I got an invisible zipper foot for Christmas. And it works! You can sew an invisible zipper with a normal zipper foot, but it’s never quite close enough. The specialized foot is makes a perfect zipper!
I had some leftover quilt squares and fabric from making the quilt for the day bed and the window valance which inspired the whole room. So I am finally getting around to making pillow cases to match. They are also quilted on the front. I pieced the front, added some leftover batting and cut up an old sheet for the backing. This was all quilted together with the same twin needle technique I used on the quilt. Then I added the backing fabric and sewed it all together. Now all we need to do is cover the headboard and mount it on the wall.
A few tricks for sewing with metallic thread that I learned online: Use a needle with a larger eye (size 90 or 100). Set the tension loose–on my machine that is level zero or one. Sew S-L-O-W-L-Y. Seriously. SLOW. Boring slow. Finally, test a sample on scrap fabric before you start your project. I did all of these and never had any breakage! Yay!
I found this cute fabric at my favorite online fabric store, Pink Chalk Fabrics. Who wouldn’t buy these cute penguins who are off to work with type on their bellies?!? I finally got around to making place mats with them and quilted them with a crazy square round and round style.
I am continuing work on our new hobby room by making a quilt for the twin bed in there. Eventually it will have a headboard and be a daybed. In the meantime, I am working on a “modern masculine” quilt based on the colors in the window treatments: grey, sky blue, navy blue, bright green, and white. I found the pattern at the Moda Bake Shop. But rather than using precuts, I purchased solid yardage and cut all the squares myself.