Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Quilted Purse

I have been wanting to make this purse since I saw the one Vicki made and the one Jasmine made.  I have never made a bag before or done a zipper.  Let me just say this was a huge challenge for me!  I know why I am a "quilter" and not a "sewer" - I like to sew in straight lines.  But this is a totally doable bag, especially if you can hand sew (which I can not).

I used fabric scraps from this quilt mainly because blue is my favorite color and the squares were in my scrap bin.  I didn't want to go too wild with my color choices.  The tutorial was a little hard at times to understand, but I think that was because I have no experience making things like this. It took me over 5 hours to put this bag together.

I wanted longer straps, so I measured my current purse.  My straps are cut at 34" which I think is still too short.  I should have added at least 10 more inches.  I quilted the side panels with vertical lines and the main panel with a terry twist in each square.

I didn't read the directions correctly so the lining got quilted with the outside, but you can't see it so no big deal.  I didn't add any pockets as this was challenging enough already!

The zipper turned out great after some seam ripping. Not because I didn't use a zipper foot, but because I had the top panel on backwards!  What is a zipper foot and why would I want to use it?  I completely machine sewed the binding on.  Yes, both sides!  I told you I can't hand sew.  No, the stitching line isn't straight, but you don't notice it unless you're looking for it.  (You can look for it in the picture below!)

I love my bag and I'm glad I made myself make it.  It's good to be stretched sometimes.  I can see I need to learn a few things about sewing.  Maybe someday I'll find someone who knows that wants to learn how to quilt and we can teach each other!  Until then I will stick to quilting.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Postcard from Oklahoma

48 x 60

This is my version of the Postcards from Sweden Quilt.  I say "my version" because I didn't buy the kit, but I used what I had on hand.  I was missing a few colors and thought it would be okay to replace them with something close.  Well, I think I was wrong.  This quilt really needs the gem stone shades that are used in the original quilt.  I like my quilt, but I don't love it like I thought I would.

I quilted it with wavy lines running up and down the quilt.  There are 5 per column.  I went vertical because the backing fabric runs horizontal.  I do love the back!  It has the same bright colors as the front.  

I auditioned many colors for the binding - gray, purple, green, pink, and orange.  I really didn't want to use orange, but the warm color was the only thing that seemed to go.  I would have used the darker orange, but it didn't go with the back. Picky, I know.   I'm ready to move on to the next project though.  This one took way too long!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sunny Day Quilt

56 x 70

This is a new pattern by Myra of Busy Hands Quilts called Rosewood Lane! The pattern include instructions for 6 different sizes from wall to king made from fat quarters.  It works up quickly because of the large blocks.

I picked 4 colors with 16 fabrics to make mine. They remind me a beautiful sunny day!

Myra has just recently started designing patterns.  You may recall the Picket Fence quilt I made recently. I love that her patterns come in so many sizes and are very versatile.  Her directions are always easy to understand and turn out great.  I hope you will stop by her blog and check out her patterns. You can also purchase them in her Craftsy and Etsy shops for an introductory price through August  25th!

Hope you are having a super great sunny day!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Simple Disappearing 4 Patch

43 x 54

Here is a small 2 fabric quilt.  The pattern is called a disappearing 4 patch.  I changed it a bit to maximize my red floral fabric.  I cut my squares at 6.5  inches.  After sewing the 4 patches together, I cut 1.5 inches from the center on all sides.  Otherwise I followed the tutorial.  You need to be careful when cutting so you can get all your seams to line up. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Floral Disappearing Nine Patch

51 x 58

A simple disappearing 9 patch to use up some fabric that I wanted to get out of the closet.  The green add a nice pop of color.  I quilted it with a simple meander and used the same colors on the back.  You can find lots of samples and directions to this kind of quilt all over the internet.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Row Markers

This was my birthday present from my eldest daughter!  She found it on pinterest somewhere, snuck off to the craft room and whipped them up.

It's made from a quilting pin, a letter bead, and a small silver bead.  They are hot glued to each other. We didn't have any number beads (but they do sell them at Hobby Lobby), so she used alphabet beads.  I have already been using them for a quilt that just happened to have the rows marked with letters!

