Something old is my hexagons for the Millefiori Quilt Along.
Exhibit A – distracted sewing. This will not make a hexagon. Luckily, I caught this when I added it to my stack. I double checked the one I was about to sew and, yup, it was set up wrong also.
Exhibit B The correct way. It breaks my heart to unsew.
Something new is my new Havel Fabric Cutter. (This is an unsolicited mention/review of this product).
I bought this with some of the Christmas money my generous mother gave me. I have some carpel tunnel issues and am not a very good strip cutter, so I’m always on the lookout for products that will help with this issue. I also own an Altos Quilt Cut 2 which helps with strip cutting but doesn’t help with the carpel tunnel problem. The fabric cutter is a dream come true. I have a paper cutter with a rotary blade, so this made sense to me. Friskars makes a similar cutter, but the ruler portion is shorter, so I went with the Havel. I like that the back has a rubber strip to keep the system from slipping on the fabric. The cutting motion took me a trial run to figure out and the positioning of the ruler and cutter took me a moment for some reason, but it cut like butter and was straight for the entire width of the fabric! I cut a single layer of fabric first and then three layers when I was ready to subcut a few squares.
Love, love, love my new toy.
Something blue (and off-white)
This is my fabric pull for Lori Kennedy’s (the Inbox Jaunt) Modern Wholecloth Mystery Quilt. This will be a free motion quilting mystery quilt. Mystery quilts stress me out a bit. I over-think fabric and design and make myself crazy. This mystery will be different though. It will be wholecloth and thread choice doesn’t bother me like fabric.
This week participants are gathering supplies to start. Lori’s instructions are to have two fat quarters of light colored solids. I’m using Kona Robin’s Egg Blue for the front and PFD Bleach for the back. After I ordered 2 yards of the PFD, I discovered what the initials stood for – prepared for dye – oops. Oh well. Perfect for the back of this project and some practice squares that Lori also said we needed. I put a few basting pins in my quilt sandwich after I ironed everything to keep it all together as I wait for next week’s instructions.
If you are interested in FMQ, you should check out Lori’s site. She has a ton of tutorials and her designs are really interesting. My FMQ skills still need a lot of improvement, but she has inspired me to move away from the stitch in the ditch quilting of my first quilt and try some new designs.
This picture is from my first foray into FMQ. I absolutely didn’t know what I was doing and hadn’t yet discovered the wealth of information on the internet. I couldn’t sew a straight line around the stars to save my life, so I cheated. I used a zig-zag stitch and a lot of pivoting. This took me forever! It is a twin-size quilt with a bazillion of these stars. It took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r!
This is a quilt finish from this last year. I have some issues with pulling the bobbin thread through to the top, but I’ve gotten more adventurous. The quilt as a whole looks much better than this picture, but I”m including it to show some of the inspiration Lori has provided me.
Are you intrigued by a mystery FMQ-Along? Check out Lori’s site and join the fun!