10/25/2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Radiate

Hi there and thanks for stopping by!  It's been a long time since I've participated in the Blogger's Quilt Festival and I'm so excited to see all of the amazing work that gets posted there, and to make new quilty friends.  I also enjoy a good jog down memory lane.

This quilt was something that was low on my priority list and was something started as a "just in case I need something to work on" project.  Which is silly.  I always have something to work on.  I started with a layer cake of "Oh Deer" and Kona Snow, made a ton of HSTs and ended up with one of my favorite quilts to date.  This one is always being used by someone.


 For the quilting I painstakingly drew out all of the plaid lines using the diamonds and my guid, and then quilted with my walking foot.  I'm so pleased with the end result and it was worth every knee aching moment.


Title:  Radiate (click for original post)
Finished Quilt:  60" x 72"
Pieced and quilted by me.
Category:  Home Machine Quilted

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!  If you're interested in seeing my other entry you can click here.  

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Blogger's Quilt Festival: A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by from Blogger's Quilt Festival!  Man, oh man did I have a difficult time deciding what to post for my second entry.  My "Baby Shower Quilt" was almost my choice, but I decided that I was even prouder of my largest quilt to date...
Despite some looming deadlines and other various "have-to's" in my life I decided to ditch obligation and work on this quilt for my four-year-old daughter's bed.  I had been collecting these fabrics pretty much since she was born.  She is such a free spirit and a bit larger than life so I felt a giant scrappy tumbler block quilt was the way to go.
 I quilted the opening lyrics to her lullaby into echoing ovals because I think they're lovely words to fall asleep to each night..."A dream is a wish your heart makes...," and I finished off the rest of the quilt with a medium sized stippling.
And then for a finishing touch those corners were just begging to be rounded off, which I think gives a nice contrast to the angularity of the tumblers.  I'm thrilled to bits that she loves it as much as I loved making it.  My favorite sewing is sewing for my kids.  :)

Quilt Size:  85" x 90"
Pattern:  Large Tumblers/Scrappy
Pieced and quilted by me.
Category:  Scrappy Quilts
Original post here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please feel free to take a look around while you're here.  You can find my other festival entry here.  And a big thanks to Amy's Creative Side for putting on this fun festival twice a year!


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10/22/2014

The Baby Shower Quilt Tutorial


 Finished Quilt Size: 36" x 40"

I am so excited to share this fast and easy quilt tutorial with you.  I posted about this quilt earlier this week, and I decided to create a tutorial because I think some people are nervous about working with HSTs, and therefore, avoid them.  I hope to share some tips and tricks to help you end up with precise corners and beautiful end results.


* FQ = Fat Quarter, WOF = Width of Fabric, HST = Half Square Triangle
**  Assumed size of FQ after squaring is 18" x 21".
*** Assumed WOF is 40".
****  All seams are a scant 1/4" unless otherwise stated.

From your 6 FQs cut the following...


Also make sure you cut (30) 4.5" scrappy low volume squares.

Step 1: Mark all of the light color solids (for the HSTs) with cut and sew lines on the "wrong side" of the fabric.  Mark the "sew" lines 1/4" away from each side of the cut line as shown below.
Step 2:  Pair each light solid with a coordinating dark solid, taking care to have the lines you drew facing up so you can see them.

(TIP:  For piecing I like to use my walking foot.  You will be sewing your HST lines on the bias and the walking foot helps to feed your fabric evenly and stretches everything less giving you better end results.)

Sew each square pair together on the "sew lines".  I like to chain piece stitching down the right line first.  Then I turn the entire chain around and sew down the opposite sew line.  Chain piecing helps to save you time.  After chain piecing snip the in-between threads.

Step 3:  Next, using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut all of the squares down the center "cut line," creating two HSTs.


Step 4:  Open the HSTs and press the seams open on the back, with an iron.

Step 5:  Using a ruler and rotary cutter trim the HST units down to 4.5" square, taking care to ensure that the center line of the HST ends up exactly in the corners of the square (as pictured below).  I like to trim evenly from all sides to ensure that each side is straight.  (TIP:  Trimming the HSTs down will allow you to have perfectly square blocks which will improve your piecing accuracy.)


Step 6:  Using the quilt top diagram (below) sew the HSTs and low volume fabrics together to complete the top.  I chose to sew my individual squares into larger blocks as follows...

