All work and no play makes Suzie cranky so I did bust out of the house this weekend. I went fabric shopping and thrifting with my quilty sister on Saturday. On Sunday our sewing circle, S4, gathered together at a members house for sharing, sewing and eating. Emphasis with our group is always sharing first closely followed by eating!
I still had plenty of time to work in the studio. I decided to use up some left over charm squares and made these
I figured out something that all of you probably already know. I made the pattern for burp cloths using freezer paper. For the longest time, I just pinned it to the fabric and cut. This time I ironed it on and then simply cut around the fabric. Hello? How easy is that?! I also used to cut out the backing fabric as a separate pattern piece. No more. I cut a rectangle of the backing about 1/2 an inch larger than the cover fabric, placed the fabric right side down on the backing, sewed a 1/4" seam on the "good" fabric and THEN cut away the balance of the backing fabric. Worked like a charm and so much easier!
I also worked on quilting this baby quilt using my walking foot.
Free motion is so much faster than line quilting but I wanted the quilting to highlight the graphics. I still have to do the border and that will be a simple meandering loop. About another 2 hours to finish quilting and binding and I can add this to my "finished!" pile.
I have a Fiskars cutting board that I have been using for a long time. One side is pink and the other side is sort of a florescent green. I have banged up the pink side pretty well so I recently flipped over to the green side. After using it for about a week, I noticed this
The cuts from my rotary cutter are cutting away the laminated color finish on the board revealing the standard Fiskar grey cutting mat below. I don't care about the color. What I care about is the fact that this is peeling apart! It did not do that on the other side. Looks like I will be going back to using an Olfa cutting mat. I hate it when my mother is right - you get what you paid for!