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cats causing trouble

January UFO

by Michelle Sargent

It is now time to show you my January UFO.

I finished this quilt in January, I just didn’t have it labeled yet.

This is my first large FMQing project.

Mystery Quilt

Mystery Quilt

I’m pretty psyched at how well it finished. I can definitely tell where I started and how I got better as time went by, but it is for my granddaughter and I don’t think she will mind.

Mystery Quilt

Old Quilt Top

I love the quilt pattern on the top, but I really love the quilt back also. It was very easy to do and really is fun! It is a great stash busting project and makes the quilt reversible!

Quilt Back

Quilt Back

If you are putting off FMQing, don’t! You have to just jump in and do it. You have to do it on something that matters because otherwise you won’t try your hardest. The stitching is not perfect (so put away the magnifier.)

Of course, I always have help with my quilting projects. I couldn’t help myself from sharing a couple of photos. (See photos below.)

Cat on quilt

Hey, what’s going on here?

cats causing trouble

What happened?

I can’t even remember when I started making this quilt. (It was at least 15 years ago.) I do remember it was an all day class with my quilting friends and we had a blast, but I’m not a fan of mystery quilts. I like to play with the pattern as I go along and that is kind of contrary to the mystery idea. :) This little baby got folded in a drawer for a long time until I decided to get it finished up.

This quilt was machine pieced by me and machine quilted by me on my Bernina with Aurifil, Mako 50 thread no. 2024.

poinsettia applique

Secrets to Sucessful Applique

poinsettia applique

Poinsettia Applique in Process

Applique….

Does that word stir up feelings of excitement or fear?

I have noticed that quilters either love or hate applique.

Personally, I love applique. I find it very relaxing to have some handwork available to do at anytime.

The true secret to successful applique is …..

Try lots of different techniques until you find the one that is perfect for you or a combination of different techniques that work for you.

I have been practicing the craft for many years and have tried lots and lots of techniques.

There is

  • needle turn
  • fusible
  • back basting
  • reverse
  • take-a-way
  • raw edge it goes on and on.

My applique style is a mix of many styles.

Today, while searching for a little advice for placement, which is one thing that can drive me crazy from time to time. I discovered a wonderful little blog.

Erin Russek designs wonderful, colorful appliques. She also has a great technique for starching her applique pieces. I’ve done this with circles before like Karen K. Buckley, but I had never tried it on ALL my pieces.

I have to say, I tried it, and the results are stunning.

http://erinrussek.typepad.com/

My own tips for successful applique..

  • Good lightning.
  • Good thread. I suggest a quality thread like Aurifil 50 wt or silk 100 wt thread. I used to use only silk, but now I am switching over to Aurifil because it is much more versatile. You can use it for applique, and it is great for general piecing because it is thin enough that it doesn’t affect your seam.. It is strong, and not linty at all. It is a great thread available in lots and lots of yummy colors.
  • Good Needles. I like a thin “Straw” or “Sharp” size 10 or 11, but needles are like sewing machines, you need to try several to find the one you like the best.

I hope you will try applique for yourself and see how truly enjoyable it is.

Quilt Labels

Labels

quilt labels

Quilt Labels

Is there a certain step in the quilt making process that brings you to a halt?

For me, that process can be labeling the quilt. It is not a hard process, but I procrastinate and procrastinate. I have quilts I “finished” a long time ago that really aren’t “finished” because they have no label.

Why should we even care about labels?

Labels are the only documentation of your efforts. They speak for you when you are not there. They speak when our memories have failed us.

I have made so many quilts over the years and I thought I would remember when I made them, but guess what, I have no clue. If I had labeled the quilts I would be able to figure out when I learned a certain technique.

I thought I only needed to label quilts that I gave for gifts. Wrong! You need to label everything!

I am going to share one way to label quilts. It is quick and effective.

How to label your quilt.

Materials:

  • Good quality light colored quilting fabric. Cut into 2 equal sized pieces big enough for your labels.
  • Pigma marker (these are high quality permanent markers with fine tips. They are available at local quilt shops, online and even in art supply stores or JoAnn, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby stores.)
  • Printer and computer with access to word processing software.
  • light box or window
  • a light source. A light bulb, a flash light or like me your husbands new LED light.
  • sewing machine, thread, size 50 Aurifil thread (or other thin thread), needles, iron, knitting needle (optional)

Let’s get started….

Turn on your computer and open your word processing software.

I set all text to “center”.

Pick a font you like. It can be simple or fancy. Just remember that you are going to trace this so don’t make it too fancy.

Start typing the information you want to include on the label. This usually includes…

  • who made the quilt
  • when it was made
  • why you made it
  • some people include the pattern and who quilted it if it wasn’t you
  • a personal message

Once you have all the information just the way you like it. Print out a copy.

printed papers

 

I use my sewing table as a light table. You can use a window or prop up a piece of clear glass on some books.

Turn on your light source.

Put your fabric over your printed paper. Some people like to tape it in place so it won’t move around on you.

Using your Pigma maker, carefully trace your message onto one piece of your light colored cotton fabric.

Take your second piece of fabric and place it on top of your label. Right sides together.

Stitch completely around your label using a 1/4″ seam.

Make a small pinch in the back of the plain piece of fabric. Be careful not to cut the front label.

Make the slit large enough to turn the label.

Clip your corners.

Turn inside out.

Use a knitting needle to push out your corners.

Important: Press to flatten the label and to set the ink.

Pin the label in place and stitch it down using a thin thread. I like the Mako 50 by Aurifil. It is thin like a silk thread so the stitches don’t show, but is more versatile than silk thread because you can use it for piecing, applique, and quilting.

Almost done

Now  you have a record of who made the quilt, who it was for and when you made it.

Quilt Labels

Go label some of those quilts! There are lots of other ways to do it too, just don’t wait so long that you forget all the important information.

Have a Quilty Day,

Michelle