Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pieced scrap quilt

This quilt top is made from lots of scraps that I bought at The Scrap Exchange thrift store. I actually bought the fabric on ebay but the store is only about 30 minutes from me. So I was able to go and pick it up rather than pay the $24 (!!!!) in shipping.

I am thrilled with how the quilt top turned out, and it's the perfect size for a twin bed. I am going to check with my friendly neighborhood quilt shop about getting it long-arm quilted because I don't think I'm up for machine quilting it - and I don't even have a walking foot anyway!

Here it is laid out on a twin bed (bad picture for the colors, the above picture is better for how the colors really look)

This is only my second quilt top, and this was A LOT of work for me. I had no idea what I was doing and was just looking at online tutorials and winging it, trying various ways of strip piecing, string piecing, and cutting out the blocks. I learned SO much through a lot of trial & error!

Thanks for looking!! I hope you like it! I am completely tickled pink (and purple!) with it! :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mini Doll Quilt

I am a very new quilter, and I made this doll quilt to practice half square triangles. It uses charm pack squares left over from my first 2 quilting attempts of a quilted bag and a (fail) travel sewing kit.

I am so happy with how this doll quilt turned out, especially the pops of bright orange triangles in the middle. I want to try another HST quilt but this time I'll probably do a half solid/half pattern to make it a little less busy on the eyes!

But the most important thing is that my daughter loves her new dolly quilt! :)

Thanks for looking!
- Susan

Sharing this at Finish it up Up Friday! I thought I linked this up last week but apparently I failed to FINISH linking it! :D

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Quilted Travel Sewing Kit

I found a gorgeous tutorial for a sewing kit, but it was kind of a FAIL for me! First, a picture:

Eek!  The binding is a total and complete FAIL. I followed the directions on what size binding, and followed the tutorial to the best of my understanding.... but obviously this isn't right. And I really couldn't even keep this giant binding on there straight, as you can see from my wonky stitching!!

After watching a Jenny Doan tutorial, I realize now what I was supposed to do, and that purchased 2 1/4 inch quilt binding is not the same as making your own binding, but honestly I am not going to rip this all up!

Here is the inside:

It's still functional as a travel sewing kit, even if it ain't pretty.  I am going to chalk this up as my beginner problems, because plenty of other folks commented on the tutorial about how great it was.

Problem exists between sewing machine and chair! :)

I made the front pieced section using the Jelly Roll Race technique I'd seen on a Jenny Doan video because I wanted to try that out with a few small strips, without the pressure of a whole jelly roll!  So as for that part of it, I'm happy with it. But as for the binding part, definitely a fail! lol

- Susan

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Beginner Quilted Bag

I have completed my first-ever quilting project! This quilted bag was made from a precut Moda 2wenty Thr3e charm pack. I fell in love with this fabric and bought it while browsing at a local quilt shop, even though I don't usually sew and have zero quilting experience.

I've made some basic sewing projects in the past, mostly rectangular panels for the windows, and a couple pillows too. But this bag was a stretch!

I pieced the 5" squares with 1/4" seams (learned watching free episodes of Quilty!) Then I added the batting and a matching liner fabric, and machine quilted the panel in diagonal lines. I had trouble the first time around with my binding and had to cut it off and try again. The second time was presentable enough for me to leave it!

The handles are premade ones I found at Joann Fabric, and I attached them with tabs (it is kind of a hack job but I was too close to finishing to cut it all off and try again!)

So here it is, my first-time quilting project!

I am really proud of it and I hope you like it too!

- Susan

(shared at Crazy Mom Quilts!)