Well, here it is! The final block (number 12) for this quilt top.
I did take some time off to work on other things but jumped back on the get r done trail!!!
In the next couple of weeks I will be picking out and purchasing fabric for the corners and sashing. Not sure what I will choose. Votes are welcome!!
If you like what you are seeing and want to sew your own ...look for the Mario button at the top of my blog...it will take you to the blog, cut to pieces, where all 12 block directions are ready for download :)
I have chosen to make them smaller than a traditional dinner (21 inch) napkin. My beginning square is 14 inches and after the one inch edging it ends up being 13. And for me this is perfect for every day use!!
I have a big pile of brown check square cotton fabric cut to size and ready to sew up soon.
Don't know what has taken me so long to get into cloth reusable napkins but I am so very happy that I now have :)
Don't we all have those need to do's that are so easy to do we often wonder why- after we finally complete them- why oh why did it take us soooo long to do so???
Yeap this is one of those for me!
I made the quilt in its entirety. My hubbie made the really nifty quilt display rack and hung it on the wall. I then proceeded to drape my finished quilt over the rod and not sew on the hanging sleeve.
So today was the day! I decided last night that today no matter what!! I was going to make that sleeve! And look at this!!! It is done :)
I use a very simple sleeve pattern that I optioned from my local Modern Quilt Clubs web site.
I am hoping this cut and paste URL trick will work. If not I'll imbed it the not lazy way some time :) but here it is, the link (or perhaps address) of the tutorial I use to make my quilt sleeves.
I'm a very happy quilter today :)
As promised here is pic of the hexie block I'm working on.
As you can see I took the 4/3/4/3 hexie mess and followed what I feel is a natural line and squared it up. Next I will add a 1.5 strip of white to each side. Then I will add four 2 inch strips of green.
Will post when I get that far :) work is waiting!
Hope this inspires some to try something other than the traditional flower with the hexagon pieces.
I have, like many quilters, an ever growing mass of leftover fabrics that keep piling up.
I do apply the rule to check the stash before I head to the store but still it grows.
I don't wish to just get rid of my fabrics but rather was looking for a constructive plan to use up some of them.
An Internet and pinterest search have landed me this grand idea.
I am still loving the English paper pieced hexies so when I saw a block like this one I totally went for it!
Each block is made of 14 three inch hexies. I see them into 4 rows.
After all hexies are on the paper and stitched into a solid mass I square up the block and sew on one and one quarter inch white strips.
Next picking strips of blue (or what ever Color scheme I'm working with) 2 inch strips.
A note on the strip lengths. I am not being careful with the lengths. I've decided to use a more free formed style. The width is certain but the length is what ever it needs to be to add the length on.
My plan is to make each square out of a different color group. First up is the blue group.
I am loving these blocks! Hope you like them too :)
This is a very very difficult block! I almost did not have enough patience to do this...all those curves!!!
Yes I did do the second block before the first- lol.
The plan this morning was to check out what this months blocks looked like- I had no clue.
Well! After printing the directions I was a bit floored at this technique!
I watched the how to video and gained a bit more confidence.
I then decided my sewing plan was to only cut out (no sewing today) each of the pieces used to construct each square. I did that and curiosity got me.
I gave it a whirl with the ones on top of the cut pile- Cleopatras puzzle. After the first curve was sewn I just kept going getting more done but becoming more frustrated. I decided to just get it done! And went for it, and well, here we are...done!
Thank goodness there is only two blocks like this in this quilt and whew! one is done!
How ever you define it I made some of these wash cloths/dish rags today :)
I am a repurpose reuse kinda gal. And I just love that I have a really useful way to repurpose my old bath towels!
The idea, to give credit where credit is due, goes to my Aunt, who passed on this idea to me a Christmas or two ago.
I had 2 bath towels that had seen better days. The decorative edges were ripped or frayed and while the towels were still made of usable material their actual shrunken size made them annoying as a bath towel.
So, using my quilting ruler and cutter I chopped them down to 9 inch squares. One towel will become many many wash rag size towels!
I used my favorite quilt binding technique and sewn a binding to the edge. (tutorial to follow- some day)
So tonight 4 are complete with a big ol' stack ready to be sewn up tomorrow!
Hope this idea inspires you to complete some of your own!
Well, I am so happy to report that I am winding down on this project.
I am now to the point that all my full and half flowers are done!!! :)
I am now doing quarter?? flowers.
