Monthly Archives: September 2012

Flying Geese Potholder 2

IMAG0676 Here’s the second potholder.
I had just a little bit left. So, why not two?  Things are always better in a pair. 

The colors on these two photos are the most accurate to show the deep red and orange and gold tones of the leaves. They are lovely for fall.

IMAG0675   Just one more pic.  This was just a quick post to show you  the second one. So, blog at you later.


Flying Geese Potholder

    I wanted to do a small project. I like doing home décor. Pot holders are pretty easy. I didn’t want to do just plain plain squares. I really like the flying geese.  So, I thought, what the heck.  Here’s what I cut and used.

  • 4 rectangles 2 1/2 * 4 1/2 inches  in the dot pattern fabric
  • 8 squares 2 1/2 *2/12 in the red leaf print
  • 2 strips 2 1/2 *8 inches in dot pattern
  • I used 36 inches of single fold binding

Above on the left is the 2 1/2* 4 1/2  and the 2 1/2 inch square. I like to fold my squares and iron them in half. You can mark them with a marking pen. I just feel like the fold line is easier for me.  In the far right photo, I have folded squares laid on the rectangle.  They aren’t sewn at this point. I just wanted to get an idea of the look.
IMAG0644IMAG0646IMAG0647IMAG0649 Each photo here shows you what to do with them. The left photo, you can see that I chain pieced them together. This just means that I kept them at the machine and when one was done, I put the other pieces on to sew.  Now, I am just going to sew on the other side and trim.
Same concept, nothing fancy.
IMAG0656 I laid them top onto the next one in line. They’re right sides together. Sew on upper edge and then same for the rest.

IMAG0659  Next, I sewed on the 8 inch strips to each side.
 IMAG0661 I quilted it in the ditch (in the seam).

You can see the quilting on the back side. I added 1/4 binding. I just need to add a loop to hang it.

I just thought I would share it. I am happy with it. I think it came out good. I like trying new blocks out. I’ll blog at ya later.

Borders for Block by Block

I finally have the borders on the quilt. Yay. Even though, the above photo doesn’t show it. This was the best picture. I really need a better camera.  I was going to do 3 borders, but I decided to stop at  2. The overall size is 59×70. The pink border was cut at 1 1/2 inch and second one at 4 1/2 inch.  I think it will be a cute lap blanket. I do want to advise that the walking foot is very helpful, and I did switch to it. I also used high loft batting. I would’ve preferred to use a low loft. It wouldn’t have been as bulky and difficult to work with on the machine.  I am still happy with the results. It is fun using a new technique.  Without further delay, this is it.  I started doing both sides of the quilt.  Then, top and bottom. I keep the same process on any additional borders.
In the first photo,place the border right sides together with the quilt edge. Next, I will apply the back border the same with right sides together (shown in photo 2). Now, I add the batting to the bottom of the quilt and pin. Then, you will sew all layers along the edge, and sew batting side down.  The last photo, I am just showing all the layers together.
When sewn and ironed. It will look like the first photo.  The second and third photo is what it looks like inside.
This is an alternate option.  Here’s how I ended up pinning borders. This  was more suitable for me. One of the many things about quilting is there are so many ways to do things. Usually, I do find the way that works for me, or I think how can I make this easier. This works out occasionally. I believe this is one of those times.
As you can see, I started on the back wit the border right sides together with quilt. Then, I put on batting. I pinned in place. I turned the quilt back to the front and pinned the top down. I just felt that it was more stabilized this way. The first border felt a little like awkward with trying to pin all the borders at once.

Now, The borders are put together with some piecing. I add length to the borders just the same as binding.  

     Lay the fabric right side up. Then, I laid the other strip to be attached right sides down covering the fabric below it. Lining up the top and outer edges.  Turn this to the inside edge,  sew from inside corner to outside corner, cut excess, and press. 
     If I needed to add length, this is the process.  Do not remove the strip when you have sewn across the fabric. I would take the other end of the first strip that I sewed and repeat step 1 to 4. Once all binding is sewn together. Then, I would trim excess  and press.
Once I have attached the borders. I  can quilt the borders on the machine. I will pin them to stabilize the quilt .
     I am working on putting on the binding right now. Binding will go on as normal.  I wanted to get this out in blog world for everyone who is interested. There are a few things that I like about this project. It was new. I love the one fabric wonder. It is full of surprises. Those are always nice. I enjoyed quilting on the regular machine. I have been wanting to get more acquainted with fmq (free motion quilting) with it. However, I really love using the frame. I guess, I am spoiled. Ha! One of the downfalls was that the back was a lot darker than the front. I just had that fabric on hand. So, I used it. Why not..Anyway, I will choose a lighter color next time to match the front. It will be more forgiving. I had my tension all the way up, and the top white was still coming through the back.  Once the quilt is done, I will post it.  I hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Blog at you later.

