Friday, March 27, 2009

B's Quilt Finished

I realized that I forgot to show the finished quilt, so here it is. B. loves it and gets mad when his brother tries to take it. The blocks are just a random log cabin-ish style that I made up as I went. They also have pieces of ribbon sewn in there too. This is the front.
And this is the back, I was just going to make it all in the car fabric but I didn't have enough so I put in a strip of the red stars with some ribbon across it. I also added some green pok-a-dots to the edge. The binding I pieced mainly because I didn't want to buy more fabric and I thought it would give it an interesting element. 
Here is a close up of the top.
I had one small rectangular piece of the car fabric left over so I put a flannel back on it with some strips of the other fabrics and ribbon I used on the main quilt. B. loves flannel so this is his new lovey.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Point Turners and Darning Feet

I have been meaning to post about these for so long and some how never got around to it until today. One of my favorite tools is a point turner.  It is great to use when you are sewing on gathers or working with shifty fabric. Its also great when you are turning a seam or corner because you can get a nice crisp point when you use this tool.  

If you like to sew clothes or are wanting to start I would highly recommend this tool. It is wonderful. 
The other tool I really like right now is my darning foot a.k.a. free motion quilting foot. I picked this up about a year ago and I have loved it. My machine is and older Bernina model so I was unable to get one with the stitch regulator on it. 

I have discovered that I can do all kinds of quilting designs with it and with some practice I am doing much better at controlling my speed and stitch length. I can also do free motion applique with it. I am really enjoying it and experimenting with it. 

Monday, March 2, 2009

March of the tools month

Over at Heather Bailey's blog she is starting March of the tools month. For those of you who don't know what it is, its where you share about your favorite tools that you use. They can be cooking tools, building tools, gardening tools, sewing tools or any other kind as well. I think its going to be fun to learn about the favorite tools that everyone uses. If you want to participate hope over to here blog and sign up, she is putting together a list of everyone who will be joining in. 

I have been neglecting my sewing blog the last little while; not because I wanted too but because I am going though a crafting brain freeze. Meaning I haven't been in the mood and the creative juices are taking a brake in that department for a bit. I think its caused by the fact that I have been going though the first 3-4 months of my 3rd pregnancy and its been rough on me. Thankfully I'm getting more rest now (sometimes) and the nausea is waining so I feel the creative juices flowing again. 

I've got a few projects I'm working on right now. Both are for me, I'm  making myself a few shirts because I'm at that awkward stage of your regular clothes not fitting well any more but the maternity ones are still huge. So hopefully I will have pictures soon.