Some quilty projects to share

Hello friends,

Well, summer has come to an end, and so has our stream of visitors. Did I tell you that we hosted 10 different guests this summer? A little crazy, although it was super fun and I loved seeing 3 of my cousins for the first time in 37 years! It was fun to discover that we definitely have some of the same traits (a terrible sense of direction and stubbornness being two of them), and it doesn’t matter that we are separated by an ocean!

Our latest guest was my cousin from England, whom I introduced to quilting a few years back, so we naturally had to include some quilting into her visit! First I took her to the wonderful re-use shop that I have shared about before. They happened to be having a “sale”, except the sale this week was to fill up a grocery bag and take it for FREE. Woohoo, I love those kinds of deals! We had a great time going through all the items and came home with all kinds of treasures! ( This photo shows our “haul”, which combined free and paid items 😉 )

My cousin found a cute pattern block in one of my quilt books and I thought it might be fun for both of us to make the pattern but put our own spin on it!

 

 

We both dislike hand appliqué so used fusible web instead ( this explains the reversed pattern!) and had fun adding our own little touches. Here are the 2 quilts we ended up with:

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Both of us outlined our shapes with black machine stitching, and then added little hand quilted details using my favorite Sulky thread. Of course buttons were a MUST too.

 

 

And then, for the first time ever, I decided to sew on my binding entirely by machine! ( time crunch issues 😉 ). Oh my goodness, I have to tell you that this was so fast and easy! This will probably not be the last time I do the  binding entirely by machine!

 

 

The way that I did my binding was to make a 2 1/2 inch binding strip in the usual method, sewed it to the front as usual, and then folded the binding to the back and stitched ON THE FRONT, right inside the edge. I thought this would

  1. look cute, and
  2. ensure that the binding was caught on the bottom.

I just sewed slowly and kept checking that my binding was in the correct position. At one point I had to tie off my thread, remove my quilt, and fold the binding back into the correct spot because it had wandered off course a bit, but then I just started up again where I left off and continued. If you have never tried doing binding this way, I encourage you to try it! The only thing that is not as nice doing it by machine is that the corners are a little more rounded than when done by hand, but if it’s done by machine on a bed or baby quilt where that won’t be obvious anyway I think it’s a great method! Let me know if you would like a tutorial and I would be happy to do one.

A few other projects that I managed to finish these past few weeks was this baby quilt for  a baby that arrived on Thursday

 

 

…and a card for my cousin, who just bought his first home. This is not technically a quilt, but I DID stitch the paper pieces so I’m counting it ;).

I hope you all enjoy this last long weekend of summer….it is supposed to be a beautiful one and we are going to take advantage!

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

 

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