Monday, November 21, 2011

Girls Sewing Day

We had such a great day sewing. To be able to have a sewing day with my girls is a rare occasion. I decided to share a tutorial on a quick and easy baby quilt. This quilt works out to be about 47" x 47"  This is great for using up your scraps.I chose 7 different prints.
 The first thing you will want to do is cut 2 1/2" strips. Sew one section with the color print on both outside edges and plain on the inside and one section with the solid on both outside edges and the print on the inside.
 You can see here the colors I chose for the pink and the gray. You can do all your blocks different colors if you would like. This really is a great block for scraps. 1/2 a strip (40" in length) will make 8 sections of the
2 1/2" strips. It takes 3 sections to make a block.

Cut the sections into 2 1/2" strips.
 Lay your strips out into the desired colors you would like.

 Sew each row together to create the 9-Patch block.

 Cut sashing strips 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" to go between each block.
Cut 5 sashing strips 1 1/2" x 27 1/2" to go between each sewn row. Cut 2 strips 1 1/2" x 29 1/2" for the sides.
 Sew rows together. Starting with the center rows then finish with the sides.
 Now for the borders. I cut  2 strips 3 1/2" x 29 1/2" for the sides and 2 strips 3 1/2" x 35 1/2" for the top and bottom. Sew the sides borders first and then the top and bottom borders.
 For the outside border I cut 2 strips 6 1/2" x 35 1/2" for the sides and 2 strips 6 1/2" x 47 1/2" for the top and bottom. Sew the sides borders first and then the top and bottom borders.
 Quilt by layering your top, batting and back. Bind your quilt and enjoy!
She loves it. It is simple and quick.
Here is another fun project that Tahmor created.She sewed random rows of fabric together. Pressed and stretched the fabric across the cardboard that came with the frame. She glued the antique doilies and buttons in place. I think it turned out darling. It will look so cute hung in her nursery.
We made a few minky blankets with flannel on one side and minky on the other.
And of course, a baby is never complete without headbands. Before they were even in style I had my babies in headbands and hats. They were embellished with ribbons and bows bigger than their heads. They were so cute.I made one for every outfit and you would never see my baby without something on it's head.
What a fun day. Enjoying sewing with your friends is the best. I encourage you all to plan and organize a day quarterly to sew. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you have a plan and lots of helping hands. Of course you have to have good food too!

Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

That Alpine Quilt Group

This is a quilt I designed using Grandma's House from The Paper Loft for Riley Blake Designs. Both the following quilts are free downloads from here. They are pieced by Chris Orton and machine quilted by Connie Atkinson.
This quilt is designed using Country Harvest by Eric Dowdle Folk Art. They both turned out great and were a wonderful success at market.
These quilts are the inspiration from my wonderful quilt group "That Alpine Quilt Group".

Sharon Wright, President-elect for the Utah Valley Quilt Guild came to our quilt group and shared her many wonderful creations. Her work is very inspiring and it was a privilege to be able to see her work.

This quilt was a school project for one of her children taken from a picture. I think she got an A.

If you look very closely to this quilt and exchange the negative and positive space you can see a picture of Christ.

As usual my pictures do not serve these quilts any justice. The workmanship was just beautiful. When I come home from my quilt group, I am always in the mood to quilt. It is inspiring to see others work and it is motivating to finish all those projects that were started. I hope these quilts do the same for  you .

Happy Sewing!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Winner of the Vol 4 Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine

Thank you so much to everyone who left wonderful thoughts and comments. It has been so fun to hear from all of you.The winner of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine Vol 4 is poppyinpink.                                                                                                                 

Below is what she wrote:

Yo-yo's..a memory of a doll whose lanky arms and legs were made from fabric gathered discs of ev'ry colour shade and hue and made me laugh and Grandpa too as they dangled and jangled with bells, ah yes..the feet and hands of that dear clown, would jingle, jangle as they dangled down. I wonder what became of that dearest doll, your yo-yo flowers brought it to life again in my mind! I would love to make some for myself...might even make a clown as well.. thank-you!

Poppyinpink please leave a comment with your address. I can't wait to get this package in the mail to you. There are a few surprises that I think you will love.

I am having a sewing day with my girls today. I'll take lots of pictures and share what we have created. It will be baby cuteness for a nursery. Can't wait to get started.

Happy Sewing !!!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

100 Block Tour 2011

So happy you dropped by to enjoy this fun 100 Blocks Blog Tour, by Quiltmakers Magazine. Vol 4 is here, and you have a chance to win a free magazine issue!  I feel lucky to be one of the designers picked to have a block in this issue! As you turn the pages of the magazine you can see many wonderful creative blocks designed specifically for this issue.

I was on a little kick with yoyos when I designed this block. I chose the line Happier designed by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs. When I look at this line of fabric I think happy thoughts. How can you look at these cute bugs and flowers and not think garden cheer?

I was inspired by the design of the prints to think flower garden thoughts. Thus, the flower pot with all the cute yo-yo flowers. Below I show how I made my yo-yo flowers. There is also the option of the clover Yo-Yo Maker tool.
I like making my yo-yos by first cutting a circle. This one is approximately a 4" circumference and will make a yo-yo about 2" in circumference. Use double thread in your needle for stitching.
Use your finger to press as you stitch a running stitch around the outside edge of the circle. Turn the raw edge toward the center of the circle 1/4". 
Continue to stitch all the way around the outside edge of the circle.
Once you finish your yo-yo, pull your stitches in firmly, without breaking the thread. Take your needle to the back and make a knot to finish.
For the flower stems I used the bias tape maker. I love the Bias Tape Maker by Clover. This is a fabulous tool that makes these wonderfully perfect  1/4" bias strips.

I think this block would be great in a table runner with 3 or 4 blocks and some sashing to frame the blocks. You could alternate the direction of the blocks making it non-directional. How cute would a scrappy 2 1/2" checker board border be with yo-yos. Place the yo-yos on the white 2 1/2" block and the other blocks would be scrappy 2 1/2" prints left over from your blocks. Soooo Cute!
Don't forget to leave your comment and receive your chance to win a free copy of this magazine! It is super easy to enter! Please make sure to leave a comment and be a follower of my blog.Your comment needs to be in by November 12th. Say something that makes me remember who you are!! Tell me what you have enjoyed or learned by following this blog tour.
So leave a comment today and be sure to check back next week to see if you have won a copy of the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Magazine. If this is your first time here please visit again and enjoy the rest of the blog tour.
Happy Sewing and Creating!