Sweet New Pincushion!

pincushions, SALE | October 13, 2020 | By

How’s this for the cutest couple EVER?!! This began as a towel and has probably been in a drawer or tucked away for years. It’s finally time for them to live on in a pincushion!

I used two of my favorite rulers to quilt this one, the 9″ Slim and my Kelly Bean notched ruler. You can find them here in my online shop https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products Use the code LOVE10 in the discount box at checkout for 10% off anytime!

I like to ditch stitch these small pieces before doing the free motion quilting. This particular ruler is 9″ x 1 1/2″, making it easy to manipulate. I created the curved ends so it would move freely with no sharp corners to get caught up in the seams.

The other favorite ruler I find particularly helpful is the Notched Kelly Bean. This ruler has a notch to nest around the hopping foot. It’s great to help guide the machine around shapes, applique, or embroidery as I did here. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products The notched rulers are ONLY for use on a moving machine (longarm). You can see how they work in this video. https://youtu.be/D2cAVmhVdNA

After I’ve outlined all of the embroidery, I go back with a very tiny fill. I call this the bubble, spiral and belly button design. I’m using Glide 40 weight thread and a Schmetz #16 ballpoint needle (find these in the shop, for longarm only) https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/category/long-arm-machine-needles

The stitch length on these is very small, about 14 stitches per inch. When working with curves and circles, a tight stitch length is your best option for creating a good looking curve!

TA-DA!!! Aren’t they just precious?!! You can find many more pincushion posts on my Facebook page. Don’t forget, use the code LOVE10 anytime in the discount box at checkout for 10% off. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products

Have a fabulous Tuesday everyone! Stay safe and sew, at least we have that!!

Bury Your Threads!

Tutorials | September 27, 2020 | By

A quick video on burying your threads with self-threading needles. This method also prevents unravelling in your quilt, pincushion or pillow top. Bury and hide those threads for a tidy top!

You can find the Clover brand, self-threading needles in most quilt shops or here on Amazon. I like this brand best because of the brass coated top. This keeps your thread from breaking and shredding. Happy quilting everyone!

Notched Rulers for Applique

Treasure pillow, made for my granddaughter

I love the word NIFTY, and these notched rulers are just that! I use them for precision stitching around embroidery or applique. You can always use the code LOVE10 in the discount box at checkout for 10% off all the products I sell. You’ll find all my rulers, for longarm and domestic machines, plus, Schmetz needles for the longarm only, here in my online shop.

https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products

I also keep a YouTube channel with various tutorials. Here is one of my favorites, showing how I use the Notched Ruler to go around applique. I think it’s the music I chose that makes me like it so much. πŸ˜‰

This was a bed pillow I made for my granddaughter, Juniper, a few years ago. She loves to find treasures, so I put a special fabric envelope on the back with velcro, so she could put small treats inside to hide.

The Notched Ruler allows precision control around applique

Once I quilted it on the longarm, then I simply put right sides together and stitched up a quick pillow. The buttonhole stitch around her name probably took me the most time, but I love the look!

Hand dyed, sparkle fabric!

Have a great day everyone! Don’t forget the code LOVE10 in the discount box at checkout. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products

Look What’s on the Frame!

I’ve got a really fun project on the longarm this week, compliments of Mary Kerr. This is for an upcoming book of Mary’s, but you’ll have to wait to see the whole quilt until the book is published, so sorry!! These blocks can be shown though! Mary has such a knack with taking old blocks and repurposing them with other parts and pieces. Check out her other books here on her website. https://www.marywkerr.com/ They are all fabulous with loads of ideas on what to do with vintage quilts, embroidered linens, tops, blocks, etc.

This was the beginning of a block. I did a small bit of ditch stitching to stabilize the center and used the Kelly Bean ruler to make the ‘rays’ in the yellow and also to stitch around the center. FYI, that circle center is stitched in, not appliqued!! Whoa, I know!!!

I’ll continue with lots of ditch stitching and ruler work for a few days, then I’ve got an idea for that pink background. We’ll see how that goes, maybe next week I can share that!

