Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine quilt completed

We're coming up to Valentine's Day and I just finished the Valentine tabletopper quilt for someone who gives of her heart.  Can't say who because she has no idea it is coming!  So happy with how it looks and it will be even more personal after it's autographed by pertinent parties.

Here's the back of it.  I think it looks really nice!!!

I recently got the reminder that I canNOT pull the fabric at all when sewing because the stitches pull too tight and don't hold.  Not good especially if the quilt will ever need to be washed.  All those raw edges will fray and come out from underneath the binding.  I don't want to think about what would happen if it was in the middle of the quilt.  So if you start noticing skipped stitches:

1)  Change needles and make sure you have the right kind in the machine.
2)  Make sure the thread is properly threaded through the machine.  This should probably be number one.
3)  Use a lighter touch and don't pull the fabric back from the machine while sewing at all.

For some reason today I could not remember how to measure the binding for an invisible seam between the beginning and ending.  Normally I refer to the Missouri Star Quilt Company's BLOCK magazine for their directions, but it wasn't computing today.  I needed a video tutorial so I found Made By Marzipan's directions here:  It's now on my sidebar.  

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