Compass Centre Retreat

I’m off to a quilt retreat in the quiet town of Mount Calm, TX. A group of about 30 ladies will gather there for the next five days to sew and have a wonderful time at the Compass Centre retreat. They have wonderful ladies who cook lunch and dinner every night and it is delicious! Not just because we don’t have to cook it either.

The accommodations are wonderful too. Every room has a theme and the beds, and walls, are covered with beautiful quilts. There are plenty of bathrooms for all the ladies and everything is so organized. Last year we had our first retreat there and we booked for the same week this year.

I hope to post photos during the week. That is if I can figure out how to do it from my iPad.

Have a wonderful week.

Accuquilt Die

Accuquilt Die

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Accuquilt Custom Die

I’m really excited about my custom die from Accuquilt.

I need to complete 100 medical play dolls for a summer camp at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.  They will be using the dolls at a camp for hemophilia patients this summer. 

I contacted Accuquilt and asked to have a die made to fit my Go! cutter so I wouldn’t have to draw and cut out all those dolls.  Since I don’t have the Studio cutter, the complete doll would not fit on one die.  They were able to create one that can be used by folding the fabric and placing it on the die to make a whole doll.  In about 30 minutes I had 35 of the dolls cut out.   All I need now is additional fabric to make the remaining 55.  I’m really rolling along now and hope to be finished by the middle of May.

Gingerland Table Topper

Gingerland Table Topper

Gingerland Table Topper

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Webs & Spiders

Webs & Spiders

Webs & Spiders

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Connie’s APQS Studio

Connie’s Quilt Studio is inside Quilt Country in Lewisville, TX.  She gives longarm classes and rents out her machines by the hour.  She’s a great teacher, very knowledgeable about all aspects of the quilting process, and guides you along with encouragement. 

Last week I returned to her studio to try my hand at quilting my own quilts.  I currently have about eight quilts in my closet waiting to be sent to a quilter so I decided I’d take two of the smaller ones and try my hand at it.  I was extremely nervous about spoiling the work I had already done on the piecing but Connie encouraged me, let me practice then helped me get started.  I did a simple meander on both quilts so I could get the feel of how you need to move the machine across the quilt.  My arm and shoulder got quite a workout.

I’m so proud of how they turned out.  It’s one of those moments in life when you can shout YES! I did it!  It really gives you a feeling of accomplishment.  I’m returning next Tuesday to practice on some larger quilts I have ready.  I hope to try out other patterns on those. 

Take a look at the finished quilts and let me know what you think.

Minkie – love or leave it??

What do you think of sewing with minkie?  I have mixed feelings.  I’ve made several things using it and I discovered that you DO NOT want to make a quilt with it as backing.  It’s so stretchy you might lose your mind trying to sew on it.

I finally found a tutorial on the internet with some great tips on how to sew using minkie, you can find it at this link: http://www.thediydish.com/2011/06/5-tips-for-sewing-with-minky-free-project-new-studio/

I use a walking foot for almost all projects that have bulky fabric weights but it’s a must when sewing minkie.  I also use a stretch needle and stretch stitch on my machine.

I recently made a baby blanket for a friend using minkie on both sides.  I also embroidered the baby’s name on the blanket using a heavy water activated stablizer.  It was a little difficult removing the stablizer but once you rinse the sticky out it’s fine.

I did an embroidery test on a small piece of minkie and I was able to make it into a taglet for the baby.  I used a plastic grocery sack inside the taglet so that it makes that crinkley noise.

I also made two diaper changing pads using PUL from from Joann’s with flannel backing.

I think it’s a really cute baby gift for friends!

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