Update – Starch Your $$$$

Last post was about homemade fabric finish for pressing…starch. Quilters Moonshine 2

Just want to add that I am into my second bottle of “Quilter’s Moonshine” and it is going well. NO stickiness on fabrics or the iron! NO smell! NO problems!

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I DID, however, go back and add more starch than the recipe calls for. I poured it all back together and added about 2 more tablespoons of starch. I think this is about preference. I suggest you start with the recipe, as is, and go from there.

Some of the things I have been pressing recently:

Back to my sewing…and pressing…for now!

 

 

Web sales!!!!! — Welcome to The Dartmoor Yarn Company Blog

I’ve been saying web sales will arrive for so long, I’m not sure if any of you still believe me – I’m not sure I still believed me. But I finally clicked the button to go live and The Dartmoor yarn Company Shop is now open for business. Lovely Littlest has pawed over the pages […]

via Web sales!!!!! — Welcome to The Dartmoor Yarn Company Blog

If you are in the market…head on over and check out Dartmoor Yarn Company!

 

Mighty Lucky Quilting Club – March

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I have not forgotten the March challenge for the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club! This month just did not sing to me. I have had some larger scraps laying out since March 1…and playing with them. As I understand it from Rossie Hutchinson, this is about learning colors…contrasting, complementary, etc. Also about color values and hues. It is a good lesson and as with all quilting, it still surprises me how much impact there is with using photos. You can see so much that just does not show up when you simply look at something.

I have so much fabric on hand, I was not ready to go buy more, so I decided to play with this using scraps I have. This would help me with the process she is teaching. So, I am posting the final selection (so far) after culling out several pieces. I am still not sure that the “wrong” color, another thing we are supposed to select and the name of this challenge, is what I like. I picked the green…it may not be “wrong” enough for this lesson.

I am not sure these pieces will actually turn into anything this month. I have to just hang with them and see. Purple is not really my color, so I would have to figure out something that works…maybe into the Etsy shop. That little square you see in the foreground…I threw that in at the last minute as a different addition…it has the colors. What do you think?

If I do go any further with this March lesson, I will post an update. What are you working on?

 

February Challenge – COMPLETED!!!

I have posted a couple of times this month about the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club…1st time; 2nd time…and today I will wrap it up.

IMG_9933 This is the first piece I completed. I just can’t learn the technique presented, this month being improv piecing, without finishing up with something complete.

So, here I did some random quilting and stretched it over a frame. (The frame was a purchase from the Good Will store, since I like to up-cycle. This one came with an interesting painted canvas, which will work into something else, but that is another post.)

As mentioned in earlier posts about this challenge, once you get the idea, it becomes addicting. That means I did not stop here!

 

I kept stitching these fabric selections together until I ended up with more pieces. My favorite piece of all is the one that is mostly white…I think it follows the technique the best.

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The two little ones, all pieces were stretched over canvas, were cut up from one of the bigger pieces.

Above are little collages of all 4 of them together. Which ones do you like? Quilted or not?

It is fun that they could be displayed on a wall, easels, flat, turned any direction. I think I am pretty happy with the result. I could, however, look into better ways to handle the stretching over canvas or frames…especially the corners!

On to March soon! Remember, Mighty Lucky Quilting Club is only $5 per month and I have already learned two new techniques!

Happy Quilting!

 

 

My Design Wall – February 11, 2016

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This is my design wall today. Still playing with the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club February Challenge.

Because I am lucky enough to be able to play a lot, I decided to take the little scraps/trimmings that were left from the bigger pieces and see what I came up with by sewing them together.

IMG_9921 I might like it the best. This is just fun and addicting!

I am still trying to decide what to do with these creations. I may cut the biggest one on the left up to smaller pieces. I don’t think it really follows the intended challenge. It was much bigger pieces to start with, if you saw my earlier post. I wish I had not cut it up actually!

So, I think I can get rid of these last little pieces now. What do you think?

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Do you let pieces hang on your design wall so they can speak to you? I am waiting to hear from mine right now…pillows? stretch over canvas? mini-quilt? wall hanging? Use for one big quilt? Any ideas from you in the quilting blogosphere?

Thanks for reading…happy quilting!

PS…Sorry about the poor lighting on the first pic. It is a bit of a grey day here today.

 

 

MLQC Update

The January project for My Lucky Quilting Club is finished!

It was a lesson for me in multiple things. The January MLQC lesson was in making and using bias tape. That was a good lesson. Not only did I learn about the process, I learned about the different tools and which brand I like better. I also learned how to stretch the tape, just a bit, to apply it neatly and without too many puckers on the curves.

So, as noted in previous posts, I decided to make a table runner, rather than the 9-block top suggested. Since I am a fairly new quilter, I decided to also try the quilt-as-you-go process. I really enjoyed quilting the individual blocks. I decided to stay with a modern theme and follow the random lines of the tape. Now, joining the squares should be pretty easy. I must need more practice on this. However, by the fourth joint, I did not have to pull any stitches out! Yay!!!

I felt the greys needed some color, so I chose the modern print with blue and green. It does add some pop to it, but do you think it is too much? I am basically happy with the way the runner turned out. It does not match our décor well, but will remain at our house. I am not that happy with the joining of the squares to put it in my Etsy Shop!

I still think the name “Chaos” fits well. What do you think? I have a tough hide and can take (and would appreciate) your input!