Monday, May 30, 2011

Mosaic Monday - Red, White, & Blue Quilts

Since today is Memorial Day, I thought I would share a few Americana quilts that inspire me.  I always wanted to do a quilt made from just red, white & blue fabrics.  Unfortunately, I have very little red or blue fabrics in my stash, so it will have to wait for another day.


1. Patriotic String Quilt, 2. QOV Persimmon Quilts Mystery # 13, 3. Handmade America #1, 4. mini American flag, 5. Patriotic Flags Rag Quilt Pincushion, 6. 33-BQ 54x72, 7. 75-bee red/white/blue 67x57, 8. Americana, 9. red, white, & blue quilt

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Decorative Pin Toppers

Since you ladies went nuts for these pin toppers that were part of my giveaway, I thought it only fair to share how I made them.


(I also listed a few in my Etsy Shop.)


You will need a few tools for this project, but I assure you all these tools I found in my little tool kit my husband bought me.

The brads I found at Michael's, and the tin foil and metal nail file I found around the house.  I like using tin foil when using E-6000 it helps protect your work surface and it makes for a easy clean-up.


First with the pliers I popped the off the yellow flower heads.  This step was hard to picture but you understand right?  Hold the pin with the needle nose pliers and the flower with the other pair of pliers, then pull.  They come off fairly easy with a little muscle.  Just be careful not to bend your pins


Next, with wire cutters, I removed the prongs off the back of the brad.  This will leave you with a little metal burr that you will need to remove.  I used a metal nail file but I am sure a fine grit sandpaper will do the trick as well. 
Note:  To save yourself a lot of time sanding down the metal, try to remove as much of the prong as you can.


Now that you have your brads and your pins ready, it is time to put them together.  For this I used E-6000 adhesive, because it is great when working with metals and it is flexible, unlike super glue.  Again, I had trouble photographing this step, but I think it is easy enough to understand.

Working on a tin foil surface I placed a bead of adhesive on the back of the brad.  Then with a pin (or toothpick) I spread the adhesive evenly in the well of the brad, and placed a prepared pin in the well.


This is what the backside should look like when you are finished. 
Once the glue has set and you find you have a few streamers, take your metal nail file and gently remove them, being careful not the disturb the adhesive.


Enjoy!

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Lucky Winner of Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Wow! 
How much fun was that.  I hope you enjoyed Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day as much as I did.  I found a ton of new blogs to follow and entered some fantastic giveaways.  

I want to thank everyone who took the time to enter my giveaway.  The response was overwhelming, and your comments were inspiring.  I read each and every one, responded to some, but unfortunately didn't get to them all. 

So, without further ado, the lucky winner of the Bella Solids Jelly Roll by Moda is....

 Who is #419?



I hope you enjoy your Bella Solids Jelly Roll by Moda.  I can't wait to see what you make with it.  And, of course, you also won this cute little pin cushion with pins toppers, Enjoy!
I will be contacting you soon with more info.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday

Welcome to Work in Progress Wednesday!
If you are looking for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway, please click HERE.  There is still plenty of time to enter, and to those who have already entered Good Luck!  I have enjoyed reading all your comments.  They have made me laugh and warmed my heart.

On my sewing table this week....


....are some bee blocks that are finally done.  
These are the May blocks for A Twist on Tradition quilting bee.  Alison asked us to make a 16 patch block of our choice made up of only squares and HST's.  Don't you just love the fabric she picked out?


Remember this pile of scraps?  Well, originally they were going to be incorporated into the back of my Double Hour Glass Quilt, but things didn't work out as I had planned.  I ended up not piecing the back and used a single print.  I am very happy with how it came out but I was still left with this pile of scraps... 


...and they ended up in these cute little postage stamp blocks.  This makes me very happy because I hate throwing away even the tiniest bits of fabrics.  Also, my scrap bin was getting a little out of control.  So, I dug into that mess too.  I think this will be my scrap quilt for 2011.  I have put these blocks away for now, but as I accumulate more scraps I will pull them out again and hopefully by the end of the year I will have enough to complete a quilt top. 


Last but not least here is the fabric I pulled from my stash this morning.  The beginnings of my next quilt.  :)

Have a great week! I am linking up to Freshly Pieced, Work in Progress Wednesday.



Monday, May 23, 2011

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

This Giveaway is Closed! 
Thanks to all who entered.
Welcome to all of you who are visiting from Sew, Mama, Sew, and to all my awesome followers.  I am so excited to participating today!  It is my first time so please be kind, and send a little blog love my way! 

If you are not familiar with Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day click on the button below and check it out.  You will be glad you did.


And here is what is up for grabs....


A Bella Solids Jelly Roll by Moda and this cute little pin cushion with pins toppers, made by me.

To enter:
Become a follower and leave a comment that you did.
Or
Leave a comment if you already are a follower of my blog.

