Pressing News! (Thimble Thursday)

Monopoly Game

In a move that is sure to disappoint quilters and seamstresses everywhere, Hasbro has announced The Beloved Iron is OUT from Monopoly games!

Monopoly Game

Fellow tokens rallied round to cheer up their longtime friend, but the Parker Brothers were unmoved!

They claim The Beloved Iron was voted out on Facebook in February–(an unfair forum–How many quilters and seamstresses spend any time on Facebook?)

Monopoly Game

Complaints were met with indifference…and armed guards!

Monopoly Game

So the iron was left high and (worse yet) DRY!

Monopoly Game

Our only consolation…

Monopoly Game

The Dimpled Thimble was spared!

And the replacement?

A Rotary Cutter perhaps?

No!

Much to the chagrin of Ruby and Roxie.

Monopoly Cat

Work in Progress Wednesday–The Blue Stripe Doodle Quilt

Free Motion Quilted Doodle

I have been putting my new Bernina 820 through its paces this week.

Free Motion Quilted Doodle

I have had houses and gardens “on the brain” lately…

Free Motion Quilted Doodle

I stitched these doodles on a striped blue and white quilt. Gardens in the blue stripes and houses in the white stripes.

Free Motion Quilted Doodle

Because I am still getting used to my sewing machine,  it took me a bit of “tweaking” to get the tension just right, but once I did I was on a roll…The Bernina  820 has a huge bobbin, so I didn’t need to stop often.

Free Motion Quilted Doodle

I wonder if the new Berninas have a stitch counter–I need to check the manual–

Free Motion Quilted Doodle

I would LOVE to know how many stitches are in this quilt…

Free Motion Quilted Doodle

The Blue stripes began with The Fabulous Flower (see tutorial HERE).  Then I did  a technique I call “layering in” to add more leaves, spirals, and flowers.

Free Motion Quilted Doodle

Now that I have this quilt finished, I have no excuse not to clean my house and tend my garden!

You might also like:  A Sewing Studio Addition (My new Bernina 820)

Later this week, I will reveal My Secret Weapon for free motion quilting large quilts!

Next week: A fabulous Stencil Giveaway!

Keep doodling!

Tuesday Tutorial Trifecta-Straight Lines

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

As you can tell, I am crazy about alliteration lately–Work in Progress Wednesday, Silent Sunday-and I’m thinking about  starting  (Avoid my) Mistake Mondays and Flower Friday–Thursday seems to defy alliteration–any suggestions??

Today’s Tuesday Tutorial is a trifecta!  Three mini motifs for you to try…  Last week, we talked about the importance of Contrast.  (Read about Contrast HERE).  Pairing curvy and straight motifs often improves the quilt design…

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

One very simple, but very effective quilting pattern is straight lines.  Repeated, straight lines create a visual break between curvy motifs.  You don’t need to get fancy.  Straight Lines look beautiful because of their simplicity as well as the symmetry and rhythm of the repeated pattern…very comfortable for the eye to rest…In the sample below, I stitched angular lines and then morphed into a curved version.  (In a quilt, I would choose one or the other.)  The curved version is a bit easier to stitch quickly and I use it in many of my quilts.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Sometimes, I vary the straight line pattern by adding a spiral (See Spiral Tutorial HERE).  It also looks great.  You can add the spiral on every third “upstroke”  or just add them randomly…

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

And our third motif today…Switching from vertical lines to horizontal  lines periodically…Another pattern that always looks fabulous!

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

So stitch a small sampler so you can see for yourself the simplicity of straight line stitches! (Thanks for indulging me…)

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

And check out the other tutorials in the “Quilt/Tutorial” Tab above.  More Spirals are HERE and the Spiral Hearts are HERE.

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Later in the week, I will be discussing my SECRET WEAPON for FMQ that I use in place of those annoying gloves