Showing posts with label Quilting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quilting. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Another Sunrise, Another Beginning Quilt

This is long over due but better late than never! A dear friend of mine had a birthday back in June so what could I do but make a quilt. Yes, I'm crazy but once I started, I had to finish!

This was my first attempt at machine quilting and I really enjoyed it. I was surprised at how much time it took but I feel like it adds so much to the quilt over all. It makes it seem so much more finished, like it is a complete piece of art that continues, not just thread and fabric stitched together but one unified piece. I will definitely be doing more machine quilting from now on.

 I found the Free Motion Quilting Project blog to be extremely helpful as a complete beginner. You can look through her "find a design" pages easily because they are sorted by level and directional pattern. I knew I wanted an up and down type design to go with the pattern of the quilt. Her site made it so easy to find something that I was looking for and at my skill level also! The finished stitching design is a combination of Matrix Flow, Flowing Lines, and Flowing Glass. In reality, I just started sewing to get the look I wanted! It was very organic and I love that about machine quilting. You can't really make it look bad but there is always room for improvement it seems.

I did not come up with the pieced pattern but used Purl Bee's wedding quilt pattern. The directions are clear and easy to follow. There are so many possibilities with such a simple design. With different colors and a different machine quilting pattern, it could have a totally different feel.

Most of the quilts I have made have definitely been in the traditional category but this was just as fun, rewarding, and I hope aesthetically pleasing to the recipient! Making and giving a quilt to someone you love to show commitment, respect and that love has to make some of the most cherished memories I will ever have.

Love and Blessings,

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Radiating Spring Table Runner

Fabric: It's all from my scrap bin! I think it's all 100% cotton although I suspect that navy might have some poly in it. It all works out because it can still be washed cold and line dried. :)

Pattern: Free Table Topper Pattern

Modifications: Their cutting instructions are really odd. I recommend reading them and figuring out what the measurements are for the pieces and going from there. They assume you have a certain amount of fabric (several fat quarters) but following their cutting instructions just ends up wasting fabric. See! You can't quilt and get out of doing any math! Maybe I should have done some sort of quilting in that large middle square? Next time!


Friday, January 6, 2012

"Victorian" Christmas Star Wall Hangings

Fabric: 100% cotton "quilter's cotton" and polyester low loft batting.

Pattern: Look familiar? The larger one is the same as this other one I made but different fabrics. No kit used this time but I still had it all in my stash. The smaller wall hanging is the same pattern but the squares are cut one inch smaller.

Modifications: Same as for the other quilt: I added the hanging sleeve on the back for a dowel road to go through. I also cut binding on grain (since the edges of the quilt are straight and not curved) and sewed it right sides together to the BACK. This way when I fold it over to bind the edge, I can sew it on the machine and have it look good on the front. Most people sew the binding right sides to the FRONT and then fold it around to bind the edge and whip stitch it to the back. That takes f.o.r.e.v.e.r. I have a couple more wall hangings to do and I needed this to be done quick! That's my tip for quick quilts. :) I also machine stitched in the ditch instead of hand quilting.


Monday, January 2, 2012

Sunshine on the Weathervane Wall Hanging

Fabric: 100% cotton vintage fabrics (red and yellow) and 100% linen (brown and blue check)

Pattern: I used the weathervane block instructions from Hidden Block Quilts by Lerlene Nevaril Another example of a similar quilt is on the cover. If you want to take your quilting to a whole new level, I highly recommend this book! It contains blocks of varying levels so it can be as simple or as complex as you would like. Whether you are new to quilting or not, it really helps you with designing your own quilt. I learned so much just by making a simple wall hanging and can see how I could have played with the colors more for a completely different look. If you want to design and conquer something new, I bet you would find this book to be helpful!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Curved Nine Patch Table Runner

Fabric: 100% cottons. YAY for using up some of the stash!

Pattern: Curved Nine Patch Free Table Runner pattern

Modifications: I followed the pattern exactly but I did find that I used significantly less fabric than the pattern called for. I was concerned when I was picking out my fabrics because I was using what I had on hand and it seemed like it would not be enough. Cutting out the templates and laying it out worked well for me. If I had gone by the recommended yardage, I would have ended up buying more and having left over scraps. I love scraps but I was trying to use some up, not make MORE! This was my first time to do curved piecing in a quilted project so it isn't perfect. It also took quite a bit of time! I really like the affect it makes though.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Star Wall Hanging

(hanging sleeve and care label)

Fabric: 100% cotton "quilter's cotton" and polyester low loft batting.

