Category Archives: Quilting

Finished with Noah’s Ark 2 quilt

      While he’s laying on the couch, I pinned the Noah’s Ark quilt to get it ready for quilting. I wanted to go visit my friend Ayna, but everyone has been sick with the flu. It just didn’t work out. So, she was here for morale support on Skype. She made this owl pillow from the tutorial here.

 It turned out so cute.  She added a cute pocket and a cute embroidered the name on it. Cute, cute, cute.  I told her our whole family needs one with each of our names on it. So, I am trying to come up with an idea of something amazing to make for her. I am at a loss. Any ideas???

 

 
 I did a basic meander pattern in the middle. I echoed the white in the pinwheels and a border back and for the snake like pattern in the white polka dot border. I did a simple binding by  wrapping the fabric to the front. This is my favorite method.

This is a one of a kind and available for purchase here.

 
 
 The Noah’s Ark Quilt 2 came out good. Now, I can say that I’ve done pinwheels . I enjoyed it.
 
I went to a bridal shower, and I made this double potholder. Tutorial here.
 
 
The kids found a bird nest. The eggs are really pretty. We are not sure what the actual bird is called. We think it’s a sparrow. Now, there are 4 eggs.

 
 
This is Jared’s room. His carpet was trashed, and Roxie tore it at the entrance to the door. So, we put duck tape on the threshold. It was not appealing. Home Depot had an amazing deal on laminate, and this is what happens. I think we are reno crazy.
 

 
This was a bunch of weeds and a really ugly bush. We went and looked at pavers, but ended up with flowers, and one long morning putting these in these plants.  The entry planting took place two weeks after laying the flooring in Jared’s room. This is exactly what I am talking about reno crazy.  This is my first attempt at gardening, or just dealing with plants. We actually have two lemon trees that need to be planted in the backyard.

 
 

 
I am blogging two weeks after the front plants were put in, and we just knocked down my Mother-in-law’s screened in porch. I am tired and sore.  I am sure in the recesses of my mind, I am thinking of another Reno (living room) hahaha.
 
Blog at ya later.
 
 
 
 

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Dresden Plate Tutorial

       
 
 I finally got around to my Dresden Plate. I felt that I accomplished something small with the Noah’s Ark 2 quilt. So, I started working on these Dresden Plates. I bought a template at Joann’s for the pieces and the center. I made my own template for the backing.
 I am not the quickest blogger or quilter. Some blogs are just post happy. I love those kinds. I would really love it if people that stop by could follow me. I have tons of visitors. Leave me a comment. Let me know what you are thinking or making.
I love how these turned out. I have them for sale here.
 
 
This is an 8 inch template. I squared up the fabric and cut off an 8 inch strip and cut out my pieces.
 
 
 
I take my piece

fold the top of the wedge in half  right sides together.
 


I sew the open side all the way to the fold along the top. Once the piece is sewn, I grab the next piece and continue sewing.
 

 
This forms a chain of pieces. You can do them all at once. I like to sew one Dresden at a time. This is 20 pieces.
 
 
I took them over to the ironing board and cut them apart. Here at the upper side where it is sewn, my finger is on the fold pointing to the little angle edge that I snipped to make it easier for turning.
 
 
I am going to turn top part so that it looks like the picture below.

 
At the left edge is the turning tool the I used to make the top points on my pieces. You can use a pencil or skewers from the kitchen. Same concept really.

 
I just pressed this one. 1 down 19 to go.
 
 
Here’s the other side.

 
I laid them out in the order I liked.

 
I picked up two. I lined them up right sides together. the bottom point on the triangle is really the important part to line up and sew right down the side.
 

This is what the set look like opened up.

 
I took the third place and lined it up and sewed it on and so on..

 
Just keep adding.
 
 

I am almost finished here. The last piece has been sewn.

Now, I just fold the Dresden in half and sew the last seam right sides together.
 
 
This is the back. I found a tray that would hide the seams. I traced it out on some pieced cardboard from a cereal box. Nothing fancy.
 
 
Here it is.

 
 
The white paper is cut smaller than the backing template for the batting. I used the paper on this so that I can pin it to the batting.
 
 
I cut the batting out.

 
 
The backing fabric was just cut a bit bigger than the template. It doesn’t need to be super accurate. No one will see this part.
 
I really don’t have the best starch sprayer. I will have to remedy this. I just held the template with one hand and ironed the other side with the template still in place. I removed the template and layered the top, fusible batting, and backing.  Sew around the edge of the circle on the back.

 
Now, I am going to put on the center circle in the front. Just sew that around the edge. You can get creative with your stitches here. Maybe, a blanket stitch or zigzag. I just went with straight stitches.

 
 Now, it’s time to quilt them.
 
Most Dresdens that I have seen were place onto a square of fabric and sewn down. Then batting and backing.

 
I really love how the back turned out. I might even like this side better.
 

These are available here.
 
Time to get back in the sewing den. Blog at ya later.
 

Noah’s Ark with Pinwheels

    I haven’t really quilted that much lately, but I got into Joann’s the other day and got some batting. It’s a necessity, and I was completely down to scraps. Now, it’s just time to finish up some projects.

