I’ve made some gifts. I haven’t given them to the recipients, but I’ve made them.
These are so easy and fun. I’ve now made five total. Only one of these has been sent to the recipient. I need to get the others out, but going to the post office is like one of the absolute worst tasks ever! Why are they so mean? Why is there always a line? Why do they only have like three envelopes and three boxes and they are all the wrong size or super expensive? I’m being complainy, but it’s one of the things I really hate doing.
Anyway, off of that tangent…
This is how I finish them. I cut away all of the bulk from the batting and backing fabric. Then I pink the edges and use a large basting stitch with embroidery floss (actually, this is sashiko thread) and gather it to keep the edges from peeking to the front.
The backs are actually really pretty. For the actual project, the mini charm squares are perfect for it! I used Comma and Simply Style mini charm packs for two of these. Then I cut fabric for the others that I’ve made. This is now my go-to project for any sewing-type of gift that I need to make.
Then I made some wonky log cabin pot holders. These actually need to go to somebody, but I haven’t figured out how to get them to that person yet. I have never matchstick quilted before. I’ve done some pretty dense quilting, but not matchstick. I can’t imagine doing it on a full quilt.
The think with matchstick quilting is that it can really warp your fabric. This was my test potholder and I’m glad it was a test. I would quilt down one side, flip, and the quilt back. That’s what caused the distortion. It also didn’t help that a put a striped fabric in there.
This one is much better. I also strategically eliminated the stripe. It’s not 100% perfect, but I’m happy with it. The key is to make sure the quilt sandwich is tight. I spray basted and I think that was the right call. Also, trimming. I didn’t leave a lot of room for trimming, but I should have. Finally, the ABSOLUTE KEY is to not switch quilting directions. That means you have to cut off your thread and can’t just turn your project, but if you don’t, you’ll get wavy seams like I did in my first project.
Here’s the larger one. It turned out really well.
If you aren’t familiar with matchstick quilting, it’s just straight line quilting that’s really really close together.
See how close it is?
It’s really close. And this isn’t even as close as I’ve seen it before! It’s time consuming, but I really like how it turns out. It wouldn’t be good for a bed quilt because it really makes the project stiff. However, it’s great for potholders, place mats, and wall hangings that need to lay flat. I’d recommend giving it a try. I used Aurifil for both of these I was pleased with the outcome. If you give it a try, let me know what you think!