i have my spring garden planted and looking great, so it’s back to some quilting. i hadn’t bought fabric in two weeks! so i made my way to the 1/2 off table at Beverly’s this past weekend and ended up with some great fabric.
i’m obsessed with the HBO series Game of Thrones [it's my quilty pleasure] and when i spied the Elizabethtown by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics, the colors and prints inspired me to create a ‘Game of Thrones’ quilt.
i’m almost finished piecing my lone star quilt, but i’m taking a break to get started on my GOT quilt!
…and onward to my next project!
i made a quick visit to one of my favorite quilt shops this past weekend, the Quilted Angel… and by quick, i mean my husband was waiting in the car while i decided what i wanted to purchase, which in turn means i have a limited amount of time before i get a text saying ‘times up’…lol
i went there with no plan, i just wanted something to grab me and say… buy me, buy me…except for the fact that most fabrics say, buy me.. i settled on a Nature’s Basket by Blackbird Designs jelly roll and coordinating yardage.
..as for the next step, i’ve narrowed it down to flying dutchman or log cabin….stay tuned..
after experimenting with a couple different ways to machine bind a quilt, i’ve discovered a simple, easy technique that has consistent results each and every time, no missed stitching on the back and perfectly mitered corners, front and back!
keep reading to see how..
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budgets….boooo! but in todays times a large portion of those who love to quilt, sew and craft, have a budget. after all we do need to pay our electric bills so we can see what we’re crafting and run our machines. *giggle*
in a few of my previous posts i’ve mentioned that i always try to purchase my fabrics, tools, gadgets on sale, or with a coupon. obviously that isn’t always possible, and more of a challenge to do at local quilt shops, but not impossible.
lets talk about how to save you money..
next up… another birthday quilt! this time, it’s for one of my little munchkins in daycare. the fabric is by Windham Fabrics, and is perfectly fitting, the fabric is called ‘homeschool’, and i happen to homeschool my daycare children.
i’m not using a pattern, it’s pretty much a quilt as i go, i am using 2 1/2″ strips of fabric and the printed fabric will be the actual back of the quilt. i have a few ideas whirling around in my head, so we’ll see how this work in progress goes…
i was almost finished with the front of my quilt when my progress came to a grinding halt because of 1 1/2″ of fabric!
i ran out of kona bone, i literally needed 1 1/2″ to finish one last piece of the sashing, and as luck would have it, both joann’s and beverly’s are currently out of stock. so i must venture to the next city to hopefully find it!
so much for my toddler-quilt-in-a-day…
to be continued…..
finished quilt, april 11th.
i added some simple free motion quilting, daisies within each block and loops in the sashing. i didn’t want to quilt to densely, because i wanted this quilt to be soft and cuddly. i used my tried and true double binding technique to finish off this quilt, tutorial here.
- finished quilt measures: 37″ x 37″
- front: kona cotton solids, and various polka dot prints from my stash
- back: Windham Fabrics ‘Homeschool’ print
- sashing and binding: kona cotton solid, bone
- thread: aurifil #2310
- batting: warm and natural
‘coming home’.. another birthday quilt, using Juliana Horner and Denyse Schmidt fabrics from various collections. the pattern is on page 12 of Precut Quilts.. although as you can see, i won’t be using precuts..
yeah!..i finished the ‘coming home’ quilt last night! another completed birthday quilt, and just in time, since she’ll be in town this weekend!
i made a lap size quilt, using 16-10″x10″ squares vs 30, and i omitted the 1″ sashing around the edge of the quilt because i couldn’t find a fabric that i liked.. i think it came out adorable..
once again sunny california is not sunny, in fact it’s gray and gloomy, which i’ve decided is a given when it’s time for me to take photos of a quilt, i’m quite sure the sun will come out after i’ve already posted these photos..
- measures: 51″ x 51″
- fabric: juliana horner, denyse schmidt and kona solid in ivory
- fabric back & binding: juliana horner trails
- batting: warm and natural
- thread: aurifil 2310
do you have a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker who enjoys quilting, but you don’t quilt, nor do you know where to begin searching for a gift for someone who does.
one thing about those who love to quilt, they love their quilting gadgets, tools and fabric, so you can’t go wrong if you’re gifting any one or more of those items!
lets get right to the shopping list..
chain piecing is a technique to piece your quilt together efficiently. half square triangles, squares, no matter what the shape or size of your piecework, chain piecing will save you time, effort and thread!
chain piecing is simple, place your fabric pieces right sides together, line up the raw edges and begin feeding each square, triangle, etc through your machine, making sure to keep your 1/4″ seam allowance [how to sew a scant 1/4″ seam], continue until you have chain pieced all your pieces together, snip threads and you’re done!
using this technique is quick, because you no longer have to start, stop, cut thread, lift the presser foot, re-align your next piece, drop your presser foot, and begin stitching again, repeat, repeat, etc..
you will start once, and stop at the end of the line of pieces.. it’s like a choo choo train of fabric pieces.. easy peasy!
who says, when you’re on a mission to purchase the fabric for the backing of a quilt, you can’t purchase even more fabric!
i swear my shopping cart just veers towards all the quilting fabric it’s ‘almost’ unstoppable, [ok not really]..
i’m backing my ‘game night’ quilt and loved the Juliana Horner fabric i worked with and need to create a quilt for my daughter who also had a birthday..[but she lives out of town, so i have extra time to get hers finished..].. so i scoured the shelves for more Juliana Horner fabric. i ended up with four more Juliana Horner fabrics alternated with four Denyse Schmitz fabrics.
stayed tuned, as i already have the pattern and just need to start cutting!