Decisions, Decisions…here’s my Decision.

Thank God it’s Friday! Things are a bit quiet at work so I’m seizing that opportunity to quickly share an update on the decision I made following my last Work in Progress Post Decisions, Decisions… Thanks to everyone that shared their thoughts and suggestions on that post, your lovely suggestions were ringing in my ears as I made my decisions.

Quick recap, I already decided the quilt was going to have a pieced border (I had a rail fence block kinda thing in mind at the time) but then I was torn between having another round of border before or after the pieced border. I also needed to determine what color of fabric to use if I do decide on a border before the pieced border. I was leaning towards another round of black border but I found a floral fabric I considered for a minute (I eventually decided against the floral and I settled on using it in the binding instead, it worked perfectly!)Read more: Decisions, Decisions…here’s my Decision.

How to make 32 Half Square Triangles (HSTs) at Once

Oh yes you read that right! I “accidentally” made 32 HSTs 2 years ago and I said accidentally because I messed up the cutting of my Squares for the 8 HSTs at once method. I had seen the tutorial for that method somewhere but couldn’t pinpoint it when I needed it (I wasn’t on the blog then and I still don’t know why I didn’t do another Google search?) so I did the maths in my head and figured to get (8) 2.5″ HSTs, I need 2 squares measuring 11″ needless to say I was far from being correct! I stitched 1/4″ away on both sides of my diagonal lines but when I came to cut my pieces I realized my HSTs were way bigger than what I wanted so I stopped to find a solution and that’s the brief history of how I came about the 32 HSTs at once.Read more: How to make 32 Half Square Triangles (HSTs) at Once

The Quilting Process: Basting your Quilt

There has been a huge break in transmission on this series but if you’ve been following my latest posts, I have practically been talking, more like lamenting about this next process in all of them. Anyhow, congratulations on successfully piecing you Quilt top! Now we move on to the next stage and that’s preparing your sandwich (no you won’t be needing bread hahaha) it’s time to baste that baby ?. Basting is the process of “sandwiching” your three layers of top, batting and backing together in preparation for actual quilting. Depending on the size of your project, this could be fun if ever or this could be a major task headache but you can’t skip this process trust me I would if I could …unfortunately I do not have a long arm quilter anywhere near that I would have passed this onto (You only need to send the pieced top and backing fabric right or how does that work?). Read more: The Quilting Process: Basting your Quilt

I’ve moved on!

Yes I have…moved on to a new project *insert any cheeky smiley here*. Remember that post about procrastination? turns out I’m back right where I started …creatively procrastinating!  Meanwhile, I am giving myself a major pat on the back for successfully quilting this giant quilt with spirals that seems to literally take forever and thus completing the Quilt top! Now it’s time for that horrific part of the quilting process…Basting! If you have been following my Quilting process series then you know the next post should be about basting and quilting but for the life of me I can’t come up with a strategy for that post. I’m worried it will be such a lamentation that might scare a fellow beginner quilter to death and we definitely don’t want that *gasps*!Read more: I’ve moved on!

The Quilting Process: All about Cutting

Hiya! Let me quickly apologize for being away too long, lately I’ve been a bit all over the place and it has taken me longer to return here and for that I am sorry 🙁 On that note, welcome back to the Quilting Process series 🙂

Now that you have done all the due diligence of choosing the right pattern, the perfect color scheme and have shopped and selected the best quality fabric for your quilting project, it is time to get busy and the next process is the cutting of your precious fabrics ! Read more: The Quilting Process: All about Cutting

Every Little Thing Counts: Part 2

In the first post, I was talking about making little efforts even when you don’t feel like it and how every little action can yield noticeable achievements. Today, I want to talk about the little changes I have been making to my sewing routine.

When I started sewing again this year after the holidays, I noticed my favorite rotary cutter was faulty 🙁 I had left it opened the last time I used it and it obviously fell…I don’t know when or how but anyway, the blade doesn’t retract and I can’t cut with it anymore (I won’t make that mistake again!!!). I switched to my newer cutter which I recalled or so I thought that I only just changed the blade and I was so frustrated because cutting was such a struggle. In my head I couldn’t believe or even accept the fact that a dull blade was the source of my headache but alas I changed the blade and hmm it cuts like knife through butter 🙂Read more: Every Little Thing Counts: Part 2

The Quilting Process: Choosing Quality Fabrics

Hello there, Welcome back to the series. Apologies for the break in transmission, I was on some sort of “holiday”. If you are just joining the series you haven’t really missed much, see what we’ve talked about so far herehere and here,

Last post I was talking about my trip to the fabric store, what I love about it, the challenges and just a background chat on the importance of fabrics to the Quilting process. I mentioned we will be spending some time talking about fabrics and how important it is to make the right choice when choosing the fabrics for your Quilt.Read more: The Quilting Process: Choosing Quality Fabrics

Experience or Laziness?

The other day I was working on a block and it must have been my state of mind at the time but I decided to try something different. I was working on a project with lots of corner triangles (can’t post that yet) and usually I’d mark and pin my square pieces before piecing, I mean perfection is all that important right or not ;).  Well this time I tried a tip I’ve seen in a few places and even tried a couple of times on my own for accurate 1/4″ seam. I reached for my draping tape…if you’ve ever seen an episode of Project Runway then you know the one I’m talking about?Read more: Experience or Laziness?

The Quilting Process: START

I can’t believe February is almost over, the year seems to be flying by so quickly it feels like many things are slipping by without notice…Sorry I’ve been MIA 🙁

Anyway, welcome back to the Quilting process series…today we are going into the very starting point of the Quilting process. I believe you’ve had a look at the previous post giving you information about what you need to know before you dive into quilting. I take it you learnt a little about the necessary tools, resources, skills required and even what a quilt sandwich is all about among other things?

So let’s begin…I just found out there’s something like “Quilting in your head” Read more: The Quilting Process: START

The Quilting Process: An Overview

This is a very late post that should have gone out at the beginning of the week but it still made this week so great 😉

Welcome again…remember my post about an Average Nigerian not knowing what I mean when I say I Quilt and my commitment to get back to the basics to address this issue?(see that post here) this is an introduction to the series.

I’m sure there are thousands of quilt blogs/websites out there and I can guarantee you, there are that many perspectives to Quilting because let’s face it…everyone have their perspective, style, techniques whatever you want to call it.Read more: The Quilting Process: An Overview