Thursday, July 02, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Are any of you having trouble with your stitches showing on the front of your work?  I may have a solution for you!
The easiest way to sew your honeycombs together is put them right sides together and do a whipstitch down the edge.  When doing the whipstitch, it's important to catch only one or two threads from each honeycomb...if you catch more than that, called taking too big a "bite", you will end up with threads showing on the front.  Sometimes you can "paint" over the thread on the front with a micron pen that matches your fabric and hide the thread, but I think I may have found a method of stitching that will alleviate the problem altogether!
Instead of doing a whipstitch, I've been holding the honeycombs together flat and running the needle across the seam allowance on both honeycombs, as shown above.  It doesn't seem to matter how large a stitch I take - no threads show up on the front.  For me, it's a little more awkward to hold the pieces flat, but it gets easier with practice and it's definitely worth trying if you can avoid stitches showing on the front!
Let me know how this technique works for you... I'm loving it!!

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

We have a winner!

Our shop has a winner for the Row x Row Experience Shop Hop!  Barbara Kulik was the first quilter to bring in a finished quilt using rows from at least eight different shops - Barabara actually used nine rows in her quilt!  
Our row features Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill fishing in the Chattahoochee (2nd row from the top in Barbara's quilt).
She also had a cute idea for the back of her quilt which allowed her to use the fabric license plates she got at each shop...
Barbara used a quilt as you go technique to get her quilt finished in record time!
For her prize, Barbara won 25 fat quarters of her choice.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Chattanooga area road trip...

 Chattanooga Quilts in Ooltewah TN is the last stop on Mary Ellen's trip home from Cooperstown NY. See their row 'Chattaquarium' (love the name of their row!) on their website: www.chattanoogaquilts.com. It's a cute shop with a contemporary feel, plus reproduction fabrics. They also sell a handmade pottery collector's mug made by a Tennessee potter. They shared  the artist's name with us and we also carry the mugs with our name on them too! Check our LQ  website to see our mug.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Going to class in style

If you're looking for the perfect tote bag to take to classes, we think this one is the best.  These ladies just finished the Project Tote class here at Little Quilts and they're going home with finished bags!
The bags incorporate upholstery fabric and wool for a very durable bag with lots of pockets on the inside.  Carolyn added extra wool applique to the back of her bag...
Amy prefers brighter colors so she chose a brighter, more contemporary palette for her bag and isn't it fun!
As you can see, the bags are large enough to hold everything but the sewing machine!

Travel - hit the quilt shops - for the Row by Row experience

Mary Ellen stopped at Sew What Fabric -Batik's Etc. in Wytheville, VA, on her way home from Cooperstown NY. Owner Carol Britt wasn't in. She's recovering from a knee replacement. Her store's the place for batiks!! They have zillions of them on the bolt, charm packs and jelly rolls! Hope your travels bring you to her shop. The building is over 100 years old - was a bed & breakfast - turned into a quilt shop in the early 1980's. Check out their website www.batiks.com to see their block "Waterwheel". The other picture is a darling shop called "The Secret Inside". Loved the outside!!...it was closed!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses

Another fun block using a very unusual stripe...

 This is the fabric before it's cut.  As you can see, except for the corners, all the honeycombs came from the same fabric.  The gold fabric for the corners was left over from a previous block.

Check the website if you need to reorder paper piecing supplies.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On the Road Again...

Mary Ellen's traveling!  On the way to her grandson's baseball game in Cooperstown, NY, she stopped at Heartworks Quilt Shop in Fly Creek NY .

They're participating in the 2015 Row x Row Experience. Their row pattern is "The Great Snowball Fight of 2015". Here's a picture of it....hope you get to visit and purchase a kit!
Isn't that just the cutest row?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Anyone going to Houston Quilt Festival...?

....Here is something to look forward to. 
Little Quilts customer and teacher, Marty Young, received news today that her quilt "Judie's Neighborhood Folk" was among the 23 chosen to hang in Houston this year by the Primitive Quilts and Projects Quilt Exhibit! Not only that but she is the 1st Place winner in the "Original Design" Category!!
She will get to see it there too because her prize is a trip for two to Festival.  Congratulations Marty.