Archive for the ‘quilting’ Category

Thinking on what to do for baby quilt…

January 25, 2011

My sister-in-law is having her first baby in May and I want to make her a quilt.  Some reason I am envisioning my niece telling/showing her kids someday about this quilt her auntie made her.  So her colors are hot pink and lime.  Since the colors are so bold I am thinking of doing a quilt with alot of white with splashes of these colors in it.

Few ideas

Quilt by fellow Etsykids member Foiplus

Quilt by fellow Etsykids member Foiplus

Quilt by carolinapatchworks

Cant wait to get started.. i have until April for the shower…. SO FUN sewing for a baby again!

Table Runner.. or centerpiece placemat…

November 16, 2010

Finished this for a dear friend as a surprise swap gift!!  Hope it arrives promptly and she loves it.  Inside the regular fabrics I snuck in some cute kiddo fabrics for her kids to try to “SPY”

Flip n’ What?? :)

September 28, 2010

I cant tell you how excited I was to hear and see about this method of scrappy quilting called Flip & Sew.   Kinda like paper piecing but without all the work.   This is a great way to get rid of scraps of ALL sizes without tedious cutting of pieces into a pattern.  Such a great quilting method for those that like to creatively “wing-it”.   My friend, Darla, came by today and showed me her block and told me about this method and I had to try it for myself before I could sleep tonight.

You can google it and find several how to’s online if you wanna try it.  Here is my first 12″ block. 

Think I will do 9 blocks and then border them with a cream/ivory solid and then free form quilt them.  So pretty!! 

OK- gotta head to bed now, but just couldnt settle my brain until I tried it!  I have a love/hate relationship with my creative juices 🙂

Crazy Quilting Paper Pieced Scrap Coasters Tutorial

January 6, 2009

I have found a great use for some scraps of fusible fleece, fleece and wovens!!   SO gather some scraps and lets get started!

Finished Crazy Quilting Coasters by you.

First print these templates if you choose to use mine.  Or make a 4″ square and make a pattern on it!!!  Also, I will try to explain a very basic and brief way to paper piece. If I am confusing you I suggest viewing this free tutorial on paper piecing. Although we arent using PAPER, we are using fusible fleece, the method is pretty much the same concept!

Take your fusible Fleece with the fusible side to the paper (down), trace the square and lines with a marking pen.  Then gather some scraps!


Take your first scrap piece place Right side down and place the fusible fleece template on it.  Make sure it will cover the full area you are wanting it too.  Note that the templates have numbers in the areas, that is the order I recommend you sew/fill the sections.  In this case this print is the print I will be using for the middle section. 

Now find the piece you want to cover section #2, Lay it with the Right sides together with print #1.  Lay it slightly over the line you will be sewing, so that when it is sewn and flipped right side up, it will cover section #2.  Being careful not to shift the pieces, flip over and sew the line!

  Sewing the line. by you.

Fold the piece back and trim the excess to about 1/4″ from the seam as shown below.  Repeat the above for section #3 (and #4 if applicable)


Iron Pieces out.  This should now fuse your fleece to your fabric!  Then Trim the excess around the square off. 


Now topstitch if desired.  Sometimes I stitch on both sides of the seams.  But you can stitch in the seams, just on one side, stipple quilt it, quilt lines the opposite direction of the seams, or not even topstitich it at all!


Place your square right sides together with your fleece scrap and trim around.  Then sew, using a 1/8″ seam allowance, around starting 1″ from a corner all the way around and 1″ into the same side you started, leaving an 1.5″ opening or so.  Trim the corners.


Now turn your coaster.  Then fold in the opening raw edges.  Start on that side and topstitch 1/8″ from the edge all the way around. 


Then upload the photo to the Patchy Apple Tutorial FLickr Pool and Enjoy!  😀


Ginger Blossom Quilt For a Friend

September 10, 2008
I finished a quilt today a good friend of mine had me make with the fabric she purchased. Just wanted to share.

