Sunday, August 30, 2015

Some Sunday Stitching

So my fabric stash grew a bit in the past few days.  Although I'm not sure I can say it grew if those fabrics are already headed to new projects.  My first purchase was fabrics that will be used in the Gypsy Queen Mystery Quilt over at Cora's Quilts.  With the Pat Sloan Vacation Time Mystery Quilt wrapping up very soon, I thought this quilt along would keep me busy along with the Midnight Mystery Quilt at Meadow Mist Designs.

The Gypsy Queen Mystery quilt along will run from August to November, giving plenty of time to have a finished quilt before the holidays.  So far the fabric requirements and cutting instructions have been released.  I was able to get my fabric cut and sorted so that I will be ready for the next set of directions on Friday.

My next fabric score was fat quarters that I purchased from Frabricworm.  This was my first purchase from this website and I have to say I was quite impressed how quickly my order arrived.  There seems to be much love for Cotton and Steel fabric floating around on Instagram and the other blogs that I follow, so I thought maybe it was time to give them a try.  I will be participating in the Dog Gone Cute blog hop in October presented by Sew Fresh Quilts.

My first choice of fabric for my contribution to the hop would be to create a small quilt using these fabrics I purchased at a local quilt shop.  Mostly lots of fun batiks.

But after searching around on Fabricworm I do believe I will create a second version using these Cotton and Steal Sprinkle prints and Moda Background Paper fat quarters.

And finally I was able to spend some time this weekend trying out the Wonderfil thread a purchased a few weeks ago.  I have been hearing so many wonderful things about this thread I decided it was time to give it a try. 

My purchase consisted of 100w poly-cotton, 80w poly-cotton and 50w cotton threads.  For my heart whole cloth block I chose to meet in the middle and give the 80w thread a try.

50 w cotton on the left, 80w poly-cotton on the right

 The first thing I noticed was the smooth silky feel of the poly-cotton, it definitely feels much different than 100% cotton thread.  I was very impressed at how smoothly it glides over the fabric and there seems to be much less lint build up as I quilt.  The whole cloth block requires me to do quite a bit traveling over lines of quilting and with the 80w thread you really don't notice the thread build up at all.  It's just so thin.  I cannot wait to give the 100w a try.

This is my progress so far.  I'm probably about half way finished.  So what have you been working on this weekend?  I would love to hear about it.  

Also don't forget tomorrow kicks off the Fabri-Quilt New Block blog hop being hosted by Late Night Quilter, Quilting Jetgirl, Meadow Mist Designs and Childlike Fascination.  Over 60 bloggers will be introducing blocks and tutorials they have created using fabric donated by Fabri-Quilt.  All of this fun will continue over the next four days.  Each of the hosts will be offering some pretty great give-a-ways...and we all love those.  Make sure you set aside some time to check it all out.  I will be posting my block to the blog on Wednesday.

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