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Adding a border around a quilt

A few things I learned today about adding a border around a quilt:

1. Remember to cut off you selvage, otherwise you might get a strip of fabric that looks different or a bit ragged.

Can you see the little white dots on the blue fabric to the left? Maybe you don’t notice it, but I do and it bugs me.

2. Make your border strips longer than needed and then cut them to size once they are sewn onto your quilt. My first strip of border I cut to fit the fabric before I sewed it on. Once I sewed it on I was a little short. So I figured if I made the strips a little longer than needed I wouldn’t have to worry about that and I could cut of any excess once sewn onto the quilt. It really eliminates measuring errors. I would have had a bit of room to cut of that annoying selvage from point 1.

I choose a border fabric that came from the same design line as the jelly roll.


Gawd, skunks. My neighborhood in NJ has so many skunks. One died next to our house. Worse stench imaginable. There are no words in the English language that can adequately describe the odour. 

Dollar Tree halloween 👻

I know, Halloween isn’t for awhile, but I’m trying to be the prepared mum this year!

Our school doesn’t allow candy so sometimes you have to get a bit creative with treats. I’m going for the typical pencils and erasers, but this year I was able to find some cool Halloween themed bubbles at the Dollar Tree. The loot bags are pretty cute too. I might add in some animal crackers or goldfish (which are allowed). Goldfish are super salty. Not sure how they made it on the approved treat list…

I have the kids costumes all planned this year. Levi is going as Harry Potter and Sophie is going to be a bumble bee. I have most of their outfits ready. Just need a few extra things. Would like to get Sophie these cool sparkly gold boots from target to go with her outfit.

I love this skull decoration from the dollar tree. 

Jelly roll quilt top

Oh so fun to make! I just love it. So many pretty colours and patterns. Once you join all the individual strips into one big strip it is pretty quick to make. I’m going to add a border and maybe do a patterned back too. 

Binding a quilt

So my little lap quilt is done. I’ve learned a bit about binding. There is back to front binding and front to back binding. I did my binding back to front and used my sewing machine with a zig zag pattern to sew it on. I initially thought that looked pretty nice, but I’ll either do a plain stitch next time or do it front to back and hand sew a blind stitch (I think that’s the technical term. It’s basically a stitch which you can’t see. I usually call it the invisible stitch).

Jelly roll!

Yay! Got this jelly roll fabric by Moda today. Can’t wait to make a quilt out of it!

I also got some little extras to make my sewing easier. Some curved safety pins for basting the quilt and the quilting gloves to help grip the fabric and menuver it.

Aveeno Eczema Therapy Hand Cream

Another review for all my sensitive skin people out there . This Aveeno Eczema Therapy hand cream is bloody brilliant! I’ve had eczema on my hands to some degree for the last 10 years. As a nurse I had to wash my hands constantly. I’ve used a lot of hand creams and moisturizers to help with the dryness, but this Aveeno cream has by far been the best. Within 2 days my hands improved. It considerably helped with the redness, dryness and itchiness. I normally scratch my hands like crazy in my sleep, but on the first night of using this cream I had no itchiness whatsoever. I bought this with my own money and will be buying it again!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I’ve been trying to find a cleanser that would be gentle on my super sensitive skin. Over the past few months I have bought and tried so many differnet products. Everything I tried was too harsh on my skin, but I continued using them because the cleanser I had used for many years prior (without issue) was not readily available in the USA. I did a bit of google research and decided to try the Fresh Soy Cleanser. It cost me $38 from Sephora. So no, it’s not cheap, but it has been lovely on my skin. It is truely super gentle. It has also helped with the redness on my face. I wouldn’t say drastically, but it’s definitely calming. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now. I think I will keep on buying it until I go back home and can get easy access to the QV Face cleanser.

Free motion quilting, continued..

What I noticed today when free motion quilting is that the material is difficult to move with your hands. My fabric did shift a tiny bit and some puckering occurred. I’m going to invest in some quilting gloves so that I have more control of the fabric. Not being able to control the fabric also ended up in some of the stipple pattern looking a bit jagged.

Tomorrow will be binding day.

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