Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
i agreed & made this. all hand appliqued. those that know me might need revived right now. i am not a fan of applique in fact i call it the 'A' word. however, this small project was not to bad. mama Denise thinks she might have converted me to liking applique but i am still on the fence. a small project here or there i am okay with. a whole quilt is another issue.
i have started on the next step for the final blocks for this quilt.
and because i wanted some no thinking required sewing i sewed together a few rows of my tumbler blocks as well.
now for the way cool, super exciting, over the top, fantabulous news..........
i am in love. head over heels in love. it arrived on my door step today & its a prince. bet you didn't know you can order those online did you?
yep, Prince Charming arrived today. thank God for online fabric shops. i love you almost as much as i love this fabric. the fabric above will be turned into my bag for Sister's this year. the top print is laminate & i am really looking forward to sewing with it.
Monday, May 23, 2011
'hey can i borrow your scissors for sec?' response 'sure for $100'
'would you mind if i used some of your spray baste?' response 'no problem for $100'
'do you have a thread in this color that i could borrow?' response 'yep, for $100'
'would you mind stopping & getting us a coffee' response 'sure for $100'
everything was $100 that weekend. let me tell you it was hard to keep track of who owed who what by the time the weekend was over.
so back to the question that started it all. what is worth $100 to you?
fabric, groceries, a new outfit, books, music, etc....
i personally think that the person who paid $100 for that stuff they got - got taken advantage of but that's my opinion & maybe it was worth the $100 to them.
so from that quilt camp forward we will have the catch phrase 'sure for $100' anytime someone asks to use, borrow or get something for them.
so with this post the buck stops here. sorry couldn't resist.
the story never to be told again but to be referred to often with our new catch phrase.
'sure for $100'
Friday, May 20, 2011
once you have the batting ready i then lay the backing fabric over the batting. smoothing it out as needed. both the batting & the backing fabric have been already cut to the correct size that is needed for the quilt top. i try & leave 2 1/2" to 3" of batting & backing all the way around the quilt. that way i am not fighting the quilt top to get it to fit just right on the batting. i have some room to work with.
just a close up shot of the tarp, batting & backing fabric.
at the time i took theses pics i didn't know i would be doing a tutorial on it. i don't have pics of us folding back the backing fabric. but, the process is the same for the back as it is for the front of the quilt.
once you have the batting and backing fabric ready i then visually notate where the center of the quilt is - roughly. you don't have to be exact. i then start on one end & fold the backing fabric or the quilt top (depending upon which side you are working on) back onto itself about 6". i continue to fold 6" sections until i am roughly to the center of the quilt.
as you can see in this picture below we have folded back the quilt top to the halfway mark & we have begun to spray.
once one half is finished we fold back the other half. when you get towards the center of the quilt you will be able to tell where you have already spray basted. the fabric will be married to the batting. once you have the backing fabric basted to the batting then flip it over. if you have 2 people its much easier. repeat the same process with the quilt top. smooth out the batting that has the backing already attached. layout your quilt top on the batting making sure its smooth. begin at one end & fold the quilt onto itself every 6" until you reach the center. spray & unfold the quilt onto the batting. repeat for the other half.
once you have a quilt completely spray basted i like to do 1 of 2 things. either take the quilt & lay it on a flat surface for awhile. like a bed or something. or i like to roll it on a cardboard tube to store until i am ready to quilt it. i do not recommend quilting the quilt right away. in my opinion it needs a little dry time before the quilting begins.
that weekend that we spray basted in my driveway i think we did about 6 or 7 quilts. it goes pretty quick when you have 2 or 3 people doing it.
so get your quilting buddies together & start spray basting those quilts.
let me know if you have any questions about the process. i will do my best to answer them.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
this was an i.o.u. quilt from this past Christmas for my dad. he is very happy to have it & he loves it. i was going to make it for a baby boy but since no one i know is having a boy my dad got it since he loves trucks & tractors as well.
this is a funny. Denise sewed right through the top of a flower pin. didn't even break the needle.
this is the back of my 2nd Hands 2 Help quilt.
this one i sewed the top together, quilted it & bound it all in this past weekend. i also quilted & bound this quilt that i showed in the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.
Monday, May 16, 2011
sort of a wonky picture of it but its pouring down rain & i can't get out to get a better pic of it. i got the fabric 2 years ago (i think) in a great quilt shop in Florida. it was a fat quarter stack that the shop put together. i ended up finding some yardage somewhere along the way & i ended up with this quilt. i know that i had started out with a pattern but i messed it up in the middle of it & so i just renegaded it & ended up with this. i quilted it myself with all over swirls in a green thread and i am pleased with how it turned out. one of the most fun things about this quilt isn't the front of it.