Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Black vs Yellow

I finished up the last 2 I-Spy Scrappy Quilts the other day.  I decided it would be fun to see which binding we like better  - black or yellow.

Here they are side by side.  I think I like the black better on this type of quilt because it gives the quilt a dark finished edge.

Although on the back, I like the yellow because it blends in perfectly.  Which one do you like?

I used glue to hold the binding in place on both of these quilts.  I did the black first then the yellow.  I think I finally got the hang of it.  I was placing the glue down the strip further so the process was going much faster.  And I got the edge lined up better this time.

You can almost see all of my helpers in this last photo!  These are my youngest 4 and they love to hold up quilts that are almost as tall as they are.  And then there is Emma who just keeps peeking behind the quilt to see what everyone is doing!

You all have a great week!  (Yep, I live in Oklahoma!)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have You Ever Glued a Binding?

I saw this new way to add a binding to a quilt that used NO pins!  What really?  No getting poked?  Aren't we supposed to get jabbed when we sew?  Well, not anymore!  

I have a friend coming over who just got a sewing machine and I remembered that she hates to pin the binding on.  So I thought I would try this method out just for her.  You can see the directions here.

All you need is some Elmer's Washable School Glue and your iron.  Sew your binding to the front just like normal.  Press it and flip your quilt over.  Run some glue down the binding, fold it over, and give it a good press. (no steam please)  

I did it the same way as if I was pinning, but glued and flipped instead of flipped and pinned.  I held the iron on the fabric for a couple seconds until it would stay down.

It is a little stiffer because of the glue and that makes stitching in the ditch easy. And I didn't have to pull any pins when I sewed.  ( I don't pull pins anyway though.  I have lot's of pin pullers running around my house and one of them is always happy to help me!)  After washing, the binding felt just the same as if I had used pins. The glue washed out.  

Overall, it seemed to take a little bit longer.  But it was my first time, I think I will get faster.  Good method for not using pins.  None to poke you or drop on the floor!  I think it's worth another try on a bigger quilt.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I Spy Scraps

This is the pile of scraps I had left after cutting all the I-Spy fabric.  I didn't want to waste it!  Would you believe that I was able to make 3 scrappy quilts from it?  I only have one quilted, but the other two tops look very similar.

I chose this rectangle pattern because it was easy and it used 2.5 inch strips.  I cut my strips into 4.5 inch rectangles and paired them up (I even strip sewed some of them).  I made all the blocks before sewing the tops together so that I could divide the colors up between the three quilts.

I used some leftover blocks on the back to make it long enough. It looks a little plain, I think I should have set off the strip with some 1 inch black.  What do you think?

Here are the 2 different kinds side by side (the other one I blogged about here).  The scrappy one is quite a bit busier than the regular one.  I would only notice that if I saw both types of quilts though.  There are duplicate fabrics, (even triplicates) in the scrappy quilt but I think it worked out okay.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

I Spy Quilt

Last month I cut lots and lots of fabric to make kits for I-Spy quilts.  I thought it would be good if there was a sample quilt made for everyone to see before they sewed one together.  You have to check your color placement when you layout your quilts.  You want all yellows spread out, all the blacks, red, etc.  This can be really challenging!  I think I changed the layout 3 times trying to get everything moved around.  

The backing wasn't wide enough on it's own, so I grabbed some leftover squares and added them to the back to make it wider.  I was going to use a children's novelty print on the back, but it was just too busy and didn't really go with the front. This is what I plan on doing with the rest of the leftover squares now.

A quick meander for the quilting, black binding and she's done!  I think this type of quilt is perfect for a child in the hospital because there is so many different things to look at.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Adding Up Nicely

Another finished quilt for this month!  This pattern is called Adding Up Nicely and while I didn't get the pattern from the original designer, I got my inspiration from here.  Her's was a baby size and it looks like her blocks were smaller than mine.

My blocks finish at 6 inches.  Seemed like a good number for making the blue and cream blocks. Can you find the blocks in this quilt?  Well, if you're looking below - that's cheating!

These 2 blocks added with the orange and green squares make up this fast to sew quilt.  Let me say up front that I love this quilt!  But I didn't like that blue and orange flower print you see up there.  I told you I was going to try to use my unloved fabric in a more modern quilt and I think I have done just that!  So I am 3 for 3 on turning something not so pretty into something beautiful!

And I used the rest of the cream fabric on the back of the quilt, so it is no more!

Linking up with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Veggie Tale Quilt

After searching through my entire stash looking for I-Spy fabrics, I found my leftover Veggie Tale fabric.  I decided to make this quilt and then put the leftovers in with the I-Spy stuff.  I had already used Bob the Tomato panel in a Veggie Tale quilt back in 2010, but I still had the Larry panel.  I had to cut up the border on the top and bottom because there just wasn't enough to go all the way across, but it goes with the pattern of the quilt nicely.

