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Master Bedroom Quilt

I have managed to finally get all of my sixteen patch blocks sewn together for this quilt.  It began with two jelly rolls.

Kona Cotton’s  “Pool Party Palette” Jelly Roll and the “For You” Jelly Roll by Zen Chic

              

I then took some time to lay out all of the strips.  I selected two strips from each jelly roll to make one stack.  I selected my colors carefully so that each stack of 4 had one light blue strip and one dark blue strip.  My goal is to have the light blue run on the diagonal from left to right and then the dark blue run on the diagonal from right to left.  This way each sixteen patch block would essentially have an “X” of the Pool Party Kona blues running through it.

I then had to spend a little more time planning.  Before I could sew these strips together I had to combine each of the stacks of 4 strips with 3 more stacks of 4 strips.

I then decided that it would be easier to create an excel spreadsheet as a guide.

Once I created my guide, I began sewing the strips together.

I labeled each set: A1, A2, A3, A4, B1, B2,B3….E4

Now that all the strips were together it was time to cut them all into 2.5″ strips.  Making sure to keep everything labeled was essential.

 

It was time to put the sixteen patch blocks together.  I made sure to keep the excel guide handy.  I then worked hard at making sure that all my seams were quarter inch and that all the seams nested, so that all the square points would come together.

Here is my finished five piles of the sixteen patch blocks.

Each stack has 17 completed blocks, which means I have a total of 85 completed blocks. Since this quilt is for my bedroom and I have a king size bed, 85 blocks will be just enough to get it large enough to fit.  My next step is going to be to cut 8.5″ squares out of a coordinating grey fabric.  The grey will go between each of the colorful sixteen patch blocks.

Bag Time

The last Bernina Mastery class that I took a couple of weeks ago inspired me to work on making bags/totes.  I made a quilted zipper pouch in the class and decided that I could apply what I had learned and make my own bags and totes.  Here is a picture of what I had made in class.  The instructions were to make the exterior black, but I decided that I preferred the interior lining fabric as the exterior.  So, I switched it up a bit.

My sister moved nearby and I decided that I would gather a housewarming basket for her.  As I gathered everything that I wanted to give her, I noticed that I would need a large bag or basket to put it all in.  While I was at “A Common Thread”, I found a thin foam batting, and decided that I could make a large bag for her.   So I found some leftover fabric that I had laying around, and decided to quilt her a large tote bag.  I used one yard of fabric for the exterior and one yard of fabric for the interior.  I used my Bernina Stitch Regulator(BSR) to quilt the exterior of the bag by tracing around the cupcake design.  Once the bag was completed, it was huge!  I love how it turned out.  She can now use it in the back of her car for trips/groceries, or what ever she wants.  I had a lot of fun with this one.

I then wanted to try making a couple of simple tote bags with an embroidered design.  I choose a design, and made the same bag, but two different ways. On the first bag I choose to quilt the exterior and the lining.  I like how stiff the bag turned out, but that required me to have seams showing on the interior of the bag.  I do not like that look quite so well.  On the second bag I choose not to quilt it at all, but kept it fully lined.  This bag has no visible seems.  I like that, but afraid that it might not stand up after washing it.  I did enjoy making these bags.  I also used cotton webbing for the straps, which I have never done before, but love how it turned out.  I will use this product again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what the quilting looked like before I put the quilted bag together.  It was nice to get some more practice with the BSR.

Here is the inside view of the quilted bag.  As you can see there are several seams that you can see, but the I still like how the bag holds up.

I had fun playing with the embroidery module on my machine.  Each of the bags has the same design but I used blue on one bag and yellow on the other.

 

 

 

Scrap Organization

I took the last few days and decided that I would organize all my scrap fabric. I do not have a ton of scraps, but for me, they were getting in the way.  I did not know how much of what fabric I had,  so I decided that I would take the time to cut up all of the extra fabric.

I took my Omnigrid square rulers and made piles of fabric according to the size of the templates.  I took a scrap and cut the biggest square that I could manage according to the ruler size.

Once all of this was completed, I found that I now have quite a nice collection of different sized squares.

  • 9.5″ Squares
  • 6.5″ Squares
  • 5″ Squares
  • 4.5″ Squares
  • 2.5″ Squares
  • 3″ Strips of fabric
  • 2.5″ Strips of fabric
  • Bag of odd sized scraps

These scraps will come in handy the next time I need something small, or I can turn them into a beautiful scrappy looking quilt.

Now that it is all organized, I can begin my next project.

Finishing Old Projects – A Hexagon Quilt

Many, many, many years ago I fell in love with hexagons.  I, at one time, decided that it would be a good idea to make an english flower garden quilt.  Like the square quilt project that I began years ago, but just finished, this quilt top has been pieced together several different ways.

I can tell that some of this one was put together by hand, and by a couple of different machines.  Several years ago, I discovered, that in order to complete a hexagon quilt, I would need to use “Y” seams.  When I first began this quilt, I obviously did not know what that meant.  I can also see that my seam allowances are not a consistent quarter inch.  This has proven to be quite difficult and as a result has created many puckers at the seams.  This is a quilt that will not lay flat and I am ok with that.  I am just trying to finish old projects that I began long before I knew or cared what I was doing.  Once these projects are done, I can move on to more exciting quilts, and do them the correct way.

The backing I choose for this quilt looks vintage to me.  I tried to find something that would have the same look and feel as all of the old fabrics in the quilt top.  At first, I thought that I wanted something bright and bold, but when I was standing amidst all the choices at Craft Warehouse nothing jumped out at me.  I finally settled on a more neutral selection.

Machine quilting this project has been both easier and more difficult than some of my past projects.  It is easier to machine quilt, because I built a stand out of PVC pipe to help suspend the quilt.  Thus making it weightless.  It does make machine free motion quilting a lot easier.  However, because there is so much puckering due to how this quilt was originally pieced together, it is not as smooth sailing as I had wished.  Also the backing fabric seems to be a bit stiff.  However, after free motion quilting this project, I decided that it was difficult due to the universal 80/12 needle that I was using.

I changed my needle to a 90/14 Quilting needle to do the binding.  The blanket stitch that I used for the binding and the new needle was a much better combination.  The needle just slid smoothly into the fabric layers.  Hind sight being what it is, I now should have used this quilting needle instead to free motion quilt.  On my next project I will use a specific quilting needle.

I am really glad that I have finished this quilt.  Now I am going to work on my Christmas quilt and get the stippling done!

Vintage Hexagon Quilt Specifics:

  • Finished Size: 50 ” x  54 “
  • Hexagon quilt top features scraps handed down from family years and years ago
  • Backing fabric is:  “Lauren” by Paintbrush Studio
  • Thread used to finish piecing is Gutermann 100% poly 50wt cream
  • Machine Quilted with Aurifil 50wt white 100 % cotton
  • For the binding, I used a blanket stitch and the same thread that I quilted with.  I also just wrapped the backing over to the front to serve as the binding.