Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to. That’s when I feature them on the blog. This is one of those days.
First off before I get into today’s post I want to share a fun story. This comes from Kayla, “Someone happened upon my blog from my mom’s blog and recognized my address. She even sent me pictures of how my house used to look.” It turns out her in-laws used to live in Kayla’s exact house!! Here is a LINK TO THE POST that tells the whole story. It’s so fun. You’ll want to check it out.
Before I get into the questions, I thought I would share a comment about the Wonder Grip Nicely Nimble gardening gloves I recommended.
I use and love mine for gardening but Patricia wrote:
“You are really going to laugh! Those are the gloves I wear when I use my long arm quilting machine to do ruler quilting and such! I love them! So glad to know they work for gardening too.”
Oh my…It looks like I might need a second pair!!
Seven Shirt Quilt
A blog reader Gloria wrote asking, “I am trying to find someone who has made or has the pattern for the seven shirts quilt. I got the shirts, destructed and put in a sack YEARS ago. With the great pause in the country I have been catching up but cannot find the pattern for this quilt anywhere. Do you have any suggestions?”
This is the seven shirt quilt. It was on a blog called “The Thrifty Quilter”…then changed to “Life is a Stitch”. You can find pictures of it HERE.
The problem, the link goes to an error message. I had seen this quilt years ago when I first saw Bonnie Hunter making quilts from shirts and thought the premise of the quilt was so cool. You take SEVEN men’s 100% cotton shirts and you can make an entire quilt including the pieced backing.
Has anyone made this quilt? Does anyone have the instructions? They seem to be completely lost from the internet so sharing doesn’t seem wrong to me. Leave a comment in the comments section if you can help Gloria locate the pattern.
The next question is about….Baptist Fans. Not long ago I wrote a post about finishing Kelli’s Cheddar Bow Tie quilt. I had several people ask about how do baptist fans on the long arm.
Here they are on Kelli’s quilt…
Here they are on mine…
They are time consuming but I do really like them. Baptist Fans are especially great on Civil War reproduction quilts.
I have talked about how make them before and did a full blog post about it. You can find that HERE. I am adding that link to the right hand column where other tutorials and free quilt patterns are. That way you easily find the post anytime.
For now I thought I would tell you about her seam guide….I found out about this from Lori’s blog Bee In My Bonnet. You can find the link to the actually page that tells more information about the seam guide here. I was already buying the book so I decided to buy one of these too. I’ll admit to being pretty skeptical….
So it looks like this…..
Everytime I show my sewing machine, I always get questions about my seam guide. This is the one I have…
Here’s a close up so that if you’re ever interested in getting one, you know exactly what it is….HERE is an Amazon link for one..
I know others use a credit card taped to their machine…or a foot on their machine…or a accessory for their machine to help get a true 1/4″ seam, but I use this.
Below I am sewing some half square triangles. Notice how I am keeping the edge on the quarter inch line? I use the guide all the way through.
I love it!
Most people if they are “snowballing” a corner or making a flying geese block take the time to draw a line from corner to corner. I never do. I don’t need to with this.
Notice how I can keep the corner of the top block on the middle line? No need to draw the line when all I have to to is keep the corner on that middle line. The seam guide does the work for me!!
It took about a minute to install….five might be more accurate. I read the directions twice and fretted once…but it’s not a big deal. After I got it in place I did worry though. How hard would it be to get to my bobbin to change it? So even though I didn’t need to change my bobbin, I tried it anyway. Here’s what I found….My machine is different than most. I don’t have a drop in bobbin…I don’t have a front load bobbin. I have a side load bobbin. The opening you see to left is actually an opening on the deck of the table that attaches to my machine. The opening on the right, under the seam guide is actually the opening to my machine.
To get to the bobbin I had to lift the seam guide and stick my hand under…check out my glamorous arm picture below!
It was do-able and the guide, with the help of the sticky dots that I only placed on the right side of the seam guide held the seam guide in place. There was no need to reposition it.
I have been using this two years or so. I really have taken it for granted. It has completely become part of my sewing world. I took it off a couple weeks ago to really do a full big cleaning of my machine. I forgot to put the guide back on the machine. The next time I sat down to sew, if felt like my machine was naked. It’s really become that much of a constant in my piecing life. I would say hands down, Lori Holt’s seam guide is one of my most used sewing notions. Happily Amazon has them HERE if you local shop doesn’t.
If you have a comment or question that I haven’t gotten to, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org. THANKS!!