  1. Noah’s Ark 2 Quilt
  2. Zigzag Quilt..it may be awhile
  3. Coffee Placemats
  4. Hanging some Wall Art
I did complete the Noah’s Ark Quilt top. Something is better than nothing. New use for the ping pong table too.

    After making this list, I got that quilt top done.
    We all got some electronics around here. The kids got Nabi2 which they love. The hubby got a kindle fire that he loves. I got a laptop that is totally awesome. Now, I can bring it in the den with me. It really makes blogging more fun. Because I can sit or lay on the couch and work on it without being uncomfortable. The sewing den is now being shared with a ping pong/air hockey table. My shoulder is already killing me.
         I am trying to change my eating habits for the better. I tried a Hawaiian Turkey burger that is really awesome. http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/01/hawaiian-turkey-burgers-recipe.html You should try this recipe. Yummy! Hubby was going to turn up his nose, but he loved it too. He said those burgers were better than the turkey burger that he had at Ruby Tuesdays. So, that’s saying something.
         I will have plenty of time to sew because hubby is taking a trip to the Philippines for work. I wish I could go. I was sick before his plane took off. Thanks to my sweetheart, Kenzie. Who I may add is feeling fine now. I got some medicine from the doc.  Hopefully, I can call this cold history. Blog at ya later.
        

    Pinwheels

         I am really excited to start a New Year. I have been behind the scenes working on a huge surprise. I have started my very own online shop. I have been inspired by numerous people around me to sell my projects. I ‘ve taken it all into consideration, and decided that this is the best thing that I’ve ever done. It makes sense to me, and it’s worth the risk. It is a scary thing to put yourself out there in the world, but I’m doing it.
         I have been in the sewing room for days. Planning,sewing, and organizing. I want to shout out to my friend Ayna Nixon, for her expertise on the business cards. They are amazing. She is the technical one.
       As of January 14th, my  little online shop is live. This is the link and it’s on the side of the page as well. http://www.bonanza.com/booths/Sew_Creative. I am still going to be working on new things for my blog and shop. I enjoy sharing what’s going on in my life and sewing world and putting it all here. So, that will not change.

    Today, I am going to make some pinwheels and I am going to share that with you. I really think that pinwheels are just the cutest thing ever.  I have a section of 23*23 left of the Noah Ark panel. So, I am going to make a 40*40 baby blanket. Then, I am going to put it in the shop. Hehehe..I love that. I am being silly.

    Fist I am going to cut out 2 fabrics strips to 4 1/4″.

     Then, cut 4 1/4″ blocks.

    Now, place them right sides together.

    Stack them. Now, we can take them to sew.

    We are going to sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around the block.

    When you get a 1/4″ from the corner. Stop with needle down.

    Lift presser foot and turn.

    Foot down and go.

    Once sewn on all sides. I am going to cut an X.

    I pressed these open with the seam going to the darker fabric. Then, I nipped off the edges that were poking out.

    Here the pieces need to be set nearby. I have a little pull out tray. I also have a tv tray. If your space is big enough, you can just set it next to the machine.

    I flipped the left onto the right top piece. Pin where you are going to sew the seam. The seam goes where my thumb is at.

    Do that with the bottom as well.

    Now, I am going to sew the top and bottom together. Lay the top with right sides together.

    Sew the seam where I am pointing.

    Open and press. I squared it up to 4 1/2 inches. It’s a 1/4″ larger than what I needed. I just want to make sure that all blocks are nice and square. I thought this was super simple. It didn’t take long at all. I’ll be working on this and show you the progress when I am done. I’ll blog at ya later.

    Noah’s Ark Quilt

    I worked on the Noah’s Ark quilt today off and on. The quilting is all done. Still have to do the binding. I usually use the longarm on a frame. That’s my favorite way for sure. I actually used my little Brother’s machine. So, it’s possible to do it on any machine. It was a bear though. I wanted to spit nails and all. It’s very hard pushing and pulling all that fabric around under the machine. Even using the table to rest the fabric, I still get sore. I iced my shoulder. I took a few breaks. Really, it wasn’t necessary to push through it, but I was in the zone. It’s that special place where the quilting is going and the time is flying. I looked up and it was dinner time. 
    I’ll be binding tomorrow. Blog at ya later.

    Other quilts and projects I am working on

    I have been working on some quilts for my friend and neighbor Joanne to send to her relatives.  She is paying for my time. Which is awesome. It’s a great feeling when people appreciate your work. 
     This is Noah’s Ark. It was a panel that was 28 x 44. So, I am going to just move it around and make it work. I think that I will be adding another row onto the right side. I am still in the middle of the creative process. I haven’t decided yet if I am going to do a basic binding or not on this baby quilt. I may try something a little more fun. That always gets.. interesting.

    This is another one fabric wonder that I am making for a Christmas present for someone…Isn’t the clarity on these photos brilliant. 
    These pictures are perfect. The detail isn’t lost at all. You may actually see what is going on when I am trying to show you how to do something. No more blur. I mean, really, what is the world coming to? Hahaha.  Maybe, I won’t have to take so many pictures to get the best one. All due to my awesome hubby. 
    Gotta go sew. Christmas is right around the corner. I’ll blog at ya later.

