The one thing about this crazy cold weather; it makes it easy to stay home and sew. Using my Philips Fibre Arts Squedge 11/5 degree ruler I made this sample. I used Tweet for Two from Marcus (by Nancy Rink) a cute line with a Christmas-sy feel. The finished size is 30" square. This will make a very cute table topper.
I finally finished my rag quilt and I am really pleased with the end result. I used 2 Marcus Flannels - Provence to be exact and the large Riley Blake thimble ruler. The flannel has performed fabulously; absolutely no pilling after 3 wash and dry cycles, and the quilt is soft, cuddly and warm. Perfect for this crazy-ultra cold winter we are having.
This was my first ever rag quilt and I agonized over whether to use batting or not. I finally used a very low loft cotton/poly (not sure which but I bought it at Quilting Confections in Windsor ON, and I am very happy with my decision.
I also tested 2 rag snips; The Heritage VP7 (expensive but fabulous) and the Fiskars 5" spring action snip. Hands-down the Heritage were the best. They had no problems cutting through 4 layers of flannel and 2 layers of batting.
This quilt took a while to make; I've been working on it since September, and I can't imagine using lower quality flannel or using regular scissors to do all the cutting. After all its our time that's the most valuable when we make any project, isn't it?
My name is Betty Gormick and I live in Ontario with my husband and son. I work with Gordon Fabrics, a supplier of quilting and fashion fabrics, and H. A Kidd, the largest supplier of sewing, quilting and knitting notions and yarns in Canada. Join me as I travel all over Ontario and the Maritimes, visiting great quilting, knitting and sewing stores, introducing new products and meeting great people.