Custom baby quilts and sewing lessons

The first picture is a photo of the completed 6″ Tumbler block quilt in a girly jungle theme made using my AccuQuilt GO!.  The finished size is about 38″x48″or 9 blocks across by 8 rows down.  I used one of the antique quilting stitches (#31) on my Pfaff 2046 and the stitch-in-the-ditch/edge joining foot to quilt down each seam line.  It made for an interesting design on the back.   I plan to  use this same stitch again on the Tweet!Tweet! quilt, however, I will increase the stitch length to 3.0.  AccuQuilt suggests you even up the sides before machine quilting.  If you’re machine quilting on a domestic machine, I suggest you wait until your quilting is complete before removing the excess tumbler block material.

Here’s my sewing friend learning how to guide fabric under the needle.  Mom requested my help in selecting a sewing machine to give to her daughter at Christmas.  We met at the local dealer and selected the Janome 2212.  Originally, mom and daughter were supposed to take owner’s lessons from the dealer before coming to me for sewing lessons.  Little one was so excited, we scheduled Sewing Machine 101 right after Christmas.  Her mom tells me she’s sewing everything that doesn’t sew her first.

Clogging Skirts

Over the summer, I made custom clogging skirts for two members of the Little General Cloggers based in Kennesaw, GA.  (One of the cloggers’ mother happens to be a co-worker of mine.)  This turned out to be more of a challenge than I ever imagined.  No pattern, no instructions, only a sample of a too-small skirt made five years previously to be used as a guide. Thanks to the web and several phone calls to a sewing mentor, I figured out the basic pattern drafting and construction sequence.  I did as much reverse sewing on the first skirt as I did stitching – but it got finished.  I also wrote out detailed instructions in case anyone else needed a skirt.

The Little General Cloggers recently appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.  My handiwork can be seen on the young lady to the far left in the second row  and on the young lady to the far right in the second row (wearing Mary Janes not cowboy boots).

Article courtesy of Brightside Newspapers

Samples of my work

This is a scrappy quilt made from 5″charm squares given out during the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop, plus a few from my stash.  Quilt was donated on behalf of my quilt guild to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department in support of the guild’s community service mission.

This quilt was my first ever entry into the juried East Cobb Quilt Guild Show held in September 2009.  It was machine quilted by Shannon Baker of Lucky Dog Stitches.  Didn’t place, but received nice feedback from the judges and am already hard at work at my entries for the 2011 ECQG show!

This is a 4×4 rail fence pattern baby quilt.  It is approximately 36″ square. These type of quilts are great for showcasing a theme or focus fabric along with two-four complementary colors.  Here we have a yellow dog fabric with white/black pawprints and a blue swirl pattern fabric.  The inner border is a stripe, which nicely frames the rail fence pattern.

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