Machine Quilting Monday

#MachineQultingMonday :: Economy Quilting

Free Motion Quilting with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

Good morning, quilting friends!

It snowed; it snowed! In Georgia of all places! It made for a quiet, quilty, Snow Day Cake filled weekend, and I hope your weekend was as lovely as that, too! As promised, let's talk about how I quilted my Charming Mini Mug Rug from Friday's hop! If you missed Friday's post, you'll definitely want to read my interview with Lindsay Maynard and download your FREE copy of her charming mini quilt pattern. 

Free Motion Quilting with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

Lately, I've been doing a lot of "more is more" quilting, if you know what I mean. While I was piecing the top, though, I thought about what a practical little piece this is going to be. This lovely little mug rug will go in our room between our armchairs on a side table. All that to say, it's not the star of the room. As a supporting actor, it makes more sense for it to have more utilitarian quilting. 

Free Motion Quilting with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

Enter, switchbacks. Switchbacks are usually one of my go-to designs for borders or sashing, but on this project I used them as an economical alternative to matchstick quilting. Matchstick quilting is dense and makes a wonderful texture, but it can be time consuming to stitch pass after pass. And in a project like this where there are lots of little shapes, that would mean a lot of ends to tie off. Instead of doing proper straight-line matchstick quilting, I decided I'd move things along a bit-- with switchbacks. 

This summer, I wrote about How to Make a Quilting Plan and shared three things to think about when choosing motifs. Today, let's add a fourth: Utility. When choosing a quilting motif, consider the final purpose of the object you are quilting. If you're a more is more kind of gal, you may always want to choose intricate quilting, and that is totally fine. But if you're making a mug rug or a baby quilt or anything else for you or a friend that is going to get a whole lot of use, here is your permission to choose simple, practical, efficient quilting designs.

Free Motion Quilting with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Are you interested in learning more about how to make a quilting plan and how to execute it with confidence? I have a great solution for you! I'm offering a FREE online workshop called Intro to Free Motion Quilting. This one-day online workshop will take you through all the technical skills you need to get started Free Motion Quilting with confidence! Click the button below to get the details and save your seat today!

Free Motion Quilting with HollyAnne Knight of String and Story

I hope to "see" many of you at the workshop! In the meanwhile, I'd love to connect with you on Instagram! You can find me sharing tips and projects in videos and pictures @stringandstory.

Happy quilting, my friends!

HollyAnne

 

 

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FriYAY Friends

FriYAY Friends :: An Interview with Lindsay Mayland of Happy Hour Stitches

Charming Mini Blog Hop on String & Story

Good morning, everyone!

Welcome to FriYAY Friends and my stop on Lindsay's lovely Charming Mini Blog Hop! This pattern is so versatile and works up quickly-- a perfect way to add a little extra zest to a room or table or to make a pretty handmade gift. You can find the Charming Mini Pattern on her blog, Happy Hour Stitches.

Charming Mini Blog Hop on String & Story

1. Tell is a little about yourself, your family, your hobbies, your creative background, etc. Hi, everyone! I’m Lindsay, a quilter from Iowa, and the blogger behind Happy Hour Stitches. I’m a website and social media editor, but between work, chores, and spending time with family and friends, I squeeze in quilting during my “happy hour”. (And I’ll be honest, a glass of wine is usually involved.) Six years ago, I didn’t know how to sew. After collecting yards and yards of fabric (and eventually running out of room for it), I decided that I needed to put it to good use. I became a self-taught quilter and have loved it ever since. I’m still learning a lot, experimenting with designs, and growing as a quilter every day — and I love sharing the journey and passion with other quilters!

Charming Mini Blog Hop on String & Story

2) What inspired your Charming Mini pattern? I’m a collector of mini charm squares – they’re so cute and easy to grab at your local quilt shop. But my collection grew too large, and I needed a way to use them in a quilt pattern. This pattern uses most of two mini charm backs (especially if you do the pieced back). And it’s easily customizable, so you can make it in any size or with any fabrics! A few years ago, I made a Christmas table mat using this pattern for everyone in my family – I got rid of a lot of mini charm packs that way!

Pillow by Tracie @joyfully_tracie

Pillow by Tracie @joyfully_tracie

3) What’s it like being the editor of All People Quilt? What’s your favorite part of your job? I’m incredibly lucky to have a job that includes a lot of my passions – quilting, teaching, and social media. I love to interact daily through the website and social media with quilters from every walk of life. The pictures they share with us, the questions they ask, and the quilts they love help us to provide the best patterns and tutorials we can to help quilters be successful in their creative endeavors. And that’s an amazing thing to be a part of!