Pattern: I cheated! I don't remember how I got it but the pattern and all the fabric was picked out for me in a kit. Normally, I like to pick everything out myself but I thought I should use the kit since I had it. Plus, this is the first of many Christmas presents and these fabrics definitely looked like what the recipient would like.

Modifications: I added the hanging sleeve on the back for a dowel road to go through. I also cut binding on grain (since the edges of the quilt are straight and not curved) and sewed it right sides together to the BACK. This way when I fold it over to bind the edge, I can sew it on the machine and have it look good on the front. Most people sew the binding right sides to the FRONT and then fold it around to bind the edge and whip stitch it to the back. That takes f.o.r.e.v.e.r. I have a couple more wall hangings to do and I needed this to be done quick! That's my tip for quick quilts. :) I also machine stitched in the ditch instead of hand quilting.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Repro quilt beginnings .......

With the new living history season starting in April, my sister and I thought it would be a good plan to get a head start on a quilt. Last year we quilted at a lot of events and had a hand quilted quilt by the end of the season. If we did the same this year it would be really great! I am also researching quilt frames and we just might reproduce one but more on that later! ;)

With our other reproduction quilts, we have used the website almost every time. There are thousands of quilts on their and it has to be the easiest way to find and source an antique quilt! The IQCS object number is 2005.048.0006 and is circa 1830-1850 with the main fabric being cotton and of course, all hand sewn.. I would just link to the page on the website but last time I did that, the link was broken after a short time. Just go to "collections" and then search the collections using the IQSC if you would like more information.
A few days ago when we picked out the quilt to reproduce, we also went through our scraps to find fabrics in the colors that we wanted to use. Here they are sorted and ironed. That took some time because we certainly don't store them that way!

We also picked the main fabric that would go in between each pieced block and made a chart to figure out how many blocks we wanted of each color. The original seems to have a tone on tone white stripe in the pieced blocks with the colors so we went with the homespun peach and cream stripe shown in the picture.

As I was searching the quilt collection, I also found these two quilts. They are also nine patch variations but with the light/dark parts of the blocks in the opposite pattern. I think it might be called an "album quilt" when made this way. Both of these quilts are from the 1830-1865 time frame.

IQSC object number is 1997.007.0697 for the above quilt.
IQSC object number is 1997.007.0704

More to come as we hopefully progress!

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Quilt top finished!

I never thought I would finish this thing. I think I started it about two years ago and had the crazy idea to make it HUGE. I did not know how big huge was going to be and I can't even tell you if it is a queen or king or what but I can tell you it is big. I know its big cause it took ages to put those blocks together! But I do like how it turned out. I can't imagine quilting the thing any time soon. I am just glad to know it is a finished top and is now put together. The rows were sitting in a basket for the longest time just waiting to be sewn together.

I know I've sewn big quilts before but I think those times seem like the distant past. I forget ;)

Info on putting the blocks together here and laying out the blocks to choose the border here. All the information on where I found the pattern and such is in those posts.

Phew. Having the quilt on the table makes the room look warm since we have 6 inches of snow outside. I think I will just leave it there.

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Day Late and A Dollar Short

As I was going through the UFO bin the other day, I found this unfinished table runner. As I saw it, I remembered to last year when I was working on it. I did not get it done last year in time for Thanksgiving and this year I pulled it out the night before Thanksgiving! Just goes to show that out of sight is truly out of mind because I completely forgot about it until I saw it again nearly a year later!

I really thought I would finish it but cooking Thanksgiving dinner always takes more time that one would expect....... SO I finished it before I went to bed on Thanksgiving-- definitely not in time for Thanksgiving dinner! I think it might be officially winter now so it is back in the cabinet. But it was used last Sunday for lunch and now all of the Christmas decor is out...... at least I know it will be finished for next year's Thanksgiving!

Oh and just to keep it real, that border is some sort of polyester blend and the batting is poly fleece! I did hand quilt it and I do prefer working with all natural materials, but this works too. Don't be scared to break rules when it will work for you! Easy patterns and designs are good too. Since this was so stress free, I would love to make another table runner with a more complicated design some time. Those are the best kinds of projects :)

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Thursday, August 5, 2010

How I make Quilts Part 2

Hello All,

See part one here.

