Monday, June 18, 2018

Something new..... tumbler anyone?

I have a plan for my take with me projects when I travel later this week up to Vermont. I'll have the heart and nines quilt for hand quilting while up there but I also wanted to have another option.

I saw a tumbler quilt recently and decided that would be a good hand pieced project to take with me. I  didn't want to purchase a ruler so I made my own template with a cardboard piece from inside a FQ. I measured in 3/4 of an inch from each side and drew a line to each corner and cut. I figured it will work on a nice 5 inch square to make a good size quilt fairly quickly. Of course... I had to test it out before cutting oodles of fabrics. I grabbed some purple and a printed purple leaf and got this little 'doll quilt'. I just need one more seam to put the two parts together. This is about 18x18 inches with just 20 tumblers. Hmmmm it might need one more row of 5. I'll have Emily test it on some stuffed animals and see what she thinks.

It worked!  Now I really need to decide on what colors to pull to play with. I am leaning towards greens - the darker forest greens and maybe some dark creams or brown thrown in here and there. I know Bonnie Hunter had a sew along a few years ago with tumblers and I loved how the scrappy ones turn out.... but I think I'll keep mine to controlled colors ....this time!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Slow Stitching..... and Fathers Day.

I started putting the dresden blocks together and you can find my tutorial on how I did it on Monday's blog post here. I will probably prep the 3 rows and get them sewn together today.... and maybe get a few stitches into the dark blue dresden block that is going to go in the bottom corner. I finally finished the blades and marked the cross hatching... then remembered I needed to outline the plate in blue! Aidan wants to sew on his quilt today too.

Linking up with Kathy at Slow Sunday Stitching. and Oh Scrap.

Wanting to wish my Dad a Happy Fathers Day. Can't wait to see you and Mom on Friday night.
Dad, Em and Aidan at camp 2017

Dad Feb 2018 at my house with Peanut.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Squared Away blocks....

 I made a couple of the teal squared away blocks this week. Emily helped with the 3rd one... some seam ripper work is needed to fix a seam or two so I can finish the 3rd one.

Linking up with the RSC Challenge today before I head out to weed a bit in the front before it gets too hot... and then spend the afternoon at the roller skating rink with the girl scout troop for their requested skating party today.

Wishing my parents a belated 55th Wedding anniversary yesterday and  my nephew a belated birthday - yesterday.

The kids finished their week at Camp Invention yesterday - and came home with their robot dogs, an octo bot that follows a dark line drawn on paper and a mini mansion they each crafted during the week. They had a great time again at camp- learning and having fun.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dresden progress....

 Progress..... I need to unstitch the pink/green.... I seem to have put the little strip of  fabric on wrong!
Time to use the seam ripper and fix it...then add the block next to the purple. One row to go after that!

Linking to the RSC Challenge... since that is where I started these!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Finished Graduation Quilt!

The pattern is Spinning Pinwheels

I finished the binding on the graduation quilt on Sunday evening. Saturday Emily pretty much made the pillowcase - I just did the cutting and stitching 3 seams. She did the pinning and ironing and followed the youtube video that we used to make the girl scout pillowcase. She picked the fabrics too. I hear we need a purple ribbon to tie the pillowcase closed for gifting since that is the one color I did not get into the quilt for her.

A pretty light teal polka dot fabric on the back. Time to throw it into the washer and dry it. Then sign it once Emily gets home from Camp Invention today. We'll fold it up and place into the pillowcase for gifting on June 23 up in Vermont.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Tutorial on connecting my dresdens.....

Just took pictures and documented how I did my quilt as you go.... you know, so I can remember when I add the next round in a few days!

I started with brown and pink. I used the same backing fabric as the pink block (middle one) so it would blend better on the back. I cut two strips 1.5x16.25 inches- one for each side. I put the first one right side up on the cutting mat and placed the brown dresden on top of it. This will be the connector on the back.

