I got a sewing referral through facebook recently, and I put two minky quilts together for my friend’s sister. It was simple piecework, but the stretchy minky fabric (aka cuddle fabric) was a little challenging.
Here is what I learned:
* Baste very carefully, someone mentioned basting spray, but I pinned and it was fine
* Use a walking foot
* Don’t backstitch because you might have to unpick
* Use a big quilting ruler/grid to flatten and smooth out the bottom and top before pinning
I just sewed the squares together and quilted the front to the back. The fabric was so thick it didn’t really need batting, and rather than a separate binding I folded the back over twice and sewed it to the front. I love this paisley texture, isn’t it gorgeous?
I would never sew in stilettos. However, I would sew WITH a stiletto. I didn’t know that they moonlight as a sewing tool until Christmas time, when a friend from quilt guild made these adorable things for everyone in the guild:
They are really useful for holding down little pieces of fabric in spots where my fat fingers just dare not go.
See? I think this stiletto’s grandmother was a shish kabob stick. And look where she is now!
Just a little note to let you know I am still here, and I still intend to post a tutorial of the Dresden skirt above very soon! My daughter wears it two days in a row every time I let her. I think it is because I allowed her to pick the fat quarters I used. Also, it’s a dang cute skirt if I do say so myself.
For now, until I have time to photograph the steps to make the Dresden Skirt, I’ll share a completed project and a little tip.
I finished the quilt below using the easy double hourglass tutorial on Cluck Cluck Sew. Love how it turned out, and I gave it to a nephew for Christmas. For some reason I always finish projects better when they are for someone else.
And my tip for today is, don’t throw away tissue boxes. Use them for a sewing table garbage can. They hold threads and little unusable scraps of fabric much better than the flannel side of the project you are working on. Or your sweatpants.