Land of Magic Quilt Sew Along: The Castle

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Cristy Fincher | 2 comments

Posted in Blog Hopping, Disney, Disneyland, Foundation Piecing, Glue Basting, Paper Piecing, Piecing, Tips & Tricks, Tutorial

Nesting and Spinning Seams Tutorial

Posted on August 08, 2016 by Cristy Fincher | 6 comments

Posted in Spinning Seams, Tips & Tricks, Tutorial

Tips and Tricks for Fixing Quilting Mistakes

Posted on March 24, 2016 by Cristy Fincher | 3 comments

Hi Everyone!

A while back I was working on a mini quilt for the Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap on Instagram (#alisonglassminiquiltswap) and as I was quilting the backing tucked under and I quilted right over it. Not once, but twice. Ugh! I know we've all made mistakes like this, but they don't always seem easy to fix. While I was fixing my little "boo-boo", I took some pictures so I could share a few of my tips and tricks for fixing quilting mistakes. 

Here is my first mistake in all of it's glory. If you look closely at the left hand side, you'll see that the backing folded and tucked twice. I did a really good job with this one, haha.


I had already done quite a bit of quilting, so I really didn't want to "unquilt" my quilt and have to quilt it again. I always make my backing 4"-6" bigger than my quilt top, which gave me some forgiveness and allowed me to cut the fabric away rather than pull out my stitches.

First, I cut the backing very close to the stitches. Be very careful not to cut your stitches. Using scissors with a short blade like {these} can help quite a lot. 

Cut the fabric away from each line of quilting.

Use your fingers to pull the fibers of the fabric away from the quilting. 

Snip your fabric as needed to release it from the stitches. Cutting the fabric close to the quilting will allow it to pull away quite easily.

In this picture, you can really see what a fantastic job I did making this mistake ;). Keep snipping the fabric away while being careful not to cut your stitches.

Almost there!! I kind of like pulling the fabric away from the quilting. It's satisfying like pulling weeds. I hate to get out there and pull the weeds, but when I pull one out, root and all, it feels so good!

Just a snip or two left!

YES!!!! 

Next, clean it up and pull away any fibers of the backing from the stitches.

It's all finished and looks so much better. The best part is that I didn't have to remove a single stitch of my quilting. 

I hope this helps you if you ever find yourself needing to fix a quilting mistake. 

I'll be back to share how I fixed my second mistake. It did require a seam ripper and some "unquilting". See you then!!

Happy Quilting,
~Cristy

Posted in Mistakes, Quilting, Straight Line Quilting, Teaching, Tips & Tricks, Tutorial

Tiny Geese Keychain Pattern Review

Posted on July 09, 2015 by Cristy Fincher | 1 comment

Hello!

I'm so happy that you've found you're way here. Last month, I came across a fabulous pattern for a flying geese keychain and just had to make one. After making it, I couldn't wait to share it with you.
The Tiny Geese Keychain pattern is a simple and fun paper piecing pattern by Michael Ann Made. It's available in her pattern shop on Craftsy. Michael Ann includes a full tutorial with her...

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Posted in Foundation Piecing, Glue Basting, Piecing, Reviews, Tutorial

Machine Pieced Hexagon Tutorial

Posted on June 09, 2015 by Cristy Fincher | 1 comment

Hello! Welcome to Sew Much Like Mom! I'm honored to have you here. 

I love hexagons, or as some fondly call them, "hexies". I love them pieced by hand. I love the big. I love them small. I love them in all sorts of colors and prints.

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Posted in Glue Basting, Tutorial

Easy Steps to Join Binding Strips

Posted on June 04, 2014 by Cristy Fincher | 1 comment

Have you watched, and tried my mom's amazing binding technique? Whether you love or dislike (maybe dislike a lot) sewing the binding onto your finished quilt, my mom's technique is life changing. My favorite part is the simple way she joins the strips of binding. In essence, the technique she uses is a simple version of Paperless Paper Piecing.

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Posted in Binding, Glue Basting, Paperless Paper Piecing, Tutorial

Double Wedding Ring QAL: Sewing the Apple Core Units

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Cristy | 0 comments

A couple of months ago, I filmed the videos for the Double Wedding Ring QAL, along with several other video tutorials. When I played them back for editing, the videos were garbled and unusable. I was so frustrated (and may or may not have taken it out on my video camera). I had spent all of that time making videos for you, to only discover that I had been talking to myself.

I bought myself a new...

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Posted in DWRQAL, Glue Basting, Piec-lique, Tutorial, Video

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