Monday, October 12, 2015

Paper Pieced.

I took an unintentional break from paper piecing. Like a year long break. Which is really strange because if you've followed me for a long while, you know that I LOVE paper piecing. I made the whole Harry Potter Project of Doom quilt a few years back.

(And of course, now I realize I never posted a picture of the finished quilt because my mom quilted it and gave the quilt to my sister because it was a gift for her.)

In any case, after doing the Sew Kitschy BOM last year, I bought both the Sew Retro and Sew Retro 2 bundles to make a REALLY big Suzie Homemaker quilt. (Patterns all from Quiet Play, but aren't on her Craftsy anymore!) Aaaaand then I made one or two from the Sew Retro bundle and put everything on the shelf for it to sit.

So over the last few days and lots of playoff baseball, I made it thought a whole block! This one is three utensils.

In progress shot! I realized that one of the reasons I must have shelved this project is because I needed more blues to work in.

Here's the finished product!

Just for scale, this block is 10.5 inches square. Lots and lots of little pieces for the spatula and the whisk!

Hopefully this project won't be shelved for another year! But who knows with all those dang baby quilts I need to make.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Twelve Taffies

I was able to finish up all of my taffy blocks! Hooray!

Here are all 12 blocks:

Here's a close up of all of the green and grey taffies:

Here's the layout that I plan to use:

I'm not sure if I want to do any sashings or not yet. I'm thinking maybe to break up the blocks a little bit, but I don't want it to get too big -- it is a baby quilt! What are your thoughts?

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Making Taffy

Since I finished one baby quilt, it was time to start another since I still have four on my list. Another boy quilt coming right up!

I decided that I wanted to finally use the Salt Water Taffy quilt pattern from Moda Bake Shop from a long while back with a jelly roll of Road 15 by Sweetwater that I bought last year.

Because it's just my nature, I decided to modify the pattern a little bit. Or a lot? I'm making the whole quilt from one jelly roll -- using the light strips for the background instead of solids. I also used some strips to make four patches for the centers of the taffy blocks since I don't have a matching charm pack.

In my opinion, the original pattern has a lot of unnecessary seams, some of which are included to avoid having to use partial seams in the block. I'm all about the partial seam, quilty friends, so I set out to simplify the number of parts in this block.

Here's my finished block:

And here's the block dissected into its parts:

I know partial seams are anathema to some people, but I am all about simplifying seams and saving a little bit of fabric.

Here are all six of my finished blocks:

I really like how all of these have turned out thus far! I have 3 green taffies and 3 dark grey taffies to make and then all of my blocks will be completed! I haven't yet used any of the black strips in the jelly roll -- I am thinking I will use them for sashing and/or binding.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Finished Picnic Pinwheels Baby Quilt

It's done! Hooray!

As I mentioned previously, I had started the quilting over the weekend and I was able to finish it up this week and then put the binding on. I did bias binding with one of the leftover fat quarters and juuuuust squeaked by having enough binding. But just barely!

I quilted this one with light blue thread (the same as I had done in this quilt that uses the same fabric) and I used light blue flannel for the backing. I decided against doing some sort of border since it was already decently sized for a baby quilt.

I did loop de loop quilting on this one and while I intended to do it on a larger scale, once I got started quilting, it ended up slightly smaller than I intended. It still looks good, I just need to work on enlarging my quilting.

I'm not sure why the backing looks so teal in this picture other than I had to take pictures inside, but it's not quite that teal.

One down, four more to start and finish!

Size: 36 x 48 inches
Pattern: Picnic Pinwheels by Patch the Giraffe
Quilting: Free motion loop de loops
Binding: Bias binding from a fat quarter of coordinating fabric

Linking up at  Free Motion Mavericks and Finish it Up Friday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ironing Board Cover Version 3.0

One of the things I posted in my first year of blogging was recovering my ironing board. You can check it out here! Here's what it looked like in January 2012 when I recovered it the first time. (And here's the tutorial I used!)

Sometime in the winter of 2014 I recovered it a second time, and didn't actually document it on the blog. The horror! It had begun to shred and fray in some places and a few places the batting had got really squished down. The second time, I didn't piece the cover at all because the seams in the cover were quite annoying on the rare occasion when I ironed clothes. I did an argyle-type diamond pattern of quilting the second time using my walking foot.

It really didn't hold up all that well the second time (maybe because I was sewing more during this time) so this weekend I recovered it with version 3.0 -- again with one solid piece of fabric.

Here's the version 2.0 cover pinned with an additional layer of batting and the new cover as the "backing" -- here you can see how abysmal the cover had gotten! The color fading is/was worse in person!

I did "large matchstick" quilting with my walking foot across the entirety of the cover in brown to match the new fabric I was using.

Here's the cover all trimmed down before the binding was added:

Here's the binding added. I use the pocket created by the double binding to string through my cord to cinch up the cover around my ironing board. I am probably going to replace it with elastic the next time I hit up Joanns.

And here it is all finished!

It's still a little stiff and doesn't want to fully conform to my board yet, but it'll get there!