DAY 9- TAPE MEASURES…
I really LOVE my tape measures…I am using it all the time…I carry a small one in my purse…you never know when you need to know the size of anything! I also know you probably already have one of these or you have a serveral tapes…that we have to constantly wind/roll up…My pet peeve is when I can’t find my measuring tape…where did I last use it?..Now I have a special place for all of my tapes…
These two tapes are very reasonably priced on SALE HERE for $7.50 for both…we ordered LOTS of them to get a great deal, and they have our PG name on them…how sweet!!!…The small red one is a 60″ retractable tape and this is the one I carry in my purse…Then large grey/purple retractable one is the work horse it is 120″ long, a nice sturdy tape…This is the one that is responsible for perfect borders…so your machine quilter is not crying when she gets your quilt because you never measured your quilt before you put the border on…Maybe you just cut it like the directions stated and put it on……some of you will NOT even pin it on…some will just start sewing and when you some to the end just cut the remaining off!…I pray that you were taught better or have figured out over the years how to put borders on correctly…If a machine quilter has turned down quilting for you after she has done a quilt or two of yours…this possibly could be the reason…If she is honest/caring long-armer she may even tell you that you need to work on how to put your borders on and show you…so she can continue to quilt for you. Wavy borders are a long-armers nightmare…Just being frank here, not trying to be harsh or hurt anyones feelings…just want to give you good information to be great quilters!!! When your blocks and quilts are going together that makes a Happy Quilter!!! I don’t ever want to settle for the T-shirt I saw…”I sew…therefor, I swear!” No!…you just don’t know all the tricks or the right way to do somethings!!!
PROPER WAY TO STITCH A BORDER ON: You MEASURE your quilt in at least 3 spots to see what it measures. (if you are putting side borders on you measure from the top to the bottom in 3 or more spots) Then you take the average measurement..cut your borders to THAT size. (not the size on the pattern) Pin the border at the center of the border to the center of the quilt, again don’t just assume you know where the center of your quilt is..if it is 8 blocks long it may not be exactly at the 4&5 blocks, it could be slightly off. Pin the ends and then pin in-between. Then stitch the border on…If you have a little more fullness in the border or the quilt..that side goes down against the feed dogs and will ease it in along the way…I know not everyone has a place to take classes from a great teacher, but reading and socializing/learning with other quilters can help.
So I hope you may NEED another tape or two…these are great gifts for quilting friends too, because you can never have too many tapes!
This is a funny text I got yesterday morning after Jace was here Wednesday…”little man” lifted my new tape that I got with the new logo on it!!! See this is why I can’t find them sometimes…no fault of my own.
Jess has been reposting all the 12 Days on the shops blog and Facebook…so if it looks like you are getting these posts twice its because your on both blogs subscriptions…just ignore those…I will not be picking winners from them…they have to sign on to my personal blog to win…Lisa Bongean Weblog…
I loved reading all your comments about PRECUTS…I am going to pick 6 winners and you will all get some sort of PRE-CUT from yesterdays post…
December 15, 2016 at 10:03 am
I’ve purchased, used and hoarded precuts. I’ve bought more than I’ve used. I think of the small ones as something like a fabric chart of the colorways, fabric scale and prints in a line. Wish I could collect them all but as my friend Barbara says “where would you put them?”. Always found a solution so far . . .
December 15, 2016 at 10:50 am
I have been using the small tumbler precuts to make a table runner for a large table. I like having hand piecing to do so this fits that bill. I haven’t worked on it for a bit though, because Clara’s Stars has been taking up my hand work time. Now that that’s almost done, I’m finding I need a few more tumbler packs to continue the table runner project. I usually pick up one a year on my annual jaunt to PG but I should be picking up more…I’ve run out! The other thing I like precuts for, is so I have a record of the whole line and can easily call and order more of a particular fabric, should I need that.
December 15, 2016 at 1:48 pm
Yes, I LOVE precuts! It saves so much time – which I have very little of! I have made baby bibs, blankets and throws from precuts. I like that you get an entire collection with them. My favorite precut is a toss up…. I love layer cakes and charm packs. Sometimes I will buy a mini charm pack and play around with it – it helps me to see how I like the pattern/color placement. Thanks for the pattern…..I have a few jelly rolls tht I have been saving and may try this pattern!
December 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm
I have used a few pre cuts and am finding them fascinating at what can be done with them. I want more! Thanks for the chance to get some ot yours on sale!
December 16, 2016 at 7:08 am
Sounds silly or shocking I bet to some! I have never used pre-cuts, I love how perfect they look. So why have I never bought some? This I think is because I have always bought fabric off the bolt.. It’s rather funny as only yesterday my husband surprised me with a Moda mini charm pack called Farm Fun. It’s adorable and I see why people love pre-cuts like this! As for what to make with it?? This is new territory for me! An exciting new challenge, awesome! I think I could get used to these pre-cuts!!
December 15, 2016 at 9:51 pm
Love pre cuts. I have a huge collection. I’ve made projects from them and u could say I collect also. Lol. I’ll probably not live long enough to use my fabric stash or complete my project list Having fun though.
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What to comment on for todays post!!!!
Time to fess up…were you ever guilty of stated crime above?…lol….or were you lucky to have taken a beginning quilting class and shown the proper way to put a border on?? Or tell me what comes to your mind with this post…I think being a beginning quilting teacher is the best…because…those new quilters will worship you…if you taught them this awesome art of quilting…and new way of life! Everyone remembers their first quilting teacher…Touey Dwarick (I’m sure I just murdered the spelling of her name) was mine about 20 years ago..and I still remember her…and when I see her, which I haven’t for awhile… she and I have big smiles on our faces!
We might have a snowday tomorrow!!! LB