July Studio Recap

July was busy everywhere but in the studio. As I was going through my photo reel, I really only did one sewing session. I’ll share that in this recap and all the other things we’ve been up to.

Happy Birthday America

me and sir in front of the White House

Sir was lucky enough to get tickets to the 4th of July celebration at the White House. We had a lot of fun listening to music and watching the fireworks. It was super hot, but we couldn’t pass up this opportunity. Read More…

Flying Geese Tips & Tricks

I’m about to release my very first pattern (squeeee!), and I’ve become somewhat of an expert on flying geese. I thought I’d get you ready for the pattern by sharing my very best flying geese tips.

Use Pins or Change Your Presser Foot Tension

Even with a walking foot, I was noticing some shift in the fabric as I sewed along each side of the line. There are two ways to prevent this: pin your fabric or adjust your presser foot tension.

Pinning can be such a pain – I just hate it – that I decided to adjust my presser foot tension. Most modern sewing machines have this feature, and I use it quite a lot when I’m doing any walking foot quilting. It really cuts down on those weird shift wiggles you can get, and it worked great for this too. When I’m quilting, I’ll lower the pressure all the way down to zero. For fabric shift, try out anything between 15 and 25 to see what works for you.

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Spring Studio Recap

Whew! It’s been a busy couple months here in the studio, and I’m blown away by how much I have to share with you. Since I didn’t have time to break the months up, you’re getting a spring studio recap. Buckle up, friends.

In the Studio

For covering two months, this section isn’t going to be that long. Family, learning, and my idiot cat have kept me very busy.

Welcome Home Quilt

full size Welcome Home quilt

First up is the Welcome Home quilt. Sir’s parents are building their retirement home right now. And when I say “building,” I mean they bought a floor plan and are using their own hands and backs to build their retirement home. Of course they have help from time, but I’m so impressed with what they are doing. I used the Cream and Sugar quilt pattern from It’s Sew Emma to make this for their housewarming present. It was done just in time to give it to them when they came to visit at the beginning of June. I have a ton of great pictures that I’ll share once I can catch my breath. Read More…

Break a Leg Quilt

Meet the Break a Leg quilt.

When my nieces were younger, I promised them a trip out to see me for their first teenaged birthday. When the oldest niece had her trip, we went through patterns and books and fabrics so she could help pick out a more grown up quilt. (Her Winnie the Pooh quilt from when she was born just wasn’t cutting it anymore!) After a lot of digging and pulling, we came up with:

full wide shot of break a leg quilt

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