Polka Dots and Geese with Hats

Welcome to another installment of Full Fabric Friday! … where I chat a bit about a fabric line, a shop, or offer some other such fabric musings.

Mr. District is originally from South Bend, Indiana, and we go up to visit with his Mom and extended family for the holidays about once a year. When we’re up there, I like to stop into Erica’s Craft and Sewing Center. Funny enough, I found their online shop when I was on the hunt for a particular fabric a few years ago, and I ordered from them before I noticed they were in South Bend! Small world.

And now, some geese with hats! And shawls! Gah!

reproduction fabric
Toy Box Miniatures by Sara Morgan for Washington Street Studio

I mean, for real. How stinkin’ cute is that?!

Erica’s has a sweet section of 30s repros, and I also picked up every last bit they had of this sharp squares print. Hello, snazzy future binding!

30s Playtime by Chloe’s Closet for Moda

On every visit, I hit the rummage bin for deals on fat eights and fat quarters because I like to have a stash with lots of variety.

On this visit last Saturday, I went in looking particularly for polka dots for a pattern I’m working up to submit to a magazine, and I found EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Spoiler alert: think grape, orange, apple, and strawberry!

polka dot fabric
Kimberbell Basics by Kim Christopherson for Maywood Studio

Erica’s is family run and has been in business for over 40 years! They have a solid selection of quilt fabrics, wools, and yarn. They also deal Handi Quilter, Baby Lock, and Husqvarna Viking machines!

Nice folks to do business with. Be sure to check out the virtual tour of their shop on their website!

Until next time,
~ Tara

The 2018 Plan

I’m not one for New Years’ resolutions, but I do like a good plan. Even if it usually gets all tossed about and headed in unexpected directions when all is said and done. 2017 is wrapping up on a note I couldn’t have expected, and I hear the best way to get God to laugh is to have a plan…. So, with that, I join Yvonne (aka Quilting Jet Girl) for the #2018PlanningParty!

2018 Planning Party

Here’s my high-level list—with the caveat that it’s only a starting point. A launchpad for rockets or slow boats. Life has a funny way of making up its own mind about how it wants to go. I will work diligently toward these goals, but I promise to be willing and able to adjust my sails to meet the challenge when the situation requires it.

THE 2018 PLAN

  1. Move into the sewing room.
    > Now that my step kids are grown and out, I need to get my sewing “studio” out of the kitchen! This involves tearing out old carpet, prepping and painting walls and trim, and spending time setting up.
  2. Learn to meditate.
    > I really need to practice this. I’m fairly terrible at it, but I’m certain that is because I lack the practice.
  3. Work out twice a week instead of once.
  4. Blog. Do it regularly-ish.
    > The only rule I’m putting around this is to make it more of a habit and at least 3 times a month. I won’t say every week, because I’m not keen to force it. I want to do it when it needs to be done. Maybe that’s 3 times a week sometimes. We’ll see.
  5. Be one of the 2018 52Quilters. (*waves across the pond to Chris*)
  6. Projects (here is where things get pretty unreasonable spectacularly nuts):
    > Publish 1 pattern in a magazine. (I know the pattern and I know the mag I want it in.)
    > Complete and deliver the Liberty quilt. This is a commission that I can’t share with you yet.
    > 1-3 gift quilts. Recipients already chosen. Bonus: these can also be new patterns!
    > 1-2 other commissions. One is already promised. The other has only been a passing discussion so far.
    > Get permission from the owner of a particular antique quilt to publish the pattern I have begun for a replica of that quilt. Publish that pattern. Oh, I hope, I hope! This one is SO delicious.

Through it all, I want to remember this:

 

I invite and welcome you, 2018. Let’s see what you and I can make of things, shall we?

xoxo,
~~Tara

Trimming Jagged Edges from Precuts

You know those pinked (jagged) edges on precuts? I’m not a fan. Well, I get it, they keep the fabric from fraying, and that’s obviously good. But when it comes to cutting them or sewing them, I grouse around wishing for a straight edge!

I thought I’d show you how I went about eliminating those jagged edges when cutting for my Churned Up quilt with a pack of Benartex 10x10s of Modern Marks. I hope these tips help you when cutting for patterns that call for hacking up precut squares with jagged edges!

You’ll end up with sliver-trimmed bits like these:

I needed to cut the 10×10 square into a 7″ piece and a 3″ piece. I set two rulers side-by-side and checked for the sweet spot where I could get the sizes I needed with just a smidge of those jagged edges extending past those 7″ and 3″ lines. So long as 7″ fit on one side and 3″ fit on the other, I knew how much of the edges I could take off.

See how those edges extend past the 7″ mark and the 3″ mark?

Once you’ve established you can get the sizes you need, remove one of the rulers and make your first cut.

Updated to add (thanks to the suggestion by Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl): Before you take off those pinked edges, measure twice (thrice!) to ensure your trimming will leave you with a piece that measures the size you need. Not all precuts will allow for trimming–jelly rolls, particularly.

To trim the remaining edges and square up the pieces, place your ruler with the line on top of the fabric straight edge, checking to be sure you have enough of the jagged edge extending past your required measurement, and trim those edges!

Whew! Now you can sew with those straight edges!

 

Happy Trimming!
~~Tara