Monday, December 31, 2012

Modern She Made Pillow

Long time no post! I'm in the middle of moving so I'm trying to make sure everything gets done early so that I'm not running behind on swaps or bees with two weeks of downtime! This is an old swap project that I just haven't posted about yet. For the latest Modern She Made Swap I made a travel sized pillow for my parter. One of the requirements was that you incorporate triangles. I decided to try a new technique, reverse applique. I loved how it turned out!!

Modern She Made 2


I pieced 3in x 3in pieces of super small scraps to make the triangles, drew a triangle on the white Kona, cut a 1/4in notch at each corner of the triangle, folded the edges back and ironed them down. I then positioned the colored piece behind each opening and sewed right along the edge on top of the white to tack it down. Super easy and I love the 3D effect it gives! I wish I would have taken more pictures!

Modern She Made Finished Pillow


Modern She Made Top In Progress


She liked it so I'm glad! I also sent along a pouch that I posted about the other day, the mushroom pouch!

Modern She Made Pouch


I love trying new things and this is one that I will definitely have to do again. Happy New Year!!

Colby

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rainbow Starburst String Block Tutorial

I have had several requests for a tutorial on how to make my Rainbow Starburst String Block that I have had both my BeeJeebers Bee and my Stash Bee mates make for me. I just love the way this looks and I hope you enjoy making 1 or 2 or a whole quilts worth as well!

Block Complete


Step 1: Cut 4 8.5in squares out of your background fabric.

Black Squares


Step 2: Mark 2 dots, each one 3 inches away from the same corner on 2 sides of the blocks.

Square Mark


Step 3: Draw a line from each dot to the opposite corner of the block, making a V shape. Repeat for remaining 3 blocks.

V Mark


Step 4: Lay your 4 blocks out with the large wedges towards the middle and label the color you want each of the sections to be. For a rainbow block I labeled as follows:
-Orange
-Yellow
-Green
-Aqua
-Blue
-Purple
-Pink
-Red

Layout
V Label


Step 5: Start with one quadrant and gather 4-6 1"-2" strips of fabrics for the corresponding colors. You will need lengths varying between 2"-11" of each color. I'm starting with the Orange/Yellow quadrant.

Color Strips


Step 6: Take your longest strip of one color and lay it against the line separating that color from your background fabric. Make sure the fabric is laying on the background side of the line.

Strip Laying


Step 7: Sew with a 1/4 in seam on the side that is against the line. Do not sew on the line.

Strip Sewn


Step 8: Fold back string over seam and press.

Press Strip


Step 9: Line up you next longest strip of the same color, right sides together and sew along the unsewn edge with a 1/4 in seam. Fold over and press.

Second Strip Sewn


Second Strip Pressed


Step 10: Repeat until you have fully covered that side of the block.

Yellow Side Complete


Step 11: Do the same thing for the other side of the block. Make sure to place your first strip along the background side of the line. Sew 1/4 in seam, fold, and press.

First Orange Strip


Note: The corners will not match up on the corner that the two color meet. Make sure to follow the line your marked and not to match the corners.
Corners Not Match


Step 12: Lay your next strip down along the unsewn edge of the longest strip and sew, fold, press. Repeat until you cover all the background fabric on that side.

Finished Quadrant


Step 13: Flip the square over and trim to 8.5in x 8.5in square, following the lines of the background fabric.

Trimming


Finished Trimming


Step 14: Repeat this process for the remaining 3 quadrants.

Step 15: Lay blocks out in ROYGBIV layout and sew the top two blocks together. Make sure to match the edges of the colors together. Then sew the bottom two together. Press seams open

ROYGBIV


Rows Complete


Seams Open


Step 16: Sew the two rows together, again making sure the points of the colors match up. Press seams open. Your block is complete!

Block Complete


Colby

Mushroom Swap Pouch

I haven’t made a pouch in a long while. I am part of the Modern She Made Swap and had figured out what I was going to make as the main swap item and I was pretty sure I wanted to make a pouch for the small item. I was trying to figure out what style to go with. I wanted it to be different from the main item. I scanned through my partner’s favorites and found several photos of items that had birds or mushrooms in them. I looked at the fabric I had brought with me to the quilting retreat and spotted a red and white dot that would be perfect for mushroom caps. So mushroom caps I made.

