Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SLANTED HALF HEX QUILT WITH JENN!Y

                

When I saw this tutorial I just had to do this quilt.  I have the larger hex template but I thought I would use the smaller one to use up some of my Island Batik Scraps (joke is on me, they keep multiplying).


This is my little container after I cut my half hexies.


Here is my quilt.


I decided not to make it too large because I know my time constraints and I did not want another UFO.

The border Island Batik fabric I ordered at Missouri Star Quilt company...no, I am not affiliated with them in any way just love their fast delivery and awesome prices.

I worked on it off and on all day yesterday in between dishes, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping etc.

I had a hard time figuring out how many hexies I needed for each row.  Since it was on a slant my mind was not able to see it.  To solve this problem I just drew a line down each side as I did a new row.  There is some waste and to be honest, I enjoyed making this quilt but doubt I will make another, too complicated when it came to adding rows and cutting, at least for my small brain.

Monday, April 16, 2018

AMERICAN FLAG FOR VETERANS

My cousin who is a funeral director came over to my house with this huge flag.  She was wondering if I could fold it.

She wanted a flag to drape over the casket of the Veteran, in which she could use over and over.  The cost of buying a folded one is out of this world.

Then at the gravesite another flag will be laid across the top of the casket and then the ceremony of folding it for the family to have.

The trick was having the red and white on the other side of the blue stars.

We spent over 3 hours pinning this puppy, folding and pleating.



We used every pin I had in the house which is ALOT.

We got poked so many time it became maddening.

We got her pinned and the back was all wonky and would not lay flat.

The middle blue was pulling to one side.  We were on each side pinning and folding that I think we were working against each other.

Finally, enough was enough.  She then asked me if I could just make a quilt out of it.

Hummmmm
Three hours later and extremely tired she left.

I sat and thought.

and thought.....

and thought....

It was around eleven when I finally got up and took all the pins out.

I kept telling her the pins were working against us.

I ironed the flag.

Then I stared from the middle to get the center and worked over to one side.  Fixed the red and white....and then worked on from the middle to the other side.  I got my huge ironing pad and put it on my quilting table and ironed as I went.  The only thing I pinned were the top and where it had an opening.

At one in the morning, I had her ironed with the hope that my cousin would like it.

It stayed on my cutting table for a week.

Which...I thought....

and thought....

and thought.

I tried sewing the inside and the machine just pulled and it looked horrible.

so I thought some more.

The problem was, I could not move on to another project because this was in my mind.

so Friday night.

I cut (yes, cut it) and made the binding for the top and a sleeve.  I had to hand sew the back (no big deal)

Then I thought some more.

Tried sewing again....NOPE>>>>

then I decided to just tack it, just to keep the pleats .....

Yea!!!  it worked.

She will hang this in her funeral home and use as needed.

We love our Veterans, I have five in my house and am so grateful for them.

This is just one thing that will make the funeral more special, even tho it will not be the same flag they will get when the funeral is over, it is still special.


Monday, April 2, 2018

LOOKING BACK, VINTAGE QUILTS INSPIRING NEW CREATIONS

This is the challenge for the Month of April.



I went searching though my books and believe it or not, came up with this quilt.

Don't ask me why I chose this one because I could not tell you.
This quilt is from the 1890's.

I do know back then not a scrap was wasted.  My mother told me of my grandmother sewing little bitty scraps onto newspaper to get her squares (my mother's job was to take off the newspaper).  I have heard that sometimes the person would leave the newspaper on.
This is  using Hexagonal units from scraps and the yellow square is the stitch and flip piecing (which I did not do).


This is my version.


Three years worth of Island Batik Fabrics rolled up into one quilt.



This was half of my room, you should have seen my cutting table? (choosing not to be embarrassed)


55" x 55"

I used the hexagonal shape and instead of just randomly choosing scraps and sewing them together, I decided to use strips.    One square consisted of four  3" (or less) x 26" strips sewn together and out of that strip I was able to get four hexagons.

I also didn't use  the stitch and flip method for the center squares.  I cheated and just blanket stitched them on using Aurifil thread.  Hey, it works, (he who cast the first stone)...(smiling).

To me this was a fun quilt because I loved seeing all of the wonderful Island Batik fabrics come together.







Sunday, March 18, 2018

SUNSHINE AND FLOWERS


It seems all it has been doing here is raining.  We finally got a few days of sunshine but it rained last night and I hear it is going to rain tomorrow.


So I took advantage of the sunshine by doing a photo shoot with this quilt.



The quilt doesn't even have a name.  The fabrics I used were Island Batik 5" strips.

I only used five 5" strips.  Two petals were out of some scraps I had left over but the thing that I so love is getting something so simple and cute practically out of nothing but gorgeous Island Batik fabrics.


What was left over from cutting the petals out I used to make the binding.

Why did I make this quilt when I have so many other things to be doing?

All I can do is throw up my hands and say "I DON'T KNOW!"

I just had an idea, and just went for it.




This next quilt is for a fund raiser that I am having at my house, the reason is on the QT so I can't disclose the purpose, just know it is a worthy cause.

