1.29.2011

A Quilt in Four Nights

This quilt was so much fun. While my husband was away on a business trip last week, I made a goal to finish a quilt by the time he returned. The only time I had to quilt was after getting home from work, so for a couple nights I was up in the wee hours quilting away. My faithful fluff ball, Paige, kept me company each night until I was ready to go to bed. :)

The first night I made all of the blocks. The second night I pieced together the blocks to form the quilt top. The third night I made the backing, shown below.

After I made the backing I thought, might as well quilt it! So I set it up on my frame and quilted away.

I decided to quilt squiggles (aka stippling). It shows up really well against the white fabric.

And by the fourth day I binded the edges and finished it! Mission accomplished!

I got the pattern for this quilt from the book Simplify by Camille Roskelley; however, I improvised the border design. Roskelley has designed several fabric lines for Moda, including the beautiful line "Bliss" which I used to make this quilt.

It's a great book that has simple quilt patterns, yet they look complicated. Each page has beautiful and fresh photos of quilts, fabrics, and you even get a glimpse of how her sewing room looks. If you want it you should buy it here from Amazon for $13 bucks, whereas it usually sells for $20-25 retail.

Happy Quilting!

1.25.2011

Willpower

The word is foreign to me when it comes to buying fabrics.


It's impossible to not buy the entire line...the other fabrics would feel left out.

The fabric line is called Sugar Flowers. A yummy name for a yummy print!

And that's not all.

I bought these guys online from Hawthorne Threads. I should receive them tomorrow, but thought it rude to keep them from you...





Every now and then you need a hit of fabric (words from a true fabricholic).

It never hurts to show your fabric stash some love! So go on, go all out and get inspired to start a new project! I have several lined up. So much fabric but oh so little time!

1.23.2011

Patchwork Pillows

I finally finished my pillow project! I'm really happy with how these turned out. It's a fresh look for the new year. Here's the other pillow:

And here's how the back looks:
I've realized I love sewing pillow covers. They're simple projects that you can finish in a few hours, and I love the satisfaction of finishing a project.

Unlike the "ravioli" pillows I made last week, I quilted these ones. You can kind of see the quilting in this photo. I did simple straight stitching. I think stippling would have been really cute too, but honestly, I was too lazy to switch my presser foot.
Ta-dah! Here's the final look! Here they are all nice and fluffed out, picture perfect. *sigh* What a beauty.
...and here they are after a few minutes with my husband. :-} I need to let go and embrace the main purpose of pillows.
I guess you can say the pillows are well loved. :) Luckily they puff back into shape after a couple fluffs.

If you're thinking of doing a pillow cover project yourself, I recommend buying the pillows from Ikea. Both of the pillows above are 21" square down pillows (hence the fluffiness) from Ikea and only cost ~$6 each.

Happy Sewing!

-Jera

1.21.2011

Ravioli Pillow

So the proper name for this type of pillow cover is "flanged pillow", but I think Ravioli fits the look better. :) As mentioned in an earlier blog post, we got a new couch and therefore my new mission was to populate it with pillows. Well, here are the first two. These are the first ravioli pillows I've made and they're quite easy! I got the idea from my local quilt shop in Ballard, The Quilting Loft. They had a sample pillow but made with a different colored fabric. I used the same backing fabric that was used with the pillow at the store.

The pillows above are 16" square pillows. I have two more 21" square pillows that I still need to make covers for. I want to make some kind of patchwork design for the next two pillows using the fabrics below, though I'm still thinking of the design.



Stay tuned for my next pillow creation. Also, I will be having a fabric giveaway in early February when my new Moda Bakeshop tutorial is posted, so stay tuned for that as well.

Happy Sewing!

