7.26.2010

Frayed Seams Quilt

Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the RainThis is a fun and quick quilt that doesn’t involve binding. Since I didn’t use batting for this quilt I decided to use a semi-thick fleece for the backing fabric to keep a fluffy feel to it. I love how this quilt is basically an “inside-out” quilt, where the seams are all on the outside as opposed to hidden beneath the quilt top. After one wash, the frays on the quilt top will become super soft (skip down to the last picture to see), softer with each wash :)

Finished baby quilt measures 33”x38”.


Materials:
  • ¾ yards of 3 different fabric prints
  • 1 yard of semi-thick fleece
  • corresponding thread
Step 1 – From each of your 3 different fabric prints, cut 14 6.5” squares for a total of 42 squares. For quicker cutting, layer and fold your fabrics to cut multiple layers at once.
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Step 2 –Arrange the squares in 6 rows of 7 squares each. In each row, sew the squares together: with wrong sides of fabric facing together, sew a ½” seam allowance. Start and end each stitch with a back-stitch.
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain


Step 3 – After you’ve sewn the squares together in all 6 rows, sew the rows together: with wrong sides of fabric facing together, align the corners and pin to keep in place. Then sew a ½” seam allowance. Start and end each stitch with a back-stitch.
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain


Step 4 – After all the rows have been sewn together, the quilt top should measure roughly 33”x38”. Lay the quilt top flat on top of the fleece. Baste to keep the quilt top and fleece in place: using jumbo size safety pins, pin where the seam intersections are (circled in red below). Start by pinning the center of the quilt and work your way out. Pin the sides and corners last.(Click pics to enlarge)
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain


Step 5 – Now that your quilt top and fleece backing are basted together, you can start quilting! When quilting, always start from the middle of the quilt going outward. Start and end each stitch with a back-stitch.
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

I quilted straight lines going vertical and horizontal, forming squares. Below: Front and back of quilt (click pics to enlarge)
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain



Step 6 – Trim the excess fleece backing around the perimeter of the quilt top. Then sew a ½” seam allowance around the perimeter of the quilt.
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain



Step 7 – You’re just about finished! Lastly, using sharp fabric scissors (I used appliqué scissors), cut little frays (roughly ¼” apart) within all of the ½” seams. Do not cut outside of the seam.
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

That’s it! After a few washes, the frays will get softer and will look like this:
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

7.15.2010

Seattle Urban Crafts Uprising


I've been on a crafting hiatus this week because my dad is in town visiting from the Philippines. :) Last weekend, however, I got my crafting fix at the Seattle Urban Crafts Uprising exhibition at the Seattle Center .

The Urban Crafts Uprising is Seattle's largest indie crafts show with over 100 vendors. Though there were no quilt vendors, I still had a fun time!

Below are some pics I snapped of quirky little crafts that caught my eye.







Aerial view of exhibition.

Our gallant steeds!! (we biked all the way from N. Seattle!)

Where else will you find strange little felt creatures!? madebymoxie.com of course!

Sycamorestreetpress.com had the funniest cards. This was a handmade fortune teller.

I wanna have a baby just so I can buy these little onesies..! by katyANDzucchini.etsy.com

Check out these lovely ladies at devoutdolls.com

So freakin' cute! Wanted to bring this expensive little guy home... www.mothandsquirrel.blogspot.com

Love the Japanese fabrics used on these bags handmade by www.maluhia.biz

Korean BBQ/Mexican fusion at Koi Fusion. Took an hour to get these delicious tacos.

Looking forward to next year's Urban crafts uprising!

7.09.2010

Baby Bib Tutorial


Here’s a quick and fun baby shower gift. I made these bibs for a friend who has a baby boy on the way! Six easy steps below.

Materials for 1 Baby Bib:

  • 1 fat quarter (front of bib)
  • ½ yard terry cloth (back of bib)
  • velcro (at least 3 inches)
  • steam-a-seam strip (at least 5 inches)
  • Coordinating thread
Step 1 – On scrap paper, create a baby bib pattern and then cut it out. Below are the dimensions of the pattern I used.


Step 2 – Trace the pattern on the fabric and terry cloth. Using fabric scissors, cut both out.


Step 3 – On the bib front, pin velcro to the tip of the baby bib where the closure will be.

As shown below, sew the velcro in place by stitching along the perimeter of the velcro and fabric. Trim excess velcro.



Step 4 – Repeat step 3 but on the terry cloth, and the other half of the velcro should be placed on the end of the bib strap. Be sure to place the velcro as shown in the picture below (i.e. velcro should be facing down).


Step 5 – With right sides facing together, align both front and back bib pieces and pin together to keep in place. You should not be able to see the velcro. Sew a ¼ inch seam along the perimeter of the bib, but leave a 5 inch opening at the bottom of the bib as designated in red below. Start and end your stitch with a back-stitch.


Step 6 – Through the 5 inch opening, turn the bib inside out. Press flat with an iron. Close the 5 inch opening by ironing inward the ¼ inch seam, and then use steam-a-seam to glue it closed. Stitch a ¼” border along the perimeter of the baby bib as shown below.


Easy-peasy quick and easy!!

7.07.2010

You can NEVER have too much fabric!


My stash of Moda charm packs (pre-cut 5" squares) is getting out of hand and i love it! I'm in hoarding-mode with these, and seriously need to think of something to make. Don't you just wanna take a bite out of one of the jelly rolls below..??.. Or baste in a sea of charm packs ..muahahahaahaa..>:-D ...eh hem..

Moda is already coming out with their holiday themed charm packs. I bought a couple a few weeks ago and made some patchwork fabric cards with them (below) - i know it's still Summer time (and of course now the weather is supposed to be in the 90's this week), but with last week's gloomy typical Seattle weather, it seemed fit!


Some other projects I've been working on: last night i finally quilted my cousin Paola's T-block baby quilt. After I bind it, I will post the finished quilt. I also made a new quilt top using Moda's Layer Cakes (10" pre-cut squares). I plan to quilt that today, and will have the tutorial up soon. I'm also finsihing up a heart-themed table runner I made using charm packs. My next tutorial which I've already typed up (just need to post it!) will be on baby bibs. :)
 

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