Saturday, June 27, 2015

Using Those Teeny Scraps

 My mom is the hardest person to buy for.  I always have my eyes out for a new little something to make her. Because she lives in another country, and shipping is ridiculous, I give her Mothers Day and Birthday presents when I see her on our annual visit.

I have been keeping this box around for a project for a while and my brain cells made a gift-box connection.

It is the perfect container to add some fun sewing related bit and bobs.

What You Need:
wood box (I believe this box was a cigar box)
spray paint (optional)
Modge Podge
fabric scraps

How To:

-spray paint the inside and lid sides of the box. Let dry between coats. I applied 3 coats. This step is optional but adds a nice pop of color

-iron and cut fabric scraps into various sizes. My scraps came from a pile of scraps no wider on one side than 2.5" (those scraps get cut into 2.5" squares)

-apply a layer of Modge Podge on a small area. Lay a scrap on top and add another layer of Modge Podge on top of the fabric. Keep going, working in small areas, adding more scraps, slightly overlapping each piece. You may get some fabric fraying. I picked those string bits off as I went.

-dry overnight. All done!

This project only took about 30 minutes. I am now on the hunt for wood boxes with lids. It makes a great gift box and can then hold treasures

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Baby Pink Hexie Quilt

 I just can't seem to quilt hexies. This is my 3rd hexie quilt (I think) and I am working on my fourth. I really enjoy relaxing by hand sewing these hexies.

 I have tried glue basting and I like how fast the process is but I don't like the result when I take out the papers (the edges need to be fussed with and ironed).

 I gathered up all my pink scraps/stash and sewed up a bunch of hexie flowers.

  I quilted by sewing in the ditch and finished it off with a hand sewn binding. I machine washed and dried the quilt and it crinkled up nicely.

 Quilt Particulars:
-tutorial to make hexies and a larger version of this quilt here
-grey fabric is a Moda solid, Fog
-flower centers is by Lori Holt, Vintage Happy
-1" english paper pieces
-42 flowers
-294 hexies
-grey squares are cut 6.25"
quilt finishes 36"X42"

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Log Cabin Super Finish

 I really love this quilt. My main quilting style is scrappy and this is certainly is scrappy. I started with a 2.5" square for the middle and attached 2.5" strips (low volume to one side and brights to the other) and trimmed as I went.

A close up of some of the prints I used. It used up a bunch of scraps. I hand quilted this and sent it off to a friend's daughter.

I have a goal of giving away 8 quilts this year (ones I have already completed or old unfinished quilt tops I finish). I am up to 4 so far and have plans for another 3 this summer. So close.

Check out this awesome extra wide backing I bought for another UFO I want to finish. I just need to decide on how to quilt it
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Granny Square Quilt

Schools out for summer!! I don't ever remember being this happy to be on a school break. Its been a good year but I am ready to have fun and sleep in (and by sleep in I mean 7:45, if I'm lucky).
I have been clothing sewing with a deadline for a while now and I am looking forward to getting back in to some serious quilt sewing.

This is a WIP (work in progress) that I finished up. Every January I hold myself to working exclusively on WIPs.  This pattern is called a Granny Square Quilt.

I had help making the blocks. The Modern Sewing Guild here held a block swap type of thing. Those who wanted to participate helped another quilter by making a few of their blocks. For my month I passed out  a baggie with colored and white squares and got back finished squares. I used a lot of prints from the designer, Aneela Hoey.

Most of my blocks are cohesive but the last few I pieced I made them a little more random and scrappy.

To quilt it I ditch quilted up and down each sashing strip. The binding is a fun red polka dot.

I have been trying out places in my yard to find the best spot to take quilt glamour shots. Not sure I have found it yet. I tried out hanging the quilt on our rabbit hutch here. No rabbits live inside. Wiley critters escaped. We currently have one rabbit who lives on our 2 acre property, a pair and their baby moved to our neighbors house (the neighbors don't mind), and another neighbor baby was re-homed.

You can find the free tutorial for this quilt here . You can also find no waste methods and tutorials for different size blocks. Pinterest is my go to search site.

Also, we are going to the Utah Shop Hop this week. I hope I can meet some new quilters and have a great road trip. Be sure to follow our adventures on Instagram and a recap here later.

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