Thursday, October 13, 2016

reusable grocery bags

Have you seen the craze for reusable grocery bags on pinterest and IG?  They're definitely the way to go if you don't like the plastic stacking up.  

After some research, I found that I liked this pattern made by "michellepattern" the best:

Michelle's Patterns PDF Grocery Bag Pattern

Michelle's pattern has 3 different options.  The finished sizes are:

small - 12" x 10" x 4"
medium- 13" x 12" x 5"
large- 14" x 14" x 6"

The medium is the size of a grocery store bag, but I prefer mostly large for the grocery store, and a few medium for heavier items.

(both medium)

 The bottom of the bag is sewn in such a way that it opens up. (large)

The great part of this project, is that you can use all those cute fabrics that you bought a long time ago but never put into a quilt because the design in the print was too big.

I've been trying to think of other uses for such a cute bag.  You should definitely keep one in your car!

And you should make them for your kids and grandkids for halloween bags, matching their costume, of course.

Or for a ballet bag.  

Or put them in a basket by your back door so you don't forget them.

What else do you use bags for?  I feel like I'm becoming a bag lady!

and the winners are . . .

Thank you for your comments last week about Jean quilts, Tiffany, your prize is on it's way!

Well, I finally won something at the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  You can see the outcome of the contest here.  My win is at the very bottom in the fine print, under the General Prize Winners (you may have all gotten one for all I know :).  I'm not even sure which entry it was for, probably Outhouse, it got the most hits.

It's always so fun seeing what the other quilting bloggers are into.  There were some really cool quilts this time.  Most of my favorites were in the Modern Quilt category:

 This is a great log cabin variation.  (click on picture for link)

 Birds on newsprint

Very cool free motion quilting.  Click on the picture to go to her blog to see close-ups.

And I had some favorites in the Scrappy Category:

This dim light affect is very nice.

I love this modern design, created by the up and coming Svetlana of SOTAK.  I pretty much love everything she does . . . it just comes natural for some people.

Happy Thursday.

Friday, September 30, 2016

jean rag quilt & giveaway

We have a son in college, and he has a new girl friend.  I figured it was a good time to make his jean quilt with his high school jeans.

 I drew up a pattern and started cutting away.

For each square, I cut a front, a back and the batting, which is 1 inch smaller

sandwich batting between a front and a back square

Sew from one corner diagonally to the other corner.
Repeat, forming an x on each square.  Congratulations, you have just quilted that square, and it holds the batting in place.

finished squares sewn together . . .

Our son served a mission for our church in Bolivia and spent several months in a remote village.  He only had 1 pair of jeans with him to wear.  I used 80% of that pair in this quilt

Because they have a lot of tender memories, and give the most character for the quilt.

stats and a few important things to remember:
finished:  60 x 70
20 blocks, 15 inches square
It takes 5-7 pairs of jeans (depending on how long the legs are)
use denim needles 90/14
use 4 color catchers in the washing

With traditional rag quilts, you clip the seams every 1/2 inch or so to create the raggy look, but since jeans fray so well, I just wanted the frayed look.  A few washings took care of that.

Note to self:
After jean/flannel quilt is sewn and ready for washing, fold the quilt in 1/2, flannel sides facing each other (fold longer ends together so that your quilt is long, it will spin better in your washer).
Sew around 3 open edges with a large stitch.  Then wash.  Undo stitching after washing and drying complete.  This will alleviate HOURS of time having to "de-pill" your flannel side (I may or may not have learned that by experience)

The best part of making a raggy quilt is that after you've sewn your blocks together, IT'S DONE!!!  You quilted it along the way.

giveaway:  winner is Tiffany.

How about you?  have you ever made a jean quilt?  do you have any tips to add?  Leave me a comment if you're interested in this giveaway.

finish it friday

Monday, September 19, 2016

outhouse for blogger's quilt festival

Welcome to the Quilter's Blog Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side.  I hope you enjoy viewing all the amazing quilts from such talented quilters.

Last fall while at quilt market in Houston, Carolyn Friedlander had this pattern hanging in her booth, and I fell fast!  (don't you love all the pictures coming out of IG after fall market?)

 detailed, yet simple.

I had been collecting my favorites of Carolyn's fabrics (except for that black and white stripped and checked)

I procrastinated starting for a while when I realized that this pattern was that "paper piecing" thing that has been so popular recently.  I'm not really into difficult quilts, or directions for that matter . . .

But a nice friend walked me through it.  These blocks are 5 inches square!!!

 I convinced myself that a wall hanging of 4 houses would be sufficient.  But there were so many fabrics I still wanted to use, so I continued.

