Friday, May 10, 2013

Time for a Linky Party

Come join the fun
You never know what you might learn along the way!

 

List three of your favorite quilting notions…..

 

♥♥ Batt Scooters by Paula Reid…sooo much easier than gloves when machine quilting. The grip and control are amazing.

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♥ ♥my Hera Marker…no ink to worry about

 

 

 

 

 

♥♥Iron Off Hot Iron Cleaner…. I do lots of applique so this counts as a quilting staple

 

 

 

 

♥ Olfa Ergonomic Cutter…because I’m a scatter head and the blade closes automatically when I let go

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Any advice for a successful color scheme of a quilt ?
Pick fabrics you LOVE. Lay them all out. Take a black and white photo of them together.The ones that don’t match will pop out at you.

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Some thoughts about thread, needles, batting, fabrics ?

  • Needles – Change them often!! They are usually the trouble maker if there is a problem going on.
  • Fabric – Buying good quality fabric is worth the cost. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way.
  • Thread – If you are stuck between two colors that are close always pick the darker one.

Could you share some tips for easy piecing? Measure, measure, measure and then cut accurately. It’s the first and most important step. It will save you a headache later.

If you enjoy other quilt techniques than patchwork, could you share some tips with us ? I LOVE fusible applique. I have all my tips HERE

Do you have any free tutorials?
Lots! Just look at the top menu bar…

 

The sewing machine - please share a few things you love at your sewing machine; what makes it special ? I do most of my sewing on a Babylock Jane. It’s a no frills, fast, straight stitch only machine. I couldn’t live without my needle up/down feature and auto thread cutting. It has a slightly larger arm space which is great for stuffing all that quilt fabric in to.

Modern Tools?
I use and LOVE Electric Quilt 7, a.k.a. EQ7. You don’t need to be an artist to draw an applique block in EQ7. That’s what I love about it! It’s so fast and easy to use. You can resize your block and move it to other layouts with ease.

You can find some of my EQ7 tutorials HERE.

 

Do you have a favorite quilt designer ?
Not really, I like to make a lot of my own patterns. Although I do think
Patrick Lose designs are adorable and fun.

Would you like to share one of your favorite quilts, made by you ?
Wow. this a hard one to answer. Each is a favorite for a different reason.

I guess the one I’ve had the most fun with is Mr. Bones. He’ll be back again this fall and up to his usual antics. Keep an eye out!

My current favorite is Somebody’s View which was made for a swap. I tried lots of new techniques with shading and perspective on this wall hanging.

Do you have a favorite online quilt shops ? What makes it special ?

These are the ones I tend to return to the most. I like the customer service, selection and prices.

  • marthasquiltingcorner.com
  • thousandsofbolts.com
  • fabric depot.com
  • hancocks-paducah.com
  • jandofabrics.com

That being said, I really like to buy my fabric in person. I’m a fabric petting person.LOL

What would be the perfect gift for your best quilting friend ? Since she no longer lives close it would have to be a shop till we drop fabric store hop…which we will be doing soon!

Have a great day and I hope I didn’t bore you!

12 comments:

Denise Russell said...

Great tips and blog! Enjoy the party...

Debbie said...

Great post. I need some iron-off. I look forward to check out your applique tips.

Geta Grama said...

Carol, thank you for linking to my party and sharing your favorites. "shop till we drop" is a great idea!

Scrapatches said...

Thanks for a fun read and all the tips. I am going to be looking for Iron-Off, too ... :) Pat

SewCalGal said...

Thank you for sharing such great tips. Love your Mr. Bones. What a cute design.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

MooseStash Quilting said...

You know how I love your patterns! :-)
Where would we be without "Iron off"? One and only imagine!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Thanks for the great tips--I love my hera marker too!

Alexandra said...

I can't believe how interesting and funny this post is! Bat scooters! The black and white photo! Thease are great tips. Thank you very much for sharing.
PS. Oh, and your quilts are beautiful!

Lynne said...

You most definitely didn't bore me -- thanks for the great tips!

Silvia said...

Boring? No chance, it was very useful! Thanks!

Jenniffier Kramer said...

Thanks for all the quilting tips I really appreciate it and it was fun to read.

Jacqueline Bahí said...

Estupendos consejos, agradable de leer y temas para trabajar. Gracias.