WIP: Flannel Baby Quilt

Sometimes, the best way to get back in the swing of things is to start up something new. Now I have more than enough projects going on but none of them are calling to me. I’m still working through Darth Vader and it’s going well but I was already feeling less interested in it and I knew, if I wanted I stay motivated, I would need something new to draw my attention in.

While out and about with the guys, we stopped in our local Joann’s and a pack of flannel charm squares caught my eye. I had a gift card and a coupon (YAY coupon!) so I picked up two packs and a new seam ripper.

I broke my old seam ripper when I used it to try and pick out a fluff ball inside my machine.

But I digress. 

I decided to string the blocks together in rows of three with the intention of making a version of a 9 patch quilt. The quilt will be for a friend’s baby boy who is about 6 months old.

Now this is my first time using flannel and it’s not so bad but I do love my cotton. It doesn’t shift and move on me as much. This flannel seems finicky too. Some of the squares are not perfectly cut and I had some trimming to do to make them work.

It came together rather quickly and it got me moving and stitching. My machine whirled and I worked through it until my bobbin ran out then I’d switch it up with Darth Vader and sew a few rows on him until that bobbin ran out. It’s a new concept for me, working through the bobbin then switching up projects until that bobbin runs out.

We’ll see how it goes…

From rows to blocks, I finished them all, played them out, then took them to the cutting board. Then came time slice and dice. I decided I wanted to play and to cut into the blocks to make up interesting patterns. Like cutting into a block to make a disappearing 9 patch.

Sadly, after the first cut, I didn’t like it…

It’s too busy…

Oh well, I’m powering through. I think, had I included one common solid in each block, it would have worked out better.  I just think that with all the busy little patterns, it’s a bit too much. But, who knows!? I might work out just fine!

My current book in progress: The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I am back on the workout train and this book has a lot of interesting info for both the diet and your workout routine. I’m not ready to get into the weight room (I have major anxiety about it) but my eating has been super clean and healthy and I’m moving everyday, even if it is to catch Pokemon!

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WIP: Quilting Darth Vader

I’ve been quiltingly stunted. No sewing, no quilting, no piecing. Nothing. We can blame the move, the virus I caught, or the general craziness that has been our last month.

After all the hustle and bustle of the last couple of weeks, I was looking forward to a day with nothing on the schedule. That day was last Sunday and I requested that we did very little. I mean, staying in jammies all day and no moving around much. I decided with this much needed downtime I was looking forward to getting into my craft room and doing some sewing.

I decided to pull out Jake’s Darth Vader quilt. Jake made the top himself (with only a little bit of my help) and I had already pinned the layers together. It’s been sitting my “to-do” pile for a while and I have a simple straight line quilting plan, nothing super fancy so I pulled this project to work on.

I didn’t spend too much time tracing some lines onto my fabric, instead I made a few and then used my guide for the first time. I had to fish it out of some hideaway in my machine but I’m glad it wasn’t far away.

I’m using a white Aurifil thread and I think it’ll look sharp on the black fabric. Kinda like pin stripes. My lines aren’t super straight but I’m not worried about them being perfect, I’m focused on getting this quilt finished.

Sharp!

So far I’m half way done! I got all the lines quilted across going in one direction. Next I’m planning to turn it and go the other direction. It’s got a little bit of a wave to it but I can live with it. It gives it texture and flow.

The back looks great, too. All stark and black with sharp lines of white. And I think going back the other way will look great, making little diamonds across the quilt. Jake thinks it’ll look like two Lightsabers fighting.

Whatever makes my little guy happy!

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WIP: Jake’s Darth Vader Quilt

My son is a pretty interesting character. He loves soccer and playing Minecraft. He reads comic books and “boy humor” books like Captain Underpants. He’s fascinated with space and science and he loves the color pink.

What can I say, when I made him I broke the mould!

When I started quilting oh so long ago, Jake was fascinated with my machine and all the working bits. Then he started working on his own projects with my help.

Well this year he turned the big 1-0. And with some of his birthday money, he bought himself a quilt kit at the Pomona Crafting Fair.

Along with all of his interests, Star Wars is a big one, too. And this old school Star Wars mama is completely thrilled with this.

His kit came with two panels that included all his fabrics. We had to cut them apart to get started. The Vader panel is the center piece to the whole project which I felt was a great choice for Jake. Other than some light piecing around the edges, the main focus is already done for him.

So we sat down together and worked through this project. I did the cutting, he did the pressing. Then he sat down to sew and I took over the pressing so that he could focus on keeping things neat and straight.