Red Dot Fabric


I started off by cutting out the three caps, then the three stems. I used a small square of fusible web to attach each piece to the front panel of the pouch to keep it in place while I sewed. I decided to do raw edge appliqué, doing it FMQ style rather than super careful and perfect. I have really liked the way that has looked on several projects I have seen around.

Modern She Made Pouch


I really like the way they turned out! The FMQ appliqué adds a touch of whimsy I think. I decided to do it in black so it would stand out and also pull in the black from the zipper. I FMQ’ed her name on the back of the pouch, but I can’t show you that because if she happened to see it, it would spoil the surprise!

Colby

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tiffany's Pouch

My current partner at work requested a make up bag. I asked her what colors she wanted and she said black and white, I asked if she wanted any accent colors and she said no, just black and white. Okay, easy enough, I can do that.

I knew I wanted to use a cute polka dot that I recently got but once I got that and the lining cut out I was stumped on what to do on the outside to make it “cool.” I did some straight line quilting, it looked okay but nothing that was awe-inspiring. I decided to make it boxy, give it some depth, it was better, but still no umph. I decided to cut out a large “t” from white and raw edge appliqué it to the front of the bag.

Tiffany's Bag


I like how it turned out, I don’t love it but it’s better than just a plain bag. I have still tried to figure out what else I could have done to make it cooler. I have no idea, I guess I just ran out of creative juice that night, or maybe black and white are not my colors. No clue. The good thing is that she loved it and it’s being used. Hopefully she really did and she wasn’t just being nice…

Colby

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Chevron Baby Quilt

My first partner at work is expecting a child with his new wife. I wanted to make them a quilt for the baby, so I asked the gender and the nursery colors and theme. He told me that they were having a boy and that the nursery was going to be decorated in yellow and grey chevrons. Talk about a score!

I have been wanting to do a chevron quilt for the longest! I found a really cool tutorial at Generation Q that was a spin on the traditional chevron quilt. I decided to change it up and use the same fabrics for entire lines. I didn’t have enough yellow so I went to one of the LQS to find a good match. I was hoping to find some yellow chevrons but they didn’t have any. Instead, I found a really cool Freespirit print. Since I was already there, I was like, “hmmm…it wouldn’t hurt to look for a coordinating grey…” Of course I found one. I loved it so much I had to buy extra so I could use it on other projects. It looks like a linen from far away but is a quilting cotton, much easier to sew on. It’s Mod-Century by Moda.

Yellow and Grey


I took all of my new fabric with me to my quilting retreat and got to work on it the first day I was there. I had it done by dinner. Seriously this was the quickest and easiest quilt I have ever done. Super cute too!

James Baby Quilt Finished


Colby

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Fresh Sew Day

Lily's Quilts





So I got a good chunk done in October. I finished several entire quilt tops which I am very excited about. Now I am looking forward to quilting them. I am still fairly new at the whole FMQ thing so hopefully these will be good practice to get my skills sharpened up. Here is what I did in October, it's not all here bc I've been lazy and haven't uploaded all the pics but most of the stuff is.




October 2012 Finishes





I am attending my first quilting retreat today through Sunday and I am super excited to hang out with all the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild ladies! I am bringing tons of stuff to do because I have found that I am very productive during sew ins so I want to make sure I don't run out of stuff to do!




I will be blogging throughout the trip so stay tuned!




Colby



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sorta Summit Sneak Peek

I am very excited to announce that I will be a part of the Sorta Summit over at Distant Pickles! Basically for those of us that aren't able to attend the Sewing Summit this coming weekend Bree and Julie are putting on an online version of some classes taught by bloggers around the webosphere to give us a Sorta Summit experience! We are in the middle of getting all the classes put together right now. There will be a variety of different classes from garment sewing, quilting, blocks, etc.

I'm excited to share with you the class that I will be teaching. It will be on my Rainbow Starburst String Block that I made for my Beejeebers Bee this past month. I got so many great comments from my readers and everyone in the bee loved the way it turned out, but some had some trouble with the bias, making me think that this a good class to teach to work through that issue but also provide a really cool block that you can use for not only a quilt, but even a mini or a pillow.

