Watergirl Quilt Co. News http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Sun, 11 Apr 2021 07:30:50 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Advanced Chain - Piecing : Tecnhique to Save Time and Thread http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10006 So on the weekend, I started making the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.watergirlquiltco.com/shop/c/p/Boomerang-x50826104.htm" target="_blank">Boomerang</a>&nbsp;Pattern by Glenda Wilder Designs which uses 5" charm squares and in the pattern Glenda suggests following the technique of <strong>advanced chain piecing.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></strong>I said to myself " Advanced? What does that mean?" .&nbsp; I've been chain piecing for years but didn't know there were different ways of doing it. So I went onto to Youtube to do some research.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />After watching a few videos, I set to organizing my pieces with a number system and I got to piecing.<br /><br />My first attempt, I did not think about the direction of my prints and had to rip a few seams and start over. No big deal! I learned from my mistake!<br /><br />I have pieced 10 rows by 13 columns in 35 minutes and they are all waiting to be pressed and lined up to assemble my rows. Then voila! I will have a quilt top. This technique saved me sew much time! Not to mention that I only had to cut my thread one time for each row. That makes my favourite&nbsp;<a href="https://www.watergirlquiltco.com/shop/c/p/Aurifil-50-wt-Cotton-Mako-Thread-1422-yrds---2600-Dove-x50117573.htm">Aurifil 50 Wt Dove coloured thread.</a><br /><br />Here are some photos of my progress.<br /><br /><img width="200" height="150" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9930/200x150_3_20200930073143jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img width="200" height="150" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9930/200x150_2_20200930073143jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" />&nbsp;<img width="200" height="150" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/9930/200x150_1_7_20200930073142jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /><br />For my full video on my new discovery, check out the Facebook video at our page.<br /><br />Here is my&nbsp; favourite tutorial for advanced chain piecing.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE7KKaS5p-8" target="_blank">Mister Domestic<br /><br /><br /><br /></a> 15 Characteristics of an Outstanding Quilter http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=10000 <div>One of our customers sent me this great excerpt for an article and I had to share! What compelling reasons for being part of our Watergirl Quilt Co. Crew! We love our quilter circle of friends and invite you to learn with us on Facebook and at our workshops.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>This part of an article that was written about the Lanark County Quilters from the 1940-70&rsquo;s. &nbsp;I thought you might enjoy reading this. &nbsp;Thanks for always inspiring me to keep trying new things.</strong></div> <div></div> <div> <h1><span>15 Characteristics</span></h1> <h1><span>of an outstanding Quilter:</span></h1> <ol> <li>They possess the patience and commitment to complete a long-term project such as a quilt</li> <li>They have the skill and precision to produce work with fine craftsmanship</li> <li>They have an artistic eye for good design</li> <li>They have tremendous self discipline to produce consistent stitching throughout the piece</li> <li>They have a natural gift of creativity and originality</li> <li>They have a rare ability to see connections in patterns, and to draw ideas from many sources</li> <li>They possess a high level of esthetic skills in order to situate patterns to set them off to their advantage</li> <li>They have the ability to focus on solutions, not on regrets. When they make mistakes, they&nbsp;learn from experience</li> <li>They experiment with open minds in order to improve</li> <li>They meaningfully communicate with others in the quilting circle to share ideas</li> <li>They create designs that have the power to withstand time</li> <li>Their works are easily distinguished from others of their own time</li> <li>They have the ability to portray light, perspective, color and space</li> <li>They teach others and pass down their knowledge</li> <li>They inspire others to be the best they can be!</li> </ol> <p>These quilting legends of Lanark County passed down their knowledge, and left their legacy in the form of the beautiful quilts that they produced. They were the gifted artisans of their time, and will be remembered for their delicate stitching and colourful designs, works of art that will be handed down through families, for generations to come.</p> <div></div> </div> Tips for Free Motion Quilting http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9639 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Hope everyone watched the Facebook Live on June 5th with tips for doodling to train your muscle memory for Free Motion Quilting.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Here are a few of my favourites that you might inspire your creativity:</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="https://www.christinacameli.com/fmq" target="_blank">Christina Camelli Draw With Me Series<br /><br /><br /></a><a href="https://lorikennedyquilts.com/?s=doodle" target="_blank">Doodle with Lori Kennedy Quilts<br /></a></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="https://quiltingjetgirl.com/2014/06/17/tutorial-free-motion-quilting-part-i-drawing/" target="_blank">Drawing with Quilting JetGirl<br /><br /><br /></a>Give it a try and just have fun!