Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Space One Block Wonder Quilt

  I do love me a one block wonder quilt....but all those triangles ahhhhh! Even though sewing all the pieces together is tiring it is always so exciting seeing the beautiful hexagons that are created.  I am particularly proud of this one because I love how it turned out.  It's more of a piece of art then a quilt.  I can't take all the credit though. This quilt was for a customer who had a definite vision in mind.  She picked out the fabric and we worked together back and forth to get the design just right.
  I started with stargazers solar system fabric from fabric.com

  When picking out or buying fabric for a one block wonder keep in mind how big the repeat is. For this fabric it was 24" apart, so to get 6 repeats you would need 4 yards.  If you are making a bigger quilt you would need at least 8 yards in this case. 

Here are some pictures of my process...
I layer 6 repeats (as close as I can get to perfect) on top of each other.  For this quilt I cut 3.5" strips then cut them into equilateral triangles.

Just taking a peak at some of the designs

I sew them into groups of three, so they are easier to keep track of.  Now I'm ready to put them up on my design wall.

Here are all the triangles.

After some trial and error you get a design you like.  Above is my first attempt.  Below is my second overall design attempt.  I say that because I went back and forth with the customer to get this one just right for her liking.

Pretty dang cool!

This quilt ended up being around 85" x 100" perfect for a double bed.  I had enough fabric for the front of the quilt, a sham, a bit for the back as a picture window of what the fabric looked like originally and binding.  For the borders I didn't want to take away from the middle, I used black and coordinating strips of batik fabric.  Making the hexes pop out into the border is way harder then it looks by the way!

Top stitching will be another adventure all on it's own.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stacked Squares Lush Quilt

  After an exhausting fall of quilting and a big craft sale I thought I would take a break from all things crafty.... well no such luck, apparently I quite enjoy it and started to go through withdraw. 
  Since I don't have any completed projects to write about, here is a really exciting quilt top I finished.  I love the stacked squares quilts so I was excited to make a full size version. I have made two baby ones like this but never a bed size.  There is a free pattern here using jelly rolls. 
  This is my third quilt using the Lush collection by Michael Miller Fabrics.  I love the bright colors!

I am very excited to go top stitch this one with nice soft fuscia minky on the back.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Equilateral Triangle Quilt Tutorial

  I have fell in love with the equilateral triangle quilts.  I have made quite a few and love how they turn out.  In my ETSY shop I have decided to sell quilt kits with pre-cut triangles, along with the kits comes some instructions I made up.  I thought I would put up on here changed up just a bit... (Underneath instructions will be modifications for different sizes)

Equilateral Triangle Quilt Instructions
Example Quilt is for a 39" x 39" Baby Quilt

Materials Needed:
28- 8.5" equilateral triangles
1/4 meter fabric - inner border
1/2 meter fabric - outer border
1/4 meter fabric - binding
1 meter - backing
Crib size batting
Cutting board
Rotary cutter
Quilting ruler

Seam allowance: 1/4"
WOF = Width of Fabric


Step 1: Place triangles in desired layout. Cut 4 triangles in half to use on the edges.

Step 2: Going row by row sew the triangles together. 
Quick guide for assembling rows as follows:


Iron the seams apart as shown below


Place yellow triangle on top using green triangles open pressed seams as a guide.

You should end up with 4 rows with 6 full triangles and half triangles on the ends.

Step 3: After the rows are assembled sew them together to complete center of quilt top.

Pin each corresponding point together for better alignment. Iron.

Step 4: Take inner border fabric and cut  4- 1.5" x WOF strips to make first framing border.

 Sew onto quilt vertically then horizontally. Cut off excess, iron.

Step 5: Take outer border fabric and cut 4- 3" x WOF strips

Sew onto quilt. Cut off excess, iron.
Step 6: Now you have a completed quilt top. You can baste, quilt and bind as desired.

Twin Size
Quilt approximately 69" x 84"
108 - 8.5" equilateral triangles
1/2 yard inner border fabric (1.5")
1 1/4 yard outer border fabric (5.5")
1 yard binding fabric
5-6 yards backing fabric
Twin batting  
Throw Size
Quilt approximately 54.5" x 63"
70- 8.5" equilateral triangles
1/4 meter inner border (1.5" border)
1/2 meter outer border (3" border)
3 meters backing fabric
1/2 meter binding fabric
twin batting

Baby Size with 6" equilateral triangles.
Quilt approximately 40" x 40"
60- 6" equilateral triangles
1/2 meter border fabric (3.75")
1/4 meter binding fabric (2.25" double binding)
1 1/4 meter backing
crib batting

Monday, October 20, 2014

Scattered Seeds Craft Market 2014

  Had a wonderful weekend at the Scattered Seeds Show.  It was a great experience for my first big sale.  I learned a lot and hope to do it again next year.  I really didn't realize how much stock I have. Once I displayed what I have I realized I go for certain color pallets.