This giveaway is open to all readers, US and international, and will be open till Thursday, May 26th at midnight, EST.  I will announce a winner on Friday. 

Good Luck!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Welcome! 
I am so glad to be participating in this year's Bloggers' Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy's Creative Side

Amy's Creative Side

I don't know about you but usually the quilt I have just finished or the quilt I am working on is usually my favorite.  So, unlike last year where I shared the first quilt that I ever made, this year I am going to share the quilt I just finished.  I am soooo in love with this quilt with all the bright colors.


I stepped out of my comfort zone and did some machine straight line quilting.  Something else I am totally in love with.  I definitely see more of this in my future. 

 

Doesn't it look great on the back of my couch? Too bad it is not mine to keep. It will be going to a very good friend of mine this summer.


If you're visiting my blog for the first time, please feel free to check out some of my other favorite projects ...
Pin Cushion

Retro Ribbon Barrettes




Monday, May 16, 2011

Mosaic Monday - Bloggers Quilt Festival Favorites

So, how many of you have been over to Amy's Creative Side to check out her Blogger Quilt Festival, Spring 2011?  Or over to her Flickr Group?  This is where I spent an outrageous amount of time this morning, checking out quilts.  My original plan was to write my own post to add to the festival....but I got sucked into reading blog posts and looking at pictures on Flickr.  Wow!  Is all I can say, but somehow it doesn't seem like enough.

Here are a few that caught my my eye....

 

1. Open Season, 2. Cathedral Window Quilt, 3. 100_0077, 4. Flag quilt close up, 5. Daisy Daisy (detail), 6. Flying Geese, 7. Hey Cherri, finished top, 8. Front, 9. Red & Aqua Sampler Quilt

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I have a confession to make....

Well, I have many, but today I'm going to keep it to the crafty kind.

I. LOVE. TO. IRON.

That's right I said it, and I am sure many of you think I must be nuts. Iron? Of all the things you could be doing, certainly that can't be on the top of your list? It is as relaxing to me as it is to feeding fabric to my machine. Even when I was a child it was how I got out of doing my other chores. Seriously! I kid you not! Think about it at 10 or 12 wouldn't you prefer to iron ...oppose to...Ummm... I don't know... scrubbing bath tub?

I have even considered writing a tutorial on the proper way to iron a dress shirt for my blog, but fear not, I won't. I think Martha already has that one covered.

But since this is a quilting blog and ironing is a big part of that, I thought I would share a few of my thoughts on the subject.

I recently finished my double hour glass quilt (I will share more on that later) and I took some pictures along the way. As you can see I have been thinking about this for a while now.

And if you are interested I used this quilt tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew.


First, I ironed my seam to the dark side, because it will help me line up my seam in the next step.


See how it lines up so nicely? I wish there was a way you could feel how flat it lays. It fits together perfectly.
In second picture I wanted to show you how it is more important to me that the seam is going to line up opposed to the edge. Give yourself a little wiggle room.


In this step of making the block I iron all my seams going in the same direction. Left or right it is your choice just ALL in the same direction.

Then I flip and iron the top. There isn’t any real reason for this step just an old habit and an opportunity to double check my work.  I hate getting in too deep and then having to pull out the seam ripper.


See how pretty they all look.

 

Again, see how the seams fit in nicely and lock into place.
This is how it looks opened up but not ironed.


Again, I will iron my seam to one side and all in the same direction.
I love when everything lines up so perfectly. *heaven*

Then when I am sewing my blocks together I will open up my seams. This is definitely where you can see some reduction in bulk. This is also the step I am more likely to use some starch. I want everything to be nice and crisp for when I sandwich my quilt together.

A Side Note: Another great way to reduce bulk and make sure your seams a line is to trim your blocks before you sew them together. I know this is such a tedious task but it really does make a world of difference.


I hope you all got a little something out of what I have shared today and I hope it helps you make an educated decision on how you would like to iron your blocks. Remember there is no right or wrong way to do this. Just my way! Just kidding, sorry I couldn’t resist. I just wanted to know if I still had your attention.

If you are interested in continuing this discussion on quilting and ironing, please let me know. I would love to hear what you have to say on the subject.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

We Have a Winner!

The lucky winner of the Hushabye Charm Pack from Moda is #33.

Who is #33? 

Well it is Christie from Describe Happy, of course!

Hi, it\

 I hope you enjoy your Hushabye Charm Pack designed by Tula Pink! 

 I will be contacting you soon with more info.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday

If your looking for my giveaway, click here.

On my sewing table this week....


....nothing but my hourglass quilt. 

Doesn't it look happy?  It puts a smile on my face every time I look at it.  The best part, other than the white all the fabric is from my stash.  Talk about stash busting.  Not sure if I am going to add a border or not.  What do you think?


Here are all my leftovers including a couple of blocks. I think I am going to try to piece together something for the back.

Have a great week!  Linking up to Freshly Pieced, Work in Progress Wednesday.