Monday, January 11, 2016

POOFY quilt

In one of my two favorite quilt books* there is a gorgeous Baltimore album quilt.  While I am not interested in the elaborate applique that would be necessary to do that type of quilt, I am drawn to this quilt's color scheme of green, orange, red, and yellow.  So this quilt started with an idea for a color scheme.

Then I started playing around with simple flower-like shapes.  I decided to do a quilt using a simple block of three half square triangles put together with some rectangles.

Next I put four of them together with some white and a green center.  My original plan was to make a ton of these blocks and put them together with some sashing, but I made these too large so I decided instead to make this the focal point of an otherwise very simple design.

I made a ton of green and white half square triangles and put them together to make a border.  I also added a flower for each corner.  For the center of those flowers I was going to use red, but my backing fabric had a light blue in it and no red so I decided to use blue.  I rounded the corners by tracing around a record.

The retro looking Rewind Quilt I made a while back has taken up permanent residence on our couch and, at about 60"x60", I find it's the perfect size for couch snuggling. So I made this one about that size as well.

When I was buying the backing fabric I got so excited the print I wanted was on deep sale that I didn't even realize I was buying a super stretchy jersey-like cotton instead of a quilting cotton!

Since I had an unexpectedly soft and snuggly backing fabric, I decided not to quilt this one traditionally.  Svetlana who blogs at made a couple of poofy comforter-like quilts that looked so comfy I knew I would do one myself eventually.  This was the time.  (Check out her Christmas duvet by clicking here.)  Basically, you layer right sides together on top of batting and stitch around the outside leaving a hole for turning, stitch up the hole, and then quilt.  No binding required.

This was my first attempt at hand quilting!  I got some thick thread that looked like an oversized skein of embroidery floss and went for it.  I feel like I could have and maybe should have quilted this more than I did, but after a while I decided enough was enough. 

It's super comfy and is so poofy it doesn't stay folded up!

* Two of my favorite books for quilt inspiration are:  
The American Quilt:  A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950 
Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Quilted, Lined Coin Purse Tutorial

 While shopping for the lanyard hardware my youngest saw the hardware for a coin purse and was smitten.  I thought it was worth a shot.  
Here's how I put this together for her:

Cut out a template whatever size you think looks good.  
Notch it out a 1/4 inch above the pivoting point. 
Cut out two outside pieces and two liner pieces.
The liner pieces should be about 1/4 inch smaller than the outside pieces.  

"Quilt" the outside pieces to a piece of cotton batting.  
This is just TWO layers--batting and one layer of fabric.  Cut off excess.

Sew around the bottom of each set.  RIGHT sides together.  (You will not turn the liner pieces, which is why they should start 1/4 inch smaller.)

Turn the outside pieces and stuff the liner pouch into the outside pouch.

Sew together around the top to secure in place.

Stuff the edge into the hardware and stitch in place with thread.  
You have to maneuver the needle up and through from the inside because there are no holes on the inside.  
It seems odd, but it's not too tricky once your doing it.

Stuff with coins.... or a toy cell phone, mini mirror, beaded necklaces, plastic lipstick, etc... 


I love this fabric and am so happy to have this cute lanyard.  Easy and super quick to pull together, this was a fun little project.  Check out this great tutorial if you'd like to make your own: 

click here for genxquilters tutorial

Beware, though--there are a lot of layers to sew together at the end!

Following the same process, I made this wristlet lanyard shorter and wider than the standard lanyard.  This one was a gift for my daughter's Cub's fan teacher.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DIY Tray Table Ironing Board

Tray Table Ironing Board....

I made one too!

Many people around the internet have been making these handy little ironing boards out of tray tables and I thought I'd give it a whirl too.  This little table makes pressing seams while piecing easier and faster.  It will sit right next to my chair and I'll just turn, press, and keep sewing.  So excited to put it to good use.  Plus, I'm excited to put away my regular, squeaky, old ironing board because it takes up too much room anyway!

Thicker, home decorating fabric
Extra layers of batting
Insulated batting (insul bright)--bought off bolt, directions say there is no right or wrong side.

I also covered the top of my tray with some aluminum foil in an effort to protect the top from any steam.  I'm not overly concerned about this though.

I wrapped it all up and used the staple gun underneath.  The nice thing is that the tray will still fold down for easy storage.

Also, for what it's worth, I love my cordless iron!  :)

Have a great day!

Phew, this one took forever!

The T-Shirt Quilt is finally done!  
I didn't love making this, my first, t-shirt quilt.  In fact, I made it somewhat begrudgingly in an effort to rid these mostly-holey tees from my husband's closet.

Some of these shirts were so thin you could see through and others so thick with heavy painted-on designs. 

It is soft and snuggly though.

For the backing, I used manly buck heads.  One of the t-shirts had a line of aliens on the front and the back had the same aliens but pictured from the back.  So I transferred that idea onto the quilt.  One line of aliens on the quilt front, the other on the quilt back.

Have a great day!


ps-linking up to crazy mom quilts finish it up friday

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

T-Shirt Quilt and "Pocket of Fun"

Work in Progress:  T-shirt quilt....

Giving t-shirt quilting a whirl....

I'm working on piecing the top now.  I am unaccustomed to working with anything other than quilting cottons and have been using my walking foot to piece the jersey.  There might be a better way to do it, but I appreciate the added stability it gives me with the stretchy fabric.

(Internet learning day really cracks me up...and makes me feel old.)

Non-Quilting Sidenote:

"Pocket of Fun" is the name my girls have given my homemade bundle of summer curriculum.  (All tucked into a bed sheet zipper pouch.)  We are spending most mornings hanging out at the pool for swimming lessons.  To pass the time I've devised this Daily 4 plan of reading, writing, word work, and numbers.  They are excited to do it, but it just so happens that they each have friends waiting for their siblings' lessons too, which is a good
thing... but has sabotaged my plans a bit!  :)  

Have a great day...   

Thursday, May 28, 2015

just Molly from the block



We are celebrating our 50th block party this summer!  I thought it would be fun to incorporate all the last names of the neighbors into a commemorative quilt.

I know it won't get much use, but I was motivated to do it anyway.

I made it 8 feet by 30 inches.
It could be a table runner, picnic blanket, or just a banner for decoration.
 I paper pieced the little houses and driveways using a simple design I made myself.  Since I didn't trust my own handwriting:  I picked a font, printed all the last names onto paper, and traced the names (looking through the fabric) in pencil onto the 'driveways.'  Then I embroidered the names.

The years and street name are pieced.  I wanted to just go for it and see what happened if I improvised.  I used mostly scraps from the blocks to piece them together.

Here's a look at my BASTING process:
First I spread out the backing fabric right side down.  I spread it out smooth and tape all around the perimeter.  Because this one is so long it's hanging off the back end.  I like to use the table if at all possible, but the bigger ones have to be basted on the floor.

Then I spread out the batting nice and flat.  
Next I place the quilt top on and spread it all nice and smooth. Watch the sides to be sure you're all lined up.  Then I pin away!  I use the specially-crooked safety pins and go to town, pinning all over.  Then I trim the sides an inch or two away from the quilt top and take it back to the machine for quilting.

With this one I originally wanted to heavily quilt the whole thing, but the embroidered names got in the way.  I decided to heavily quilt the middle in a free-motion/straight line/almost mazelike design.  The rest of the quilt is ditch stitched.

The backing is a black and white cross-hatch.

Thanks for stopping in and checking out my weird quilt!  Have a great day...


ps-I'll be linking up with Finish it up Friday at crazymomquilts tomorrow.