Thursday, September 22, 2016

Interlock Quilt for BQF 2016

Amy Ellis is once again hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival. This online event showcases so many wonderful quilts from the blogging world.  This is a great opportunity to share finished quilts, see what everyone's working on, and discover new blogs.

This is my king size Interlock quilt which I'm entering into the large quilts category.





You can read more about this quilt here.
The lovely orange peel quilting was done by AB Quilting Studio.
Fabric line is Persimmon by Basic Grey.

You can find my other BQF entry here.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you visit again soon.  Don't forget to visit all the categories of the festival!



Flora and Fauna Quilt for BQF 2016

Amy Ellis is once again hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival. This online event showcases so many wonderful quilts from the blogging world.  This is a great opportunity to share finished quilts, see what everyone's working on, and discover new blogs.



I'm entering my Flora and Fauna quilt into the ROYGBIV category.  I love how this quilt shows off the fabrics and I love the simple design.  

You can see the pretty swirl quilting done by AB Quilting Studio below:



The quilt finishes at 48" by 54".  The design is an alternate layout of Amy Smart's Craftsman pattern. 

You can find my other BQF entry here.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you visit again soon.  Don't forget to visit all the categories of the festival!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Getting those zippers right!

I've been making pouches again...not a bad way to spend time on the weekend.  Nothing fancy, but it was good zipper practice.  I was determined to get the corners right on these, and I made a lot of progress on that front.


So one thing I've learned is to cut your fabric one inch bigger than the zipper length and sew with a 3/8 inch seam.  This seems unnatural for us quilters, but this gives you 1/8 inch of room between the seam and the zipper ends. If you do it this way you don't need zipper tabs, your corners come out nicely and you shouldn't hit the zipper stop.

Love this lining fabric!
So the second thing to watch on these types of pouches is to make sure that the seam allowances and the zipper are folded towards the outside pouch fabrics, away from the lining fabrics.  Once you fold so that the outsides are facing and the lining fabrics are facing, the seam allowance and the zipper sections should all be down facing the outside fabrics.  Stitch in place with a few short stitches, then sew around (remember to leave the zipper open and the bottom of the lining open for turning.)

I'd like to thank Svetlana over at S.O.T.A.K Handmade for sending me these amazing 2.5" squares from her screen printing work.  I worked them into a new laptop case.  You can find two great posts on her sidebar, 33 free zipper pouch tutorials (you can perfect your zippers!) and 33 free tote bag tutorials.  Thank you Svetlana!  You can find her patterns and screen printed fabric here.


Anyone else out there have a great zipper tip to share?

Interested in more zip pouches, check these posts here and here.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and Finish it up Friday.  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Scrappy Trip Progress and Tips

Summer's gone by so quickly!  I've been working on my scrappy trip quilt with mostly Anna Maria Horner fabrics.  This is part of my Quarter 3 list for the 2016 Finish-A-Long.  I have a feeling I won't make the completion deadline for Q3, but that's okay, I'll just add it to Q4.



Making this has been a learning experience.  Since there isn't a true pattern, there are a lot of decisions to be made that you might not think of if you just follow a basic block tutorial.  I was inspired by this quilt in making my own.  I used seven strips for my blocks, which makes cutting the tube a little tricky.  I also didn't think carefully enough about contrast when I was putting all of my cut strips into groups of seven.  So here are a few pointers if you think you might work on a scrappy trip.

  1. If you make the block with an uneven number of strips, be sure to lay the tube flat and even prior to cutting or you will get wonky strip sets.  
  2. I found it easier to iron the already cut strip sets alternatively and then sew them back together with nested seams.  This is different than ironing the strips alternatively as the tutorial shows.  I know some of these will need to be pressed again, but it made matching the seams more precise for me.  
  3. Pay attention to placement of your contrasting fabric...for that matter, make sure you use contrasting fabric!  I know this seems obvious, but it took me a while to figure out what looks best, and that's because when I grouped my strips together I didn't always consider contrast, but was considering more of what strips would look good together by color families.  You need contrast for this, otherwise it's just a bunch of two inch squares.  
  4. If you are like me and need to find order in things (even in scrappy quilts) then you might want to think about your final layout and your contrast fabric.  In my finished quilt I've decided to do a vertical zig zag layout.  I realized (late) that it would be good to put a single different contrast fabric in each column of the quilt.  Since I decided this after making 12 of the 24 blocks, I'll need to resew or rearrange a few blocks to achieve the layout I want.  



 ....16 blocks done, 8 more to go!  Happy Sewing!