 Here's the original quilt I made.  It was somewhere close to the first one I ever made.  It might even be the first one.  I like that they are similar, but different.  These are going to go on the couch in the living room.  It's about time to put those winter ones away.  We're ready for a change!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Criss Cross Table Runner

Ahhh, I finally finished something!  My sewing room has been a cluttered mess because I have been cutting I-Spy fabrics for the last week.  But we'll get to that in a minute.  First, let's talk about this table runner.  

My cute helper, who's hair is always sticking up, wanted his picture taken.  I meandered the outside border with a small stipple.  The inside area got a large cross hatch following the lines of the squares.

Pattern is just 2.5 inch strips cut to 4.5 inches to make a block and then set them on point.  I was trying to get the quilt to fit the top of this table that has seen better days.  Now I just need to get my oldest to sand and restain it for me. 

While I was in the process of making the table runner, I bought and received about 30 yards of i-spy fabric.  I already had at least 40 yards in my closet so I set to work cutting them up and making quilt kits for the Quilt  Ministry.

We plan to make quilts with 120 blocks (or 80 blocks with a 1 inch black sashing).  These are cut 5 x 5.  It seemed to take forever, but we made over 22 kits.  I even saved 2.5 inch strips if there were some leftover to make a couple quilts from those.

I do have some leftover squares for sale if you are interested in purchasing them.  I have several of each set size and postage is included.  If you buy a set there will be no duplicates, but if you buy 2 sets there will be.  I am also including 3 or 4 extras for you.  The pictures are very close to what you will get, if not exactly.  There might be a couple of squares that are different.  If you are interested just leave me a comment or email me.

20 - $6

30 - $8

40 - $10

Linking with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pulling Threads from Under Your Finished Quilt

Remember this picture from yesterday?

Malinda left me a comment telling me about the Clover Soft Touch Tread Pic.  You can get one from Amazon for less than $5.  It looks like a really tiny crochet hook.  I found my smallest crochet hook and gave it a try.

I had to do 2 different spots to get all the thread out from underneath the quilting.  I inserted the hook in the sashing (yes, right in the middle where that hook is sitting) and pulled out the blue thread.  I cut it and moved over to the next section and did it again.  This time I gave the thread a good tug and it pulled away from the block and came out.

I know you are supposed to hide it under the batting or move it, but I couldn't.  The thread was way too long.  I am so excited that you can't see the holes in this closeup photo!   Just for size reference the white sashing is 1.5 inches.

I think the Clover pic is smaller than my hook and definitely worth getting.  You can even find them at Joann's for $9.50.  Just wanted to share that wonderful tip.  Thanks Malinda!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bottled Rainbows

My 4 year old asked me to make her a quilt...again! I give her all my scraps that are smaller than 2.5 inches and ones that are too short for a strings quilt.  So I thought she had enough little pieces to make a bottled rainbow quilt.  What looks like a large pile of scraps can not be enough! 

 We sorted them all by color. Then I went through them and put them into shades and removed the duplicates.  There wasn't much left!  So I made my blocks 10 x 10 with the inside being only 6 inches.  Surely there would be enough for that.  

Here are a couple of the blocks. (These pictures are after washing.)  I didn't have enough of a couple of the colors and had to get into my scrap stash.   I even didn't have enough blue in my scraps to make a block so I cut some from my regular stash.  And I thought I had a lot of scraps!  Apparently, I have a lot of the same stuff.  Need to work on that.

To fix this problem, I used a single fabric 2 times in each block spreading it out. You can see I duplicated 3 of the red fabrics.

I used clear monopoly thread to quilt this so I didn't get white thread on a dark color like you see in this picture below:  (this is an older quilt I have hanging on my wall)  You can read this post for some tips using this type of thread.

Here you can see below that it isn't that big a deal to quilt on both sides of the ditch when you use clear thread.  You should know that I really dislike stitching in the ditch - mainly because I can't quilt straight even with a ruler!  It really isn't noticeable when looking at the quilt (unless you zoom in with your camera!).

I stitched around both sides of the color on the blocks, leaving the centers untouched.  Oh that's right I didn't do quilt-as-you-go like everyone else.  I used a glue stick to glue the small pieces where they should go, then zig zagged them down, one block at a time.  Like applique without using interfacing.  
And just so you know I am never ever perfect...I always forget to trim threads when I am using a white sashing.  By the time I saw this I did not want to unload and trim!  My 4 year old won't see it until she's much older and by then, I'll just make her another quilt!

I was going to quilt some spirals in the color part of each block, but after all the ditch work and the straight  lines in the sashing I didn't feel like it any more.  Less is more - right?  The back has a fun rainbow of solids because I couldn't get one on the front.

  There is one happy 4 year old running around my house these days!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

How to Add Drop Down Menus to Your Blog!

Here is a link to a video tutorial on how to add drop down menus to your blog.  It was relatively easy. I actually did it myself!  I have been wanting to add this for a long time, but it has been super intimidating.  And I was afraid of losing all my information.  Some of my pages are still in progress, but it only took a few hours this morning to get it done.

Ro is easy to understand and very likeable.  You should go check it out. She has more free videos on other aspects of your blog too.