Saturday, January 26, 2013

FNSI - TruStitch and Quick Placemats

There was enough snow today to close the schools early, so since  I was going to be staying home this evening, I thought it was good timing for the Friday Night Sew-in (FNSI).  I had missed seeing the signup this week, but did just notice it, so I'm signed up for it at Handmade by Heidi.


I wanted to make a quick gift for my mom's 83rd bday this weekend, but I had to take care of some over-due tasks first.  I needed to get my Sweet 16 back up and running.  I had sent off some of it's computer guts to HandiQuilter before the holidays to get a (free) upgrade to support the TruStitch Stitch Regulator.  I've received the parts back, and they been waiting patiently for me to get to it.

So here's how my Friday Night Sew-In started....

Sweet 16 C-Pod unit.  Just have to remember where each plug went.

Once that was done, then I got the TruStitch set up.

TruStitch by HandiQuilter for stitch regulation.

Practiced some FMQ on a few test sandwiches.  Now that I don't have to worry about stitch length, I can focus on my quilting skills.  :-)  I need lots of practice!

There are a few options of how to work with the regulator.  I think I prefer to have the little controller (the white hockey-puck looking thing) under the quilt, with my right hand over it.  When the controller is under a quilt, it flashes a bright light so that you can see where it is under the fabric.

You can see the bright light that flashes under the quilt when using the TruStitch.

I decided to make a couple of placemats with coordinating cloth napkins for my mom, to go along with the lunch I'll be bringing her.

Fabric for napkins, placemat fronts & backing.  Ready to stitch.
How To:
  • I cut the placemat fabrics and batting at 13" x 16".  The napkins were cut square at 16" x 16".
  • I used a temporary fabric spray to adhere the batting to the wrong-side of the front placemat fabric. 
  • Pinned the front and back fabrics, right-sides together and stitched it pillow-case style with 1/4" seam, leaving an opening at the bottom.
  • Turned it right-side out through the opening, hand-stitched that opening closed, and top stitched 1/4" the around the edges of the placemat.  
  • I turned the edges on the napkins 1/4" twice, and stitched them down.
  • I added a free-motion quilting stipple stitch to the placemats and was done.

Quickie gift.

I stitched a little tie to wrap it all up.

The flower print is on the back of the placemats.

That was quick and easy.  Just a little something something to go with her lunch.  

Here is a photo of my mom & I, copied from my About Me page.
Happy Bday Mom!  She'll be 83 on Monday.

I'm sharing this at Pigtales and Quilts' Sharing Saturday.

Happy Stitching!!

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13 comments:

  1. Hi!!! WOW!!! These are so sweet and pretty!!! You mom is going to love them!!!

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  2. The placemats are really pretty and your mom will be delighted!

    Thank you for linking to the Saturday Sharing Day linky party over at my blog.

    www.pigtalesandquilts.com

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  3. What a sweet gift to go along with lunch. I love the pasley fabric. Nice job!

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  4. snow days are perfect for sewing days-love your placemats Kathy

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  5. Please tell your mom Happy Birthday from me. Loved your post. Wonderful gift idea. Thanks for linking up to Saturday Sharing Day. That is where I found you blog. Happy Stitching Hugs, Kathleen from Beautiful Nelson Bay, Australia http://kathysnest32.wordpress.com/

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    1. Hi Kathleen,

      I'm happy to wish mom a happy bday from you. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting.
      Have a great day!

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  6. These are really cute! I need to start now to be ready for birthdays and Christmas for next year.

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  7. The placemats and napkins are beautiful .... I do love paisley! Such a lovely gift for mom.

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  8. Happy Birthday to your Mom! The placemats look great, thanks for sharing!

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  9. Found you over at Marcia's New Blog Linky Party. I just bought a Sweet Sixteen Sit Down machine and decided to follow your blog hoping I'll learn from you! I love it so far. Just started my first good sized quilt on it. Still getting used to the stitch regulator. Nice to meet you!

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  10. Greetings Sylvia. How wonderful to share in your mom's 83rd BD. Moms are so precious!

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  11. How I love paisleys and that one is so pretty! That's a wonderful gift....will brighten many days ahead!!!! The photo of you both is so sweet, also! I didn't get the stitch regulator as I really wasn't "sold" on the concept. I have a Bernina 440QE and don't use the BSR on that, either, so figured I would not use it on Ms. Sweetie. Love my SS!! Have a bunch of "have to get finished" projects then will get to the SS pattern. I promise, I will NOT forget! (smile) Blessings, Doreen

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