Tuesday, October 26, 2010
1. Don't throw a quilt away if it's not going together correctly--ask someone with more experience for help because it [probably] can be salvaged!
2. Never use Warm and Natural batting beneath white muslin. It makes the white take on a dingy hue. I always just buy Warm and White now to avoid that problem.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Now that I'm done making a Robin Hood costume for my oldest, I am finishing up a [late] birthday gift for my sister who lives in cold country and needs as many quilts as possible to stay warm August through May. Then I will get started using these solids to make a teacup tablerunner I've been planning in my mind for months.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
My husband is super-impressed that I've been cleaning up all my crafting stuff around the house and finishing a million projects I started this summer. Must be that nesting instinct! So I finally finished this toddler size quilt for a friend to gift to a friend. It's for a family who loves giraffes, so they should get their fill with this quilt:) I love how poofy the quilt is. I've never quilted with polyester batting before and I have to say it was relatively easy. Except for the bulk, even with a toddler size quilt. All in all, though, I think it turned out nicely. And since I have two super gigantic rolls of this batting courtesy of a friend who is a professional long-arm quilter and decided she hated it and passed it along to me, I'll be using it!
Now I am moving on to a denim rag quilt I made for my mother for Mother's Day (yes...month's ago) that I never got around to trimming up after washing. I will be spending a few hours in front of the tube tonight getting it ready to finally give to her tomorrow when she visits to take Bea to see Secretariat.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
They didn't take long to make at all and you can just use scraps if you're like me and have quite a few oranges, yellows, and greens in your basket. All of the Halloween prints are leftovers from Halloween trick-or-treat bags I made for my daughters and their friends.
Finished size: 19"x19"
- the equivalent of 8 jelly roll strips of various Halloweeny fabric (I used all kinds of scraps and cut them all 11 inches long with different widths from about 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 to accomodate some of the bigger Halloween prints) You can double the amount to 16 jelly roll strips to make two table toppers.
- 2/3 yard for backing Or you could make a scrappy backing.
- 1/4 yard for binding
1. Make 4 (or 8) blocks from your strips that measure about 11 x 11". Press all the seams in one direction.
2. Cut the blocks down to 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches square.
3. Cut the blocks from corner to corner on the diagonal to make two triangles.
4. Decide on a design layout with your triangles--I'm not so proficient here, but I think you could make pinwheels or diamonds or whatever shape. I arranged mine to look kind of spider-webby.
5. Join two blocks together and then the remaining two blocks together. Press the seam allowances so that they lie in opposite directions when joining the two halves.
6. Sew the two halves of the table topper together. The center will be thick from all the seam allowances. In order to get my sewing machine through the thickness, I trim out as much seam allowance as I can. Then, when I start sewing, instead of starting at one end of the seam and sewing to the end, I start directly in the middle where the points all meet so I can make sure that the perpendicular seam lines up perfectly. Then I sew from the middle to the other end.
7. Then I sewed on a 1 1/2 inch yellow border. I chose a fabric that wasn't part of the blocks to try to really make the center pop out. You can't really tell from the photo, but the yellow isn't solid--it has some white pindots. My husband said the topper is "trippy."
At this point, once all the borders are on and trimmed/squared, in order to make everything super flat and ready to quilt, I turn on the steam on my iron and press to my heart's content.
8. Layer the batting and backing and quilt as desired. I did two different quilting designs. The first table topper I quilted with straight lines, using painter's tape as a guide. The second table topper I quilted in the ditch when each triangle is joined to the next. Then, I quilted concentric squares which gives the back a kind of spider web design. The second design is my fave. I used painter's tape to make this design, too. I really like painter's tape...if you ever accidentally quilt through it, the perforations from the needle make it a snap to rip off anyway. A great way to sew a straight line or design.And once you bind it, voila! you're finished and have something great to brighten up a table for Halloween. This is my first tutorial, so feel free to email me any questions.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Here is a rundown of the prizes:
A Kansas Winter layer cake by Kansas Trouble Girls and...four Moda Sandy Gervais charm packs!!!!!!!!!!
The awesome thing is that I have a couple yards and a panel that are part of the Fall Back in Time collection so stay tuned to see what I make from that!
Thanks again, Glenna, and check out her shops on Ebay and Etsy for great reproduction fabrics. She is my favorite fabric designer (even though she is taking a break from that right now) and designs great feedsack reproductions that I love...especially the bee fabrics!