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!

Iron Caddy, Ironing Pad and Scrap Sack

A friend recently gave me the cutest pattern for an iron caddy so I just had to try it out!  It’s really handy to carry your iron to sewing classes or retreats.  It has iron safe fabric on the inside so it unfolds and becomes a surface where you can iron your quilt blocks.

I also made a cute ironing pad and scrap sack out of matching fabric.  You can use the pad to iron your blocks or as a pad for your machine.  It even has a pin cushion and a fob for your scissors.

Spooky Pillows

Here’s couple of Halloween pillows I made from a really cute book purchased at the Houston Quilt Festival last November.

These are really cute and will probably end up with one of my grandkids.  Most of the work is done by machine applique but the spider’s web and spider are done by hand embroidery.  I’ve done counted cross stitch for many years but I’m trying to learn embroidery.  I can’t seem to keep my stitches the same size.  Hopefully, I’ll get better as I practice.

I purchased several Christmas quilt patterns that use hand embroidery so I need to get crackin on that practice!

Compass Centre Retreat

I enjoyed my first week of retirement at the Compass Centre in Mt. Clam, TX.  It was so much fun to share the laughs and good times with my quilting buddies.  We had a wonderful time and the center is a great place to have a retreat.  The rooms are so cute and the food was wonderful.  We always learn alot from each other also.

It seems like I didn’t get much done; while everyone else was whizzing through several quilts, I barely finished one.  My friend Diane must have made at least two dozen, if not more, in those 4 days.

This quilt is for my friend Reggie, who is a giant of a man, so the size of the quilt had to meet the challenge.  It’s just a bit bigger than king size.  Reggie and I worked together for the last five years and they have been the most fun I’ve had in my working career.  We’ve shared many happy times, including, our Halloween costume contest for charity, which we won last year.  We’ve also sung together, danced together, and shared many meals through those years.

I named the quilt Tropical Vacation – in honor of Reggie and Marilyn’s 40th Anniversary.  They celebrated with a cruise last year.  The quilt is being quilted and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.  I’m sure it will be beautiful.

I have quilts for my other team members and they are at the quilter also.  Unfortunately, I did not make photos before I sent them off.  Keep checking back to see those quilts also.

Take care and have a blessed day.

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