Friday, February 24, 2012

Marking

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I don’t know if these are old news or not ( I’ve seen them for sale here…and lots for sale here).  I saw them at quilt market but hadn’t whipped mine out until a few weeks ago to mark a quilting line.  You draw the line on the fabric with the pen…

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The sweep a warm iron over the fabric and the line disappears….genius!   I don’t even think these are just for fabric because since I’ve had mine I saw the checker at my grocery store using one.  I wanted to swipe it from him.   :)

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Since the iron just has to be barely warm…it’s been hours of entertainment for my kids.   If I press too hard (like I did on the line above) I can see a small indentation line after I’ve ironed the pen away…but it goes away after a few minutes.  Fun huh?

Note:  Lots of you said that the ink comes back after it’s exposed to cold.  So I guess don’t use these anywhere that will be visible…but for marking lines to make triangles, etc.  they are awesome!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Uber-crinkly Improv Quilt

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I finally got this quilt finished…the scrappy binding is perfect for it.  It crinkled up SO much in the wash…I don’t’ think I’ve ever had one crinkle up so much.  Or maybe I just haven’t washed a new quilt in awhile and I wasn’t expecting this:

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to crinkle to this:

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Don’t get me wrong I still love it…but sometimes I wonder why on earth I worry about quilting it nicely if you can’t even tell once it’s washed.  I even pre-washed the backing on this one.  Anyways…I’m not sure if I’ll keep this one or find it a new home…it’s a nice small size, maybe 28" x 36"…good for a car seat quilt!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

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My kids gave me the best Valentines Day present ever.  They both  fell asleep in my bed at 10:30 am…which means I’m off to quilt and clean and enjoy some unplanned free time…quick before they wake up!  Happy Valentines Day!

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Scrappy binding

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I was short on binding fabric…so I combed through my scraps and made a really scrappy one.  The pieces were all cut about 6" long, give or take a couple of inches.

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The tricky part is keeping the seams of the binding away from the mitered corners…I didn’t think that out before I sewed it on but all but I lucked out with all but one.  It will just be the funky corner…there’s always at least one funky corner.

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It’s a nice addition to a really simple quilt top!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

blog…what blog?

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(must…clean…the mirror)

Every year about this time I hit my blogging slump…and this year has been no different.  Except with the added bonus of growing bigger by the second (it’s ice cream every night water weight I swear).

We spent last week in Vegas enjoying the sun and I got to sneak away to lunch and fabric shopping with Camille…those pink polka dots are perfect.

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Today in between vacation laundry I pulled out a work in progress and basted the whole thing…then realized that I had basted the whole thing with the backing right side up…sigh.

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Pregnancy and my brain don’t get a long.  :)

I’d like to introduce you to a new to me fabric shop - Forth Worth Fabric Studio, they have EVERYTHING plus a really great sale section if you need backings…I apparently need double sided backings.  It would save me a lot of un-pinning and re-pinning tomorrow!

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