</span> Guide to Choosing Quilt Batting http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9628 <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Quilt batting is a big topic to cover in a concise manner but I am going to try and highlight the main points for you to make selection of batting so much easier. When I began quilting, I just picked up whatever was the least expensive as I didn't really understand the difference between all of the battings and I felt embarrassed to ask customer service clerks in quilt shops.&nbsp; At Watergirl Quilt Co. I want you to find what you need and know how to do your craft as best as you can! So here we go! The "Coles Notes" version on batting (guess I'm giving my age away referring to Coles Notes. lol)<br /><br /></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Which is the best batting for me?<br /></strong>The answer to this question is determined by your end goals for the quilt itself. What you choose for a baby quilt may be quite different than your choice for a competitive show entry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"></span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #000000; font-size: 12pt;">The following factors should be considered:</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><em>Type of Project</em> &ndash;&nbsp;What will I be creating (wall quilt, bed quilt, throw, charity or baby quilt, quilted bag, clothing, etc.)?</span></li> <li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><em>Fabric Choice</em>&nbsp;&ndash; Will I be quilting with light or dark fabrics? Will the fabric be heavy?</span></li> <li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><em>Ease of Needling&nbsp;</em>&ndash; Will I be quilting by hand, by domestic machine or by long-arm machine?</span></li> <li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><em>Finish &amp; Loft</em> &ndash;&nbsp;Do I want the piecing and/or stitching to stand out or recede? Do I want the design to puff or lay flat? Do I want the quilt to be lofty or lie flat?</span></li> <li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><em>Weight</em> &ndash;&nbsp;Do I (or does the recipient) prefer a heavy or lightweight quilt, a warm or cool quilt?</span></li> <li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><em>Drape</em>&nbsp;&ndash; Do I need heft and structure for a wall hanging or do I need a soft drape, like for a garment?</span></li> <li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><em>Resilience</em>&nbsp;&ndash; Does this batting tend to hold&nbsp;creases or spring back to its original shape quickly?</span></li> <li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><em>Fiber Content</em>&nbsp;&ndash; Do I prefer natural or synthetic fibers? What&rsquo;s the climate like where the quilt will be used?</span></li> <li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><em>Washability&nbsp;</em>&ndash; Will it be washed often, and by whom and what means? Will it need to be dried in a dryer?</span></li> <li><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;"><em>Shrinkage&nbsp;</em>&ndash; Do I prefer a flat, contemporary look or a slightly puckered, vintage appearance?</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 12pt;">Of course personal preference is also an important factor when choosing batting&nbsp;&ndash; we recommend that you keep a notebook that includes information about each quilt that you create as reference for future projects. And for those who don&rsquo;t yet have a personal favourite batting, we offer that a preference often becomes clear as you create, use&nbsp;and wash&nbsp;your quilts.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>Cotton:</strong></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">soft, light and breathable and natural</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">100% cotton is typically 1/8" thick</span></li> </ul> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Polyester:<br /></strong></span> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">this synthetic material holds its' shape and thickness well</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">non-breathable</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">lighter weight and still warm</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">resistant to mold and mildew</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">available in a wide range of thicknesses</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">does not shrink</span></li> </ul> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Wool:<br /></strong></span> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">lightweight and warm</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">lofty and natural</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">holds its' shape very well&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">resistant to creases</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">typically 1/2" thick</span></li> </ul> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Cotton/Poly:&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /></strong></span> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">this blend offers the best of both worlds</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">typically 80% cotton and 20% polyester</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">breathable and mostly natural</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">more loft because of the polyester</span></li> </ul> <strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Soy/Cotton Blend:<br /><br /></span></strong> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Soy Blend Batting is made with 50% Soy / 50% Cotton</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Soy protein is a new &lsquo;green&rsquo; textile fiber that is super smooth</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Soy is good to your skin, good to the earth and oh-so-soft &amp; smooth in a quilt batting. </span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Soy Blend is thin and very easy to needle by hand. </span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Soy breathes naturally and absorbs moisture. A batting made of soy protein fiber has outstanding anti-crease, easy wash, and fast dry properties. Expect a shrinkage of 0-3%. The scrim binder allows for a stitching distance of 8-10" apart.