Thursday, August 11, 2016

emily's trunk show

Don't you love to see your past projects at other people's houses?  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 :)