Grandma’s apron

Hello friends, is it terribly old-fashioned to talk about aprons? I recently stumbled across a write-up about Grandma’s apron and I liked it so much that I wanted to theme a blog post around it! image used with permission

Do you wear an apron? Do you remember your mom or grandma wearing one? I remember my mom would wear the half aprons for cooking and I’m pretty sure both my grandmothers did also. My mother in law recently Continue reading

A new adventure

Hello again! ( I have to tell you quite honestly that writing 2 blog posts per week is hard! I am glad that we are down to one again from now on ;)….although I do hope you had fun with the Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along! IMG_5256

Anyway, this Saturday’s post was going to be on a completely different topic…..but now you’ll get to read about that next week….this week I am going to tell you about my little happy adventure…but first I will have to explain the backstory: Continue reading

Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along part 4…the grand finale!

Are you ready to wrap this project up? Have you finished  part 1,2, and 3?? Hahaha! No worries if you haven’t…just go back and work on those and then follow this last step to finish up your project! For those of you who missed the earlier parts, you can find them here:

part 1, material requirements and cutting instructions

part 2, embroidery patterns and instructions

part 3, putting together your blocks

Okay, for part 4 we are going to be sewing on some borders to finish up our project in style! Bear with me, this is a l…o…n…g… post with LOTS of pictures because I really want to explain the process I used!

I wanted to make this border a little interesting so made a faux mitered corner border that ends up looking like this:

To start, I decided I wanted to make my border with 3 strips of fabric in colors that complimented my blocks.  For mine I chose red, orange, and  a white print. You will choose colors that work well with your blocks of course ;). ( If you would rather just do 1 color that is just fine! Follow the measurements in the brackets below).

I auditioned some fabrics and decided on a final color and then cut my fabric as follows:

  1. for narrow border ( red in mine), cut 4~  1 inch by 22 inch long strips.
  2. for second border ( white print in mine), cut 4~ 1.5 by 22 inch long strips.
  3. for third border ( orange in mine), cut 4~ 1.5 by 22 inch long strips. ( For one solid border rather than 3 strips, cut 4~ 3 1/4 by 22 inch long strips, then follow the directions for attaching the border down below)

Sew your strips together and press your seams. ( I pressed mine all in the same direction, but I honestly don’t think it matters!) They should measure 3 1/4 inches wide.  Trim off your uneven ends or selvedges if needed but leave your border strips as long as possible for now! ( just so you know, your strips should be as long as the width of your quilt top, plus the width of 2 of your border strip measurements. In my case that was 14 plus 3 1/4 plus 3 1/4, which totals 20 1/2 inches, but I left mine longer on purpose). Anything extra will get trimmed off later and it’s much better to have too much, rather than not enough fabric!

In order to find your center for sewing, fold one of your border strips in half, and do the same to your quilt top, like this:

Now start pinning on  that center mark, and then pin your border strip all the way along your quilt top  like this:

Do the same thing on the opposite side:

Sew your borders on using a 1/4 inch seam and sew all the way from top to bottom. Press your borders away from the center of the quilt.

You will have “leftover” border at the top and bottom! Do NOT trim these!

Now it’s time to sew on the last 2 borders. This part is a little trickier. Find the centers again, of both your border and quilt. Pin the center mark.

Now you are going to pin this border, but this time you are going to STOP pinning when you get to the border that you have already sewn on:

I folded my top border back right at the “intersection” and then placed a pin so I knew where to stop sewing. So you are just going to sew this border to the quilt top, not onto the side borders at all.Sew and press to the outside again.It will end up looking like this.

Now to make the faux mitered corners you are going to fold your top border fabric at an angle underneath itself, like this:  You might have to fiddle a bit with it, but you want all your border strips to be at nice right angles to each other.

Press and pin when you are happy with the placement. Repeat this on all 4 corners.

