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Why you CAN and SHOULD machine quilt your own quilts.
When I first started making quilts, I was intrigued at the idea of quilting them myself, but I thought it required a fancy sewing machine and a high level of skill. Quilting can be an EXPENSIVE hobby (wonderfully fun, but expensive). I would take my little table runners into be quilted and pay between $20-40 to have a cute pattern quilted on. I realized that financially (with the number of quilts I was busting out) I just couldn't justify paying so much extra for all my quilts. I decided to give machine quilting a shot and did a quilt with machine quilting (FREE MOTION QUILTING). I was a little crazy and started with free motion quilting, trying to do patterns and designs. My next two attempts were using a WALKING FOOT (STRIP QUILT)(EASY BABY QUILT) and were SO much easier!
Machine quilting was actually kind of fun! I am able to finish my entire quilt, on my machine, by myself!
I've been hooked ever since.
I took my inspiration for this cute little family from the owl fabric. This is my second attempt at hand appliqueing and it was easier than the first and even enjoyable. First, I drew my pictures on paper. Second traced them onto cardboard (used an empty cereal box). Third, placed cardboard cut-out on wrong side of fabric and traced around about 1/4 to 3/8 inch bigger than picture. Fourth, cut out fabric and sprayed it generously with fabric starch. Fifth, placed cardboard cut-out back on wrong side of fabric and ironed around around all edges to turn them down. (This took a while and more fabric starch to really press them and make them lay flat). Sixth, placed them on fabric and pinned down carefully with small straight pins. Seventh, cut out a couple of double sided interfacing and ironed finished shapes down (this was just to hold them in place, you don't want to use a piece the size of your picture as it makes it very stiff and difficult to hand stitch through). Eighth, hand stitched around each owl with same colored thread. Ninth, used 3 strands of embroidery thread to sew eyes and beaks.
Here is a link to a tutorial I viewed to perfect my hand stitching.
This item is available in my Etsy shop
|I cut the mitten pattern out on a cardboard box, then cut out fabric about 1/4" bigger than cardboard. I spray starched the fabric and ironed the extra 1/4" down under cardboard so there wouldn't be raw edges.|
I know that I am sew addicted!
I can feel change in the air. In all my thirty-plus years of sewing I've never actually had a "sewing" room. Especially not a "sewing" room that had any type of sewing decorations.
You can't go wrong with a chocolate & peanut butter. I wanted a cake that taste like a delicious version of a peanut butter cup. This was made using my go-to vanilla cake recipe, but I added 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter to the batter. I used peanut butter cups and a peanut butter mousse for the filling using a recipe I found on pinterest PEANUT BUTTER MOUSSE. I sweetened my mousse with half powdered sugar and half agave. The recipe uses coconut cream, I love coconut, but when I tasted the final product, I thought the coconut flavor was going to be a little overwhelming in my cake. I decided to go for it, and it actually worked perfectly. There wasn't a strong coconut flavor at all! YEAH!
The whole cake was covered in GANACHE, with some melting off the sides. Topped with more mousse and cups.
Peanut butter cake, peanut butter mousse, and peanut butter cups. The ganache is so rich that the triple peanut butter combination works perfectly to balance the flavors!
This cake was absolutely delicious!
|This is a picture of the finished baby quilt that I began last summer. I quilted it using my sewing machine and walking foot. It was a more challenging task since the back is minky, but I am pleased with the end results.|
|Love, love, love the coral minky!!!|
Start with your winter Wonderland fabric and cut 5 inch squares from a light color and a dark/medium color
Carefully measure and cut your square into half triangles
I love this fabric so much that I decided to make yet another YW values quilt!
Each one of these quilts is a little different. This time I outlined the panel, and used the recipients favorite colors (scarlet and aqua) as the highlight colors of the quilt. I went a little crazy and decided to machine quilt the entire thing using a simple swirl pattern.