Sunday, March 1, 2015

Half Square Triangles Baby Girl Quilt

I'm finally posting on a baby girl quilt I made last year. The baby was born and the gift has been given.
I had so much fun picking out the fabrics. 
It was my first quilt made out of all half square triangles. I cut the squares and then randomly sewed them together with a diagonal seam and then cut them in half.

I got a new quilting tool to help with squaring them up. I love it. So much easier to trim two sides before I pressed them open and then have to trim all four sides.

And it's all sewn together.
I'm still working on my machine quilting, and this was a perfect project for it since I could do straight lines.  I put the backing on the floor.....
...and spray basted all three layers together.
I quilted a quarter of an inch from each seam.

The back.

Love the polka dot binding.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Learning to machine quilt #2

Since machine quilting the potholders went smoothly, I started on the Christmas table runners that I wrote about earlier.
I put the fabric backing down on some newspaper so I could use the basting spray and not get it all over the floor.
I had done a lot of reading about basting quilts and decided to use basting spray instead of pinning the layers together. I lightly sprayed the backing fabric and then put down the batting, making sure it was smooth.
Next was the top.
And I ended up with a quilt sandwich.
Another quilting tip that I found in my research was to use masking tape instead of using a marking pencil for the lines.

I used that for a while and then switched to painter's tape which is less tacky. I used my walking foot to sew and just followed along the edge of the tape, and I ended up with a perfectly straight line.

And just one time I sewed on the wrong side of the tape and the spacing was off. :-)

I quilted each table runner with a different degree of angles.

One of the finished projects.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

First Snow of 2015

We haven't had much snow so far this season, but that all changed yesterday.
10 p.m. on Jan. 31
And I woke up to this today. What a beautiful sight! 
10 a.m. on Feb. 1

This was out in the middle of the backyard this morning, and it's still snowing.  There could be another couple inches before it's done.

The wind picked up today so it's really blowing around. I haven't lost any tree branches so that's good.

Even the birds are staying away today.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Learning to machine quilt #1 - potholders

Now that Christmas is over and the gifts have been given, I can blog about these.
When I decided that I wanted to do some quilting on my home sewing machine, I needed a small project to practice on. I found a pattern using a tumbler template that I used to make some potholders.  

This was a really quick and easy pattern.

After practicing on some scrap material and making sure I was happy with the stitch length and the tension, it was time to quilt.
I bought some special heat resistant batting.
Then I sewed straight lines.  I wanted to keep it simple for my first project.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Flashback Friday

A trip back in time

Happy Birthday, Aunt Diane! I've been saving this picture just for the occasion of Flashback Friday, and your birthday fell on the perfect day this year. But at least you're not alone in the flashback. Someone else is styling the red pants...oh, and that cute little girl!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Refinished Nightstand/Storage

I found this nightstand at a friend's garage sale and just knew a little bit of love would make it good as new again.

I sanded it down...
...and gave it a couple coats of primer.
Then it got a couple coats of glossy white paint and a couple new handles, and it was done. There were some really great knobs in Hobby Lobby, but I didn't take the time to fill in the holes and then drill a single hole for new ones. Just trying to keep it simple....oh, and maybe because I don't own a drill. :-)  
I also debated about what color to paint it. The sky's the limit on colors, but since I needed more fabric storage space in my sewing room, I stuck with plain ole white to match the rest of the storage in that room.