‘sewing’ Category

  1. Happy Weekender quilt

    November 12, 2018 by Angie

    This pattern is called Happy Weekender, which is a really funny joke because it took me almost two years to make this quilt. It is the largest quilt I’ve ever made and its unwieldy size made it a real challenge. It was not easy or especially happy (the quilting part, anyway) or weekender (ha!) to quilt something this big on my machine. Also, I’m busy so I don’t sew a lot and I lost access to my sewing room for several months thanks to hurricane damage. Anyway, I’m really happy with the quilt but will not be quilting a 69″ by 60″ quilt on my little sewing machine again.

    So here it is. My two year labor of love.

    THE quilt

    The front

    Quilt back

    The back

    Sookie for scale

    Sookie for scale

    Peek at the back

    Sneak peek of the back

    Middle blocks

    Closeup of the center

    Whining aside, I’m very pleased with the finished quilt. I wanted to make something for us for our bedroom and I have done that. This quilt is not big enough to function as the only blanket for our queen sized bed, but it looks great over the blanket we use most of the year.

    On the bed

    On our bed

    Almost big enough

    It’s not queen-sized but almost!

    I followed this pattern by Kim Niedzwiecki on the Moda Bakeshop site. It’s a great and easy to follow pattern except for the first border which led me astray. It says to measure but also gives a size. Here is the lie: “Measure the sides center patchwork section and using the 5″ x41″ {approx} in solid strips, attach to the right and left sides of the center patchwork block, press open and trim any excess.  Then take your 5″ x 41.5″ strips attach to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press seams open and trim any excess.”

    There are no approximatelys in sewing! Construct the center then press it and measure it to figure out the lengths of your border pieces based on your personal quilt center’s measurements. I didn’t do that and I had to recut and finagle stuff to get my first border to fit.

    Aside from that, and the fact that I could never finish a quilt top this size in a weekend, I like the pattern.

    Quilt Stats!

    Finished Size: 69″ by 60″

    Quilt top fabrics: Moda Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis Charm Pack x 3 (You’ll have leftovers.) and Bella Solids – Solid 60″ Wide Bleached White by Moda House Designer for Moda

    Backing: I bought 4 yards of Bella Solids Teal and used the bulk of it. I included a strip at about the halfway mark made up nine leftover Moda Modern Neutrals charms and two strips of the Bella Solids Bleached White.

    Binding: About 5/8 yard of Bella Solids Lead from my stash

    Batting: Warm and White

    Quilting: I used a walking foot to straight, diagonal lines throughout.

    Angie and quilt

    I’m proud!

    It's heavy

    Robbie was making me laugh.


  2. Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow

    October 18, 2016 by Angie

    Our niece Mia has two loose teeth! I was planning to give her this Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow on her sixth birthday but I think the tooth fairy will need to make a visit before then. She requested a Hello Kitty theme after her brother got a Star Wars pillow.

    Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow

    Tooth fairy pillow with “M” applique on the pocket

    The “M” and backing fabric are a pinkish-red solid fabric I bought to try to match the colors in the Hello Kitty fabric. The lined pocket is made from white scrap fabric. I used black thread throughout.

    has a pocket

    Lined pocket for tooth storage

    envelope back

    Envelope back (for easy washing) with zig zag stitched hems

    I’ll be giving the pillow to Mia this weekend. Let’s hope she likes it!


  3. sphere charm pack baby quilt

    June 12, 2016 by Angie

    I finished my seventh quilt for my friend’s adorable, new baby boy. She’s a quilter too!

    Robbie holds up the completed quilt

    Robbie held the finished quilt up for this photo. Thanks, Robbie!

    I’d been holding on to the charm pack I used for a while. It’s Sphere by Moda. The fabrics are really modern and I thought they would be great for a gender neutral or boy baby quilt. I’ve been following Elizabeth Hartman’s quilting blog, Oh Fransson, since before I started quilting. I used her free charm pack quilt pattern I saw there.

    Quilt Stats

    Finished size: Approximately 33″ x 40″
    Quilt top fabrics: Moda Sphere charm pack and solid gray fabric (either Kona or Moda – I have tons of both)
    Quilt backing: Solid blue fabric from Keep Me in Stitches quilt shop in Tampa
    Binding fabric: Solid white fabric leftover from another project
    Batting: Warm & White
    Quilting: Dense, horizontal straight line quilting with the walking foot
    Label: Forthcoming!

    sewn into strips

     25 whole squares and 13 half squares sewn together to make the charm square strips

    Sookie hangs out

    Sookie likes to hang out with me in the new sewing room.

    completed top

     The charm strips sewn to the solid gray strips

    squared up quilt top

     Completed quilt top after squaring it up

    about to baste the quilt sandwich

    The backing fabric for this one was extra difficult. I finally got it taped down to the tile without wrinkles.

    peek at the back

    The completed quilt with a look at the back!

