Saturday, June 15, 2013

Shop Hop

This was the first year that I did shop hop, and I must say that I had a BLAST my daughter Katie and I did four stores in the Salt lake area on Wednesday and the other 10 stores we did on Friday. We started at 9 am and headed for Springville then Orem, Provo, Lehi, Draper, Salt lake east side, then we headed North. Bountiful was next then Brigham city, then last was Logan. For a total of 13 stores. It was a very long day but well worth the drive. We saw beautiful quilts at every stop. Played fun games and met lots for friendly people. The best part of the day was spending time with my daughter. This is a must activity for everyone.

Hooded Towel

I LOVE these towels. My friend Carolyn taught me how to make these and now I make them for every baby shower that i go to. They are great because they aren't as thin as the cheap ones that they sale for babies. You know the ones that soaked through when a drop of water hits them. They also last longer because they aren't super tiny. My 6 year old still uses his. They are great for taking the pool or beach as well. These will be great to make for your own kids, nieces, nephews or baby shower gifts.
So here is a quick tutorial on how to make these awesome towels.
Materials Needed:
2 big bath towels. (you can do bath sheets or just the large towel)
1 Hand towel (one hand towel will make 2 towels)
basic sewing kit
sewing machine
walking foot (this is optional but will make sewing through the layers way easier)

Steps 1 through 10 all involve the hand towel
1.) Cut the hand towel in half the short way.
2.) Serge or zig zag the raw edge (the edge you cut) to help prevent fraying.

3.) Fold the hand towel in half so that your surged edges are touching each other

4.) Then in half again. Placing a pin to keep your place. (we are finding the center)

5.) Then match the pin up with the center fold

6.) Push it back to the pin so that you have two folds (flaps) on either side of the pin.

7.) Then stitch across the raw edge with all you folds. using a 1/2" seam allowance

8.) Turn right sides out.
9.) Fold the top "brim" under an inch and sew in place. (At this step you can add lace, flowers, ric rack. Whatever you want. You can also not fold it under but that will cause it to stick out further.)

Steps 10-11 all use the big towel
10.) Fold in half with right sides together and measure in from the middle three inches and mark. At that mark sew down in a straight line 5 ins.

11.) With the flap on the short side of your stitch lay it flat and center it so that their are even amounts on both sides of your stitch. Adding the hood to your big towel.

12.) With right sides together line up the serrged edge of you hood with the long side of your towel with the pleat in it.

 13.) Center the back of the hood (the seam you stitched) with the center of the pleat you made in the long towel. Pin in place.

14.) Sew from the hood start to to hood end with 1/2" seam allowance. MAKE SURE YOU BACK STITCH AT THE START AND STOP OF EVERY SEAM!

Its best to have the seam on your hood
open to reduce bulk.
15.) You're done!!!!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Granddaughters Quilt

My Granddaughter quilt, her favorite color is pink this was given to her for her 7th birthday. I also include a pillow case. This quilt was number 5.
I found a tutorial to make a quilt with a layer cake called Double Slice Layer Cake. In this pattern they have you cut your squares into 3 1/2" and 6 1/2" strips. I modified it a little since i was using a charm pack. I did 2" and 3" strips. After I sewed those back together I cut it down the middle so 2.5" instead of the 5" you would on the layer cake verison.
This was done with 1 Good Morning charm pack by Moda and 1 Kona solid charm pack.

Big Blooms

When this fabric came in at Elaine's Quilt Block I fell in love with the big flowers, and the colors. The owner asked me to make the quilt and it was on display for 6 months, they had kits that were sold. I am sorry but I am unable to remember the fabric name or the pattern, I just remember that it was easy and fun.

Grandpa T-Shirt Quilt

I made this for my husband for his birthday. This was my first attempt making a t-shirt quilt. When I started to do this I realized I did not have enough t shirts for the quilt, I decided that it was not necessary to do every square a shirt. I also picked my husband favorite sport, baseball,  to do the boarder and corner posts. The back was done as a pirates theme because he also likes them.
I made a label for this quilt using my Brother machine that can do some decorative stitches. This was the first time I made a label for a quilt. But hopefully not the last.

Please take note of the year 

Graduation Quilts

These are some quilts that I made for the young women in my ward that are graduating this year. I am in the relief society presidency for the 3rd time. (SUCH FUN!!) So I got the task of making these quilts. It was a lot to make these quilts. I did four patches and then but sashing around the blocks. They aren't big quilts. Perfect for them to take to college.

This first one I added an inner border because I did a smaller border than the other ones. I raided my daughters and my stash for some of the quilts. We didn't have a huge budget. But hey isn't that what stashes are for.

This second I made from the 23 line by moda. I used a charm pack and and some yellow grunge from the PB&J line also by Moda.

The third one I made was form Honey Honey by Moda. I again used a charm pack. Not sure what the sashing was because it was also a stash pick.

This last one I made from fat quarters and some more stash diving. Then some grey sashing I picked up at the quilt shop.

I did the quilting on these all my self and I LOVE the way they turned out!

Old Glory

This is a wall hanging that I made to hang above my fireplace. I love to make patriotic things. Partly because I have 3 boys who have either served or are currently serving in the armed forces.
This quilt was made using a technique called foundation piecing. You can go HERE to watch a quick video on how to do this. It was fun to make this quilt because it was some new techniques to me.

This is the back so you can see the quilting.
i quilted it myself.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Let the fun begin

So I have this amanazing daughter that has set this up for me. I'm still not sure what I'm doing but for her I will try. The things I will be posting will be exciting, well at least to me they are. I have just finished 4 quilts lap size for the young women in my ward I also just finished my granddaughters quilt for her birthday at the end of the month. I also have done 4 quilts for the 3 grandsons and 1granddaughter who's birthdays have past. (I will be posting pics) I am also teaching a quilt block each month with some fantastic women in my neighborhood. I want to teach sewing to anyone who wants to learn, any takers? So let the FUN begin. LOL