Happy National Quilting Month!
To honor this month, I wanted to share with you a few things that have made my quilting time happy.
Keeping in mind that "quilting" is not limited to making quilts from crib size to king size. The beauty of quilting fabrics together is for everything from a coaster, table décor (placemats, toppers, and runners), to wall hangings, stockings, and more!
Having great notions, tools, feet, a variety of machine stitches, and sewing machine attachments will help make your quilting journey a joy. So, I want to show you a few of the things that assist me in getting the results I love.
Sometimes I just want to sew something...nothing big or intricate, just simple and fun. When that happens, finding a pattern and then picking the fabrics (decisions, decisions) can take almost as much time for me as making it- which defeats the purpose of just wanting to sew something. So to be prepared for when those times happen, it brings a smile to my face when I find a fabric kit. For me, it's a time saver- the decisions have been made and I can move along to making the project instead of staring at the bolts of fabric and trying to decide which ones to use. The kits coordinate all of the necessary fabrics and usually includes a pattern/instructions. If I am just looking for something ready to go, Maywood Studio has "Pods" in which the fabrics have already been cut! They call them "Easy Peasy" for just that reason.
For years I had seen these Curved Basting Pins, but I didn't start using them until about a year ago. As you can see they have a bend in them. That gives them the right angle to penetrate the multiple layers of a quilt, without shifting the fabrics. Unlike pins, they stay in place until I take them out.
Everyone has a way they like to place the pins in the quilt sandwich, and the placement shown on the right works really well for me: random placement making sure the pins are a few inches apart and at least one in the center of every strip of fabric.
Next, I love my stitch-in-the-ditch foot, and even with the wider foot I can easily stitch between my pin placement.
Because the fabrics are all busy, I was perfectly happy to quilt it together this way. Remember, the idea was to sit and make something, and this is a quick and simple way to quilt this runner.
Another find are Wonder Clips. They come in a variety of sizes. The large ones are great for crafts, home décor projects, vinyl, and heavy fabrics. The mini size are perfect for working in tight sections, patchwork, crafts, and doll clothes.
The mid size (red) are fantastic when applying binding to the quilt. They have markings on them of 1/4" and 1/2" and the flat base makes it easy for them to grip onto the fabric and glide all the way up to the foot. I appreciate not having to use traditional pins that can fall out or find my fingers.
Here it is- my holiday runner!
It was quick and easy to make.
Most of all it felt really
satisfying to be able to sit down
and create something that
brings joy...and that is a
Smiles, Sandra of Inspired Remnants LLC InspiredRemnants@gmail.com