    I tried a new machine binding method. I sewed the binding to the front first, rolled the binding over to the back, clipped it down so that it extended past the sewing on the front side, then sewed from the front right at the inside edge of the binding. I’m happy with how it turned out and I think it will be sturdier than hand sewing the back, which is a really important consideration for a baby quilt. Next time I think I will cut the binding strips at 2″ instead of 2 1/2″ because the binding is longer than necessary on the back.

    with the baby beanie

    The finished quilt next to a crocheted baby beanie I also made.


  4. sounds of the woods wall hanging quilt kit

    March 20, 2016 by Angie

    I finally finished a quilt in the new house! It was my first time using a quilt kit. It’s a Robert Kaufman quilt kit called The Sounds of the Woods. This is the largest thing I’ve free motion quilted. I knew I’d be hanging it on the wall so it took a lot of pressure off of making sure the quilting on the back looks perfect – which is still my biggest issue with free motion quilting.

    with quilt hangers

    Robbie hung it in the dining room for me using handmade, wooden quilt hangers we found online.

    wall quilt
    closeup

    Closeup of the free motion quilting. You can see I’m still getting the hang of making the stitches an even length.

    squared up quilt top

     The quilt top before making the quilt sandwich


  5. nautical themed baby pillow

    September 15, 2015 by Angie

    My former co-worker had a baby boy! She did his nursery in a nautical theme. I made him this little pillow with a J appliqué – for Jackson – to go with the decor.

    J closeup

    A closeup of the appliqué

    nautical initial baby pillow

    The front of the pillow with rope fabric in red and blue and sailboat print fabric.

    envelope back

    The back is an envelope for easy washing.


  6. Star Wars tooth fairy pillow

    September 14, 2015 by Angie

    Our nephew turned 6! We had a fun day at LegoLand to celebrate. I made him a Star Wars tooth fairy pillow in preparation for big kid teeth loss.

    The fabric is pretty dang awesome AND glows in the dark. I used that for the main front fabric. I appliquéd the fabric “A” onto some leftover white fabric and turned that into a lined pocket. The back of the pillow is envelope style in the same gray fabric as the A appliqué.

    "A" closeup

    Pocket closeup

    Star Wars tooth fairy pillow

    I gave it to Andreu at the LegoLand hotel. His sister immediately requested her own. A Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow is in the future! Robbie got a call from Andreu a couple of nights later. He wanted to let us know that the pillow is glowing and it glows green. <3


  7. quilted Christmas coasters

    December 8, 2014 by Angie

    This is my second time making quilted coasters. The first time I made a binding for them like large quilted things. They were so tiny that the binding situation was a little ridiculous. This time I tried an inside out sewing method. I prefer the results from this method. Here is a tutorial that explains everything. I did the quilting first on just the top and batting, sewed the back on with right sides facing, turned right side out using a chopstick to get the corners just so, then top stitched around the edge. With a little starch and ironing, everything is crisp, flat, neat, and downright fancy.

    tied with a bow

    Materials:

    4 charm squares from A Merry Little Christmas by Riley Blake
    scraps of cherry yardage by Moda
    scraps of Warm & Natural batting

    Quilting: straight line diagonal quilting

    pick a coaster, any coaster

    Yield: four 4.5″ square quilted coasters

    four quilted coasters

    A Christmas gift for my friend who also appreciates ring-free wood furniture.


  8. Boo Crew Halloween quilted table runner

    October 17, 2014 by Angie

    I finished this just in time to put it in on the table on October 1 but I wanted to wait until our new IKEA table was built to take photos. We were on vacation in California after that. So I am sorry I didn’t bring the Halloween decor to the blog on time, but I have been enjoying my fully decorated house all month long.

    Boo Crew Table Runner Closeup

    Washed and dried and festive.

    I bought two Boo Crew by Moda charm packs and some yardage with plans to make a Halloween quilt for us, but even with all the charm squares and a border, it was going to be a really small quilt.  I decided to whip up a Halloween table runner using most of one pack instead. My plentiful Halloween decorations are now giving Christmas a run for its money.

    Sookie and the new table and runner

    Here’s a photo of our pretty new table with our new table runner and Sookie.

    Boo Crew Halloween Quilted Table Runner Stats

    Finished size: 39.75″ x 18″
    Top fabric: 36 Boo Crew by Moda charm pack squares
    Back fabric: The Monsters in Cream from the Boo Crew line by Moda
    Binding fabric: Fly Trap in Orange from the Boo Crew line by Moda
    Batting: Warm & White
    Quilting: Straight line quilting on either side of all seams

    quilting and binding

    A closeup of the binding and quilting

    with Halloween candle holders

    I love these goofy candle holders.

    quilting closeup

    Here is a closeup of the straight line quilting before binding and washing.

    backing fabric closeup

    This is the backing fabric. I think it’s so cute.


