Thursday, March 26, 2015

Quilt block clock

My sister sent me this pattern and I thought it would look so cute in my sewing room. Unfortunately this means I won't be able to use the "I lost track of time" excuse when I'm sewing anymore. The clock is 12" square and I used a scrapbook frame for it (minus the glass).  I made a dresden plate block using the Easy Dresden ruler. After adding the center circle I quilted a wonky spiral in the center, around each petal of the dresden plate, and echo quilted the background, using the edge of the presser foot as a guide (it's a wide presser foot). The fabric is Moda's Sophie and white Kona cotton. It was a lot of fun to make-almost instant gratification. Plus it's useful.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Christmas tree skirt

I finished this tree skirt in record time-about 2 days before Christmas. Maybe 3. At first I thought of it as a small project that I could get done really quickly. Then I realized it's the size of a lap quilt. But somehow I got it done. I used a layer cake from Moda called Twelve Days of Christmas and a free tutorial from the Moda Bake Shop called Fruitcake Under My Tree. I didn't want to use yardage for the setting triangles so I sewed extra layer cake squares together for that. I LOVE it even though my seam matching leaves a lot to be desired. The binding fabric is some yardage by Robert Kaufman.

and under our little tree (our last real tree-we bought a fake one after Christmas)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Wishing all of my blog readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Fur trapper's hat from Target
Santa Hat and collar from Target
"Merry" alphabet and ornaments: Crystal Wilkerson
"Christmas" font: Milkshake

Monday, November 24, 2014

Stenciled wall rack

I'm still in the process of organizing and decorating my craft room-this is a wall rack I made to hold a few necessities. I took a piece of 1 x 4 wood and painted it pink. Then I downloaded the free Sepeda dingbat font and installed it so that I could use it with Silhouette Studio. I used that along with my Silhouette SD to cut the bike out of vinyl, flipping one horizontally, then used it as a stencil to paint the bikes in off white (I think it's called Parchment). Then I drilled some holes and added fancy glass knobs from Home Depot along with a few hanging jars from the Target dollar spot (made for candles). Perfect storage for some of my goodies!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Plume Jelly Roll Quilt - a tutorial

I'm pretty sure this has been done but anyway, here's my take on it. I used one Moda jelly roll. This one happens to be Plume, by Tula Pink. I needed extra fabric for the backing and binding but if you use cross-grain binding, you could easily use some of the extra strips for that. I like bias binding so I used some fabric from my stash. So anyway, here goes. All seams are a scant 1/4" and you should press seams as you go. When possible, nest seams at intersections. Oh, and please excuse the awful pictures. I took most of these in our old house which had horrible lighting and some were taken with my phone (what was I thinking?).

First separate your strips. I used the floral ones for the middles, but there weren't quite enough so I used some of my border strips for the missing middles. Make sure there are at least twenty-five border strips.

 The ones on the right are extras that I didn't use on the front. They can be used as part of the backing (more on that later) or for binding.

Now take the strips for the borders. The first thing I always do is cut the selvages from the ends of the strips. Don't cut too much! Then, from each one, cut two 10.5" pieces and two 6.5" pieces. These will make up the border for one block.  This will leave enough left for one "middle" for later. Repeat with twenty-four more border strips for a total of twenty-five sets. Set aside all of the extra pieces. In the picture below I already cut the extra piece.

Next you need to cut seventy-five 6.5" strips for the middles. I was able to get six from each "middle" jelly roll strip. I had nine of those so I had to cut an additional twenty-one 6.5" strips. Use the extra pieces from the border strips for this.

Separate the middles into sets of three. I put the darker/more solid strips in the center. You should have twenty-five sets.

Sew each set of three middles together as shown and press the seams.

Take your shorter border strips and sew them to the ends of the middle units as shown.

Then take the longer border strips and sew them to the sides as shown. One block done! Repeat until you have completed twenty-five blocks.

Next lay out your blocks. I turned every other block so that the middles go in alternating directions. See those two blocks on the left side of the bottom row? I turned those before I sewed the blocks together. 

Sew the blocks into rows, and then sew the rows together. Your quilt top is done! If you want to, you can add a border here with some matching or contrasting fabric. I didn't want a border.

Press the quilt top well using lots of starch. I use Magic Sizing. Prepare your quilt back. I chose to make the extra pieces into a larger block by sewing them bricklayer style and then trimming. Then I sewed the backing fabric (which I got ultra-cheap at Connecting Threads in the clearance section) around the block. Scroll down for pics of the back. Press your quilt back with lots of starch too.

Sandwich and baste your quilt. I used Elmer's School Glue to baste mine. I put the batting down and smoothed it out. Then laid the backing on top, folded back about 10" at a time, and drizzled the glue in a thin zig zag pattern. Smooth down the backing fabric and press to dry the glue quickly. Repeat all the way across the back. Then I flipped the whole works over and did the same for the quilt top. You want to use a very thin drizzle of glue and remember that it doesn't need to be a solid sheet of glue. My machine has never had a problem with sewing through glue basting but your mileage may vary.

Quilt as desired, then bind your quilt. Don't forget to add a label! I chose to do this corner thing with the label but I don't like the "pocket" effect it gives so I'm going to hand sew the free edge down. I made the label on my embroidery machine.

and here's the finished quilt. Pretty!

and the back, including the block made from the scraps. Yes, it went on a little crooked. Oops.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Necessary Clutch Wallet

A couple of years ago I hurt my back (doing nothing at all-how sad is that) and from that time I quit carrying my regular purse. At first it was because it was painful but then I got into the habit of just taking my wallet into stores with me. The problem is that it was small and my phone and keys wouldn't fit in it. So I decided to make a bigger one. I looked high and low for the perfect pattern that would work for me and this was as close as I could find. I altered it a little bit to fit my needs. The pattern is called The Necessary Clutch Wallet and I bought it from Emmaline Bags on Craftsy. I also bought the hardware from her Etsy store and it was well worth it-very good professional quality hardware. Here are a few inside views and the changes I made.

View from the front. I added an inch to the height so my large-ish sized phone will fit inside. I made a wrist strap for it and also a long shoulder strap. I clipped both on the wallet and if I don't want to use the shoulder strap, all I need to do is remove it and leave the wrist strap attached. 

The inside-I added one more large zip pocket.

I made a small detachable zip pocket that snaps in to hold my key chain sized store cards.

I also added snaps in between the two zipper pockets so I could snap them together, keeping the wallet from opening as much, and keeping whatever I put in there from falling out.

I changed the position of the inside D rings, which are meant to hold the straps. The original position made the flap scrunch up when using the long strap and that bugged me. I left the original D rings in for now but may remove them sometime. I put the new D rings in the side seam. 

I also added a small outer zip pocket to hold my most-used credit card and two most-used grocery store cards. 

Plus I added cute zipper pulls. These are made by a company called Inazuma and I've seen them on Etsy as well as a few other sewing websites.

I've been using the wallet for a week or so, including an afternoon shopping trip, and so far it is working out fabulously! I'm very happy with it and with the changes I made.
The fabric for the outside is Sophie by Moda and the inside fabric is Lovely, also by Moda. The fabric for the small zipper pocket is some Japanese Hello Kitty fabric I bought on Etsy a few years ago.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wedding card

I made this wedding card for my nephew and his new wife. The design is loosely based on the one shown in this blog post.

The dress shape was cut from a Silhouette store file and then put through an embossing folder (I think it's called Plum Blossom). The pink background was embossed with an embossing plate.

Black and Blushing Bride card stock from Stampin' Up
Curious Metallic Cryogen White card stock from
Pearls (unknown)
Punches and ribbon from Stampin' Up
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