Monday, March 25, 2019

Birthday Party Favors

Some friends invited me out for dim sum for my birthday (a really big number!!)
Not wanting to go empty handed, I made a little stack of sewing books and got some accessories.

I fussy cut some birthday cakes and added a border for the front and made a 5 inch nine patch for the back in bright colors.

Inside a pocket and some pins and lace.

It was fun and my friends were so sweet and generous to take me out and give me nice gifts!

I'm glad I had a little gift for them too!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Baby Dress

I had professional photos taken of my babies when they were about 7 months old.  My daughter asked me to make a dress like the one she wore.
I couldn't find any lavender baby rosebud fabric so looked through my stash to see what I had and chose the lightest lavender.

I made a pattern.  After cutting out the pieces, I realized the bodice front was too wide.  Should I revise the pattern and cut it out again?  Then I thought of adding pin tucked stitching!
You can see the rosettes and lace trimmed collar details also.

The little puffed sleeves turned out sweet.
I sewed in lining and even added some netting to make it rustle and a little poofy.
I watched a video on button holes made with the machine I have and was able to make button holes easily even though it'd been a long time.  The video was very helpful so I didn't have to look in the manual.

Now to go find out if it fits??
Pretty good!
I can see more baby dress creations in my future!!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

More Baby Quilts

This is my first commissioned quilt.  It is for baby Emily from her Grandma.

Half square triangles sewn together randomly with sashing and stars in the corners.  Similar to the one I made my granddaughter but unique.  I'm going to embroider in the middle name and birth date when they know.

This is for baby Joseph Mekhei, named for his dad, but his middle name is the Hawaiian version.
I used the rest of the panel that I used for my niece's forest animal quilt, but this time I used a charm pack to make four patches for the alternate squares.  I created a fox, raccoon, bunny, bear design to quilt it.  I really love this simple pattern,

I made these baby quilts for my work friend's (who is retiring) little granddaughters, Story Katrina and Navy Jane.  She will move out of the area and I won't see her often.  I will miss her!

Prairie point border on one and the other has a wavy border.  I'm really happy to try something new!

I quilted them with a scottie dog and hearts design I created and added scottie dog labels.  Unfortunately it's difficult to see the quilting.

Long ago when I started these blocks I noted some cutting instructions below.  The prairie points are 3 1/2" squares folded diagonally twice.  I sewed them on facing into the quilt at the same time I applied the red binding and when I turned them out and pressed them, they looked great!  Then I just had to sew a stay stitch on the front and sew the binding down in back.  When I make this border again, I will not cut the binding 2 1/2", but will cut it 1 5/8"
Cutting instructions:  4 1/2" squares
Sashing:  1 1/2" strips
Cornerstones:  1 1/2" squares
Setting triangles:  5" square cut diagonally once

Cutting instructions:
Pinwheels:  4 7/8" squares (place print and white background fabrics right sides together, sew around perimeter with 1/4" seam, cut diagonally twice to yield 4 half square triangles (HSTs).  Square up HSTs to 3" and sew together into pinwheel formation.
Triangle borders:  Cut 6 1/4" square and cute diagonally twice.
Setting triangles:  Construct two HST's and join as shown.  Sew a bigger triangle (cut from 6" square cut diagonally twice or 4 1/8" square cut diagonally once) and two smaller triangles (cut 3 1/2" square cut diagonally once) to each side as shown

Thursday, December 27, 2018

A Few Last minute Christmas Gifts

Little Houses and Trees Wallhanging

Christmas Present Wall hanging with Merry Christmas to You! embroidery
Christmas-y Potholders and I made quite a few more but in the rush to deliver, didn't take photos.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Starry, Starry Night Quilt Completed

Quilt made for my friend's, daughter for graduation, in celebration of the Starry, Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh, which she loves.

 Quilted with asterisk stars and swirls.
Center Lone Star
This quilt was started early in 2017 and finally finished a week ago in time to send for Christmas.  At the time I made some notes here on cutting instructions for future reference.

This is a graduation gift but it will be late.
I sorted through tons of quilt ideas with the Starry Starry Night painting in mind and found this sparkly free quilt pattern that I just adore!
This Blueberry Ice Quilt adapted from a quilt designed by Gerri Robinson is perfect except the colors need to be reversed.  If you click on the link, you can download your own instructions.

