QAYG Hot Pads

Our kitchen was in dire need of hot pads so I whipped-up some scrappy ones this past week.  I used the quilt-as-you method (QAYG), so they were super fast and easy to make.

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If you would like to make some of your own, this is what you will need for two 8″ x 8″ hot pads.

  • approx 8″ x 16″ piece of insulated batting (such as insul-bright)
  • (2) 8″ x 16″ pieces of cotton batting
  • 9″ x 17″ piece of backing fabric
  • fabric scraps (strips work best)
  • adhesive spray

Layer the first three items above as follows:  first place the backing fabric wrong side up, then place a piece of cotton batting on top on that, then the insul-bright, then another layer of batting.  Use adhesive spray to baste the layers together so they don’t shift during sewing.  This creates a 4-layer quilt sandwich to start with.  I’m not sure where I bought my insulated batting, or even what brand it is because I have had it for so long, but my insulated batting already had two layers of batting, the insulated mylar, and plain fabric on the back.  It is quite thick, and I tested it by placing a hot iron on it and the backing fabric was still cool, so I didn’t think I needed to add any additional layers.  So I skipped the 2nd and 3rd items above and decided to use it as-is since it already had all 4 layers.

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Now onto the fun part!  Choose two fabric strips and place right sides together.  Position onto the exposed batting on the top of your quilt sandwich, and sew down one long edge.

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Flip over the fabric so that you can see the right sides of both fabric strips sewn, and iron to flatten the seam.

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I chose to use shorter strips than needed so I could later go back and sew-on fabric strips going the other direction.  In the above picture the bird fabric is too long, so I cut off the bottom to make it the same length as the first strip (below).  Also you can choose to make this project even more scrappy by piecing smaller pieces of fabric together to make a longer strip as seen below on the left.

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Then chose another strip, place it face down and line up the edges with the strip to the right and sew down the long edge.

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Continue in this fashion, placing a strip face down, sewing down the long edge, flipping so that it is right side up, and then adding another strip face down along its edge, sewing down the long edge, flipping so that it is right side up, and so on…  I have 13 strips sewn like this across the batting, and then I used that same method to fill in the remaining corners by sewing strips the opposite direction.

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And here is where I just realized I forgot to take more pictures…

Once the entire surface area was covered with strips, I basted along all 4 edges, trimmed the edges even and then cut in half to create two 8″ x 8″ squares.  Then I used some scrap binding that I had on hand to finish them.  Voila!  Two new hot pads for the kitchen.

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As you can see, this is a pretty fast process, and because the quilting is done as the same time as the piecing, there is no reason to go back and quilt all the layers together once you’re done.  Of course, you always could do more quilting if you wanted to add more detail or designs, but that was not my purpose here.   And I used up some more of my scraps which is always fun!

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

 

 

 

 

 

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Finish A Long Q1 2016

I’m going to try this again.  I tried it last summer.. I tried several years ago… I set goals and then I get side-tracked.  But I still have so, so many UFOs, so I’m going to join the first quarter finish-a-long hosted by Clover & Violet among others.

The purpose of the Finish-A-Long (FAL) is to make a list of projects that have already been started but not finished and thus are hanging about in your sewing room as UFOs.  And then to finish those UFOs during the quarter and either blog about it or post to Flickr or Instagram.  All eligible entries will be entered to win wonderful prizes which is really all the incentive I need to try to get some of these things finished.

So, here goes…

  • Start and finish quilt for TMQG Spoonflower Challenge (6 Fat-8ths to work with).  I have the fabric, I will be using an original design, I just need to do it.IMG_3292
  • Finish small lone star wall hanging.  The star is pieced.  Need to finish piecing the quilt top and then quilt and bind it.IMG_3291
  • Finish quilt for Quilts of Valor (very old UFO -2003).  The top is done.  Just needs to be quilted and bound.IMG_3290
  • Finish improv quilt.  About 1/3 – 1/2 done with top.IMG_3288
  • Handquilting this panel for guild charityIMG_3289
  • Another quilt for guild charity.  They provide the fabric, batting, and pattern.  I provide the labor.IMG_3293
  • Cowboy quilt — fabric shown and will be using an original pattern.  This one is going to be super cute even though it has brown (I very much dislike brown in quilts, but it fits here).  IMG_3294
  • Last but not least, make a prairie bonnet for my mom.  She has requested one.  This is the fabric I have picked out.IMG_3295

Many of these UFOs are not my style which is why they have sat for so long.  I always find more interesting projects to do instead.  But I really should just bite the bullet and finish them so I can stop thinking about them.

The improv quilt is my favorite and what I really would like to work on.  But it’s also the most recent, so I’m still really excited about it and how it’s coming together.  Maybe I’ll start with the oldest first and work my way to the more recent.