I did a quick video this morning with rulers on one of the blocks. Have a great day and I hope you’ll try ruler work, on your domestic or longarm machine, it’s super fun!

Creating Vintage Pincushions on the Long Arm Machine

pincushions | June 28, 2020 | By

I’ve just finished a 4 part type β€˜series’ (very casual, mind you!), creating and quilting vintage pincushions on my longarm. The quilting can, of course, be done on a domestic machine or a longarm, I just work best on a longarm. If you’re looking for a free class or something to maybe inspire you to do something with vintage parts and pieces, here they are in order from #1-#4. Feel free to ask any questions. Hopefully, I cover lots of answers in the videos. They run about 30 minutes each and you can watch anytime. They were shown in a live Facebook feed, but recorded and posted forever now. 

#1β€”-https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3013046082127656

#2β€”-https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=312694906559980

#3β€”-https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2305533339755521

#4β€”-https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=283711056017717

A GREAT Quilt Finish!

Customer Quilts | June 9, 2020 | By

What a beautiful finish to an already amazing top!! A hand pieced, hexagon top, made up of 3,200 pieces. A definite heirloom quilt, created by my good friend, Marla. She hand stitched this quilt over 2 or 3 years. I added an edge to edge digitized design, Fanfare, by Anne Bright.

The quilt finished at 100″ square. I used Hobbs 80/20 Heirloom batting and 40 weight Glide thread.

The back really shows off the texture!

To get an idea of the size, here are the hexes in my hand. I believe she started with 2″ hexes and they finish at 1 1/2″. It’s a spectacular quilt with an endless amount of ‘woman hours’. If you’re working on an EPP (English paper piecing) project, keep up the good work! It will be a quilt one day. πŸ™‚

What DO 3,200 HEXIES Look Like?

Customer Quilts | June 7, 2020 | By

Before I show you this fabulous quilt, I have to mention that my favorite HOBBS batting seller is having a sale this weekend through Monday, June 8. You can see what they have when you click on the link. This is out of Overland Park, KS, and you can also pick up curbside!

I’ve got a beautiful, EPP (English paper piecing) quilt top that I’m quilting for my friend, Marla, this weekend. She hand pieced this 100″ square top over 2 or 3 years of car and plane trips, waiting rooms, etc. Her handwork is exceptional and I’m so excited to quilt it for her.

These hexes finish at roughly 1 1/2″. EPP is essentially a piece of paper with a piece of fabric formed around it, then each piece is whip stitched together by hand. Here is a photo of the back, which is just as exquisite!

Marla also did a ‘stay stitching’ around the perimeter, which secures the outer edges so that nothing comes apart. It really helps a longarmmer when this is done to avoid split seams when loading on the frame.

I’m using a beautiful edge to edge digitized design by Anne Bright called, Fanfare. You can find that on her website here. https://annebrightdesigns.com/product/fanfare-b2b/

My tip on a busy quilt, don’t spend money to custom quilt it, you’ll never see the quilting! Using an all over pattern really gives the quilt texture and won’t take away from the piecing.

I can hardly wait to finish this one and hope to do that today! Hope you’re having a great Sunday and don’t forget to check out the batting sale on all rolls, packages and pillow forms. I’ll be sure to post the finish of this quilt later this week!

Peggy’s Linen Stash!

It’s been a couple of weeks since my husband and I made a quick trip over to Kansas City and picked up a few tubs of vintage linens. I had an email from a follower, my new friend, Peggy S. She was looking for someone that might pick up 5 tubs of linens she was purging. Well, I talked my husband into a little road trip and here I am, enjoying the process of sorting through a vast array of linens, quilt blocks, towels, tablecloths, etc.

These are not just tiny tubs, they are large! I’ve picked out a few favorite linens to clean up. I always soak linens in a mix of Retro Clean (for stains and yellowing) and ammonia (for mildew and mold, 1 part ammonia to 6 parts water). I buy Retro Clean on Amazon, link below. It’s fabulous for whitening and brightening anything! I usually soak at least overnight in a sink or bathtub. Follow directions on the bag. My soak does include both the Retro Clean and ammonia together.

