Until Christmas Eve I hadn’t done any sewing since we moved. Then we were arranging stockings and realized that for a third year Eva would have to use one of the Smartwool socks from my drawer for her stocking. Spontaneous crafting is the best kind! I rummaged through my scraps, made some pinwheels and voila! A stocking! (OK, it may not have been that instantaneous. It took a couple of hours of procrastinating wrapping presents. Spontaneous crafting while procrastinating other things that need attention is a particular specialty of mine.)
“Eva, hold your stocking so I can take a picture of you with it.”
That didn’t quite work out how I wanted it to.
You get the idea, though, right? It is pink and girly for my pink girly girl.
When we put up all of my new school room shelves I decided I needed rainbow quilts in the wall space above the desks since my books are arranged in color order. What I had in mind for one side was this quilt from Purl. I drew up a pattern to fit my wall and raided my scrap bin. My mom also sent me a box of her scraps and I bought a few more.
This is my first time piecing curves, so it’s far from perfect. My seam allowances on my rainbow ended up a smudge less than 1/4″, so my top came out a bit ripply. I could have ripped it apart and started over, I guess, but I’m more into getting things done than I am into perfection. I just made good use of my iron and quilted concentric circles to remedy the waviness.
I like it on my wall. It is bright and cheery.
Who knows when I’ll get to making something to hang above the other desk…
I pieced diamonds! I made this little quilt for a friend’s new baby girl. I found all the fabrics for the top in my stash, then designed from there. I had a lot of fun doing something new and love how it turned out.
I had to buy fabric for the back and binding, though, so I tried a new quilt store. Snappy Quilts was full to the brim with my favorite designs, and I came out with some Joel Dewberry fabrics that went with my top perfectly. It was expensive, though. It seemed all of their fabric was closer to $12/ yard than the $9 or $10 I’m used to.
Of course, I quilted it in swirls.
Anyone have some tips on photographing quilts? I’d love some advice because I’m just not thrilled about my quilt photos lately…
I hosted a baby shower this weekend and in typical fashion did not take a single photo of my clean house, my mini cheesecakes and homemade braided challah bread, or the cute flower arrangements scattered about– but I did snap a few of the quilt I made before it wasn’t mine any more.
It’s a fun little quilt. If you’re interested, here’s how I made it:
I bought 6 quarter yard cuts (not fat quarters, but 9″ x 44″ pieces). I cut each of those into two 4 1/2″ x 44″ strips. Then I used the 60 degree mark on my ruler to cut one of each of those strips into a bunch of equilateral triangles. I pieced the triangles into 5 strips. I cut 4 of the remaining 4 1/2″ strips to be 39″ long with 60 degree angles at each end, figured out what order I wanted all the stripes to be in, and sewed them together. I ended up with a fun zig-zaggy edge and used the last two 4 1/2″ strips of fabric I had left to make binding out of. The back took about a yard of fabric.
Easy peasy, right? The trick is getting the hang of overlapping the corners of your triangles right so that when you press them flat they line up. I should take a picture of how to do that sometime, because as I’m searching the internet I’m not finding anything helpful to link to.
It was a great excuse to venture over to the new Fancy Tiger location. I wish it didn’t take me so long to drive over there.
Then again, it’s probably a good thing it’s not too close.