If you didn’t get to the Attic Window Quilt Shop last Friday night, you missed a huge sale and wonderful demo. The Crazy Days of Summer sale was fantastic. Everything 30% off! Where else can you get a bargain like that? Above, Barb David (seated at sewing machine) demonstrates how to use the Batting Buddy. The Batting Buddy is a special template to help you cut and place batting and backing. This quilt-as-you-go technique allows you to complete the quilting as you assemble your blocks. Barb did a great job and even though there were four sewing machines set up, people were standing in line to get a chance to make a block. This technique allows you to make a quilt of any size, and we found several other items to make with the Batting Buddy: Placemats, needle case, hot pad, notebook cover. The ideas are endless. Stop in at the shop and pick up your template before they are gone.

I should have taken pictues of some of the finished blocks, but I was waiting in line with my hands full and didn't want to get my camera back out. So I'll have to show you my mistake. I think I was so excited to try a new product that I didn’t pay attention to what I was supposed to do with what was in the kit. This is my attempt, which was a big NO, NO.

The block should have looked like this with the white fabric on the back. I don’t know where my brain was, but when I picked up my fabric kit, but I forgot to put the fabric on the back. Duh! You need to add the backing so the entire block is quilted when you are finished. As Barb says, when you’re done, you’re done.

I took my mistake home and gave it another try. This is what it should look like when finished correctly.

I’m going to make a needle case out of mine.
Anne Kata has the greatest idea for using up those small pieces of fabric. Check her sidebar too. She has a featured tutorial on how to make your own summer sandals. Awesome.

Until next time,
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