Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This is one of the quilts that I made for the QA TV show. It is called Deckle Leaves. I have used the Deckle decorative blade from Fiskars to cut out the leaf shapes from "wicked" fabric and placed on a violet background surrounded by a mottled "Frieda" green border. It has a pillow case finish and is mounted on 1/4" clear plexiglass. I have used velcro dots to attach it to the plexiglass.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
alot of lint builds up in a quick amount of time inside the bobbin area. So I take off the throat plate and clean out the bobbin area with every new project as well. And on a very big project I clean the bobbin area in the middle of the project.
Remember our sewing machines are the tools we use and a good clean machine is going to work better than a beat up dirty one.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
First thing I do is set up two or three large plastic molded tables that I have, you can get these at Home Depot or Menards, I have lots of them and use them for all sorts of stuff. I put these in my living room, because is is light and warm and easy to do it here, rather than a dark or dank garage or basement.
Next I iron out my backing fabric. I use a spray sizing when I am ironing it so that the back of the batting is kinda slick and slides around easier on my surface when I am quilting.
Once it is all pinned I cut the sandwich off of the table leaving a good 2-3 inches all around the edges. Then I take my sandwich to a comfortable chair and sit in front of the TV and while I am watching some thing interesting on TV I close all the pins. I am always looking for things to do in front of the TV so that I don't feel like I am wasting time watching the tube.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Janome, which I LOVE.
I have found that it helps with machine quilting as well as with piecing to have a single hole throat plate on my machine instead of the double whole throat plate that comes standard on all zigzag type machines. The single hole keeps the fabric on the surface of the sole plate better than a double hole plate does. So if you have the option of buying one for your brand machine I recommend doing so.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I grew up loving hearts. When I was a young teenager I used to embroider hearts all over everything. I still collect them and have them all over the house the month of February. Some say they are the universal image of the female form from the waist to our curvy bottoms.
This month with every order from my website over $20 I will include directions on how to make the hearts above as well as free form pieced hearts below. It's a twofer for the twofer month.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
obsessions. Today after breakfast we will go from room to room here at the hotel looking at stoneware people have for sale, hoping to find that one thing that eludes his collection. Then on the drive back to Illinois we will stop at every antique mall we pass and some that are alittle out of the way to look for more. I will also get to look for hankies. We all have our obsessions.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I have a favor to ask any one who stops by the blog. I received this comment from a customer.
HOWEVER, for every listing and hit that comes up on google with your company name with friestyle as the search name, we get the following warning from google: This site may harm your computer. We can not access your website at all from the google links. It is blocked from here by google.
Perhaps you may want to look at the issue as I am quite certain that it is costing you business and is clearly hurting your reputation
When I google myself it all comes up just fine, and I can access my website from the links that appear. My favor is the following, will you please google my business name FRIESTYLE and see if you get a similiar warning and then please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.
Monday, February 2, 2009
On the left are cotton #30 and #40 weight threads. When I use a cotton thread I always use a quilting needle.
In the middle are Superior Polyester Thread and YLI silk. I use Sharp or Microtex needles when I am using either of these threads, and I adjust the size of the needle to the size of the thread. So if the polyester is a #40 I use an 80 0r 90 size needle. With the silk it is a much thinner weight thread #50# or #100 and I use a smaller needle. That only makes common sense. The last thread on the left is my favorite thread, a #30 weight Rayon thread. I sell this on my website , in the notions section. When I use rayon I use an embroidery needle. All of the needles I have mentioned are sharps, they have a very sharp shaft for puncturing through multiple layers. This makes my machine quilting so much better, and I don't have any issues with my threads breaking or fraying because I am using the correct needle with the kind of thread I am quilting with.
I get a great newsletter about thread from Superior Threads and now they have a new blog, I hope you check it out.