Monday, May 19, 2014

Mug Rug

Made this mug rug for Cara. I saw someone post a picture of a project with this star so I tried making it myself, without a patterns. I just sew and sew instinctively. It is a bit larger than the traditional mug rug, but I have come to find that with the smaller mug rugs you have to be very precise on where you place your mug. I made this one 9" by 9" to allow more room for mug placement and maybe also add a pastry.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hexie Pillow

Remember that awesome ruler I posted about? The one used to make Hexagons. Well this was my first project done using hexagons. I made a pillow for Cara's reading corner. 

What you do is cut all the pieces with the hexie ruler, then sew them up in strips, then sew the strips together. I pressed the seams one way for a strip and the opposite way for the next strip, the all the strip seams towards one side. 

I quilted the pillow cover top following the hexagon shape in straight lines in side and outside the hexagon.

This is where it lives.

The cutest!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Eva Bebe

Well, I had one more baby girl to quilt for. I was so fascinated with the easy simple quilt tutorial I mentioned before here, that I decided on this quilt to be just that, it ended up being 42" by 42". I also added a name using the applique technique, since I was such an expert by then (sorry no picture, this was before the blog).

Add caption
I went all crazy on the Free Motion Quilting. Took a deep breath and started sewing spirals everywhere without a care. They idea is I have to just free motion quilt, go for it and hope to get better. We all know I am a beginner, so no surprises on the outcome. Overall I found it fun, and noticed some improvement towards the end. Four needles and three spools of thread later, here is a close-up of the FMQ design.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Christmas projects 2013

Projects before the blog.
I am trying to catch up on adding all the things I made before I started this blog. 

My Christmas tree needed a skirt and I needed a challenge. I was really excited to quilt a round project. It was quite a learning experience, especially learning that the binding fabric must be cut at a 45 degree angle to give it room to move. With this project I also discovered what that quilting guide was for! It allows you to follow your previous line when quilting. 
As always a new tool was needed to explore this new technique. I bought a 10 to cut each triangle, but that will be another post, meanwhile enjoy the beauty of my finished project.
Also, this was the first project I decided to give hand binding a try, and now I can't go back. I hand bind everything. It gives it such a better, more professional finish.

Christmas Tree Skirt

Table Runners / Mats

Since I had a lot of Christmas fabric left and I wanted to keep experimenting with round project I made two table runners/ table decoration mats. I wish I would have taken better pictures, but they are now in their new homes being loved. oh well! these will do. I made these for two of my mom's good friends who are special to me.

This I made like a Dresden flower on a wider scale.