Hope you're having a great weekend!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Here's the final tally:
- Finish the Jellybean (Thimble Blossoms Pattern) for my mother-in-law - DONE! It was a Christmas gift, she cried, loved it and it lives happily on her couch now.
- Finish the Subversive Cross Stitch - DONE! Was a Christmas gift to the hub's aunt and she loved it! It's hanging in her craft room.
- Finish the Christmas wall hanging - DONE! Blogged here. Finished it with plenty of time to spare. Hanging it for Christmas was a problem itself so it got nicely draped over a built-in in the Family Room.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
|1. Stash Bee - Granny Square #2, 2. Stash Bee - Granny Square #1, 3. http://flickr.com/photos/68555546@N06/7085544245/, 4. Heal @ Do.GoodStitches|
No new projects until I get the Hometown quilt finished but I have lots of ideas swirling!! Also there are a few spots left in the Aqua & Red Charm Swap; we'd love to have you.
Linking up over at Freshly Pieced - be sure to go and see what everyone else is working on.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Here's what you'll need:
- 96 Charm Squares - 5"x5" Square
- 1 and 3/4 Yards Neutral Fabric
- 1/2 Yd Border Fabric if using 1 fabric
- If you want to use 4 colors like I did you'll need 2 - 3" strips of each
- Backing - Approx 3 and 1/2 - 4 Yds
- Binding - Approx 1/2 Yd
Now comes the worst part of the whole project; trimming all 192 half square triangles. There are a few things that can help make this a little less painful:
- A rotating cutting mat
- A 4.5" ruler block (with grips stuck on the back!!!)
- A fresh rotary blade
The last part needed to finish the top are the borders! From your border fabric cut 6 strips 3" x WOF. If you choose to use a different color/print on each border like I did you will need 8 strips total, 2 of each print. Sew them onto your quilt top putting the sides first and top/bottom second or vice versa.
You will need to piece some of your strips together and trim for them to fit. I tend to sew two strips together and attach them to the sides lining them up at one end and letting the excess length hang at the other end. After attaching I trim that excess and attach it to the remaining strips and use those for the top and bottom. Like so:
Now take that awesome quilt top and baste, quilt and bind as desired!
I had a lot of trouble taking pictures that accurately showed what I was explaining so I hope these diagrams help! If pictures would really help some of you out I'd be happy to make another block and try again at taking some pictures of the process. Seeing as how this is my first tutorial I'd love some feedback, too wordy/detailed or not enough etc, and to know if anyone gives this a try.
For the April Heal @ Do.Good Stitches group we're making the Ribbon Star Blocks by Faith.
For the April Stash Bee we're making Granny Squares for Angie. I raided the stash for these - hoping she likes them!
Do you have any bee blocks you're working on this month?
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
- I*Spy Pinwheel Quilt - Finished, blogged, gifted and loved :) Tutorial coming soon!
|Pinwheel I*Spy Quilt|
|Top Laid Out *Ignore my basement junk*|
|Close up of Blocks|
- Aqua & Red Charm Swap - Started a new charm swap!! Check out this post for the details
What are your sewing plans for the rest of the week/weekend? Anyone going to the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati this weekend?! My mom and I are going (my Christmas/Birthday gift to her) and I'm so excited!!
Linking up over @ Freshly Pieced.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Here are the details:
1) We are swapping 5" charm squares, each person will purchase 2 (1/2 yard) cuts of fabric, and cut it into 5" charm squares. 1/2 yard = 24 charms. You will have 48 total, 24 of each print.
2) Choose fabrics with a small print suitable for a 5" charm square. One of them should be mainly aqua, the other red. Fabrics that are aqua + red together work too! Fabric should be designer label, 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabric. No Hancocks, Joanns or Michael's fabrics.
3) Please Upload pictures of your fabric to the Flickr group and include the name of the fabric, designer, etc. This ensures that there are no duplicate fabrics chosen and allows everyone to find out more about the fabrics in case they would like to order more once they have received their charms.
4) Fabric must be new and unwashed and must come from a smoke free environment.
5) Before mailing, cut your fabric into 5" x 5" charm squares. Press your fabric before cutting. Here's a great cutting tutorial
6) Put your fabric (48 charms) in a zip lock bag and include an index card with your name, email address and Flickr name.
7) Mail to me prior to 5/5 and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so I can return your charm squares back to you! US Participants only. Sorry international friends, soon I'll have one for all!
Monday, April 9, 2012
I have a tutorial *almost* done so hopefully I can get it up later this week - but I just couldn't wait to share the quilt until then.
Without further ado - The I*Spy Quilt!
|Top & Back|
I used 96 different charms and combined them with Kona White for the background. I had the different colors of polka dots in my stash (they're from Connecting Threads) and backed it in purple gingham by Michael Miller and bound it in a Bella purple (not sure the name).
This was also the first big project I free-motion quilted on my home machine! I won't deny that I need some more practice but once it's all washed and crinkly everything fades together. I will definitely be doing some more FMQ at home soon.
The gift was a huge hit, she loved it and snuggled up with it that night!! Her older sister also informed me that if E didn't like it that she'd take it :) - Guess I better get working on a quilt for her too!
Keep your eyes peeled for the tutorial soon!
Linking up at Manic Monday over @ Sew.Happy.Geek
I've decided to add this quilt as my entry for the Festival of Half Sqauare Triangles over at Canoe Ridge Creations since everything except the border and back is made from a HST! Be sure to check out the other entries.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
1. washed and folded, 2. thrifted, 3. dresdan2, 4. Sneaky peek, 5. Around the Blocks - Square Themed for Sheridan, 6. PTS UPDATE, 7. If it's a boy quilt - front, 8. International Stashbusting Bee--June, 9. Sunshine Squares, 10. Katie's Blocks, 11. dqs9, 12. 3 x 6 Bee, 13. Filmstrip quilt, 14. The Beehive - Spiral Cabin for Karlyn, 15. Closeup of the deconstructed 9-patch, 16. Step into My Parlour, 17. Dandelions by Sarah Fielke, 18. Green Spinning Stars, 19. Amy's Spiderweb - 192:365, 20. lonely starburst, 21. Kaleidoscope Baby Quilt, 22. Snow Gnome Pillow, 23. DQS11 Quilt Finished!, 24. Swoon Quilt top, 25. Spiderweb baby quilt, 26. PTS4, 27. Quilting Divas, 28. Ocean Waves Front, 29. dqs9, 30. Around the Blocks - Square Themed for Sheridan, 31. 3x6 Round 2 - Green, Blue and hints of Red or Pink, 32. ~ workinprogress, 33. network 1, 34. DWR Hand Quilting Detail, 35. Closeup of the deconstructed 9-patch, 36. ~ green ~
What colors are inspiring to you this time of year?
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Hope you had a great March!! Mine was full of unseasonably warm weather and loads of sewing!
- On a Whim quilt finished
- Sew.Happy.Quilt. QAL Top Done
- Remaining QAL Blocks Done
- Two Do.good Stitches blocks done
- Bookshelf Mini Finished
I also finished the pinwheel I-spy quilt but I’ll have a whole post with the tutorial some time next week.
April will be another busy month since I have lots of projects with deadlines that I have to finish soon!
I'm linking up over at Lily's Quilts March Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet. Be sure to stop over and check out all the links!