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A Guest Post for The Fig Farm | Easy-Bind Mug Rugs Tutorial

Theresa | The Fig Farm

The Lovely Theresa
(Picture courtesy of Theresa. Used with permission.)

A very good friend of mine, Theresa, recently started a kitchen and home blog. Theresa is an amazing photographer, gardener, and cook. I have been enjoying seeing her gorgeous pictures of produce, flowers, and food on Facebook and I am thrilled that she is sharing them with a larger audience. They are drool-worthy, I am telling you!

Easy Bind Mug Rugs | Stitch ALL The Things

I was so happy when she asked if I would do a guest post and share a simple tutorial. I needed to make some Mug Rugs for the Oregon House and realized that would be a quick and easy project to share. With October quickly approaching these are Halloween-themed. They are 4.5″ square (coaster-sized) but these are a cinch to resize. It’s also an easy-to-bind project, and who doesn’t love that?! No binding to cut and prepare, since it’s all part of the backing. I’d love it if you could check out the post and leave a comment to let me know what you think. Also, it would be great if you could at least check out Theresa’s first post introducing herself and you may even get sucked into reading a few easy recipes she has posted lately!


Tudor Bag Pattern Hack

Some blog readers may remember when I was working on the pattern hack of my mom’s Tudor Bag for Sara of Sew Sweetness. The pattern hack posted today and you can find it HERE. (P.S. YES, those are both affiliate links above… and I am going to save money from that to buy more Sew Sweetness patterns!!)

Tudor Bag

Tudor Bag

This was a really fun undertaking, but a lot more work than I expected. It really gave me an appreciation of all of the hard work and attention to all of the little details that designers go through to give us great patterns.

Thank you, Sara, for the opportunity to be part of the Pattern Hack Posse. Your patterns are fantastic and I appreciate your encouragement to let us change things up a bit!


To-Do Tuesday 3-17-15 | The Great Quilt Label Fiasco

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Happy Tuesday… and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

I finally finished the Radioactive Consequences/Spiderman quilt. I did have one major hiccup that set me back and put me in a real funk this week, but I overcame the challenge and am pleased with the result.

The best label I've ever made.  EVER.

The best label I’ve ever made. EVER.

I used an online tutorial to print a label from my inkjet printer. As I was getting ready to piece it into my backing my husband suggested that I wash it ahead of time to test that the method would work. I assured him everything was fine, as I’d read quite a few blog posts that used the same method and all had great results. I was confident that their final suggestion of heat setting the label with an iron would ensure that the label would be fine, with minimal fading.

Do you know how much I hate it when the Mister is right… And I’m wrong? Thank goodness he’s not much of an “I told you so” kind of person.

Commence freak-out and week-long funk.

Commence freak-out and week-long funk.

When I took the quilt out of the first wash I was more worried about the red fabric continuing to bleed. While there was color on my color catchers, I was relieved to see that my black and white backing fabric was color-free. And then I saw my quilt label. I used all the curse words. Quietly. So the Mister wouldn’t hear what was going on. I teared up. The Mister asked how the quilt turned out after the wash. I ‘fessed up and told him I hated it when he was right. He told me he hated it when he was right too. About things like this. [He had to put that qualifier in there…naturally]. Commence week-long funk.

I washed the quilt one more time with a few more color catchers, dried it, folded it and put it away. I emailed my sister that the quilt was going to be late. I pouted on Instagram. I thought of a couple of ways to fix it and then put it out of my mind until two days ago. In the meantime the Mister researched what had gone wrong for me. Turns out a few printers use a water soluble ink and others use a pigment based ink. Guess we all know which one mine used.

Coloring over the faded letters with my ZIG pigment pens.

Coloring over the faded letters with my ZIG pigment pens.

I decided my first option at fixing this would be to use some pigment based archival quality pens to color in the shadow of the words that was left on the label. I was so thankful for my magnifying LED lamp and my 005 pen. They made a huge difference in coloring in the label. It was still rather difficult to work on because of the quilting bunching the fabric up and the previous wash & dry shrinking and giving the quilt that wrinkly look I love (unless I’m trying to perfectly color in letters). It worked out rather well and I heat-set the ink, threw it in the washer and crossed my fingers that this time it wouldn’t wash out.

IT WORKED! *whew*

IT WORKED! *whew*

You can imagine my trepidation pulling the quilt out of the washer. I was ecstatic to see that the ink stayed, with minimal fading! YES!! I’m taking pictures tomorrow and mailing this quilt off to my nephew. It’s late, but that’s okay!

I’m taking this week off. I have some spring cleaning I’d like to get done and I’ve been enjoying some time hanging out with my mister. I’ll be starting my other nephew’s Iron Man themed quilt next week, so a little break in between will be nice!

Enjoy your day and your week! I hope they’re great!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Relax!

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Update | Seam Guide for Walking Foot

UPDATE 11-6-2017: I’m sorry to say that the Thread Stand Hero website is no longer active.
I do not know where, or if, the Quilting Foot Seam Guide Attachment is still available. 

After using my new Quilting Foot Seam Guide Attachment by Thread Stand Hero on the Eerie quilt, I wanted to give a quick update about it.

Walking foot and Seam Guide Attachment pieces with both aluminum and plastic rod shown

Walking foot and Seam Guide Attachment pieces with both aluminum and plastic rod shown

First, let me say that I love this Seam Guide.  It is a great option for those walking feet that do not have a guide. I noted in my initial post about it that there was some vibration in the arms when stitching.  That vibration started to annoy me slightly.  I showed my husband the seam guide and walking foot in action. I asked if there was some other metal tubing that might work better to stabilize the arms, rather than the sturdy plastic rod that came with the seam guide.  He had some scrap aluminum tubing in the exact size as the plastic rod, 3/16″, and we tried that instead. It worked great!

Seam Guide Attachment on foot, inch markings on both sides

Seam Guide Attachment on foot, inch markings on both sides

It’s easy to replace your plastic rod with the aluminum tube.  You can find this tube at your local hardware store.  They are usually sold in longer lengths, but you can ask if they’ll cut them down for you.  If not, you can use a small hacksaw/metal saw and cut the tube to the size you want. Mister cut my rod at 8.25″.  After cutting, grab some sand paper and run it over the end to remove any sharp edges.

I used a ruler to help center the rod onto the foot. Then I used an ultra-fine tip sharpie and made marks on the rod to note where the arms should be at 1″, 2″ and 3″.  To be sure the arms would consistently be at those measurements, I also marked around where the clip should be on the walking foot.

The vibrations on the arms of the seam guide have disappeared. Switching out the supporting plastic rod with the aluminum tube is NOT necessary, but should you find the arm vibration to be distracting or annoying, it is a good solution.