Monday, September 22, 2014

Alyssa quilt: part 1

Everyday I get an email from the Missouri quilt company, showing their deal of the day.  A few weeks ago, the deal was a jelly roll line made by Moda, Miss Kate.  Of coarse it was designed by Bonnie and Camelle and so I had to look into it, them being some of my favorite designers. 

Guess what I did, I had to order it!  The colors and patterns are so much fun!
I also knew the perfect pattern to make this quilt into.  I drew up a pattern in July to make with Riley Blake, it's a Beautiful Thing line, and called it my 'Alyssa quilt' as it's for my daughter Alyssa.  This Miss Kate fabric and my Alyssa pattern, will make a fun baby quilt for an upcoming baby girl in my family.  

 (Like how I'm using my old scrapbooking paper to design quilts on?)

Supplies for Alyssa quilt:
1 Jelly Roll
Neutral Fabric (need 5" for every 5 blocks) Baby quilt: 2/3 yd, Twin quilt: 2 1/2  yds
Border fabric: Baby quilt:1/2 yd;Twin quilt 1 1/2 yds
Background fabric:  Baby quilt 1 1/2 yds; Twin 4 1/2-5 1/2 yds 
Binding: Baby 1/4 yd; Twin 1/2 yd
Sewing Maching
Aurifil Thread

Step 1: 
Sort your jelly roll fabric into groups of 4 fabric that will go together.  Try to mix your colors up so for example green won't be on the outside edge of each strip.

Step 2: 
Chain stitch each group of 4 together

One of my favorite tools it The Cutting Gizmo by, that I found at a local quilt store.  It's a great way to cut all those chained pieces apart quickly.
Step 3:
Iron hour strips, I prefer to iron all seams in one direction

Step 4:
Cut your pieced strips into 4 1/2" strips


Each combined strip of 4 jelly roll strips sewn together, will give you 9 block pieces to work with.

Step 5:

First, cut your neautral fabric into 2 1/2" strips, so that they will be fabric with @ 44" long by 2 1/2" wide.
Second cut those 44" x 2 1/2" strips into 8 1/2" long strips, one of these strips will make 5:  8 1/2" x 2 1/2" strips

Sneak Peak of Alyssa Quilt Part 2:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Baptist Fan

I'm working on a broken herringbone quilt that I started 13 months ago, with Molli Sparkles in a QAL.  Of coarse I set my vision to big and eventually decided to put the quilt on hold and just made this Christmas table runner.

Well, 13 months after starting this broken herringbone quilt,  I have finally finished the quilt top and am ready to put this quilt together.  

I have decided for this quilt I want to quilt a baptist fan pattern but I have never done this.  I know I'm a little crazy to quilt a pattern like this on a home machine, a 72"x85" quilt, and never having tried the pattern before.  

My first issue is I  don't have a circular template to create the fan.  I looked at my local quilting store and they have 1" half circle patterns.    I really want the fans to be farther apart than 1" but not so far as 2", meaning they won't work.  Many tutorials out there show how you can freehand your circle, but that does not work for me!  Other blogs show how some used lids or other circular shapes.... Not what I want.

I decided to create a template for me.  After digging around in my untouched scrapbooking closet I found some thin plastic and a hole punch.  

At first I thought I would want my fans quilting with circles 1 1/2" apart so I marked and punched my template ever 1 1/2".

After drawing the circles and seeing how far apart they looked, I re-marked (notice the black dots) my template at every 1 1/4".

Here is my sample drawings to see how big my fans will be.

Before I quilt anything I have to draw it!  If I can draw something on paper I can learn to quilt it on fabric,  if I can't draw on paper then I'm crazy to think I can make it quilt perfectly on fabric. It's not perfect, but it works and I found how I wanted my baptist fans quilted.  I will be quilting from right to left so I drew my fans from left to right.  Make sure you know the direction you will be quilting before you draw fans on your quilt!  

Next I practiced quilting on scrap fabric, but you aren't going to see how that turned out ;).

Next I marked my quilt's lower half and started quilting it using Arofill, 50wt light grey thread.

Here is where I am to.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Finished! Rail Fence Quilt

With my niece coming to college this week and her graduation gift from our family not quite finished, I have been quilting like crazy.  Last week I posted that I had just finished the quilt top, this week I finished everything!  I really hope that these colors and this style, fit her likings.

My good friend Lorna and some great coworkers/friends at the cotton shop helped me with my decision on how to quilt this beauty.  To blend the brown in a little, I quilted 1 1/4" stripes through the brown chevron.  The color of thread depended on the color of blocks.  As you can see above I had already quilted a yellow stripe but was currently quilting a green stripe.
 On the color blocks I quilted swirls with the darning foot. (I learned that I do not like using the round holed foot near as much as the open toed foot)

This rail fence quilt turned out to be a very easy design and I think the quilting was the perfect accent for this pattern.

Here is a picture of the back

 And a few more with my little one all bundled up

I have done something this week besides quilting.  Yesterday was my day to teach preschool and it went wonderfully.  I had to get a huge nail taken out of my tire and I also have done a little home decorating.  When we moved back from Kauai, my barstools got a little banged up.  So, for 3 years I have been going to recover them. Finally yesterday I took the plunge and did it!  Here they are, it matches the colors in my kitchen perfect.

Now today, I can't wait but I am going up to all the wonderful craft booths at Swiss Days, a local celebration that has the best craft fair., 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UFO is almost finished!

So I decided that I have to have a change.  My UFO pile just keeps getting bigger and I have no desire to finish most of them.  My change is that between each new project, I have to finish a UFO before starting another new project.  My new project is in the binding stage, (I will share it soon). 

Let me also say I really dislike everything Christmas in the summer time, keep the winter in the winter and don't ruin my summer with thoughts of cold weather :)

The UFO I am working on is one I worked on last November, my Blitzen quilt.  I started quilting it after spray basting, in December, right when the tension on my old sewing machine started to go crazy!  I really hated the quilting and so I put it aside and haven't touched it for 8 months.  Last week I ripped out all the quilting!  And today I re-basted the quilt and quilted it.  I have to admit I planned the quilting design during church Sunday on the back of a program.  Don't tell anyone!

Here is a sneak peak of it and now it's ready to bind.

I really loved this fabric and the back was fun too!

I will try to get this and my nieces quilts both bound this week before I touch my machine again!

Tomorrow is my first day for teaching preschool.  I teach every Thursday and focus my teaching on mathematic skills.  So, this is what I made today for some of our activities.

It looks bad, trying to not have the plastic stretch was a nightmare, but it does hold the shape well and will work great for all these 4 year olds.  

I am sharing it on Freshly Pieced Needle and Thread Thursday and Let's Bee Social! Click on their side buttons and see all the other amazing projects people are sharing.