Monday, June 25, 2012
Today I'm going to answer a few questions from you wonderful ladies. First, Renee, asked me if I have a favorite project. Two things popped in my mind. First is this "Junk" bag. It was a fun pattern and incorporated one of my favorite things - vintage hankies. The pattern is called "The Junk Bag" by Jackie Clark.
The second favorite is this quilt. I love vintage kitchen embroidery and Lecien fabric. The marriage of the two makes for one happy quilter. I did not have a pattern for this quilt. I used embroidery transfer patterns I had. I have always loved the cake stand block and enjoyed putting those together.
My current hand quilting project is the quilt I made using Trish's tutorial. I pieced the top over the weekend. In answer to the hand quilting questions, I really don't like using a hoop but find it necessary for large quilts in maneuvering the fabric or small quilts if I'm using cotton thread. For example, this is a crib size quilt. I am using hand quilting cotton thread which disappears into the fabric. For me to see my stitches I need to use the hoop. When I'm using size 8 perle cotton to stitch, the thread is much thicker and easier to see. For some reason it's harder for me to use a hoop with perle cotton so I don't. Either way, I have to make sure that I have a lot of pins to keep the back from puckering. The use of the hoop keeps the fabric smoother.
When making my t-shirt quilts, I use Pellon fusible featherweight interfacing. The lighter the better so if you ladies know of anything lighter than featherweight, please let me know. T-shirt quilts can be heavy enough so you don't want to use a thick and weighty interfacing. I'm testing out a new rotary cutter (new to me). It's made by Dritz and I will let you know what I think. I would also love to know from you if your rulers ever wear out? I think I might have a nick in mine as I feel a catch when I cut strips. Any thoughts? Happy Monday!