I am in the middle of trying to figure out if I want to do traditional tutorial style with photos or trying and work in video (I've never done that before!) so I'll be testing some of that out. I hope you're as excited as I am and I hope you take part! It will all be happening about mid-November so stay tuned! I have finished up the first part, decided what to do and preparing a class description.

Here's my class description:

Rainbow Starburst String Block




Photo courtesy of UllaBee

In this class you will learn how to put together the Rainbow Starburst String Block. This block finishes at 16.5 inches square so it can be used in a quilt, as a mini, or even as a pillow. This is an adaptation of Molly Flander’s block seen here with a couple of dimension adjustments, while also incorporating the use of color wheel. Come see how to use your scraps to create a stunning block while mastering foundation piecing on the bias!

I will be sharing more with you as everything progresses but for now I'm excited to work on this W.I.P.!

Linking up to:

Crazy Mom Quilts

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Thanks for stopping by!

Colby


Friday, October 5, 2012

DMQG Raffle Blocks

The Dallas Modern Quilt Guild hosted a cool challenge this past month. They decided to have a raffle of sets of quilt blocks made my the members with a certain color scheme and improv piecing style. Each block you made counted as an entry for a set of blocks. So, the more you made, the more entries you got. I decided to make three for the challenge.

DMQG Raffle Block 1

DMQG Raffle Block 2

DMQG Raffle Block 3


I really liked the first two but the third one was sort of a fail. I had this cool idea and then it didn't turn out like I wanted it to and it was too small.. Anyways, I added the orange border and it made it better but it still wasn't as cool as my other two blocks.

I didn't end up winning any of the blocks but that's fine, I'm still excited to see what the quilts people make up with them will look like. There were 6 block sets given away I think so there should be some good variety. I'm looking forward to some more cool things like this now that I finally took the leap to join.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts!

Colby

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Some More Bee Blocks

I am almost done with my bee blocks for the month and it's only the 4th of October! I knocked out another 2 yesterday and today. Here is my second block for the Stash Bee.

Stash Bee Block 2 - October 2012


And here is my block for BeeJeebers. I LOVE LOVE LOVE ticker tape. So much. I made a really cool ticker tape mini for the Mini QT swap earlier this year and I have been meaning to make something for myself with this method. I just love the way it looks!

BeeJeebers Block - October 2012


My last 2 bee blocks are iSpy blocks. I have a shortage of novelty prints so I'll see what I can pull out of my stash. I need 18 little pictures... Might have some repeats. For some reason I have never gotten into novelty prints. Maybe it's because I don't have kids, I dunno. Anyways I am short some iSpy pictures so I might have to run to a local fabric store and grab some fat quarters.

Orrrr.... I could draw some pictures.. No, that would be horrendous. I'd feel bad for the kid that would have to look at those. I'll figure something out. Until then, happy sewing and quilting!

Colby

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What I'm Working On.

I have gotten a really strong start to October and the commitments I have this month! I am in several swaps, all of which I am very excited about. It is so cool to see what people can create and to see people do things for other people that they wouldn't do in a million years for themselves, me included.

Half the stuff I send off I would never put the time and effort into making that item or items for myself, even if I want it super badly. I guess it goes back to the saying that you get more from giving than for getting. Anyways, here's the main part of my Modernista swap package.

Modernista Kitchen Towels


I will also be making a set of coasters in the next couple of weeks to go with these.

Here is the first block for the Stash Bee this month. She asked for a wonky star and a wonky log cabin so I'm half way done!

Stash Bee 1 - October 2012


Here is my block for the We Bee Modern Too Bee. This block is called Megan's Star and came from the Modern Blocks book that we are following along throughout this bee. So easy and I love the jewel tones she has decided to use with it.

We Bee Modern Too - October 2012


I also made another 5-6 black and white wonky stars for my cousin Tonya's quilt. They are not pictured here because it's starting to get hard to get all of them in one picture. I have about 15 now and I need 30. Again, half way there!

Black and White Wonky Stars


My goals for the coming week are:
- Finish the log cabin block for the Stash Bee
- Put together my ticker tape circle block for my BeeJeebers bee

I will be going out of town this weekend so I need to get them done before I leave Saturday or else it will be a lost cause!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week and happy sewing!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Colby
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