It’s Time to Celebrate!

Last week was my birthday! To celebrate I am offering a new pattern plus a bonus pattern for only $5.00 (sale price good for 2 weeks).

Both patterns are sent directly to your email. Both patterns are easy peasy, quick, fun and bright! http://nancymcnallyquilts.com/product/weekend-celebration/

Ohio Star Bright

While I was the Carolina Shop Hop, I found these fun bright fabrics and just had to have them! Hope you enjoy both patterns!

Happy Quilting!

Nancy McNally

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Settling back into quilting life

I’m starting to settle back into the life of quilting after being away on vacation and having family visit. Visiting family left Tuesday evening. I took 2 days to clean up and binge watch a few tv series.

I traveled to South Carolina and hung out with my bestest ever quilting buddy Dale! I miss her so much! Do you have a quilting buddy that when you get together you just have the time of your life? Dale and I giggle a lot when we are together!

I always wake up before her. So I get my morning cup of coffee and head directly down to her sewing room. Which I love! She has a spot just for me in her sewing room. I begin working on a project while she is still snoozing, lol. She finally wakes up and I join her upstairs in the kitchen. We chat for a while, giggle, have breakfast and down to the sewing room we go. We call those days “Jammie days” .

I was down in the Carolinas so that Dale and I could go on the Carolina Shop Hop that takes place in the western part of both North & South Carolina. We did not get to all the shops. I was pretty exhausted from the drive down, 13 hours. Yes, I drove it in 1 day. My body ached afterwards…for several days.

Dale and I found some “pretties” (quilt fabric) at Elaine’s Attic quilt shop. Elaine’s Attic is located in Landrum, SC. That was the first shop on our Shop Hop. We were there on Saturday and again on Monday. I had found an adorable polka dotted fabric that I need more of. I designed a fun quilt that is easy peasy to put together. It is on my design wall as I type.

While I was at Dale’s, I pieced all the necessary blocks. I have half the quilt pulled together. I am adding one more component to this quilt. I am using “Character Stitches” sometimes called embroidery stitches, from my Baby Lock Destiny sewing machine and a very pretty variegated thread to add some “bling” a little unexpected element to decorate the quilt. These designs are not meant to replace the quilting, that is a whole different element of design.

Polka Dot Cuteness
Another project I worked on while at Dale’s

The Maple Leaf table runner was fast and easy to make. I want to make more! Matter of fact, I can make more. I have more of the newspaper print and Kaffe Fasset fabrics….just saying, lol

Time for me to get busy. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Nancy McNally

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Using Monofilament thread

Have you ever used monofilament thread? I have a new tutorial to film soon and it requires using monofilament thread for the blanket stitch on the applique pieces. I decided I needed to try using monofilament thread on my own project before I try it on one I am filming…so, here is what I designed and created.

Any ideas on a name for this block?

Here is how I created this: After cutting out my shapes, I fused them onto the fabric. Next, threaded my Baby Lock Destiny with Sulky Monofilament thread. Since I have never worked with monofilament thread, I thought I would try simple arcs to applique, no intricate work involved.

I purchased my thread at the local “J” store. Honestly, I’d like to try other brands of monofilament thread to see if any of them behave differently. I found Sulky and decided since I trust that brand, I would use it.

Sorry for the oversized picture….

Bobbin: used 50wt cotton, white thread

Next, I chose a blanket stitch to secure the raw edge fused arcs. On my Destiny, I have a couple of blanket stitches to choose from. I chose the blanket stitch that has smaller stitch length. I don’t care for the blanket stitch where the stitches are long. Okay, on to the project. Once I began stitching around the arcs, the thread behaved wonderful! Just glided through the thread path with ease. Thread did not bunch or break. I really enjoyed the outcome!

Blanket stitch, triple stitch and feather stitch

I chose to angle my camera so you could see the thread. Monofilament thread is supposed to be “invisible” lol….the flash from the camera picked up the thread.

After all applique was stitched down I moved onto quilting lines. By the way, I stitched the applique in place AFTER I made the quilt sandwich. So the applique stitches act as quilting stitches too. I decided I wanted to do some quilting stitches with the monofilament thread those are the triple stitch lines in the black with white polka dot fabric.

For my stitching lines I echoed the arcs and used my pressure foot as my guide for the distance between stitch lines. Easy Peasy!!

After the center area was quilted I moved to the outer corners, the white with black polka dot fabric. Now, with my Destiny, I have a guide beam that helps with stitching from one spot to the next without drawing a line. You can also move the guide beam light from left or right of the needle. I kept mine right in the center. I wanted to stitch from the center of the arc to the corner.

Can you see the pink laser light? Guides me right to the corner
How quick and easy is that!

Once I stitched the first line of quilting I moved my project so I can begin stitching at the arc again and work to the outer edge. I used the edge of my pressure foot to keep my quilting lines evenly spaced.

I left the guide beam light on so you can see the previous line of stitches.

You might be asking how I cut out my arcs. I have a template I designed. My template has center registration lines along with 1/4″ increment registration lines.

You can use my ruler right along with your rotary cutter or use it for marking quilting lines.

Time to get moving! Lots to do today!

Happy Quilting everyone!

Nancy McNally