This was a REALLY fast project, under 30 min. to cut and everything! I quilted my layers and then cut them out, that saves time. Here's the link for the tutorial. I bought my insul-bright at fabric.com.
Another project to cross of the list! I'm glad this is done, it was fun, and it turned out really great. It was a big project I wanted to get done before Thanksgiving! I used flannel for the back, its red, so i washed it ahead of time, but still some of the pieces with red polka dots turned slight pink. I hate using red. I love the look, but it makes me nervous and I sit by the washer just twiddling my thumbs wondering if its going to bleed even after I pre-wash! This one was a beast to quilt, I think its the flannel on the back. But I'm proud to say there are no puckers in sight......except one. This will make a nice cozy addition to our Christmas decor!
Here's my latest small projects. After a trip to Anthropologie (I want to move in to this store) I was inspired to spruce up my kitchen linens. I got the hand towel idea here, and the towels were like five dollars for a five pack at Target. Plus I really love these thin flour sack towels, they dry out so much better in our humid weather. The pot holders I made awhile ago, they are a really fun simple way to use up scraps. There is a giveaway going on here at Film in the Fridge. The same place I got the towel idea. She has some great scrappy quilts she's been working on, check it out!
I did some damage this week. Actually I've done a pretty good job of using most of my stash, except what I'm saving for special quilts. So this week I've been rebuilding it. Today Ben and I went on a road trip to Amish Country to my favorite fabric shop. And after keeping my son happy by stuffing him with pretzels and candy the whole time, I came away with some good stuff. Especially yard cuts of Katie Jump Rope and Daisy Chain for $5.00! I LOVE the Katie Jump Rope line by Denyse Schmidt, I made my first quilt with it, so I had to buy some more since they aren't making it anymore. I couldn't be happier, but unfortunately laundry has priority over sewing tonight, but there's always tomorrow!
So I've finally got the Christmas quilt top done. Except for a blue polka dot border. I was too lazy to take it off the chair, so you get to imagine what the rest of it looks like. :) There are twelve blocks, I can't remember how big I decided it would be, but it will be a nice size with a 4"border all around. I've had a hard time making myself work on this one, some quilts I get so excited about I just HAVE to finish them as fast as possible, and others, like this one get put on the back burner. Maybe its because I'll be stashing it away for 11 months out of the year? That's probably it. I really love it now that I can see it put together. I think I sewed the blocks together wrong about twenty times, so my seam ripper and I became very well acquainted.....again.
I finished these ones up last week. I decided to use up my fabric stash before I buy new stuff, so these were made with fabric I had and scraps from other projects. I've learned that I really like binding my quilts by hand. Its always nice to sit on the couch and do something that only requires my fingers to move, that doesn't happen very often. I always feel kind of sad when I'm all finished and have nothing else to bind!
This was my FIRST quilting project that I did the quilting myself. So don't look to close. This was before I knew I needed to use the walking foot to straight quilt, thus the bunching and puckering. And before I knew how to really bind a quilt, so I improvised a little. But all in all it turned out great, and we've gotten ALOT of use out of this nice little picnic quilt. All the fabric was from the clearance section at Walmart (gasp) for 1.00 a yard! Can't beat that. Besides the jeans in it of course, those were Jay's. I posted this because I wanted to show that you don't have to spend lots to make a fun quilt for your family. This one cost me $12.00! Counting the thread and the batting. Since it was so cheap I don't have to worry about dirt and mud and peanut butter smeared into it. That's what its for after all.
I made this cute baby quilt the past couple of days....but....I FORGOT to prewash my dark blue backing, so of course it bled through after I washed it! Luckily it only bled on a couple of squares just through the stitches, but was still annoying! Anyways, lesson learned, PRE-WASH your dark fabrics! Usually I don't pre-wash light fabrics or neutral tones, but reds and dark blues or blacks I always do. Luckily its still really cute, and it adds to the vintage look. :)
There is a great fabric giveaway going on at See Katie Sew. Check it out and you might win some great fabric!