Monday, April 25, 2016

Channelling the Crafter

So I'm trying something new. I'm trying to create rustic painted mason jars with tissue flowers for my Mere's big birthday extravaganza this weekend.  Of course, it was a gong show getting the chalk paint I needed.  So here's the start. They have two coats of paint, I hope that's going to be enough. I froze my butt off painting them outside tonight and have them drying in front of the fireplace.  I'll update you on the progress. Her

Monday, April 4, 2016

Self Binding Blankets

I'm so glad you made me learn how to do this!!  I made 4 of them today.  All rectangular blankets!!

I did figure out a little trick.  Sew along the sides right to the 1/4 in mark and then start the next side in the same spot that you finished the first side.  I'll try to take some pictures to show you when I make one tomorrow!!!

This is the first one I made ... Love the blue with the elephants!

The corner lines up really well!!

Here's number 2!!

I like how this fancy stitch turned out!  Might need to use it again!!

I need to hem the bridesmaid dress and alter my bathing suit tomorrow before I make more of these blankets!!

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Giant couch quilt phase ...

I think this is one of the last of my giant couch quilts that I started years ago.  Can't wait to get it done this week at your place because there's now way I could lay this out there!!!

It touches the floor on both sides of the bed.  Seriously ... What was I thinking?!?!?!?
I do love it even if if there are lots of the same 9 patches beside each other!!
Happy Sewing!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Productive Easter Sunday

I hope the Easter bunny was good to you both ... 

I figure this is how all of you in the north feel!!  We don't have any snow, thank goodness!!!

I finished the top of the basketball quilt today!!  I'll bring it with me to quilt at your place later this week. Here's how it turned out so far:

Dallas pointed out that the two middle rows aren't exactly even.  I didn't make them that way because I thought it would look okay and I think it does!!!  The next big question, how to quilt it???  I think I'm going to use black thread and do a large meandering pattern.  The t-shirts won't stretch so much if I do that.

I pulled this old magazine after I finished the basketball quilt top.

It's from 2006!!  That's old now!! LOL!!  I still really like the quilt on the cover.  It's simple and would be quick to do.  This is the quilt that I really really like from that magazine!!!

I can't remember when I started to work on this quilt.  Obviously, a long time ago based on the age of the magazine.  I was reminded how much I liked the quilt and thought maybe I should finish it or at least get it going a little more.  I was able to finish 1/2 of the quilt top today.

I didn't do any planning.  I just started sewing and this happened ... 

And this ... 

And this ... Which isn't that bad!

And these three too ... 

There are a bunch of poka dot squares and this is the only one that I've used so far.  So that means that the other 1/2 of the quilt will be over run with them.

That's what happens to when I don't make a plan.  Why can't I be random?

Well I've watched my way into Season 6 of Vampire Diaries and now it's time for this quilter to head to bed!!!
Night Night!!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Origin of the Pink Tournament Quilt

Jessie Smoliak asked me to make a t-shirt quilt for the teacher/coach that started the original "Pink" basketball tournament.  She collected a bunch of the t-shirts that are sold at the tournaments and I found some great pink basketball material for the back.  

I'm using my go to charcoal/black material in between and for the boarders.  

I cut the t-shirts up and ironed on the fusible webbing onto the back of them so they won't stretch out when I sew them together.  After that, I tried to figure out a layout.  I actually just put them out on the floor to thin about it.

I was just looking at them when Dallas decided to join in and change my plan.  

Here's his layout ... Which I am using!!!  

Nice and even!!  Everything is balanced in Dallas' world with this layout!!  Except the upside down square on the bottom!!!  I have 2 rows stitched together.  I hope to get the other two rows stitched together tomorrow and have it finished by tomorrow night!!  

I got my next quilt all mapped out ... 

That's what my instructions look like.  This is what the quilt should look like

I need to get some print material to actually make this.  I've collected a lot of Basic Grey Grunge fabric that is solid and I love it.  I'm just not sure if it would look as good done in solids as it does with 19 great prints.  19 different prints plus white are needed to get this quilt done and a lot of 1/2 square triangles.  I'm going to need help picking out material for this one.  I might just put this one on the "I really want to make this quilt" pile for a while and collect some material.  I also need to collect material for the cow quilts that I need to make for Penny!!  I'm excited because I can actually start to buy material again!!  Woot Woot!!!  

Great productive day for the two of us!!!