The one great thing about winter for me is that if I’m going to be stuck indoors, I get a lot of sewing done. And knitting. I just finished a custom order of the Peachy Keen Quilt and it was so fun to work with these fabrics again:
And I’ve just finished this cute little baby girl sweater (during many episodes of This is Us). It was a fun little pattern and I loved the way it turned out.
I’m currently working on a new quilt, inspired by my Zuzu Quilt. I love high contrast fabrics with white and this is another design, only using nine-patch blocks. I’m using fabrics that were from a Block of the Month club that I joined last year and decided I did not like. Oh well. I ended up with a lot of gorgeous blue and white fabrics from it.
Sometimes when I need to buy fabric, I like to search for it by color and it can be tedious to do when using online shops. Did you know that Hawthorne Threads has a nifty Color Grid tool that makes it easy to search for fabrics of a certain color in all their collections? I love using it. Try it sometime!
In all my years of sewing, I have never cut myself with a rotary cutter, but I recently did just that. I wasn’t necessarily being careless, though – I had been cutting lots of fabric on my regular ruler and then wanted to do a couple of strips using a different specialty ruler. I was used to the thickness of my regular ruler and the specialty ruler was much thinner. Well, the rotary cutter went right off the thinner ruler and sliced my left index finger pretty badly. So it inspired a search for a finger guard and I found this nifty item, which I’m now wearing when I cut fabric – a Cosmo Finger Guard. It’s actually made for the hair styling industry, to prevent stylists from snipping their fingers but I think it’s terrific for people who sew! It’s cut resistant and just might be enough protection to prevent a bad mishap.
In my next post, I’m going to talk about a method of sewing a quilt back but I wanted to share with you a phone app that I use all the time to figure out yardages for backing, batting and binding – it’s the Robert Kaufman “Quilter’s Little Helper”. Have you seen it? I love it. (I believe it’s available for Android users, too.) I simply plug in the width and length of my quilt and the binding width I like to use and it will calculate how many strips of fabric I need to cut for my binding. Or how many yards I need for my backing. It calculates borders, too. Check it out sometime!
I can’t believe it’s already March!
Hope you’re making something!
Dear Elaine, love your blog and love the new quilt. Also am loving your tips. Using starch, changing needles frequently AND just ordered two bloc loc rulers after I saw your video on Instagram. I’m in the UK so still waiting for them to arrive and can’t wait to get started.
Janice: Thank you and you will love those Bloc Loc Rulers!
Oh I’m sorry you cut your finger! I’ll have to check out that finger guard – sounds like something I should wear.
Lynn: I’m keeping my finger guard right next to my rotary cutter now!
Thank you for the Robert Kaufman app tip – I definitely need to put that on my phone. Sounds so handy!
I can’t wait to see that blue quilt finished – I love those fabrics.
Elaine: I ‘ve never been on Hawthorne Threads blog, but I went to check out the color grid tool and it’s fabulous! Thanks so much for the tip!