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Free Motion Quilt Challenge – June

The June Free Motion Quilting Challenge at SewCalGal is a tutorial by Cindy Needham.  Cindy is a talented and professional quilter who travels all over the world.  She is also an author, a designer, and hostess of retreats.  Be sure to visit her website to see her fabulous quilts!

Cindy gave us so much useful information and lots of practice!  I loved this month!  Cindy suggested the ‘divide and conquer’ method.  In other words, divide the work into sections and then fill in the sections.  Instead of an entire blank canvas (or fat quarter, as in my case) to fill, I could simply concentrate on a section at a time.  Baby steps.

Here’s my piece:

Cindy suggested using a contrasting thread.  Obviously, I didn’t pay any attention to that.  Don’t be like me. 

The only time I changed threads was when the spool I was using ran out.  Yup…I was using up thread, and I emptied three spools.

Do you see the Jester hat in the quilting above?  Wendy, over at Ivory Spring,  does it much, much better!  She has a tutorial on how to quilt the Jester hat.  I need more practice!  I was confused frequently while trying to change directions.

More close-ups:

Thank you so much Cindy!

Finger Pincushions

Head on over to Linda Franz’s Inklingo Blog for a treat!

Linda and Monkey have a fabulous 70 second tutorial on how to make these fun and utilitarian finger pincushions.  That’s right…70 seconds is all it takes to learn how to make these.

Use ’em for yourself and make extra for gifts for all your sewing/quilty friends!

Quick Christmas Gift – Tea Towel Tutorial

I needed a gift for a Christmas exchange and I came up with this little project.  Trimming blank tea towels is easy and takes little time to do.  And there is an endless variety of fabrics to choose from!  It doesn’t have to be limited to a Christmas project!

It is not mentioned in the tutorial, but you could certainly be creative and embellish with ribbon and lace too. 

Click on the Tutorial tab above for a link to a pdf that you can print if you like.

Enjoy the season!

Baby Quilt and Japanese Gift Bags

My sewing machine is home from the hospital (Yes) and we’ve (my Bernina and me of course) finished the doll quilt:

And the baby quilt is done too:

Now to move on to other projects.

I came upon a tutorial and decided the Little Japanese Bag project was perfect for small Christmas gifts.  Here’s how they look finished: 

Don’t they look sweet?  They are even sweeter filled with foil wrapped chocolate treats!

I used my handy dandy trusty tri-tool ruler to cut pairs of triangles.  Next time, I won’t be so lazy…I’ll make a large triangle template.  This size is cute, but it is small (which is a fine size for an ornament, party favor, or just that “little something extra”).

Cut pairs of triangles (right sides together):

Pairs are sewn, turned and pressed:

Petal points turned and pinned:

Closer look:

Sewn petals:

Closer look:

One seam sewn (the left is the petal seam…the bottom is the side seam…stop at the petal seam):

All side seams sewn:

Turned…they are lookin’ like bags now:

Isn’t this just the cutest little mini pouch?

See?  I told you these are small!  And so cute!

These would look terrific in any fabric…think Halloween or a birthday or any other occasion.

You can find the link for the tutorial on the Tutorial Tab of this blog.  Thank you to Hannelore Nunn for sharing !