Category Archives: Quilting

The Booth

For those of you who can’t come to the Common Threads Quilt Show, I thought I would share a few photos of my booth. I wound up with half the size I originally intended – there were over 900 quilt entries so some guest exhibitors had to share. There’s a bit of everything in there: home dec., clothing, costumes, bags, plush. If you’re a frequent reader of this site, you’ll recognize some of the projects!

If this is your first time visiting, Welcome! Have fun looking around: you’ll find my Etsy shop is full of goodies (although most Superhero Aprons will be up sometime in the next two weeks), projects are (generally) on the sidebar, tutorials can be downloaded (you can also find more at The Sewing Republic), and there are lots of links to explore!

Keep The Selvage

While surfing the other day, I came across and was completely fascinated by the quilts and designs made by the selvage edge of fabrics. There’s even a mini tutorial on how to produce similar results on your own. If you’re not interested in making a quilt, but a few quick projects instead – here’s some instructions for a slevage bag and scarf. Now it’s time to start saving those selvage edges and start getting creative!

Yippie Ki-Ay, It’s Done!

What’s quilted, bound, washed, and ready for use? The Yippie Ki-Ay Cowboy Quilt!

I finished the rest of the quilting on this project by doing a simple square shape inside the larger pieces. I opted not to do any more stippling so no one could closely look at my work (I figured the pieced designs hid my flaws), but also to give it more puff in places since I was afraid that it would be too stiff with all those meandering lines. Now that it’s washed, I’m wishing I would have done the whole thing with the stipple effect – it really does have a nice feel in those heavily stitched areas!
I also sat down and worked on the binding to this one as well. I made the binding a bit ‘chunkier’ than what I have ever done before, I thought it gave it a nice, ‘bubble’ effect around the edges. Overall, I’m extremely pleased with how the edges turned out – for once, my miters turned out perfect!
Now that this big project is done, it’s time to tackle cleaning up the mess in the sewing room and make room for the next project(s)! What are you working on this weekend?

Living Large

It’s been awhile since I’ve given an update on me, so I thought that I would start off this post with the 37 week belly shot:

As you can tell from the title of this post, I’m “feeling” the effects of the last month of pregnancy! Thankfully, there’s only 3 more weeks to go because I’m not sure my stomach can grow any more!
I’ve also been plugging away at the Cowboy Quilt and am happy to report I’ve finished all the actual quilting!
Normally, I would say that I enjoy piecing the top together and dreaded doing all the quilting itself, but this time was different. I think that there were two factors involved:
1) Size matters. For once, I’m making a small quilt (45″ square), manipulating the fabric around and through the machine was so much easier than working with the bulk of a lap size or larger.
2) I had fun using a new tool…. the Stitch Regulator! This is one my favorite features of the machine I’m using. I do have to say that although it’s fun to use, practice makes perfect! I did spend some time practicing on a mini quilt sandwich before I moved onto the Cowboy quilt. I found that it is much easier to manipulate the mini size than a full blow quilt, but after quilting the entire project, it got a lot easier and I felt more comfortable with the entire process. One thing that would have helped quilting gloves – I now understand why quilters use them!
Here’s a close up of my handiwork:

Back To The Routine

Spring break is over, which means it’s time to get back into a weekly routine. Before I plunge into housework, I’m going to spend some time in the sewing room and (attempt to) finish quilting the cowboy quilt. Since the material I chose for the back wasn’t large enough, I had to piece together a little something. I chose to make a border around the main fabric:

I’m hoping that I’ve centered it up enough with the top that the border doesn’t become lopsided! I’m also using the border fabric for the binding on the quilt as well – hopefully, I’ll be read to add that soon!

Just A Few Photos

I’ve been busy sewing away at the cowboy quilt – I’ve managed to piece together all the blocks and now have a quilt top!

In the mean time, my package from my Oh Baby swap arrived yesterday. Here’s all the goodies my partner made for me:

2 knitted bibs (they are in great dark colors to hide stains), 2 adorable hand embroidered onesies (I love the “My mom’s so CRAFTY she made me” saying), a baby door hanger, and my VERY favorite the baby viking hat. I’ve had this on my Wists for quite some time and am so happy to finally have one. Thankfully she made it big enough that it should fit next winter!
Now onto sewing up the backing and doing the dreaded basting of the quilt…..

Cowboy Cutting

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of relief…. why? I finally finished everything that had deadlines! Whew! Since a lot of my energy was being devoted to these projects (you’ll be hearing about these in the future), I feel like I can work on some things that are a bit more complicated, time consuming, and just for me!
The first thing I did was sit down and calculate how I was going to make the Cowboy Quilt. To achieve a baby blanket size (45″ square) I’ve decided on using only a portion of the quilt pattern – I reduced the number of blocks that I would make and eliminated the two outside borders. From there, I decided how much material to cut, sat down, pulled out the rotary cutter and went to work.

Now I can work on piecing everything together.

Yippie Ki-Ay

I couldn’t resist – with (almost) a month of no new fabric purchases, I broke down – a local quilt shop was having their First Friday Frenzy fat quarter sale and I had to stop by. I’ve been itching to make a quilt for some time now so I decided that I would make something simple and small like a baby quilt. I literally spent an hour in the shop deciding (and changing my mind) on what fabrics and fat quarters to purchase. I finally found inspiration and went with a cowboy theme – I am really hoping that the ultrasound technician was right and this baby is a boy!
I also changed my mind on what pattern I was going to use last minute as well. While standing in checkout line, I decided to pick up the Fortune Cookie Quilt pattern designed by local quilt artists (and more) – Two Chicks Designs. I picked this one since it seems to show off the fabric designs better than my original idea the only problem – the size ranges for this one is lap and queen, so I’ll have to modify it a bit (bring on the math!).
So, without further ado, here’s my haul:

While I was there, I also picked up a few ‘extras’. You never know when you’ll need a fat quarter (or two) for some fun purpose! I have a few projects to finish up, but I’ll be starting the quilt soon. I’m thinking it will sew up fast – it sort of reminds me of the types of quilts you see in books like Laps From Fats: 11 Lap-Size Quilts to Make Using Fat Quarters. In the mean time, I’ve posted this project on the sidebar!

Inspriation And Shopping

I just love the holidays. Stores seem to have such a cheerful atmosphere (unless you go shopping on Black Friday and then it’s more of a ‘fend for yourself’ type attitude) and I’m so inspired to create fabulous gifts! Speaking of inspiration, I recently received a copy of Quilting Art‘s special publication,Gifts (you can check out the table of contents here). Included in this debut issue are 17 quilted and mixed media projects – many that can be made in under a day. I’m sure that I’ll be sewing up a few wine bags (for those holiday parties), wrapped boxes, and napkin rings before Christmas arrives!
While we’re on the subject of holiday gifts…..

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