Three Ticks For My Denim Quilt


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Tick #1: My first time working with denim on a quilt. Oh, what a Hard Head I have!!

Tick #2: Counts as one of my SS Holiday Table Mats.

Tick #3: I get to cross it off my MAY To Do list.


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Before deciding to use denim as the backing for my picnic blanket/table topper, I did my research. I wanted to see what pros and cons other quilters had to say about sewing with denim. Most information available was about rag quilts. But they did say new quilters might be intimidated, don’t use batting, would be heavy to manage.

Here’s where my Hard Head got even harder and told me I could do this. I had plans for loops, swirls, even stippling.

I practiced beforehand. On paper to get a feel. And on my sewing machine. The practice ones were so-so. (That should have been my clue.)

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Here I am, ready to free motion quilt.

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Well, the experts were right about two things. I should have left out the batting. No doubt quilting would have been easier. No matter what I tried, the loops and swirls bunched up into a bird’s nest in the back. Tried different types of thread. Different tension settings. Nothing worked. I ended up quilting straight lines. And it was HEAVY!! I used a folding chair on both sides of me to hold the weight. But INTIMIDATED!! Nope. I will try anything. Once. 😀

I took my quilt for a drive. Here it is keeping my Jeep warm. 😀

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These shots were taken at my city’s Recreation Park. I saw people sneaking glances at me but they didn’t ask what I was doing. I had planned to tell them I was a newspaper photographer. LOL!!

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It measures 47″ by 51″. Here’s how I made it.

  • 4″ squares
  • Disappearing 9 patch blocks
  • 6″ navy polka dot borders
  • 3 1/2″ red polka dot bias binding

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I really love it.


My next project also uses red, white and blue fabrics. I got all of these on sale at JoAnn’s.

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I signed up for a Patriotic Mug Rug Swap in my quilt group. Mail out date was yesterday. Guess I had better get started. Mine will be a day late. 😀


My charity pillowcase project is still going strong. Batch #4, 12 pillowcases, is finished. I added them to 12 others and mailed off two dozen.

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I am just thrilled to pieces working on these. I get to use up fabrics just sitting. Fabrics I bought when I was first building my stash and still hadn’t decided what to do with. Sort of purging the stacks. Feels good.

I also collected up dental supplies accumulated over the last few years.

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Hubby and I both go to the dentist four times a year and a lot of dental supplies start to collect in those cute Toothy Smiley bags. Only so many toothbrushes and dental floss can a person use. I am donating these to the charity center too. I had intended to donate small tubes of toothpaste from our dentist. Had a boatload of them. Did you know toothpaste has an expiration date? I didn’t. Thank goodness I checked. They had all expired so I trashed them.

Well… got to go. Need to work on my Day Late Patriotic Mug Rug.

What are your plans for the 4th of July?


Linking to…

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/07/02/manic-monday-linky-party-41/

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/06/we-did-it-wednesday_26.html

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2012/06/linky-party-tueday-20.html

Ticker Tape Doll Quilt Set

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Every few days I go on a Lookie-Lou Hunt. Looking for interesting posts and blogs on the ‘net. Sometimes it is just the photo that interest me. Click. Click. Click.

But what I mostly love to do is spend an hour or so browsing the archives of my favorite sites. Usually I will find Eye Candy to add to my ever growing To-Make-List.

This is one of my finds.

A Little Ticker Tape Doll Quilt by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2009/10/scrap-buster-project-tiny-ticker-tape-quilt-tutorial-from-amanda-jean/

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!

So… it got moved right up to the TOP of my list. I had planned to make a doll quilt anyway since I had already purchased this doll bed/cradle on eBay a couple of months ago.

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I just hadn’t planned on making one so soon. But seeing those ragged edges was just too hard to resist.

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I followed along with Amanda Jean’s instructions. Even placing them similar to the way she did it. Some horizontal. Some vertical. Mine is a bit smaller than hers but I think it fits my little doll bed perfectly.

 

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And it is reversible. Two for One.

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It is quilted. Each fabric piece has been stitched on all four sides. Backstitched at the beginning and end. It will fray some but I am hoping after a washing or two, the ends will stabilize. It is all cotton and the batting is cotton.

After finishing it and LOVING it, my brain went bonkers. Idea Overload!! Can’t just have a quilt, now can you!! You need a matching pillowcase. So I made a new mattress with a separate pillow.

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Then off I went to the Salvation Army Thrift Store and found this ugly cute Cabbage Patch Doll for $3.99. It must have been really loved. She has lipstick marks on both cheeks. 😀

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And one last item. Something to carry it all in.

I created this bag by accident. I was trying to make a fitted sheet. When that turned out… crappy not quite right, I turned it into a bag. I am thinking U-HALL is a great name for it since the design looks like a giant “U”. And you haul stuff in it. (The UHAUL name is already taken by those truck rental people. So can’t use that.) How about Stars and Stripes? That name came to me as I was looking at the buttons and the striped fabric. But since I plan to make it with other fabrics, I’ll stick with U-HALL.

 

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If you make this little quilt, I would love to see it. E-mail it to me and I will post it on my blog. Try it. You will make more than one. (I did!!)

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Here’s another Ticker Tape quilt Amanda Jean made. This one measures 35″ by 46″. Go visit her site. I guarantee you will linger and be there a while. She does beautiful work.

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2009/09/ticker-tape.html


U-HALL is an original design by This Year’s Dozen. Please respect copyright laws and do not distribute, copy or post elsewhere without my permission. Linking back to this post is OK. Thanks!!

And Now There Are Four…..