Wish me luck!

Linking up with Clover & Violet for Finish Along Goals Q1. #2016FAL

 

Raw Edge Applique Tutorial

I just finished another raw edge applique project that I just love.  For the local MQG chapter we were challenged to use the Allison Glass Ex Libris butterfly motif in charcoal or white.  I decided to use the charcoal colorway.  Each circle in the panel is approximately 10″ in diameter.

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I’ve been wanting to make a silhouette of a deer for a quite a while now and I thought this would be a good project for this fabric.  I had to do some piecing, but not much.  So other than the quilting, it was a quick project.  I just love how it turned out.

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Thought I would share with you how I made this and the Anchored with Love pillow since the technique is the same.

You will need the following items:

  • Double-sided fusible web, paper backed on each side (I used Lite Steam-a-Seam2)
  • Quilt top
  • Fabric scraps
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Pattern of applique piece
  • Pencil or pen

Trace pattern onto paper on one side of fusible web.

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Cut out image leaving approximately 1/4″ all the way around.

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Peel off the paper from the other side of the fusible web that does not have the traced image.

Please your fabric scraps on the exposed fusible web where wanted.  Lite Steam-A-Seam2 is sticky, so it holds your fabric scraps while you work on placement, and it can repositioned as needed.  Just make sure the fabric covers all traced lines.  Once you are satisfied with where all fabric scraps are placed, press with hot iron to make permanent.  (Note that the other side of the fusible web is still backed with paper to keep it from sticking to anything else.)

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Turn the applique image over and cut along the traced image to clean up the edges.

 

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I have trimmed on all traced lines and have just the one antler left

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close up

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close up of head shows several fabric pieces

Peel paper off applique image and position where wanted onto quilt top and press with hot iron.

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Once ironed onto fabric, the fusible web should be permanent (per the instructional sheet that comes with the fusible web product).  However, it’s always a good idea to put some sort of quilting over it just to make sure.

When I made the anchor pillow, I decided not to quilt it.  So, instead I zigzag’d along all edges of the fabric pieces.   This was probably a good decision for this project because I accidentally forgot to leave 1/4″ all the way around the fusible web before I placed the fabric scraps, so the edges are a bit more frayed than they would be otherwise.

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Or you can do an all over quilt design making sure to ‘catch’ the applique as part of the quilting like I did here.

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Or simply stitch 1/8″-1/4″ from edge of each applique piece.

Ta da, you’re done.  It really is super easy.  I hope you’ll give it a try and make something you love.

Deer measures approximately 9 1/4″ by 18 1/2″.  Finished project measures 17″ x 21 1/2″.  My plan is to hang this in my new mountain home.

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

 

 

 

Anchored with Love

Happy 2016!  2015 was a year of many changes, some of which I haven’t seen the purpose for yet, so I’m very excited to see what 2016 brings.

I’m starting my sewing/quilting year off with a project I just love.  The two oldest grand kids just left after visiting for a week.  While they were here, they batted their little eyelashes, smiled their sweet smiles, and asked me to make a pillow for their mom.  They decided they wanted an anchor on the pillow.

So I pulled out my small scraps- blue they said.  Well after looking at the scraps we decided to use turquoise colors instead of blue.

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We used various turquoise values and prints and they helped lay them out onto the traced image we had of an anchor.  And then we decided to add the heart in coral to show how much they loved their mom.  From my stash, we used a light grey print for the background and raw edged appliqued the anchor to it, and then used a dark grey solid as the border.  At the last minute I decided it needed a little something extra so I added the piping around the edges.

I love how it turned out and honestly hated to give it away.  I would be happy to have it in my house.  I just love the beach, and since we’re living in the mountains now, it made the sand, sun, and surf seem just a little closer.

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Finished at 15″.  Used a 16″ pillow form.  The back is done using an envelope closure so the pillow cover can be removed and washed if needed.

Linking up with SewCanShe for Show Off Saturday

Rett’s Truck

I have a special quilt to share with you today.  I was asked to make this quilt for a new baby of a long-time family friend.  My family has known this family since before I was born (I’m now in my late 40s) and they are still very precious friends.  I take that back… they are family, pure and simple.

Another reason this quilt is special is because I’ve never made anything like it before.  It was a huge challenge.  I honestly didn’t know where to start.  But if you’ve followed my blog for any length of time at all, you know I like challenges. It intrigued me…  So I decided to give it a try.

I was asked to make a quilt of this truck, but with a green hood.  First I had to determine what details I wanted to include and which to leave out.  I didn’t feel comfortable with including every little detail, but obviously I needed to include enough to make the truck look good.

