Friday, August 12, 2016

emily's trunk show

Don't you love to go visit family and when meander through their home you find a nice display of your projects?  This is some of what I found at my daughter's house, made from my sewing machine:

On the top right we have what I call a summer blanket, or basically when your toddler wants something cool to the touch against his/her skin to nap with during the hot summer months.  Use your favorite fabric on the top (heather ross, princess and the pea).   I like to back them with that "satin backed flannel" you can get at Joann's.  It measures about the size of a fat quarter.  Perfect for carting around or transitioning into a doll quilt.  You can read about it here.

Next on the top is a doll quilt I made from left overs and a cool binding made with chenille.  You can read about it here.

This boat quilt was made for child #1 in this house hold where I'm visiting:

She is quickly adjusting to her new big sister duties. (that's a breast pump . . . she came and asked me if I would turn it on for her. #wantstobejustlikehermomma)

This one is a "play quilt".  I started making this quick project when I couldn't keep up with pieced baby quilts for gifts.  It's basically 2 pieces of the cutest fabric available, quilted, and bound with a ruffle binding.  You can learn about that here.

We just had grandbaby #8, so I've been busy making crib sheets and other baby stuff . . . nothing really excited to share, except this cute little one:


whoop whoop

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

chenille binding tutorial

Chenille makes a fun binding for smaller projects like these play quilts

or this doll quilt, blogged about here.

There are 2 sizes available in the quilt stores in a range of colors, I use the larger size, 5/8ths for binding.  I've seen the smaller size sewn into the pieced side of a quilt to add depth and texture.

Don't you hate it when you drop your roll of chenille or binding and it goes rolling across the floor?  Problem solved.

2  VERY important things to remember:

1.  Before sewing the chenille onto the edge of your quilt, you need to trim the edge precisely, and finish it off with a zig zag all the way around.  This will help give the chenille something to anchor to.

2.  When sewing your chenille onto your quilt, use a small stitch to minimize loss of threads in the washing/drying.   I use a 1.5 stitch size when sewing on chenille.

There are 2 strips of chenille sewn all around the way around this quilt.  I sew the first one on to the underside, so that I can see where I'm sewing.  Place the chenille tape so that 2/5th's are showing.  You will sew 1/5th inside the edge of your quilt.  DON'T FORGET TO SHORTEN YOUR STITCH.

The second strip is sewn directly on top of the first, sandwiching the edge of the quilt, and sewing down the middle of the strip.

Corners are much like sewing a regular binding on a quilt.  Stop just before the end, stop put your needle down and pivot around the corner.

Wash and dry.  I was surprised that there was not much in the lint catcher.  

sew fresh quilts: Let's Bee social

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

hello darling doll quilt

Last fall I went to a quilt retreat, and my friend sitting across from me was making this beautiful quilt (added to my bucket list)

I watched as stacks and stacks of little triangles were being disposed of (I think it was the other 1/2 of the corners sewed into the white squares)

well, I grabbed all those triangles, and bartered for some of the other left-overs and started sewing till I came up with . . .

It's not the fastest way to put together a quilt, but there's something about using free scraps and creating something pretty with it that someone will adore that is very therapeutic to me.

21 x 28 washed
fabric is hello darling by bonnie and camille
binding is chenille

Tutorial on the chenille border found here.

Delivered. Loved.
(perfect gift with cradle for a 2 year old grand daughter . . . guaranteed to put you on top :)


Friday, June 3, 2016

outhouse finish w/ sleeve, quilt dr - giveaway

Oh my goodness, is it already Friday?  I've got plenty to show you, but I always forget how long the blogging takes. 

I've been collecting my favorite Carolyn Friedlander fabrics for a special project (a couple of these aren't her's) 

and when I saw this pattern come out last fall, I just had to have it!  

So, when I was ready for a new start, I pulled out the pattern and  . . . . . . NO!!!!  It's that "paper piecing" that everyone keeps talking about that I have steered far away from.  

So, I found a friend who has paper pieced before and I parked myself, (sewing machine included) in her sewing room for a few days,  (bringing snacks always help with that)

It was a bit slow going at first, and there were some lessons to learn along the way.  
1.  always mark your little papers
2.  it pays to invest $10 in a package of Carol Doak's Foundation Paper, 100 sheets.  It's just like that thin paper we wrote on as kids a gazillion years ago.  
3.  keep your seam ripper close by.
4.  press to the dark side (learned this one when it was too late :(

These houses took me about an hour each, they're only 5" square, yikes!  I hope you're impressed. 

 Slowly, they started to stack up.  At this point, I was seriously considering a "4 outhouse wall hanging".

then an 8 house wall hanging . . .

 I have a few favorites:

and a few more:

 Ok, I mostly love them all.

I even took the time to make a sleeve for hanging purposes.

I've tried using the clear thumb tacks, that works for a while, but not long-term.  I tried sewing the triangles into the corners, that didn't work (it sagged in the middle).

This has turned out to be a great system for hanging a quilt, my favorite tutorial is here  (she learned this system from a quilt museum).   I found some good instructions for making the sleeve here and here.

It was an investment of time (3 trips to Home Depo), but now that I've made a few and corrected my mistakes, I've got it down and find that it's a secure way to hang a quilt.  

I'm so proud of myself!!!   ok.  seriously, if I can do this paper piecing thing, surely you can!  I think my next one will be that circle of geese I keep seeing.

Another finish for the week:
Remember this quilt with the mold stains?  we talked about it back here.

I ran down the fabrics for the squares that needed replacing.

and carefully unstitched those bad squares.  

 I made a replica of what I took out

 and carefully hand sewed it in place with a blind stitch, then re-quilted those squares.   I did go back and machine stitch very close to the edge of the new piece for strength.


I just love this quilt

GIVEAWAY:  winner is MichelleT

I'd love to give away my little outhouse scraps to someone that appreciates them.  If you'd like them, tell me which 2 fabrics in that stack at the beginning of the post aren't Carolyn Friedlander's.

whoop whoop
finish it Friday

Friday, May 27, 2016

varsity lawn quilt & giveaway

A nice finish.  This giant flying geese was shamelessly copied from a quilt I saw last fall at market in Houston

I think it was at the cotton and steel booth, but I can't remember.  Let me know if  you do.

"Quilt in a day's" ruler wasn't even big enough for what I wanted.  I attained the services of my "genius math quilter friend" (thank you mk) to help make those big geese.  (which means the process was painful and a big blur, so please don't ask :)

patiently waiting on the banister for it's turn on the hq sweet sixteen.

Do you remember the post back here about my trip to Mexico where I took pictures of free motion quilting ideas?  

simple log cabin design:



 I kinda went a little crazy on the quilting but there's one problem with so much detailed quilting.  And I found that out after the washing.  It reminded me of when the maid accidentally put my sweater in the dryer and it came out a 2 T size :- /
 I lost probably 10 inches off the width and length.

What I ended up with:
 a rotation of pebbles, random squares and matchstitck lines, which quilts up nice.  I'll use that pattern again.

55 x 68 (washed)
fabric is varsity by sweetwater
geese are 6 1/2 x 12 1/2
batting is 80/20 comfort by Winline

GIVEAWAY - closed.  
 I seem to have an abundance of pincushions laying around from my recent pincushion fest.  I'd love to share one with you, it's even filled with walnut shells.  leave me a comment if you're interested.