Monday, November 24, 2014

Charm Pack Winner Is.....#37!

And #37 is Sonja Mclane!  (I had my son pick a number between 1 and 49.)  Send me your mailing address Sonja and I'll get it right out to you. 

Thanks to all who played along, your answers were so fun and diverse.  I apologize I haven't been able to answer each one personally. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Autumn Table Topper Finish & Giveaway

Yesterday I finished up a new table topper for fall.  Yay!   


It measures 31" square.  I used one charm pack and a solid creamy white for the background.  I love the modern color palette and prints of this collection (Autumn Woods by Kate & Birdie/Moda).  I backed it with a soft yellow print and bound it with a medium yellow, so I could use it for other seasons (like spring).  I machine quilted it in a crosshatch design and finished the binding by machine too.









It was so easy to put together.  I used the Moda Love pattern; it's available as a free download at the Moda website.  It comes in sizes for mini charms (2.5" squares), charms (5" squares), and 10" squares.  I really want to make one up in the 10" square size; a red and white one would be fun for Christmas.

Would you like to win your own Autumn Woods charm pack?  Just leave me a comment telling me what you'd make with it.  Winner will be chosen on Monday the 24th (yes, this Monday!) at 9pm PST.     (Sorry, due to higher int'l shipping costs, giveaway open only to those in the US.)



My "helper" - Snickers
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Go Lucky Quilt Top Done & Another in the Works




It's been a little while since I finished this quilt top, but haven't shared it before now (I don't think?).  It's made up of simple strip-pieced pinwheel blocks (8" finished) using 18 Happy Go Lucky prints  (by Bonnie & Camille/Moda).  I really love the happy colors of the collection and how they look in the top.  Just one problem though; I used two different whites for the background - Bella White Bleached and Bella Bleached White.  Oops.  I couldn't remember which one I started with, and well, they look so similar in my sewing room, I didn't think it would matter much.  When I went to take a photo of the top outside - WOW - different story. 





Oh well, I still love it.  Not sure how I'm going to quilt it yet.  Maybe with straight or curvy lines, or a curvy design in the white areas. Have to give that some thought.

I strip-pieced the blocks using 2.5" strips, which left me with some pieced scraps, which I decided to turn into 4-patch units.




So, I went looking on Pinterest for ideas on how to use them, and found a few I liked.

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The layout right above is my favorite and the one I think I'll go with.  I'm thinking of making all of the star points solid red or navy to give it a modern touch.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Great Pumpkin Quilt Finish


(Warning - lots of orange in this post)  Happy October!  Well, what's left of it.  I have a quilt finish to share today - yay!  It's a small lap size - 40" x 50" - perfect for my grandkiddos. 

(Sorry about the shady pic)
It's made with a Peanuts Halloween print which was too cute to cut up.  You can read more about the fabric and pattern here.  I backed it with a Riley Blake medium chevron in black and white, and machine-bound it in a solid black. 

 
I free-motion quilted the large open areas with my favorite wavy lines in orange thread, and echo-quilted in the black squares with black. 


Snickers approves.  




I also made this little potholder (or maybe snack mat?), while at our guild retreat last month.  I just took an orphan block, sandwiched it, quilted it with an elongated zigzag stitch, and bound it.  Fun little project.


Speaking of our annual guild retreat, I won this table topper a couple of years ago when the theme was Halloween.



Happy Halloween!


I love pumpkins.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop Post

My good friend Christa of Christa Quilts asked if I'd like to participate in the Around The World Blog Hop.  I said sure!  Each hop post consists of answering a set of questions about the writer's creative process.  I'm always curious to know how others think, and I'm guessing you are too.  I was supposed to post this on Monday, but due to computer problems (ugh!), it had to wait until today. 

1.  What am I working on?  I am a quilter, but lately I've taken a little break from quilting to work on some simple projects.

Chevron tote

Moonflower tote/purse
Such instant gratification.  : )  I'd like to make some matching accessories next, like wallet, sunglasses case, tissue holder, etc.

Before making these bags, I started on a 16-patch quilt made from Moda Printemps fabrics.  It will be set 6 blocks x 6 blocks (72" square). 





I'll get back to it soon, maybe at the retreat I'm going to with Christa later this month.  Can't wait for that.  

2.  How does my work differ from others in its genre?  Doesn't everyone's?  I love how each person interprets a particular design differently.  Quilts that have vintage roots and modern style are my favorite to make.

