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Must be something about New Year’s

Last year on New Year’s Eve I was inspired to delve into my scrap strips bin to pick out some scrap strips for a Lone Star table runner.  In the end I didn’t finish it completely until March, but the end of 2012 is when those scraps called to me.It isn’t quite New Year’s Eve yet, but look what had to come out to play today:These are strings instead of strips, but scraps just the same.  Honestly, the bin was getting rather full and I was questioning my sanity.  Why did I keep all these when I likely wasn’t going to use them?Enter the 60 degree triangle ruler I received at Christmas.  Dig out a 2004 issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting.  Resize the units to make them smaller.  Start sewing strings into strip sets.  Throw in a a few strips from the strip bin to add variety in width and color. Ta da!  I have a good start on a new lap quilt.I’m hoping once I have all the string sets made and the triangles cut I can distribute the colors evenly enough and avoid a muddy look.  There a…

Emergency quilt repair

I have mentioned before that I need to start a new quilt for my son’s bed.  His current quilt is only 4 years old, so I was a little surprised to see fabric shredding on it.  I do make my quits to be used, and this one has been used daily since it went on his bed in Fall 2009. It has had Legos and books and bodies on it as well as under it, and it has been in the sun every time the sun shines in the window, so perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised after all.  Still a little disappointed though.  I really loved this one.  He still does.It is a little faded now, certainly not as bright as in this picture, but still looks pretty good except for that shredding issue so we decided it still had some wear in it.  After reading about various quilt repair techniques online that seemed very time consuming and that I thought would stick out like a sore thumb (any new fabric inserted or appliqued over would not go with the now gently faded original fabrics), I decided to do this instead.The fab…

Obsessing? Me?

I couldn’t help myself.  I cut up more red, green and white scraps and made little ornaments.  It just couldn’t be avoided!

After I made the first little blocks I tried various ways of finishing them.  The first several I tried sandwiching them face down then turning them right side out, but on this scale it looked messy, especially where I couldn’t get all the turned out corners equally pointy or rounded, and the points didn’t look vey sharp as they rounded the edge of the puffy little sandwich.  I wasn’t very satisfied with the end result and almost gave up the idea of making more at that point

Luckily, sometimes the brain cooperates.  Usually if I think of something in the middle of the night, that thought is gone by morning.  This time it stuck.  I thought of adding a little border, outline quilting in the border then pinking the edges with pinking shears.  These will be hanging in a tree, not going through the laundry so there is no reason they have to have a sewn finished edge. …

Quilter’s Scrapbook!

It’s finished!  Now I am yet again pondering the question of how quilt magazines get all those lovely shots of quilts artfully draped on furniture.  It was a little mucky to go outside for pictures so I tried the artful drape approach.I’m not quite managing that magazine look!  It looks very tidy on the sofa. No, I didn’t intentionally match the pillows. Those were already on the sofa, but they do complement the quilt nicely.I quilted this with, of course, my walking foot. The borders and sashing are all quilted in the ditch.  The perimeter of the 100-patches are quilted in the ditch and again 1/4” outside the block. Here’s what I ended up with in the block, after playing with then taking a seam ripper to nesting squares on point and diagonals all in one direction:I didn’t get a good picture of the quilting across the whole quilt.  If you could see the whole top you would see that tipping this quilting design on its side every other block added a bit of movement to the quit top, drawi…

Ridiculously Tiny tutorial

My son tells me a ridiculously tiny tutorial calls for ridiculously tiny font…but then I can’t read what I’m typing!Warning: Making these tiny 4-patches may be addictive.  Exercise extreme caution!To make the ridiculously tiny 4-patches from my last post you will need two 2” squares.Layer the two squares together, right sides together.  Sew a 1/4” seam on two opposite sides.Cut the unit exactly down the middle between the seams.  In this case, that’s 1” from each side.Open and press both units.Layer the two units, right sides together, matching opposite colors (in this case red layers over green and vice versa), and nesting the seams.Sew 1/4” seams across the top and bottom, perpendicular to the existing seam.Cut the unit exactly down the middle between these two new seams.Open up the two units.  You have two 4-patch units.  They should measure 1 1/2” and will finish at 1” when sewn together with something else.  Wouldn’t these make a lovely doll quilt?  They could be set with plain a…

Ridiculously tiny

Last night I was playing around with squares, trying to remember something I saw somewhere online about 4 years ago.  It was a way to make two 4-patch units using two squares.  I don’t currently need 4-patches for anything.  I was just, for no good reason, thinking about different ways to construct them and this idea just got stuck in my brain so I had to try it.I had 2 inch squares in my scrap bin so that’s what I played with and the results were ridiculously tiny but also rather cute. Yes,these units are 1 1/2” across!  They’ll finish a 1”, so each little square will be 1/2”.  The really fun part is that I didn’t have to cut or handle itty bitty squares to make them.I may make a bunch for Christmas ornaments because they’re just too cute!

Bias tube method for making binding

I have seen a few blog posts recently about binding. Most of the discussions recommended cutting strips and joining them individually with diagonal seams. I prefer to make binding using the bias tube method and avoid lots of marking, pinning, pressing individual seams and clipping dog ears.  Unlike other posts I’ve seen about this technique, I don’t use scissors or mark any cutting lines.  Here’s how I do it.Toolsrotary cutter, ruler and mat iron and pressing surface pins Quilter’s Strip Ticket (optional, see below) corner trimming template (optional)The following two tools make things easier, but they aren’t essential. Tool #1 :To figure out what size square of fabric to start with for the amount of binding I need, I turn to my handy-dandy “Quilter’s Strip Ticket”.  Besides instructions, it has tables listing what size squares to use to make various amounts of binding of various widths.  This was one of my better quilting tool purchases, well worth the $6.00 it cost me.  You can …