I do not believe these are present in a traditional flower garden quilt. I have chosen to buck tradition and not do rounded sides. Instead, I want the look of a straight sided quilt.
To achieve this look I am adding half and what I call quarter flowers that I will starch, iron, then trim down to make a straight line...hard to explain without pictures...those will be shared really soon I hope!!! And if my hunch is correct will look really cool!!!
I have finally found the gumption to get back to this quilt.
Today, I sat on the couch and hand stitched my Dresden plates down onto the background square.
I do recommend that, and I did so here as well, you cut the background block slightly bigger than the finished block. I cut mine to a 15 inch square.
This allows for the "shrinkage" that is possible when you stitch down the plates.
Later I will go back and trim the blocks to the desired 14.5 inch block.
Tomorrows plan is making and stitching down the center circles...so happy to be getting this one done! My living room has an empty wall just waiting for this quilt to occupy the empty space!!
If you wish to try your hand at making this quilt please check out this link:
http://www.bunnyhilldesigns.com/dynamic/?page=Free%20Patterns Hopefully I'll be able to report more progress tomorrow :)
Happy sewing! Thanks for reading!!
As it just seems to go these days, I was trolling Pinterest late one night and I ran into a post that said MAKE ME! Isn't Pinterest just so good at that!
Well, my version is similar but since every wall in my house is either used or accounted for I went for a pillow instead :) I really love how this turned out. And believe this could also make a wonderful gift!
My version began with a simple piece of muslin in cream -- cut to 10 x 10.5 inches.
Onto this I traced first my husbands hand (the largest) using my very favorite Ticonderoga #2 pencil ensuring that he spread out his fingers just a bit.
A bit on procedure here. On his hand, as well as all the others, I used DMC floss and chose to use just 3 strands. I also used a simple embroidery back stitch. I did also use a small embroidery hoop to keep my fabric manageable.
Hubbies hand was back stitched using a steal gray floss.
Next came my hand. I used a lightish medium purple. Things were getting bit confusing but I took my time and it came out nice!
Next I had some figuring to do. Next in line would be my 10 and 9 year olds who happen to have the exact same hand size. I figured it would look really funny to do two rows of the same stitching so I elected to only use one of them, which the 9 year old volunteered and the 10 year old was a-ok with ;). Their hand is represented in the red.
Finally came baby girl. Her hand is so tiny and fit so nicely into the nest of the rest of our hands. She just had to have baby pink for her color.
After I finished all my stitching I took a trip to JoAnn Fabrics and was so pleasantly surprised to find the background fabric!
It is gray in color with white flowers that have poka dots and wouldn't you believe! the same color scheme as the colors I chose for the hands! perfect match! I love it!
I ironed my fabric, then cut a strip 15.5 inches by the width of fabric. From this I cut a 15.5 x 14.5 inch piece for the back. I set this aside for now.
Then I cut 4 strips 3 inches wide by 15.5 inches long. I knew these would be too long but I placed the long strip on the top of the embroidered piece and sewed them together using a 1/4 inch seam. After sewing I cut off the extra fabric then went on to sew the bottom strip on. Again it was too long but I sewed and trimmed again. I ironed my seams towards the gray.
Next came the 2 sides which fit perfectly. After sewing all 4 strips on I ironed my seams again towards the gray.
I picked up both the top and bottom and pined it all in place. I sewed using a 1/4 inch seam, and left a 3 inch hole for turning on the bottom.
to sum up...
cream muslin 10 x 10.5
#2 Ticonderoga pencil
DMC floss in desired colors
background fabric15.5 inch strip
from this I cut a 15.5 x 14.5 backing and (4) 3 inch strips.
I still need to purchase some batting to call this one done, but I'll get to that soon!
Let me just start by saying I am really enjoying this BOM with Amy Gibson very much!
I have posted a few of my creations from the Craftsy Free Block of the Month Club but not all of them. And so, to make my posts up to date, I post this anthology.
from top left january to bottom right June
Missing from this mix are my two most recent creations.
First the Modern dresden. Which was very fun and easy to make. I used the easy Dresden template by Darlene Zimmerman. This bit of plastic is well worth the $10 I paid for it! I totally recommend it if you plan on doing a dresden! Fact is, I'd never attempt a dresden without one.
This template allows you to cut and stack your fabric to cut several at a time. You just move your way down the fabric turning the template this way and that to keep things all lined up!Iit took meer minutes to cut out all 20 blades to complete this block!
