A finish…..and a tip

The flowering snowball is finished.  I’m so tickled with how this quilt turned out and can’t wait to start on the next one.  The quilting went really quickly and I love the old fashioned look and feel of the pick stitching along with the 30’s style fabrics.

Flowering snowball finished 1

Flowering snowball binding

As for the tip, when I started doing the quilting on this one, I knew I wanted my stitches to be roughly 1/4″, with 1/4″ spacing and was trying to figure out how to get fairly close (knowing that eyeballing the stitch length and spacing probably wouldn’t work very well for me).  First I tried marking 1/4″ from the tip of the needle with a black fine point Sharpie, which I then lit on fire hoping to heat set it well enough to last.  It lasted for a while but eventually it started rubbing off and getting harder and harder to see.  So, rather than do that again, I just got the Dremel tool out and scratched the needle shank 1/4″ from the tip.  Now while I know that sounds strange and probably isn’t something most quilters would suggest, it worked like  a charm.  As the needle passes through the fabric, you can feel that scratch on the shank of the needle catch a touch on the fabric and automatically know that you’re at your 1/4″ mark.  While I wouldn’t necessarily suggest using this trick on anything other than cotton fabrics, for fear that it might cause a snag or pull in the fabric, I had no problems at all with this issue on cotton.  While my stitches aren’t perfect and I wouldn’t want anyone to take a ruler to them, they also aren’t supposed to be perfect on this type of stitch so it’s all good!!

Second favorite……

Flowering snowball basting Chloe supervising

Princess Chloe Belle supervising and making sure it’s going to be comfy!

Also in response to a question by Rebecca regarding my favorites, I think that the one I’m working on right now is fast moving up the line and may take the 1st place spot! The Flowering Snowball, which was inspired by a quilt I saw on Molly Flanders Makerie blog site. The fabrics and quilting were completely perfect and I HAD to make one the moment I saw it. I’ve just started quilting on it today but am hoping it won’t take too long to finish it. I am already planning to make a couple more in this same pattern.

Granddaughters quilt

In response to a great question from Rebecca, this is one of my favorite quilts that I’ve done so far. I did this one for my granddaughter for her 1st birthday last month and am so tickled with how it turned out!

Granddaughters quilt for her birthday last month.

Granddaughters quilt for her birthday last month.

Front of quilt

Front of quilt

Pieced back of baby quilt

Pieced back of baby quilt

Showing off the awesome quiltiness (which my good friend Rebecca did on her longarm machine for me!)

Showing off the awesome quiltiness (which my good friend Rebecca did on her longarm machine for me!)