June 21, 2012

Laminated Cotton

This is great for tablecloths, totes, beach bags, baby changing mat, baby bib, apron, rain coat....
It is water resistant and will drap nicely.
Sew with a teflon foot or a roller foot.
Can use silk pins or use paper clips to keep layers together as you sew pull out the paper clips.

Wipe using a soft cloth with mild soap and water or a gentle surface spray cleaner. Do NOT Machine Wash or Tumble Dry
Laminated fabric may ONLY be ironed on the WRONG side, using a dry iron on a low/cool setting. Be careful not to touch the laminated coating with your iron.
Or a pressing cloth can used as a barrier between the iron and the lamnated surface on a low setting.
• You don’t need to straighten the grain on laminated fabric. It doesn’t shift because of the coating.
• Do NOT use fusible interfacing with laminated fabric. The combination of the moisture and the heat from the iron will wrinkle the front of your material.
• The laminated coating will keep the raw edges from fraying.
• When sewing your fabric pieces together use a longer stitch length (3mm or larger). Shorter stitch lengths create too many holes and can weaken the seams.
• Stitch slowly as you gently guide your fabric through your sewing machine to help keep it from puckering. If the fabric
begins to pucker in front of your presser foot, stop, and use the hand wheel on your machine to walk your needle through the small pucker.
• Once you sew a seam, open up the panels and finger press the seam allowances to one side. Then turn the panels over to the RIGHT side and edge stitch close to the seam catching the seam allowances underneath. This will make the seam lay flat and look neat and finished.
caring for and storing your projects
• To avoid permanent wrinkling, do NOT fold your fabric or projects when storing them.
• To store a bag made from laminated fabric, use tissue paper and stuff the inside of the bag. Place it on a shelf or hang it from its handles on a hanger.
• To store clothing, hang it on a padded hanger. This will help prevent creases and wrinkles. Take care not to allow the ends of your hanger to stress the fabric at the shoulders.
• Your project or clothing can be “de-wrinkled” by laying it out in the desired shape. You can also de-wrinkle your project by running a hair dryer back and forth across the wrinkles. Be sure to use a low setting and do not to touch the laminated coating.

June 4, 2012

Quilts Are Like Pictures....

Quilts have a story to tell just like a picture can.

When I look at quilts I have made,
 they are like a picture bringing back so many memories.

I was looking at this quilt and it reminded me of days gone by.
Back to the time my daughter saw a picture of this in a quilt book and wanted a quilt like it.
The two of us went to Mormon Handicraft
 (when it was located at "This is the Place Monument")
and picked out the fabric.
I must say I was not excited or eager to stitch around all of the daisies and ladybugs pieces.
And I did say a few unkind words to this quilt during its construction. :-)

The first thing I thought of when I come across this quilt
is the time I spent at Huntsman Cancer Institute in the chair with a chemo drip.
I remember making copies of the
ladybug pieces and daisy pieces on wonder under while the chemo was dripping into my body.
( it could have been heat and bond or another brand, Its all wonder under to me)
This quilt reminds me of the wonderful people at Huntsman  that go out of their  way to
brighten your day and make you feel of worth.
Although the chemo is NO fun at all, I have very fond memories of
the goodness and kindness that I felt from the dear people there.

This quilt also reminds me of my sweet daughter that loves this quilt.
It brings laughter now when she talks about me giving this
quilt a piece of my mind more than once.
It has been finished for a few years now.
The memories are worth all of the unkind words toward it.
It was one of those projects that wouldn't let me put it in the
 cupboard.....to never be seen again.