Update on block by block,additions to the den, and a quick block

IMAG0532    IMAG0531
     It has taken me longer than expected on the block by block quilt.  It really seems like it is taking forever. I am just a busy mommy and housewife.  I really should never put myself on a time schedule for my quilts. I do it because it is exciting and fun. I don’t want that to change. Plus, it usually relaxes me to sew. All I’ve been thinking is that people are waiting on this quilt to be finished. To those of you who are, please be patient with me.  One of the corner pieces is just a little to small. Now, I need to get the  seam ripper and  reset it.  Boo…I was so ready to put those borders on that quilt. This block by block is a new process for me.  A couple times, I sewed the wrong side. I  mean, how in the world did it get turned around from the bed to the den. Frustrating. I take that seam out and fix it. Only to realize that I have sewn the binding strip right side up. You would think, I could catch these things. I know, it happens. I guess I can say that I am becoming a professional at the seam ripper. Ha! I can do that fast!   So, it is still in progress…
IMAG0530 There’s always that one thing. Grr….
The above photo is taken of the longest seam. This is just a little tip for ya.  You can  that I rolled the  side that will be going to the right of the needle. I pinned to hold it in this  position. This will keep it from being to bulky while going under the throat of the machine.  My spare time is what I rely on to finish my quilting and work on …other sewing projects. Hehehe.. Here’s what I have been working on in the mean time.
     I got hubby to help with some projects on the Honey Do List. First, I wanted to condense the amount of things taking over the den. I really mean “taking over”! One of those things was the ironing board. So, he cut me a piece of particle board that was in the shop. We just measured the top of the cabinet. Which is more than 30 inches. I really wanted to have a bit more than 30 inches in width and enough length to cover the top of the shelves.
I cut a piece of fabric about 4 inches wider than the board. I laid it on the floor wrong side up.  Then,  I cut the  insul-bright to dimensions of the board and  placed the insul-bright silver heat resistant fabric shiny side down in the middle of the fabric. I cut two layers of cotton batting to dimensions of board and laid it on top of the insul-bright. Now, I placed the board on top of batting. At this point, I just tucked and safety pinned the corners. I can wash it I need to or change it out as I wish. I like the options. You could staple it down.
I had a table that was being borrowed until I could get  a cutting table of my own. My hubby made the rolling cart about 5 years ago when we live in a super small house. It was 1000 square feet or something like that. 3/1 and the kitchen was a small square. 8*8 possibly. This has locking wheels too. I love that. Now, we have a much bigger house and a wonderfully spacious kitchen. So, why not repurpose here. The mat is 36*24. We made the cut about 6 inches wider so I could have some space to put tools and such on the top. It is just particle board. We didn’t have any hard board or plywood. I will fancy it up when I can catch a breath. Multipurpose!
    I also just wanted to check out the newest fabric that I got at Joanns on sale. I love a good sale. I mean, who doesn’t?  I love that place.
I got 1 yard of each. I have some red cotton that was leftover from Kenzie’s shirt.  I also used some off white. I didn’t care for that too much. So, I got a nice blue that will go better, instead.
Disappearing Nine Patch Block                        IMAG0501


I cut 1- red 4 inch block 4- 4 inch blocks of the large pattern flowers 3-4 inch blocks of the blue with the row of smaller flower border print. 1-4 inch square of the white with pattern.
      I didn’t actual take the pictures in the beginning of putting the block together. So, I will try typing through it. Just take the upper left corner flower print  and put it right sides together with middle block.  Sew the seam on the left side of the middle block. Open and press. Then take the flower print on the right and lay it right sides together on the middle block. This time, sewing seam on the right side of middle block. Open and press.  One all the rows are sewn in this method. You will have the first picture on the left.

Place top row onto middle row. Right sides together. Sew seam along the top edge from left to right.  Open and press. Shown below on left. I then, placed the bottom row right sides together and sewed seam along bottom edge of the middle section from right to left. I hope you got all that. I really sounds harder than it is to do.
Then, I cut right down the middle at 5 3/4  and then across at 5 3/4 without moving the fabric.
Now, you have your disappearing 9 patch. It’s  ready to be sewn back together forming a different pattern.

I haven’t decided yet which one I am going to stick with yet. I am leaning toward the middle photo. I really just wanted to see it. Immediate satisfaction.  I ended up using 2 squares to make a heating rice pad. My son got an earache. Poor baby.  I couldn’t find the ear drops, and I was out of sweet oil. I took two of the blocks and put them right sides together sewed a seam around the edges. I left an opening at the top. I poured about 1 1/2 cup of dry rice in the pocket. Then, I sewed it shut. Simple, and it worked!
IMAG0528 This is it. You just put in microwave for 30 seconds til it gets warm. Make sure you move it around a bit to check that the inner rice grains aren’t to hot. I checked it on my skin, and it was a little hot when I took it out. I let it cool a bit before I put it on his ear. The next day, he was such a fan of  the rice pack. He’s a silly goose.
I just need to make some minor adjustments to the block by block quilt.  Now that the house and truck are clean. I can get some sewing done. Yay! Blog at you later.