Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Finally finished!!!! Sofa quilt.

I am thrilled that I have finally finished this quilt. It was originally supposed to be queen sized for my bed, but I just got so impatient and tired of doing the squares... I completed 35 squares {instead of the original 90 I wanted} and stopped there.
I wanted to free motion quilt but I couldn't really move the quilt around in the throat of my machine, so that was a little disappointing. But now that I'm finished I'm so glad it didn't fit because I just used my walking foot to do some straight line quilting using a wavy stitch on my machine and I love the way it came out. I got the idea from Jacquie Gering's class, though this isn't in the actual class, one of the finished quilts she shows is quilted this way but with zig zags instead of waves.
For the back I just used some leftover jelly roll strips and added them to the middle of a piece of fabric... super simple.
Can't wait to sit under it tonight while I'm reading my latest library book.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gifting: Felt Barn & Animals.

I think I had mentioned I was working on this felt barn for my friend's son. His birthday party is coming up this weekend, he'll be two!! I used this pattern.... up there is the front of the barn and one of the sides.

The back of the barn:
There is not a whole lot to say about this. It is a bit time consuming. I used plastic canvas in the walls, floor and roof front & sides instead of interfacing. I only used the interfacing in the top of the roof. This was put together with a combination of hot glue, hand sewing with embroidery floss and of course machine stitching. {nowhere in the instructions does it suggest using hot glue, that's just something I decided to try}

The open barn with all the pieces:
Cow. Pig and his mud puddle:
I love the pig, I think he is one of my favorites. Duck in his pond {actually it's supposed to be a goose}:
The duck/goose is my other favorite!!
Farmer Dean and his wagon filled with hay:

Horse standing behind the garden:
I can't wait to give this to Dean. I think he will love it. He has already played with a few of the animals... haha. So that's what I've been up to in the sewing/quilting part of my life.

Outside of that... we are apparently being stationed in Fort Wainwright, AK. ALASKA..... Um... it's going to be quite a change. We're supposed to be going in a matter of months, so I may not have a lot of time for sewing because I really need to start going through the house and clearing unwanted and unused items. Last time we did anything like this was five years ago, almost, and we cleared a very small apartment in two days, it was exhausting. And you can imagine in the last five years we have accumulated a lot of .... stuff.

We haven't yet decided if we are driving the 7,000+ miles, or flying, or driving/ferrying over. But I do know I'm going to cut up a ton of hexagons so I have something to work on while traveling.

Big changes. I guess since I won't be doing a lot of sewing I will be sharing here the entire experience of PCSing to Alaska. I hope that's okay!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Goldfinch & Thistle - wall hanging

Remember when I said my friend's mother-in-law sent me a ton of fabric and quilting books?

I took a pattern from one of the quilting books and some of the butterfly fabric and made this wall hanging for her.
The center is a paper pieced block and then the borders were added on to that. I am still not that great at free-motion quilting but I'm getting better. Here is some free motion pebbles in the black border and the butterfly border has what Leah Day calls "River Path"... she teaches it in her Free Motion Quilting a Sampler Class on Craftsy. Of course mine doesn't look as good as hers... ha.
The back has a rod pocket for hanging and of course my label where I also say thank you. This is only the second quilt label I've made. They don't come out that great, so I'm glad they go on the back.
I hope she likes it, and I do hope she knows just how much I appreciate her generosity in sending me so much fabric and so many books.

Monday, May 6, 2013

My very first quilt

I think I made this in 2001... maybe early 2002.

It is made of scrap fabric.. old curtains, my daughter's bassinet sheets, my old shirts, fabric taken from the pillows on the couch, fabric I bought to make her a blanket {which did not work out}, leftover fabric from the curtains I made for her bedroom. Lots of random fabric. But fabric with memories attached.
I remember when I made this and how I made this. I did not use a rotary cutter, the squares were cut with scissors and I sewed with the sewing machine on my bed in front of me... awkwardly bent over to see with one leg curled under me indian style and the other leg up and bent so I could push the pedal.
I cannot believe my daughter will be 13 this month. I can't believe I have been a mother for 13 years.

Does anyone know how I can repair this rip? There is no batting in this "non-quilt quilt" so.... should I just whip stitch it? I don't know. Ideas would be great.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Magical Jelly Roll Table Mat

This pattern is part of Magical Jelly Roll Quilts by Kimberly Einmo. You learn to make these blocks and then a whole quilt, and she shows you several variations... with one block, four blocks, turning the block, etc. It's a great class. I went with just one block and added a border.

I finished piecing this quite a while ago and it's been hanging on my wall. I have a friend who comes over a lot and she's always saying how much she likes it and how much she likes the fabric, so I decided to finish it and give it to her.
I free-motion quilted wandering clovers on the background and some curves in the flying geese. A flower in the center and some free form curves around the border. I like the way it came out. I used orange thread because my friend's favorite color is orange and I wanted the quilting to show.
The backing is just a whole cloth. It's also bound in the same fabric. Orange!!! I like the way it looks on the back too. I guess this could be double sided!!

It finishes about 17 1/4" square.

OH! I don't know if you've seen it, but Craftsy has some of the Quilt Con lectures on the site for free, and I really loved Jacquie Gering. I loved her so much that I purchased her class, Improv Piecing - Modern Design class. I have started watching it already, I'm still in the first lesson though because my iPad battery was dying last night. Are you taking her class?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Paper Piecing W.I.P.

I started working on the wall hanging for my friend's mother-in-law {who generously gave me a ton of fabric and quilt books}.
This is as far as I've gotten so far. Have you ever noticed how sometimes paper piecing is... well... time consuming? Or is it just me??
I've been told that butterflies are loved, and I had already started, so I'm going to have to try to work a butterfly or two on here... or maybe just make a second wall hanging... or maybe a mug rug... I don't know. We'll see. She did send some butterfly fabric, maybe I can use that for the border?

Decisions, decisions.