Quote for the Day:
"Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance
but disappear when you get up close to them."
Okay...so I had a question from my last post about what a "stiletto" had to do with quilting. I'm here to answer that question for you, Miss Kristin. (BTW, Miss Kristin is my niece! Hi, Kristin!!)
A "stiletto" is anything long enough with a point on the end of it and is used to help guide your fabric through the machine when there isn't enough room for your fingers. In other words, if you just let go of your fabric when there isn't room for your fingers, the fabric may not continue to go completely straight, thus throwing off your "perfect scant 1/4" seam". If your seam allowance isn't consistent, then your quilt won't lay flat and you will have "hills and valleys, puckers, etc., in your quilt. Those do not make for a pretty quilt. :(
In the past, I bought a package of wooden (bamboo, maybe?) skewers and had Andy chisel down the end to a point. However, since they are thin, they tend to bend over time from the moisture and heat from your hand.
This past weekend, the retreat coordinator, Maribeth, had two "gifts" for each of the attendees...a handmade metal and bead stiletto and a chicken pin cushion.
I also wanted to tell you about a trick that Bonnie showed me to find the elusive "perfect scant 1/4" seam". She had a little tool/ruler called "Sewing Machine Seam Guide". It is a little ruler with holes at 1/4" and every 1/8" up to 3/4". You place it on your machine and you put the needle down through the hole that you want your seam allowance to be...in my case, 1/4". Then Bonnie took 3 layers of green masking tape and placed them along the edge of the ruler, thus making a mark for me to run my fabric along.
However, she took me to her machine and showed me how she had "upgraded" that and told me how to do the same when I got home. So now I'm sharing it with you...
You need an old credit card, a rotary cutter with a dull blade (but I found just using scissors works, too...just not your GOOD sewing scissors! LOL), and some double-sided mounting tape.
I put the needle of my sewing machine through the 1/4" hole of the little green "ruler" and then positioned the credit card along side of that ruler.
How clever is that???
Any other questions that I can answer for ya? Just ask, and I'll try to answer them to the best of my ability! :)