Monday, April 14, 2014

Reversible Quilted Easter Baskets and Tutorial

My friend Susie said that baskets, like bunnies, tend to multiply at her house and now it's happening here too!
Each basket takes two fat quarters, some batting, and buttons.  That's it!

It's quite fun picking out some coordinating fabric and sewing them up!  (See my Saturday post for the link to the bunny tutorial too!)

These colorful Easter Baskets are simple and quick to make.


They are also Reversible

I made my own tutorial for reference, because I altered the original pattern quite a bit.  Click the READ MORE to see the tutorial.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rabbits and Basket with links to Tutorials

Also check out my post from yesterday for more samples and my own tutorial for a reversible basket!





I saw this bunny pattern (on Sew Thankful Sunday --Julie the Crafty Quilter's blog) and loved it right away!  Find this Easter Bunny Softie Pattern by Amy at Positively Splendid here.
Easter Bunny Softie Pattern
I've been planning to go buy the Matelasse (French for "quilted") when I found some scraps my friend gave me after reupolstering her couch.  The right side of the fabric is taupe and the wrong side is more cream color.  So I sewed one of each.

I tried a new pattern for the basket.
Here's the link to the tutorial by Christina at Birch Fabrics
http://birchfabrics.blogspot.com/2013/08/tutorial-fabric-bins-featuring-fort.html
I made the large basket/bin but shortened it because I added the handle and didn't want to fold the lining down.
Aren't the bunnies cute!  They look like they're being affectionate.  I was thinking they'd also look attractive made from corduroy or velveteen with a matching basket.
Linking up with Marelize at Stitch by Stitch on Anything Goes Monday
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Also linking up with Jamie at CRAFT (creating Really Awesome Free Things) -- Monday Funday
Cheryl at Sew Can Do Craftastic Monday and Skip to my Lou

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A New Look for my Blog

I love to visit Susie of Susie's Sunroom and see the many useful and attractive projects she sews.  Lately I've noticed she has changed the pictures in her blog header a few times and I was curious how she does it.  Luckily she gave me some tips.  
Susie's Sunroom
I love the way everything is color coordinated in spring colors!

So my blog has a new look!  I look forward to more sewing, improving my skills at photography, editing, and making picture collages so I can update my blog's appearance for seasons and holidays!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Adding Tabs to Your Blog on Blogger

I have a friend who is starting a blog and is having difficulty adding TABS.  I'm hoping this tutorial might help her and maybe someone else too!

Step 1.  Go to your Blogger Dashboard
Step 2:  Go to your drop down menu and select Pages


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Triangle Quilt Strip Parade! for the Triangle Quilt Along

Parade of triangle strips on the garden fence.

Laying out the triangles
I spent way too much time doing this, since it seemed too much bother to figure out how to keep them in this order.
Triangles sewn two by two.




Can you see the cauliflour peeking out?

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Stop by The Sassy Quilter to see the Linky party and instructions for sewing the triangles together or go to the Flickr page to see all the wonderful triangles in all sorts of stages!



Monday, March 31, 2014

My Real Triangles for the Triangle Quilt Along

A choir was adorned in lovely colors and part of the choir members were even in a triangle configuration, giving me the idea... 
.... to use those colors for my triangle quilt along quilt!
https://www.lds.org/church/news/general-womens-meeting-a-historic-gathering?lang=eng
Click here for more info.

I also got my triangle baby quilt completed, as well as one more baby quilt.
Quilted with straight stitching 1/4" from the seams
Pieced together back (and uneven straight lines).

I started this baby quilt a while back and finally completed it today.  Hour glass blocks alternated with charm square size blocks.

Pieced together back includes an hour glass block.

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Click here to find out more and join the fun!



Friday, March 28, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along Cutting and Impromptu Baby Quilt


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I got up this morning excited because today is the day Paula of the Sassy Quilter published the triangle cutting instructions for the Triangle quilt along.  Also, I planned to make some baby quilts.
While I was reading the cutting instructions, I thought, "Hmmm... I think I'll combine the two activities and cut out triangles for a baby quilt."  Particularly noteworthy is that Paula has us cut 1/4" off the point of each triangle, which makes it so easy to sew them together accurately!

After I cut out the triangles, I couldn't resist, and I started sewing them together.
I sewed two together and another two together until I had a long string of them!

I started with these 32 triangles, not knowing how many I'd need.
I cut some more triangles, including white, black, and red stars for more variety, until I had 54 triangles, which is a good size for a baby quilt.
 I recently saw some straight pins with numbers on them for keeping track of your rows.  I don't have them, so I put 1 pin in row 1, 2 pins in row two, all the way up to 6 pins in row 6.
But all those pins were not efficient, with the pinning, unpinning, ironing, etc.  So I came up with a new method.  I assigned a row number to a pin head color.  Red, yellow, and blue are 1,2,3 like the song, row 4 is pink, row 5 is gold (for 5 golden rings), and row 6 is green.
Here's my finished baby quilt top.  I didn't trim any of the triangles (since I didn't know how to) and amazingly, the points are not perfect, but pretty good!

I'll still be participating in the Triangle Quilt Along and am glad I have a whole week to cut out my triangles.  I'll look forward to the "real" sewing instructions!

Also there's a linky party at My Go Go Life and I linked up there.  So Fresh Quilts linked up the cutest fox/raccoon triangle quilt I've ever seen!  Drop by for the fun! 
http://gogokim.blogspot.com/2014/03/sewjo-saturday-3.html 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sew Kitschy Mixing Bowl

WIP WEDNESDAY

I'm lucky to be home today and looking at all the posts on Bloglovin' and decided to do a post with my WIPs.

This table topper features Easter egg color blocks on point.
I got the pattern on Craftsy here.    I made mine a little differently and sewed 2 1/2" strips together and made them into 4 patches and set them on point and added the setting and corner triangles.
   It is called Mini Charm Square Table Topper
I got this panel a year or two ago and have it pinned so I can do some free motion quilting on it.  It will be a wall hanging.

Are you sewing any thing with bunnies?  I want to and made some sketches along with a Celtic knot (would go well with the above wall hanging) which I hope to do one of these days:
 
Here are my number 9 and 10 Layer Cake Quilt Along blocks
  



I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced.  Go by and see the lovely projects!  My favorite is the cat on the Turtle table topper!
 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Well, as much as I love to look at all the wonderful blogs, I want to make my Sew Kitschy block, so better go for now!  See you soon!