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Pressing Matters

Big Board (Medium)

“Quilters don’t iron, they press.” How many times have you heard that?  And, I press a lot.  A good pressing surface is so important to me.  For several years I had a standard size ironing board and then upgraded to a larger ironing board.  Not good enough!  My hubby had a large piece of plywood in his stash that I commandeered. He willingly and quickly made a “big board” to fit my ironing board.  I made the cover and LOVE it!  It is not the standard size you usually see patterns advertised for, but using what was on hand was the economical choice.  And on the very, very rare occasion I iron clothing, the big board easily lifts off.

Wall Iron Board up (Medium)

Wall iron board down (Medium)

Down and out of the way. See the tile at the end? That’s for the hot iron!

 

For little pieces – ironing open seams when sewing small pieces together, I use my travel iron.  I had a travel ironing board that I kept at the end of my cutting table.  However, after rearranging my studio, that no longer worked because the cord was in tripping position – and if anyone is going trip over the cord, I am!  I told hubby that I would love a wall mounted board that would fold down when not in use, but they cost more than I was willing to pop for – need that $ for fabric. Mr. Handy Hubby found that to be an easy fix – he mounted my existing travel board on the wall near an outlet.  All quilt pressing issues solved. I’ll admit, it’s great to have a willing handyman at my disposal and I try hard not to take that for granted!

Irons (Medium)What do I press with? Oh…I have a few irons. Different weights and sizes. There are several more that travel to retreats for all to use. No one big favorite –  I change them out every so often, usually when the one I’ve been using needs a cleaning. And yes, I use steam, starch and a water spray bottle.

Wish I had all Pressing Matters that well under control!

NOTE: There is still room in the Fall II Retreat – check it out today!

Linking up today with Em’s Scrapbag and Let’s Bee Social.

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Colorful 16 Patch

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Daffodils and so much more are in bloom, temps have been very moderate for spring, all of which makes staying in the studio a little tough. I also was gone for a week to Florida in January and last week four days to Charleston, SC. I did, however, manage to complete a 16 patch that was started two years ago! I love the brightness of this quilt. All shot cottons were used. These fabrics were a bit challenging to use especially when quilting. I found a secret to using shot cottons is to starch, starch, starch!

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It was an appropriate finish for this early Spring – I couldn’t resist a pic with the daffodils. When it was complete, I looked at all the finished quilts in my home (no, I won’t try to give a number!) and decided this quilt was better designated as a Hospice quilt. It should bring some brightness to a patient or family member.

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Today’s link-ups:  WIPS on Wednesdays, Em’s Scrapbag, Let’s Bee Social

WHEW!! Quilt & Sew-In Retreat Fun

WARNING – Lots of pics and  lots of fun!!

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Fall 2016 Quilt & Sew-In Retreaters (minus 2) – Fabulous Group!!

 

So much to tell about the Fall Quilt & Sew-In Retreat in Blowing Rock, NC – SO much fun! Of course, I can’t share everything because of course, “What happens at retreat, stays at retreat!” How fortunate to have the best ladies to come and join in on the creativity and fun together. Lots of sewing, lots of laughs, learning new techniques and tricks, meeting new friends, catching up with old friends and more inspiration than I could handle!

The retreat was once again held at the Meadowbrook Inn – a beautiful and very comfortable boutique hotel in Blowing Rock, NC.

Take a peek inside our retreat:

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Susan was the queen of chain piecing!

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Susan’s square in a squares

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Significance of this quilt – tells a life story

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Precise and organized piecing

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Beverly’s “Sunshine” quilt – she donated it as a Hospice quilt!!

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“You’re interrupting my sewing!” This was one prolific piecer!

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Janet’s quilt block

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Made into this amazing quilt top!

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Cindy’s really working her jewel tone piecing.

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Sandra was very happy with her win!

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This was one hard working group.

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So much to do!!

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Sandy won one of the the fat quarter left-right games!

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Birthday girl – oops – didn’t get a pic ’til the cupcake was all gone!

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Anna’s whale – Sara generously made it into a paper pieced pattern and taught her how to paper piece – don’t you just love quilters’ generosity?!!

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Beverly really worked these curves

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Cindy won the charity quilt block first place prize – a whole quilt kit!

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Jean came in second with a Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate.

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Jean’s flannel quilt for hubby – a few years in the making.

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Sandra quilting blocks of the month.

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A few of Sandra’s blocks put together.

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Sandy’s table topper – hate that this pic is fuzzy – it’s really so pretty.

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Sara’s crazy colorful tumblers

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Sara’s trial experiment – she’s on her way!

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Vonnie’s very creative art quilt.

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Oops – a little unsewing. Won’t say who, because we all probably did some of this.

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Very interesting design.

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Nell’s big quilt as you go

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Judy’s creative quilt block.

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My dragonfly quilt top – lots of buttonhole stitching to do!

Soft & Cuddly Baby Quilt

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Baby quilts can be so cute – not as cute as the baby of course! My favorite baby quilts to make are flannel rag quilts. They are just so soft and cuddly.  This quilt has a bright fun patterned flannel on the back and a pretty flowery, mostly pink pattern on the front. No batting is used – I layer the flannel to make it warmer and give the quilt more dimension rather than just sewing squares together. There are squares appliqued onto circles appliqued onto the main block, and there are circles appliqued onto squares appliqued onto the main block. Not only soft and cuddly, but the quilt is also nice and warm.

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There’s a fair amount of clipping but hey – no quilting or binding!! As soon as the last clip is made into the washing machine and dryer it goes. The transformation is fun – all fluffy!This is also a quilt that will serve her well until she is a young child. This is a present for a friend’s first grandchild and yes, they are expecting a girl. Better be a girl or I won’t have a gift in time!!

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Quilting Hack – Thread Tip

Do you use the large cones of thread? Do you have a fancy thread holder or need to purchase one? Here’s a great tip!

 Turn your cone over, find a small spool of thread that fits snugly inside – Voila! Your cone of thread can now fit on your spindle. Save your next empty spool and always have it on hand. No more need to have an extra piece of paraphernalia on your sewing table. This makes it easier for traveling to classes, sew-ins and retreats. And, it costs nothing extra!

Large cone on sewing machine spindle!

Large cone on sewing machine spindle!