</span></li> </ul> <br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Bamboo:&nbsp;<br /></strong></span> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">natural, gentle and eco-friendly</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">blend of 50% bamboo and 50% cotton</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">breathable</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">shrinks slightly when washed</span></li> </ul> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong><span style="color: #2ca0fd;">Now let's talk about how fibers are bound together to create batting material.<br /><br /></span></strong><strong>Bonded:<br /></strong></span> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">fibers are bonded together using a resin or thermal method</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">resists bearding better than other methods</span></li> </ul> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Fusible:<br /></strong></span> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">contains a fusible web which allows for basting of layers</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">most often used in fleece batting and can be fused with the heat of an iron to baste the batting to your fabric</span></li> </ul> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Needle Punch:<br /></strong></span> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">uses thousands of tiny needles to felt the batting together mechanically</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">has a lower loft&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">stronger and denser than most other batting</span></li> </ul> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Scrim Batting:<br /></strong></span> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">thin stabilizer is needle-punched into the batting</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">this adds loft and strength while preventing distortion and stretching</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12pt;">great when you want to lightly top stitch the quilt as you can have up to 8" between quilting lines.</span><span style="color: #2ca0fd; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><br /></span></span></li> </ul> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Why would I choose bleached batting?<br /><br /></strong>Bleached batting is a wonderful choice for quilts that are made with white or light-coloured fabrics. The lighter colour of the batting helps retain the brightness of the white or light background pieces.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></span> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Why would I choose black batting?</strong><em><strong><br /></strong></em></span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Quilters often prefer black batting for creating&nbsp;quilts made with black or dark fabrics in an effort to avoid light-coloured lint showing on the surface of the quilt. Although this lint fiber washes away or can be easily removed with a lint roller, it is a time saver to simply use a batting that is similar in colour value to the quilt top itself. Quilts created with black, dark blue or deep purple fabrics, or quilts that are predominantly made with darker earth-tone fabrics, are ideal for this type of batting.<br /><br /></span></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #2ca0fd;"><strong>I hope that "uncovers" some of the mystery of batting!<br /><br /><br /></strong></span>Here is the shopping link to all of our wide range of battings.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="https://www.watergirlquiltco.com/shop/Battings.htm">Quilt battings</a></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Happy quilting!</span> Ice Cream Party Quilt Challenge! http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9590 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">We are having a Canada Day Ice Cream Party here at Watergirl Quilt Co.! We are so excited about our first ever contest! For those of you who do not use Facebook, you can upload your quilt photo to our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.watergirlquiltco.com/gallery.htm" target="_blank">Gallery page in our website</a>&nbsp;or you can post on Instagram and tag Watergirl Quilt Co. and #icecreampartyquiltchallenge. One winning entry will be drawn randomly from the total of all quilts in these three platforms.</span><br /><br /> <div class="_2cuy _3dgx _2vxa"></div> <div class="_2cuy _3dgx _2vxa"><span class="_4yxo" style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Contest Rules:</strong><br /><br /></span></div> <div class="_2cuy _3dgx _2vxa"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">*Entry must include a piece of fabric from our shop.</span></div> <div class="_2cuy _3dgx _2vxa"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">*Entrant will have made a fabric purchase from our shop between May 20, 2020 to June 20, 2020.</span></div> <div class="_2cuy _3dgx _2vxa"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">*Minimum quilt size is 20" x 20"</span></div> <div class="_2cuy _3dgx _2vxa"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">*The quilt must include at least one ice cream cone and can have any other blocks or embellishments as desired.</span></div> <div class="_2cuy _3dgx _2vxa"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">*The quilt pattern does not have to be an original design. There are lots of great free patterns and inspiration online.</span></div> <div class="_2cuy _3dgx _2vxa"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">*A quilt has 3 layers (top, batting, backing).