Wednesday, January 21, 2015

'Birdies' - pillow

I can't think of a better name for it...I love the fat little stylised birdies on the front of the pillow, so am going with 'Birdies' as a name.

Made from two separate fat quarter sandwiches that I used to practice some free-motion quilting on for a couple of other projects, I inserted a zip and a 16" pillow insert.
large stipple
loops and daisies

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tutorial: Slice of Summer lap quilt

This is for my future reference, I am not a professional at this so am just recording the process for myself, so the instructions may not be perfect! For my original post about this quilt click here.

I started with five fat quarters and, while I didn't measure it at the time as I had such a long amount of yardage that I knew I would have plenty, I must have used about (making calculations...) 60" (is that just under 2 yards?) of white solid for the sashing and border.
 Cut each fat quarter into two strips of 3" and four strips of 2". I layered 2-3 fat quarters together to save time.

Cut each of the 3" strips into three 6"x3" rectangles. Should now have 6 of these per fat quarter.

Cut each of the 2" strips into three 6"x3" rectangles.
Should now have 12 of these per fat quarter.

 Mix and match the rectangles so there is a 3" piece in the centre with a 2" piece on either side of it.

I used pairs of the 2" rectangles.
 Chain piece the side pieces to the centre pieces.  Press towards the centre (or darker fabric, whichever!)

After both sides are sewn on, the block should measure 6" square.

Place the blocks, five across, six down, to make an arrangement that you like.

I rotated each alternate block by 90degrees.  They could have been left all the same way up.

Cut the sashing fabric: I cut five 3"xWOF strips, then cut each of these into five 3"x6" rectangles. Should be 24 of these. If the fabric is 42" wide (and depending if you have cut the selvedges off) you could maybe cut seven from each WOF and therefore only need three and a half WOF strips?

Sew a 3"x6" sashing strip to the right hand side of 24 of the blocks (not the ones in the right hand column).

Sew each row together.

 Now cut the background fabric into five strips of 3"x WOF.

Sew one strip to the bottom of each of the top five rows. Trim the excess.

Sew each row/sashing to the one below it until quilt top is assembled.

 I added borders: cut five strips of 6.5"x WOF.

I cut two of the strips to 38" and attached them to the top and bottom of the quilt.

I cut one of the strips into two pieces and used these to make the side panels long enough for the quilt top.

I made a big enough backing (and made and attached a label to the backing), layered and pin-basted the quilt.

I stitched in the ditch along the sashing between the rows and around the border first to stablilise it all and then I did the large stipple FMQ all over.

Square up and trim the edges of the quilt.

I used a 2.5" binding: cut five 2.5"xWOF strips plus another strip of about 15"x2.5" and sew together into one long strip etc.

Attach to the quilt using usual method.

Finished quilt size: 49"x 56"

Slice of Summer


Linking up with Caroline's Show Off Saturday and Crazy Mom Quilts' Finish It Up Friday!

My first finish of 2015...Slice of called because the block design makes me think of a baked slice, while the colours make me think of the fresh, cool water that we might crave to drink or swim in on a hot summer day.  They also make me think of all the pictures you see of Greece, with the blue of the sky and water and the white of the buildings...might get there one day!

The sun is definitely shining this morning, so I've done my best with the photos...

Sugar and Spice textiles fat quarters from Spotlight.
A cool b&w binding. In my stash I had the matching S&S striped yardage for the backing.
(Fonterra's Edendale milk processing factory in the distance)
(In the shade for this one!) Finished dimensions: 49"x56"
For a 'tutorial' (a.k.a. my notes) on how I made it click here!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday #2

Welcome to visitors from Amanda's Finish It Up Friday and Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday and from Lee's WIP Wednesday link-up

This is my ultimate sewing week! I love my husband and child, however I have to say that having five days at home on my own (they are visiting family in Napier) is sewing heaven! Not to mention the fact that I have the TV to myself and can eat whenever and whatever I want!

This week's progress...three quilt tops so far...

#1 quilt top...Spiderman theme, single bed size

10" sized blocks alternate with bordered 6" blocks

#2 quilt, single bed size - based on the pattern above...- I actually had enough blocks to make a double-bed sized quilt but decided I preferred it as two smaller quilts...

Striped 10" blocks, with bordered striped 6" blocks
#3 quilt, lap size