Now you are going to sew these from the inside of the quilt to the outside with a very scant seam ( as close to the edge as you can get!), making sure to lock your stitches at the start and end. 20190521_11193920190521_112018

When you are done all 4 corners, you will have some left-over fabric on the back.

Trim that off ( careful! Don’t cut into your quilt!) so that just 1/4 inch remains. Repeat on all 4 corners. Press your quilt top one last time and now you are ready for quilting!

Well ladies, that concludes the Sweet Little Spring Sew-Along! I am planning on finishing this sweet little project with some big-stitch hand quilting and will share my results when done. Please feel free to share your projects by sending me an email or by sharing in the FB group. And if any of the instructions are not clear, please ask!

Thanks for sewing along with me!

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

Collage quilting,wallpaper, and grand ideas….what?

Hello again,

For a while now I have been very fascinated by collage quilts. I have picked up a few books about it and follow a collage quilt group on FB, but I had not yet ventured into making a quilt of my own. Last year ( just before we moved and I made one last visit to all my favorite quilt stores in and around Intercourse, PA ( weird town name, but true. Why they changed it from “Cross Keys” to Intercourse I will never understand!) I picked up this pattern:   The subject seemed so appropriate and I thought it would be a great way to venture into collage quilting. I had SO much fun making this one, although I have to say that the instructions were rather vague and I’m sure I did a million things the wrong way! But I like how it’s looking so far and that is all that matters, right?! 😉 I still have to straight stitch around all the applique pieces with black thread and then it will be done! Maybe I can share the finished project next week.

Other than the applique quilt, I sewed a label to my scrappy flower quilt ( Hey, I have to follow the advice in my own preachy post, don’t I??). I used a leftover flower block from the front, so this label was super quick and easy to make. I thought I had come up with an ingenious way to finish the edges (a quick zig-zag around the outside, mimicking a serger), but it turned out very messy and uneven. I will NOT be using that method again!

 

I also picked up this adorable book when Martingale had its huge sale a few weeks back: and just HAD to start this little number:

It consists of 18 teeny, tiny embroideries ( they measure 1.5 by 2.5 inches!) that you then combine with scraps to make this little quilt. I decided to make mine in blue, rather than red. I’m a rebel that way ;). It is just so much fun to add embroidery to a quilt, and this one was a lot of fun to work on in the evening.

This is my progress so far and I’m hoping to get the whole quilt top done this weekend so I can big stitch quilt it!

On the house reno front, we have now successfully removed wallpaper from all but 2 rooms in our home! As you may recall, there was wallpaper EVERYWHERE ( even on the ceiling in one of the bathrooms!). Our latest victory was the hallway, where the wallpaper wasn’t ugly or anything, but it was damaged in some places and was also pretty dark in color and absorbed all light. A bit of a dark hole therefore.

 

The walls need a bit of repair and then we’ll be ready to give it a nice coat of paint. And then we’ll move onto the dining room! I have grand plans for that room, which will have to get done in stages I’m sure. ( I am great at having the ideas and the vision and then leave it up to my poor husband to figure out all the math for materials and execution ;)~have I mentioned that he is a very patient man?? Thank you J, for putting up with all of it! ). Right now the dining room has a low, thin chair rail and some pretty overpowering floral wallpaper. That all has to go. In my mind I see a beautiful room with white wainscotting about 3/4 of the way up, with a dark color paint on the top quarter of the wall….

Let’s see how that works out!

Finally I have to share this super cute container that I found at HomeGoods this week! I needed something to hold my Fat Quarters as my collection has been growing lately and I ran out of room…oops! Anyway, this sweet little stand was on clearance so I scooped it up and brought it home.

And look how much more room I have now for MORE Fat Quarters!

Finally I just want to tell you all a great big THANK YOU for reading my blog! I realize that there are a LOT of blogs out there, and I really appreciate that you choose to read and follow mine. I have nothing special to share, no big corporate sponsorships, and not many giveaways, so I really appreciate you all. Just thought I would let you know 😉

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique