Friday, September 21, 2018

Charity Quilting

I had a couple more charity quilts to quilt before the last meeting of the Annapolis Quilts for Kids. This is one I pieced using a bunch of leftover bits. Scrappy is wonderful in a kid quilt. 
Disappearing 9-patch pieced by another member of the chapter.
I dropped off six quilts last Saturday. I also picked up a stack of finished tops to quilt. I'll have to try to keep up.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 39

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Not all Sewing is Glamorous

I know many a maker that will deny they mend or hem pants. I won't say that. What I will say is that I only mend for two people. The two people who live in my house. If you don't live here, don't even ask.

I'm sharing this project more to give you a quick review of the Juki TL-2010Q which I used for this project. Anyone that has tried to hem jeans on a cheap, plastic, domestic machine can tell you it is no simple task.
I only needed to shorten my jeans by about 1.5". First, I trimmed off the existing hem with my Fiskars 8-inch scissors. These are the titanium coated scissors and they are great. 
I didn't want to muck about with fraying of the bottom edge, so I took a couple minutes to clean up the edge with the serger. 
I pressed a double hem and threaded the machine with some blue thread. I used Superior Threads Omni for the top thread. 
Here is a close-up of the top stitching. The Juki TL-2010Q didn't even hesitate going over the bulky side seams. With any cheap, plastic, domestic sewing machine you might have to slow down over those areas to make sure you didn't break a needle, or bog down the motor. The Juki didn't miss a beat. Great job!

Start to finish: 30 minutes. Worth my time to keep from walking on the hem of my pants.

Tools (affiliate links):
BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mystery in Black and White

Last week I shared my version of my latest mystery quilt.
I finished up the center of the top with black setting triangles cut from some leftover quilt backing. 
I used some more leftover quilt backing to make a narrow (1.5" finished) inner border and a wider (4" finished) outer border. It measures about 56" by 68" which isn't a big quilt, but as big as I intend to go with it. This one will get set aside until I can either piece a backing or buy some. I might have something suitable around here somewhere. I haven't decided how I'm going to quilt it, so there isn't a rush.

Tools (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
6.5" Easy Angle Ruler
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Vitessa Advanced Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q

Friday, September 14, 2018

Charity Quilting

A charity quilt is a great way to sew something quick without having to do too much planning. If you're interested in working with Quilts for Kids but don't know your local chapter, you can order kits (for a small fee) through their online shop. If you want to help out, but aren't a quilter, you can also make a donation to pay for supplies and shipping costs.
I've been slowly piecing charity quilt tops while working on other projects. When I need to accomplish something, but pulling out a big project is just too stressful, this is perfect. 
Another great thing about charity quilts is if you just don't know what you want to do. They don't take very much time and feel like a big win once finished.
I quilted both of these. All that remains is the trimming and binding.

2018 Charity Quilt Count: 37