I put a large pot of water on to boil. I drop the tomatoes into the boiling water, and with a big bowl of ice water nearby, I remove the tomatoes after only a minute or so, when the skin breaks on the tomato, and then drop them right down into the ice water.
Here is where our dogs like to be on hot days. Splayed out on the cool brick floor in the kitchen. I gave them both baths the other day, and gave Ducey his summer hair cut too.Look at that handsome Dusty!!!
So, let's quilt. I drop my feed dogs, turn the tension down a bit, and turn the tension on pressure foot down. Use your machine's guide book to know where on your machine. Make sure you have plenty of back up bobbins wound. It is so frustrating to run out while quilting! You will use a lot of thread when machine quilting. I think I used three entire bobbins on this small table topper! I used an aqua thread in the upper, and a seafoam green in the bobbin for this quilt. Now, there are many methods for machine quilting. Some spray baste their batting and fabric sandwich together. I have done that. But I don't like the needle getting all gunked up. Some use safety pins. I have tried that, and don't like it either. Too cumbersome to remove!! I simply press the three pieces of the sandwich together, making sure to iron out any and all wrinkles. Then I begin in the middle of the quilt, working my way up to one end, then down the other. I do this in sections. Taking the quilt off the machine after each section is done, and pressing again to make sure all three layers are smooth and without any puckering.
But first, I get my fingertips well coated with my magic fingers!!! It can be found in the stationary department of the drugstore. It is used by postal carriers, and folks that work with money or lots of papers. You just run your fingers along the waxy substance, and your fingers will grip the fabric, making it much easier to help glide the quilt along. It leaves no residue, or color. And I SWEAR by this stuff!!!! I use it whenever I sew anything!
Working in grids, makes it so much easier, and then you aren't so overwhelmed. So visually mark your quilt top off into sections, working only in those sections at a time. Begin in the middle. Then do the sides. The back of your quilt should be just as pretty as the front. For the back of this, I used a coordinating rose in dusty pink.
Pin your binding onto the quilt front, mitering each of your corners as you go.
The pretty scrolly paper with my initial and all of my kids and grandkids names on, was made for me by my artist friend Denise. She gave it to me for Mother's Day.
I have three more table toppers ready to go. They are all pressed together with their batting and backing.
I think I will do the Patriotic one first and take it with us for our lake weekend over the 4th.
My sewing nest is a favorite place for me. It is packed to the gills with my favorite things. A couple years ago, while Mom and I were at a cooking class, I spotted this farm house table for sale. I knew it would be the perfect fit for my sewing room.
My beautiful Feather Weight, that belonged to my Dad's sister Connie. I use this thing like crazy. They are wonderful workhorses. I do all of my piecing on it, and take it to classes.
I use this butcher block table as my cutting table. It is tall and holds my large cutting mat perfectly.
In the closet, I have a bookcase that houses a good portion of my stash. I wallpapered inside the closet, removed the doors, and had a friend install an electricity plate so I could plug in a light.
I have a design wall above the farm table.
Thanks for cooking and sewing with me today.
I want to say hi and welcome to all of my new followers! I have tried to visit all of you. Some of you don't seem to have a blog though?
And before I close today, I want to show you what I got in the mail the other day from my friend Astri (Lizzie) over at Apple Blossom Dreams She had posted the other day, and I commented on how much I loved her red pillows. She sent them to me!!!!!! What a doll! I love them!!!
Today we are getting the boat ready to take to the lake. Greggers wants to bring it up today. So we may have a bit of a float this afternoon up in beautiful Big Bear. It will much cooler there!!!!
Have a great weekend!