Charming Mini Blog Hop Stop at String & Story

4) How is creative community important to your work? I didn’t come from a family of quilters and none of my friends quilt, so the online creative community is what drives me creativity. I love to join quiltalongs and blocks of the month and share my progress with others! I find inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram posts, help and advice from Facebook questions, and motivation from blog comments. Quilters are such a kind and generous community!

Mini quilt by Vanessa @punkinpatterns

Mini quilt by Vanessa @punkinpatterns

5) What word of advice or wisdom do you have for other makers on their creative journeys? Enjoy the process! I see so many quilters who are hard on themselves – their points don’t align correctly or their machine quilting isn’t perfect or their supplies aren’t the best on the market. Life is too short to stress about these tiny imperfections! If you enjoy the quilting process, every quilt you make will be full of love and joy!

Charming Mini Blog Hop Stop at String & Story

Thank you so much, Lindsay, for sharing with us today and for sharing the Charming Mini Pattern! Y'all can find more of Lindsay's beautiful work on Instagram @happyhourstitches. I am on Instagram @stringandstory, and I will be back here on Monday sharing about my fun afternoon making my own Charming Mini mug rug, free motion quilting it, and a few other thoughts on free motion quilting as well. In the meanwhile, I would love to connect with you on Instagram! 

Finally, is learning how to Free Motion Quilt one of your 2018 goals? Lindsay's Charming Mini pattern would be perfect for practicing, plus I have a FREE Intro to Free Motion Quilting Workshop coming up! Get the details and reserve your seat today-- I'd love to see you there!

Happy quilting!
HollyAnne

PS Be sure to visit the other stops on the hop!
December 5: Lindsay Mayland of Happy Hour Stitches
December 6: Tracie Henkel of Riceford Streams
December 7: Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns
December 8: HollyAnne Knight of String and Story
December 9: Sheila Sinclair Snyder of License to Quilt
December 10: Pat Sloan 
December 11: My BONUS POST back here at String & Story about free motion quilting my very own Charming Mini.

PPS This might be the last FriYAY Friends of 2017. It's a hustling and bustling time of year! I still have a number of other really exciting #MachineQuiltingMonday and #TipsTuesday posts planned, though, so keep checking in! FriYAY Friends will resume after the new year. :-)

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Tips Tuesday

Tips Tuesday :: How to Make A Gorgeous (and Easy) Pressing Board

How to Make a Gorgeous Pressing Board with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Good morning!

I did a super fun, easy, and gorgeous project this weekend, and I thought I'd share with you. I made a pressing board for my sewing room, and it was as easy as 1, 2, 3. 

1) Select furniture: if you love thrifting, go look for something cheap that you can freshen up with a coat of spray paint. Even cheaper? Raid your guest room or dining room for a long dresser or side board that you don't actually use (why do we put dressers in guest rooms anyway?! NONE of us really want guests that stay long enough to need actual drawers!). You want something with a top about 1.5 x 4 feet.

How to Make a Gorgeous Pressing Board with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

2) Gather supplies: 1 precut piece of nice plywood thats 1.5x4 feet and 3/4 " thick (about $15 at your friendly neighborhood big box home improvement store. Free if your husband has a stash of his own in the garage), rubber nail-in feet ($3 at the same store), staple gun (back to your Husband's stash), enough batting to wrap the top of the plywood in a double layer, and a cut of cotton home dec or linen blend fabric to finish off the top of the board.

How to Make a Gorgeous Pressing Board with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

3) Assemble: Lay the two pieces of batting on top of each other (smooth out all the wrinkles!) then lay the board on top. Pulling the batting snug, staple the batting into the back of the board down the long sides (about 1/2 inches from the edge), then "wrap" the short ends like a gift and staple in place (trim excess batting away. If needed, use a hammer to make sure the staples are flat in the batting. Repeat the wrapping and stapling process with the fabric. Hammer in the rubber feet in each corner where the wood is still bare (to keep the board from sliding while you press). Flip right side up and VOILA!

How to Make a Gorgeous Pressing Board with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

I'm so excited to be able to press a fat quarter without shuffling it all around and have more room in general for pressing. Plus, I think the dresser adds a nice touch (and more storage) to my sewing room! If you make one of your own, be sure to tag me in a picture on Instagram! You can find me @stringandstory.

Are you excited to make your own easy, gorgeous pressing board? I'd love to send you this how to in an easy to use one page printable. Just enter your email below! 

Happy making!

HollyAnne

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