OK, So I finally finished this monster of a quilt. This was one of my first quilts I started 3 years ago. It was part of a quilt block of the month and all they had left was this "month" block. The fabric comes pre-cut and super easy to assemble. Easy you say?? Yes, except when it came to putting the whole darn thing together and then putting a back on it. I deceided not to put binding around the edges and just leave them "raw". I like it..........it will be my special problem quilt. Kind of like a problem child. Anyway, it's finally finished and I attempted to iron it to make a better picture. But hey......it is what it is.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
What is this strange "tool" you ask? It's a Dritz Point Turner and Seam Creaser. I don't use it for either of those things. I use it to crease, just not seams. It's my cheat tool for quilting. I saw a Hera Marker on someone else's blog spot and loved it and it's use. You use it against a ruler, as you would a pen or pencil and mark your quiliting lines. How cool!! I didn't know there was such a thing. Then again, I'm just 4 years into my "sewing career".
So, we set out for the city today for a Dr's appt for my husband and when we go there, I take advantage of the trip and always go to JoAnns. I was in a dead search for a Hera Marker. No one in the store knew what it was or what it was for. It was literally like I was speaking a foreign language. They didn't have the actual Hera Marker, however I knew they had it online and would order it as soon as I got home. I did find the pictured Creaser. It was much cheaper than the marker and I just had to see if something like this really does work. I've been using a white crayon and it's leaving to much residue behind on the fabric.
The creaser does work, I've tested it, tried it and all is well. However, I had also ordered the Hera Marker and I'm awaiting it's arrival.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Hearts & Home Handbag. I have a very hard time with straps and handles, so I cheated and used some wooden ones I had. This turned out much better than I thought. I've made a few handbags/purses (listed on here somewhere) and this by far has turned out to be the best. I made it simple with just block pieces. Not a million parts to piece together. Then I quilted the entire thing. I also added a "pleat" down each side. See pic above. That add's a little extra something special to it.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
This is a bible cover made from "Carolina Panthers" fabric. Evan has been asking and asking for his own Bible. In October he moved from the "kiddie" class in sunday school to the Elementary class. He loves it (I guess it helps that his maw maw teaches that class). Our preacher and his wife gave all the kids Bible's for Christmas. I truley think this was his most favorite gift. Although, he's not yet realize the importance of a Bible and what it means, he will someday. It just amazes me how much he loves it right now. I hope that never changes. Soooo......I knew if I made him a "cool" Bible cover, it would be just great to him. He picked out several things from my stash of fabric's before finally resting on "Carolina Panthers". He loves his new Bible cover.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
"Shop Hop till you Drop" This is so cute. It's a very small panel. 11"x11" I quilted around the car and ladies in the car with their shopping bags. Then I quilted a zig zag trim around the frame. At the last mintue I decieded to quilt the entire panel. That was fun! This is the first piece that I've quilted entirely. Thank goodness it was small!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Lord's Supper Wall Hanging for mom for Christmas. This was a panel. I love to sew panels. Their very easy. I trimmed most of this in gold thread. Especiall the ceiling and walls. I also trimmed the table cloth every where there's a wrinkle or fold, I trimmed that in off white. It looks so much better in person. This picture don't do it any justice.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
"Jungle Friends" baby quilt. I realized after taking this picture, the quilt looks like it doesn't have a rhyme or reason, but it looks much better in person. It actually has a pattern.
"Little Engine" quilt for Evan (notice a pattern here, "for Evan", he wants everything I make ;). This was a panel, I just sewed around all the frames and added a back. I love panels.
Butterfly Monkey Wrench quilt block. I completed a table runner out of this. I gave it to my secret pal at church. She loved it!!
As you can see, this is a bright yellow, blue and green Monkey Wrench quilt block. I actually completed a queen size quilt in this patter. It turned out to be much bigger than I thought, and I got so lost in sewing this. It was by far my biggest project yet.