Hope everyone had some time in the week for a little catch up and to muck about with their designs. I left my camera at work, so we’ll have to make do without photos of this step, but I think it will be easy enough to envision.
We’ll sew our squares into rows this week. I sew my squares across, you may prefer up and down, it makes no difference.
If I had my camera I could show you how much the design POPS when the rows are sewn. I was seriously impressed, as I was a bit uncertain about this newer to me design.
What is important (to me at least) is matching the ends of your squares so that your points look crisp and your rows line up. Some people pin, I simply match up my squares (right sides together of course) and start my stitching. After about five stitches I make sure my bottom corners are still lined up and I hold them together till I get to the end of the square with my stitching.
If they don’t seem to be lining up (which they should if they were cut the same size), then I lift my presser foot with the needle down and pull the corners of the squares together. Now holding the corners together I continue to sew.
Once at the end I press. If I plan on quilting stitch in the ditch I press my seams to the side to offer more material layers for the stitching. I actually quite like this type of quilt stitched this way. I believe stitch in the ditch is rather under rated. It really allows the design itself to shine. However, if I choose to free motion ( I mean, pay someone else to kill their back), then I press my seams open.
I’ll leave the arguments of ironing seams open or to the side to people who care. I find either way fine and easy enough to match seams.
I got some other things brewing that are on my camera, especially samples we’ve been producing at Fabric Crush, that I’ll share later.
We did receive a Thank You card from our little friend Darma for her birthday gift. Had I know she was having ponies at the party I would have whipped up some Heather Ross, but I went with Fairies.
I love this line for making pillows. I’ve made it before in this colorway:
The details are sweet.
Wee man had to get into the scene. Christmas in October highwaters…I suppose I should get around to sewing some new pjs for the kid.
I had been wanting to get a picture of our sunflowers this year and never got around to it. They were as tall as the house. Here they are in the background, heavy with seed. Our resident squirrel, Hazel is very fat this year.