He was pretty proud of his progress and I made sure to document his journey. Who knows how long he’ll enjoy sewing let alone the company of his mother!

The next day we sat down and really planned to whip through the rest of the borders. The project is fairly straight forward so I wanted him to work through it from beginning to end and not lose focus.

And we finished. Well, with the top at least. After we had everything squared up and ready to go, we shopped for his backing fabric. We went with a Kona solid in black to keep it simple.

I’ve left enough fabric to roll over from front to back as the binding. I figure I’ll be binding it although I’d love to see him attempt to quilt it. That may be asking a lot but it’s worth a try!

I was really proud of him. He stuck with this project and saw it through to the end of the top. He put a lot of effort into it and made sure he took his time to do his best. It’s a good looking top that just needs some quilting and binding!

Did I say he loved Star Wars? Well I wasn’t lying! This is his newly made Imperial Assault Carrier that he made on his own (I only helped a little).

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WIP Wednesday: Jelly Roll Quilt

I needed a quick and satisfying project to get me back in the swing of creating yesterday.   I quickly went through my jelly roll drawer, and searched for the fabric that made my heart race the most.

I kept coming back to this Moda jelly roll called Sunflower Song.  Yup!  That was it! Civil War type prints in rich browns, greens, cream prints, blues and deep reds, was the ticket! 

I rewatched Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s YouTube tutorial Jelly roll race and then sat down at my machine and started stitching.  It took me more than the hour the video claimed it would take (I’m persnickety), but the basic top is done!  Yay!  I’m considering adding one border before I sandwich it and quilt it.

 I also saw the opportunity to take this finished top and cut it up into a completely different design if I wanted to take it further.  I could use my 60 degree equilateral triangle ruler (demonstrated here) or one of Crafty Gemini’s projects using her 10″ slicer ruler found in her YouTube tutorial here.  So many ideas!

For now, I’m itching to finish this simple quilt!  I’m deciding if I want to do a fun over-all free motion design, or a quick and easy stitch-in-the-ditch with my walking foot.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Something New: Dresden Plate Piecing WIP

A few months ago, my mom discovered Pinterest. I had already been working on building my boards and pinning anything and everything I found interesting. Slowly but surely, she did the same.

Then something interesting started happening. We have a board together for quilting and anytime I posted something to read later on (I use Pinterest more as a reminder to read things than a place I post realistically), a day or two later I’d find out that my mom had read the same pin and bought all the instruments/fabric needed to create whatever I had shared.

It’s now become a running joke. If I like something, like a fat quarter set, or if I want to try something ,like this Dresden plate pattern from this site, The Stitching Scientist, all I have to do is pin it and BAM! Like Santa delivering gifts in his sleigh, my mom will have it purchased and delivered before I can say “Please”!

Here is the first string of blades. Isn’t this fabric darling? My mom started out with her first Dresden plate using an adorable Riley Blake Design kit for a baby girl. I didn’t even know she was interested in making one when all the sudden I was receiving text messages showing her progress.

Holy smokes was she fast!!!

Before long she had TWO made!

She then began designing a simple wall hanging/lap quilt that will be bordered with the same fabrics as the Dresden plates. The plates will be appliquéd into the corners of a beautiful clean Kona white center piece.

Even her hand turned appliqué on this center circle is perfect! I’m jealous of her handy work and how far it’s come!

As she began the borders, she did find herself in a pickle. The directions in the pattern weren’t as clear as she wanted them to be. Now, in the past, my mom would have allowed this to deter her from finishing. Instead, the growth in her new skills show in her new abilities to work through a problem and solve any issues by stepping outside the box!

So cute! Love this set of fabrics!

Once I saw what she was able to make and how simple she made it sound, I decided to try it out myself. Using the Joyeux Noel set we bought from Moda, I set to work on my first Dresden plate. And she was right!! It was very simple to piece together.

My biggest issue was the hand piecing in the center. It didn’t go together as nicely as I wanted it to look but overall the process is one I’d like to attempt again.

I chose a simple echoing straight stitch from the edge of the Dresden out. It gave it a beautiful star-like look that radiants from the center. It even comes off as a little art deco, an architectural style I adore!

My only problem with the quilting: first, I should have used a red thread in the bobbin. And secondly, I’m still struggling with the back of my quilted projects looking clean. There was a lot of sniping and clean up to be done once I was finished.

I did a simple straight stitch in the plates, around the center piece, and echoing out to the border. Then I framed it all with a simple box around.

Voila!

