Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Scrappy Rose Pillow

I can’t take credit for this one…it was sitting in my mother’s living room when I came to visit.  She made it using a combination of this tutorial for making the strip…and this tutorial for sewing it on.  The only difference is that she pleated the long (I’m guessing about 7 ft.) scrappy strip as she sewed it to the pillow instead of gathering it before hand.  Cute huh?  I’m going to try to sneak it into my car tomorrow when I head back home…don’t tell.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Its all in the foot

One of those things that nobody tells you when you start quilting is how important the right foot is. When I started, I just figured that the foot that came on my machine was an exact 1/4” foot….when really the foot that came on my machine had a seam allowance from the edge to the needle of 3/8”. It doesn’t sound like a big difference, but believe me…when your making a log cabin block or anything with a lot of piecing…your finished blocks end up way smaller.

The one on the left came on my machine (a Bernina), the one on the right is a 1/4” patchwork foot I bought (with a handy guide on the side so you can pound a bag of Doritos and sew at the same time).
The stitches down below show the difference….the left is the 3/8” seam allowance, and the right seam is the exact 1/4” allowance. Pretty big difference huh?

Anyways…the point is, that most machines come with a foot with an allowance of 3/8” and not 1/4” like many believe. So when your making a pattern that calls for a 1/4” seam allowance, you might end up with some small and un-matching blocks and seams if you’re not using the right foot. I know this from experience(s)(s)(s).
P.S. For a long time I compensated for not having the right foot by bumping my needle position over to the right a couple of spaces. On my machine I could bump it from a O to a 2 and it was an exact 1/4”. But..make sure you measure the needle settings on your machine before you try it.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Juice Boxes

I love this quilt….especially for a little boy (or girl) toddler bed. This one is a crib size, I thought maybe it would be mega cute on my Ryan’s toddler bed someday….except I already have his circle quilt and it would clash with Ben’s quilt since they share a room.  Luckily that’s an easy fix…I’ll just make new ones.    Anyways, this is a great quilt for a beginner and a fast weekend project or last minute baby gift quilt. 

The fabrics are from lots of different lines.  The fish are by Heather Ross, there are a few polka dots and orange basket weave by Denyse Schmidt, a sort of polka dot by Heather Bailey, the darker blue and binding is Anna Marie Horner, and the aqua dot and orange/aqua dot is Amy Butler.  Wooo that’s a lot to remember.  Oh and the back is Michael Miller’s Zoology in Citron.

Monday, August 16, 2010

But when baby WON’T sleep…

HE “helps”.  A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.
PS.  You guys crack me up.  And NO I don’t exercise every day….some days I get my tennis shoes on and watch leotard ladies exercise while I eat Lucky Charms.  

Monday, August 2, 2010

More dogs…

I used my last little bits of Heather Ross dog fabric for this one along with my last two scraps of that cute helicopter print…

The back is the softest Robert Kaufman flannel ever and the sparse quilting makes it extra snuggly.