  The quilt on the back wall was a raffle and the lucky winner was Talitha Timlick! Who actually is my sister, I was going to draw again but felt bad because she actually bought a lot of tickets. 
Hope to see you at Scattered Seeds 2015!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wee Wander Quilt

 Here's another great project that came my way, a throw/twin quilt with the Wee Wander collection by Michael Miller fabrics.  I can't tell you how much I love working with beautiful fabric.  This fabric was designed by Sarah Jane, a wonderful illustrator.
  The pattern I used has a great free tutorial here.  It is nice to not have to cut all the fabrics on the diagonal but if I were to do it again I would have.  There is more waste but I think it would look nicer.  With the 21 fat quarters I could easily get another row across and down making it a twin instead of a large throw according to the pattern. Getting the lattice lines just right is a little difficult, just use a lot of pins :)
  The top stitch design is one of my favorites it is simple dragonflies but looks gorgeous.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Craftsy Sale!!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Honey Honey Quilts

  I received a very exciting order to do 3 quilts for a lady for her cottage.  She picked the Honey Honey collection by Kate Spain for Moda fabric.  It is an older collection so I had to order from three different places to get enough fabric but am thrilled with how they turned out!!
  Here's the two twin quilts that are similar patterns for two little girls.
  The queen quilt is done in oversized hexagons, it was my first time doing mitered border corners and I love them!
  The top stitch patterns are modern roses for the twin quilts and a more intricate rose pattern for the queen. 
  Hope she likes them :)


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wild Child Charm Pack Throw Quilt

  So I had this beautiful fabric lying around, Wild Child designed by Jane Sassaman for Free Spirit Fabrics.  I started with 4 charm packs and some black and dark blue fabric.  The free spirit charm packs have less squares compared to moda but they are also cheaper.  I decided to take out some of the designs because I didn't want too much white.  This is one of my first quilts using mostly black and was excited to see the outcome.

  I ended up using the dark blue fabric on the back and used about 1.5 yards of black fabric along with the charm pack for the front. I used a common charm pack quilt pattern, but what I am most excited about is the beautiful top stitching.  I took advantage of this opportunity to use variegated thread.  The pictures don't do it justice but the front is a rainbow thread and the back is blue and yellow.

Happy Quilting :) 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Scattered Seeds 2014

  So I am very excited that I will be part of Scattered Seeds Christmas Craft Market this year!  It's not until October but I have been going crazy making stuff.  I learned a lot from my first craft sale ever last Christmas.  Quilts need to be displayed!  I have a lot planned for my 10' x10' booth. 

  Here is a sneak peek at the pin cushions I have been making... They are a nice big size 3.5" x 3.5" and 2" tall.  They are lined with felt and filled with ground walnut shells.  Why walnut shells?  I did some research and a lot of people recommend it.  They give it a nice weight and your pins don't pop out. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Disappearing Nine Patch Throw Quilt- Chance of Flowers

  Found a wonderful weekend project, disappearing nine patch throw quilt.  All you need is 2 charm packs and 1 yard of a solid color fabric, in my case cream.

I saw this pattern here and it has a great tutorial.  It goes together quite fast and has a nice effect. 

I top stitched it in an all over rose pattern to go along with all the roses on the fabric.  I absolutely love how it turned out.  I used plush backing and added white flannel in the middle instead of batting.  With the plush backing batting isn't really needed but I didn't want the turquoise to show through the quilt top. 

Contemplating keeping this one... but it's listed in my ETSY shop.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ABC Menagerie Charm Pack Baby Triangle Quilts

  Very excited to work on two new baby quilts.  Part of my www.fabric.com order was these cute ABC Menagerie charm packs. 

  I decided to separate the more girly fabrics from the boyish fabrics to create a girl quilt and a boy quilt. 

  I saw this pattern on a great quilting blog Must Love Quilts (it's an awesome tutorial) and I wondered if I could get 2 equilateral triangles out of each charm square.  It's a little work but I did it and they can add 2 - 4 1/4" equilateral triangles to their cutting chart on the back of the charm pack. 

You don't have to worry about the cut off corners because those fall into the seam allowances.

  For the girl quilt I used the Must Love Quilts pattern. I love the cute heart in the corner.  The quilt ended up being around 39" x 39".  I love adding a solid color fabric to my charm pack to make it go further.  In my case I used a variety of white on white fabrics.

  For the boy quilt I decided just to do a miscellaneous pattern.  The triangles are kind of tedious to sew but have a nice effect.  I'm very happy with the way they turned out.

I'm excited to go top stitch them, I have a great ABC, 123 pattern I think will look great!