Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cleveland

This is our last weekend in Cleveland.  Its a little sad since we have met such wonderful friends here…but also very exciting to be closer to our family in the West.  Today we went to visit my favorite spots in Amish Country that I will miss so much.  Lucky for me there was a swap meet going on…..I was in heaven.






A last visit to my favorite quilt shop was in order…

So was a stop to visit these donkeys….I love miniature donkeys.  If they didn’t poop I would have me a whole herd.

We had a great day visiting one of our favorite spots.  I was so good…I only bought these two jars ($6 for both!) and a yard of Amy Butler for $5.

We are moving (driving 28 hours!)  to Idaho on Tuesday.  I have posts scheduled, but I’ll be away from my computer, so any emails will have to wait till next weekend. 
Get ready Idaho….here we come!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Whirly-pop Quilt


Yep….I chopped off the border. Lucky for me most of you agreed that the border should go, since I had already chopped it off before I posted the top. :) Its a better wall hanging size without the border, except after seeing these pictures I think I need to iron it out before I really put it on the wall with more than double stick tape.


I turned Ben’s quilt over yesterday and I don’t think I ever showed you a picture of the back…so here it is (during nap time.... hallelujah). I love the back almost as much as the front, the stripes are just a sheet I bought from The Company Store. Its nice and soft and 3 year old proof. Is that even possible?



Thursday, May 20, 2010

Petal Pillow Tutorial

I’m guest blogging for Vanessa today with a summery new pillow tutorial. Check it out here!
 
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Parisian Chic


Remember this stack I was frantically cutting before vacation (instead of packing) ?  Now its this crisp baby quilt with the cutest  little Paris print in it.  The linen fabric is so nice to work with, plus it matched about every other girlish print I own.

I bought the Nicey Jane back for this one at the same time I bought the polka dot I used on the boy quilt.  It took me a long time to find this fabric in stock!



Monday, May 10, 2010

Nicey Jane Disappearing 9 patch



I have made lots of quilts with this pattern but I just can’t help it….it goes together so quickly (this took me an hour and a half) and always looks like a lot more work than it actually was.  Most these fabrics are Nicey Jane, but there are some others I threw in there too.  I think it measures around 34” x 40”.

The pattern for this one is the Disappearing 9 Patch tutorial (on my sidebar or top toolbar).  It's one of my very favorite patterns and I recommend it to anyone as a first quilt!  The fabrics are mostly from the Nicey Jane collection by Heather Bailey. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!!!





Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tutorial: A Scrappy Strip Rose


I have a fun new flower tutorial for you that’ll use up some of your scraps. Mine is attached to my bag as you can see, and it looks so cute that I almost forget my bag is full of diapers and crumbled goldfish crackers. Now on the tutorial…
First you’ll need:
- 2.5” wide scraps of fabric in whatever colors your heart desires cut to various lengths. Mine were 3" long to 14" long. For fabric I used my leftover binding strips. My strips added up in length to about 2 yards, which made me a 5" flower. Add or take away strips or cut them shorter if you want a bigger or smaller flower. Shorter strips and more of them will make a more colorful flower.
- A sewing machine and a needle and thread.
-A piece of felt or other strong fabric, a hot glue gun, and a broach bracket.

Here are my various 2.5" wide strips. Put them in order from the color you want in the center of the flower, to the outside of the flower. Now sew them all together end to end, and press seams open.

Now folding your strip in half as you go, serge OR sew a zig zag stitch down the raw edges. Do the same on the ends.

With your sewing machine….increase the stitch length as high as it will go (a 4 on my machine) and increase the thread tension as high as it will go. Now sew down your strip again right along your sewn/serged edge. The strip should gather as you go. If it is gathering TOO much, lower the stitch length (see picture below for how much mine gathered)
**** I tried this gathering method on a computerized machine first and it would NOT work. When I switched to the older, manual machine it worked like a charm. So if this method isn’t working on your machine…you can either gather it by hand by folding and scrunching the sewn edge as you sew over it, or use a gathering foot. Because the strip is so long it won’t work to sew down it with a large stitch length and pull the bottom thread.
This is what it should look like after its sewn:

Starting with the end you want as the center of the flower, fold the raw edge down and make the center of the flower by folding the strip around it. Sew in place either by hand or machine with a few stitches.

Continue to wrap the sewn/serged edges around the center, securing the edges to the center with your needle and thread. I put the needle and thread all the way through the center for the first few layers.

As you continue adding the layers the center will have a tendency to stick out, but try to keep the sewn edges lined up and flat. Also as you add more and more layers, you can secure the layers to the previous layers with a stitch every half inch or so. If you secure the layers loosely to the previous layer, you’ll get a better result.

This takes a little bit of practice, but I’m also quite possibly the worst hand sewer ever, so chances are you’ll do it perfectly the first time.
When you get to the end, or the flower is as big as you want it, cut off the end and tuck the end to the back. Secure it with a stitch and knot your thread off.

Make sure your flower is just right and poke the center down a little if its sticking up too much to make the back flat.
Cut a circle out of your felt, just big enough to cover all of the sewn / serged edges.

With your hot glue gun, cover the backside of your flower with glue, then press the felt onto the back.
Then hot glue your broach bracket to the felt. (think I used enough hot glue??? I’m paranoid)

And there you have it, your cute scrappy flower you can attach to just about anything.

The first attempt was made out of my left over border strips from the chain quilt. It involved some trial and error with the hand sewing….so it looks a little more bunched.

If you need another broach made from scraps….last year I made this circle one that I still love.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Modern Chain Quilt

This quilt is based off a traditional chain quilt, but updated to make it more my style (scrappy!) and way easier to make.

Now I want to make a second quilt with Kona Aqua as the background and all different browns (or oranges….or reds!) for the little squares.






This one is a crib size measuring 38 inches by 52. 

I almost forgot to show you the back…..OH THE BACK!!!  I can’t stop looking at it, and it matches the front so perfectly.

 Did I mention I LOVE this quilt? I do.



Update:  This pattern is currently not for sale...but will be updated and put back in my shop soon!