A quick tip I'd like to share; I am not so sure if it is on the package directions or not. This was not included in the Craftsy directions but, to speed things up, cut your fabric into the same size strips that you plan your finished blades to be.
So for this Modern Dresden my blades were to be 4 inches. I selected my fabric then cut the fabric into strips of 4 inches wide by width of fabric long.
Then using the template, I made my first cut, tossed that scrap, turned the fabric and the template the other way and cut down the row turning the template this was and that to match the "slant" of my next cut.
I did this same technique to make the second Craftsy BOM for July. This one being the Modern Dresden.
The blades on the modern are 4.5 inches.
All in all I am pleased with the success of this quilt thus far. I belive in the end we will end up with 20 squares. oh, and each square is 12.5 inches. So my math tells me this will be a good sized quilt!
I am also proud of my quilt because I put myself to the challenge and made a use up what you have on hand rule...tough going because I like to match stuff up but I am sticking to this rule.
I may be overwhelmed in the end with all the colors but who know's it may just turn out to be the cutest one yet!
It's still not too late to join the fun! Happy Sewing :)
Well here it is! It took me about 10 hours to get this project completed today and it had NOTHING to do with the actual project!
First let me say (before I rant), I used the very simple, very well written, tutorial over at Cherry Street Cottage to make my Roman Shade.
Other than the minor adjustments to make this fit my window I used her tute to the T. Check it out here :) oh and if things had run more smoothly I would expect (minus shopping time) this is less than an hour project!
Now, why did this take me soooo long???? My stinkin' finicky serger that's why! UGH!
I began my day all calm and excited to make a new shade.
A few days ago I had created a plan (using the tute from cherry street cottage) and purchased my material. So that today I would be all set to cut, sew, hang, enjoy!
I measured my material, cut out the panel and was going to do a really fast up one side down the other then all around 4 thread serge to ensure all my edges would stay nice and neat.
I placed my serger on the dining room table (aka mom's sewing spot). Plugged it in. Adjusted my threads. Did a fast chain stitch. All looked well. I took a scrap piece of the shade fabric (which I should add was nothing more than (the cheapest I could find at JoAnn's) curtain lining *used a coupon too :) and did a practice stitch to ensure all was well.
NOPE! the lower looper was going NUTS!!!! ok, so I adjust to tighten--better, not good, but the upper looper is going nuts now. and on and on this goes. I cut my threads and rethread over and over and over. For 7 hours I fiddle with my machine. about half an hour before dinner I decide to take things apart. I raised my upper cutter and I dust bust, oil, and cut the threads off and push my machine aside.
After we eat dinner, I decide to come back one last try and see what can be done. I adjust all my dials back to N, rethread, and do a practice stitch. THAT was the trick! It sewed just fine! UGH!!! so happy and feeling victorious and frustrated all at once! rant over, thanks for reading [;)]
So why the new shade??
This window did have a homemade Roman Shade on it but the pattern I used (McCall's) was way to complicated and I ended up with an ok curtain. Ok because it was not a perfect fit into the window (length and width were a weeee bit too small and this let in annoying light). Also, when we pulled the shade up it did this really goofy bunchy thing that drove me NUTS!
I decided some time ago a change must be done! My google search led me to the Cherry Street Cottage blog. When I read over her instructions it all made perfect sense to me. Plus, I just loved the idea of all the rods to keep things nice and straight!!!
The directions are so easy to understand and the pictures are placed at the perfect time! It was so easy peasy! I totally recommend this one to anyone looking to try a roman shade of their own!
hope this post inspires you to make one too :) Happy Sewing!
Tomorrow we all ( even the boy :)) go to girl scout camp. And we are soooooo excited!
This will be our 4th time at this camp and it is just a blast.... BUT ....camping this time of year means IT IS HOT!!!
