Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fabric Panel One Block Wonder Progress

  So I cut up my fabric panel quite a few months ago and have put it off to the side while finishing renovations and such.  Since my house is now somewhat put back together I thought I would take out all my endless triangles and start sewing.  Sewing is my time to relax and think.  It also is a great creative outlet.  I have so many quilts on the go and piles of fabric it can sometimes be overwhelming, I have to remember it's just a hobby.  I sat for a few nights and sewed all the triangles in groups of threes.  You have to be careful to keep your two sets of three together.  With this particular obw quilt the hexagons are all so different if they got jumbled it was easy to find the pairs.


Once all my sets of threes where sewn I set up a design wall in my sewing room.  I just pinned a flannel flat sheet to the wall.  I am so happy to finally have a dedicated craft room where I can leave a big ugly sheet pinned to the wall and not worry about it.  Once you start putting up your pieces it's amazing how beautiful your quilt can be.  Although I started out with a nice panel it's not as cool as the quilt it's turning into.  I was really worried about the quilt being ugly actually and upset that I was spending all this time for something not that great, but it actually blew my expectations out of the water.  Now I am just frustrated cause I can't get the quilt lay out just right... Here's a few of my attempts.  I think my problem is that it is just not big enough to get the full effect, and I don't have any more fabric.  I'll just have to tinker with it till I get it to my liking :)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Accuquilt Rag Quilt

  I finally got to try out my Accuquilt GO! rag die.  I had a small pack of woolies flannel, 58 blocks.  The colors were very pretty and I thought it would be perfect for a floor mat or even a throw for my daughters bed.  My daughter really doesn't need any more quilts but I love making her things. 

  It is actually unbelievable how easy it is.  I have made a rag quilt before and it took me months to cut all those tabs and wore out a pair of scissors.  So after about 20 minutes my squares where all through the machine and ready to go.  Yes only 20 minutes! 

  Since me and my mom do so much top stitching on quilts we always have so much batting cut offs.  These cut offs are perfect for rag quilts and a great way to use up all those piles of batting that are too small for even table runners.

  So now that I had all my pieces I sat and pinned them together.

  Normally you sew an x through the middle but since I have such easy access to a longarm I thought I'd play around with some designs instead.  But really come to think of it, since your usually working with individual squares it would be easy to do designs on your regular machine. 

  I had to be very careful and sew the quilt together with the pins holding the squares together.  I had to do this because I wanted to put it on the longarm to finish off each square.  I took me about 3 hours which isn't bad.  The accuquilt cuts the squares so the corners are notched out which is great so you don't have bulky corners. 

  It was fun picking out kid patterns to put in each square I decided on 5 then did them in a pattern. I picked a swirl, butterfly, bee, duck, and flower.  I still had to sew in each corner to hold the batting in place but I was very happy with how it turned out.   I even wrote Ava in the middle which is my daughters name.

  I couldn't wait to go home and wash it to see my finished product.  And bang instant cozy quilt that my daughter loves.