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What? I Could Win Free Fabric? Where Do I sign up?


I came across this blog the other day and just fell in love with it.  As a relatively new quilter (although I have been sewing on and off for 25 years), I have found Deanna’s blog to be a great reference with great tutorials and plan on using them over the next few months.  To see what she has accomplished in her sewing helps inspire me to continue and to push past the self imposed boundaries we all give ourselves.

That’s enough rambling on my part.  Go check out her blog at http://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/.

And while you are there, enter her giveaway celebrating her 300 posts!

http://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/300-posts-and-a-giveaway/

Have a great weekend and happy sewing!

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To Pre-wash or not to Pre-wash


The first lesson I received on sewing when I was 10 yrs old was to pre-wash your fabric to prevent  shrinkage when you have completed your project.

Every time I purchase new yardage, I throw it in the washer on the gentle cycle with mild detergent and then into the dryer.  I then hang it over the banister overnight to ensure it is completely dry before folding it and adding to my stash. I only iron it when I am ready to use it.  If you iron before,fold and store it, you just have to iron it again when you are ready to use it and who wants to iron yards of fabric twice.  Definitely not me!

Another quilter shares their thoughts on pre-washing here.  I think that I should stick to the first rule I received on sewing.  I would be devastated after spending all that time making a quilt  to have it ruined.

I have also read many individuals attempts on machine washing charm packs and jelly rolls.  Some with success, some without.  I will not machine wash them as they will fray like crazy however, I do plan on hand washing them in the kitchen sink using woolite and hang them to dry over the banister.  My motto is better to be safe than sorry.

 

What tips and tricks have you discovered along your way when pre-fabric?  I welcome any suggestions.

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Oops I did it again…


I must confess.  I bought more fabric today.  I bought it on-line and am having it shipped to my work.  I can’t help it.  I sold a quilt today using my Moda Hullabaloo Charm Pack and I needed some more fabric to complete it!  However, I did managed to squeeze a couple items in there that are not related to this particular quilt…

 Today, I purchased the following items:

 Moda Hullabaloo Polka Dot Pastel for the backing and binding.  I purchased 3 yards of this.

 Warm & Natural Cotton Batting Baby/Crib Size.  I bought 2 of these even though I only need one…

 Fabric Editions Simple Vintage 2.5″ Jellies x 2.  Whoa!  Where did they come from?  Must have been a mistake on my part.  Too late to cancel the order.  I guess I will just have to deal with it and make something from them…

To see the pattern I am using, you can click here to view my previous post.

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Tinkerbell


 

So, one of my first friends that I can ever remember having from when I was a 3-4 year old has asked me to make a quilt for her daughter who is turning 2 this summer.  She told me Victoria is really into Tinkerbell and purple.  I was able to find this incredible Disney Tinkerbell Line from www.fabric.com and fell in love with it myself.  It is 100% cotton, uber soft and a dream to sew.  Originally, I was going to make differnt size patches but once I received the fabric and saw how beautiful it is in real life, I knew I had to make it a stripe quilt to be able to show all the “Tinks” better.  This particular quilt is 3.5 feet in width x 5 feet in length.  Perfect size for a crib turned toddler bed. 

Here is the quilt top.  When I complete it this coming weekend (or earlier), I will update the pictures so you can all see the pretty goodness that Tinkerbell provided.

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