I have several methods to keep cool. First, I wear light clothes. Keep a cooler close stocked with ice. Have a spray bottle that I can use to mist myself as needed. And finally the best thing ever!!! My neck cooler!! I was going to make a tute of my own but low and behold (so typical right!?) there is already an awesome one out there! Check it out :) http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/08/05/baby-its-hot-outside/ These things are the boss! It takes a 4x36 inch piece of cotton fabric and about 20 minutes. Throw in some special polymer crystals sewn in a simple way. Let soak in cool water then BAM! Simple but awesome neck cooler! I want to add a couple of must does! First, don't go crazy with the crystals!!! A little goes a LONG way!! Also, you MUST hand wash these!!!!!! And, when not in use DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT store them in a plastic bag!!!! They will mold and be ruined! Instead I like to clip my using a clothes pin to a shelf by the basement stairs. The polymer crystals will eventually dry up (but then can be rehydrated when needed). This typically will take about 2 weeks. And then you can store them any way you wish :) I keep mine in a gigantic beach bag ready for the lake! Also, one final note. While using your neck cooler it will eventually warm up to match your body temp. No fear, it's a simple remedy! Rewet it with cool or cold water. Easy peasy! Hope you like this cooler as much as I do! Happy sewing :)
I know, I know, they are nothing fancy AT ALL! and truth be told they are only refashions of stuff I had in the closet anyhow...
BUT! this morning the outfit on the left was a too big and bulky tshirt I hardly wear and the shorts were a oh so too long pair of way to baggy-leg bootcut jeans!
And the outfit on the right was a long sleeve tshirt top that the sleeves had shrunk (how did that happen??) and the shorts were long legged pants (which I did wear but I have girl scout camp next week and need 5 outfits for the wilderness and didn't have enough...well on my way now!).
I have so many "hangers arounders" (don't we all though??) that I felt/feel it is high time I do something about this clutter that is bogging me down!
my decision many moons ago was to get going on the PILE of UFO's and WIP's that have depressed me for some time now.
and to report on that I am doing great there!
I have piles more to go...tomorrow's task (if I stick with my agenda) is to make myself a new night gown that I really really need! stay tuned for that update ;)
I am so close to the end of this quilt I am jumping out of my skin! lol
Here is my latest addition to the garden...
July 18, 2012
This flower was so fun to do :) it was a bit of a collaboration. I had the center (same as all my other flowers) and I had the poka dot print in my stash but just didn't have anything to match it. Don ta da don! in for the rescue swoops my gal pal Anne and her awesome collection of prints! I swooped in and and scooped up 12 petals to complete this one :) sewing pals are just the best!!!!
June 20, 2012
Don't you just love this one...oh man me too! haha but my reason for my mushy mushy is that I found this fabric at none other than a super cool thift store in Ann Arbor Michigan!
I paid less than $2 for the inside blue flower print and the outer solid blue! I just love a dog on good deal! and best yet I had a ton of the solid blue leftover to make a dress for the 5 year old and 4 reversable purses!!! way to stretch a buck!!!
Again I have been a bit out of touch...working on lots of stuff. My goal is to complete lots of need too's.
So, to this I add my first plan to "use up" some canvas I have on hand. a not so quick google search landed me to a very cute blog, poppyseed fabrics.
Here, this cool blogger has shared a very simple but effective tote tute that I am to get to tomorrow! pictures to follow :) MADE TODAY!!! yeah me!
I did not vere too far from the original directions so go to those to see the nuts and bolts, but what I did do different I will talk about here...
all my pieces cut out :)
First, I cut out all my pieces.
BUT! I did not have the webbing for the handles as required in the directions.
AND per my personal rule to use what I have on hand I had enough of the yellow to make my own handles.
So this is what I did. I cut 2 strips from the yellow fabric.
5 iches by 36 inches.
I folded the strips down the center and ironed them flat.
then I folded one side then the other to the center (just like making bias tape).
then I folded both sides back to the center and ended up with two (again just like bias tape) handles :)
I (edge stitch) sewed up one side and down the other of both straps.
not exactly necessary because you will need to sew up 10 iches to attach the handles to the bag but I figured the extra stitching was not a problem.
Plus, I could not figure out how I was going to stitch the top of the handle once I had it attached the the bag???
My only other "diversion" was no batting.
I used a regular weight canvas I figured it would be "stiff" enough that I would not need the extra thickness the batting would create.
I read the directions which stated to sew up the strap to the top of the batting, which was to be cut 10 inches.
Using this knowledge I measured up the strap 10 iches made my mark and sewed up one side (edge stitched) to the 10 inch mark, then down the other.
and my final adjustment was when I had followed all the directions and had a completed bag. I was not happy with the "floppy" top. I pinned and ironed the lining into a happy place then edge stitched all the way around.
One bit I did notice was the I had ironed the handle straps down. Usually on these types of bags the handles are allowed to be a bit floppy at the top. I am sometimes a lazy sewer and had no desire to stop my stitching and begin again, so I sewed the straps down. Still looks cute to me :)
and here I have it! another completed project from the stash!!!!