Monday, November 30, 2015

Quilting with Minky

I'm quilting away on my niece's quilt whenever I can. Because this sweety needs a quilt from her auntie, doesn't she?

It's a bit hard to see the quilting on these pretty prints, but it's the feathered flower from my latest video post.

The new thing I'm doing with this quilt is backing it with a minky-type fabric. So far it's working well. It's pin basted pretty securely, but I do have to watch the minky edges to make sure they're not curling under and getting stitched to the back. I probably should have used a thinner batting with the minky instead of my usual Hobb's 80/20.

It feels a little different as I move it under the machine. I think it depends on how I'm moving it, as this fabric is combed down (is that the term?) in one direction, giving it a bit of a nap. Not causing a particular problem, just feels different.

It feels incredibly soft and still shows the quilting pretty well on the back. I suspect after washing, the fuzz will pop out from under the stitches and hide the stitches though. I've heard that it can leave a ton of fuzz behind as you cut and sew it. I haven't had this problem, though I had exactly what I needed as it came from the store. I'm sure I'll get fuzz once I trim the excess.

Have you used Minky as a backing before? How has it worked for you?

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Free Motion Quilting Video: Feathered Flower

I had someone ask for a tutorial on how to do the feathered flower design I was using on my niece's quilt. I've shot a video for you.

The design is pretty easy to do as long as you're comfortable with the basic paisley and the shape of a feather plume. It can be done densely as a filler or made quite large for a great all-over design.

I've been making good progress on this quilt! So nice to do something fun, fast, and free! I love doing my ruler work, but I love the freedom of a free motion filler!

I'm looking forward to getting this done and in the mail to the sweet baby in the next week or so!

Don't forget Craftsy's great sale on classes this weekend! They've got the lowest prices of the year on all classes. Use my special link to get the sale prices while putting a bit of coin in my pocket too!

Now I am off in search of leftover pumpkin pie!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love taking the time to acknowledge all of my blessings and all of the many things, people, and situations that I am thankful for. We've yet to adjust to having no family in the area, so it will be a rather mediocre gathering. I'd love to have my neighbor over, but as she recently had surgery and several of us have colds, we'd rather keep our germs to ourselves this year.

Besides my wonderful little family, I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to share my love for free motion quilting and ruler work here with you and to expand my sharing through the Craftsy platform, with Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine. This has led to opening my online shop at Amy's Quilting Adventures which has been an incredible blessing.

I'd just like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all my readers, both old and new. Without you, this blog and my work would not be possible. Your comments and questions never cease to inspire and encourage me.

This time of year is also a big sale time and Craftsy's offering their best deals of the year. Use this special discount link to access these great deals. All classes are $19.99 or less!

If you've already enjoyed my class on ruler work, you'll love these two classes to take that could be utilized with ruler work: Angela Walters' Dot to Dot Quilting and Kim Brunner's Machine Quilting with Templates. Now is a great time for your quilting friends to learn about this technique and take advantage of these deals too, so spread the word.

And so [sew?], dear readers.....thank you!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday's Encouraging Word: A Fortune

I've been working on creative a better routine or schedule to help me accomodate my increased blog posting, Craftsy class duties, taking care of my wonderful customers at, and still getting actual quilting done.

As I've been reading up on how to manage my tasks more efficiently and not overwhelm my poor brain, I opened up a fortune cookie to find this:

I nearly dropped my chopsticks laughing! I'm not one to take a fortune seriously, but I can extra encouragement wherever I find it!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Big Block Baby!

It's amazing! Absolutely amazing. After working on my ruler work sampler quilt for sooooo long, I had to work on a different project. This is my niece's quilt. I started on it Tuesday morning and by the evening, I had a completed top!

That sort of counts as a finish, doesn't it? I started off drawing out the design, which was adapted several times as I realized that 'big block quilts' that are based on 12" finished squares aren't real compatible with 1/2 yard cuts. Note to self: Buy at least a yard of everything! lol

I've started the quilting and figure a few solid hours of quilting will finish it up. It's nice to do a feathered flower all over design in a larger size for once. It's a quilt to be used, so no fancy quilting, though I may do ruler work in the solid navy star points.

I tried a new thread for the piecing and I really enjoyed it. It's Cairo Quilt from the same folks who make Glide thread. 100% Egyptian cotton and it's really nice, low lint and looks much like the other popular cotton thread that's out there, but at a lower price.

I'm considering selling Glide and this Cairo quilt in my shop. Would any of you be interested?

I leave tomorrow to go see my sister and meet baby Abbie for the first time. So excited!