Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's all downhill from here

You know that feeling when you start to see what you've been working on so hard for SO LONG come together? I'm there. It feels like I've come over the top of a huge hill on my bike and now I get to coast down.

Of course, I can't show you what I'm talking about until after presents are all opened on Christmas, but here's a teaser:
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Also, no more project list updates for the same reason. My family and friends shouldn't see what I'm working on right now. :)

Hope your holiday sewing and shopping is getting wrapped up and you're feeling more settled for the coming celebrations.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Batting bubble tutorial

If you use batting, you've had occasional wrinkly, bubbly issues when trying to make your quilt sandwich. I notice this happens more with packaged batting, but batting by the roll suffers from a stray bubble or two, sometimes.
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That picture was taken after I had smoothed out the batting as much as possible. Bubbles like this will give you wrinkles in your final quilt or spots that are thicker than others unless dealt with before basting. It takes a little more time, but I promise you it is entirely worth it.

First, take your favorite pair of shears and cut along one edge of the bubble. Be careful not to cut the backing fabric behind the batting!

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Smooth out the batting. See how it will lays nice and flat?

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Now trim off the overlap.

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You'll want to have both of your cut edges butt up against each other when you're done, like this:

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Here's the piece I just cut from the bubble.

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Using needle and thread, whip stitch the opening closed (only catch the batting, not the backing underneath). It need neither be as secure as your quilting stitches nor pretty. This is only to hold the flap closed while you're smoothing the top onto your quilt sandwich.

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Repeat as necessary.

There you have it, a few easy steps ensure your quilt sandwich is as smooth as possible!

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I can't show the top, because someone might ruin their Christmas by reading my blog. Sorry! Here's the back, though.

Basted and ready to quilt!

Hope your holiday crafting is coming along well!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's not quilty, but it keeps me boppin' -or- Thumpin' Thursday

I listened to this song 3 times in a row this morning on my way in to work. Scott at Blue Nickel Studios has created a fan. Don't know where I was living (under a rock?) but I hadn't ever heard of Mika before. I now own his two albums and this single from the Kick Ass soundtrack. If you like dance tunes at all (or if you're simply amazed by his upper register), you should really check this artist out.

Scott originally linked to this video, which I really needed yesterday. We all have days where we feel a little insecure about ourselves, right? After listening to this on a few times in a row, my head was on right again.