Checking IN with Love!

Checking IN with Love!

Checking IN with Love!

Just a little help

Hi Friends and Happy Thursday!

Unsettling times are reported everywhere. I wanted to bring you something to fill your creative needs. 

 

Doing what I can

I haven’t had a lot of time to get online for blogging or even social posting. It’s enough to keep up with reading and listening.

Instead, I’m making face-masks and finishing charity quilts and client quilts. 

I’m not one that’s banned from working, but going to work is only a part time thing anyway.

My real work and my fun is in my garage with my sewing machines, fabric and longarm machine. 

It’s my get away.  Like it is for many that do this kind of thing. 

So, when I got this email today, I couldn’t resist passing it on to all of you that would love a little something different!

Thank you, Bluprint for remember us at home!

Bluprint, an NBCUniversal online creative learning platform, provides ways for the entire family to nourish their creativity from home, offering rich learning experiences for all ages.

Join us to “Craft More Happy Moments” during our FREE unlimited access creativity event; March 26 at Noon EST – April 9.  

With Bluprint you can stream thousands of creative education classes from knitting, sewing, baking, drawing, family crafts and much more, taught by the world’s leading experts.  Bluprint is your one-stop destination for classes, patterns and project ideas for all skill levels.

During the 14 day event, Bluprint will provide free access to their full slate of content; including more than 1300 classes and series and hundreds of step by step project tutorials and patterns making this the perfect time to learn a new craft or hobby.

Emotional End-Benefits Your Readers/Viewers Can Easily Connect With:

  • Creativity is one of the best ways to connect with ourselves and loved ones
  • Creating family moments of togetherness by communing over creativity
  • Keeping the kids busy while you work from home
  • Getting lost in your passion and making something
  • Sourcing inspiration for your next (or first!) craft project
Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

Please don’t forget to share!

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them.  I plan to share as many as I remember with you.  The ups the downs the…”whoops!  What was I thinking”…moments.  As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.

I love to hear stories.  

Please send me your stories about your quilts or whatever your making.  Where the idea started and how it moved from there.  And if you want me to, I’ll show them off for you.   

Most of all, let’s have fun!

Thank you so much for reading!  Sign up so you don’t miss a beat. Have any comments or ideas leave them below.  Also, you can join us on our FB group Comfy Coffee Klatch.  We would love to have you!

Oh, and one more thing, if your into reading after other quilter’s out there and their adventures?  Check out the 100 Top Quilting Blogs on Feedspot.

Much love,

Carolyn

Caroyn Albright,

Quilts ‘N’ Things Addict

I admit it…I’m a quilting addict.  But, if you’re here then it’s likely you are too!  That also means we’re fabric addicts, and quilty tool addicts…this list goes on.

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Prepping That Quilt Backing – Come on Let’s Do It

Prepping That Quilt Backing – Come on Let’s Do It

Prepping That Quilt Backing – Come on Let’s Do It

A small backing guide for quilt makers –

Before sending to your longarmer

Hi Friends and Happy Wednesday!

So, the other day my husband and I were yacking away at each other. You know how it is, both of you telling each other about what’s gone on in your individual days, kinda just talking over each other.

Suddenly he stopped and asked, “What’s so hard about prepping the backing for a quilt?”

 

Charity quilt for this week!

I thought for just a bit.  In my head, I could see him slapping siding up on the house and driving in some nails and SLAM, BAM, THANK YOU, MA’AM!  IT’S DONE!

I mean, really, it’s just one word…backing…can’t be too hard.  But, didn’t I say ‘PREPPING’ the backing and I didn’t say it was hard.

In the over all sense, it isn’t terribly hard.  I know he has seen me wash and press my fabric.  I know he knows that sometimes there is A LOT of fabric to press at one time. But, the rest of what it takes to get A LOT of fabric ready to go onto a longarm frame, seemed to be a little vague.

To be fair, I hadn’t ever explained the details to him.  And since he is going to proofread this post for me…he can see it now.

And just so you know…if you don’t do it this way…that’s okay.  Share your method below.

Square those edges and trim that selvage. 

Come On!  Let’s do it!

I like to start with a good wash and press.  I wash my backing to get all the “manufacturing” (air quotes here) out of the fabric.  Personally, I feel it makes the needle slide better during the quilting process.  That could be all in my head (very likely, as a matter of fact), but it works for me.

Since I’ve already figured how much yardage I need and that’s what I just washed and pressed.  I’m going to get this baby cut in half width-wise.  This is going to give me the width I need for loading the backing onto the longarm.

Remember that for longarmers to have enough for loading and stabilizing during quilting, we need that extra width and length to make it work comfortably.

I will have the width I need when I sew those pieces back together along their length.

So…cut that hunk of fabric in half and let’s get busy trimming ONE of the selvedges.

