corrected those, and when I counted blocks realized that all four were wrong.  Finally got the final block headed the right direction.  Grrr.  Working with directional prints can really be a pain, but I have to say my efforts were worth it in the end!  Now my question is, should I write an explanation of working with directional prints into the pattern?  I am thinking, yes.  Should be interesting to explain! 

Tomorrow Block 7 comes out for Seashore Splendor....I am back on track finally!  And don't worry, no directional fabrics to worry about for this block - that project came together with no problems at all. 

Hope your seam ripper stays put away and that you have a great sewing day! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Work day - fun with a panel...

Today was my second day of work at Threads That Bind this week.  I continued working with the fabrics that have come in this week, including the Mystic Ocean panel by Three Wishes
It is pretty spectacular!  I got these panels all cut and priced, then helped a customer choose some fabrics for borders to make a good sized lap quilt.  Here is what we came up with

She really wanted to add a dark purple, but it was pretty overpowering.  I suggested a binding in the purple, so we'll see once she gets the borders on.  There were a lot of options for borders, which was fun - we auditioned tons of fabrics.

When I got home I worked on fixing an antique luggage rack that needed new straps.
The green Greek key was the old strapping that was starting to get rotten.  I think the owner will like the look of the red and it will look great with her decor.  It was a trick getting the old straps off - they were put on with narrow staples that were doubled - the first ones were horizontal and the second ones were vertical, so I had the dickens of a time prying those out!  There were a total of 40 staples in all that I removed.  Whew!

I also got the package for the winner of my last giveaway ready to mail!  Congrats to Susan G. - you have a wonderful package of goodies headed your way!
I also got caught up on the phone calls and texts I missed while my phone was dead over the weekend as well.  It feels good to not be behind for a change!  I even got out the fabrics from that Surprise package from Island batik and made some much fun!  I am going to love making the project I have in mind - and I have the perfect spot for it in my guest room.  It's going to be so hard not to share it for so long!  Oh well - there will be plenty of fun projects to share in the meantime.

The Dust off a Quilt Book Blog Hop continues on!

Here are today's posts...

Wednesday Feb 20th:

Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Denise at craftraditions

Maybe it's time to go check my bookshelf again, I'm loving seeing the wonderful projects everyone is making!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Choosing Thread Color for the Quilting

Making a quilt is just one decision after another!  Fabric, pattern, size, it's just one thing after another - I think that's why we end up with so many UFOs, WIPs and PIGs.  (That means UnFinished Objects, Works In Progress, and Projects in Grocery bags). 

This particular project started with the fabric.  The fabric for this project was provided by the shop I work for, Threads That Bind.  It is Botany by Kelly Ventura for Windham fabrics.
Super pretty, not quite your traditional floral, and that dotty stripe sure caught my eye!  One of the projects that I always think of when I have three fabrics to highlight is a quick and easy Disappearing Nine Patch.  I found a nice mustard yellow to spice it up a bit, and a top was quickly finished - so far so good, all easy decisions!
Next step, diving into my Aurifil thread stash to see if I have anything on hand that will work with this quilt.  Wow - I found 5 different candidates!  I had a gold and gray thread in 50 wt and blue and gold in 40 wt.  (Thread chart was provided by Aurifil thread in my latest Island Batik Ambassador box - quite handy for matching!)

Decisions, decisions...the best way to decide is to pull out some thread and pile it up on the quilt to see how it will look across the different colors. 
They all look so pretty! 
I decided that any choice would be a good choice, so I ended up going with the blue that was the lighter shade - though quite a few people on my facebook page liked the gold the best!  I think I'll take some scraps and do a little mug rug with the gold thread, just to see what it would have looked like!  I am quite happy with my choice and managed to get halfway done last night - today I will finish this quilt up and have it ready to bring to the shop tomorrow.  I've been slacking in making up shop samples so am trying to remedy that situation.
Hope you are making progress on some of your projects!  Go make a decision and do some sewing!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

