Umbrella Quilt Top Is Finished… Yay!!


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I finished my umbrella quilt top last night. I think I made the left and right side borders too wide so I am going to cut them down from 8″ to 4 1/2″. Right now quilt top measures 86″ by 62″.

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I didn’t want the rick-rack to curl when washed so I hand stitched the edges down. This took forever.

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I was watching Flashpoint Season 2 on DVD. I went through four episodes. I HATE hand sewing!!

There is still more work to be done. The back to make. Not sure what I want. I would LOVE to make one or two huge umbrella blocks but do not think I have enough purple prints to pull it off.

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One other idea I have swirling around in my brain is to do really wide strips of the dark purple with the purple fabrics I have left. What to do??

And the binding. At first I didn’t think these would work. These three batik Fat Quarters. I want a scrappy look so I am seriously thinking about using them.

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I like my binding to be 3-3 1/2″ wide so if I cut 3″ strips, I can get seven from each FQ. Don’t think I will need that many. I’ll do a test run all around the quilt first before cutting. I could even use the batik leftovers for the back.

I am dying to start a new project… but I will keep plugging away at this until it is completely finished. Or at least until all the sewing is done. Then I will think about how to quilt it. I am thinking echo around the umbrella strips, straight lines in the sashing and stippling in the borders.

Got lots of new fabric, new books and a new ruler to show you. Later on. 😀


Linking to…

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/07/23/manic-monday-linky-party-44/

http://www.craft-o-maniac.com/2012/07/party-time-craftomaniac-monday.html

Stippling… Ah, Much Better.

FRONT

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BACK

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After a bit of free motion quilting on a few scraps and adjusting the tension, I do believe we have SUCCESS. It isn’t perfect. But it sure beats the messy stitches I was getting before I took my sewing machine in for repairs two weeks ago.

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You can see the “puffiness” better now. I guess adjusting the tension was what I needed to do. The lady at the Janome shop suggested it.

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I really like the meandering look. I call this my Puzzle Piece Pattern.

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This diamond shaped table runner came out just as I planned. Right down to the floral binding. Just as I pictured it.

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In fact, I LOVE it so much, I have another idea for this design. I already started on it. Top is done. Working on the back.

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Won’t have a pillow to go with the table runner. I took it apart. Needed the wine fabric for my “second item.” Oh well. Don’t think the world will end if I don’t make a matched set, right? 😉

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Can’t wait to show you!! But it is still in the Make It Work Stages. I know what I want. And how I want it to look. Just need to work on the best way to construct it.

Yay!! My Sewing Machine Is Back

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That was fast!! The repairman only had my sewing machine three and 1/2 days. (It sat 3 days while he was off on Holiday!!)

I am happy and sad. 🙂 Happy to have it back. 😦 Sad. The stippling is STILL off. Maybe I am sewing too fast. I am going to adjust the tension, try again. And if I am not happy, back it goes.

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I have to say… IT DID GOOD!! It sewed all the blocks together, the sashing and borders. My original plan was, if I had to quilt it on Itty Bitty, to sew straight lines down the center and on the sides. Just to connect the layers.

As you can see, I was conflicted. On the design layout. From the beginning. And right up to the final two days. The block with the “arrows” kind of threw me. Without them, I would have finished sooner. I couldn’t decide where to place them.

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I wanted a matching set of blocks. The same colors for the two. Throughout. So I ended up with this design.

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I like it. Hubby loves it. It measures 40″ by 40″. Perfect laptop quilt. And I am thinking it would make a nice table topper too. The back is black polka dot. You can see it in this photo.

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Wish I could take better photos. Maybe I will take it outside and photograph it on the grass. It needs outside light.

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Now… back to sewing. Need to catch up on some quilting. Finish the stuff I made on Itty Bitty. BTW, I left it connected. It helped me out in a pinch. So its reward will be staying on the table a while longer. 😀


Instructions for the blocks can be found here.

http://www.quilterscache.com/M/MonasteryWindowsBlock.html

Finally… Quilt Top #1 Is Getting Quilted

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It had to happen… eventually, right? I just can’t keep making quilt tops without completing the process of actually quilting them.

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This is the first one I made. So, it gets quilted first. I struggled sewing it. Makes sense that I struggle quilting it. It took me about 3 hours getting the “sandwich” just so and pinning the layers.

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I haven’t purchased an extension table yet for my sewing machine so I had to improvise. My mini ironing board to the rescue. It actually is working out great.

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The fabric for the back is some blah brown print I got for half off several months ago. It is ok for the first one. And was just the right size. That is after I took 3 yards and sewed them side-by-side to another 3 yards. I had read somewhere not to put a seam down the center of the backing fabric. Too late!! But I did do a French Seam and reinforced the seam TWICE when starting it AND double stitched it again for the final seam. Nothing is going to pull out those stitches!!

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I decided to free motion quilt it using the stippling design for all around the outer part and in between the Drunkard Path circles. For the circles, I am going to attempt curved lines.

Here is what it looks like after two hours. I am showing you the backside so you can see my handiwork. I am half way around.