Once the backing has been cut in half, we need to lay it out nice and flat with right sides together.  Now, cut the selvedge off of ONE side only.  We longarmers typically like the selvedge left on one side for extra strong support when loading on the longarm.

**Side note here:  If you happen to be using directional fabric (where the design goes only one direction), Minky or a fabric with a nap, be sure to turn one of your cuts around so the direction of the design or nap is all going the same direction.

When I’m sewing my center seam for my backing, I like to use a 3/8″ seam allowance.

This will press open nicely and lay nice and flat when rolling the backing onto the frame.

In this image I’ve moved my needle over to give me that 3/8″ stitch line.  Then I only need to move the edge of my fabric along the stoppers (using 2 these days – one is Guidelines4Quilting Seam Guide and the other is Sewing Edge.  I’ve purchased both of these items on Amazon and the links here will take you to Amazon).

If you’re anything like me you may have more length than you need.  To make it handy for your longarmer, be sure to keep you’re backing at minimum 8″ longer than your quilt top.

Please…please…make your longarmer happy!  Give her more than 8″ if possible.

 

Stitching 3/8″ seam

Do you have a quilt top you would like me to quilt for you?

Take a look at our Longarm Quilting Services page. 

Here you can see the edges are square and the backing lays nice and flat.  This means a lot to a longarmer.

You might feel like it’s just a backing.  Yes, it can be JUST a backing.

In a very big way, it’s a foundation.  This is where you work of art will lay.  This is what will protect your work of art (since it’s usually on the bottom)  It may even be the part that gets dragged through the mud by 2 year old hands.

For your longarmer, it can make or break her/his heart.  An unfriendly fabric can cause too much tension on the needle and make stitches bunch up or not become stitches at all.  This creates hours of time unpicking stitches and re-doing  designs.

No selvedge on the edges can cause fraying and stretching.  Believe me, we don’t want to do that.

I’m not saying it’s not workable.  I only pointing out that it helps.

Take the time to talk to your longarmer.  Make sure you’re hitting all she/he needs to accomplish beautiful stitching on your quilt top.

For all the longarmers I’ve ever spoken to, we want that quilt to be as beautiful as you do!

 

Do you have charity quilts or know of someone who would like them quilted?  I would love to quilt them for you.  Charities only need pay for shipping and I’ll get it done!  Plus, you’ll always have the privilege of saying you had your quilt quilted in Hawaii!  Send me a message, let’s have a discussion!

 

Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

Please don’t forget to share!

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them.  I plan to share as many as I remember with you.  The ups the downs the…”whoops!  What was I thinking”…moments.  As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.

I love to hear stories.  

Please send me your stories about your quilts or whatever your making.  Where the idea started and how it moved from there.  And if you want me to, I’ll show them off for you.   

Most of all, let’s have fun!

Thank you so much for reading!  Sign up so you don’t miss a beat. Have any comments or ideas leave them below.  Also, you can join us on our FB group Comfy Coffee Klatch.  We would love to have you!

Oh, and one more thing, if your into reading after other quilter’s out there and their adventures?  Check out the 100 Top Quilting Blogs on Feedspot.

Much love,

Carolyn

Caroyn Albright,

Quilts ‘N’ Things Addict

I admit it…I’m a quilting addict.  But, if you’re here then it’s likely you are too!  That also means we’re fabric addicts, and quilty tool addicts…this list goes on.

Please join me for the fun!

Stay Up on Things

Follow

Here are some of my favorite blogs…

Yes, we have affiliate ads.

And we gain a bit when you use them.

A girl’s gotta eat!

Rakuten

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fabric.com

JoAnn Fabrics

ShareASale

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Weighing in on Weighted Blankets

Weighing in on Weighted Blankets

Weighing in on Weighted Blankets

One Point of view

Hi and happy March!

I’ve been working on a thought about weighted blankets for some time.  And I think the thinking has got the better of me.  Now’s the time to put my thinking out there…maybe also see what you think about it.

Flying freedom

Yes, I make weighted blankets.  Yes, I believe they are very beneficial.  No, I don’t think it should be a difficult decision.  Seems like weighted blankets can be a touchy subject these days. Why?  I’m not completely certain.  Some are very defensive about it and that, in itself, disturbs me.

First weighted blanket for our grandson

So, here’s my thinking….

If a person doesn’t have a diagnosed condition such as Autism, ADHD or PTSD or something similar then weighted blankets become a personal preference. As such, the weight itself, in my opinion, may be treated as just that, a personal preference.  In other words, I don’t believe there are set-in-stone rules for those that aren’t under a doctor or occupational therapists care. If you are under the care of a professional, please follow the instructions of your physician or therapist.