    Rail Fence or Zigzag Quilt Tutorial

       

         This is the rail fence or zigzag quilt. It’s my work in progress. I decided to just share what I have done at this point. It’s simple and yet pretty boring. It isn’t holding my attention very well. I decided to do this in two colors, but you can do as many as you like. I think this would be a great beginner’s quilt.

         Blogging has become a bit more difficult. I don’t have the laptop anymore.  It was the victim in the break-in.  No one was hurt. So, we were lucky there. We are borrowing  a desktop for now, and it can get really uncomfortable to sit here. I was using the kitchen chair. Pooie on that, I got hubby to move the sewing/office chair in the living room.  Also, my camera finally bit the dust. I am never ever ever.. buying a cheap camera agian…my ode to Taylor Swift (my son loves that song). I have worked on several quilts since the last posting. There are pictures of them in this post.

     I cut out each of my 3 inch strips from each fabric width. Placed them right sides together.
     I sewed them together with the 1/4 inch seam. Open it up and press.
    I used the seam to square up the end and take off the selvage to the right of the ruler. I am only cutting one strip here, but you can layer these strips and cut. Total time saver. 
    I flip it around and lay the ruler down lining it up with the middle seam and cut out 5 1/2 inch sections. Follow your seam the best you can. I can be prone to veering off a little. It’s okay. Perfection is a dream.

     Next, I place the blocks in sequence. Sew them right sides together. Open it and press. Then, continue as shown above making it the size you prefer.
    Once the blocks are sewn together, pin each seam to line up.
    Pin it at every seam.
    It will look like this. Take and sew down the side and continue from the beginning. I will continue my efforts to keep pushing through the boredom.

    Here, I used a giant sized coloring book and copied to white fabric with a sharpie in medium and fine.  Then, I just colored it. I used regular crayon. Once they were colored, I took some fabric that you don’t care about lay it on your ironing surface. Then, placed the  picture side down and iron. Moving the iron slowly. This is setting the crayon. You will see the crayon almost come through the back. It was fun. I really enjoyed making these two.

    Mater!

      
    It was fun. I really enjoyed making these two.
    I did Tinkerbell too.
    I got a Dresden template with pattern. This is the mock up to see how hard it will be to get it together. It’s not that hard, but I think I have worked out the kinks. I will also make a tutorial on this one too. These were scraps that were leftover from the table runner on point. I’m glad that I saved them. Fabric can always be put to good use.

    We are also in the renovation process again. I found an amazing deal on tile for the laundry room. It was dreadful, and the popcorn ceiling was falling down. Part 1 of reno happened last weekend. Me and hubby scraped the ceiling. Bye bye popcorn! We took off the door casings and baseboard. Jason, Daniel (brother-in-law), and Jeremy (family friend and pretty much family) helped with pulling up the linoleum. It really wanted to stay there. That punched it up a notch on the difficulty level. While they were inside doing that, me and Terrie (sister-in-law) were outside sprucing up the accesories. We had two shelves that were wood. We painted those. The brackets were spray painted. The breaker box cover was also spray painted. I was scared of spray paint. Really, it wasn’t that difficult. I made a beginner mistake of putting them on newspaper. Bad idea. Who’s idea was it?? Not me..haha. Cardboard works great. We mudded and sanded the ceiling and walls. We painted the ceiling and walls. This weekend will be part 2 laundry reno.
    Part 2 laundry reno. We took out the hot water tank. Jason had to replace the shutoff valve. I was sad to take out that hot water tank. It’s still in the den. We are clean though. Don’t worry. We laid the tile with Daniel’s assistance. I was in it too. Slapping on the thinset and troweling it out. We placed the tiles and used the spacers. Then, let it sit over night. The next day, back to it again. This time it was the grout we were slapping on and pushing into the cracks. We washed that floor so many times. Hubby says 9. I was thinking 7. He could be right. If we would’ve been better at skimming off the grout, we wouldn’t have had to wash so much. Lesson learned. The baseboard was cut right before dark. We set it in here for the pic. I still have to paint them. I am truly sore. I laid in bed yesterday and today thinking, what part hurts the most? I couldn’t decide. So, I left it at the whole thing hurts. It’s so worth it, though. It really looks great.
    We recently got a new member to the family. This is Roxie our French Bulldog. She is so pretty, and she loves to cuddle. Tinkerbell and her are surprisingly getting along well. I am glad you stopped by to share all this with me. Blog at ya later.

    Block by Block is done

    IMAG0695 Yay! It’ done.
    IMAG0697 I am glad that it’s finished.

                 IMAG0699   I think that the quilt came out really good.
    IMAG0700 Not  bad.
    I have no idea what the next project is…I do have a zigzag quilt that I should get done. There’s a shower curtain that needs to be made. Uh…there’s two shirts that need to be finished. Also, a birthday bunting as well. Hmm…I guess I need to start sewing. Blog at ya later.

    Borders for Block by Block

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.  

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         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

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         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.
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    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.
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    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!
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        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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.