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Kaffe Fassett Squares March 18, 2010

Filed under: Finished Quilts — jenbenbry @ 10:22 pm
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My next quilt project is for me!  Yay!  I received a book of Kaffe Fassett quilt designs for Christmas (Passionate Patchwork) and decided to make a small version of one of his quilts.  I love the way the squares form from the striped fabrics.  I scoured most of the Chicago quilt shops looking for striped fabrics in bright colors. I tried to vary it up in terms of size and colors.   I’m still having some trouble getting everything even, as you can see along the bottom edge of the quilt.  Any suggestions for getting things a bit more even?

Appropriately, I used Kaffe Fassett fabrics for the backing and binding. I like the contrast of the circles on the back and the squares on the front.

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Wonky Blocks March 17, 2010

Filed under: Finished Quilts,Quilting Tips for Beginners — jenbenbry @ 11:50 pm
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Wow! I’ve discovered the coolest thing, wonky blocks! When you don’t feel like planning an entire quilt out and measuring everything to the millimeter, try a wonky quilt block. To make a wonky quilt block, follow the instructions on the great tutorial from Tallgrass Prairie Studios. I really enjoyed making a quilt this way, it allows a little more creativity and spontaneity in quilt making. I made this quilt for my mom’s birthday present. I’m really happy with how it turned out and it’s going to be a little hard to let it go out the door!

I used an abstract grey and back floral print on the back and a grey spotted binding

Ok, this is going to sound super basic, but I finally figured out how to machine quilt. On all of my previous quilts I’ve used simple stitch in the ditch quilting with my basic sewing foot. I read online that you can get different feet, a walking foot and an embroidery foot to help with different types of quilting. I haven’t had a chance to use the walking foot yet, it’s for straight stitching. On this quilt I tried out the embroidery foot for the first time, and WOW! It’s amazing! Two important tricks, I wasn’t sure how to attach the foot as it didn’t seem to fit in the lever mechanism, finally I figured out that there’s a screw on the left side of the sewing machine that holds the foot in place. One other important note, it’s a lot easier to use the embroidery foot when your feed dogs are not engaged (the metal with grooves under the needle that move the fabric forward). Some machines have a mechanism to raise and lower these, but mine came with a plastic piece that you snap over them. If you’re a beginning quilter, I’d highly recommend getting an embroidery foot, or borrow a friend’s and try it out.

An embroidery foot in action

Here’s Mom with the quilt, I think she likes it!