Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When it's done it's done!

I have not done the quilt as you go method since the 80's when I taught the lap quilting method pioneered by Georgia Bonesteel.  So it was fun to try a different method of this technique, and I found that there are many out there.  First I made 12 blocks using scraps from my Island Batik stash.  This can be a quick and easy stash buster quilt of any size you wish.  

You need:Four 4.5" squares for each 12" block.
                Four  4.5" x 2.5" rectangles for each 12" block.
                Four  6.5" x 2" rectangles for each 12" block.  

Then I layered each block with batting and a backing piece that were at least and inch larger all around.  I did not pin or spray baste and it was ready to begin quilting.  This was a perfect opportunity to practice some walking foot quilting using Superior Threads variegated...love it!

Once I had all of my blocks quilted, it was time to trim and sew all of them together.  My top connectors are 1.25" wide by 12".  My bottom connector strips are cut 1.75" wide by 12" and are pressed wrong sides together.

Layer the pieces as shown and sew with a 1/4" seam through all layers.  Flip and press, add another block to the top piece only...in this case the purple 1.25" strip.  Keep the folded piece free for now.

Once you have sewn your blocks together, you are ready to stitch the back strips down.  I chose to hand stitch just like a binding, but you can also stitch down with your machine.  
Now sew the rows together using the same steps as above.  
And Bind it!  When you are done you are done!  Now how easy was that??? Hope you try it soon and please share it with me on Instagram @punkydoodle53

 Another finished quilt for Project Linus!

And of course, Bella must add her seal of approval!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Making Cat Faces

Last Friday, our Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild had a great time in class with Melissa Alverino making cat faces.  It was such a relaxing, freeing process for me.  Just needed a glue stick, a pair of scissors and scraps of fabric, with a bit of imagination.  Here is what I came up with.....

In the planning and playing process with scissors, glue stick and fabric...Island Batik to be exact!

And I finished one of my cats into a 16" pillow...Meet Bailey.  After designing and glueing down the fabric pieces, I layered the piece with a backing and batting, dropped the feed dog and did free motion quilting to stitch the pieces down.  My grand daughter is here at Camp Gramma...I think we will give it a try tomorrow and see what she comes up with!

And I am participating in Angel Gnome's Gypsy Wife Sew Along, I have long admired this quilt, so thought I needed to join!  I doubt that I keep up...too many things going on, but I will try!

 I really do not have a plan for the fabrics I will use...is that a bad thing?  I have put several of my favorites in a box and just go with it...hope that works out!

Hope your week is amazing and filled with grace and doing what makes you happy!
grace and peace....Sharon

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