Sunday, October 31, 2010

Two for Romania

  I just came across some photos that ended up on my flickr account but not here on my blog.
This summer the ladies from one of my online quilting bees helped to make two quilts to send to Romania with Green Fairy Quilts.  We used the tutorial from Film In The Fridge, called a Modified Bento Box.  We chose to do two quilts: red/yellow/orange and blue/green.  Each person (who wanted to) used their own fabrics and made as many blocks as they wanted.  I collected them, quartered them and pieced them back together.
It was so fun to get each block, cut it and then arrange and rearrange (and rearrange, and rearrange…) the top to see the fun combinations! 
I still can’t decide if I like the reds or the blues better!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Another Finish

I’m working on a little (ok, not so little) project.  I was hoping to have it done by Nov 1st.  We’ll see if I make my self-imposed deadline.  Meanwhile….

One of my latest….Creamsicles.  Bound, washed, folded, waiting for a photo. 

Also, you HAVE to try these.  There will be a post about them Friday morning on my other blog.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10 bobbins later…


Little Lottie’s quilt is quilted and waiting for the binding.  Her brother Jack is getting a quilt as well.  I’ve been cutting and cutting and cutting….  You know, I am pretty sure that I would not be a quilter at all if rotary cutters had never been invented. 

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Ten Year Quilt

This has got to break some kind of WIP record!  I began this quilt top ten years ago.  That’s right folks – a decade.  This last week I got the top pieced and then the back pieced.  Now it’s just waiting to be basted.  I’m hoping it doesn’t take me another ten years to get it quilted. 

The sad part of it is, that the quilt USED to match my living room.  Now there’s nothing in my house that are these colors.  Nothing.  It’s a nice big twin size quilt too.  I guess when it’s finished it will go in the closet for when guests come to visit! 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fakie Hexies

I suspect that a “fakie-hexie” is some sort of snowboarding move, but since this is clearly NOT a sports related blog I’m not worried about misleading anyone when I say I’m doing a tutorial on fakie-hexies.

The hexagon craze has taken the modern quilting world by storm. They’re everywhere. Look for a minute on flickr and you can spot plenty of hexagons – on quilts, throws, burp cloths, pillows, aprons, in little stacks waiting to be added to a project….

I’ll just say right up front that I don’t have the patience to sit and make such little bitty things. That would just about drive me nuts. However, I like the look of them. A few months ago I spotted a quilt made from fakie hexagons and I realized that would be my solution. I can’t even remember where I saw the quilt (I’m thinking it was my local quilt shop, or mabye JoAnns. I was out and about somewhere…) so I have no idea who to credit for this idea. I do acknowledge that this is not my original idea. Now that I have made my own fakie-hexie quilt, I have had questions about it’s construction so I thought I would do a mini-tutorial to explain.

First a little about fabric requirements:

This quilt has a finished size of 45”x58”. The finished quilt contains 176 hexagons. You’ll need 1/3 yard of 11 different fabrics or 176 charm squares. From each 1/3 yard, cut 16 5” squares.

Then I cut the squares in half (so now I had 2.5” by 5” rectangles)

step 1

Stack the rectangles (I did two at a time, and I suggest doing no more than 4 at a time – for accuracy reasons)

step 2

Now you’re ready to arrange the pieces into hexagons. DSC01610

You’ll be assembling this in long vertical columns so keep that in mind when you’re placing pieces. (This next photo shows one isolated column, just to help you see more clearly how the top is assembled)

Time to piece! (Use a 1/4 inch seam) Work with one column at a time to help keep thing organized. When you’re piecing two blocks together, you want to line them up like this:

with a very scant 1/4 inch tip overlapping on each side. It may feel wrong at first, but if you do that then your blocks will line up nicely like so:

Continue assembling the blocks until you complete a column. Press all seams in one direction. For the next column, press seams in the opposite direction. (This will help your seams to nest beautifully in the next step)

As I completed and pressed each column, I laid it out on the floor to help keep everything in order. It’s coming together! This part of the process is always so satisfying.

Now it’s time to sew the columns together. As you sew, take the time to make sure each seams nests together like this:


Taking time to match up those seams will insure pretty points and matching seams: (totally worth it!)

Once all columns are sewn together, press seams open.

Now your quilt top is assembled! At this point you can trim off the points along the top and bottom so you have a nice straight edge. (I did that step after the quilting was done so I could trim up the backing, batting and top all at the same time.)

Let me know if you have any questions, and if you make a fakie-hexie quilt let me know. I would love to see what this would look like with other fabrics!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lincoln’s Wheels

When I first spotted this line of fabric (from Riley Blake) I fell in love. I wanted to find a reason to sew something with it, so I was delighted when my sister chose these fabrics for her new baby’s nursery. I quickly volunteered to make a quilt for my new nephew.
Earlier this Spring I saw a quilt made from fake hexagons (I really wish I could remember where I spotted it!) and wanted to try it out. Since finishing this quilt I’ve had a lot of questions about how it was assembled, so I’ve written a tutorial for fakie-hexagons (I’ll post it tomorrow).
{edited to add link to tutorial}

The finished quilt size is 45” x 58”. Most of the fabrics in the quilt come from the Wheels line; I think the only exception is the solid green fabric that I added.

The back is pieced using more of the solid green, bits leftover from the hexagons, and a piece of that great cars fabric. This quilt just screams “boy” to me!

I'm linking this up to Sew & Tell Fridays over at amylouwho. I love visiting each Friday to see what others around the sewing universe have completed each week.
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