Ive been making some new owl pictures for my etsy store this week. I like to put them on a nice linen background and use some of my favorite quilting prints for their bodies. My stock of vintage buttons work great for the eyes. I give them detail with a little free motion thread painting. all of the frames that I use are vintage and re-purposed. Now back to my quilts!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
This is Quilt #6 of my 23 unfinished quilt tops! I made this quilt last year for the value quilt along. I challenged myself to use fabrics from my stash on this one! This fabric is all Marimeko prints from Finland that I purchased in the early 80's or late 70's! It was interesting working with such vibrant and bold patterns to co the quilt along.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I wanted to try a new way of making pinwheels that I found on www.missouriquilts.com I decided to rescue a pile of orphan charm squares that were sad leftovers or rejects from other projects. I love the scrappy result.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I am working on my samples for summer classes at The Simple Thimble. This will be a "Lets get sewing" class for beginners. I think this flirty apron will be a fun first project to learn some simple sewing technigues. It uses just 3 fat quarters and can be made in a morning or afternoon class. I am looking forward to the summer Thimbleina classes especially where I will be working with children from 8-12 who are just learning to sew! I can't wait to get started!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Vintage Sheet Asterisk Chenille Quilt Tutorial and Giveaway!
AND THE WINNER IS NUMBER 13! Jennadesigns is the winner! Please contact me and let me know what colors of chenille you would like to have and I will get them right out to you along with my new book Re-Inventing Chenille. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments. I hope some of you try this run way of making an Asterix Quilt!
A tutorial and a Giveaway! Learn how to make this fun Chenille Asterisk Quilt and have a chance to win 3 rolls of 3/8 inch wide Chenille-It Blooming Bias as well as a Book!I spent last week end making this "Asterisk" inspired quilt using fat quarters of vintage sheets that I received in a recent flickr swap! It was fast and easy to make and was truly a "week-end" project that I completed in just over two days! I made a "real" asterisk quilt for one of the Old Red Barn quilt alongs on flickr last fall and loved the look and style but wasn't quite as happy about all of the time it took to do all of the inset pieces in each block to create the design. I decided it might be easier to use the 3/8 inch wide Chenille-It Blooming Bias to make the design lines and after it was washed I would have the same design lines become the texture and feel of old fashioned chenille. I've had several requests for a tutorial so here it is!
I started quilting on one end of my quilt on the first horizontal line of chenille bias. You will simply stitch right on top of your stitching on each row of bias! Try and stay right on the same row of stitching so that you won't affect the chenille when it blooms! Stitch all of the horizontal rows unrolling your quilt as you go and then reroll the other direction and do the opposite rows. And finally...roll your quilt corners to the center and starting with the center diagonal row, stitch all of the diagonal rolls again on top of the original stitching! This made it so fast as easy to quilt and all of my rows were perfect and straight without any marking!
Now the fun part! Throw your quilt in your washer. You will get the best result with a top loading washer! Front loading machines don't agitate so if you have a front loader you may want to go to a laundramat. Another note! This is NOT A RAG QUILT! You will NOT get any mess when you wash this quilt. All of the tape is on the true bias so when you stitch your rows you are catching all of the threads! All it's going to do is fluff up....not leave any mess in your machine unless it's a little (very little) bit of lint when you dry it!
Rag quilts make a huge mess in your washer and dryer because they are cut on the straight of grain! Plus you also clip all of those seams so when you wash it all of the threads come out into your machine. There are many laundramats that won't even let you wash that type of quilt in their machines! I promise you this quilt will not do that!
I think it's time for a giveaway! Your choice of three 3/8 inch wide rolls of Chenille-It Blooming bias! You pick the colors and I'll hrow in a copy of my book Re-Inventing Chenille. Just leave a comment for one chance. Follow my blog for a second chance and Blog about this tutorial for a third chance to win! I will leave the giveaway open until Valentines Day!