Saturday, February 14, 2015

My 2015 Project - Block Two

This is the second block in my project.  I have had the blocks done for awhile and only one block quilted. 
This is truly going to be a year long project.

Three Nine Patch blocks ready to be marked. 
Marked and ready to go.
Still having problems with tracing the design, I started drawing one big circle in all the squares then I realized that some have 4 circles in them.  And I just noticed I missed some of the half circles on the side.  Practice, practice and more practice.

I'm excited about this one.  The squiggly line on the orange squares is just an all over pattern, so I didn't bother tracing that as I'm sure I'm pretty good at going all over the place with my stitching

The first was just straight lines.  Still need to work on the traveling stitch and stitching in the ditch.  Doesn't look too bad though. 

The back.  Only a few spots that look like the needle, thread, and bobbin didn't get along.

The next one was with the circles. I didn't like how they came out when I drew them.  Tracing them was worthless, and I tried to free hand them. Some of them came out as ovals.  Then I watched Leah Day's video on this block and she didn't even trace them.  She used a template!  Why didn't I think of this.  I don't have a circle template, but I do have items that I could draw around.  Found two in my sewing stuff.  Spools of thread.  They worked great.  
Small spool for the small circles.

Larger spool for the large circles and half circles.

Looks much better.  Good thing I have an eraser.

Not perfect, but much better than if I tried before I redrew the circles.  I did mess one up, so just made it a spiral, and Leah said it was okay to do.

The back.  Had some problems with the thread breaking on this one.  I'm not tearing these out because I feel it will add character to the final product and show how I am improving.  Okay, that is wishful thinking, in reality, I just don't want to tear them out.
The last one, my favorite.  As you can see, I do not follow lines  very good, however the orange squares look fantastic!

I can see that stippling will be my thing.

Very please with the back of this block, no "eyelashes" in my turns.  Looks like only one or two places where the thread built up.  

6 blocks down, 36 to go. On to block three.  

Hope you keep watching how my progress goes on this project.  I'm enjoying sharing this as much as learning it.   

Happy Reading! 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My 2015 Project - Block 1

Here we go.  At the beginning of the year I posted I would be starting a new project.   I have started the project and so far have done little sewing or quilting on it.  Seems like one thing or another gets in the way.  

With that said, here is what I have so far. 

My husband picked out the colors.  Harley colors, so he has claimed this quilt to be his.  Gray will be the back of the quilt. Washed, dried, starched and pressed.  Let the cutting begin. 

All the blocks are cut into squares and strips.  More cutting once I start assembling each block.  12 different block designs, there will be 42 blocks total.

I like how everything is pre-cut ahead of time, including the backing and the batting.

The batting was leftover from several projects.  Not enough large pieces to do a single project, but when cut down I had enough for this one.  I decided to jazz up the back of the quilt and threw in a few orange pieces with the gray.  Might even throw in a black or two.

The first block.  Very simple.  Tracing the quilting pattern was a challenge.  The tracing board I had did not work well.  It was from when our girls were little, I think it could be considered an antique by now.  Had a night light in it.  So I checked them out online and found one at Hobby Lobby, which had good reviews from a quilter.  The store had it for about $5 cheaper than on-line, even better deal with the 40% off coupon I printed off from their website.
Same block design, but will have different quilting pattern.
The last one of this block.  As you can see my drawing needs improvement.  Wait until you see my quilting!
Squiggly Lines.  I am using a gold colored thread so the quilting stands out, which is the design/print of the quilt.  Good thing I can erase the lines because it was very hard to stay on the lines. 

The back. 
Grids. Though my lines are not all straight, I think this one came out pretty good. You might notice that some lines may be thicker or off a bit than others. So I don't have a lot of threads that need to be tied off, I am working on traveling stitch, where you go back over a stitch already there to get to another point.  Leah Day makes this look easy. For a beginner, it is not.

The back. I like how it looks.
Spirals. When I practiced doing spirals it seemed easy to do, then trying to follow lines was not easy at all. This looks almost scary.

