This one's going on Etsy...working on one for ME tonight! :)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I don't know why I've never posted about this before! In the past I have been really bad about adding labels to the back of my quilts. The biggest reason is that with three small children at home I find that my sewing time is precious and limited, so by the time get to the end of a project the last thing on my mind is labeling it. But the more projects I make and the more people I end up giving quilts to the more I'd like to leave a record of who it was who made that quilt. So here is how I do it...
You can get really creative with labels but I generally just make up something simple like this using muslin or other scraps from the quilt.
I like to use these pens...I found mine at a local quilt shop but I have seen these at art supply stores (like Pat Catan's, Michaels, or Jo Ann Fabrics) or even Walmart.
Sometimes I'll go so far as to place a few lines on the freezer paper with a sharpie...
...when you turn the label over and hold it up to a window you can see the lines and keep your writing nice and neat.
You could draw pictures or use colors, but I just like to write my name, the date, and where I live...press the label to set the ink, remove the freezer paper and stitch to the back of your quilt like an applique. :) That's just how I do it, for inquiring minds!
I also wanted to share this little Ipad case I made for a friend. She told me the day before yesterday that she'd won an Ipad and asked me if I'd make her something to keep it in, and a pocket for the charger. She said she liked pink, so this is what I came up with. In retrospect I wish I'd made handles for it! But I gave it to her yesterday so too late now...she seemed to really like it so that makes me happy! :)
A few close ups of the buttons and front...
...the stitching was done in variegated pink thread. That is all for today, now I'm off to stitch on that label and make some dinner. I'm thinking barbecue hamburgers...on my little stovetop grilling pan...makes me excited for summer being around the corner and REAL grilled hamburgers! Happy quilting! ;)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I'm rethinking applique. I took a class several years ago by a wonderful teacher in the area and learned the "starch and template" method. It was my first experience with starch...in any form! I am not from the generation that regularly starches clothing and I personally don't care for starching my fabric. I'm a big fan of Best Press starch alternative for my sewing, as it does the job without all the mess. In any case I became very discouraged because I pretty much STUNK at applique using starch. I kept ironing in permanent sharp edges and it just looked awful. Well I don't know why but I got a bug up my patoot to try it again, but I didn't have any starch in the house so I attempted just ironing to get a crease to make needle-turning easier. YES!!! This is my method!!! Finally I found a way to applique that doesn't make it feel like drudgery and is FUN! :) So to make a long story longer...I am giving applique another shot...and here's my progress so far.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Well this is what I have been working on the past few days...
I don't even know how it became this project! I originally intended to make a larger version of the cabin table topper I put on Etsy and somehow this is what I got! I started out making 8" log cabin blocks...but there wasn't enough contrast. I had 16 log cabin blocks total and when I put them together you really couldn't see the log cabin pattern. So I thought, what could I do with these blocks? I'm not going to rip them and start again. So I thought, well what the heck, lets see what happens when I cut them in half.
This is what I got! NOW I can really see the light side and the dark side. So I started playing with the halves...
...and got something that looked like this. These are the dark halves of four of the cabins. I then took the light halves and placed them around these four...
I started this the day before yesterday so I would say it's pretty easy and quick to put together and you could have a lot of fun playing around with varying shades of fabric. Fun! :)
I have never done any bias vines before and I thought it would be fun to play with this quilt since it is mainly just scraps. I got my first vine attatched this morning...it's a little wonkey but now that I've got a little practice I think the next one will be easier. I used my washable marking pen to mark the vine. You can see towards the end I got a little tight with that wave. Oh well. :) I'm excited to add some leaves and flowers next...
I am not going to go through and give a thorough tutorial on how to make a log cabin because I just don't have time, but you can googles tons of free block patterns and I'm sure find one to suit your needs. I will however give you the strip measurments I used for cutting to save you a little time...this is what I used to make 8" square log cabins...I made sixteen log cabin blocks and used them all to make the four blocks above in the wallhanging.
I first went through my bins and pulled light and dark scraps, pressed them, and cut them into two inch strips. Then I cut...
From Light Cut:
From Dark Cut:
Hope that helps anyone wanting to make these! If you have any questions just comment and I will try my best to help. Make sure if you are a no-reply blogger that you leave me a way to contact you! :)
Sunday, February 19, 2012
A closeup of my lil' Emma enjoying the quilt show... ;)
Here is a small one hanging rightnext to it...also gorgeous!!!
I just love traditional quilts and this one is SO MY TASTE! A scrappy New York Beauty...it's so pretty...
This one I had to snap a picture of because it was made by a friend's sister. She is a well known and very talented quilter/teacher in the area who also runs a long arm business. What a beautiful quilt, and what a treat to be able to "cheer" a participant on.
This quilt is another local woman who is a member of a quilt guild I used to attend. I have been wanting to go back for some time but you know how things just come up. Anyhow she won a first place ribbon and I wish I had gotten a close up...this is hand applique...COMPLETELY hand quilted!!! What a phenominal quilt. This one took a bit of time to make! ;) Teensy little dimples of quilting completely cover this quilt...not an inch of this quilt is untouched or unquilted. It's so beautiful...I am jealous, I will likely NEVER accomplish something like this because I just am not that crazy about hand quilting! :) I will just have to enjoy her beautiful work...
Closeup of the stitching...I want to sew like this one day!
This was my FAVORITE quilt from the entire show...ohmygosh...ohmygosh so pretty!!! Pictures just don't do it justice...
LOOK AT THOSE FEATHERS!!!
AHHH and the roses!!! It looks like she took a fabric marker or something for shading around the petals of the roses but I can't tell. It's so beautiful though, I could have looked at the details of this little quilt all day...
This one was just a really fun quilt...it's not something I would have thought of on my own but boy is this color scheme effective! I'm a sucker for scrappy quilts, and apparently brights too! :)
Well that is enough pictures for one post. Next post I will add a few more. Mom's and my tradition after the quilt show is to stop at Jo-Ann's and go fabric shopping afterwards...well since this was a spur of the moment trip this year I didn't save up a lot of spending money, however, I did pick up these two doodads. I have a water erasable marking pen but I like this one and wanted to try it out for a few wholecloth ideas I have. Small projects, because that is what I like and what is manageable for my life right now. I also got this little bendy ruler. I still have yet to try those free form geese from the book by Gail Garber I purchased last year. I read in her book she likes to use a ruler something like this one...so now I feel all inspired and motivated! :)
See how these things work? You buy it, let it warm up for a year or two, or maybe five, THEN you sew it! ;)
Saturday, February 18, 2012
I loved that pretty scrappy log cabin so much that I put on Etsy that I thought I'd make a second. This one is going to be a little bigger and possibly include some applique. Most of my quilts are experiments. Lol* :) I'm hoping that it will come out nice and replace a wallhanging that I have in one of the living rooms.
My goal this year is to whittle down my scraps a bit. Is this normal??? To have this many scraps!!!?? Lol* I have three huge bins exploding with scraps despite my having created several little projects using only these scraps...ugh!
Here is scrap bin one...
For a while I employed Bonnie Hunter's method of scrap organization, but it is a job to sort all those pieces and I'd much rather spend my free time at this point being inspired and sewing! Maybe when the kids are older and I don't have to fight for sewing time. I must say, having all those nicely cut and sorted precuts around can be VERY inspiring! ;)
These are the scraps I've cut for my current project. I don't think it will be very large, and boy this picture doesn't do it justice. My sewing table looks so pretty right now! :)