For those out there that just want to try these blankets and feel they could help with insomnia, restless leg syndrome, or even stress, or anxiety here are a few tips that could be beneficial to you.

Consider, whether you’re looking for yourself or someone in your care, how much weight can be handled easily?  You never want to be under something that could feel too heavy and you likely wouldn’t want that for someone under your care.  An elderly person could have some difficulty with a ten pound blanket.  In this case you might want to refrain from a weighted blanket altogether.  Instead, consider and quilt with heavier fabric for the backing and a heavier batting in the center.  Even flannels can be used on the front and add some weight.  I have made twin size quilts with batting and Shannon Cuddle backing that easily came out to 5-8 pounds.  This made the quilt easy for the elderly person move around on their own.  They weren’t ‘trapped’ under their quilt or blanket.

Even if you or your friend aren’t considered elderly, think about what may be simple to carry around. A weighted blanket will need to be washed on occasion.  So, here is ‘a thing’ you can do…

1.  Grab a friend and gather or borrow all the quilts or blankets you can.  These can be any type, the point isn’t the style, it’s the pressure you will feel under them.

2.  Lay down on your bed and have your friend lay the blankets and quilts on you one at a time.  Lay them on until you feel the pressure and it feels good, not claustrophobic.  Please don’t get into panic mode.  We don’t want this to end up causing a trip to the ER.

3.  When you get the pressure that helps you feel good… The kind like a giant bear hug… you’re done.

4.  Now weigh yourself on your bathroom scale.  Might want to write that number down or ask your friend to remember.

5.  Now grab all those quilts and blankets that worked for you and weigh yourself again.

6.  Subtract those two numbers.

Ta Da!  Now you know what weight will work for you!

Second weighted blanket for our grandson

First weighted blanket for our grandson

The next step isn’t difficult either –  what size works best for you.

We recommend that you use your weighted blanket for you personally.  Sharing your weighted blanket isn’t going to give you the same results.  

Typically, we don’t provide blankets sizes larger than a twin.  BUT, that twin can be personalized for you.  You might need closer to a full size.  Maybe even a queen.  Still, remember it’s a personal blanket.  

Here’s an easy way to find out.

 

 

1.  Pick a blanket out of all those you have collected earlier and lay down under it.

2.  Are you covered from side to side and shoulders to toes comfortably?

3.  Take this blanket that works for you and lay it out on the floor.

4.  Measure it width and length

Now you have the basics to go looking for your blanket. 

Go shopping!

Do you have a quilt in mind you would like made for you?

Take a look at our Build A Weighted Blanket page. 

Now for my sales pitch!

Not only will we create a weighted blanket for you in the size and weight you are looking for.  We will also make it in the colors you want.  Please take a look at these weighted blankets we have already made.  We would be tickled to work with you on your weighted blanket.

Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

Please don’t forget to share!

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them.  I plan to share as many as I remember with you.  The ups the downs the…”whoops!  What was I thinking”…moments.  As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.

I love to hear stories.  

Please send me your stories about your quilts or whatever your making.  Where the idea started and how it moved from there.  And if you want me to, I’ll show them off for you.   

Most of all, let’s have fun!

Thank you so much for reading!  Sign up so you don’t miss a beat. Have any comments or ideas leave them below.  Also, you can join us on our FB group Comfy Coffee Klatch.  We would love to have you!

Oh, and one more thing, if your into reading after other quilter’s out there and their adventures?  Check out the 100 Top Quilting Blogs on Feedspot.

Much love,

Carolyn

Caroyn Albright,

Quilts ‘N’ Things Addict

I admit it…I’m a quilting addict.  But, if you’re here then it’s likely you are too!  That also means we’re fabric addicts, and quilty tool addicts…this list goes on.

Please join me for the fun!

Stay Up on Things

Follow

Here are some of my favorite blogs…

Yes, we have affiliate ads.

And we gain a bit when you use them.

A girl’s gotta eat!

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fabric.com

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Who Really Uses a Place for Breathing?

Who Really Uses a Place for Breathing?

Who Really Uses a Place for Breathing?

Nobody Needs to Breathe That Deep

Really use a place for breathing?  Don’t breathe deeply?

Said no one…ever!

Since breathing is a force of nature, then why is it so hard sometimes?

 

We all go through difficulties in our lives.  Often, it’s not the difficulty itself that’s the challenge, it’s how we deal with it.

I rumbled through my life difficulties with quilting.  Maybe you could too?  And if you don’t find it addicting (like I have) I promise to not hold it against you!

 

I know you hear Diana Ross in your head!

This week I had started on another an entirely different subject.  Somehow, it just wasn’t happening…soooo…I came back to my last blog about A Place for Breathing On and it was pretty obvious I was wasn’t done here.  

Now, don’t roll your eyes!  I want to tell you a bit about one of my past projects.  One that made me realize I could breathe deeper.

