Happy June everyone! It has been awhile since I have shared here on my blog & I have so much to share with lots of pictures galore.
This week has been a fun week for us so far. Our schools were supposed to be back in session on the 2nd but due to weather today is the first whole day that the kids are back. It was great having such a long break after Christmas–I’m sure many of you moms can relate! The Christmas gifts my girls received kept them busy–I don’t know how many hours Chloe spent with her Rainbow Loom. And I have to admit to having just as much fun with it as she does.
I was able to spend some time hand quilting. Who wants to be out in negative temperatures? It was the perfect time to hunker down with some quilts, some old shows, and some hand quilting. BTW, any favorite series I should catch up on?–I still have quite a bit of hand quilting to do and am always looking for fun series.
Yesterday, Chloe had a half day of school so after dropping her off, Elonie and I headed up to one of my LQS’s and picked up some embroidery floss. I have a fun project in mind for the floss, if all goes well I’ll be sharing it with you on my blog as a BOM of sorts.
I also was so inspired by some quilts blocks that I saw on instagram that I was “forced” to make another quick trip to pick up the pattern from another LQS(I’ve got a lot of them close to me)–can’t beat growing up in an Amish town–you will never want for a quilt shop! =p
I think I might turn these fabrics/pattern into a quilt for our bed. Right now we have a Pottery Barn quilt on our bed. For some reason, I’ve gotten a bit of flack about that in the past. Surely I’m not the only quilt maker with a PB quilt on their bed? =p
The giveaway for the Liberty Fabrics is still going strong–If you haven’t entered yet there’s still time!
Have a creative Thursday!
I’m excited today to be sharing my last finish of 2013. I put the last few binding stitches in just before New Year’s Day and today my quilting tutorial and pillow pattern are being featured over on Sew Mama Sew.
I had purchased a beautiful bundle of Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres Fabric in November.
I couldn’t resist those beautiful Libertys! I added a couple Japanese and Liberty fabrics from my stash mixed in with the Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres for my pillow top.
If you are a Liberty fabrics love like myself you are in luck! Amanda, of Westwood Acres Fabric, is offering up for grabs a fat sixteenth bundle from the first installment of their new Liberty Lawn bundle of the month club. I have to admit to be completely jealous of you guys–I want it for myself! =p
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below telling me what you would make with your little bundle of Liberty goodness. =) I’ll draw a winner next week.
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And if you haven’t shopped at Westwood Acres fabric, I encourage you to check it out! Aside from Amanda’s spot on picks for amazing fabrics, the photography is perfect. I so appreciate beautiful photography that really shows off the fabrics when I am fabric shopping. Sucks me in every time!
Right now, I’ve got my eye on Botanique fabrics and the Gelati quilt pattern:
And if you want to make a pillow of your own, be sure to hop on over to Sew Mama Sew for the free pattern and hand quilting tutorial!
I get asked quite frequently for a tutorial on this little pillow which I made for a class I taught awhile back. It’s gotten pinned and repinned quite a bit over on pinterest–especially after Joann Fabrics pinned it(how fun!).
I’ve decided to offer the tutorial here on my blog for anyone interested in making one of their own! It’s a super easy tutorial with tons of pictures–including all of the finishing details(binding/pillow back). The quilting is easy to do & a perfect project for a beginning quilter.
The tutorial itself doesn’t have the supplies listed so here they are:
25–3″ squares of assorted fabrics
1/2 yard fabric for pillow top backing and pillow backing or a 15″ square piece of muslin for pillow top back and 1/3 yard print fabric for pillow backing)
1/4 yd. fabric for binding
14″ square piece of batting
505 Spray & Fix temporary adhesive
embroidery needle (size 5)
water erasable marker
thimble (optional if preferred for quilting)–quilting can also be done without a thimble for this project
12″ pillow form
I have received numerous questions recently about using Perle Cotton for quilting whether by hand or by machine. So, I thought I’d talk a bit about the two techniques.
The Faux Sashiko pillow(pictured above) that I designed for the fall issue of Stitch magazine was machine quilted using Perle Cotton. This is a great time saving trick, but one I would really only reccommend on smaller projects–my machine gets a bit cranky when using the heavier weight thread and I certainly wouldn’t want to attempt it on a larger quilt.
When I machine quilt using Perle, I only use the Perle for my top thread–the bobbin thread is regular thread. I use 8 wt. Perle cotton–although 12 wt. might make my machine a bit happier with me. I always lengthen my stitches–I usually set my stitch length as long as I can on my Bernina. And I manually pull the thread off the Perle cotton spool so my machine doesn’t have to work so hard. I leave my tension at the same setting I would use for regular sewing.
My Fall Petals Pillow is hand quilted using 8 wt. Perle Cotton. Hand quilting with Perle Cotton is essentially the same thing as hand quilting with quilting weight thread. The technique is the same, but you take longer stitches and you get to use prettier thread. =p
There are a lot of great resources for hand quilting–one of my favorites is from Mary.
I almost exclusively use Finca Perle Cotton which I can now purchase locally. Prior to purchasing locally, I purchased online from Yarn Bazaar. I was able to purchase a color card from them which is a wonderful tool if you are unable to view the thread colors in person.
Hopefully this answers some of your burning questions about quilting with Perle Cotton! =p