This little quilt was made with Island Batik 10" squares.

Diary of a Quilter is where I got the pattern for this quilt.

Trust me when I say, this takes no time at all to make.

If you are in a hurry and need a gift, this will do it.

This quilt had been draped on my quilting frame (quilting frame is my catch all for  all projects that are not done).  For about a month I kept saying that I need to sandwich it and quilt it.  So I finally went to it on Friday and low and behold it was already sandwiched and ready to quilt.  I thought....hummmmm If I had remembered that part was done, I would have had it quilted by now.  Since when am I prone to forgetting?

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Life seems to just pass me by.  I don't know where February went and now March is running away as fast as time will allow.  I have had some time in my sewing room this month and have so loved it.

I hope that you too will find time to spend in your sewing room, good for a quilters soul.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

TRY A TECHNIQUE ISLAND BATIK CHALLENGE






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This month we were asked to try something new, different, something we have never tried before.

There were some ideas  that I found and didn't know how to do but one day in my in box I found this from Missouri Star Quilt Co.





It looked so interesting that I thought I would give it a go.  I have not done reverse applique before, nor do I think I will make a habit of doing it again.  It isn't that I didn't like it, it just is not my favorite choice.

As I have said before, I was born to the wrong family, I am an island girl for sure.
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I decided to make the top of the pineapple in oranges and yellows to represent the sun.

The black is Paisley Dots by Island Batik and Island Batik scraps.

I had originally planned to make this a quilt but since I have spent so much time on it thinking, scraping ideas, thinking some more that I just decided to get her done....time is a wasting!!

I also did not use batting, I am sure it would look and hang better with a sleeve and rod.

Of course, you have to size your pattern.  I should have taken it to the print shop but decided to just resize it to 125% and then to fold it in fourths and do a fourth at a time at about 170 percent.  Then I taped it all together.

For the life of me I can not find my pictures.  I know I took pictures.

Also...the pieces I cut out, I numbered them and ironed them onto a piece of fabric making another pineapple but I didn't like the way it turned out so I scrapped it (only the pieces not the backing fabric).

I am excited about next months, it is taking a vintage quilt and redoing it, making it your own.

Thank you Island Batik for stretching me....I kept sending off smoke signals.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hummmm WHAT TO DO WITH THE 5" STRIPS? WHAT TO DO?



We all know what to do with a 2 1/2" strip but what about the 5" strips Island Batiks makes for us?

Lately I have been working with these strips and will show what I have been doing
when the actual projects are finished.



If you love to applique like I do, then these strips are the best. They give you a variety of fabrics and the strips are the width of the fabric.

Today I made this little hand towel from one of these strips and just a piece of another.



I have another set ready to go.

I believe you can get 3 to four of these sets out of one strip.

This hand towel is for a sweet friend but I was thinking of making more for the auction that
Wesley House (assisted living) has in March and November.

Sometimes these sweet ladies want to give a gift to someone and I think this would just be the thing, or maybe they might just want it for themselves?

Here is a sneak peak of another project using the 5" strips.


As you can see I am going to use Aurifil thread to do the blanket stitch around the petals.






Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sewing with Minky Fabrics

As most of you know, Minky is a hard fabric to sew.  I have always avoided it at all cost. 

Yesterday while in Walmart I received a call from two friends.  They were trying to sew two minky blankets but had nothing but frustration.

Their machines wouldn't work, the fabric stretched.  Fabric stretching was the main issue and both were so frustrated.

I told them that I had little to no experience with the fabric and that I have never wanted to sew with it but they said I would fair better than they have.

Forty-five minutes later they are at my door with fabrics in hand.
You could feel their frustrations, I have been in their shoes before and have threatened to throw a project away for that very reason.

Before they arrived I called my sister, Jeanette, at Inchworm fabrics, and asked her feeling about minky and how she managed to sew it.  She told me to put the minky side down when sewing so the feed dogs could ease the fabric and not pull like it would if it were on top.  She also said to pin it liberally.

I had asked her if glue would help.  She had no clue.

So...first order of business, square up the fabrics.

Sorry, I didn't take any pictures, not even of the finished items.  So I am going to assimilate it with the scraps out of the bin.

THE DREADED MINKY


The backing fabric, placed on top of the minky with right sides together.


They were doing the pillow case method...where you sew all sides but leave a whole open to pull through.


Trusted Glue...oh...you see where I am going with this??


I had them glue the outside of the backing fabrics, not the minky and then press it down.
See here where there is a strip of glue?


Then I had them pin it just in case and for more stability.

Even if you get glue past your sew line, you can always pull it apart before you do the top 
stitching.  It pulls apart quite easily.

I had noticed in some spots the glue was a little wide but knowing what I know and if 
I were doing it by myself, I would just use a strip as you see above not a wide strip.

I have to tell you that I had no issues what so ever with stretching and it took no time at all to finish
these two blankets.

I am no longer afraid. 

Fear has left the building.

Have a fantastic day, the sun is shining here and it is almost 70 degrees...