  9. quilted mini Christmas tree skirt

    August 24, 2014 by Angie

    I wanted to complete a quick project for our house before I started my new job. (That’s right! I have a new job!) I’ve seen quite a few quilted Christmas tree skirt patterns that I really like but, because we are doing tiny trees while Sookie is a tree-eating puppy, I didn’t want to go all out on a big, complicated tree skirt yet. I found and used this mini tree skirt tutorial from The Tulip Patch. It is really perfect for covering the base that comes with our small, live Christmas tree. I can’t wait to use it!

    Mini Xmas Tree Skirt

    Finished Mini Christmas Tree Skirt


    Peek at the back

    A peek at the cherry back – it’s reversible!

    Quilted Mini Christmas Tree Skirt Stats

    Finished size: roughly 22.5″ square
    Top fabric: Mini Novelty Christmas Cream Christmas Trees
    Back fabric: Bella Solids Cherry
    Binding fabric: Bella Solids Christmas Green
    Batting: Warm & White
    Quilting: Free motion quilting in a meandering pattern

    Ribbon Closeup

     A closeup of the ribbon and the mini trees fabric. I love this fabric.

     


  10. half square triangle chevron quilt

    July 21, 2014 by Angie

    Chevrons have been all the rage for some time now. I’ve made three small projects out of half square triangles (HSTs). They’re a relatively easy and versatile way to create quilt blocks. I couldn’t miss out on the (tail end of the) chevrons-made-from-HSTs trend so I made this quilt for my niece’s birthday. I followed this tutorial from My Quilt Infatuation to make the quilt top. I gave it to her a little early so I could see her with it in person. I’m glad I did.

    Caitlin displays her quilt

    Caitlin holding up her quilt. It’s bigger than she is!

    happy Caitlin

    Caitlin and the back of the quilt. I think she likes it 🙂

    Quilt Top Fabrics

    Kona Steel – twenty 9″ squares
    Ty Pennington Impressions Roscoe – four 9″ squares
    Ty Pennington Impressions Plaid –  four 9″ squares
    Pink polka dot fabric from the Lola’s Posies by Lila Tueller Designs collection for Riley Blake – twelve 9″ squares

    Sookie sniffs the chevron quilt

    Sookie checks the quilt out with a sniff sniff.

    Following the tutorial, the first step is to cut out forty 9″ squares of fabric to make 80 HSTs. Below is a photo of my big stack of fabrics.

    stack of 40 9" squares

    Step Two is to pair your fabrics (always a print with the solid gray) in the order you want for the final quilt. I made a diagram for myself then got to pairing.

    Step Three is to sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around each pair of squares. Face them right sides together, I pinned, then I used my quarter inch foot to sew all the way around. You’ll have to do this twenty times.

    sewn square pairs

    Step Four is to slice through each sewn fabric pair diagonally twice to get four HSTs from each fabric pair. Now there are 80 HSTs. The pattern is designed to allow you to skip squaring up each HST but mine were radically different from one another so see Step Five.

    unfinished half square triangles

    Step Five was supposed to be just pressing the HSTs then trimming off the little dog ear ends. Mine were not going to line up nicely so I ended up using the very handy HST ruler my parents got me for Christmas to make all eighty 5 1/2″ square HSTs. It took a lot longer than I would have liked, especially since it wasn’t supposed to have to happen at all.

    HST squaring station

    HST Squaring Station

    80 HSTs!

    Eighty beautiful HSTs!

    Step Six is to make sure you’ve got the HSTs laid out as they should appear in your final quilt then begin sewing them together in rows.

    a row

    Step Seven is to sew the rows together. Above are two rows ready to be sewn together. There’s a lot of seam pressing involved.

    sewing the rows to one another

     Coming together

    The quilt top is complete!

    chevron quilt top

    Finished quilt top

    Now to baste, quilt, and bind. I did straight line quilting that echoes the chevrons. There is a quilting line a 1/4″ below and above each chevron edge, so twenty lines total.

    basted

     Ready to bind

    Quilt Stats
    Finished size: 39.5″ x 50″
    Quilt top fabrics: Kona Steel, pink polka dot fabric from the Lola’s Posies by Lila Tueller Designs collection for Riley Blake, Ty Pennington Impressions Roscoe, Ty Pennington Impressions Plaid
    Quilt back fabric: Kona Steel
    Binding: Moda White Bleached
    Batting: Warm & White
    Quilting: straight line echo
    Label: handmade from Moda White Bleached and scraps of Ty Pennington Impressions Roscoe and Plaid

    closeup of the quilting

    A closeup of the quilting

    quilt back and label

    I added the label last this time by blind stitching it by hand just before washing the quilt. I think I made this label a little too large but overall I think I prefer this to the quilt over it method I used previously.

    Hot Florida Yard

    This is not the best photo of the quilt but I thought the sky looked nice.