Showing posts from November, 2013

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 …