Townhouse Quilt

What I Learned From the Townhouse Quilt (Part 3)

Hi Everyone!  I am sorry it has taken me a few days to update this list.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you will see that I work as a teacher at Joann Fabrics.  I love my job, and this week has been preparing for our open house.  So….super busy and very little time to do much else when you go to work and come home really tired.

Enjoy the next 5 things!

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#11 – How to Select Multiple Fabric Lines

I know I touched on this topic before in #8 about impulse buying collections.  In this case I am talking about the overall project.  I chose to use the Andover Hungry Catapillar Line as my bright colors and on any other project I probably would have used solid white Kona Cotton.  Instead I chose to use Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost White.  I personally have a true obsession with fairy frost.  It comes in over 60 different color varieties and I love almost every one of them.  I am not as fond of the Glitter variations because they are stiff, but the other is amazing to the touch and it gives my projects great dimension.  That being said I also used another designer, Hoffman, for my border fabric.  I have had a long love of Hoffman’s batiks for my quilting and their ombre collection is nothing other than wonderful.

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#12 – How to Play With Background Fabric

I touched upon my background selection in #11 but I want to talk about it again.  I would have used solid white Kona Cotton as my background fabric but I was afraid that it would look odd when placed beside the vibrant Andover.  So I chose to use the brand new 2 yards of white fairy frost.  I am so happy with the out come.  The moral is really not to doubt your choices of fabric because intuition will always payoff.

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#13 – Thread tension is magic

I own a Husqvarna Diamond Deluxe and the deluxe means it comes with a “deluxe tension system” which to me means it is supposed to automatically moderate the thread tension.  Which it does, but you still have to thread the machine correctly.  So halfway through my quilt I ended up with some really funky looking stitching and I totally freaked out.  I went into my viking dealer and she showed me a trick to make it work and how I really have to be careful when I thread my machine.  So I went home and wow it started working wonderfully.

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#14 – I need to blog about my embroidery experiences

I am always on the hunt for new embroidery techniques to enhance my knowledge and I love trying new things.  Please be sure to follow me as I continue to try these beautiful designs and all the things I keep learning.

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#15 – How far can I stretch 2 yards of fabric?

When I started this project with the white fairy frost I had 2 yards to start with.  I was not really sure, at the time, what its purpose was for (I bought it the week before I was to even think about this project) and I was not really sure how much I would need.

The verdict?

I only used 1 and 1/3 yards of the ferry frost.  I was able to get 5 blocks from a 12 inch strip sub cut into 8 inch blocks.  The rest?  It has actually been used in my various other applique projects.

Thanks for Reading!  Join me next time in Part 4!

If you found this post by mistake start over at Part 1 or Part 2 if you missed the previous ones, or continue reading in Part 4

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