Friday, January 17, 2020

Birthday Giveaway!

Yesterday was my birthday, and I'm celebrating with a little giveaway!

Though this year wasn't a significant one, it still warrants a celebration.        So who wants to win some quilt books and threads? Open to those in the continental US (sorry overseas), the contest starts today and ends January 31, 2020 at midnight. There are two Rafflecopter giveaways below, with links to increase your chances by visiting my Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram pages. Following is not necessary, though greatly appreciated! Both winners will be notified by email, and both items shipped via USPS mail within the continental US (no international shipping). 

The first lucky winner will receive these two quilt books, full of quilting fun!

giveaway books

Ombre Quilts, by Jennifer Sampou, which has 6 lovely projects using ombre fabrics. If you love ombres, or have some that you're waiting to use in the right project, then this is the perfect book!

There's also the Wool Applique Calendar Quilts, which has 12 months worth of fun applique projects. Since these are small quilts, 10.5" x 18.5", they stitch up fast for celebrating.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A second winner will win this sample pack of Aurofil threads.

Aurofil thread samples

Full of varying weights and colors, just waiting for some fun playing!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners announced Feb 5. For now, I'm off to enjoy another piece of chocolate birthday cake.
Good luck!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Midweek Makers #210

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! My share is progress on my personal Round Robin chicken quilt.

round robin chicken quilt quilting progress

After the jump stitching quilting on the door, I'm taking a break to devote time to the upcoming project for next week's Winter Blues hop. Here's a sneak peek of the applique placement on a homemade light box (more on that later).

applique on a homemade light box

I think that jump stitching will come in handy here when stitching down all those pieces! 

And these were the pretties that caught my eye last week:

all of the little baskets at Making a Lather,


this pretty floral block, one of several, at DonnaLeeQ,


and this beautiful beading, which reminds me of a snowflake, at Princess Bubbles Creates.


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Monday, January 13, 2020

Jump Stitch Quilting

Want to alleviate the tedium of pulling threads to the top at every start, when the next start is just stitches away? Want to make stitching a quilting design more efficient? Then try jump stitch quilting!

jump stitches used in quilting

For owners of embroidery machines, this should be familiar.
Digitized designs employ 'jump stitches' to get from one area to another in a design. Sometimes the design uses stitches, but most of the time it's a jump stitch. That's un-stitched thread between different design areas, with lock stitches at each end.

In this picture from Brother, USA, the circled areas show how jump stitches are used in this embroidered design. 

brother usa embroidery jump stitches

I'm all about efficiency, so the jump stitch concept really came in handy yesterday when I was quilting overlapping lines. It was far easier to make jump stitches with lock stitches at each end, than to clip threads and start again pulling up and holding threads.

Below shows stitching up to the line, adding lock stitching at the line, then jumping over and restarting, with lock stitches, on the other side.

lock stitches after a jump stitch

Then it's easy to continue the design, 

stitching continued after a jump stitch

and repeat the process in the other direction, creating two jump stitches over the previous quilting.

jump stitches within a design

Since each end is locked, those jump stitches can now be trimmed away, on the front and the back.

removed jump stitches

My design also required some straight lines behind these crossed bars, which meant more jump stitches. Because they're so flat, they're hard to see - just follow the white arrows, which shows half of them.

numerous jump stitches

After stitching, they're all clipped to clean up the design.

clipped jump stitches

And what a time saver! This was so much easier than locking, clipping the threads, moving to the new area, pulling up threads, and locking, just to stitch a few stitches. I could have backtracked to stitch this design, but one thread pass looks much nicer.

So, that's my tip for today - make use of jump stitches in a quilting design to get the needle where it needs to be, and to make more efficient use of quilting time.

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, January 10, 2020

FREE Heart Quilt Patterns

Just in time for Valentine's Day, how about some FREE heart quilt patterns?  

Below is a curated list of 22 FREE heart quilt patterns, from blocks to wall hangings to table toppers, pillows, and quilts.
Plenty of inspiration for those who love sewing and quilting!

FREE Heart Block Patterns

Simple Heart Blocks and quilt pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew

                                                    Simple Heart Quilt Free Quilt Pattern

Heart Quilt Block from I Sew Free


Scrappy Heart at Heather Givens


Valentine Heart Block at the Quilting Assistant

                                                           Valentine Heart block

Be Good to Your Heart Quilt Block from Diary of a Quilter


Free Heart Table Topper Patterns

Shades of Love from During Quiet Time


Love You Placemat by Gigi's Thimble


Jelly Roll Hearts by Center Street Quilts


FREE Heart Wall Hanging Patterns

Twisting Heart Valentine at Free Motion by the River


Keep the Heart Truth Growing with instructions and a template from Jane Spolar for Janome


Valentine Trio from Butterfly Threads Quilting


To You, With Love by Stash Bandit


FREE Heart Pillow Patterns

Bursting Heart Pillow from Blue Susan Makes


Applique Hearts Pillow at Quilting in the Rain


Faux Chenille Heart Pillow at Ameroonie Designs


FREE Heart Quilt Patterns

Heart to Heart Quilt from Dear Stella Design


Country Hearts at the Moda Bake Shop


Scrappy Log Cabin Heart Quilt by Neverland Stitches


Love in Chains from Dear Stella Designs

                              love in chains free heart quilt pattern

Chains of Love by Jedi Craft Girl


Heart Petals Quilt by Heidi Pridemore


I Heart Chevrons Quilt by Modern Handcraft


Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Midweek Makers #209

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! After all the work on the studio, I'm tired. But I hope to get both Round Robin chicken quilts quilted, as the group one will show at the guild meeting January 27, then I can share it with you. My personal Round Robin hen house is almost done - I'm looking for a few chicks to applique under the house.

Who Rules the Roost hen house by QuiltFabrication

I just need to set my mind to it and get it done. Hmm, another day perhaps....

So what popped out at me from last week? Orange! Though I can't wear it, I like orange, and my son loved it, which was great because we could always find him in a crowd. So let's take a peek at the orange projects:

this work in progress from Sew Preeti Quilts,


a hexie Temperature quilt over at Anja Quilts,


and a pretty floral quilt from My Quilts and Crafts.


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