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Showing posts with label Sewline Chalk Pens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sewline Chalk Pens. Show all posts

Thursday, January 9, 2014

kicks n' giggles ~

hi ~ 

these beautiful little splashes of color ~  pre-cut 5-inch squares are from my bernina thimble store here in great falls. the link above is to their facebook page, so perhaps you could give them a "Leslie sent me" and "like" their facebook page? {just for kicks}! 

they are the perfect {january} color pick-me-up!  and i kept it simple, don'tcha know when it came to stitching them up into rows of six squares each.  the finished piece will be similar to a small picnic table size, also great for a patio table, especially with these fabulous colors for spring or summer.
 i then stitched two borders onto the squares:
it's time to make some decisions for that "quilt as desired" thing.  what i decided to do was to get out my square ruler, and mark squares on the diagonal in each of the four blocks, using my sewline chalk pens.  {love these pens}  depending on the color of the fabric, i chose an easy-to-see chalk color to mark the square. i have three pens, in yellow, white and green.  {and yes, i bought them at the bernina store here in great falls}.
 my chalked squares are set on the diagonal.  and they don't coincide perfectly with the size of the squares.  and i realized that from the beginning, but i'm okay with it.  i wanted to deliberately have uneven, 'left over space' in between the squares to quilt. {just ... to see what i could see...} 
and to keep me thinking about open spaces more creatively.

what i desire to quilt, and what i actually will end of with will be a bit of a surprise.  i don't have anything pre-planned.  i just want to quilt a specific design that brings visual texture and pattern to these simply pieced blocks.  
i'm not sure that will be accomplished... but i do know that i have something "real" to practice on... and improve from.  that is my real goal.  i'm not much for always practicing on muslin, although i think that is a valuable tool as well.
next time, i'll be showing a couple sketches/quilting ideas for putting what i hope will be an interesting pattern into these diagonal four-patch, "visual" blocks.  i'm talking about the style of quilting you can see here: the sew kind of wonderful blog and quilting is my therapy blog}. and yes... they are long-armers, but i think there is so much inspiration there!   

just for kicks and giggles.  

{let's hope it's more giggles, than kicks}

and that it will {still} be a fun and colorful picnic table cover. 


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Necessary Notions ~ Sewline Chalk Pens

There are SO many chalk pen accessories... supplies, types, forms and more, in the sewing and quilting world.  I've tried ALOT of them.  By FAR ~ the one I turn to the most in my sewing is the Sewline brand of chalk pencil.  It's my all-time favorite.
In part, this pen is my favorite because I can DRAW with it so freely.  Just like a pencil, so easy to just lightly sketch with it, or get very specific line placement.  And most importantly --- start over again - easily!  And the chalk line is easily removed with the wipe of a hand, or a little piece of leftover batting, or it's own eraser.
The eraser is quite handy. I bought some extras (go figure) and they are real easy to replace, too. It just twists up as you need more.
And I have needed it.  

A Lot.
And when you purchase the pen, it includes replacement 'chalk leads' too.  

I have three colors on hand.  But the one I use most often, is the white.
It's been such a valuable tool for me.  Tomorrow I'll show the little mug rug I made using this Chalk pen.

Sooo... how about you?  What's your fave chalk pen tool or accessory?

Be a blessing to someone today and have a great one!
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