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I’m currently a participating in the Lori Holt Quilter’s Cottage sew along sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop. This is my third Lori Holt quilt project and my second “in real time” sew along. Bee Patriotic was my first experience. I had fun and learned a lot.

Participating in a sew along isn’t hard, but it does require a little advance work on your part. Time spent gathering materials and pre-cutting/organizing the pieces means all you have to do is grab that week’s baggie and start sewing. Take a picture and post your progress to FB or IG when the week’s task is complete. Oh, and be sure to use the official sew along hashtags!

Benefits of participating in a virtual sew along:

  1. Social interaction and inspiration with like-minded individuals.
    Let’s face it. We’re all still kind of stuck at home. Some quilt shops might be open, but very few in my area have resumed in-person classes. There’s a Lori Holt FB group that is most helpful if you have any questions and several groups on IG serve as an outlet for show & tell.
  2. Learn new skills.
    Making those Bee Patriotic blocks in 6″ sizes was a stretch project for me, as was sewing the project using only my stash.
  3. Accountability.
    Knowing I’m supposed to make certain blocks each week helps keep me on task. I actually accomplish a lot more when I know I’ll be posting weekly updates to IG and a picture of the completed top to the FB group.

Since this SAL was scheduled to start right as the new school year begins, I spent a couple of days locating background fabric and pulling fabrics from my stash. I also took the time to cut all of the first 4 weeks worth of blocks. Now that the rest of the fabrics I need have arrived, I’ll cut the remaining blocks.

Does a virtual sew along sound like fun? If so, join me for Lori Holt’s Flea Market Flowers, scheduled to being January 2021.

Ok, kiddos! You asked! Miss Pat and I recently met to discuss reinstating the Saturday Kid’s Club Classes. Since the shop is now open to small classes for adults, we thought we’d try opening the kid’s club classes back up. Most of our schools will probably still be meeting virtually by the time we start back. Hopefully, the COVID-19 spread rates will be low enough so that we can meet F2F at Stitch ‘N Quilt. Due to social distancing, class size will be limited to 4 students. Hand sanitizer and washing stations will be available. Please bring a mask.

PROJECTS:
September: Leaf Coasters (machine sewing and hand embroidery)
October: Kid’s Trick or Treat Bag
November: Boxy Zipper Pouch
December: Cookies for Santa (personalized placemats)
January: Crafty Tech – Fabric printing/explore Cricut Maker and die cutting machines/make & take projects
February: Custom Door Hanger (using image printed/prepped in January)

Oh, the elusive perfect 1/4” seam, especially when it comes to a fixed position, center needle sewing machine like a Singer Featherweight. There are a bevy of 1/4” feet out there, but which ones really work the best? Answer: any one can work for you – it’s a matter of personal preference. I utilize Janome machines in my studio. I am most comfortable with their style of 1/4” foot with guide. 

What about 1/4” versus scant 1/4” seams? Look at the picture below. The white thread shows a true 1/4” seam and the orange thread is a scant 1/4”. On a machine with adjustable needle positions, you can move the needle just a smidge to the right to obtain a scant 1/4”. No need to change feet. Not so on a FW.

Quarter inch seams

True versus scant 1/4” seams

I use this foot for most 1/4” piecing:

Janome 1/4” foot with guide for center needle machines

1/4” foot for low shank, fixed center needle machines.

You do NOT need to buy a specialty presser foot or guide unless you want to. A small stack of sticky notes is the secret.  Here is my preferred set-up when I need to use a scant 1/4”:

Scant 1/4” setup

Original presser foot and sticky notes used to achieve scant 1/4” seam

Yes, it’s the original presser foot and a stack of sticky notes. I have a seam guide from the Featherweight Shop that works well, but I like to use clips.  I can’t do this with the the FW Shop Guide, as the guide gets in the way. I can pin or clip patchwork pieces to my heart’s content with the sticky notes. FWIW, I use a scant 1/4” seam in blocks with HSTs and blocks with intricate piecing.

You can also use this method for true 1/4” seams as well – simply move the stack of sticky notes slightly to the right.  Lori Holt offers a pretty nifty 1/4” seam guide that works well with the original presser foot.

Note: The scant 1/4” foot from the FW Shop works quite well. I own one. My Brother and Babylock owning friends ADORE this foot. I used it exclusively until I discovered the Janome style foot. As mentioned earlier, it’s a matter of personal preference.  No quilt police here. You do what works best for you.

 

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