I took a break last weekend from my quilt and decided to just "Make Something Fun". I purchased the glass dessert dish for 69 cents at our local Women's Shelter Thrift Store and the rest was scrappy, (everything was found already in my posession). Some of it from past projects, such as the lace which was from a dress my daughter and I made for a peagent at the college she attends. The pink fabrics were from previous sewing projects for friends and family. The beads, well the ones that resemble pieces of pecans came from a trip to New Mexico with my very dear friends/neighbors. The other beads, no telling. Anyway, it was fun and cheap!! (and I think very cute in the end)
It still amazes me how much I am learning from my quilting class. Today was a non-sewing day but still fun and very interesting. Before class I picked out my backing, batting and binding material. This quilt is still evolving.
We talked about machine quilting patterns and about marking the quilt top. There are so many, many different things that can be done during the machine quilting process that range from simple "stiching in the ditch" to very complex patterns. I am still deciding which route i want to take.
After drawing the pattern on the quilt top, the layering comes next. I will lay the backing out on a large flat surface, (face down), lay the batting on top of that and then lay the quilt top on top of that, (face up).
When everything is smoothed out i will begin basting with safety pins. Starting with the middle, i will put pins over the entire quilt through all three layers. Lyric estimates about 300 should do the trick. This will stabilize the three layers so that nothing shifts during quilting. I'll post pictures of the process when i get to each stage. Thanks for following along.
Happy quilting :),
P.S. MLF, you didn't let any cats out of any bags.......
This past week we learned how to measure for our borders. We measured across one direction in three different places and then averaged the meaurements. Then we cut 2 strips in that size and sewed them on two sides down the direction we measured.
After sewing and ironing the first two border pieces, we measured across the other direction repeating the process. When all 4 inner borders were in place, we repeated the entire process for the outer borders.
The result is awesome. It made me say, "Yay, it's a quilt top!" (What a difference borders make!)
Here is the finished product! Let me know what you think.
So, since lesson #4 is tonight, I figured I better finish my homework and fill everyone in on the process of the second block for my quilt. Here goes.....
Step one is to make a set of 31/2 in strips sewn together (like in the first block) out of the two different fabrics shown to the left, and cut them in strips. This will become the middle strip of the block
The next step is to to make half-square triangle blocks. You will need to cut 37/8 inch squares from 37/8 in strips.
On the back of the light colored square, draw a line diagonally from one corner to another. Then draw lines 1/4 inch away from the center line on each side
Place the two squares with right sides together and stitch just inside of of each outer line.
Cut the square in half down the center line.
Iron each half open to make 2 half-square triangle blocks. Repeat the half-square triangle blocks, as you will need 4 to complete the block.
Cut 31/2 inch squares from the same fabric in the center of the middle strip illustrated above.
Sew two sets of the following:
Two half-square triangle blocks at opposite angles with a middle square in between. (in the picture on the left, these are the strips on the left and right of the center strip.) Sew all three strips together in the order in the picture to the left.
Well, a few short hours (OK, 7 hours to be exact) and our third class will begin. I absolutely love it. I surprise myself with how much I look forward to Tuesdays. Even when I have finished my homework for the week, I find myself constantly wandering into the sewing room to find something to do. I think I might make another quilt in the same pattern, but with different fabric, at the same time.
I made a new ironing board cover Sunday. The old one was too thin and getting worn. The new one is bright and cheery and much thicker and sturdier.
Here's the OLD.....
and Here's the NEW!!!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!!
By the way, during my classes, I have learned that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Quilting techniques are very different than other sewing techniques. You pin, cut and sew seams differently. It's great to learn something new....