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My bobbin ran out three times. My left arm was getting heavy and my shoulder was starting to hurt. Break time!!

After I wind some bobbins I will get back started. Tomorrow. 😀

Quilted Playmats And Pillowcases

Lately, one of my favorite things to do is arrange fabric into little groups and look at them through the camera lens. Sometimes match but mostly transition. Flow from one color or pattern to the next. Combine fabrics you wouldn’t dream of wearing.

But for quilting… it works. I can do just about anything I want.

Here are the fabrics I started off with. The novelty squares were pulled from the scraps I bought on eBay.

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I made a playmat using primarily animal prints and yellow. With a few bright colors added for the “pop” effect. I REALLY LOVE this design. It’s the same one I used for my brick red table mat with the utensil holder. This one can also be used as a placemat or table topper.

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After finishing the mat, the plan was to make one matching pillowcase. But after sewing the fabric strips together and quilting it, it was love at first sight. Ended up making three pillowcases. And I probably would still be making them if I hadn’t run out of the leopard print.

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I had fun taking photos. Lots of photos. On a table. On the floor. Just snapping them. Even staging them.

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What am I working on now? A pillowcase to go with this.

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I should be finished with the pillowcase today or tomorrow. So many things to sew and quilt. Not enough hands. 😀

Switching To Cats… A Quilted Pillow That Is Also A Tablemat

OK, moving right along. Another Idea Sandwich completed.  At the speed I am going, I’ll have to make up more sandwiches.

This is the BEFORE photo. How the fabric looked when I showed it to you earlier this month.

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And now it is a Double Sided Pillow. Which can be used as a Double Sided Table Topper. One side one day. The other side the next.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I finished it four days ago. Have been staring at it.

Time to share it with you.

If I hadn’t of run out of the rust puzzle print fabric, this look never would have happened. I even went to JoAnn’s to see if I could find more. No, nope. Then spent about an hour searching the net. No luck. So as any creative crafter would do… I moved on to Plan B.

This black floral with the butterflies filled in. And mighty nicely, I’ll say.

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After deciding on it, that is when I was flooded with ideas.

Why not do a two sided pillow? And quilt both sides. Two separate quilt tops. AND how about making it versatile. Make it so it could be used as a table topper. So… with all of these ideas, I got started.

There’s a lot of FIRST’s in this project.

  • My 1st triangle blocks.
  • My 1st quilted pillow. (And a recycled pillow, at that!!)
  • My 1st quilted item with a zipper.
  • My 1st quilted item with multiple quilting designs. (stippling, boxes, triangles)

Anyhoo… let me tell you about it.

I worked on the front, then the back. I didn’t spend a lot of time taking measurements. I just sewed. Luckily when I finished, there was only an inch difference in the two quilt tops.

The front has a larger panel of cats in the center with log cabin type borders. Each border a different width.

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I quilted the faces with a square box about an inch from the seam. And stippled the rust and black borders. The last border, with the cat fabric, I quilted triangles. If you look close, you can see them.

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Making The Back.

The triangle blocks were fast to make. Draw a line down the center diagonally, sew 1/4 inch on both sides of the line. Cut in the center. And you have two blocks from the one. Then I had to press and trim them. I didn’t know what I was doing… obviously… since the cat faces point up, down and all around. LOL!! And only a few of the end points lined up correctly. LOTS of room for improvement.

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Quilting the back was easy. Squares for the cat faces. Stippling for the rest. To make the square lines, I used my square rulers and marker pencil. And sewed slowly. I think they came out great.

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OK, both tops are quilted. Now what? I had to think about how to put them together.

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Remembering what I did to make pillowcases, I made French seams. Adding the zipper was a bit of a challenge, since I did it a**backwards. (It’s been a LONG time since I sewed in a zipper.)

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It took longer than necessary. And the zipper could have been about an inch longer. But as Tim Gunn from Project Runway would say, “Make It Work!!” And I did.


Want to see the finished pillow?

OK, let’s go…. And you get to see it also as a table mat.

THE FRONT

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THE BACK

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REVERSIBLE TABLE MAT

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Well, there you have it.

Another original idea/creation from This Year’s Dozen.

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You know the drill. What you can or can’t do.. But I would be honored if you wanted to try making this for yourself. Just link back to my post. Thanks for sticking around to the end of this long post. 😀

Making A Quilted Clock

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This is what I made with the fabric I showed you the other day.

A quilted clock.

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I used this Cocktail Wall Hanging as the base. I got it for $3 at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop.

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I covered it with the white fabric with black stars. But first I quilted it.

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This is my 2nd attempt at stippling. Though this looks better than my first try, it still feels weird. Like I have no control whatsoever.

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I attached the Dresden Plate block to the already quilted fabric. I just wanted to stitch around the points and not stipple the blades.

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Here are the clockwork parts. I wasn’t sure if it would work. But it does!!

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Yeah, I know… this tape looks tacky. This is here temporarily. I will figure something out. Maybe add some cardboard and some two sided tape.

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This was fun to make. I will probably make another one.