Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Big Announcement!

Quilting Affections has exciting news!  In just one week, we will be launching our new expanded and redesigned website. A complete new look and feel!

With this new website, we are adding an online store that will offer Moda Fabrics.  In the store we will have specialty cuts and fabrics off the bolt.  The specialty cuts will include the most current fabric collection in Fat Quarter Bundles, Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls and Charms.  Come back to the store often due to we will be adding more and more fabrics each month. We also are offering Quilter Dream Batting in packages for your quilting needs.  Spend $50 or more in our on line store and earn a 10% discount on your next longarm quilting service.

With this new website we have added a price estimator for our Longarm Quilt Finish Services.  This prices estimator will allow you to estimate the cost you to have your quilt top finished with us.  As an additional cost saving for every 5 quilts (lap size or larger) you have us finish, we are offering a 15% discount on your next pantograph service

Also we have expanded and added more designs to our T-shirt Quilt Services to give you a larger selection to choose from.

In addition, our blog will be moving to the new website and a monthly newsletter will be added, which will cover new fabrics and sales happening at Quilting Affection.

Next week we will send out another blog about the website launch, so stay tuned.  We are very excited! Also make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and other Social Medias for more!

Tina

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Women of Courage Assembly!

Good Morning, just got back from a nice 6 mile treadmill run at the gym this morning. Now I'm ready to tackle some quilting and/or business items today. 

Yesterday, I got alot done on my Women of Courage quilt top, plus I prepared my next embroidery project for my evening hand work.  The embroidery project I that I have chosen comes from Bird Brain Designs,  It is called "Quilts in the Garden",  it is using red thread this time.  Once I had this done I jumped right into working on my quilt top.


Assembling this quilt top, which I have divided it into 4 sections, do to the placing of some of the blocks.  I started with the bottom left hand corner. Squaring each block before sewing them all together was the best thing, it makes it so much easier to work with.



Next was the top left hand corner.


The top right hand corner.


I finally got one half of the top sewn together and I love it. (I just noticed that one of my half triangles it in the wrong spot, I guess I need to fix that.) LOL!



Now all I have to do is make the bottom right hand corner and sew the bottom half together.  Then fun part will be the final sewing of the 2 half together.  

I think today it a day of business work, we are in the final days of the website.  I want to go over it and make sure it is working right.  I will have a big announcement on that probably tomorrow.

Hope you all have a great sewing and quilting day,

Tina

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Finishing Snow Happens Embroidery Project!

Well after I got the binding done for the Starburst Table Topper yesterday.  I decided instead of working on the finishing the Snow Happens Embroidery Project I started a year ago.  Last march, I wrote about starting a Embroidery Project called Snow Happens! from Bird Brain Designs.  Well this weekend, I finished the Embroidery Part of the project.  

I for the Embroidery Designs, I used Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy, which you make a copy of the design and print it out on this paper using your printer.  

Now that I was done with the Embroidery, I had to remove the paper which was really easy.  I gently lifted up the Sulky paper from the muslin and cut away the excess paper, then I put some warm water in a pan, and put the project in the water, for a few minutes and gently used my finger and worked up the paper from the muslin.  After I thought the paper was all gone I rinsed the fabric again under warm water to make sure it was all gone.  And put the project on a towel to dry.  A couple hours later, I was able to iron the project with some starch to make it crisp looking again and squared.


This was going to be table runner so, I need to cut the border for the runner.  So I cut 1" blue borders for the project and then 1 5/8" muslin outer border.  First sewing the 1" inner blue border on the sides and then on the top and bottom. Then adding the outer muslin just like you did on blue border. It sure made a difference adding those borders, but I still have one more border set to put on this table runner.

Then next was something new to me but was fun to make.  I needed 8 strips of 2 1/2" strips of muslin and 4 different blue fabrics cut  2 1/16" strips and 4 muslin squares 3" x 3".  First off I sewed the blue fabric in the middle of the 2 pieces of muslin to make one long strip.  I repeated this 3 more times, so I had 4 long strips and pressed them to the center.  Then I cut the long strips into 2 1/16" strips, You get 10 of these per strip set. Then the fun begins, I then laid out the strip sets out like in the picture, then sew them together to make the strip set on point. Making 4 sets of these, 2 sets of 5 and 2 sets of 13.  Once I had the sets together, I cut the 4 - 3" x 3" squares in half and sewed them on the ends of each of the sets. 

Then I cut off the excess to square them up, remembering to leave 1/4" all the way around.

Then sew the set of 5 borders on the sides. 




 The sets of 13 go on the top and bottom to finish the table runner. 


 Now all I have to do is quilt it, which I think I will do this one on my sewing machine.  I have not done that in awhile and should be fun to do.  I love it!

Well I think I will work on the Women of Courage today, since I didn't get to it yesterday.  And prepare my next Embroidery project.

Hope you all have a great sewing or quilting day!

Tina



Monday, February 10, 2014

StarBurst Table Topper Quilted!

I was in the mood for some quilting yesterday, so I decided to quilt the Star Burst Table Topper, which I finished sewing together a couple weeks ago. 

I used a small left over piece of Pellon 80/20 batting in the middle. I was looking for something light weight and would puff up in some areas of the quilt.

I want to use feathers in this table topper and practice a little more on my Quilt Path automated quilting system, so I found Amish Feathers pattern set at Digi-Tech Patterns. Which was perfect for this quilt top.

I also used a little free handing in the lighter color of the checker board to make the darker color pop out.  I also used used my rulers and put diagonal lines in the red triangles.


In the larger triangles, i put the Amish Feathers to fill the area.   I also used the same feathers in the corners squares by just dividing the square in half and reversing them.


The same feathers were used in the borders.  I put 4 triangles in the borders and joined them.  

The StarBurst Table Topper will now get binding on it today and soon I can put on my dinner room table.






Also Today, I will be starting to work on assembling the Women of Courage quilt top.

Hope you all have a great Sewing Day!

Tina