I finally put together all of my "Sister's Choice" blocks and started laying them out. It has taken me some time since I usually only make a few segments a day or even week. Laying out all the blocks is the most gratifying part when it has taken so long!

Anyways, for most quilts that have a set design, you do not really need to lay anything out. Since I make so many scrap quilts though, without a real set plan, I enjoy laying the blocks out and figuring out where I want things to go. I like to make sure that there is not too much blue or red in a particular section and that there is not two blocks with the same fabric near each other. Those sorts of things are easier to figure out on the floor but might not be necessary for you depending on what style your quilt is.

After I have layed everything out, I then decide if the quilt needs a border and if it does, what fabric to use. You can see in the picture that I have some fabrics layed next to the blocks in the top right corner. I just go to my stash and lay things out until I find something that works. As you can see, I like to stand at the top of the stairs to get a birds eye view of what it will look like :) I find it to be easiest that way. I liked how a thin border and another wider one looked so I am going with that. I forgot to take a picture but I must have gone through a dozen options! Friends and family are great for this step too because I do find that it is a hard decision, especially with scrap quilts! Sometimes nothing seems to look right and more opinions are helpful. Thanks to those who helped me out! You know who you are :)

If you do not have a lot of fabrics at home to choose from and need to buy something from the store, I think I would still lay my blocks out and just try to imagine what would look best with it. I was fairly confident that a brown/cream/green combo of some sort would be "safe" but I also tried pinks and purples and other colors that were already in the blocks. If you have an idea of what might be "safe" you can probably find something that will work and you can always return it! You can also bring some blocks with you as I am sure the employees at the fabric store would love to see what you are working on!!! :D

Another option is to just not do a border or make a pieced border. I did a narrow white border and then a border with just a bunch of squares on the Irish Chain Quilt. More border hints and tips here.

I numbered the rows of the blocks and stacked them all up after I chose the border and now I will put them all together. After that I will put on the borders so stay tuned for another installment on how to make the quilt "sandwich"!

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Saturday, July 10, 2010

That quilt of mine......

Yes, I have finished it! It has taken me quite some time to get pictures of it but the poor thing has taken its maiden voyage so long ago that I decided it need pictures on here sooner rather than later! She has graced beds in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia already and has been used for naps and picnics lots of places. May she have many more memories with her to come.

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Saturday, May 15, 2010

How I make quilts........

(my quilting station layout with sewing machine and iron right next to each other)

Some people have expressed how complicated they believe quilting to be so I thought I would take a moment to talk about the quilt making process. I think you all know what I am going to say but I have to say it anyways! Quilting is oh so simple and if you can sew clothing already, you can quilt too! Making quilts is so much easier then making clothes and is so relaxing. I always have a quilt in progress because I like to sew a block here and there while I am working on bigger, more complicated projects like reproduction pants and fancy dresses :D Having something simple to sew, especially when there is no pressure to sew it, in between other projects really keeps the stress level down for me. I can sew a quilt block without really thinking about the block itself. Often when I have other things on my mind, I can sew blocks and be productive even if I am busy mentally :)

So, with that said, where to start is the next question. All you need is a rotary cutter and a mat to cut on. You probably already have everything else from sewing clothing :) I started out quilting by going to Joanns and picking out matching fabrics to complete a quilt top from one of those beginner quilting books. You can do this but I find that it can be very expensive!!! With that said, I am very partial to scrap quilts because you can use up whatever you have on hand whether it is leftovers from clothing projects or not.

Bonnie inspired me a long time ago to conquer my scrap piles and baskets with her website, Quiltville. She makes beautiful quilts and her Scrap User's System page was very helpful to me. I don't have my things quite that organized but I do have my scraps organized by color although all different sizes grouped together.

Once I organized my scraps some and had a rotary cutter and cutting mat on hand, I perused Bonnie's website a lot and picked a quilt that I liked. It was hard to choose but I recommend a simple one to start out just so things aren't too overhwhelming. Since I had done a Trip Around the World Quilt before along with several 9-patches, I went ahead and picked the Sister's Choice quilt to work on. I had never done anything with triangles before so I figured this was a good place to start :)

In all these pictures, I am working on the Sister's Choice blocks and right now I only have 10 more blocks to go. I started this quilt a while ago and had about 40 blocks finished so I pulled it out this month to try and get the top finished.

