Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Supernova PDF Quilt Pattern is now available on Makerist

Did you know the Supernova quilt pattern is available on Makerist as a PDF download?

The Supernova Quilt Pattern sews a 58" x 58" finished size quilt, perfect for a couch cuddling, a lap quilt, or a fabulous wall hanging. The three blocks are sewn using familiar rotary cutting and straight piecing directions. This pattern includes full color step by step diagrams. 

The Supernova Quilt features an explosion of color radiating from the center of the quilt.

Stitch up this bright and colorful quilt quickly for your next gift, or home decor project. This medium sized quilt is perfect for any room of your home. Add a little zip of color to any area with the Supernova quilt pattern.

Click here to purchase your Supernova quilt pattern now:  Supernova PDF Download

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Jennifer Thomas




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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hope Applique Quilt Block

 Just for fun, I'm sewing a Hope applique quilt block.  This is a fusible applique style block, and I love to work in that style.  Here's my block before sewing around all the patches to secure them.  The finished size of this block will be 12" x 12".  Maybe I'll make a pillow out of it.

 Here's how it looked after fusing down just a few of the patches.  Isn't it cute how the flower buds are made from little hearts?

 Now I'm sewing around the patches with a little zigzag stitch.  For my tutorial on fusible applique, click here: Fusible Applique Tutorial featuring Crabby Crab

If you would like to make your own Hope quilt block, the pattern is available in my Etsy shop here:  Hope Quilt Block Pattern

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Jennifer Thomas




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Monday, March 18, 2019

The Making of Wonky Little Houses

This is the Wonky Little Houses quilt. I made this quilt using Carrie Bloomston's pattern from the October 2018 Quilty Box.

 Normally, I take a lot of pictures when I'm making a quilt.  I must have been pressed for time, because this is the first photo I have!  So this post will be more like the quilting of Wonky Little Houses.  As you can see, I basted with safety pins.  This is how I prep quilts when I'm planning on quilting them on my Elna Quilter's Dream.

 I began my quilting on this yellow door of the center house.  I did simple straight vertical line quilting in matching thread.

 I did horizontal straight line quilting on the houses exterior walls to simulate siding, and continued the horizontal straight lines onto the rooftops.  

 I had a little fun quilting off center concentric circles around the sun and did some echos of the bumpy green tree in the sky.

 After quilting, I added some lace trim to the rooftops to give the houses a gingerbread look. Sew pretty!

 Each door received a button door knob.  

And everyone lived happily ever after.  The end.
You can read more about this quilt here:  Whimsical and Wonky Featuring Wonky Little Houses

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Jennifer Thomas




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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tutorial: How to Thread a Bernina Bernette 705 Sewing Machine

A reader wrote in recently asking how to thread a Bernina Bernette 705.  So here you go!  I pulled my machine out and wrote this tutorial.  I hope it's helpful.

Lucky me, I have the original manual.  It's a little dog eared, but it's packed full of handy information.

 Page 32 has the threading diagram and instructions.  When you look at the machine, the threading procedure is not obvious, so this is really necessary until you get used to this machine.  Let's follow along and thread the machine.  Before threading, you are instructed to turn the power switch off and raise the needle bar.

 This is the back of the machine.  I'm using some bright red orange Aurifil to make it easy to see the thread path. 

Step 1:  Pull the thread through the guide on the back of the machine.  See the little metal thingy on the right side of the photo with the thread running through it? That's the guide.

 Here's a close-up photo of the thread guide on the back of the machine so you can see how it should look with the thread going through it.

 Step 2:  Pull the thread across the top of the machine to the front.  The thread should go into the groove in the top of the machine and fall naturally into place between the tension discs (see arrow).  

 Step 3:  The metal thingy to the left of the thread is called the thread take up spring.  Your thread will go through the thread take up spring from the right to the left.

 This photo shows the thread coming out of the thread take up spring on the left side.

 Step 4:  The thread goes up and then through the thread take up lever from the right to the left.

 Close up photo of the thread take up lever with the thread coming out of the left side.

