Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Class, class.... please may have your attention....

Okay.... don't worry! This whole homeschooling thing hasn't really gone to my head!

Getting ready to start the day..

But I do have a couple of things that I wanted to 'teach' you all today....

Firstly, I so appreciate the comments that readers leave for me and I try to answer each and every one of those comments, especially when I am asked a question.

But sometimes, I can't reply to a comment/question because I receive a "no-reply-comment"..... which means that the reader has their blogger profile set so that I can't see their email address. I certainly respect a reader's privacy but I bet many readers are not even aware that they have their profile set like this.

So....if you are so inclined, let me 'teach' you how to change that setting....

First, you need to locate your Blogger Dashboard.....

Blogger Dashboard


Mine looks like this....

Blogger Dashboard


Then, in the left upper corner (mine is near my icon/avatar/picture),  you will click on 'Edit Profile.'

Blogger Dashboard

When you get to "Edit User Profile"..... click on the box that says, "Show my email address"

Cick on show my email address

and at the bottom of that page, click on save settings!

So now, when you ask me a question, I can answer you personally!!!!

And talking about questions.... I had several questions on how I made my quilted circles on my waverunner quilt and so now I will 'teach' you how.

Class...

....you will need some sort of marking pencil or pen that fades or erases and some kind of circle stencil with circles of various sizes (I picked my stencil up at Staples)...

Supplies

I start off with smaller circle and then move to a larger circle and without making complete circles, sketch out a spiral so that I have some idea how to start....

Mark the spiral Not sure that makes sense but there is a photo to help (okay... so I am not the best teacher you have ever had!!!)


I, then, set up my machine for free motion quilting with my quilting/darning foot, feed dogs down, adjust my tension and pull up the bobbin thread to the top.
Free motion start to quilting circle

After I do a few stitches in place to start, I begin to roughly follow the spiral that I sketched out...
Free motion start to quilting circle

like so.....

Free motion start to quilting circle

It is by no means rocket science (I don't teach that!)....
Free motion start to quilting circle

I spiral around several rounds before...

I stop my needle down (in the fabric), change my quilting foot to my walking foot, engage my feed dogs again, make sure my tension is okay.....

Switch to walking foot

I then begin moving my walking foot around in circles, using the side of the foot against the previous line (or circle, as the case may be!) of stitching...

quilting circles with walking foot

For my waverunner quilt, I made my circles overlap and used different colors of threads ...

Waverunner quilt done!waverunner quilt done!

Questions?????

Okay.... Class dismissed!!!!

Yup, that's me!