Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Forest of...

300 or so.
Pin Basting
I used Rita of Red Pepper Quilts' basting method. Pin Basting
Off to buy thread this morning. I'm quite excited about getting this one quilted.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

How often do I...

...clean the inside of my sewing machine?

Obviously not often enough.
Yup, that all came out of that tiny hole!
I entered the Geese in the Forest quilt in our local quilt show.
The perfect incentive to finish it, right?
Figured I should clean the sewing maching before I start quilting...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Free Pattern!

What have I been doing the last couple of days? Writing a Sand & Surf pattern. It can be downloaded over here.

I've also added kits to the store, so if you want to make your own little Sand & Surf quilt, you don't have to think too hard.

If you decide to use the pattern and find any errors, please let me know.  I haven't had time to have it tested.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Finish #7!

Here she is. Sand & Surf.
Sand & Surf

Baby quilt. 35" x 48".
Sand & Surf
Sand & Surf
And here's why I had to sew part of the binding on backwards. I wanted the colors to line up perfectly on both sides of the quilt. They do.
Sand & Surf
I decided to start selling my sample quilts on Etsy since I just don't have room for any more, but I don't think I can part with this one. Not yet.

(If you want to make your own, the Bella colors I used are: 201, 68, 104, 85, 216, 107, and 97 for the white.)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Super Quick Flying Geese Tutorial

Sand & Surf is done.  I love it and I'll share tomorrow. And I'm working on a free pattern.

Since most zig zag quilts are made up of flying geese units, I thought I'd share the method I used.  There are tutorials for this all over blogland, but I figured one more couldn't hurt.

This makes 4 identical flying geese, without any fabric wasted.

First off, you need to determine what size you wish your flying geese to be.
Flying geese units are always twice as wide as they are tall.

For Sand & Surf, I made 4" x 8" (finished) units, but this formula works for any size.

Add ⅞" to the finished height. (4 ⅞") - A
Add 1 ¼" to the finished width. (9 ¼") - B

Out of the fabric you wish to use for the side triangles of your flying geese, cut 4 squares A x A.
Out of the fabric you wish to use for the center of your flying geese, cut 1 square B x B.
Draw a diagonal line corner to corner on the WRONG side of each of the smaller squares.
I like to use a pencil because it won't bleed when washed, but you can also use a disappearing or washable marker.

Lay two of the smaller squares on top of the larger square RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER as in the photo. Be sure the lines match up. Pin.
Stitch ¼" away from the drawn line on each side.
Cut along the drawn line.
Press the seam toward the smaller triangles. (Forgot to take a photo the first time around...)
Place the remaining smaller squares on top of the two units you just created, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. Pin, and sew ¼" away from the drawn lines on either side.
Cut along the drawn lines and press the seams toward the smaller triangles. Voila! Four identical flying geese!

(I have created a PDF version of this tutorial, which you can view here.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Binding Time!

Want to challenge yourself? Try attaching a binding in the opposite direction. Reverse engineering.
You will probably do a lot of cursing and seam ripping but it will be SO rewarding in the end.

Sand & Surf

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Almost there

I'm hoping to finish Sand & Surf today and starting to think about binding.

Any ideas?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pebbles take forever!

I'd never tried pebble quilting before. Until today.

Pebble quilting
I love it, but it is NOT a quick way to quilt. 40" of zig zag took me two hours. Not sure how many more pebbles will be in this little quilt.
See my little clam shells?
Pebble quilting

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I really shouldn't

I have SO many other projects going, but this looks like fun.
Michele from Quilting Gallery is hosting an Autumn Block Party.
Over 15 weeks there will be instructions for 45 blocks designed by guest designers.

The blocks will be designed as 12" finished but I decided to reduce them to 9".  We'll see if it works.
The first block is appliqué, so reducing the size was fairly simple.  Not sure about the pieced blocks but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Autumn Block Party

Monday, September 3, 2012

Top Done!

Progress is slow over here, but I'm getting there.
Sand & Surf Quilt Top
I think I like it.
Now to figure out the quilting.

(The Bella colors I used are: 201, 68, 104, 85, 216, 107)