Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Triangle Quilt

Okay people, let me start by saying, that I love this quilt. I ordered this fabric specifically with the intent of making a triangle quilt. And anyone that follows my pinterest boards would know, I'm in loooove with triangle quilts. I'm not sure if it's the graphics or what, but it's extremely pleasing to the eye ... my eye.

Fabric ~ Lotta Jansdotter.

Going on..... what i'm not thrilled about is the way the triangles came together.  As many of you know, I'm fairly new at 'quilting'. I've been sewing since middle school, ya know that home ec class that hooks you and makes you ask your parents for a sewing machine on your 14th birthday;) But... quilting involves ALOT of,  do I dare say it...... math. It also involves patience, soo much patience and understanding of the tools you buy. The latter, my friends, is what got me on this quilt.  

Ya see this lovely triangle template missing the points, especially the top? Well, if you've never used one of these & thought, "it's a triangle, how hard can this be?" (because they don't come with instructions), you will end up with a quilt that has exactly that : triangles with a center tip missing. Geesh..... go figure.

Sooo... why is it missing? I'm assuming to eliminate fabric bulkiness at the seams. But this too, has to be researched....

I'm still planning on finishing it up. It really is beautiful. And..... I think that I might even be able to pull this off as an intentional design. As for the triangle template > I got it down and have already pieced together a new quilt & guess what? The sections have sharp points!  Yahoo!!!

 If you're looking for good tips on how to work with triangles, check out The Sassy Quilter. What I liked about her tutorial? Her triangle tip (template) was cut off too!! (But i'm noticing that not many online fabric & quilting supply shops carry those missing point templates. Most of them are just regular shaped triangles. Makes you wonder.)
And last but not least, Connecting Threads has some great examples of how to get perfect points every time! Check it out! You'll learn about the importance of a positioning pin.

On another note: Is March really here? It's freeeeeeeeeeeezzzing in Ohio!!! But that doesn't mean you can't order seeds and plants from all those great gardening catalogs! They're arriving in the mail daily and every one is so inspiring :) 

Happy trails to triangle quilting and keep our hearts warm!

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Quilted Table Runner

So... here's the "I decided to do something I've never done / part 2" of fabric purchasing. 
Many of you know, my first part was buying a jelly roll which you can see here. But I also thought I'd finally buy some fabric squares. Riley Blake's Cottage Garden had all the colors I adore! I gotta admit, I'm a yardage kinda girl but what's better than eliminating an hour or more of cutting. The only downfall, falling in love with fabric patterns and you got only 5 x 5 inches of visual candy.

I placed random white strips in between the blocks to break it up.
This was the first, "let me see how quilting actually works without a long arm."
I pinned, I stabilized and stitched extra slow. 

In the end, pretty cute for a quick sewing project! (Even though I forgot to stitch around the perimeter!)
Of course my girls grabbed this right away and put it on their dresser:)
As they walked down the hall, I heard, " mom, when are you going to actually 'quilt' the other ones you've been working on?"
There's so much more I've started that I can't wait to share with everyone. I'm thinking that maybe I should rename this blog, "The Starting Quilter, what you thought you knew." The next post has me contemplating, do I really want to show everyone this? It's all about learning , right? And as far as I can tell, there are no shortcuts in piecing little bits of fabric together.

Happy trails to stitching & trying something new each time!

Friday, February 13, 2015

New Aprons

Oh February... everything about this month makes me want to sew with colorful fabrics! These two aprons were inspired by my adorable nieces who love to help their mama, (aka my beautiful sis)! 

I decided to do a little something different and make a two-tier skirt.  I added the lettering last since it's not machine stitched to the apron. (Gotta love Joann's!) Now, I have my own method for all the aprons (& items) I sell in the Etsy shop. (I guess you can say that I always felt like it was bad ju-ju to make money off of someone else's patterns.) Anyway, as I made these, I realized I need to make more of the these two tier skirts & recorded the measurements of fabric. They're adorable & they look even cuter on! Then.... of course, I went out of control with another "to-do" list of all the different styles & sizes you could make with the two-tiers. I guess you could say I'll be busy stitching till Summer:) 

On another note... I'm continually cutting up random snippets & blocks. Still overly-inspired by quilt making. I get the feeling this is not a short term thing with me. Here's a sneak peak another little something going on in the sewing room. 

I love the way these colors look together!

Happy Sewing till next time friends!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pink & Gray Zig-Zag Quilting

Of course I have to post something pink for the month of February, right?
What can be better than a pink & gray zig-zag quilt. Here's another 'play around' project I did using simple strips and piecing them together.

If anything, I feel that tiny projects like these are perfect for getting the 'not so accustomed' quilter better at hand. There are so many things I did not know prior to learning about quilting. For example, I never use store bought patterns on the aprons I make. I create my own... and part of that means 'ah, seam allowance... it's gotta be between here & here.'   But quilting... is a different ball game. 

You have to make sure your sewing machine is set for a 1/4 inch seam...every time. Every single piece of fabric should be cut precise. A millimeter here and there could result in a 1/4" off at the end. 

And... an even feed foot. I've been sewing since I was 14 and I still cannot believe that manufactures will not give this presser foot out with general purchase. I mean..... it works on everything!!! (This includes working with velvet & satin layering, which I do for making my girls' folklore costumes.)

Lori Kennedy's blog is so helpful and I'm pretty glad I came across this article on Pinterest.
If anyone wants to get better at quilting, this is a great start.

The funnest part was laying out different designs. 
This is what I love so much about quilting.... it's possibility.
I found the zig-zag pattern worked the best. 

Now... all that's left is some backing & batting. My younger daughter already called dibs on this one!
I can't wait to show you the other one I'm working on:)

I'll be stitching away.... Happy Trails!