If you make these yourself, make sure to use long pins.  These are a little too short to go through multiple layers.  But they are still pretty awesome.  No more sticky notes for me!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Geo Garden Fence Quilt

 50 x 60

Here is my Garden Fence Quilt made without sashing.  Since this quilt is going to a man, I asked all my boys if they like the sashing or not.  They voted unanimously against the sashing.  Good think my seams are a nice scant 1/4 inch!  They lined up nicely.  You can find a free tutorial here on how to make the blocks.   I made a lap size quilt that is 5 by 6 blocks.

 I used several geometric fabrics in blue, green and a medium gray. Here are some closeups so you can see them. I used 12 fabrics in all.

I used the leftover fat quarters on the back. It's like getting two quilts in one!

One more picture with my cute helpers.  I think Peter likes his picture taken!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Becca's Wiggle Time Quilt

 68 x 84

Becca is taking a quilting class for high school.  She has just finished this twin sized Wiggle Time Quilt.  You can find the pattern here.

I helped her pick the fabrics, but she did most of it by herself.  She started with this piece on the back that she really wanted to use.  Then she picked the pattern and finally the fabrics.  I did the cutting, because I think it is important that she keeps all her fingers!  She did all the sewing, ironing, and even the quilting on the longarm!  She picked a panto called "All That Jazz".

She was hoping to be able to turn the quilt over and use the bottom as the top if she wanted a change in her room.  We didn't try it on her bed yet, so I am not sure how that will look.  But it much more colorful than the top!

I'm very proud of her and the job she did on her quilt.  I think she will get an A!  We still have to go over some color theory, but her class is close to being finished.

Needle and Thread Thursday

Friday, July 3, 2015

Picket Fence Quilt

66.5 x 66.5

Isn't she pretty?  This is the new Picket Fence Pattern by Myra of Busy Hands Quilts.  You can pick up this great pattern on Craftsy or in her Etsy Shop.  She has multiple sizes to choose from and it is layer cake friendly.  I made the lap size quilt and it used 40 of the 42 pieces from the layer cake.  The pattern is easy to read and understand.  If you make it from a layer cake, it whips up quickly!

The fabric line is Printemps by Moda.  I have been hoarding it in my closet for over a year!  I don't usually splurge on precuts, but I won a gift certificate from a quilt-a-long and bought a couple.  I have a love/hate relationship with precuts.  I love the variety of fabrics that you get, but I don't like the pinked edges.  Sometimes I have trouble getting things to line up nicely when pairing it with a straight cut edge. 

It is quilted with a Chantilly Lace Pantograph.  It takes FOREVER because each line is only 4 inches! I would quilt a couple lines and then take a break.  In a couple hours I was ready to quilt a couple more.  It only took 3 days using this method, but I have my sanity!  Sometimes you gotta put a little extra effort on a quilt.  This was one of those quilts.

I found a matching color at Joann's for the back.  I could not believe that with all my fabric stash that I could not find any of the colors in the quilt.  I guess I don't buy too many pastels.  Who knew?

This is not the best picture of Emma, but she's still my cutie.  I couldn't get her to smile at all.  Just one of those mornings!  

Pop on over to Myra's blog.  She's got her picket fence done and you can find  more info on the pattern. You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stair Step Quilt

50 x 62

This is a cute stair step quilt.  The colored pieces are cut 2.5 by 10.5.  I used 3 or 4 different fabrics of each color. There are 31 little rows in this baby!  Seems like I have been working on this for a while.

It's quilted with freehand loops and hearts, nothing too fancy.  I was working on going into the heart in the same direction that I wanted to come out in.  I also wanted to make the hearts point in different directions.  Sometimes you get going and forget!

The back is a soft minky kind of fabric.  Yep it's crooked, but it was not big enough to square up. And I pulled it too much on the longarm so there is a slight wave to the top and bottom.  I really gotta work on this. I hope the recipient likes the warm soft back so much that it isn't noticed!  I know my kids would appreciate it.  They fight over quilts with minky on the back!

Have a great holiday weekend!

Needle and Thread Thursday