I’m sure my neighbors, those who don’t know what I do, are always wondering about the beautiful things that are always laying out to dry or sunning themselves on the grass. Did you know that sunshine mixed with the chlorophyll from grass, will whiten your fabrics? I usually lay these pieces on the grass once the sun comes out for the afternoon.

I’ve stacked these in my garage so I can slowly work through them, admire and choose a few to work with. I also plan to do a few giveaways to share with other vintage lovers!

I pulled out a few tablecloths yesterday and gave them an overnight soaking. This morning they are out to dry and hopefully I will have some inspiration to quilt up something here very soon!

LOVE this brilliant yellow!! What a happy tablecloth!

This was a tied quilt top. Nothing particularly fancy, but I love the shape of the green pieces. Hoping to do some custom quilting on this one, once the mood sets in! πŸ˜‰

I hope you enjoyed the view from my porch this morning and a few inherited treasures. Many thanks go to Peggy and her generosity. I’ll pick something special today and be back sometime this week with a GIVEAWAY. I do know it will be one of those tablecloths laying in the driveway group. NOW, which one!!??!! Have a fabulous Monday everyone!

HEY, it’s a Friday, GIVEAWAY!!

SALE | April 17, 2020 | By

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Hey, welcome to FRIDAYYYY!!!! I was supposed to be speaking, teaching and FISHING in Greenville, NC, but alas, I am hanging out at home. Honestly, if I can sew or quilt somewhere, I’m pretty happily entertained!

So, let’s have a fun day, Friday!! I’m going to GIVEAWAY a set of my 4 rulers (for the domestic or long arm machine) AND ALSO have a 20% off sale on the set!!! Regularly $55, today only $44. The price is already set up in my shop, so no code is needed. If you happen to be the winner and you’ve ordered them, I’ll simply refund your total. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/product/4-ruler-set

Comment below to be included in the GIVEAWAY….What would YOU be doing this weekend if you weren’t at home? I’ll draw a random winner Saturday evening, April 18, at about 8pm. Have a wonderful FRIDAY everyone!

https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/product/4-ruler-set

Latest ‘Acquisition’!!

My Own Quilts, Vintage Quilt | March 19, 2020 | By

I’m so tickled to have found this amazing, super quirky quilt top!! Most sewists might have left this as a dresden plate only top, but the maker added these red and blue circles that make no sense. I LIKE IT!! I am so drawn to the craziest quilts and often think, ‘what was she thinking’? If only we knew! So, I make up lots of good stories! I like to think she might have been a Jayhawk fan (University of KS, located 3 blocks from me) and that possessed her to make those bold circles. HAHAHAHA!

Sadly, the year has ended with no March madness. I’ve slowly worked this out, grieved and I’m back to sewing. Tough for all the basketball fans out there, but worth it to stay safe and healthy.

I’m really excited to get this one on the frame. I have no idea how it will be quilted, but quilts usually start talking to me the minute they are on the long arm. Time will tell!

The fabrics in this one are 1930’s and 40’s and it’s been completely handpieced and embroidered with a buttonhole stitch around all the circles. It was fairly clean when I got it, but I’m giving it a day in the sunshine to brighten and freshen up. Did you know that the chlorophyll from grass mixed with sunshine will actually brighten fabric??!!! It really works!

I’ve often had my neighbors tell me they want to snatch up whatever they see on the yard. So far, no one has, but I do check out the window every now and then.

I give it about half a day on the front and then half a day on the back. The back of a top really tells the story. LOTS of hand stitching on this one!

I’m always on the lookout for a quirky quilt. Where do I find them?? Online, antique stores, thrift stores, estate and garage sales. Right now, online is probably the only way to shop. It can be done 24 hours a day, which can be a little scary when it’s 3 am and I can’t sleep! πŸ˜‰

Have a great rest of your week! I hope if you are self isolated, there is some sewing in your day. I’m just now headed to my machine, but I really wanted to share what I think is a happy quilt. Since I won’t be teaching or traveling for awhile, I’ll try to do some more show and tell here when I can. QUILT ON everyone!!

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