Thursday, December 8, 2016

Another Niece's First Quilt

Another one of my nieces, Miss M, finished her turning twenty quilt with my mom.  She wanted me to quilt it for her with the hooked swirl design on my Tiara.  It turned out so cute!

She was busy and running out of time, so she also asked for help piecing the backing.  My mom figured out where the houses would match up and then passed it on to me.  I set my ironing board up next to my cutting table and glued it down before sewing it.

I love the texture of the swirls on the back.

You can hardly see the seam after the quilting.

I also did the binding by machine for Miss M.

Miss M loves her finished quilt and that makes me a happy aunt!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Bunting

I appreciated the suggestions on where to hang up some Christmas Bunting.  I first wanted it on the cubbies in the mudroom, but the bunting was too big for the space.  So I decided to try Carole's suggestion and hang it in my living room window.  While it is not as elegant as the rest of my Christmas stuff, I love how cheery it is.    

I cut the triangles out of the Riley Blake Christmas Banner Panel, backed them in white felt, stitched around the triangles, and then cut them out with a pinking rotary cutter.  Then I laid them out similar to my July Bunting.  Using the pre-made double fold bias tape makes it a quick finish.  

I love seeing the bunting as I am walking down the hall.

And it is even cuter up close.

I love it so much that I bought even more panels.

I plan on mixing and matching the colors in the panels for even more combinations.  :)


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Making Bags with my Niece

I spent one morning cutting out and making little gift bags with my niece.  She had found a bag like this in my mother-in-law's closet and decided that she wanted to make a bunch out of Christmas fabric.

She brought over the original bag and we figured out how to make it.  We cut out 5.5 inch circles for the base and 7 by 17 inch rectangles for the top.  One yard of fabric was enough for eight bags.

First, we ironed the hem and casing on the 17 inch side of the rectangle.  Second, we sewed the opposite side around the circle.  Third, we sewed the side seam.  Note: the 17 inches was bigger than necessary and we trimmed the excess from the side after the seam was sewn.  Fourth, we zig-zagged around the raw edges because the bags are not lined.  Fifth, we sewed the two seams which formed the casing.  Last, we threaded the twine through the casing with a large needle.  (That part was definitely easier said than done!)

We cut out enough fabric for 40 bags and made two prototypes.  She kept one and I kept one.  I think it is pretty cute, but I wonder what my niece plans on putting inside 39 bags.  ;)

I think it even looks pretty cute open.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chunky Race Quilts Finished

I am happy to share five more finished quilts today.  They use my Calculations for Race Quilt Variations.  I described a little bit more about how they were pieced in my last post.  These will be going to Primary Children's Hospital for children staying there for Christmas.  (That is where some very similar quilts went last year.)

One of the reasons why I love sewing quilts like this is because they come together fast, allow the fabrics to shine, and then I can play with the quilting.

This first quilt has a different design in every row.

The second quilt has a different design in each of the eight colors.

The third quilt has feathers which take up two rows.

The fourth quilt was quilted in an all over design.

The last quilt is quilted with ribbon candy in every row.

I love playing with different FMQ designs.  It would be hard for me to pick a favorite out of these quilts.  (Although I almost decided to keep the black and white scrappy quilt.)  All five of these quilts finish at 41 by 56 inches.  For more information about the piecing and the fabrics used in the quilt tops, check out my previous post.

Here are all seven of the quilt going to Primary Children's for Christmas.

My friend will be picking them up soon to deliver them to the hospital.


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Chunky Race Quilts In Progress

I made five quilt tops using my Calculations for Race Quilt Variations.  However, this time I was mostly using stash instead of scraps.  So I decided to make calculations for quilts exactly 41 by 56 inches using 4 inch wide and 18 inch long strips.  I figured that I needed 37 eighteen inch strips and 1 eight inch strip.

I went one step further and tried to figure out if I could plan where each of the fabrics would end up instead of it being completely random.  I started out by making a paper quilt.  Instead of thread to hold it together I used tape.

Then I laid out my 38 pieces on my design wall, remembering that pieces on the end of rows will be in two different places.

I used my paper guide again to pick up the pieces in order from 1 to 38.  Then I sewed it into one long strip and used the Jelly Roll Race method to sew it together.

Every time I folded the strips in half I referred back to my paper to make sure I sewed on the correct side of the pieces.  I am pleased to say that it worked on my first try.

I call that planned random.  :)  This method worked for four more quilts.

I love how it all worked out.  The first quilt used eight fat quarters.  It was mostly Jungle Ave by Art Gallery Fabrics.   I won those fabrics participating in the Hands2Help challenge last year.  The Second quilt used eight Fabri-quilt solids I won in a giveaway at Quilting Jetgirl.  The third quilt used scraps from ten different projects.  The last two quilts used Jungle Party fabric I won at the Inspired by Fabric Blog, plus some Wild Side Timeless Treasures fabric from Christine and scraps from Cheetah's quilt.  

These quilts will also be given to children staying at Primary Children's Hospital for Christmas.  I will share the finished quilts next week.


I will be linking up with Oh Scrap for this fun use of scraps in a couple of the quilts.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Stripe Quilts Finished

Both of these girly quilts were made with the leftovers of other projects and some stash.  They will be given to children staying at Primary Children's Hospital for Christmas. I showed a sneak peek at the quilt tops in my previous post about my design wall.  The quilting makes a big difference!

This princess quilt was made with the leftovers of my princess pillow and my Floating quilt.

I had so much fun quilting it on my Tiara.

The backing was mostly left over from my Berry Pie quilt.

I love the pansies!

The binding was leftover from my Modern Farmer's Wife quilt

I love how this quilt turned out.

Quilt Stats #188
Name:  Princess Stripes
Pattern:  Stripes of various widths
Fabric:  Kona solids and Dream and a Wish by Riley Blake
Amount Used:  3.5 yards
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Size:  About 42 x 54 inches
Date Finished: November 2016

This rainbow quilt was made with the leftovers of Panda's Lego Rainbow and parts of a panel I found on clearance at my LQS a couple years ago.  I think the panel adds so much to the solids. The primary colors are wider than the secondary colors because I used a strip of the orange, green, and purple, for the borders of Mr. Bones. It worked out perfectly because three of the panel squares were bigger and three were smaller.

I quilted each colored stripe differently.

The backing is an old Hoffman floral I found in my stash.

It is so bright and cheerful!

I bound the quilt in a brighter yellow solid also left over from Panda's Lego Quilt.

This was such a fun quilt to make.

Quilt Stats #189
Name:  Solid Stripe Surprise
Pattern:  Stripes of 2 widths
Fabric:  Kona solids and older panel
Amount Used:  3.5 yards
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Size:  About 42 x 54 inches
Date Finished: November 2016

These were great stash busting quilts for a good cause.  I will share some more stash busting quilts next.


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