Do you hoard tiny scraps like me?
I cleaned out my scrap bin last week- whew! That was a job. Sorted and trimmed, I put together a pile of small scraps for a ticker tape quilt.
I've always wanted to make a big one. I made this little one last year for my daughter's baby doll.
It gets used all the time which I love.
(Speaking of which, I snapped this picture when I peeked out on the driveway this afternoon while my daughter was playing. Her baby was taking a nap with the umbrella. Maybe she was expecting rain? :) Don't you love a quilt in use?)
Anyway, I decided it was high time to do some quilting and break in my new machine.
Oh yes, my fabulous new machine.
Santa brought me a really wonderful Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0 for Christmas.
I am in love with this machine.
The bells and whistles are wonderful; it's super easy to use, hums right along and has the fabulous IDT which is a built in walking foot/dual feed that keeps top and bottom layers together when sewing.
I love that I can program it to automatically anchor the beginning and ending stitches and cut the thread when I finish sewing. Of course the needle down position rocks as does the automatic slight lift of the presser foot to allow for easy pivoting. Ahhhh, heaven.
OK, so where was I? Oh yes. The ticker tape quilt. So I sorted all of my scraps, tucked away the larger ones in bins for a future project I have in mind and kept my favorite little guys. I had the best time playing with the layout- rather like puzzle pieces (which is weird because I don't like puzzles) but this I totally enjoyed. 1.5 Lapel sticks later, I had all of them glued down and ready to be sewn on.
Since most of the pieces sit so closely together, I stitched around the edges of each piece in a continuous manner rather than doing each piece individually. I started out individually but just don't have the patience for that. Plus it was more fun linking all the pieces. I don't think the little extra stitches in between the pieces will be very noticeable after I quilt it.
I kept the sides rolled up the best I could as I made my way back and forth across the quilt. The glue stick really did a good job of holding my scraps in place.
I'm not going to lie- I wouldn't do this on a quilt larger than this one (36 x 40.) I had plenty of space to turn it in my new machine but it was tedious and kinda boring after a while. I think it would be much more fun to do ticker tape blocks and then sew all those together.
Anyway, I finished up my quilt top tonight and now need to spray baste it and get it quilted. I am thinking that a square spiral of sorts would be fun. That way it would echo the rainbow of colors spreading out from the middle.
BTW, I just ordered some more 505 spray online for $13.49 for a 17 oz can! Pretty good deal I think.
Still here? Great because I also want to mention that my friend Sarah at Fairy Face Designs is hosting a great beginners sewing series called Sew Get Started, and I'll be sharing a super easy napkin tutorial over there in a few weeks.
Stop by to check out the great lineup and the giveaway!
Alright y'all, it's time for bed. Peace out!