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.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

patchwork dish towel

Thank you for your comments last week.  Several of you recommended the linky party hosted by Lorna at "Let's Be Social" on Wednesdays.  So, that will be my new mid-week social hangout.

Betsy won last week's giveaway . . .  package is on it's way,  enjoy!

Flour sack towels are the best!  inspiration from Amanda Jean.  I hang them on my oven door.   They make a nice splash of color in my kitchen and are a good conversation piece.   They are mostly for looks cuz they're so pretty, but I'm not going to stress myself out by trying to keep them white.

I purchased these 33"x38" flour sack dish towels from amazon.  The seller had lots of good reviews.  I've since washed mine and love how soft and absorbent they are.

I wanted them to be a little more rectangular in shape, so I trimmed off about 6 1/2 inches off the longer 

This is a great scrap-buster project, or you can use a mini charm pack.

spread out your squares, these are 2 1/2, but any size will work.  

These are more scrappy, but I stayed with the 2 1/2 in wide strip.

Sew your pieces together

press 1/4 inch along one edge (this will end up being your top edge on your finished towel)

press 1/4 inch on the end of your strip.   Lay strip wrong side up along the bottom of your towel (shorter end of towel)  3 inches from the bottom.    Pin several places, measuring against the bottom to make sure you've got your 3 inches.

Since each towel and each strip are a little different in length, I wait to press the end until I've pinned the strip down, so that those 2  finished edges are more exact.  

sew a 1/4 inch seam from the end of the top of your strip.

Flip your strip up and press.  Top stitch close to the seam all the way around the strip.

These towels are a great scrap buster and make nice gifts.

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