Remember that long strip of scraps…

Can you believe I got four pillowcase bands out of it? With 10 inches to spare. Now I need to cut more strips from scraps and continue. I want to make two more quilted pillowcases. I have just enough spaceship fabric. I ran out of the black and white cow print but the on-line seller, where I got it, had two more yards. Bought them both.

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Notice the “ribbon” around the pillowcases? It’s a selvage end from the spaceship fabric. I have seen quite a few really cute items made out of selvages. Gonna have to try my hand at it to see what I come up with. Right now I have a plastic paint can full.

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Perfect as a gift.. These will be going in my Etsy store soon.

How To Make A Quilted Pillowcase (Like Mine)

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Actually, the band at the top is quilted. Not the whole pillowcase.

I figured why not share how I am making these so you can reduce your fabric stash. Maybe even use up some of the scrap pieces piling up.

Here are the supplies you will need.

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  • 3 main fabric pieces
  • scrap fabric for the band strips
  • cotton batting
  • thread
  • quilting grip gloves
  • sewing pins, quilting pins
  • cutting mat, rotary cutter, rulers
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • sewing feet (walking foot, free motion foot, 1/4″ foot)

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Go gather up a bunch of fabric pieces at least 5″ in length. I am using mostly 6″ or longer to allow for trimming. The widths can be different.

And you will need three main fabrics. One for the band which will be sewn to the “strips”. And two fabrics for the body. That is… if you make your pillowcase like I made mine. You will want to make strips for the band out of the main fabrics as well. To blend with the scrap pieces.

Fabric 1 Red polka dot (band) 1/2 yd
Fabric 2 Black and white small cow print (border) 1/2 yd
Fabric 3 Spaceships with blue background (body) 1 yd

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OK, ready to sew?

PILLOWCASE TOP BAND

Cut and sew fabric strips together to measure approximately 43″ in length. Mix up colors and patterns. Mix up light and dark. (Assume 1/4″ seams unless otherwise noted.)

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Press seams all in one direction.

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Trim band strip using the shortest piece as your guide.

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Using the fabric you selected for your band, cut one piece 9″ by length of your strip.

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Lay strip along the bottom (right sides together) and sew together. Press seam in direction of Fabric 1, Red polka dot.

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Fold in half, line up edges.

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Cut a piece of cotton batting the length of the fabric strip PLUS about an inch on both sides and along the bottom.

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The top of the batting will lay against the band fold. See photo.

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Pin the “quilt sandwich”. Put in enough pins to keep layers from shifting as you sew.

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Quilt the layers. I free motion quilted mine. Stippled. You can use whatever design you prefer. Trim off the excess batting.

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PILLOWCASE BODY-Horizontal

From Fabric 2 (Cow print), cut one 2 1/2″ strip the length of the band.
From Fabric 3 (Spaceships), cut one piece 25″ by length of the band.

Make a French Seam, sew Fabric 2 to the top of Fabric 3. Start with wrong sides together. If you don’t know how to make a French Seam, go here for instructions.

http://www.sewneau.com/how.to/french.seam.html

http://www.colettepatterns.com/blog/tutorials-tips-tricks/tutorial-how-to-create-a-french-seam

Repeat. Make a French Seam, sew band to body. See photo.

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PILLOWCASE-Side and Bottom

To connect the sides, line up pillowcase sides, trim if needed. Wrong sides together, sew a French Seam. Same as you did above. You may need to switch to a sturdier needle, like a denim needle. That is what I used. The fabric will be bulky here. And use your Walking Foot.

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Almost done!!

One last thing to do. Sew up the bottom. Prepare fabric. Align, press, trim bottom edges if needed.

Sew a French Seam to close up the bottom. As you may have guessed, ALL SEAMS will be raw edge free and enclosed. Nothing to fray.

OK, now turn pillowcase right side out. Poke out the bottom corners. And done. Will fit the standard size pillow.

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Enjoy!!


Go here for great pillowcase tutorials. I got my inspiration from this site.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/freepatterns/

New Pillowcase… Now A Set.

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Finished this pillowcase last night.

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I love how it came out. Need to go back to JoAnn’s for more Spaceship fabric. Since I wasn’t sure what I would use it for, I only got one yard. I hope they still have it. I need at least 2 more yards. I can use the 50% off coupon that is burning a hole in my hand.

These pillowcases are addicting. So much fun to mix up fabrics. To me, the hardest part is… sewing all the little strips together to create the band. Since I am using half scraps and half new fabric, it takes a little longer getting the strips ready. Iron, trim. Some need extra length added. And to keep it interesting, I cut different widths.

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And then after sandwiching everything…. my favorite part is the quilting. I LOVE to stipple. I didn’t like it at first. Felt weird with the presser foot NOT touching the fabric. But after a bit of practice, I am loving the freeness of it. And it is true. I had heard it is best to go fast. IT IS!! I fly!! Just put on my quilting gloves, grip the fabric on both sides and MOVE as fast as I can. Did I tell you that is my fav part? 😀

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The pillowcase “sort of” matches the playmat I showed you yesterday. I only had a few pieces of the Play School novelty fabric from my Scrap Bin Diving. From the lot I bought on eBay. (I am slowly making my way through all of it. So many great scrap pieces. Going to be sad when I get to the end of it.)

Anyhoo… I ended up using a different novelty fabric with a blue background. The same color as the school pieces. If you don’t look too closely, you will think it is all the same fabric. (Yes, I know, I’m a genius!! :D)

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How about Breakfast In Bed for your little one?

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Today I am taking a break from sewing. Haven’t sewed a thing all day. Slept in. Up now and headed out.

Can you guess where I am going?

Salvation Army Thrift Shop. Today is Senior Discount Day. Hopefully I can find something I can use with my quilting. Wish me luck.