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Then finding fabric that would work was also a bit challenging.  What values of grey would work for the metal parts versus the chrome?  I didn’t want to use metallic. And what to use for the green hood?  I really wanted to find a fabric that was green with some rust spots but ended up settling with the Michael Miller painter’s canvas green there in the middle.  In fact, I used the painter’s canvas in several grey tones as well.  I really liked the texture it provided.  Eve went fabric shopping with me.  She was a great help!  .

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But, how do I actually put it together?  All my applique quilts up to now have been smaller pieces raw-edged appliqued onto a solid piece of fabric.  But in this case, the entire quilt needed to be appliqued since there wasn’t a background single piece of fabric to work with.  So, I decided I needed help.  I found a class on Craftsy called Pictorial Quilting Techniques by Wendy Butler Berns. I watched the whole class and then got busy planning the quilt.

I won’t tell you all the steps because I don’t want to give away any of Wendy’s steps, but many, many, many hours and a half-dozen glue sticks later, almost 100 pieces joined together to make this quilt . I embroidered the baby’s name onto the front license plate and added a hanging sleeve onto the back.  I am very pleased with how it turned out and so is the mom of a very sweet little one.  I heard there were tears when she opened it.  It measures 34″ x 45″ or so.  –

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And I won 2nd place at the local county fair.

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Linking up with Party Time at My Quilt Infatuation, Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Sunday Stash

Hello friends.  It’s been so long.  I am not posting as often as I would like.  Our internet has been having issues – really I think it’s just due to living in a small town in the mountains – and it is just too painful to have to wait for things to load.  Morning aren’t too bad… late afternoons and evenings it crawls.  It seems to be working well today though so I am taking advantage of it.

I have quite a bit new fabric in my stash which is nice since my stash is still in storage and I brought almost nothing with me to work with.  First up is this Michael Miller Glitz fat-eighth bundle that I got from the Modern Quilt Guild for the Michael Miller Challenge at the upcoming QuiltCon West in Feb 2016.  These are black and white fabrics with metallic silver designs.  The goal is to feature this fabric in a quilt of any size.  I can combine it with any Michael Miller solids for the quilt top, and any Michael Miller prints on the back.  So…

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I won a $50 gift certificate from Hawthorne Threads from my friend Michelle at Factotum of Arts.  With that I was able to buy these Michael Miller coordinates and matching Aurifil threads.  I picked this flowery print because it matched the honey and mint solids I picked for the front.  But, it has gold metallic accents, instead of silver.  Hmm… I’m going to have to think about this.IMG_2845

Then I won this fat quarter pack from The SewCanShe Sewcialites on Facebook.  These prints are from The Adventures line by Cori Dantini for Blend fabrics.  Aren’t they adorable?  They will make a great boy quilt.

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And lastly, remember Ethel, the elephant I made that won 2nd place in an Art Gallery Fabrics challenge.  Well, this is the half-yard bundle and set of Aurifil thread I won from that.  This fabric is the Hello Bear line from Bonnie Christine.  Another great line for a boy quilt.IMG_2642

The Lord has truly blessed me with free fabric lately, so I need to find some time to make some quilts to bless others.  I don’t think I’ll get to it this month, but maybe in December.  Hahaha… who am I kidding?  It will probably be after Christmas.  Of course, I’ll share them with you when I get around to it.

Linking up with Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles.

Ethel, The Rocking Elephant

I am in LOVE with Ethel.  Not only is she made with beautiful Art Gallery fabric, but she is soft, cuddly, and so freaking adorable.

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Art Gallery is sponsoring a contest using the new Cultivate line by Bonnie Christine.  This great line blends the cool colors of summer with warm fall tones.  The challenge was to use any of the prints from this line to make anything that signifies change.

We had just 2 1/2 weeks to make and submit a project for this challenge.  That’s not much time, but doable.  I was hoping to create my own pattern, but then I had the grand-monkeys for a week, and was sick for a week.  So really, I didn’t have much time as originally expected to work on this challenge.  But I love how she turned out.

I used a Huggable Pattern for the elephant.  I made up the hat and rocker, and honeyman made the rocker for me. She had her first photo shoot at the LQS, but when I took her to the park, her personality really came through.

She decided that she really liked to garden among the hosta plants.

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And then she lost her rocker (Is that the same as losing your marbles?) and decided to take a break.  She didn’t see any little boys or girls to play with, but she would have loved that as well.  (I put magnets in her feet that allow her to stand on the rocker without falling over.)

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She started playing hide-and-go-seek behind the bushes…

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And took a break on a bench in town square.

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If you have enjoyed Ethel, she asks that you log into Pinterest and VOTE FOR HER here.  You vote by clicking on the heart on her picture.  Of course, repins are great too.

Linking up with:

#CultivateChallenge & #CultivateInFall.