February 25, 2014

Binding Tip - Happy Accident

I accidentally discovered a very useful way of keeping my binding tidy when machine sewing it onto the edge of a quilt.

I had made the binding for 4 baby quilts and after I coiled it, I thought it would look nice in a couple of little, round baking dishes I have. After taking a few photos and admiring the "cinnamon buns of binding", it was time to actually start sewing them on. I set the bowls on the little table beside my machine and started sewing, keeping an eye out just in case the bowls got pulled to the edge but they were heavy enough that they stayed perfectly put and the binding unwound smoothly while I sewed it on. It was great! And it prevented a lot of fraying that usually happens while I'm sewing the binding on.

I've seen other methods that include winding the binding onto a large spool that sits on top of your machine or winding the binding around the foot of your plexiglass surface, if you have one of those. I do and was going to do that but honestly, this was SO much easier.

I love a happy accident! Hopefully someone else will find this tip useful.

A Baby Star Quilt for Leah – A 2013 Finish

It's taken me a while to photograph and deliver this little quilt but honest, I finished it in 2013. Legit. I only delivered it to Leah, though a little while ago but before her first birthday, which is the same day as my husband Kevin's. Yes, he gave her her first pair of shoes, in case you were wondering. As we understand it, if a baby is born on your birthday, you have to give her or him their first pair of shoes.

This quilt is made from a charm pack of Coquette, some Kona White and some pink floral patterned Minky for the backing. I used an unidentified aqua fabric from my stash for the binding. Push came to shove for me with baby quilts in 2013 so I eventually dumped 5 of them off with Lynette who does long-arm quilting for me. Minky is so troublesome to run through my machine that even the contemplation of quilting with it myself is stressful so I gave myself a break and let Lynnette take care of it. She did a sweet all-over floral with variegated thread on this one.

I took photos both outside on a sunny day after a fresh snowfall and indoors. It's difficult to get good quality quilt photographs in my house, especially in winter.  All of my photos of Leah with her quilt are quite badly out of focus. Either she or me was in way too much motion to get a good still photo, but I posted the best of them anyway – Leah, her Mom and her Grandma with the quilt.

Enjoy the show!

January 1, 2014

Looking Forward to 2014! Happy New Year!

Guess where we're going in 2014?! These  photos of some of my Christmas gifts should give you enough clues. I wish you could smell the beautiful silk lavender sachet that Hannah bought at Liberty of London! THEEEE Liberty!! Squeeeeeaaal!!!

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Christmas 2013 - Done!

We're so busy at Christmas that I don't take as many photos as I wish I had. I have none of my Mom and my other brothers and sister-in-laws and nieces and nephews and friends that were here and none of Kevin's family. Here are some to remind me of Christmas 2013. It was very merry! I hope yours was, too.

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December 30, 2013

A Vessel for Matt

Hannah's friend, Matt, visited and I made him this little vessel. Just a little something to toss his pocket change in … or stuff like that.

I really like making these little cotton rope and embroidery thread vessels.

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December 29, 2013

Hannah's Granny Square Legacy Quilt

I am so happy with how this granny square quilt turned out. I made it for our daughter, Hannah, for Christmas. It's the first quilt I've made for her and I wanted it to be extra special.

The fabrics in the squares are all vintage scraps from the clothes my Mom and both of my grandmothers sewed. I estimate that most of the fabrics are from the 20s to 50s. There are a few from the 60s that I recognize. One that was a shirt for my brother Darrel and from which scraps were used to make a sun dress for Hannah when she was a baby. I see some that were dresses for me and for Hannah, too. It's amazing how such a mix of fabrics and colours can come together to look good as a whole. Or at least I think so. I also love how it softened after a washing. The scraps had been starched before cutting. Some were almost like paper. But after washing, the they are as soft as a comfortable old shirt. The feel of it now reminds Hannah of her baby quilt. Bonus!

The background fabric is the text fabric from Madrona Road by Violet Craft. I love all the words in it and I'm especially tickled that it has the phrase "City of Bridges" in it, for that is often what Saskatoon is called.

I made a label from a handkerchief. On it I wrote, "I'll love you forever. I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living my baby you'll be." (by Robert Munsch) – a favourite childhood book.

The whole thing was all-over quilted with a meandering ribbon pattern and was done by Lynette who does long-arm quilting. The backing fabric is by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics. I think it compliments the vintage fabrics.

Hannah was pleased as can be with it, which makes me so happy! Off it goes to London!

Quilt Statistics:

Title: "Granny Square Legacy Quilt" made for my daughter, Hannah, for Christmas 2013
Pattern: Granny Square tutorial by Blue Elephant Stitches
Size: 56" x 75"
Fabrics: Vintage sewing scraps that belonged to my Mom, her Mom and my Dad's Mom. Background fabric is Madrona Road text fabric by Violet Craft. The backing fabric and binding is by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics.
Quilting: Longarm quilted by Lynette with "Ribbons of Love" pattern, an allover meandering ribbon done with light grey thread.

December 1, 2013

The Real Thing Granny Square Quilt Top

The quilt top is done! This might be my favourite quilt so far.

Next I will peice a back for it and then drop it off with Lynette to long-arm quilt it for me. It turned out much bigger than initially planned so I won't be able to manage it on my own little sewing machine.

I can't wait to see it finished!

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Hand Stitched Coiled Rope Vessels

I saw these (with a good tutorial) at The Red Thread blog and I just HAD to try one. I LOVE the look of these. The tutorial is great. Very easy to follow.

Stitching this little container took me about 3 movies on Saturday. I have always liked hand stitching and the only supplies needed are some embroidery threads, a larger than average needle, and some cotton rope. I found the size used in the tutorial at Home Depot. I'd wanted to try a thicker rope, too, but Home Depot only had this size in cotton. I'm going to continue looking for a larger size.

This little container was given today as a Christmas gift at our Modern Quilt Guild "Sewcial". My feeling is that anyone who thoroughly enjoys hand stitching binding  onto a quilt (and so many of us do) will also enjoy making these.

I'll definitely make more of these. I want to make a shallow one to keep on my bedside table to hold earings I forget to take off until I lay my head on the pillow.

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