Border Quilt QAL – DAY ONE!

Jen of Patterns by Jen is kicking off her Border Quilt Quilt Along today!!

This week is focused on the centerpiece–whether pieced or panel. I’ve gone with an appliqué panel. My pieces are fused down and I’ve decided to do a zig-zag around the raw edges instead of hand embroidery. Come January, I hope to have time to sit and do some handwork over the whole thing. Maybe hand quilt it? We’ll see! Wouldn’t that be a cozy winter project!

In two weeks (on September 26th) we’ll be talking about the first few borders. I have my pieces cut!

Make today wonderful. Even if all you can muster is a smile at a stranger.

“This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

xoxo,
Tara

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Confessions of a Quilter – #2

Confession Number Two

I shop the fabric sales. With very few exceptions.

Quilting can be a really expensive endeavor. Gone are the days when buying fabric and making your own thing was cheaper than a ready made something (shirt, blanket, quilt, whatever). In fact, that table has flipped completely.

I shop the sales on clothes, shoes, vacations, and food. I clip grocery coupons. Some of my favorite clothes came from thrift shops. Why should fabric all of a sudden make me act like Mama Moneybags when I’m not?

I believe quilting belongs to everyone, and I don’t like seeing folks practically priced out of the world of quilting because they can’t spend as much on a yard of fabric as they make an hour. And I really don’t like that some folks get all bent about people looking for a bargain. I think that is bullshit, frankly. It automatically cuts some folks out of the picture. I can’t get on board with that. The quilt industry needs different price points to thrive. It needs sales to purge the glut of fabric that comes through the channels every year. There is some beautiful fabric coming out every few months, but I’ll be damned if I’m spending $12 a yard for it. You can carry on and do you however you want. I’ll be over here looking for my price breaks.

Sew Alongs

  • Speaking of budgets…. Seth Hackler, fearless leader of the Facebook group Quilting on a Budget is running a sew along for my Churned Up pattern! He’s officially kicking it off Monday, 9/10. I’m curating a bundle for a giveaway, too! (that’s just fancy talk that means I’m hand picking some fabrics.) Is there a coupon code for the pattern? OF COURSE there is. You’ll find it in the announcements in the group.
  • The Border Quilt Quilt Along hosted by Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen starts next week on September 12th! Grab your copy of her Border Quilt pattern and join in!

Upcoming Events

  • I’m speaking at the 7:00 pm Cherokee Rose Quilters Guild meeting at Sutton Hall in Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday, November 15th. I’d love to see you there! The theme of my trunk show and talk is Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers. Doors open at 6:30.
  • Catch me hanging out in the Just Wanna Quilt booth at Quilt Festival Houston in November! If you’re attending Festival, tap me on the shoulder and say hello!

xoxo,
~ Tara

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The Border Quilt with the Notorious PBJ

Ok, that’s not really what anyone calls her. Except me. I’m not even sure she’ll like that. You might know her as Jen of Patterns By Jen.

She’s running a quilt along for her Border Quilt pattern starting in a couple of weeks, and she’s posting interviews with some of the bloggers joining in (she asked some fun questions!). Check out the details on her website and come join us!

I mostly make my own patterns, so I’m going to enjoy letting her do the math for me on this one! She’s done such a wonderful job writing this up that I feel a little like I’m on a vacation with it. I can just sit back and enjoy it in between all the hectic-ness that is going on behind the scenes at The District right now.

I’ve chosen to make an applique and embroidery panel for the center of mine. You can piece yours like the pattern calls for, or you could use some fabulous large print for the center!

Getting started on The Border Quilt

Here’s the rest of my pull. Ohhhhh, yuummmy! (Of course, I also just pulled out a polka dot to go in here because I can’t leave well enough alone.)

My pull for The Border Quilt

 

Hope you’ll join in the fun!

xoxo,
~Tara

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Napkins to Wipe Your Mouth With

We like to use mostly cloth napkins around our house. Not because we’re posh (Duchess Meghan hasn’t returned my call), but because we like the reduce and reuse economical and ecological factors.

You could probably have a set of these ready for your dinner party tonight.

Here’s how…

  1. Cut some fabric into squares. I used my 12-1/2″ square ruler. Go bigger if you want! 15-20″ square would be nice, too!
  2. For pressing your seam allowances, mark a 3/8″ line on one side and a 1/2″ line on the other side of a piece of cardstock (or a file folder–just something thin, non-flammable, and non-melty). If you don’t need this to fold and press your seams, by all means skip it. I won’t tell.
  3. Now, on two opposing sides of each napkin, press once up to the 3/8″ mark, then fold over and press up to the 1/2″ mark. The raw edge should be inside the fold. Don’t do all four sides yet. Only do these two opposing sides.
  4. Topstitch these two sides of each napkin. Get close to the lip of the fold with your stitches (you don’t want a sloppy, flappy flange sort of thing happening). Don’t worry about backstitching at the end or beginning.
  5. Once those two sides are sewn down, repeat the folding and pressing (3/8″ then 1/2″) on the other two sides of each napkin. DO backstitch at the beginning and end of these.

If you pre-washed your fabric, you can use these straight away! If you didn’t, be sure to wash them before you use them to get the chemicals out.

I guess I need to get on and make the ones for my Mom that I promised her about two years ago….

And, yes, I know I ended that title with a preposition. Sometimes rules need to be broken. 😉

xoxo
~Tara

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