Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sunshine on a Wednesday!

After the video from last week several people asked me about this little quilt. I started it in an applique class with Gwen Marston. She showed us how to make our own pattern to make our quilt unique. It was supposed to be a 4 block quilt, but I opted to stop at one. Wish I would have continued!

 A comment was made on Monday about small half square triangles getting pulled into the throat plate. Above is a standard throat plate. I have the wide one on because I've been doing machine applique.
Here's one that only has the small hole instead of the more open horizontal opening. This is super helpful to have on when using small pieces, actually just piecing in general.  I hope that helps!

Have a fantastic Wednesday!


  1. Never realized there were different throat plate hole sizes. Learned something new and very helpful - thank you! (Love your quilt!)

  2. I have heard people complain of this happening when trying to use leader/enders. I always wondered why it was such a problem for them. It never occurred to me that they were using the zigzag throat plate.
    You may have saved a lot of people from leader/ender headaches today, and may have encouraged others to try it again!

  3. I was looking at a picture earlier today that I saved of one of Gwen Marston's quilts. I was thinking that I should try something like it. Very folk art looking.
    I have both types of throat plates. And yes, the single hole one is very useful for piecing.

  4. You could make three more of the GM applique and sew them into one big quilt, potholder style?[I could only do that if each of the four were variations tho].

    Even with a narrow holed throat plate my machines chew up my fabric.:-( I tried leaders/ enders but I didn't want a chewed up Margaritaville quilt either [big squares of vintage Hawaiian shirt fabric.].


  5. Beautiful appliqué!
    I need to order a single throat plate for my new machine, but don’t have a problem as long as I do use a leader-ended between pieces.

  6. I love your one block wonder!!! I have often wondered about four block quilts, though...I like mine rectangular, so I would modify it!! Hope you are doing fantastic!

  7. I don't know. That applique block looks pretty darn good as it is!:)

  8. If you don't have a small throat plate, covering the zz hole with masking tape will work. I think some machines are immune to the problem. I've never had any fabric pulled underneath with my Brother I'm sewing on a featherweight it is happening even with the small hole.
    Very pretty applique block!

  9. great block and it would make an awesome 4-block too!

  10. Your applique block is wonderful. Maybe someday you'll try another one and make four.


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