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!

Is it Christmas yet?

I’m not sure if I’m early or late this year but it seems like all my projects are Christmas related.  I suppose every quilter has UFOs (Unfinished Objects) in their stash, but I seem to have more than most.  I started the year organizing and puttting my projects together and I realized I have enough to last at least a year.  I have so many Christmas items that I’m determined to get them all done by Christmas 2012.  I’m also trying to avoid buying anymore fabric unless everything I have is finished.

I love my Accuquilt Go! cutter.  These applique projects were cut using my cutter.  The pillowcases turned out so sweet that I’m hoping to find additional fabric and make them for Cook Children’s hospital.

I also have a new grandson Memphis Christopher Scott,  isn’t he just so cute!!!  It seems like sock monkeys are making a comeback so I made a Christmas quilt for him.  It’s on its way to the quilter and I’m very excited to see how she finishes it.   I hope he enjoys it for many years to come.

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I still have a few more Christmas projects so keep checking back.