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MQG Michael Miller Challenge 1It’s time to get started on the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge and after passing on a few designs, I settled on a parallelogram shape. I cut a bunch of shapes with an Accuquilt Go! die and started throwing them up on MQG Michael Miller Challengethe design wall. I decided that the larger prints did not appeal to me cut up, so I will use some of those pieces on the back of the quilt. What finally appealed to me was this chevron design. I know, it’s been done over and over. I’m a little late to the party. However, I wanted to try some “big stitch” quilting and I think the white negative space would be a good place to experiment with this. Now I need to finish cutting and start piecing.

Another WIP is my “Passing Through” quilt designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. At first I spray basted AND pinned the quilt using the method used by Leah Day. You know, I hate pins. Flower pins or safety pins, it doesn’t matter. It slows me down and they get in the way.

IMG_1131A few weeks ago I met Sandi Snow, recent first place winner for her modern quilt entry at the AQS Show in Paducah and she said she uses Micro Stitch to baste her quilts. I used a product like this years ago, but the tacks were much larger. Like the name says, these are micro – 4 mm.  Sandi says you can even sew over them. I’m going to give it a try, I’ll let you know how it goes. See the picture below, you can barely see the micro tacks.

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I always like to recommend great products that I find, so here is another one. “Flatter” is a Best Press/Starch alternative made by SoakWash. It is the best product I have used for getting stubborn creases and wrinkles out of fabric. I usually use a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 7 parts water as recommended by Ebony Love, however while that is IMG_1147inexpensive and a great solution, I think this product performs better and smells a whole lot better.  If you can’t find at your local quilt shop, you can order it online. The Soak Wash Company is the same group that makes the nail polish to coordinate with your favorite designer fabric and a product to wash your quilts and delicates.

I am linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced. Everyone visit her blog and comment on the other WIP Wednesday blog posts. Have a great Wednesday.