I needed a cutting template that I could find AND was the right size for cutting my pincushions. I had one made! This acrylic ruler in lime green is a great hand size, 4″ x 10″. It’s 1/8″ thick for cutting, not for quilting ruler work like most of my rulers.
I work on a small cutting table and mat next to my machine, so this fits nicely on the cutting mat. Most pincushions are between 3″ and 7″ in size and this manages to cover those cuts. Find it in my online shop for $15. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/product/4-x-10-quilting-template
You can see here how I create that little pincushion top. I’ve piece it ‘crazy quilt’ style and then square it to my liking. If you’ve been waiting for my online pincushion class, you can find it here. https://createyourownvintagepincushion.thinkific.com/
Now, let’s talk about scraps, FEEDSACK scraps in particular! I’ve just returned from 4 days on the road, between Kansas and Tennessee, stopping at most antique stores along the way. Did you know that antique shops are probably the safest places to go right now? There are not many folks in them and masked up, I feel very safe. FYI, they are also the best restroom stops along the highway!! Again, no one using them! OK, now you know my secrets.
Anyway, I bought about 30 feedsack bags and was able to buy duplicates of quite a few. Due to requests and popular demand, I’ve cut up loads of scraps and squares and I’m offering ‘feedsack scrap bags’ in my shop as well. They sell out fast, but I load at least 5-10 everyday. Check back if you don’t see them in stock. Each bag is a variety and will change with each posting. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/product/feedsack-scrap-bag
Maybe my favorite shop of all time is Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall, on the east side of Columbia, MO. I find loads of antique linens and feedsacks here on a regular basis, it’s only 2 hours from me and I can get there maybe every 2 months or so. Many of the feedsacks I’m sharing came from this booth! How lovely is this photo!!?
I have also been trying to organize and do some purging in my studio and closets. Collecting linens and quilt tops for years has given me way too much, so every now and then you’ll find treasures I’ve picked up along my journey in the online shop. I am parting with things I know I’ll never use and hopefully some of you will benefit from my travels and collecting (cough, cough…hoarding) adventures. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products
Have a great weekend everyone. I hope you can find some time for sewing or quilting amongst the leaf gathering. I know I’ll be doing some of that task this weekend. Enjoy the beauty of fall if you have it where you live!
It’s finally ready, my online class, “Create Your Own Vintage Pincushion”. You’ll find it in the link below. It’s $40 and you’ll own it forever. You have the ability to stop, go back, repeat, learn at your own pace! If you are a Facebook user, you will also be invited to join the private Facebook group where you can share your pincushions, ask questions, and get to know other pincushion lovers!
Join me for this 1 hour and 20-minute video, where I’ll teach you everything from cleaning your linens, cutting them, piecing your pincushion, quilting it and then finally, all that’s involved with the finish. Who knew pincushion making could take so many steps!
Let me help you to use those beautiful embroideries that may be hidden away in your drawers. Have a wonderful day everyone!
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!!
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!
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.
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. 😉
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.
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!
Have a great day everyone! Don’t forget the code LOVE10 in the discount box at checkout. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products
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!
I’ve just finished a 4 part type ‘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.
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. 🙂
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!
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!
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! 😉
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!