The back.  I can see I missed a spot and had to go back and add more stitching. 

My first three blocks. I don't think they are horrible, but I definitely need some more practice.   If you would like to see more about this project, check out Leah Day's website, she does some amazing things with free motion quilting.

Happy Reading! 


Mats for the Buffet

I finished my mats.  Three total.  Two for drawers and one for the door.

I had several five inch squares leftover from another projects so that was my starting point.  No cutting out any squares.  Yeah! 

First I took two squares with the print sides together.  Stitched 1/4 inch seam around the entire square.  Then cut diagonal lines to make four blocks with two different fabrics.

Opened up this is what it would look like.  I wanted to get this done quick because I am still working on another project, and this took too long to do.  So... 

... I drew a diagonal line on one of the five inch squares, placed two printed sides together, then stitched a 1/4 inch on either side of the line. 

One side of the line

The other side of the line. 

Next to cut down the drawn line to reveal two blocks.

Now to make several more.

Lots of stitching going on here.

 After stitching, cutting and pressing several blocks, I laid them out to see how I wanted them to be sewn together.

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

I liked the way Version 2 looked when I put several together. So I laid them out this way and started stitching away.

Stitched two blocks together (foreground), then several together in a row (top of picture)

Getting better and better at matching those corners. 

Had some binding left from the same previous project so used that to but between the rows.  What I did next was a shame as this looked so pretty. 

I cut fusible fleece to the size of the drawers (plus 1/2 inch added to top and side for the seam allowance)  Ironed the fleece to the back of the panel.  Cut these out and I now have three mats.

I like how they turned out. 

Now with the mat front faced down on top of a backing fabric. Stitched around the edges and left a small opening to turn the mat right side out. (Sorry about the blurred picture.) 

Top stitched around the edge of the mat and added my initials. 

Below the wine glasses will be a place for the coffee cups.

The large drawer, where I can throw the wine cork remover, wine aerator and coffee accessories.
Small drawer to hold spoons, straws or what have you.  My husband is going to be working on restoring the broken piece of wood.  

I like how they turned out, plus this gave me more ideas on new quilting projects I might want to do.  Doesn't hurt to practice.

Happy Reading! 


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Buffet Project

I've started the Building Block Quilt which is going slowly.  Still trying to get the hang of the quilting part.  I will have a post with pictures of my progress soon.  I did want to show another project that was a collaboration with my husband. 

Neither of us drank coffee, but we were looking at getting a Keurig so when we had company we could offer our guests coffee to drink and the fact I did not have to make a huge pot was a plus. Lucky for me, I won one at work at about the same time we were looking for one. 

Living in an apartment does not afford much counter space to have this on the counter.  So for months we have been looking for a small table to place the Keurig on.  We were also looking for something to hold a few bottles of wine and wine glasses.   Everything we liked was too small, too tall, and too pricey. 

My husband decided to use the cart we had our printer and scanner on, which just happened to be a buffet.  We bought this a few years ago while driving around looking at garage sales.  I saw it as we drove by for $15, when we were leaving the subdivision I asked my husband to stop.  They had marked it down to $10.  What a good find.

He rolled it into the living area, between the kitchen and living room.  It looks real cute where he put it. 

Our great garage sale find.  Keurig on top. Bottom shelf holding my tea cans and hot chocolate. 

We wanted something to hold the wine glasses in the buffet. I found this threshold piece in the flooring department.  My husband was looking at trim boards and trying to figure out which boards could be put together to make what we needed.  I showed him this board, which was just the right length to cut 3 lengths we needed and at a good price too.
The underside of the threshold board. 
My husband cut a board to fasten inside the door part of the buffet.  He is fastening the threshold boards underneath.

Three boards to attach.
Checking to see how it will hold the glasses. 

A good fit. 

He fastened the board inside the door beneath the small drawer.

The glasses in their place.

Room enough to store coffee cups under the glasses.

Now I am working on making drawer liners for the cabinets.  Here is a preview. 

Stacking up some pretty colors for my mats.

Happy Reading!