 Step 5:  The thread goes down towards the needle and through the large guide (circled above).

 Step 6:  The thread goes through the small guide right next to the needle.

 Step 7:  Thread the needle from front to back.

I did a test sew with these two scrap strips of Island Batik fabric, and voila!  A perfect seam.  This machine is fun to sew with!  I think I will keep it set up and use it for a while.  

Do you have any quilting or sewing related questions?  Leave a comment below and I'll do my best help in a future blog post.

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Jennifer Thomas

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Quilty Happenings in the North Carolina ~ Virginia Area

Are you looking for a fun and quilty event to attend in the North Carolina/Virginia area?  There are quite a few things happening in the upcoming weeks.

1.  Inspired Piece Makers Quilt Show in Roanoke, VA ~ March 29 and 30, 2019

2.  North Carolina Scenic Route Shop Hop March 21 - 23, 2019

3.  Warrenton Quilt Days Iron Quilt Competition in Warrenton, NC ~ March 30, 2019

4.  Uncle Eli's Quilting Party in Graham, NC ~ April 4, 2019

5.  Quilt Speak Exhibit at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, NC ~ May 4, 2019-March 8, 2020

6.  National Quilting Day at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA ~ March 16, 2019


I imagine there are even more quilting adventures happening in the area that I don't know about, but these are a few to get you started and add to your calendar.

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Jennifer Thomas







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Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Quilting Cottage ~ A Dollhouse Story

 This is my youngest son, Trent.  He likes to build models.  Lego models, car, boat, and plane models.  He has a vintage camper in our backyard with his model railroad set up, too.  Because he loves building and miniatures he asked about working on a few old dollhouses we have around the house.

We began with this one.  It was on a shelf in the quilting studio gathering dust.  It is supposed to be a quaint little quilt shop.  A quilting cottage.  We dusted it off and made a few repairs.  The door had fallen off, a piece of the roof was missing.  Trent added a bouquet of flowers in the flower box, the white picket fence and the bench outside.

This is the shop owner.  She lives in a blue dollhouse in our foyer with her husband, son, three babies, a grandpa, and three cats.  She loves going to work in her quiet little shop ~ Hahaha!  She has decorated her shop with a log cabin looking rug.  

In this area she has an old fashioned rotary phone, a couple of sewing machines, and some sewing supplies.  She recently sold an antique black sewing machine to Ms. Rich, so her inventory is down a bit.

Upstairs, she has a table and chairs for knitting class, and a blue and white quilt is hanging on the rack.  One of the Corn husk Sisters stopped by just last week and had a knitting lesson.

Needlework in progress is on this frame, waiting for someone to stitch.  

This cabinet holds finished quilts for sale.  Ms. Rich purchased one of these for her home, too.  

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Jennifer Thomas




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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Making Do ~ Snuggly Wuggly Garment Sewing

 Generally I don't do a lot of garment sewing.  I'm a much better quilter.  But...recently I was complaining to myself about how cold I am at night due to not having enough winter sleepwear, and I thought, "why don't I just sew something?"  Surely, I have a pattern for that somewhere...and some snuggly flannel fabric....and a sewing machine...and thread.  I found the above McCall's pattern in my sewing collection.  What are those models doing in the pic?  They look funny-cute with their hair up in rollers like they are having some kind of pajama party.

 I'm planning on making view A.  It looks easy to sew and comfy to sleep in.

 Next I searched my stash for some soft flannel fabric.  I found this probably from the 1980's heart print.  Cute.  But, when I cut out my pieces, I found a spot where someone had cut out one of the hearts - right in the middle of the fabric!  Crazy!  So I could cut most of the pieces, but not quite all of them.  

This is where the "making do" comes in.  I decided to cut most of the pieces out of the heart fabric anyway, and use a different piece for the back of my garment.  The back is going to be this cute baby print so I can sleep like a baby.  Ha ha.  As of today all my pieces are cut out and I'm ready to sew!

Do you enjoy sewing your own clothes?  I have many patterns available in my Etsy shop. Click here to browse the pattern section:  Dress Pattern Shop

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Jennifer Thomas



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