Tuesday, June 29, 2010
1-- I have drawn and cut the circles out of fusible web (I like Wonder under because it is cheaper and I use a lot of it...and it is thinner than other brands....if I do use something else, I like Steam a Seam 2)
2-- But when I am doing a lot of dots like these quilts, I cut out the circle shapes with a pair of scissors and use a glue stick to place them down to the foundation piece.
Now about wool. If you are using 100% wool or wool felt (felt that feels like wool but is not 100%) they both need to be washed and dried in the dryer for shrinkage because it WILL shrink...trust me! You can wash the piece in the kitchen sink in hot water and use a small amount of soap. I rinse them in hot water a few times, then in cold water a few more times. Then put the piece in the dryer with an old towel and dry until just about dry. Then I like to iron the piece so it is flat....they cut out better because they are not so fluffy.
COLOR BLEEDING: I think all wool and wool felt will continue to bleed color as long as you keep hot water on it. After you rinse in cold water you shouldn't be getting any color. So WASH your finished quilts in cold water and hang to dry or use cool setting in the dryer. I like to have my quilts washable, dryable and USABLE!
SEWING: I just use a mono filament thread, I like the YLI brand because it is thin, my machine likes it....find one that will work in your machine.. (even if you have to try a couple of kinds...it's worth the money to find the right one for your own sewing machine) and a small zig-zag, about a 1- stitch length and a 1-stitch width and go around each circle. The dots in the Ruby Red Dots book are about the size of a dime. This is where I like the glue stick even better than the fusible web because they stick better when they are so small.
You might ask why the wool...I like the juxtaposition of the wool and cotton.
Sharyn, I hope that answered your questions...you can always email me!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Paint a wall in your laundry room! You will love it!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Then I happened onto a huge yard sale and found this painting in a great frame for $2.00....love that!
It has great detail and is mostly wood...although it doesn't matter what it is, I am still painting it...yes, you guessed it...CREAM! I soooo want to paint it Aqua....perhaps I will! What do you think? I will just take that painting out...and hang it on the wall, maybe put a wreath in it!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
All the quilts have a recipe that goes with the block name or the name of the quilt. The recipe for this Ohio Candy Rose quilt is, Ohio Pioneer Apple Cake that is OUT OF THIS WORLD. I will tell you when I made it my poor husband got about 3 pieces and I ate the rest in 2 days....yes it was that good!
Thanks again everyone!
Monday, June 7, 2010
You can purchase book directly from Kansas City Star through their Pickledish quilting site: Click on the "Click here to shop our library" at the top left. Also books can be found on Amazon. com or at ask your local quilt shop if they have them because they can get them if you want to support your local stores....me, I like to shop local if I can.
International entries welcome. Winner will be announced Thursday, June 10th.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Remember the swap I participated in from Swap for All Seasons? Well, my package came from Shawnee and oh my goodness was it just like Christmas! The swap had to include: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and an old wedding photo.
All my packages were wrapped in old pattern tissue....how cute is that?