Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer Sampler quilt-a-long

I'm still behind bur in managed to get the fourth one done tonight. It was a bit of work, but I like the end result.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time for a break


With a little leftover batting and fabric, some unused tiles and sine spray adhesive and mod podge--- I got a brand new set of coaster!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Diane Special

I didn't make this one, but my friend Diane did. She recycled some fabric leftover from my zig zag blanket.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

iPad cover - inside

iPad Cover

It took me a little bit to get the zipper in but other than that this was a pretty easy project. I was able to make this iPad cover using two fat quarters, about an eighth of fabric for the sash, a zipper, and sone batting.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Just trying different layouts for my Summer Sampler Quilt-a-long

I only have three blocks done, but I was curious about how this quilt-a-long was going to come together so I decided to play around with the layout.

hmm.... not sure if I'm digging this...

I'm gonna mix it up a bit and see if that helps...

What about this...

What about this last block next to the zebra plus-sign one???

What if I tilted it about 30 degrees????  Like this...

 LOL! I'm just kidding... it would be too difficult to sew like that.

Summer Sampler Block 3

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Quilter's ironing pad features on Modabakeshop!

Block 2 of Summer Series

These colors are out of my normal scheme, but I'm kinda digging them!

Round Robin quilt a long

My goal for tonight was to get caught up on my quilt-a-longs... I made progress but I'm still behind. I finished the first row of the Round Robin quilt-a-long... So now instead of being two rows behind, I'm only one row behind. I also finished square two of the summer sampler quilt-a-long, all caught upon that one! I'm also still working on the Farmer's Wife quilt-a-long... And I'm way behind on that one!

Tomorrow is my big Moda Bake Shop Debut!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Diamond Quilt up close

Back of Diamond Quilt

Finally!!! Diamond quilt Done!

Big news!!!

On July 15th my quilter's ironing pad is going to appear on my favorite site!! !!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Quilter's Ironing Pad Tutorial

I finally got fed up with having to pull out the big old ironing board everytime I wanted to flatten out a seem... so I decided to create a smaller ironing pad that I could unfold onto any table or work surface.

Materials you will need:
  • 1/2 yard of Therma Flex (ironing board material) this is generous but necessar to get the right shape for the pad... you'll probably have enough for two ironing pads and more. I found mine at Hancock fabrics and paid about 4-5 dollars
  • 16 charm squares or 16- 5" squares of fabric
  • 1/8 yard of fabric for the binding
  • 1/2 yard of thermal batting or other quilt batting that is heat resistant.  I found mine by the therma flex material and it was appx. 2-3 dollars
  • Pins and Thread
**Use a 1/4 inch seam**
1.  Take two squares and line them up with right sides together.  Sew together with a 1/4 inch seam on one side.  Repeat until you have 8 sets of two squares. 

2.  Open up each set of two and iron seams open.
3.  with right sides together sew two sets together to make a row of four squares.

4.  Press open seams.  With right sides together sew one set of four squares to another set of four squares.
5.  Press open seams and then with right sides together sew one set of 8 to the other set of 8 to complete your back of the ironing pad.  Press open seams.
6.  Cut a piece of ironing fabric/Thermal Fabric to match the size of the back you just made.
7.  Cut a piece of the batting to match the back as well.
8.  With the wrong side of the back facing up, place the batting on top of it.  Be careful to lign up the edges.  Then place the thermal fabric on top, right side facing up, and line up all edges and pin.
9.  Sew the entire perimiter of the new stack with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
10.  Add a binding using the binding tutorial.
Presto--- You are done :)

Binding Tutorial

I use to struggle with the binding part of quilting... but I seem to have a lot of luck with this one.
1.  Cut 2 1/2" inch strips of your binding fabric until you have enough to make it around your quilt plus several inches (about a foot) extra.
2.  Align the ends of the strips right sides together to form a L shape like below.  Pin in place. Sew them together from the top-left to the bottom right (diagonal).Open the strip up... you should now have one long contiuous strip.  Trim the excess and press the seem open.
 3.  fold the strip in half and press.
 4.  Open up one end of the strip and fold down the corner to make a 45 degree fold and press.
 5.  Refold the strip in half. Your end should look like below.
 6.  On one side of your quilt about 1/3 from the top pin down the the binding like below.
 7.  With a 1/4 inch seem allowance start sewing the binding about 3 inches from where the beginning of the strip is pinned down... This will leave the top unattached so that you can combine it with the end later on.
 8.  When you get to the corner stop about 1/4 inch from the edge.  Then life your presser foot and turn your project so that you can make a straight line to the corner.  Your corner should look like this:
 9.  fold the unsewn part of the binding to make a 45 degree angle.

 10.  fold the binding back over the 45 degree angle like below and pin in place.  Then sew from the edge (bottom right of picture)on down the new side with a 1/4" seem allowance.
 11.  when you get back to the beginning adjust the end so that it is inside of the beginning part of the binding that you left unsewn.
 12.  Now with the end tucked into the beginning continue sewing until you've gone over the begining sew line. Secure your stitches and remove from the sewing machine.
 13.  No flip your quilt over and pin the binding over the raw edge and onto the back of your project like below.
 14.  when you get to the corner it should naturally make an angle on the edge.. .finger press this angle down and then pull the next side over the raw edge to form a mitter edge.  Continue pinning in place.

15.  When you are finished pining, either hand stich the back of the binding with a slip stich or sew it on your machine.