Pin so that the strip won't move in the next steps. I like the 1.5 width better than the 1 inch as it gives me more wiggle room for getting it over the sewn part.

Next - pull back the backing and batting 1/4 of an inch or more from the second dresden. I tried to not quilt into the seam allowance when doing that part. Then place right sides together of the dresdens on top of each other, pin and sew 1/4 seam allowance. Yes, I did the whole of the first block (top, batting and backing) unlike other tutorials. I am thinking the 'bump' won't be that noticeable and if it is... I can always trim with scissors!

spread it out and you get this on the back.

I use my herra marker and a ruler to mark a 1/4 inch from the edge. 

That marked line.... you can either press or being me and too lazy, I just used the herra marker to 'press' it down so it is a finished edge.

Now fold it over to cover that opening... pull the two apart a bit to snuggle the extra and trim if needed. I kept the little bump and think it won't bother me at all once washed and in use. I used thin hand quilting batting so it should work.

All set for hand stitching that seam with a blind stitch - or however you stitch your binding... which I get to do in car line wait today.

This is what the front looks like - see - you can't even tell it was done as a quilt as you go! I love how this makes things an easier size for me to hand or machine quilt. I don't mind this process.... much better than tugging a huge quilt through my small machine or lugging a big quilt around for quilting.

Yesterday  I went over to a friends house and met up with a few friends and we tried a pinterest project. We figured we get a 'fail' but wold have fun anyway. Turns out they all came out pretty good! 
This is the photo we used as a guide. A big thanks to her hubby John who tore apart a pallet and sanded 5 boards - one for each of us.

This is mine outside my front door! 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Dresden blocks....Slow Sunday Stitching.

Knowing I will have some car waiting time this week ... the kids have camp invention and it is a car line pickup at the end of each day.... it is time to figure out what I will work on. This was their ONE request to do this summer again. I believe it is their 3rd or 4th year going. Well, that and going up to Vermont.

Since I have 11 of the 12 Dresden blocks hand quilted (the dark blue one is almost ready for the cross hatching) and I opted not to add the white sashing in between like I was originally thinking..... I can start putting these together so I have some hand stitching for the car line wait Monday-Thursday! I think I'll work on connecting the left side (I always seem to work from left to right on quilts!) so that I'll be connecting the brown/pink, yellow/black, sage/purple and maroon/orange. Once those are connected I'll add the third row on. Then will connect the rows into 2 halves of the quilt and finish it off. Each block finishes at 16 inches so it will be a decent size snuggle quilt.

Pre-quilting layout.

I have done machine stitching together the quilt as you go a couple of times now. My first try was with this quilt that I hand quilted each 12 inch block and I used a scrappy sashing on top. The back used a black sashing to connect them.

Front of Quilt Square Along quilt

Back of Quilt Square Along quilt with sashing. Don't mind Peanut - he had to test it.

My second try was with this quilt without a sashing on top.  I machine quilted this big guy in three sections on my little Viking machine and then connected them. The backing I used the same blue fabric as the back to stitch it down for the connection. Same method but different effect. This is the method I'll use for my dresdens. You can find the link's I used for these methods here under my tutorial tab. After searching for them the last time I got smart and put them where I could easily find them! You'll also find a quick tutorial on how I did my hand pieced trip around the world blocks in 2.5 inches... that one is sitting on the frame waiting for me to give it some attention. After the dresden is done, I promised it!

RSC 2015 Sampler Quilt
Back of RSC 2015 Sampler Quilt with solid backing. I used the same  fabric to connect the three parts.

Linking up with Kathy and the other Slow Stitchers (I'll be slow stitching this one this coming week!) and Oh Scrap.

If you have ever thought of trying quilt as you go, I encourage you to give it a shot. Hey, if I can do it so can you! For me.... I never would have been able to quilt the RSC Sampler on my machine as a big quilt and the other was a nice portable project for me to work on while waiting in the car on the kids at PreK and elementary school.