The coolest thing happened yesterday. I opened my email to discover that because I had linked my finished quilt (http://www.quiltsbylisa.blogspot.ca/2014/10/leah-days-building-blocks.html) to her gallery, I had won a random draw for her next tutorial.
I was going to pass on the 2015 class (even though it looked so pretty) because I thought I should take classes in more than just FMQ - I may or may not have purchased two classes on Craftsy. For half price of course.
This year for Christmas, my husband is giving me the best thing ever- a shopping spree on Connecting Threads. He feels like he is copping out a bit by letting me choose my own present, but I absolutely love taking my time, buying things I would never otherwise (like fun rulers) and perusing the precuts. Oh joy! I graciously offered to share the experience with him so he could feel more involved in the process, but he gave me a very expressive look and didn't bother to answer.
Anyway - the reason I mention my husband's gift is because I thought it would be fun to shop for the tutorial with it so I emailed Leah - who is still putting the finishing touches on her book - and asked if she had a materials list ready. Within hours she emailed a jpg of the back cover of the book. I love this girl. She doesn't stand apart or act like a celebrity and she talks about real life on her blog - her struggles and joys.
It looks like I'll be appliqueing butterflies next year. Is anyone planning on having a girl in the fall?
Monday, October 27, 2014
Size: 48 x 56
Pattern: Building Blocks by Leah Day
Reason: I love that I can FMQ on my domestic machine and although stippling is wonderful, I wanted to learn new techniques.
Fabric / Best Buys: Almost entirely scraps. I only dipped into my stash for the yellow and blue and white.
Thoughts: This was a really interesting class and learning process. Even though I've FMQed many quilts before I could feel myself getting more comfortable as the class went on.
I used a 2" binding strip instead of 2½". It made a nice thin binding.
1) My sewing machine does not like to FMQ with poly as the top thread (it breaks lots). Poly in the bobbin works just fine.
2) Pencil washes off of white fabric
3) I don't like premarking quilting patterns, but it really helps with accuracy so suck it up.
4) Don't undo your work just because it's not perfect. The triumph is in the learning and growing.
5) If doing different colour ways front and back try to have ONE colour in common to make choosing a binding colour easier. Just sayin.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Date: Early 2013 - August 2014
Pattern: Missouri Star Quilt Company "Pheobe's Flower Box" YouTube video here.
Reason: I needed to empty my green scraps drawer. Irony: My sister gave me a gift of scraps when I was nearly finished the top. Half of them were green.
Fabric / Best Buys: I'm fairly sure every single piece in the top is a scrap aside from the sashing and border. I used darker fabrics wrong side out when I needed a lighter value. The border is from the box my sister gave me.
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this pattern. I also loved improvising the back with leftover scraps. There is a free class on Craftsy.com that teaches different methods. That's where I got the idea.
My seven year old named this quilt. I tried to shorten it down to Kiwis, but "Kiwis and Flies" stuck in my head.
The flower quilting took a long time. I got really good at petals by the time flower number 600 rolled around.
Lessons Learned: Do math better. Buy more than I think I need. I found myself a fat quarter short of a discontinued fabric. I asked for help on Quiltville's FB site. Someone immediately said she'd mail me what I needed free of charge. Quilters are the best thing since rotary cutters.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Date: July / August 2014
Pattern: From my head:
~ Make crazy quilt blocks and cut them to 6.5".
~ Sew 2.5" strips of white to the crazy blocks
~ Sew 2.5" strips of a colour that matches the crazy block to the white
~ Square block to 10.5"
~ Make crazy quilt blocks and cut them to 8.5"
~ Sew 2.5" strips of white around the crazy block
~ Square block to 10.5"
Size: 37 x 47
Reason: A new baby in our church
Fabric / Best Buys: All the fabric used was scraps and gifts except for the borders - I took those from my stash. The binding was a pre-ironed binding given to me by my Aunt.
Thoughts: I love this pattern I used it for the first time here. I've been wanting to use it again ever since.
Lessons Learned: I finally got up the courage to stitch text into the quilting. It went really well and fit perfectly (Numbers 6:24-26) I'm so excited that it worked. I'll do it again on my next baby quilt. It worked really well to run through the motions in my head that my hands needed to make word by word. It kept me from getting overwhelmed and allowed me to keep calm and not rush. Winner!
Monday, July 14, 2014
Date: 2011 - Feb 2014
Size: 86 x 86
Reason: My Grandmother has given me hundreds of HSTs. I'm always looking for good HST patterns.
Fabrics: Half the HSTs are from my grandmother, the other half from my scraps. The sashings are from fabric a friend gave me.
Lessons Learned: Hand stitching through batik is painful. Just FYI
Thoughts: My sister's MIL wanted practice tops to break in her new long arm. I wish I had had more tops available for her when she asked :)
This quilt is on my bed. It makes me so happy. Who knew I love scrappy quilts so much . . .
Thursday, June 26, 2014
This quilt was designed by my seven year old daughter. She just assumes that whatever she dreams up I can do (insert super hero costume here). The very first bit of piecing was a Curved Seam. I've had very poor success with curved seams so to keep my sanity with this one, I cut the curve from the blue, ironed it under a ¼ inch and used a decorative stitch to sew it to the green. Then I trimmed away extra green from the seam allowance under the blue. It worked for me, but I doubt that's how they teach it :)
We used a graphics program to draw the bear then print it, cut it out and piece it back together. The paper pieces served as our templates.
Note to self: My background brown was not a whole lot larger than the lighter brown going on top of it - sometimes my satin stitches on the top and bottom layers overlapped. Either design the background bigger or the foreground smaller.
I didn't use a iron-on bond product for the larger pieces when I attached them to the background, but I did use interfacing - for the most part that went really well. The smaller things such as eyes were glued on before they were stitched.
I used interfacing
Another note to self: Cut background to size AFTER the applique has been sewn on.
Also - tractors are never green in my family's world. Just sayin'
My daughter also picked all the fabrics and all the thread. The red inner border was the last thing she picked. I think it's fantastic.
The Small One also had me do trapunto. She doesn't even know what that is, but the bear and the clouds have extra layers of fill - the belly has an extra layer again. I used YouTube videos to teach me the ins and outs.
The whole reason for this quilt was the tie - here it is - the last piece of the puzzle. Her cousin is due in September. I hope s/he enjoys the teddy bear.
Date: May / June 2014
Size: 36 x 40ish
Fabrics / Best Buys: All these fabrics were from my stash. The four patches were made from a Hoffman Bali Snap that I was given for Christmas.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Date: January 2014
Reason: My goal is to make 6 baby quilts for the Pregnancy Care Centre in January.
Fabrics: Grandma has given me a lot of blocks and HSTs. Hundreds in fact. Here are 4 of those blocks and 4 of the HSTs. Fleece that I don't remember the origins of and a strip of yellow flannel binding that was already ironed were probably also donated to me years ago.
Thoughts: Once again because I am participating in the Building Blocks Quilt Along with Leah Day, I figured I should suck it up and so these straight lines are entirely done FREE MOTION. I wonder If I have improved at all. I've now done three baby blankets doing straight lines this way.