New Projects coming up!'s been a long two days working at the quilt shop (Threads That Bind).  I finished quilting a shop sample on our rental long arm machine - Lenni.
Isn't it pretty?  I didn't make the quilt top, just quilted it.  I've been going back and forth as to whether I want to transition into owning a long arm machine myself.  After using this, I realize that I do like the freedom of using my Juki for the quilting.  In order to quilt those squares I either had to make sure I had the quilt rolled just right or re-roll in the middle of the block.  On my Juki I don't have to worry about that.  On the other hand, doing all the outlining was a breeze on the long arm!  For right now I am thinking since I have access to this machine, I don't really need to have one of my own.  Here's a close up of the various quilting motifs I did.
I did all the quilting free motion - outlining the floral design in the main print, clamshells in the blue, swirls in the green and a wavy grid in the yellow.  The swirls were the hardest!  Interestingly, the swirls are one of the easiest designs for me when I'm quilting on my Juki.  I think it's just the different way the machines work!

I brought home some of these to make a shop sample.  This is Botany by Kelly Ventura for Windham Fabrics.  Love the colors in this!

Today is a catch-up day at home, then hopefully a good weekend of working on some quilting projects!  One of the side effects of working so many hours at the shop is that it makes me want to make more quilts, so I have ideas bursting out of my head - need to get them down on paper so I don't forget!

I'm also catching up on my blog reading this morning.  You definitely want to check out the Creative Spaces Blog Hop that started this week!  I love knowing that I'm not the only one whose sewing studio looks like a hot mess!  I actually forced myself to clean up one side of mine last week because I could barely walk in there.  I can sum up my mess with one phrase:  "too much stuff!"  But I love it all!  I am gleaning some great tips from the blogs on the hop, though, so maybe there is hope for my problem!

I drew the winner for my Island Batik Scrap Bag!  Congrats to Collette - I'm putting together the package today and will get it out in the mail shortly. Thanks to everyone for participating!  Lots of fellow blue fans out there, but a lot of votes for the other colors as well.

Have a colorful day!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Designing a Barn Quilt Block Using EQ7

One of the responsibilities I have at work is to help design quilt blocks for the annual quilt run we participate in (Quilt Run 101). The shops in the run added another activity in 2015 that takes place in October - Octoberfest 101.  Last year we needed a block with a barn and quilt block.  We found an inspiration for the shape of the barn and started designing!

We use EQ7 on the computer at work, so it's easy to work on a block there and e-mail the project to myself so I can work on it at home as well.  Designing the block was done in the Easydraw mode.  I used a 12 x 12 block layout with snaps set at 48 horizontal and vertical.  Since I knew I was making a symetrical block it was pretty easy to create by just drawing the different sections.  I made strips along the sides and bottom for the grass and sky.  I decided to make the small spool block 4 inches square and it seemed easiest to use that dimension for the center part of the roof.  Adding a 1 inch section to each side of that made the top section slope just right.  I had wanted a flying goose block for that, but it didn't work out with the proportions I wanted, so ended up deciding to make that part with templates in the end.  It was also easier to use templates for the two steeper roof slopes as well, but the rest of the block is made using basic rotary cut pieces.  This is what my finished design looked like after we were done tweaking it:

I really love that with EQ7 it's simple to print just the templates you like.  I was able to remove all the un-needed units and just print the three that are necessary, then added them as a second page to the pattern.  I also printed the key block, and used the numbering on that to write the instructions for my pattern to make it easier for the people making the block to see where the pieces go.  At that point it was time to actually make a sample block following the written instructions to make sure all the steps are clear and easy to follow. I had to add a seam line in the sky sections on the side so we could use the smaller pieces of sky fabric that we wanted to use in the kits.  It passed my test and I was ready to take it to the quilt shop at this point and cut kits.

I added embellishments to the doors, then quilted and added a binding.  We were really happy with how the block came out and our kits sold well during the quilt run.  Our theme for 2016 is Halloween.  Guess I'd better get my thinking cap on and get designing!

For more EQ7 posts check out QuiltShopGal's blog - she will have a nice list of posts to check out!  We are enjoying celebrating Electric Quilt's 25th birthday all year by writing a special post on the 10th of each month featuring how we use it to create unique quilt designs, as well as other ways you can use EQ.