Friday, September 19, 2014

Pinwheel Camo Table Runner

     On to another bag of scraps!   Back in July my Project Quilt finish left some Camo and matching solid triangles.  I decided that this would be my last Mini Quilt finish of the month!

     I decided on a pinwheel pattern.  I matched each camo triangle with a solid.   I needed 4 of each solid.  I made 3 pinwheels matched the camo.  I used the   EZ angle ruler to square up each sewn triangle.  I then sewed the new squares into Pinwheels!  

     I laid the pinwheels out and felt the top needed something else.  I decided to sash out the blocks.   I added camo between each block and on the outside as a border.  

    I quilted it by doing a basic stitch a 1/2 inch from each sean.  I backed it with basic black and bound it with the cordinating brown fabric.   

     Another bag of scraps done!! Here's to a year of using up my stash!!!


My First Finished Paper Piecing Object!

     Early this year I won a contest at my favorite fabric store,  Hillbilly Quilt Shop.  What I won was a bunch of scraps!  Not what most would see as a prize, but for me it was!!   The prize I won was prebasted paper piecing pieces.  They were made of my favorite fabric,  Jason Yenter Deco.  Tonya the owner knows I love the fabric and these were her leftovers.   I decided that they would be the perfect thing to finish as part of my Project Quilt Mini Quilt Challenge this month. 

     The triangles were already sewn together in sets of 3, to form 1/2 Hexies. I played with the pieces and thought hard about adding more and came up with putting the diamonds on the outside of the 3 Hexies sewn together.  These pieces are all hand sewn together. 

     I still wasn't sure of the design, so I sent a picture to the design Wiz, Tonya.  She came up with adding the triangles to the ends.  And between my son and Tonya, they decided on the Blue fabric.  Which after I finished it, I loved it!!!

     I was going to make a mini quilt and decided against it when Tonya gave me the suggestion of making a pillow cover.  I have never made a quilted pillow cover, so the idea excited me!!  

     I then auditioned different fabrics for the back and again, my design wiz picked the yellow!

     I made a quilt sandwich with the yellow material and batting and practiced quilting on it.  I tried another new design.  It is a peacock feather kind of look.  A loop inside of a loop.  Once I got the feeing of ot this was an easy design to do.  I only now need to figure out how I will do this on a big piece. 

     I squared the piece of quilted material to make a 16 inch square.  I hand sewned the finished paper piecing on.  Then I sewed an envelope back on too the back to finish the pillow.  For the backing I chose the same blue as the triangles!

     This is my first ever completely finished paper piecing object!   I have decided to mail it back to it's origin to go into Tonya's new quilt shop in Cameron, Missouri.  She was the person who started my love of English Paper Piecing, so it makes so much sense for me to send my first finish too her!  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Herringbone Scrap Runner

     Back in May I finished a quilt for my sister of colors that were chosen off a grid using your Birthdate, a a Project Quilt Chsllenge.  I had a bag of leftover scraps that I decided too use as my third project for the Project Quilt Challenge of a Mini Quilt this month.  My goal is 4!  Here is the original quilt. 

     Most of the scraps are the end pieces of the WOF that I made square out of.  I don't what blog I saw this tutorial on, but I saw one where you sew strips together, then turn the ruler too an angle and cut square out of the strips. 

     It did not take me long to sew the strips into one very long strip.   The next challenge was cutting the squares.  I turned the ruler too where there was 4 inches inside the strip.   I tried to make the points go straight up and down.  I then cut till I couldn't cut anymore. It made 12 squares.  

     I turned the blocks too angle where the it looked sort of like a herringbone pattern. I lined it up into 2 rows and sewed them together to make a rectangle runner.  I then added a small border to it.  

     I had a lot of leftover triangles from this.  I then sewed those into rectangles and squared the rectangles into 3 1/2 inch lengths.  I used those for the back.   I also added in an extra strip of fabric and a few leftover squares.  This made for a busy, interesting back, but all scraps. 

     I decided to quilt it by outlining all the borders and blocks with a straight line.  I then wanted to practice FMQ.  I decided to try pebbling in a few spaces.  I did it on plain fabrics in the squares.  I have never done pebbling but will try it again.  It was a process that you have to get use to, but I think turned out good for my first try!!

     I then used the last strips of the floral print to bind it.   It's a small table runner.  I am hoping to get a good collections of items together to make Christmas this year easier!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Diamond Rainbow table runner


   A few months ago I made my first little twister quilt.  It was this cute rainbow Wall hanging.  If you know anything about little twister quilts, you know that they create a lot of scraps.  And if you know me, I hate wasting fabric.  I saw in a blog that you can cut triangles out of all the outside leftover fabric and cut 2 inch squares out of all inside scraps.   I already used the 2 inch squares as a boarder on the original quilt.  I forgot to take during photos, but here is the before and after of the original quilt!

    I used the ruler to make inch triangles out of the outside scraps.  I then laid them out to make a diamond.  I tried to not put like colors together, but decided to let the oranges touch in the middle.  The triangles are a little different to sew together.  You have to make sure the points and angles align.   Then you have to make sure you press the right direction when you iron.   As long as you do those 2 things, the top goes together quickly. 

     I quilted it by stitching a 1/2 inch away from all seams forming a triangle in each triangle.  I used several colors of thread using up almost empty spools and bobbins.  I think it added to the rainbow effect!! 

     I used a rainbow material binding on it that I am still not sure if I liked.  My good friend Tonya says it looks good, so I will go with her and live with it!!

     I based both my ideas for the original quilt and this diamond off this blog;  I love other peoples ideas!!! But I don't want the credit and know everyone likes the tutorials!!

     The Project Quilt Challenge on the Persimon Dreams Blog is Mini Quilts this month.  I am trying too finish one for each week this month.  Here is #2!!