 Carolyn was an architect in her previous life, that's what makes her fabric designs so unique.

 Cross Hatch quilting seemed appropriate.

I'm entering this piece in the modern quilt category.  I'm so thankful I became a quilter at the start of the whole modern quilting age, because it just speaks to me!!

Now, I'm excited to see what you've quilted . . .

gardenvale circles for blogger's quilt festival

My internal clock tells me it's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  The festival starts the beginning of the fall quilting events, with market, festival and retreats soon to follow.   I love seeing what my talented blogging friends have been up to.  And as always, a big thanks to Amy for hostessing.

Since this quilt was going to be donated to charity, I found some nice scraps. 

I got this wild vision in the middle of the night with the image of this quilt, and didn't want to wait to find a drunkard's path ruler (they're hard to find), so I used the lid to a pot.  
I was pretty disappointed at first to see that my points weren't matching up (should have waited for the ruler).  But as it started going together, it grew on me . . . you know, the whole "new age movement",  no quilt police here.

 My favorite part of this quilt is the scrappy binding.

It has ended being one of my favorite quilts.  A couple of our adult kids were disappointed when they learned that it was being donated.

I'm linking up to the Scrappy Quilt Category in the blog festival.  I hope you enjoy seeing all the entries.  Don't forget to come back and vote next week!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

value quilt

This value quilt went very fast.  The squares are 8 inches.  It's a great scrap project, even the whites are scraps from my "whites drawer" (it was nice to get rid of those random unlabeled whites).    This was a great option for a charity quilt.

The HST are made by paring a print square with a white square.  With right sides together, draw a line from one corner diagonally to the other corner.  Sew 1/4 inch seam on both sides of the line.  Cut along the drawn line, down the middle of both seams.  You will now have 2 HST.  Open and press.

68 x 85 washed
val and co fabrics (and a few others thrown in)
cut 8 1/2 inch squares

Design shamelessly copied from Confessions of a serial quilter.

finish it up Friday

Friday, August 12, 2016

emily's trunk show

Don't you love to see your past projects at other people's houses?  This is some of what I found at my daughter's house, made from my sewing machine:

On the top right we have what I call a summer blanket, or basically when your toddler wants something cool to the touch against his/her skin to nap with during the hot summer months.  Use your favorite fabric on the top (heather ross, princess and the pea).   I like to back them with that "satin backed flannel" you can get at Joann's.  It measures about the size of a fat quarter.  Perfect for carting around or transitioning into a doll quilt.  You can read about it here.

Next on the top is a doll quilt I made from left overs and a cool binding made with chenille.  You can read about it here.

This boat quilt was made for child #1 in this house hold where I'm visiting:

She is quickly adjusting to her new big sister duties. (that's a breast pump . . . she came and asked me if I would turn it on for her. #wantstobejustlikehermomma)

This one is a "play quilt".  I started making this quick project when I couldn't keep up with pieced baby quilts for gifts.  It's basically 2 pieces of the cutest fabric available, quilted, and bound with a ruffle binding.  You can learn about that here.

We just had grandbaby #8, so I've been busy making crib sheets and other baby stuff . . . nothing really excited to share, except this cute little one:


whoop whoop

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

chenille binding tutorial

Chenille makes a fun binding for smaller projects like these play quilts

or this doll quilt, blogged about here.

There are 2 sizes available in the quilt stores in a range of colors, I use the larger size, 5/8ths for binding.  I've seen the smaller size sewn into the pieced side of a quilt to add depth and texture.

Don't you hate it when you drop your roll of chenille or binding and it goes rolling across the floor?  Problem solved.

2  VERY important things to remember:

1.  Before sewing the chenille onto the edge of your quilt, you need to trim the edge precisely, and finish it off with a zig zag all the way around.  This will help give the chenille something to anchor to.

2.  When sewing your chenille onto your quilt, use a small stitch to minimize loss of threads in the washing/drying.   I use a 1.5 stitch size when sewing on chenille.

There are 2 strips of chenille sewn all around the way around this quilt.  I sew the first one on to the underside, so that I can see where I'm sewing.  Place the chenille tape so that 2/5th's are showing.  You will sew 1/5th inside the edge of your quilt.  DON'T FORGET TO SHORTEN YOUR STITCH.

The second strip is sewn directly on top of the first, sandwiching the edge of the quilt, and sewing down the middle of the strip.

Corners are much like sewing a regular binding on a quilt.  Stop just before the end, stop put your needle down and pivot around the corner.

Wash and dry.  I was surprised that there was not much in the lint catcher.  

sew fresh quilts: Let's Bee social