Thursday, April 27, 2017

Started quilting again

The diagonal grid is happening here. I got about half of it done and then I gave up for the night. 

I guess the girls are coming today. The 2.5 year old ended up in the ER the other day. She fell against the arm of the rocker and split her forehead open. So she has a wound care appointment today and the Mom and Dad are working cattle with the Vet today.

It is raining pretty steady here. We haven't seen the stronger storms yet. I guess it is Spring, but the gray days are more than enough already. 

Hopefully you find time to sew today. Chris 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Strip uses

I made these with strips 1.5 inch strips. This is another way to use quilts in other places in your house. 

This is a pot grabber I call them. They have pockets for your hands and the quilted fabric between to keep your arms from getting burns while getting out of the oven or pouring out hot liquids. I made these out of 9-patches 2.5 inch squares. 

I use a very large printed fabric for the binding. The smaller you cut it the better it looks. I am sure it was from the 90's. 

Raining here off and on all day. Chris

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Another crumb/crazy idea

Here is another idea for the Crumb/Crazy blocks. These are 4 inches square and they are pieced and sandwiched and stitched then bound. I use them for coasters on my wood tables. They can be thrown in the washer and they have lasted  for a couple years. The one on the bottom was not stitched with the deco stitches. 

You can see the deco stitches to add some character to them. 

Another way to use small pieces. I was going to take a nap and I got a phone call that my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter fell and cut her head open. I met Mom at the ER. I brought the two other ones home. No stitches just glue. It was on her forehead. She wears bangs now so it will lighten up. 

Grandma's nerves are shot after those kind of calls. Chris

2nd finish

Finally. It only took a year from start to finish. 

This is a crumb/crazy blocks that I used up scraps that many wouldn't use. It is like found fabric because it otherwise would have been thrown away. I then quilted it block by block and assembles after each was quilted. 

I used the deco stitches on my machine to do the quilting. I used a ton of black thread to do the stitching.The black mini polka dot really sets off the  brighter color in the crumb blocks. 

It is in the washer so anxious to see what the crinkled look is. I used leftover batting which was cut offs from quilting other quilts. The only expense was the thread and also the sashing fabric because the for the back was given to me. 

So thrift quilting can happen and still be attractive. I need to get some more crumb blocks made. I think I have about five stitched, but not squared up. I think a twin quilt will happen the next time. Chris

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Maybe a finish

Almost a year ago I made these crumb/crazy blocks. I quilted each one with the deco stitches on my machine. Batting and backing in place when quilted. 

I trimmed the backing to a even width and trimmed back all the batting to the blocks size. I then stitched the back pieces together with 1/4 inch seams. You can see the black strips they are the sashing for this quilt. I added those to the open areas between the blocks where the 1/4 inch seams were. 

I cut a 3 inch strip and pressed the 1/4 inch seam allowance and then added a 2 1/2 inch strip of batting to the back of the pressed sashing strip. I just pinned it. 

I have one side sewn down and working on pinning the other edge down. Secure the batting within the folded 1/4 inch seam and then stitch. 

It is top stitched into place with a blanket stitch. This also catches the batting from shifting in wear and washing. 

All of the blocks are connected and the sashing is top stitched into place. I then went down the center of the sashing both ways with a serpentine stitch to add more support for the batting from shifting in the sashing pieces.

Now I have to decide if I am adding outside sashing or just binding. I think I will have to add outside sashing but just half the width like it would be for just one block. Then bind it as usual. So this afternoon it will get finished with the machine stitching and I maybe will blanket stitch the binding on also.

It is about 60X60 inches. It will be a couch quilt. I used scraps sewn together to make the blocks. Also I used waste batting from cut offs when doing larger quilts. The only thing I paid for was the thread which a lot was used in this and the sashing black and white polka dot. The backing was even given to me.

Allergy season is here and everyone is miserable.  I didn't sleep well last because of it. We got up and there was frost on the roofs this morning. Not so much on the grass. So still need the furnace for part of the day. Chris

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Starter not a finisher

I went looking for an OTT light I have. Couldn't find the light, but found all of this. I am a great starter and yet they don't get finished. Well the new goal is to get at least one finished a month along with all the other things I have going on.
The solid blue is denim scraps from jean legs that are leftover. 

Here is another upcycled denim jeans blocks. I need to add to this one. This is more masculine. Guy quilts are harder to come up with. 

There is entire queen sized quilt in 4-patch blocks pieced here. I wanted to sash them with a solid accent color. I saw a new technique for quilting as you go so need to buy the amount for the sashing and the backing and get this one on my goal list.  

I believe I made larger blocks and cut diagonally twice to make the centers. I really don't remember the way I did it. It was during a really bad time in my husband's health issues. So I just kept sewing. Distraction was needed at that time. 

We have had the granddaughters a lot lately and so my time to sew has been limited. The next day after they leave I am wore out so I try and split up a couple hours here and there to sew. I guess I am not doing this as a business so no deadlines. 

Hope you have a nice day. Sun is out kinda cool out, but at least the sun is out. Chris

Thursday, April 20, 2017

28 blocks so far

I kept sewing and thought I had better lay these out to see if I have enough of the two blocks to put together. The camera helped find the wrong blocks. I rearranged several and then took a picture from the other end. 

I found two out of place here. So I need to go back in and make a couple more blocks to make the arrangement come out correct. 

We dodged a bad storm last night. The system split around us and it is suppose to cool off some today. Highs have been in the upper 70's and lower 80's. To warm for this time of the year. Two days because of allergies we ran the A/C. 

Need to run some errands today and then maybe I can start correcting the blocks to finish this out. Chris