Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cinnamon Stars

Around 2005, Moda came out with “The Tinbox Sampler Series”. The Tinbox Sample Series contained up to forty (40) 5”x 5” prints swatches from their fabric line. Each tin box had step by step instructions for a mini quilt, a CD was included with the designer’s bios, the entire collection color swatch library, directions for a larger quilt, recipes and more vital information. Now Moda has something similar: it’s called Frivols Tins (contains 10” squares).

I purchased my Cinnamon Stars Tinbox Sampler Series in 2005  with the intent to start and finish that year. Well, here we are in 2015 and they are still tucked away. So, I decided to complete this project from start to finish. Here are some of the yummy colors. The fabric line was inspired by vintage children’s drawing. I guess children's clothing in drawings. I can’t see children of the past drawing this well with limited recourses….lol. Anyway, I love the collection.

Here is my mini quilt; completely cut out.      Wooho! 

I quilted it using my walking foot. I wanted an organic quilting look. So, I went with vertical wavy lines.

I chose a pretty batik for the back. The leftover Moda fabrics was used for the binding. I think the scrappy binding shows up better on the back.

Oops! I need a label on this one.

I really enjoyed making this quilt. I didn't have to think about what colors to use or fabric placement. I followed the instructions with no changes (that was hard….lol). But doing this, allowed me to finish this 15” x 15” mini quilt quickly. Yippee!

I completed it on April 18, 2015. I know my last  and current post are quilts I completed earlier this year. But I was working hard on my family reunion (it was a great celebration by the way). This is last quilt I completed before the family reunion. I was working on two other quilts before the family reunion, but had to use my studio as a guest room. I will post pictures of them later. In the meantime,

Sew to make someone Happy!

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

Friday, August 28, 2015

Under the Stars

As I was posting “Hats For The Winter”, I realized I didn't post a picture of the finished quilt, Under the Stars. Silly me....

This year's resolution was to reduce my fabric scrap bin.  Also, I promised myself  not to buy any fabrics to complete a fabric scrap bin project. Last winter, I saw this quilt on Facebook. This is a Roberta Kuhn pattern. Since I promised myself to reduce my fabric scrap bin, this pattern came to mind. It sews up pretty fast.. You could use this pattern as leaders and enders instead of a small piece of fabric (which is most commonly used). It’s making two quilts a one time. Of course, my other quilt was paper piecing. Ugh!

This is a free quilt (not purchasing anything to make complete a quilt), I choose to make it a lap size quilt. Its a little oversized.  It measures 72” x 84”

I took a Craftsy class called, “Creative Quilting with your walking foot”.Since this was a free quilt and a keeper, I wanted to quilt with my walking foot. I know I should have started off with something small. But I wanted to dive right in. In my earlier post, I showed you my quilting space. This quilt was on my sewing machine being quilted at the time. My throat plate is very small. But I manage to get it quilted with my walking foot. I did an off center continuous circle. You can see in the pictures (left and right). I started in the 2nd row,  3rd column and spiral out.

 I love back art on quilts. It makes a 2 for 1 quilt. Here, larger pieces of scrap fabrics were used to create the quilt back.

I chose to do the flanged binding by machine method. Lorna McMahon from Sew Fresh Quilts did a tutorial. It was my first time trying this method. I have to admit, I like how it turned out. I will be doing this in the future when adding a touch of color at the binding edge quickly.

Every quilt must have a label. I embroidered mines on the backing before pin basting. 

Under the Stars was finished on March 27, 2015.

In light of using scraps, I didn't seem to put much of a dent in my fabric scrap bin, So, I'll make another one. But this time as my leaders and enders. Who knows how big the next one might get. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Now, go sew to make someone HAPPY!

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hats For The Winter

I know it is not winter. And I know some are not waiting to see come after last winter. But I just wanted to get a head start on some winter hats for my goddaughter. They are made from fleece; just the right warmth for our Southern California weather. But this year, we are expected to see El Nino. So these fleece hats will do the job.

I think most of us hate throwing away fabric. So we store in hope to make some with it.  Well this year, I was determined to downsize my studio space. I came across a bag full of fleece material from my goddaughter’s robes. I kept thinking, why am I keeping this FABRIC?! Well, the light bulb came on. And out of the bag of fleece, hats were made for free. Yahooooo FREE!

I use my embroidery machine to make the 3D flowers. The design (Nested Flowers) is from Embroidery Machine Essentials: Fleece Techniques book and CD by Nancy Cornwell. I used segments 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9 from the embroidery design. The flowers were applied using segments 8 and 9.  When only segment 8 was used,. I glued a pearl in the center.

I used buttonholes for the turquoise hat to weave the ribbon through.

I used a covered button on the purple/pink/white hat.

I had a cover button and brown ribbon in my stash to accent these hats. All these hats were fun and a breeze to make. All were made in one evening. Now that's fast for you.

So, while you are Spring Cleaning your studio, make someone HAPPY with your scraps.

Sew to make someone HAPPY!