Today I picked up some red thread to bind the whole thing together. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do, whether I’ll hand stitch or if I’ll do a decorative blanket stitch, but I’m ready to wrap this project up so it can hang proudly on my wall!

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WIP Wednesday: The “Revolution” Beatles Quilt

To say I’m excited is an understatement.  A few short months ago, I got my sewing machine out of storage after years of nonuse.  Thanks to my daughter Katie, I was inspired to make a QAYG quilt for a friend who’s son was due in a couple of months.  I remember knowing how to turn on my Viking #1+, but even sewing a straight line seemed foreign to me after so long.  I finished the quilt, and yes, caught the bug!

Now, I have a creative space that holds my new Koala sewing table, a crafting table, my mother’s bridal hutch that is bursting with beautiful fabric, my new Baby Lock Aria, and a design wall that has displayed multiple quilts in progress.  Here’s a video of that space from our YouTube channel!

It’s what’s on that design wall that has my heart stopping every time I look at it!

My husband, Reg, is a lifetime Beatles fan.  He has a guitar strap that he loves-it’s the four Beatles individual faces in black and white, taken from an iconic photo from their White Album.  A few weeks ago, he told me he would love to have a quilt made around those images.  That sparked his imagination and mine as well.

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Since then, he’s gone to great lengths to make the design in his head come to fruition.  First he designed 12 blocks with borders and a creative back, on graph paper.  He then contacted Matt, a graphics designer (who’s girlfriend, Cassie, works for us), and had him take the images on the web, and turn then into a B&W file that we could have printed out.  He then had another employee’s (Teri) husband, Mark, print out the images, on both light and heaver weight paper.  Reg used the lighter weight papered images on the light box he made me, to trace each image onto Steam-A-Seam.

 After ironing the traced pieces to white Kona, I cut out all the pieces while relaxing with him and binge watching Jessica Jones on Netflix lol!

Using the heaver papered images as a map or template, Reg took all those pieces and adhered them to 16 1/2″ squares of black Kona.  I ironed them, and now they await machine appliquéing with invisible thread!

We have nine more blocks to go through this same process.  Every block is different.  Yay for husband/wife creative team work!

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WIP: Joyeux Noel Dresden Plate 

You  know that feeling you get when you are about to cut into some new fabric and you just want to keep them so pretty and perfect but you also want to play with them?

Yeah, this picture sums that up. That tense feeling of “NO! I don’t want to use it, I just want to keep it so I can look at it” mixed with “But I want to play with it too!” It’s definitely a mixed bag of feelings when it comes to cutting into a fat quarter bundle.

Especially one as pretty as the Joyeux Noel kit we added to our stash just last week. It’s drool worthy.

But I didn’t want to keep staring at it and decided to cut into it and attempt my very first Dresden plate. Using four fat quarters from each set of patterns, I cut out my plates using a nifty ruler my mom has. Then I folded each plate, right sides to right sides, along the longer end and sewed the fold together. I chained all 20 of my plates along then snipped them free.

My pile of plates waiting to be snipped.

Now it’s time to press!

Once freed from the chain, my mom taught me how to turn the sewn ends right side out and press down the “dart” so that it came to a crisp point at the tip.

This purple little tool is pretty nifty and helped me get the points nice a sharp.

After everything is pressed and my plates are ready to go, I laid them down and organized them. I had five solid fabrics that I made as my focus points and then placed one of each of the other fabrics in between. That way I felt I had a good mix of colors and patterns.

My final result!! Well, so far! By the time I got the whole circle done, I was mentally drained but very satisfied. So even though my mom sat with me and showed me how to start my center point, I just couldn’t comprehend what she meant for me to do. So I put everything I had done so far aside and promised to come back and finish it once I got some rest and was ready to take on the next step.

Even though I didn’t finish it, I have my center piece picked out and a nice green backing to put it on. I fussy cut the Joyeux Noel piece and plan to appliqué it on the center. This is turning out to be adorable as it is so I may make it into a wall hanging for the Christmas season.

I started this project at 3:00 this afternoon and wrapped up the majority of the sewing by 6:30! So the hardest work was all done within 3 1/2 hours. All I have left is to appliqué it all down then sandwich my finished top, quilt, then bind. My plan is to work with what I have and avoid buying anything new.

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WIP: Friendship Quilt Almost Done!

I’ve been slowly regaining my creative mojo the last couple of days. First, I cleaned my craft room then I worked on a DIY project that gave me a small yet sweet taste of success. These little steps have helped me get back on my machine and sewing again.

