Thursday, April 17, 2014

Laurie's Bow Pillow Tutorial

Laurie Matthews, a Boston Modern Quilt Guild member that has recently moved to Colorado, gave a cute bow pillow as a Yankee Swap gift at our holiday party.  Everyone loved that pillow -- especially me!  Laurie mentioned making a tutorial and I didn't let her forget it :)

True to her word, Laurie did write up a tutorial and I tested it for her.  I made the pillow cover and bow from Melissa Averinos' Swoon collection from a few years back.  I bought the fabric without knowing what I would do with it.  It makes a great pillow!  I thought it would be fun to switch the orientation of the print on the back.  I almost lined it up correctly. :}

Laurie has been working with Ann Kelle, creator of uber cute fabric collections.  You can find Laurie's tutorial here!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A New Pearl Bracelet Project

It didn't take too long to collect all of the colors in Lizzy House's new set of tonal Pearl Bracelets.  This time all I had to do was make a trip to gather here and purchase a set of fat quarters (instead of trolling the internet)!

Above is a sneak peak of my new quilt design.

Unfortunately, there is a break in the action.  I ran out of Best Press.  Grrrrrr!  Amazon to the rescue!  I'll get some in a couple of days.  In the meantime, I can clean up my sewing area.  It has not yet recuperated from the last few projects.

Sew what else is going this WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Marimekko Unikko Curtains Complete!

This week I finished my Marimekko curtains!  I am quite proud of them.  This is my second time making curtains.  The first curtains were a bit of a disaster but were up for many years, I am not proud to say.  DH is quite proud of anything I make by hand, however, and faithfully opened and closed them even though their width just barely covered the windows.  They weren’t lined, either.

The Marimekko fabric was just wide enough to make the curtains 1.5 times as wide as the window.  Also, I used the small Unikko scale for the valance and the medium scale for the curtains.  Believe it or not, there is an even larger scale fabric that I bought.  That scale is too large for curtains but is perfect for a wall hanging or table runner.

This was also the first time I used the hemming foot on my sewing machine.  What took me so long?  It was easy once I got the hang of it.

This was my first time using grommets, too.  I suggest grommet practice for anyone who hasn’t installed them before.  

I love the selvedge so I left it in!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wonky, Wonky Music is Complete!

Wonky, Wonky Music is finally complete!

I used the Bow Tie Required pattern by Lee of Freshly Pieced.  I loved this pattern the first time I saw it.  When I happened upon Andover's Music collection,  I knew the pairing would be perfect.  I made the quilt for my husband, who used to be a professional drummer.  That is why I put the main print in three blocks down the middle and featured the drum set.

I wanted to use all the fabrics in the colorway, so instead of using a single fabric for the bow ties, I used the orange and the red.  The background is Kona Silver.  I originally chose Kona Khaki but when it came in the mail I realized it was too yellow.  I used my Kona color card, too.  From that I have learned to order fat quarters based on the color cards and then audition them with the other fabrics.  I realize Kona Snow would have worked, too, (I used Snow for the Improv Monitor Cover) but I am happy I chose Silver.

I planned to use Kaufman's Spot On Steel for the back.  What I didn't realize was that I was going to have all these bow ties left over!  Of course, I had to use them so I decided to make them into a grid.  I love the pattern they make.  You can't tell they were originally bow ties!  The Spot On fabric clashed with the bow ties.  After looking at them, they just screamed Ash from Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics.  I thought the light gray binding would clash with the back but I think it gives it a nice frame.  What about those orange stripes, you ask?  I didn't buy enough of the Ash, so I had to do some quick improv piecing!  I think Ms. Denyse Schmidt would be proud of that!

I quilted it myself at Laurena's!  I was inspired by Lee's quilting on Bow Tie Required.  Her quilting is great -- she did not overlap any lines!  I was not as adventurous.  I overlapped my lines but I really love the effect.  I just wanted it to look improvisational, like jazz!  In addition, because drumming runs in the family, I quilted in the initials of DH's father, uncle and brother.  Don't look too hard for the initials, they are not in this shot!

Now DH has a quilt of his own.  I can't believe it took me so long to make one for him, but I just needed the right inspiration!  Maybe now he'll get those buttons sewn on his clothing he's been asking about.  Or, maybe not!

See what else is going on at Crazy Mom Quilts this Finish it Up Friday!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Curtain Progress

The curtains are coming along!  In last week's post I showed the valance. This week I have half of the curtain. Not all the grommets are in but you get the idea.

The grommets can be a little prickly. Sometimes they just don't want to snap closed! Often it's because I need to make the hole a little bit bigger.  Sometimes my hand was just tired.  I really wanted to cut into my main fabric but the grommet practice was definitely worth it!  I also fused some light interfacing across the top to give the grommet area some stability.

You can see the lining peeking out from the bottom.  I need to trim and hem of course but I'll sew the valance and the other panel first. I didn't put a lining in the previous set of curtains I made so I'm happy to have it this time. It really finishes them off and looks nice from the outside. I used white muslin for the lining. I tried the regular muslin at first but it gave the Unikko poppies a yellow tinge and we can't have that!

Next up, chair covers and a tablecloth or runner. I might do some quilting first though!

Sew what else is going on this WIP Wednesday?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It's Curtains for Me!

Unikko valance - not yet sewn

I am a Marimekko fanatic.  I especially love the Unikko pattern.  I am decorating my kitchen in yellow and gray so how happy was I when I came across this fabric at the flagship store in NYC?  I am using the smaller print for the valance and the medium-sized print for cafe curtains.

Grommet practice on muslin

I went through three ideas.  First, I was going to make a pocket rod.  However, the fabric is fairly stiff  (even after washing) so it would be difficult to keep the curtains open.  DH suggested ties to keep the curtains open, but I didn't like that idea.  The next idea was clips, but that didn't look good, either.  The frame of the bottom window showed above the curtain bar -- it looked messy!  Finally, we decided on grommets.  I thought grommets wouldn't look right, but they look great and they were fairly easy to install.

I love this selvedge.  I'm leaving it!

After the figurin', cuttin' and pressin', I am going to sew the lining in.  I am not cutting off the selvedge.  I think it looks neat!

To sew the lining in, I'm following this tutorial I found online:

Sew what else is going on this WIP Wednesday?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pearl Bracelet Giveaway Winner!

Drum roll, please!

The winner is commenter number 7, Gina!  Thanks for your comments, everyone!

Gina, please send me your address and I will send your pretty bundle off to you. I'd love to see what you make!


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