Sunday, April 13, 2008

Interesting fusing plastic bags into fabric tutorial...

My husband found this link for me, probably in response to my ever-growing fabric budget. This person has posted a tutorial on fusing plastic bags, and using the fused bags to make totes and other items. Check it out!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Quilt kit from Memory Lane Quilt Shop

This is my third quilt, made last year. I used a Valentine's quilt kit I found at a local store in Santee called Memory Lane. It's a great shop--with lots of fun original kits. This one was very easy--it's assembled in strips, and then you cut up the strips and sew together to make the blocks.
The quilt kit came precut, so all I had to do was follow the simple directions and assemble the strips. Then, I cut the strips into squares, and assembled them into blocks. The center heart is actually a fussy-cut square. I believe it's all Moda fabric. Just adorable prints.
Two different blocks make up the quilt, which gives it a nice variation and makes its own design when assembled. I added a small strip of Blooming Bias (precut chenille strips) to the outer border, just at the binding.
Don't look too closely at the seams--I didn't know about pressing seams in opposite directions to butt the seams together better. Here's a different pattern I found online where you can practice butting the seam allowances. Also, this was my first real attempt at free-motion quilting. My stitches are very uneven, but from a galloping horse, as my aunt says, you wouldn't notice!

Lauren's quilt

This is a small quilt I did last year--the fourth quilt I've made--to practice my free-motion technique. I realized that the areas you do not quilt get puffy, so as you can see on the second photo, the ladies stand out a bit more.
The pattern is a modified attic windows that I found online. You don't have to do any inset seams for this pattern, and it's really easy. You make strips of fabric the length of your square, and then do half-square triangles for the corners.
This quilt needs to have the binding fixed. After a few washes, I realized that I didn't do a very good job putting on the binding. Also, I think I would add a border to the outside of the quilt. And I think I also would have made the top and sides of the windows with a little more contrast. But my four year-old loves this little quilt, so maybe I should quit criticizing.

Kate's second quilt...

Here is a picture of my daughter Kate's second quilt.  She made the quilt out of a Moda charm pack as a gift for her first grade teacher. She designed the quilt, and I helped cut the white strips for sashing. She assembled the entire quilt. She also chose the backing fabric and binding, though I did the actual quilting on a machine.
I think she did a great job--so well, that after she finished, she reconsidered giving the quilt away! But in the end, she did decide to make it a gift.