Feeling the itch to sew had me pulling out my friendship quilt that I started months ago. It was a kit given to me by my parents. After the majority of the top was pieced, my husband informed me that he would like to have it as his own quilt.

Okie dokie, I said! The Friendship Quilt is now his and I’m getting close to the end of this process.

 

Yesterday I fit the borders on and wrapped up the entire top of the quilt. After having my husband hold it up to himself, we decided it’s the perfect size and won’t need any more border to thicken it up.

My husband was excited to wrap his new quilt top around him and test it out, saying it’s great but that he wants a nice thick batting to make it his number one blanket to sleep with. So I have some shopping to do in the coming months. He wants a fleece like backing and a thicker batting so that he had officially get rid of the ugly blanket he uses now and replace it with my beautiful batik quilt.

I’m excited to quilt this one because there are so many wide open space that I can play with. Each square is large in the center with a wide border on each side and a square at each corner. I see so many possibilities with the quilting that I can’t wait to get through the process of basting the layers together and jump right into quilting.

I’d like to set a goal and get this thing done before 2016 rolls around so that he can use it through the cooler months.

This set left me with a bunch of great scraps so after the borders were complete I started to play around with them and create an improvisational quilt square. There is no pattern and no guidelines other than to just work through the process as each piece is added. So far I’ve got a good working base and I’m enjoying the free creative process here, although that slanted edge there makes me a bit nervous…

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WIP: Sew Along Table Runner

We love Halloween! So this past weekend we decided to start a Halloween craft together!

Using our Haunted Mansion charm pack by Moda, we planned it out together! You can check out our post here to see our layout and applique plans.

I had a good start this weekend due to some free time. Plus I knew that if I didn’t get a jump on it, my week would fill up fast with work. While my mom and I were able to work together a bit on our runners, we spent most of our time apart working separately.

This is my mom’s layout as she had it on her design wall. Pretty cute thus far! 

Later on she sent me a picture of her finished top! How quickly she worked!

Great job, mom! Our next step will begin this weekend when we design and layout our appliqué pumpkins!

Now for my runner….with a story.

My runner top was completed yesterday. I put a lot of the work in earlier in the week due to my hectic schedule of work and mom duties. I really wanted my runner to come out well so I took the time to square things up, press my seams open, and spray the snot out of it with fabric starch. It was looking great and I was super pleased with my finished product.

Then my son happened…

I told him to grab my runner so we could snap some shots for the blog today. He happily ran upstairs to get the runner and model like the goofball he is.

Then this happened.

Poor guy is prone to nose bleeds. He has them at night, in the morning, at school, while walking, talking, hell even when swimming. You name it, he’ll bleed.

While he was holding my runner, all perfectly pressed and immaculate, he suddenly exclaimed, “MOM! Bloody nose!” Of course this would happen right at the moment I have him hold my project I worked so hard on! Gah!!!

Lucky for me I have some Oxiclean handy for his nosebleeds.

I sprayed this stuff on all the spots and worked quickly to scratch out the blood spots on the runner. Oddly, it didn’t make a HUGE mess, it just happened to have dripped ALL THE WAY DOWN. Just a drop every couple of blocks down the whole way.

Sigh….

It’s now drying out on our patio. I just had to laugh. It’s been a rough week. We’ve had plumbing issues and I’ve had to deal with tension at work so my sewing was one of my joys that helped me get away from the bad things happening. So for it to get dirty with blood was just comical, in a Murphy’s Law kinda way.

I’m still proud of my work. It looks great and I’m ready to start the road to appliquéing my pumpkin on!

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WIP: The Disappearing Pinwheel 5 TWIST Quilt

Ohhhh mannn am I loving this pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company called The Disappearing Pinwheel 5 TWIST Quilt. I’m making it with two layer cakes; one in lovely vintage fabrics, the other a solid white.

Sewing the 10 inch layer cake squares together around the perimeter.

Cutting the sewn squares from corner to corner twice to make half square triangles. The finished block is on the right.

Pressing open the half square triangles.

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The finished block.

 

 

 

 

 

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I still have two more rows to finished.

I decided to take my time with this quilt top. It was important to me to set my sewing “style”. Though I made one block in it’s entirety to experience the process and see how it would turn out, I’ve found that I like to sew in an assembly line, much like Jenny Doan of MSQC.  There’s a kind of mediative feeling I get when sewing this way.
I’m hoping to get this top completed in a day or two.  I’m itching to go shopping for the backing, border and binding fabric!  Whoohoo!
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