Well while in an airport waiting to come back home I decided to ruche a variegated ribbon that I am putting in one of my Sue Garman blocks. (Friends of Baltimore) I must tell you this ribbon came from a quilt show and I have no idea what kind it is but goodness it sure was fun to ruche! I love buying odd ribbons and tucking them away and then figuring out what to do with them later! I thought I would take a picture and share. Now if I could just figure out how to make a perfect round ruched flower! It seams like mine are always a little lop sided! Perhaps a little fiddling will help!
- July 27, 2012
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Sew On - Sew Off Method
Ok I know we all want to use that wonderful thread...you know the one I am talking about! That expensive spool of extra-long staple Egyptian cotton thread for piecing like the King Tutt from Superior Threads. After all, if we are using good fabrics it doesn't make sense to use cheap thread right? Well being the penny pincher that I can "bee" I love to save on this thread as much as I can. I want to share with you my method for making that spool last way longer that you can imagine! Here's how. Take a piece of scrap fabric...say a 2" square and fold in half. Then when you come to the end of piecing, sew this in right behind that last fabric. See picture below!
This eliminates pulling out several inches of this really good, expensive thread not only from the top spool in the machine but also from the bobbin! (Double savings here!) Once you have sewn onto this small scrap, just take your small pair of scissors and snip that little connecting thread and voila! You have only used about 1" from the top spool and 1" from the bobbin instead of perhaps 5" to 6" off of each. This translates to yards of thread being saved instead of ending up in the clippings basket, less spools over time purchased and more money in your pocket!
Now to begin again...you simply just take your next fabrics to be sewn and lead them in right in behind your small piece of scrap fabric that is still in the machine. Sew as normal and snip the little scrap and reuse! See picture below.
Now as a rule of thumb, I used to tell my students beige thread for warm colors, grey thread for cool. This way the thread blends so much better and your stitches don't show on the top of your quilt!
- January 8, 2012
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