1.17.2011

Custom Made Sewing Table

What better way to start the new year than your very own, custom made sewing table?! I'm sure there's plenty of other answers for that, but all you fellow sew-aholics out there can throw me a bone ;o)

Towards the end of last year I mentioned to my husband how cool it would be to have a sewing table that fit my machine so that the presser foot was leveled with the table top. The very first week of the new year my husband returned from the hardware store with supplies and one weekend later, low and behold, I had a brand new oh so beautiful, custom made sewing table! I am a lucky girl.

An extension table was added to give me more crafting space as needed.

Here are some pictures of when the table was being built. In this photo you can see the shelf that was installed to hold my sewing machine. The sewing machine sits on this shelf instead of the table top.

In this next photo, the table top is on the floor. You can see the custom cut-out of the base of my sewing machine.
We stained the table with a warm oak finish. I am loving my new table. Having the presser foot leveled with the table top allows me to relax my shoulders as I sew.

Here's how my new sewing area looks (believe me it's rarely this tidy). What a great way to start off the new year sewing!

1.09.2011

New year projects


I'm just about finished with another Moda Bakeshop tutorial which uses the delicious Jelly Roll, shown below. The print I used is called 'Wild Rose' by Blackbird Designs. I will have the finished rug and tutorial up shortly so stay tuned!
Also, I plan on doing another fabric giveaway soon...I'll probably keep it on the theme of jelly rolls. Check back for details!

A couple other new things... my husband and I got a new couch which means I need to populate it with new pillows. Therefore, I'll be sewing some creative pillow shams in the near future. I also have some quilt projects lined up, as always. :) Hopefully I have more time to sew this new year! I apologize in advance if my tutorials have bad lighting. By the time I get home from work, it's already dark!

Lastly, my husband is building me my very own custom sewing table! (eeeiiyeeeah!! x-))) <--that's me expressing my excitement. He should be done in a couple days. I'll have pics of that up as well!

Happy new year sewing!

-J

1.02.2011

Kindle Sleeve


I got my husband a Kindle for Christmas and by special request I made him a 'Kindle sleeve' to keep it bundled up and safe from scratches. :) It was a fun and quick project. The longest part was figuring out the measurements, but since I've already done that you don't need to! 6 easy steps below. Enjoy!

Materials:
  • Scrap fabric and batting (measurements are in step 1)
  • Zipper (at least 8" long)
Step 1 – Cut the following from your fabrics and batting:
  • Backing fabric (this will be the inside lining of the sleeve; I used a thin felt fabric) – two 6.25” x 8.5” rectangles
  • Batting - two 6.25” x 8.5” rectangles
  • Top fabric – two 6.25” x 9” rectangles (the top fabric needs to be ½” longer than the backing and batting).

For one side of the top fabric, I pieced together scrap fabrics and then trimmed the final piece to measure 6.25” x 9” as specified above.


Step 2 –Make two quilt sandwiches: Sandwich the batting in between the backing fabric and top fabric; the wrong sides of the backing and top fabric should be facing the batting. Quilt the two sandwiches however you like (I quilted zig-zags for the beer print, and echoed the dia de los muertos print).

Step 3 – Iron over the extra ½” of top fabric as shown below.

Step 4 – Attach the zipper. As illustrated below, make sure there is ¼” of space between the edge of the fabric and the start of the zipper (click image to enlarge).

Sew along the zipper (align the side of your presser foot with the edge of the zipper to sew a ¼” seam).


Step 5 – Repeat the previous step, but on the other side of the zipper.

It should look like this when you’re done attaching the zipper.

Step 6 – Flip the two quilted panels together so that the right sides are facing each other. As shown below, sew a ¼” seam around the perimeter of the quilt (except for where the zipper is). Start and end your stitch with several backstitches to secure the ends of the zipper in place. Before sewing around the perimeter, make sure the zipper is at least ¾ of the way un-zipped.

Lastly, trim off any extra fabric along the edge and corners (but outside of the ¼” seam allowance) to prevent unnecessary bulges. Trim off the extra zipper as well.

Turn right side out and you’re done!
 

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