Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Red Quilt Finished







I really really love this one. It turned out even better than I thought it would, I think its all the polka dots that won me over. I used a solid cream sheet for the back, and I’m not sure what the binding fabric is called, but its a pretty muted red that isn’t too bright. I did simple quilting, just straight stitching 1/4” from the seams to frame in the triangles. It was hard to smoosh the quilt under my machine doing those angled seams, and I certainly got a workout. Which is good since I’ve been sitting on my bum for two days.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Quilt Tutorial: Seeing Red



I have a recent thing for antique quilts. This was inspired by a quilt I saw in a magazine (Country Home?). It was solid red and tan, super simple, but made such a big impact in the room. So here’s my take on it, with some really fun red fabrics. And now I have a fabric stash totally void of anything red. Luckily there’s an easily solution for that. This quilt top is going to lay at the foot of my bed, and once again reminds me that simple is (almost) always better. And even better if its red.



This quilt top measures 61” by 83”.

If you’d like to make it yourself here’s a quick tutorial.

( Adding to the 100 triangle tutorials already out there. Make that 101 triangle tutorials now. )





Chain piecing comes in handy here and they whip up really fast.



Now do this 83 more times. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Stack 2 or 3 at a time for cutting to make it go faster.



My quilt was 11 squares by 15 squares. If you want it to fit a twin sized bed, I would account for some shrinkage and add one more column, making it 12 squares by 15 squares, or 67” by 83”.
The tan fabric I used is from Joann's. If I remember right it was country classics in ivory? Double check that because I'm not positive, it was the same color as the linen.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Better.

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This skirt will get more wear than its much brighter counterpart. Again its a tablecloth, one I got for $5 at Kmart and also the same one Vanessa used in her tutorial. ( sorry V, I couldn’t help it) I like this one a lot, it will definitely be a summer staple since it goes just as nicely with a t-shirt and flip flops.

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And look what I got at the thrift store today? I’m glad I didn’t pay 20 bucks for it after all. This baby cost me $2 and its good as new. We’ll see how much I use it, I’ve heard you either love ‘um or hate ‘um, and there must be a reason it was at the thrift store in the first place right? We’ll see.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Progress

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Progress on my 9 patch quilt along blocks.  Its not going so fast, I think its the fact that there is a deadline, if you’d even call it that.  When I have to work on something, I don’t.  Like cleaning the oven or organizing my food storage, I’m trying to convince myself it will be really fun.  Anyways, I have 29 of these done, and realized most of them have yellow in them.  I’m going with a red, yellow, green and blue color scheme.  Most are retro-ish prints, since that was the initial idea.

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And……you know my complaining and whining that there are NO good quilts shops close to me?  (as my husband and Mom nod in unison) Well, I’m totally embarrassed to say that I found a totally adorable shop 8 dang miles from me!  I’ve lived here a year and now I’m kicking myself.   As my husband said at least I saved A LOT of money not knowing it was there.  I bought that bright green fabric because it kind of looks like chicken feet.  Kind of.  Speaking of chicken feet did you know in Mexico they eat chicken feet, especially in soup.  Time for lunch!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Finished

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Its been awhile since I finished a quilt and I had almost forgot how much fun it is! I put off quilting it because I knew the straight stitch quilting would take me awhile, but now I’m glad its complete and ready to use. The backing (I forgot to take a pic) is a denim colored broadcloth. The total I spent on the backing………… $3.50!!! I love making quilts, but the batting, backing and binding always get spendy. Even though I love a pieced back, I rarely look at the back once its done. So here’s to cheap backings, and I LOVE the way it washed up really soft. The binding is from the Wee Play line, and I love those letters popping up here and there along the binding! This will be such a fun quilt for my son to find the letters and numbers in.

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I did a grid pattern quilting, a lot like I did on this quilt.

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And its already getting good use watching Chicken Little for the 37th time.

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This quilt is 52" by 62" finished. And I had a couple of questions about it I couldn't find a way to reply too. Its from a Jelly roll so all the strips are 2.5" wide and there is a very similar published pattern here.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Doily Love


I’ve had doily’s on the brain. I finally found a decent sized doily yesterday and appliqu├ęd it to a pillow. Wouldn’t it be fun to do this with doily’s from your Grandmother? I may have to do a doily search next time we make it over the river and through the woods to my Grandmothers house. Doily’s are making a comeback people. At least in my house they are.

Speaking of my house….there is a highchair in desperate need of cleaning calling my name. Along with the massive pile of food crumbs under it. And 3 baskets of laundry to be folded. Of all the chores I hate to do, those definitely top my list. This time I’m going to try that whistling while I work thing, or maybe snapping my fingers like Mary Poppins. Or bribing my husband to do it……that just may work. Off I go….have a nice day!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

May’s block



This is my May’s Pieced Together block for Colleen. I love the fabrics she sent, especially with the black thrown in there.

Today is spray painting day for me. Yesterday we did some serious thrifting and got some treasures to bring home that need some re-painting. I used to whine endlessly when my husband would drag me into thrift stores, now I love it. Its like a treasure hunt, and half the time my husband thinks I’m buying total crap. And half the time he’s right. But still, its so much fun. So now the spray painting part, by tonight I should be at least a few million brain cells lighter.

Here’s another appliqued pillow I made this weekend. The flower is very bright and summery.