Monday, September 21, 2015

 Perfectly Sized No-Wave Quilt Borders

Why does this happen!

We have ALL experienced it!

That is wavy borders!

Thanks to Sam Hunter of Hunters Design Studio for letting me join in on this awesome blog hop.  I hope you have been following along with all the tips, tricks, and basically the nitty gritty from a quilters standpoint.  Lots of great information.  If you haven’t visited all of the blogs do so by clicking on the bloggers at the end of my post.

So NOW to get down to it….the No-Wave quilt border.

Like I said at the beginning, we ALL have experienced this at some point in our quilting; whether you are the quilt virgin with your first quilt under your belt to the most experienced quilter, and or a longarm quilter who regularly quilts your fabric babies.

The first step to insure your quilt will be “perfect” and square is to make sure your blocks are of all the same size and as you are piecing your blocks that your seam allowances are that “perfect” ¼” seam.

Now that being said, I know I am NOT perfect!  I try my best for all my points, rows etc being spot on, but I do find that there is sometimes an issue with wavy borders even when things are perfectly matched. 

There is a very simple way to make sure when you put your borders on they will fit nicely  and lay flat. Here's the most used technique in the biz!

 By placing a tape measure on the length of the quilt border, take two or three center measurements of the quilt body and average that number.   If you can trim and square your pieced quilt at this time it is highly recommended. (Refer to photos on how to measure). 
Cut two borders that length and pin them to opposite sides of the quilt.  Match the ends and centers, and then gently ease in any fullness. 
Pin, sew, and press
Repeat for the top and bottom borders.

When you are adding borders to increase the size of your quilt, I feel if you create a few smaller borders to achieve this is better than one LARGE border.

I find this way is the best for me when I am sewing on my borders. 

There have been numerous blogs on just this subject.  Several different ways others feel is key to their success.  Experiment the next time you are cutting borders out for a new quilt.  Come back and post here on my blog other ways that you feel are better or different showing good results!  We always can learn new tricks of the trade. 

Don't forget to check out the other bloggers, lots of interesting bits of information!

Happy Quilting ~ and may your borders not wavy back at you!

Friday, September 18, 2015

SAQA AUCTION~ begins today

Ribbon Lakes of Russia is in the auction

Here is the background info about the Ribbon Lakes of Russia.  This is a NASA satellite image that I have turn into an art quilt.

The vivid blue half circle (bottom) in this Landsat 5 image from 2005 is Russia’s Chaunskaya Bay in northeastern Siberia. Two major rivers, the Chaun and Palyavaam, flow into the bay, which in turn opens into the Arctic Ocean. Ribbon lakes and bogs are present throughout the area, created by depressions left by receding glaciers. Owing to its extreme northern location, the bay is covered by
ice most of the year.

Here's where you can find the auction:

Here is the making of the quilt:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Back to School Blog Hop ~~~

This is going to be some fun and informational at the same time!  It kicks off today!
Check out each blog for some fun tutorials!

Sept 1: Peta Minerof-Bartos of PetaQuilts – So, Does that Diagonal Method for a Pieced Backing Really Work
Sept 2: Cheryl Sleboda of – The Quilter’s Knot
Sept 3: Teresa Coates of Crinkle Dreams – The Importance of Pressing
Sept 4: Cath Hall of Wombat Quilts – Color Coding for Paper-piecing
Sept 5: Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio – How to Calculate and Cut Bias Binding
Sept 6: Melanie McNeil of Catbird Quilt Studio – Credit where Credit is Due
Sept 7: Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts – How to Keep a Perfect 1/4” Seam Between Different Machines
Sept 8: Rose Hughes of Rose Hughes – Fast Pieced Applique
Sept 9: Megan Dougherty of The Bitchy Stitcher – The Care and Feeding of the Domestic Sewing Machine
Sept 10: Lynn Krawczyk of Smudged Design Studio – Make a Mobile Art Kit
Sept 11: Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty – Log Cabin 101
Sept 12: Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness – Zipper Tips
Sept 13: Jane Victoria of Jolly and Delilah – Matching Seams
Sept 14: Jemelia Hilfiger of Je’s Bend – Garment Making Tips and Tricks
Sept 15: Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios – Curved Piecing Without Pins
Sept 16: Misty Cole of Daily Design Wall – Types of Basting
Sept 17: Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams – Setting your Seams
Sept 18: Christina Cameli of A Few Scraps – Joining Quilted Pieces by Machine
Sept 19: Bill Volckening of WonkyWorld – The Importance of Labels
Sept 20: Jessica Darling of Jessica Darling – How to Make a Quilt Back
Sept 21: Debbie Kleve Birkebile of Mountain Trail Quilt Treasures – Perfectly Sized No-Wave Quilt Borders
Sept 22: Heather Kinion of Heather K is a Quilter – Baby Quilts for Baby Steps
Sept 23: Michelle Freedman of Design Camp PDX – TNT: Thread, Needle, Tension
Sept 24: Kathy Mathews of Chicago Now Quilting Sewing Creation – Button Holes
Sept 25: Jane Shallala Davidson of Quilt Jane – Corner Triangle Methods
Sept 27: Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies Quilting – The Power of Glue Basting
Sept 28: Catherine Redford of Catherine Redford – Change the Needle!
Sept 29: Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz of Fun From A to Z – French Knots, – ooh la la!
Sept 30: Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts – How to Align Your Fabrics for Dog Ears
October 1: Tracy Mooney of 3LittleBrds – Teaching Kiddos to Sew on a Sewing Machine
October 2: Trish Frankland, guest posting on Persimon Dreams – The Straight Stitch Throat Plate
October 3: Flaun Cline of I Plead Quilty – Lining Strips Up