Archive for October, 2012

Scrap Quilt for Small(ish) Person

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

by Cathy

So for a Certain Someone’s first(ish) birthday, I finished a wall hanging quilt (see here).  There were a lot of scraps left over, so for his fifth(ish) birthday, I put a bunch of them together into a scrap quilt:

It’s actually taken me several years to put this together, and I’m rather pleased with it!  I also now understand why quilts usually use blocks larger than 1″ square: it takes a lot of 1″ square blocks to make a quilt of any decent size!

Now I need to put together a backing (also from scraps, I think) and quilt it.  I’d like to quilt it on the diagonal along the lines made from the pink and green squares.  I could do this with pink and green thread on top, but then there would be pink and green lines of stitching going through the focus print squares, which I don’t think would look good, so I’m wondering about trying my hand at invisible monofilament thread for this one, which I’ve never used before.

Does anyone have any tips or tricks for working with it? My sewing machine can be tetchy about tension and such, so I’m a little trepidatious about trying it. I suppose Tip #1 is “Always do a test swatch first.”  And where does one buy this thread — can you get it at Joann’s, or do I have to visit my Local Quilting Shop to find it?

Finished Log Cabin Wall Hanging

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

by Nancy

I finished sewing the hanging sleeve on yesterday at Quilting Ladies: