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Friday, August 29, 2014

Lavender, Pale Yellow, and Grey



My friend Trenta, a lady and fellow mom who graduated with my sister, requested this quilt for a baby shower gift.  The baby's name - Emma.  
The piecing for this quilt is rather simple, but we most certainly "fancied" it up!  She had very specific colors in mind for this quilt.  And these colors must be very popular, because there were so many combinations of these colors together at the fabric shop, it was not difficult at all for me to blend them.  They even had a chevron with all the colors in it!  
Lavender, Pale yellow, Grey, and White for the pieced background.  For the appliqued name and binding, we used a teal.  I secured the "Emma" with a straight stitch using raw-edge fusible applique.  Then for the background I wanted a very feminine, flow-y motif.  I really love this floral paisley design and it worked well for this quilt I believe.  I did a few small pebbles around the applique which made it stand out a bit more.  
The icing on the cake is the backing, which is that chevron with the perfect blend of all the colors!
I've never had so many random people stop me at the fabric store to "ooh" and "ahh" over my pile of fabrics ;c)





A WHALE of a baby quilt!

See what I did there?  
Tee Hee.
My moms friend and co-worker Shelly is having a baby boy!  She decided a week before her baby shower that she liked the theme of green and navy . . and whales.  I love it too, and [by the way] ever since I completed this quilt, I now see whales on baby clothes everywhere I go!  ;c)
Shelly still has not decided on a name, but that's okay we will add that to the quilt later, no problem.  But thankfully, I was able to at least make a quilt within her range of colors just in time for her baby shower.

I made this quilt similar to the applique baby quilts I have made previously.  I made a Monkey, an Owl, 2 Owls, and one with a puppy.  It's easy because you can take several colors or prints from the nursery, and use those throughout the quilt.  

I drew the image on fusible stabilizer, and then once the appliques were fused to the background, I used a raw-edge machine buttonhole stitch to secure.  
 I did a version of McTing for the large open background area and feathers in the two pieces areas.
 I used rick rack in two different shades of blue to give more of a "water" effect.   Also I hand sewed buttons for the whales eyes, and I used small glass beads for the birds eyes.  (I told her that she could easily remove them with a seam ripper if she feels they are too much of a hazard.)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

What? Another Crown Royal Quilt Finished?

Why yes!!  Yes TIS true!  And this one is just as good if not better than the rest, if I do say so myself.
 I love taking a photo of all of my pieces after they are freshly pressed and cut!  To me, it's very much like a puzzle.  Soon they will all fit together precisely to make a beautiful quilt!
 anddd we have a completed TOP!   One lone black bag for this quilt - it is the shining star in the middle!
 Quilt top being basted and ready to quilt!
 And here we have our finished quilt.  The one big difference on this particular crown royal quilt, is that I stitched a name on the bottom right-hand corner in matching thick gold thread.   I used a wide zig-zag stitch and my darning foot for  hand-guided machine embroidery.  My lovely customer chose the font and size.  If she is reading this - THANK YOU for your patience with me, and helping me decide on the size and font ;c)  I am verrryyyy indecisive!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

2 Quilts finished for Baby Holden and Baby Corey

So many babies being born!!   So many of my friends are having babies right now - what a blessing. .  and what a joy to get to make so many fun baby quilts!  I love the look of this style of baby quilt.   Simple patchwork border, and solid center with the appliqued name.   Perfect for "tummy time" and . . PHOTOS!

Baby Holden, will be born to my friends the Roopers, Missy and Jason.   Their baby's room is very MODERN and colorful, full of bright orange, turquoise, grey and chevrons.

Baby Corey will be born to my friends Beth and Matt.  They have a more traditional style with boyish greens, browns, and dusty blues.

Each style equally beautiful, and equally unique.  So I had lots of fun making these together.





 A closeup of the quilting.  I went with a "modern" style of quilting for the modern quilt, and a more "traditional" motif for the traditional one.




 Here I am assembling a monkey ;c)
Quilt TOPS finished, complete with applique, before quilting.

Beth's Quilt for Baby Emma


 A beautiful baby quilt with patchwork greys in subtle prints, with pretty pink applique, border, and binding.
 Here's the top finished, and basted before adding applique.
 I do a technique called raw-edge fusible applique, and I go through all layers of the quilt.    So here I start with the background quilting first.  I'm using a paisley flower motif.

 Love the quilting ;c)

Mark's Alzheimer's Awareness T-shirt Quilt

My friends Mark and Kristen had me make a quilt out of all of Mark's Alzheimer's T-shirts.
Since most of the shirts were of similar color and shade, I cut strips of all of my purple PRINT fabrics, and used those to break up the monotony of the purple.  I think it turned out so good!






Monday, May 12, 2014

FIREWORK STARS - Free Tutorial - Made with all 2.5" Strips!





 31" x 39" 

Hi everyone!  To celebrate Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and the beginning of Summer, I would like to offer my blog readers this free quilt pattern to try.  This quilt top is made up of nothing but 2.5" strips!  This quilt can be made completely scrappy from your stash, or with a brand new shiny jelly roll!
I am part of a group of fabric swappers called "QuiltvilleSwap" and so the fabrics in this top are all fabrics that I swapped with other quilters from around the world.  Feel free to join us HERE
 This quilt sews up quickly and would be a great weekend project! Feel free to finish this quilt however you choose, but in a separate blog post, I will explain in detail the way I chose to do the quilting for these quilts. 

Instructions are for 3 small wall-hanging quilts.  Divide materials by 3 if you would like to just make ONE quilt.  I give instructions for 3 because it uses 1 whole jelly roll of fabrics without any leftovers.  If you make just one, you will have some leftover strips and pieces.  
You can substitute 1 Jelly Roll and divide the fabrics into LIGHTS/MEDIUMS/DARKS.  
Darks = blue, Mediums = Red, and Lights = Neutrals
Amounts required are approximate, may need more or less depending on fabric
WOF = width of fabric 



FABRIC REQUIRED:  (includes binding)
12 WOF Blue 2.5" Strips
12 WOF Red 2.5" Strips
16 WOF Neutral 2.5" Strips
3 yards fabric for backing  (1 yard for each quilt)
3 pieces of batting 35" x 43" 

MATERIALS:
Sewing Machine in good working order
Quilting Pins
Spray Starch
Steam Iron 
Scissors
Red, Cream, and Blue Threads (thread to match fabrics)
Thread for piecing
Rotary Cutter 
Self-Healing Mat

EZ Angle Ruler or Fons and Porter Flying Geese Ruler 

or

Optional:  Darning Foot, Walking Foot

INSTRUCTIONS:
Cut all of your Full WOF strips in half. 
 We are going to be working with HALF WOF strips throughout this quilt.  
Lay out all of your strips and press with starch.  Make sure you PRESS and not IRON, so that the strips do not bow in the center. 

 1. Pair together a NEUTRAL strip with a Red or Blue strip and lay them RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER on your cutting mat.  Make a stack that is 4 layers-thick.  Red and Neutral strips, right sides together, and then Blue and Neutral strips, right sides together.
Cut Half-Square Triangle Pairs with your Triangle Ruler.  You will need 288 triangle PAIRS for the 3 quilts, or 96 each.   If you have 12 different red fabrics, and 12 different blue fabrics, you will need to make 4 cuts from each stack.  
(Click HERE for a tutorial on how to use the EZ Angle Ruler)
Each triangle stack should give you 1 RED/NEUTRAL pair and 1 BLUE/NEUTRAL pair.  Since they were sewn right-sides together, they are already ready to go through your sewing machine.   

 Sew all of your Triangle Pairs and Press them toward the dark side.
(do as I say not as I do please lol)
 Trim dog ears.  

After cutting triangles.  You will then need to cut 48 2.5" SQUARES from each color. 


 Arrange your sawtooth blocks according to the graph below.  

The combination of Red/Blue/Neutral triangle pairs will not give you an even amount for 1 quilt, so please arrange your star blocks according to the following photo:  

 Start by sewing together the columns of the blocks.

Follow the chart for seam pressing direction

 Once the columns are sewn, sew together the rows.   Press Red block seams to the left, and blue block seams to the right.
 Arrange your blocks the way you want them to appear in your quilt.  If desired, label each row 1, 2, and 3 to stay organized.
 Butt seams together and Pin.  Sew Rows , then columns to complete inner quilt top.

BORDERS:

For the borders we are going to take HALF of the blue strips and HALF of the red strips, whatever you have left, and use those for the borders.  The REMAINING half will be used for binding!
 Take HALF of your remaining BLUE strips, cut in half LENGTHwise.  to make 1.25" strips.
 Arrange your strips in an order that will be pleasing to you in the final quilt.
 Pin together the 1.25" strips at the short ends and sew together.   **LOWER your stitch length and/or lock your stitches for this part!     REPEAT THIS STEP FOR HALF THE RED STRIPS

Next, we will go ahead and make the binding.  Take the remaining blue strips and sew together on the diagonal as you would if you were making binding.   REPEAT FOR REMAINING RED STRIPS
Sew together your remaining neutral strips like you would binding.  The neutral strips will be your large scrappy inner border.
Now start assembling your quilt top as shown. 

Border 1
Measure your quilt top horizontally and cut top/bottom border (1.25") and sew.  
Measure your quilt top vertically and cut left/right 1.25" border and sew.  

Border 2
Measure your quilt top horizontally and cut top/bottom Neutral 2.25" border and sew. 
Measure your quilt top vertically and cut left/right 2.25" neutral border and sew.  

Border 3
Measure your quilt top horizontally and cut top/bottom 1.25" border and sew.
Measure your quilt top vertically and cut left/right 1.25" border and sew.  

This is what your 3 quilt tops should look like when finished.  

Layer, Baste, and Quilt your quilt as desired!  Remember we have already sewn our Binding strips so they are ready to be attached to your quilt.  
Please go HERE for quilting tutorial and finished details.   

Thank you so much and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for "Firework Stars"
If you make this quilt I would LOVEEEE it if you would share it with me so I can share it with my facebook followers!
If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment or email me at KatiesQuiltsandCrafts@gmail.com

This tutorial is for your own personal use please no mass production. 







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