 

I made this quilt for my dad.  I had started it just before he had to open heart surgery.  I didn’t get it finished until a few years after the surgery.  And he never really got to use it. 

Not long after I gave it to him, we all moved to Hawaii and there was no point in a flannel quilt anymore. 

Instead it went to my nephew in Fairbanks and we all know they really need flannel up there!

Dad’s Quilt

Dad’s Quilt Closeup

During the process of Dad nearly dying and his recovery, this quilt is what I worked on.  It time to use my place for breathing deeper.  After days full of caring for dad and helping mom care for dad, I needed a place to go.

The cares of the day would leave me and I simply focused on creating. 

Some use exercise, others take a bath.  I sew!  My brain goes into another mode and suddenly this day melts and tomorrows tasks aren’t a looming air trap.

 

The bear paw ‘claws’ finished at one inch.  ONE INCH!  I used Triangulations DVD I had purchased back then to get them all sewn together.   Then cut them up, pressed them open and cut the dog ears off.  That all took about six months.  It was a healthy place to focus my energy.

When I’m working on a quilt, from the very beginning (I mean buying fabric – beginning), I’m already thinking of what I’m going to quilt on it.  Back then I was going over the internet and through my magazines and books to find what ‘fit’ with the quilt and the idea I had in my head.

I knew I wanted to have an animal theme to go with the Bear Paw Block.  No flowers or loop de loops for my dad’s quilt!  As soon as my brain settled on an animal theme, I decided it was a good idea to stay with animals we see in Alaska.  That’s when I started searching for the Dall Sheep, Bear, Moose, and Caribou.  

Dad wasn’t a hunter.  Well, not for animals.  He hunted for lost souls.  He wanted everyone to know the Lord the way he knew the Lord!  

Thinking back, I wonder if I shouldn’t have put a fish on there too.  That’s funny!  Dad didn’t fish either!  At least, not while I was growing up.  Probably, more with my older siblings.

I dug through books looking for quilting designs that were already created for these animals.  

I didn’t find any.  

Instead I printed up photos from the internet of the animals I wanted.  Now the trick was getting them on the quilt.

And I was back to the internet. 

I can’t draw worth a flip!  But, I can trace.  I cut a piece of paper the size of the block and drew in the sashing on the paper so I had a good idea where the animals were going to go. 

Sulky Solvy to the rescue

Dad’s Quilt – The Back

Do you have a quilt in mind you would like made for you?

Take a look at our Build A Quilt page. 

I traced the animals from the block sized paper onto the sulky water soluble stabilizer and pinned them in place over each block.

This stuff is great!  You can see through it, do the stitching and then peel it from around the stitches.  The rest disappears in the washer!

 I’ve used this method so many times and the results are wonderful!  I regret I never looked into the future to know I was going to write this blog.  I would have taken a million pictures. 

One day I’m going to do it again just so I’ll have pictures.

So, for your next project, find your motif you’ve been brewing on in your head.  Pull out the Solvy Stabilizer, trace out your motif, and stitch it!  Maybe later on in your journey, you’ll find some different means to get it done.  For now, this is a great starter method!

You can get Solvy right from Sulky or go to Amazon or JoAnn Fabrics.  Do a search on the internet or run down to your favorite craft/fabric shop!  Try it and let me know how it goes!

Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

Please don’t forget to share!

Nearly all my quilts have a story in them.  I plan to share as many as I remember with you.  The ups the downs the…”whoops!  What was I thinking”…moments.  As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.

I love to hear stories.  

Please send me your stories about your quilts or whatever your making.  Where the idea started and how it moved from there.  And if you want me to, I’ll show them off for you.   

Most of all, let’s have fun!

Thank you so much for reading!  Sign up so you don’t miss a beat. Have any comments or ideas leave them below.  Also, you can join us on our FB group Comfy Coffee Klatch.  We would love to have you!

Oh, and one more thing, if your into reading after other quilter’s out there and their adventures?  Check out the 100 Top Quilting Blogs on Feedspot.

Much love,

Carolyn

Caroyn Albright,

Quilts ‘N’ Things Addict

I admit it…I’m a quilting addict.  But, if you’re here then it’s likely you are too!  That also means we’re fabric addicts, and quilty tool addicts…this list goes on.

Please join me for the fun!

Stay Up on Things

Follow

Here are some of my favorite blogs…

Yes, we have affiliate ads.

And we gain a bit when you use them.

A girl’s gotta eat!

Rakuten

Rakuten Marketing Welcome Program

fabric.com

JoAnn Fabrics

ShareASale

Find a sponsor for your web site. Get paid for your great content. shareasale.com.

Oliso

Oliso Smart Iron

Accuquilt

Accuquilt Dynamic Promo

Adsense

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