I had someone skim my debit card at Christmas time so I had to order a new one and forgot it was attached to my account at Shabby Fabrics for their pillow of the month kit club. It was almost the end of the month before I remembered, then I was out of town and back before I finally caught back up to them. Fortunately they are very easy to work with, and shipped me out the February kit soon after that.
These kits are great but I probably am just repeating myself from December. The pieces are all laser cut so they are very exact, and they already have the fusible backing on them. That means all I have to do is lay the pieces out, then remove the backing in small sections to iron in place. Zig zag or blanket stitch, etc. around the edges and theoretically the top could be done. I’m using these as a good excuse to use my long arm so I quilted the last 2 before sewing it to the back.
I had a question yesterday what the batting scissors are used for, and it’s at the end of quilting to cut the batting around the edges. These scissors are made differently from shears and are perfectly designed to cut through the batting very easily, plus they have long blades which helps it go fast. Not a “must have” but after trying them today they sure are great to have.
I did all free motion quilting on it which is feathers, teardrops and echoing based on an example I saw in a book I have “Doodle Quilting” by Cheryl Malkowski. I have to say – feathers are a lot easier than what I’ve heard. Maybe being left-handed helps? I don’t know. I’ve practiced a lot with blank paper to get the muscle memory but I found quilting them was a cinch. I decided to make the case a little larger because I didn’t want it to look stuffed in there. Now it has a little too much extra fabric in the corners so hopefully I’ll find a happy medium next month.