Nope. There are a couple of badass tips here; I'm talking bad fingertips and badass quilting tips.
White gloves. First up, I love my Machingers, and I'm not being paid or compensated to write about them. I just adore them, and could not function as far as FMQ goes without them. Period. This is my second pair, already in need of a wash, as you can see.
Black gloves. I heard about some quilting supplies available at Harbor Freight for a fraction of the cost that quilt shops ask (rotary blades for one) so in I went with my husband last summer. I usually hang out in the car and read, so he knows the feeling of frantically shopping in a store you adore knowing your spouse is sweating it out in the car in the parking lot, "No really hon' take your time; I'll be fine right here." This time, I decided to see if I could find these blades. And I did. And yep, fraction. Then I saw these gloves, well, several with rubberized fingers, and thought I would try some. They are a little big, but they do grip just fine. Sidenote: really neither of us do mind waiting in the car; I always have a good book to read, and my husband has his trusty iPad.
I needed the black gloves because of an incident earlier this week where I was NOT paying attention, NOT fully present, involving a razor blade and no, not my leg hairs, but the backs of two of my fingernails, not the tips. Still painful to type, think continuously-getting-your-finger-pinched-badly-in-a-door sharp pain? You got it. However, I am making slow but fairly steady progress on Brrrrr Park,
|First tree done|
So did this app,
when I was figuring out yardage for a quilt for my husband. Thank you to Cindy at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for writing about it some time ago. It is just AWESOME. And free! I use it a lot, and I love it. It's very user-friendly, clearly written by, or with input from, a quilter. Anyhow, Jasmine's quilt for her husband inspired me to get this fabric bought already. My husband had sent me several fabric suggestions, and I can't wait to show you once they arrive! Let me just say that Alexander Henry makes some incredible prints. I'm a new fan of Nicole de Leon's prints. Out there. And ya, badass.
On to tree number 2. I want to treat the trunk as a unit, rather than emphasize the pieces it is comprised of. I loved how I created channels in Scraps of Calm, and I wanted this look again, as most of the tree fabrics would lend themselves well to showing it off. Out came the newsprint (bought thanks to Judy's sharing of a good source) where I sketched the trunk and then brainstormed quilting ideas. A little Dot to Dot à la Angela Walters, a little fillers à la Angela and Leah Day, and it came together quite nicely.
Here are the lines quilted in:
Once they were all quilted, as well as the stitch-in-the-ditch quilting on the diagonal of all the HSTs in the tree, I could don my black gloves and go to town.
|Um oops? Guess I did not drag my text to the corner of the photo!|
Here is the back of Tree #1:
I still have to do the swoop-dee-swoops in Tree #2' branches. I'm waiting for the quilt to talk to me a little more about the negative space under the branches. I've got an idea to use a part of the stencil there. As for the setting triangles, they are crying for feathers.
Someone else was talking to me, crying for some playtime:
|"How do you like me now?! Ya, I'm sitting on your new quilt, ON TOP OF your sewing machine. So pay me some attention, dammit!"|
Putting some more beauty and goodness into this world.
Machingers (I got my second pair from Leah Day; my first from my LQS)
black (garden or work)gloves - Harbor Freight "Western Safety" brand, $3-4
rotary blades - Harbor Freight - 45mm is all I've seen so far, in the carpet section
Robert Kaufman app - available in the App Store of iTunes, free
newsprint - for sketching, for printing out paper-piecing patterns (Judy's tip), for doodling, practising FMQ with a pencil, etc. on Amazon
Alexander Henry fabrics are everywhere, but we found these sites have a great selection: