Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Story of Me, a Mini Quilt

Last spring, Chase {1/4" Mark Blog}, started a fun mini quilt-along. Each week had a theme and we were to interpret each prompt by using our scraps of fabric. I must admit, I cheated a couple of times and actually cut from stash instead of using scraps. The themes were:

I blogged about most of my blocks and the reasons I chose the fabrics I used for them . If you haven't already read the blog posts,  you can click the links above.

The final quilt will be added to my mini wall. I sashed it with Kona white and quilted it in a one inch grid with white Auriful 50wt. thread.

Backed with Britten Nummers from IKEA and bound with the mini black and white stripe from Lecien. 

This is one more finish on my 3rd Quarter Finish Along. 

Finish Along 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tea with Lemon

I made this mug rug for the next person in our Handmade Birthday Club group. I sent it out a little late, but still in her birth month. I hope she likes it. She said one of her favorite things to do to relax is enjoy a cup of tea, so when I saw this paper pieced tea cup with lemon I knew I had to make it for Deborah. She also said her favorite fabric designer is Denyse Schmidt, and I just happen to have tons of her fabric, so that is what I used for the tea cup, saucer and the backing. The rest of the mug rug is made using different yellow and white prints, along with Kona white for the background. I went with yellow because Deborah likes to have a little yellow in every room in her house. I quilted the mug rug with a 1" grid using white Aurifil 50wt. thread. It finishes at approximately 10" tall x 16" wide.
I added a few extras to the gift and sent it off last week. I think she should have received it by now, but I haven't heard yet. She's been having quite the 40th Birthday celebration all month long.

The pattern is by Amy, who has some of my all-time favorite paper piecing patterns. You can also find Amy's blog here. This pattern was super easy to follow and is written in a clear and concise manner for anyone with some knowledge of paper piecing. I think this is a pattern I would like to make again.

The Handmade Birthday Club is winding down. There are only two birthdays left in the year for our group. It has been a bit of a disappointment in that I still have not received from 4 people in my group and my birthday was in July. BUT, the gifts I have received have been amazing.

This next week will be filled with lots of preparations for our upcoming vacation. I have so many projects that I want to finish this week along with celebrating my mom's birthday with the family, and two girlfriends' birthday get-togethers. Then there's that extra-long "to-do" list. You know the one you always have to do before going away. It's going to be a fun-filled but extra busy week.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I Have a Brilliant Idea

I'd like to think I thought of this new invention in quilting and I am sharing it with everyone, but more than likely I am the last one to think of it.
I have never heard anyone talk about what they do with the pieces of fabric that are left over along the sides of the backing after quilting. I ususally cut my backing fabric 3-5" bigger on each side of the quilt top. After quilting, I square up my quilt and throw away the batting and then put the remaining fabric in my scrap bins. After completing the selvage quilt, which I still need to photograph and share with you, I saw the strips and immediately thought it would make a great binding. 
I cut the fabric into 2.5" strips and sewed them together. Now I have 315" of binding all ready to go for a future project.
If you have not thought to do this, you're welcome! If you've been doing it forever, thanks for not telling me I'm a dim bulb.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids {version 2014}

100 Quilts for Kids

baby boy quilt

orange peel quilting

backing and label

A few years ago my friend, Katie, wanted to see if she could get her friends to make and donate 100 quilts to kid's charities. All you have to do is make a quilt by a certain date (this year it’s September 30, 2014) and donate it to your favorite children's charity. I think this is my third year to participate in this quilt drive. Katie has since passed the leadership to Heather, who blogs at Quilts in The Queue. This huge endeavor has grown thanks to all the generous people who have helped Heather and Katie. You can check out the Flickr group here.

This year I decided to use up some of my charm square packs. One of my favorite, fun, fabric lines has been Lucy's Crab Shack. I thought it would make a good looking baby boy quilt. I used 2 charm packs and arranged them in 9 patch squares, in color order, more or less. The quilt was only about 36" square, so I added a 6 inch border of Double Cloth by Robert Kaufman, bringing the size up to 48" square and making it look even more appropriate for a baby boy. And by the way, I *L*O*V*E* the Double Cloth fabric.  A dress, shirt or blouse made out of it would be so comfortable.

For the backing I used a thrifted sheet I have been saving for just the right project. It is navy and aqua plaid on a white background.  I tried my hand at orange peel quilting. I have to admit, my rounded quilting lines always seem to have an angle in them. But, I am learning and do think I am getting a little better with each new project and attempt to free motion quilt. The binding is Basketweave in royal blue by Dear Stella.

I am going to donate this quilt to my local chapter of Project Night Night. I just need to buy a stuffed animal and a book to add to the package. It will be delivered this week.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Project Night Night Baby Quilt
Fabric: Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater for Moda
Backing: thrifted sheet
Batting: Warm and White
Binding: Dear Stella BasketWeave
Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. in color #2310
Finished Size after laundering: 45” square

My other quilts for this charity can be seen here:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

IKEA to the Rescue

Back in March we took down our very heavy, old drapery panels while we did some remodeling and decorating. New dark wood floors and a new wall color meant that we would not be hanging the red printed, very heavy looking drapes again. The room has looked bare while we finished the painting and then we got into wedding prep mode and I never looked for replacement panels. 

I knew I wanted while linen panels. I looked online and at a few local stores but I was not willing to pay a lot of money and I sure as heck did not want to make them. IKEA to the rescue. These panels were $110 for all 7, with one to spare. 

I need to hem them, but that is a minor problem to have to deal with. My friend, Cindy, assures me it is an easy fix by using the blind hem stitch on my Bernina. I have made drapes before, and I am so happy not to have to sew all those boring panels. I have hung them all to make sure to mark each one seperately, so they will all hang evenly. I'm sure all the rods are not at the exact same height.

It looks so strange to see drapes hanging in the room, after not having anything for for 6 months.It will look even better when they are hemmed.