Thank you all for the lovely and enthusiastic response to the #mainestitchingretreats ! Oh my.... How to make a girl feel the love! Behind the scenes(and currently without power in the studio😔) the Making continues. A quilt for some traveling friends is in progress. The #sundaymorningquilt from the book of the same name by @cheryl_arkison The body of Don’s sweater (phew...). And my finished #parkquilt , from @carolynfriedlander Mourning and announcing retreats has been good for my output. Not that I’m keeping track....
TUESDAY TIP: Add Any Trim to a Seam Without Pins!
First mark a line along your seam allowance on one of your fabric pieces (it does not matter which one). Lay your trim on top of the line. Baste your trim down aiming to stitch on top of the line you marked. Place your other fabric on top. Now flip both pieces over. The bobbin thread from basting the trim will now be facing up. Stitch your seam, stitching on top of the basting stitches or slightly to the left. If you stitch to the right, then the basting stitches will be visible. If any of your basting stitches can be seen, carefully unpick them.
For more detailed step-by-step visit the following blog post by Abby at GoToSew.com http://gotosew.com/2014/02/add-any-trim-to-a-seam-without-pins/
I know some people hate it, but sewing the binding down by hand is my most favourite part of quilt making! Because:
1. It is sooo therapeutic (I have been thinking of coming home from work the entire day to do this) 2. It means I am at my final lap to the finish line!
3. I can snuggle under the quilt while I hand sew the binding (haha ok I got to “use it” first, sorry not sorry! 😛)
Today's goal is to finish the last couple of rows and take this down off its scaffolding today (you can see it through the quilt) I'm excited to have my living room back (my studio is just plain too dusty and dirty to work on this there) but even more excited that YAYAY this is almost done! I'm excited to get it photographed professionally with back lighting, here it is in front of the windows on this rainy day. It's taken me about a year to hand sew this project, and it actually took me about that long just to collect the bags too, but ITS ALMOST DONE 💕 my heart is full #proudmama
Are you primarily a “Process Person” or a “Results Person”? How do you keep a balance between them? I go through seasons of each. Sometimes I just want to get things done, and sometimes I just want to sit and baste hexies because the act is meditative. This photo is of a quilt I made as a shop sample and later gave to my son. It was the first thing I pieced on my new sewing machine. That process was frustrating but educational, and I’ve really been blessed by the results: a quilt my child will not go to bed without! He loves it, and I love that. I’ve written a blog post about this today and will share a couple pics on IG of some of my favorite makes in each category. (Don't forget! Share your own photo and thoughts, or repost something of mine, and #quiltforwellbeing for an extra entry into my giveaway!) -@pinwheelsandpancakes
A rainy day calls for bright, summer-y fabric. I didn't get a chance to back this quilt before we moved so it has sat in hibernation for six months. Despite my careful packing, it has six months worth of wrinkles to iron out off both the front and back. Another reason to finish a project in a timely manner! #quiltlove#quiltersofinstagram#firstquiltever
For great stitches to express your creativity you need to get the threading right! 😉 This post is a great step by step reference you'll keep handy until threading the machine becomes second nature. 😎
I chose the Fall Floral Wreath as the center of the banner to reflect the beauty of the Fall Season, being inspired by the palette of burgundy, reds, oranges and yellows that only come alive in nature during the fall. Check out this pattern on our website! ❤️
It has been a long time since I've shown my face or introduced myself... and I realize that there are a lot of you who don't exactly know what I look like. So, HELLO! 😄 I'm Ruth, or Baby Ruth. (Like the candy bar. But that's not how I got this nickname.) In the sewing guild my mom and I used to attend, there were two Ruth's: me, and my twin, Big Ruth. (We're not identical twins, in case you can't tell from our picture.😏) But even though we're not identical, everyone would get confused when they tried to address us. I guess that happens when you and your twin share the same name and are practically inseparable. So, we came up with Big Ruth and Baby Ruth to make it easier for everyone we met. 😉 Big Ruth loved to remind everyone that she was the older twin, though. 😂 (Typical older twin.) I miss her dearly. Just over two years ago, my family and I moved east to South Carolina. Big Ruth is still in Texas. We call each other at least once a month to keep each other updated on our latest reads and sewing projects. Not even a thousand miles can't separate us! 😁 Anyways, so that's how I got my nickname and I love it. Do you have a nickname? I'd love to hear how it came about! Or just say hi and introduce yourself! 😊
THE RESULTS OF OUR GIVEAWAY WITH @fab_scrap >>> There were 7 different fabrics used to make our sleeveless coat. All fabrics were rescued by @fab_scrap and transformed by @irishlatina Can you believe these fabrics could have ended up in the garbage?! Giveaway Winner: @girlknewyork