</span></div> <div class="_2cuy _3dgx _2vxa"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">*Post your finished quilt to this group by June 28th, 2020 to qualify for the draw for a $100.00 gift certificate to Watergirl Quilt Co. Prize will be a random draw from all entries and the winner will be announced at noon on Canada Day, July 1st, 2020</span></div> Patchwork & Pajamas Event for Victoria's Quilts http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9575 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Join us live on Facebook between 7-8pm on Monday, May 18th, 2020 to sew or shop in support of Victoria's Quilts Canada.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">This charitable organization provides handmade quilts to people living with cancer to provide them with both physical and spiritual comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their struggle.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Michelle will be live, demonstrating the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.victoriasquiltscanada.com/patterns/X%E2%80%99s%20&amp;%20O's%20180112.pdf" target="_blank">X's and O's block pattern</a>&nbsp;that we will use to create blocks, towards the goal of assembling a quilt. top. You are invited to mail your completed blocks to Watergirl Quilt Co. or complete your own quilt to donate to Victoria's Quilts. Please be sure to make your quilt according to the VQC requirements listed at their website if you do decide to complete a whole quilt.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">You may also shop at our online store during this time and 10% of all sales will be donated to Victoria's Quilts Canada. Please share this with others! We have non-quilter type products in our website such as soaps and hand creams as well as puzzles.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Learn more about&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.victoriasquiltscanada.com/index.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Victoria's Quilts Canada<br /><br /></span><br /><br /></a> Economy Block Instructions http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9551 May 8, 2020<br /><br />Hello Everyone,<br /><br />Today in my Facebook Live video I talked about how I thought that Lewis &amp; Irene's collection called Littondale, would be great for an ecomony block, or "square in a square block".<br /><br />Here is link to great instructions and some history about the economy block by Leslie Rutland, The Seasoned Homemaker.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.seasonedhomemaker.com/how-to-make-a-perfect-economy-quilt-block/" target="_blank">How to Make the Perfect Economy Block</a><br /><br />Have a great weekend!<br /><br />Michelle<br />@Watergirl_Quilter Hand Quilting or Machine Quilting? http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9545 May 6, 2020<br /><br />On our Facebook Live today, we talked briefly about hand quilting vs. machine quilting.<br /><br />Check out a couple of resources here:<br /><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdmnMhcA6dI" target="_blank">Hand Quilting with Suzy Quilts Video</a><br /><br />Or perhaps you want to hone your machine quilting skills with the basics covered <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKT7WeG6C6Q" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;by Angela Walters<br /><br />Have fun with whatever you try! What's the best material for making masks? http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9475 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">April 28, 2020</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">So mask making.... huge topic and huge&nbsp;amount of mask making going on across the world right now to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">So what material should you use to make the most effective face mask possible?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Well, as I am a quilter and NOT a scientist, I will not dare to answer that question myself. However, I will share a link to an article dated April 20.2020&nbsp; from the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-homemade-mask-material-DIY-face-mask-ppe.html?searchResultPosition=2&amp;utm_source=Consumers&amp;utm_campaign=51a80b0d36-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_13_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_1a74121c03-51a80b0d36-223215357&amp;ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_4_26_2019_11_32_COPY_01)" target="_blank">NY Times</a>&nbsp;featuring scientific, research based, information to guide you in your choices if you are making your own masks.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Personally, I made my masks with Batik lining and 100% premium quilters' cotton on the outer layer. You could use elastic, twill tape, bias tape, some people have even cut up t-shirts to make ties.<br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />I have a feeling that we will be wearing masks when in public, for quite a while so I hope that you find this article informative to guide you in your decision making.</span><br /><br /><br /> Bake Shop - My recipes http://www.watergirlquiltco.comhttps://www.watergirlquiltco.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=9446 Good morning Quilters!<br /><br />It's been a hectic Monday morning full of glitches! I might need to bake some treats for myself this evening!<br /><br />Here are the two recipes that I promised to share with you that I talked about in my lFacebook live video this morning.<br /><br />I really hope that you enjoy them!<br /><br /><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/doubletree-by-hilton-chocolate-chip-cookie-recipe" target="_blank">DoubleTree Hilton cookie recipe</a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.texanerin.com/chocolate-banana-muffins/" target="_blank">Paleo Chocolate Banana Muffins (Grain-free, dairy-free)</a>&nbsp;The picture is from this website.