3. Why do I create what I do?  I am a born sewer; I begged my mom to teach me at an early age (6, I think).  I began quilting when I took a continuing-education quilting class at the local university and decided to make my now grown daughter a baby quilt.  At first, I thought it was so much work! Of course, I was hooked and have been making them for myself and my family every since.

4. How does my creative process work?  I'll see a quilt or color combination that I like (I love Pinterest for this), and then think about how I'd interpret it. I rarely work with a pattern.  Whenever I make a quilt, it almost always takes me 3 times to get it right, with both the arrangement of the fabrics, and the quilting.  That frustrates me, and there's always a lot of ripping involved.  But, I've learned to accept that it's the way I work.  It doesn't seem to help to sketch it out first, makes no sense. ; )

I hope you enjoyed a little insight into my process. I'm tagging my good friend Linda at Linda's Tangled Threads, so look for her Around the World blog post next Monday.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Chevron Tote Bag







I love tote bags.  They're so handy when a purse is just not enough.  I found this easy tutorial on Pinterest and decided to make one for myself using a Riley Blake Chevron and a coordinating print from Lori Holt's Bake Sale.  It finishes at about 18"W x 13"H (flattened), and the straps are approx. 29" long. 


I used the Pellon Fusible Fleece to give it stability and covered a piece of cardboard to make the bottom rigid.  It was a fun and easy project.  Right now, I'm working on a smaller one using Moonflower (gray, white and yellow) to carry as a purse.  I promise to share when I finish in a couple of days. 


Next, a new fabric wallet seems in order.  I'm really enjoying working on little projects that finish quickly.  

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Simple Project: Ruffled Kitchen Towel Tutorial




I've been wanting to make a ruffled kitchen towel for the longest time, and when my order of Moda Mochi Dot Linen/Cotton fabric arrived, I knew this was the perfect fabric.  It is a bit heavier than regular cotton, and has a nice texture.  Once I figured out the steps to make the towel, a tutorial seemed in order.  If you want to make one of your own, gather your materials and I'll show you how.


You'll need:  5/8 yard of linen/cotton fabric for towel (or a purchased one), 1/3 yard fabric for ruffle, 1/8 yd fabric for band, thread to match towel, ruffle and band.  I recommend pre-washing all your fabrics, especially the linen/cotton (or purchased towel) which shrinks about 10% (air-dried), and any that are dark.  The black rooster fabric bled quite a bit.  After pressing, cut fabric as follows:

Towel fabric - 20" x 30"
Ruffle fabric - 11" x WOF (width of fabric)
Band fabric - 3 1/2" x WOF

We'll make the towel first. Press a 1/2" hem on both long sides of towel fabric.  


Fold under 1/4", pin hem and sew on each side. 




 Repeat on short sides.  Your towel is now ready for the ruffle.




  Fold fabric ruffle fabric so that selvages are together and trim them off. 


Fold in half right-sides-together so that the fold is along the long edge.  Pin each short edge and sew a 1/4" seam on each one. 


Clip the folded corners only (not shown), turn right side out, match raw edges and press.


Now it's time to gather the ruffle.  Choose your longest stitch length, loosen your bobbin tension and run a line of basting stitches 1/4" from the raw edge.  Leave thread tails on both sides.  Tip:  Write down or snap a quick pic of your settings before changing them.


Carefully gather up your fabric until the ruffle is approx. 1/4" longer than the width of the towel.  


Place the ruffle on the towel so that the bottom extends about an inch lower than the bottom edge of the towel. Let ruffle extend a tiny bit over the sides of towel (like 1/16"-1/8").


Stitch in place over the basting stitches (don't forget to put your stitch and bobbin settings back to where they were).


Now it's time to make the band.  Measure the width of the ruffle at the top.  Add a scant 3/4" to the measurement and cut band that width.  (We are adding a little bit for turning.)  


Fold in half right-sides-together like you did for the ruffle, and pin along short edges.  Sew a 1/4" seam on each end. 


Clip folded corners only.


Turn right-side-out and press with raw edges together. 


Place band on top of ruffle, raw edges together and pin.  Be sure your band is straight and even across the towel. If your ruffle edges peek out a little on the top, don't worry, just make sure the band raw-edge is no higher than the ruffle raw-edge.  Sew 1/4" from top edge of band. 


Flip band up and pin in place. 


Sew sides and top of band with matching thread.  Edges of band should extend a tiny bit (1/16"-1/8") over the sides of towel for good coverage. 

Pin and sew sides of ruffle to towel.  Ruffle should also extend a little beyond the sides of the towel.  




Enjoy!


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