Since I'm doing my own adaptation, I'm including some cutting instructions for myself for future reference.
For each block you will need:
(8) 4 patches {each square is 2 1/2", but I strip sewed (2) 2 1/2 x a long strip together and then cut off 2 1/2" sections and sewed 2 of them together to get a 4 1/2" square 4 patch.}
(8) Sparkle rectangles
(4) 2 1/2" squares
(4) Star leg sections (sew 2 HSTs together -- see below for making the HSTs)
(1) Pinwheel block (made from 4 HST's)

HSTs for the pinwheel center of the star
Cut (2) 4 1/8" squares in the colors of your star.  Sew together around the perimeter and slice diagonally twice.  Press open and trim to 2 1/2" square.  Sew into a pinwheel for the star center.

HSTs for the star legs:  Cut (2) 4 1/8" squares (one the color of the star legs and one the background color).  Sew around the perimeter and then slice diagonally twice to yield 4 HSTs.  Do this twice since you need 8 HST's

For my no waste version of this sparkle rectangle, cut (8) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" fabric and cut a 4 1/8" square and then cut that square diagonally twice.  Take a triangle and lay it as shown so that the bottom of the triangle is at the 2 1/2" mark on the ruler.  Remember these sparkle triangles have direction.

Stitch 1/4" seam along the diagonal then trim off the excess and fold back and press.
I decided to add a lone star block to the center and found a tutorial here. You make strip sets of 5 fabrics (1 1/2" wide) and then slice them at 45 degree angles and then sew them together.  She has you sew the background using a Y seam but I just decided to have a seam so cut the corner 5 1/2" squares in half diagonally once and for the centers I cut a 6 3/4" square diagonally twice.  When you sew each of the 4 corners together, you trim to 8" and then sew all together and you get a 15 1/2" square unfinished.
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Princess Baby Quilt

My coworker's baby girl is due next month.  She requested pink with purple.  I pulled together pinks and lavenders.  One of the fabrics has a princess theme with princesses, castles and even little green frogs!
I arranged all the charm squares into rows on point.  (Cutting instructions at the end).  The border is charm squares sewn together and then cut in half, which creates four borders out of two strips.
After sewing the long border strip on all sides, I took this little glass bowl and drew a line to make my scallops.
Before Quilting
I placed the right sides of the front and back together and then placed the batting on the back of the front and sewed 1/4" seam around each scallop and then turned right sides out.  I thought I was going to save a lot of time because no binding to apply, but it turned out that sewing around each curve wasn't that easy and there were a few spots that I needed to resew because when I turned it right sides out, there were small holes.  Not sure if I would use this method again.

Having placed right sides together and sewing around the scallops and then turning it out through the seam on the back, which I'd sewn partially with large stitches, I was worried the fabric would end up bunching up and it did, but just a tiny bit.

Here are some cutting instructions.
Cutting instructions:
Corner square triangles:  5 7/8" square cut diagonally twice
Setting triangles:  7 5/8" squares cut diagonally twice
Patchwork:  5" squares

Borders:  5" squares sewn together and then cut in half lengthwise to create two borders.  Make two.  Cut the edge with scallop design if desired.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Mary Engelbreit Quilt

Another Retirement Quilt for someone who loves Mary!
You may be able to guess, it was a Costume Retirement Party

Every Quilt needs a label

Made with Mary Engelbreit fabrics.  Six inch squares with 2 inch sashing and cornerstones (unfinished measurements).  The plan was to quilt this on my Sunshine 16 but I could do nothing to get the tension right!  

I only had that night and the next day to complete it and every time I sewed 4 or 5 inches of free motion stitching, I had to pick it out.  You can imagine my frustration.  I fiddled with the tension endlessly!  As a last resort, I took apart the tension control and with irritation was pulling on the little wire thing and it sprang.  What did I do!   I had no hope of completing it on time for the party.  I would have to take the quilt to Idaho, where I have another quilting machine, and it would just have to be late.

 The situation was hopeless and I went to bed.  That night as I said my prayers, I included prayers for my machine and the tension control.  The next morning I got up and prayed some more and started puttering with the machine again, without much hope.  Lo and behold, it began to sew wonderfully and miraculously, the thread didn't break!

The stitching was so fine on front AND back!  I gave great thanks!

Darling Princess coworkers, Snow White, Cinderella, Moana, Pocahontus, Belle, and Jasmine.
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