It ended up being square which I wasnt planning on.. but it is huge, lol. And the back I couldnt do with one fabric or patch in 4 squares like we talked so it is a mismash of 3 prints. Seems to be a trend in quilting to piece the back like that..

I also pieced and made the binding for it

Few other things I have been working on and my new fabric cabinet:

Cell phone/MP3 player cases!

July 25, 2008

I drafted this pattern yesterday after having it drawn and configured forever! I was waiting on the clips to get here!!

These will be listed at Retro Femme for sale tonight! They are padded slightly and have a snap closure. Sturdy plastic belt/visor clip on the back. Would fit most standard cell phones and MP3 players securely.

Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt with Freshcut Heather Bailey fabrics!

March 7, 2008

I had a bunch of charm squares left from the Freshcut Heather Bailey line I used for my baby girls nursery/bedding.

Then saw this tutorial on the “Disappearing 9 patch” and thought I would give it a try!  (thanks mama ;)) 

I machine quilted/pieced the whole thing. Used premade quilt binding bias tape for the edges and a natural brushed flannel for the back. I quilted down between the “rows” and then around all the random tiny squares made.. so the machine quilted part on the back is sorta random.. but I like it that way, lol.

Thanks for looking!

Baby Girl’s Bedding & Crib all put together & New 3D picture!

March 2, 2008
So I finally finished the last piece of the nursery, recovering the mobile. My Mom took me shopping yesterday too and bought the mattress & crib sheet/pad so I could put it all together!!

Here are all the pictures. I have SNS’ed all the pieces as I finished them before but here it is together and the mobile finished.

I took the mobile from my son’s crib bedding and recovered it and self-drafted the little “birdies”. They are scraps of coordinating Heather Bailey Freshcut fabrics with sewn on little wool felt “wings”

Also I went this past Thursday to see my Sister-in-Law, Carol, who is an Ultrasound Tech and measured baby girl and we managed to get ONE 3D picture.  She was so smushed in there with hardly any fluid around her now that was all we could get.   According to the U/S measurements/calculator she weighs approx. 5lbs right now.  So my guess is 7.5lbs at birth!  We shall see!!

Need 6 more quilt blocks for Baby girl, Anyone wanna participate?

February 25, 2008

I wrote a post last week about how I would love to make a quilt for baby girl that had 12 different blocks from various blog readers, friends, sewing mamas of mine!!! The blocks can be pieced however the seamstress saw fit *9 patch, 4 smaller squares, something fancy, etc*, in pink/brown colors mainly *I dont mind if it has some other colors in it*  I needed them to be squared to 12″ squares once pieced and need them in the next few weeks so I can finish the quilt before baby girl arrives!!   You can “donate/make” 1 or 2 or however many you want..  If I get too many I will just add blocks to make another row and make the quilt bigger!! LOL

 If you have a biz/personal tag or can hand embroider your name/biz/etc on the square somewhere that would be lovely. 

I promise to show the quilt when I am done quilting it all together!!! 😀


Our diaper bag.. made with Joel Dewberry “Aviary” fabrics

February 24, 2008

So I heavily modified 2 pattern pieces from a Butterick tote bag pattern to make this diaper bag for us.

I quilted the front/bag/sides with fusible fleece, added stiff peltex to the bottom for a little stamina on the bottom. Put snaps on the sides so I could bring them in or unsnap when I needed the bag to be HUGE. Small pockets inside on both ends, and then a long pocket separated down the middle on the other. Made a “tab” to fold over and snap onto the front to hold the bag together.. There are 3 snap settings for when the bag is barely full, full, and loaded, lol.  And there is a doubled over strip of twill tape in the side seam inside with a snap on the end and at the seam to snap on a paci, keys, toys, etc.

Here are some pics!

Regrets: The tab is too long, I wish I would have interfaced the lining too to make it even more sturdy *although it does stand all on its own EMPTY*, and I think I would have liked it a tad bit smaller, like an inch shorter and wider.