Top:  (3) 3x3 blocks; 9 squares/block
Middle: (3) 3x3 blocks; 9 squares/block
Bottom:  (3) 3x4 blocks; 12 squares/block

Press seams as desired as you go.  Some prefer to press open for less bulk, some to the side for more accurate seams.  Less bulk will make for easier quilting.


Step 6:  Baste and quilt as desired.  Square up the quilt.
Step 7:  Cut (5) 2.5"xWOF strips for binding.  Assemble binding and attach to quilt.  (For more information on binding visit my binding tutorial here.)


Enjoy your beautiful baby quilt!

10/20/2014

The Baby Shower Quilt

If you're interested in making your own version of this quilt, or maybe learning some tricks for better HSTs...hop on over to the tutorial post.

Last week I made a baby quilt for a friend in Houston, snapped some pictures, flew out to Houston on Saturday, and came back to Oklahoma Sunday night.  PHEW!  It was a whirlwind of a week.
I kept it simple and played around in Illustrator with HSTs.  I came up with this fun, random, quilt with bright, powerful color, that is kept sweet and soft by the low volume squares.  I'm in love with the results and can't wait to use this pattern again.

The quilt finishes at 36" x 40".  Just perfect for cuddling, using in a carseat or stroller, playing on, and dragging around as a toddler.  I also tried some "new to me" loopy quilting and despite some imperfections, I'm pleased with the results.




10/15/2014

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changing Pad Covers

My Mother-in-Law's niece is having a baby girl very soon, and she was wanting some custom changing pad covers.  So, after being sent the changing pad and material for the covers what feels like ages ago I FINALLY found the time to make them.  (I have actually had to buy a white board calendar so I can keep all of my projects straight!  Oy!)

 I always love how the covers turn out despite the amounts of cursing going on in my head while working with minky.  Ugh...the fuzzies!!!  This particular changing pad was unique in that only one end was contoured.  It threw me for a mental loop at first, but I figured out that if I notched out the corners on the rectangular end I could create the proper fit.  I used my old tutorial to make up the rest of the cover (it's been so long since I made one), so if you're interested in making one yourself check that tutorial out.

These cuties are on their way to their new home now, and I just realized I forgot to send along the spare contrast fabrics.  Oops.  I'll have to do that.  But, first, I need to wrap up this baby quilt I have going on that I've been Instagramming the progress of.  Can't wait for the big reveal of that one because I absolutely LOVE it!  :)  Hope everyone is doing well, and that you're getting to enjoy some of this beautiful autumn weather!!!!!

10/10/2014

Show and Tell Drawstring Bags

My son's Kindergarten class does a secret show and tell each week.  They have to choose an item that begins with the letter of the week and then write down three clues for the item.

Previously they had used paper bags, but the teacher felt that was wasteful, so I offered to make 16 drawstring bags.  We contemplated putting a vinyl pocket on the front for the clues, but it just made the bag awkward to close because it was gathering oddly.  So she'll be including an index card in the bag for the clues.

Bag Pattern:  Lined Drawstring Bag
For the drawstring I used Paracord.  Nice and sturdy, but make sure to seal the ends with heat and air dry if you wash them.  :)



10/07/2014

OKCMQG "Defining Modern" Quilt Show

Man, oh man have things been busy here!  Last week was push week for getting up the quilts and buntings for the OKC Modern Quilt Guild's "Defining Modern" Show.  We have a wonderful local venue that works hard to promote the arts and they allowed us to use their space for the month of October!  It's a small space for the current size of our guild, but the quilts and buntings display beautifully.




Leslie, a dear sweet friend of mine, and super talented quilter/blogger did all of our signage and posters.  I am in love with these "Please don't touch" signs...



See how fun the quilts look on display through the windows in the background?  We had a lovely opening night and afterwards a few of us stayed to take pictures of the quilts all lit up through the windows.

Our show is on display at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond for the entire month (as I said before).  If you're in the area I hope you'll stop by.  We have a Doppleganger Raffle Quilt on display.  You can enter to win in person or head on over to the OKCMQG blog to buy virtual tickets as well.


It's a beautiful quilt!

As the coordinator for our show I have to say, despite all of the worry that comes with being in charge of such an important task I think it all displays so nicely and I very much appreciate those who helped with the process.  And now that I'm pretty much done with that monumental task I can go back to the other projects I need to finish.