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A new quilting book


I recently bought a new quilting book, Foolproof Machine Quilting by Mary Mashuta. The basic idea she promotes in this book is making templates out of freezer paper or contact paper that you can use as a guide for machine quilting. Here is an example of a template made of contact paper:

picture of Dena Template

The book has many pictures of actual quilts or partial quilts and she gives many suggestions for making patterns for the quilting motifs using household objects and paper folding. I used a small bowl as a pattern for the template:

picture of Bowl Pattern

I tried this method recently on a baby quilt I am working on and I have found it to be very helpful. Maybe someday I will feel confident enough to embark upon free-motion quilting, but until then I like using the templates to add interest and dimension to the quilts in a structured way. If you are like me and need to build up your confidence in machine quilting you might want to check out this book. Here is one of the stitched motifs:

picture of Dena Stitching

Becka


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Winter activities


picture of Iced Chickadee

As many of you know, we had some snow and ice this past weekend. Rob and I stayed busy around the house working on a variety of little projects. One thing I have been doing this past month was trying to get a little more organized.

Many bloggers spent the month of January trying to feed their families from the pantry and freezer. I decided to join the crowd and at least try to organize and use up some of my freezer food. I removed all the food from the freezers (I have two refrigerators with freezers on the top), cleaned the freezers, got rid of a few items, and then tried to put things back in a better organized fashion. I used an idea I had gleaned from Brenda about storing like items individually bagged and then put into a larger bag in the freezer. I now have bags of nuts, cooked chicken, cooked ground beef, etc. I also made an excel chart to help track what I have in the freezers. I keep a tablet on the refrigerator and mark down what goes in and what comes out.

picture of Freezer 1

picture of Freezer 2

Another area that I have been working on organizing is my fabric stash. I got a lot of ideas from the Quiltville website. I have been working on cutting my scraps into strips and ironing and folding larger pieces of fabric so I can more easily see what is on hand. This is something I hope to continue working on as time permits.

picture of Folded Fabric

After reading Deb's post about starting in on an on-line quilt-along I found some fat quarters that I thought would work for this project and have been making a few blocks. I recently bought a free-motion quilting foot and hope to practice on this little project.

picture of Square Quilt

Have any of you been cleaning and organizing any corners of your home this winter?

Becka


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