Minky Quilt

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.

minky quilt

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

minky 2

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?

Our Friend, the Stiletto

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:

stiletto1

They are really useful for holding down little pieces of fabric in spots where my fat fingers just dare not go.

stiletto2

See? I think this stiletto’s grandmother was a shish kabob stick. And look where she is now!

stiletto3

Tip + a Finished Object

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.

double hourglass

Tissue Box or Trash?

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.

Happy Sewing!