Why do we sew?

We all sew for many reasons. Some of us may sew for others, some for ourselves, some out of necessity but we all are sewing because we enjoy how it makes us feel. It is so relaxing to be able to to turn on your machine and hear it hum as it starts up! Whether we are piecing for a quilt or matching pieces for a garment, we all continue through any frustrations we may have because we are anxious to see the finished product. We may end up ripping out a seam or laying the project aside to work on something else but we come back to finish. It’s a feeling of completion and that gives me a wonderful feeling inside.

I have just finished a couple of projects. One I finished the binding (by hand) and presented to a friend for pet sitting. She was very appreciative and I hope she uses it everywhere she can! Another quilt I have recently finished means a great deal to me. For one, it is the first quilt I quilted on my new Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen Long Arm! How exciting to now be able to take a project from start to finish. The quilt is a Pixilated Quilt I found from Robert Kaufman and from Blue Elephant Stitches . I have had my eye on this one for quite awhile and thought now would be the perfect time! I have a co-worker going through a touch time so I thought what a better way to say I am thinking of her than to quilt her this quilt. I am not great with words but I feel like I can express myself better through gifting. So, I chose some bright and bold fabrics that I had in my stash (I am sure you will recognize some of them) and got to work! I love the outcome and I hope she does too!

Now, as I said earlier, this was my first attempt on my long arm! WOW, it was so much fun!! I sewed a basic meander pattern over the whole quilt. I wanted to make sure that when I washed it, it would give the quilt that fluffy feeling like it feels when you first get it out of the drier!! Mission Accomplished and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I hope she enjoys the quilt for years to come and it makes her feel happy, loved, and appreciated when she cuddles up in it!

So, why do we quilt or why do we sew? It makes me feel good and content with the world that I can do something that will makes others happy.

Cheers from the cafe~
nj

Bindings: Is there an easier way?

We’ve all been there. We have finished the piecing and quilting and are ready to bind. I have read so many times on how to bind that you would think I would remember! But I keep going back to my printed materials and read up on it every time. So, I thought this time I

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Color

As I have already talked about, color can be difficult. What goes with what, do they clash, is it light or dark enough, and does it look good? These are all questions I ask when I am working on a project. Well, I went back to my Color Mastery Book and worked up a new

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Finished projects feel so good

It took awhile, but I finally got my quilt off to the long armers for some fancy quilting (more on how I need to buy a long arm and learn to do this myself later) and will show it off when I get it back. It turned out lovely and I can’t wait to bind

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What to Do?

I have all sorts of projects that I want to complete. Some are large projects and some are small, but they all take time to do. I have been looking through two books lately and can’t decide which book to follow! Remember the movie, Julie and Julia? It was a comedy filmed in 2009 about

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At the Cafe!

Back at the cafe and ready to work! I have had a Layer cake of fabric that I have been wanting to use for quite awhile now. I purchased the layer cake while visiting Missouri Star Quilt Company . What a great place to shop and if you haven’t been there, you really should put

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Finishing projects

Happy Thanksgiving to you!  I hope this finds you rested and ready for the holiday season.  I have been finishing up projects and wanted to share what I have been up to.  Remember the chevron quilt I was working on?  Well, I completed it and it is proudly laying on my granddaughter’s bed as I

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Rainy Day Sewing

It is a rainy day here and even though I should have been working on sewing the binding on a quilt or begin quilting the quilt top I finished yesterday,  I decided to take a break and do some other “stuff”.   I attended a quilt “junk” show a few months ago and purchased some

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It’s done!

I finished!  What do you think?  I am going to a birthday party next weekend for my lovely granddaughter who will be turning 2 years old!  I wanted to make something small but memorable for her that she will hopefully use for the next few years as her imagination grows.  I envision many dolls being

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Making a surprise!

How much fun is it to work on something and not tell anyone until that day when they are presented with the gift?  You try and play it cool but you are so very excited to see the response!  Well, that is what this project is all about.  Nothing big, no major sewing deal but

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