It really is not all that hard to get going. You just have to be able to cut fairly straight and sew an 1/4" seam allowance! I found that quilting does not go through scraps very fast also so I have lots of scrap quilts in my future :D

As I went along I found that the best use of my time was to keep my iron and sewing machine very close together so that I wouldn't have to get up and walk half way across the room to iron one seam. Having the iron right next to your machine saves a lot of time and energy! I have also found that chain piecing is THE way to go. It saves thread and time and takes less thought than other techniques. If you google chain piecing you will come up with a million things so I will let you all do that :) I have found that just chain piecing one block at a time goes fast but chain piecing one particular segment of a block at a time and doing that segment of EVERY block in the quilt, saves even more time. For example, in all these pictures, I have some blocks finished but I am putting together the cream rectangle and the green squares to make the borders that go around all the 9 patches. To do this you have to cut out all the 2 1/2" green squares and cream rectangles first but that goes quicker too if you do it all at once.

(chain piecing the cream rectangles and green squares)

(chain pieced segment finished and getting ready to iron)
(stack of finished blocks after ironing)

(more blocks on the stack)

Well, I think that is really all there is too it. Let me know if you all have any questions or if you all think I should include anything else :) I really hope you all try your hand at making quilts too even if it is just a way to use up fabric scraps in a beautiful way!

As Always

Bethany Lynn

Friday, April 16, 2010

Flying Geese Quilt

This is my project that I do when I want to relax. Putting together pieces over and over again realy is mindless work compared to making clothing :). I think everyone should try there hand at it! They are also a great way to use up scraps.

The borders are on. I picked the backing and even used wool batting which I am so in love with. I basted it together in a few hours on a quiet day.

The fabric was extra yardage from a dress that I made my mother. I decided to use it because it looked so much like the original from the mid-19th century. I would give you all a link to the original but I found this lovely quilt in a book and I can't show you all a picture because of copyrights.

The natural sun made these pictures...........

As Always,
Bethany Lynn

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I&A Wedding quilt

Without further ado (and procrastination!), here are the pictures of the big project that has been going on around here :) Our family and another family that are good friends of ours have been working on this quilt quite steadily for the last few months and were able to give it to the couple on the first weekend in December. The quilt pattern and design is based off of this quilt . My goal was to make a reproduction of this original using reproduction fabrics and sticking to the orignial design and feel as much as possible. The obvious difference is the colors that we used. I do wonder though, how much the originial has faded over time and how bright the fabrics were orignially.

I drafted the block myself but really anyone can do it. It is just simple geometry :) (Note: All of these meausurements are with 1/4 inch seam allowance asumed) All I did was decide what I wanted the finished block measurement to be. For this quilt, I think we went with 9 inches because it is divisible by three. The next size up I would have considered would be 12 inches. The reason that I need it to be divisible by three is because this block is divided into 3 columns and three rows, if you look closely :) Making sure the finished meausurement is divisible by three just makes it easier in the long run. Ok, since we know the finished block is 9 inches and we have three square "units" by three square "units" in the block, we know that each finished square unit should be 3 inches. Now know that we need four 3 1/2" squares of the dark fabric and one 3 1/2" square of the light fabric per block. Now what about those triangle units? We know that we want them to be the same size as the other squares when they are finished so we just add the seam allowance nescessary to compensate for when the triangles are sewn together. That will be a half in this case. You can experiment if you need to if you are doing a different size. SO! That means we need 2 more 4 inch squares of the dark fabric and 2 more 4 inch squares of the light fabric for the 4 triangle unit squares. Once you have those 4 inch blocks, cut them on the diagonal to get 4 triangles from each block. Alternate the dark and light and then sew them together. Once you have those, you can then sew all 9 of the squares together and you have one finished block.

This quilt is a king size and I think it has over 90 blocks with 3 inch sashing, if I remember correctly :)

Just as a side note, if you are ever wanting to make a quilt from any particular aread, I have found to be a huge help! You can type in any year or design that you would like to reserach and hundreds of quilts come up! It does take some time but is really worth it! For this quilt, I typed in the years 1830-1865 and I found it quite interesting that nearly half of the quilts that came up were appliqued! It seems that applique was the popular technique when a lady wanted to show off her handiwork where as piecing was more practical for the lower classes. Material culture is so interesting :)

Anyway, on with the pictures:

Au revoir


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Un-even 9 Patch Quilts

Hello all,

I have fallen off this blogging band wagon so fast! I guess I need to get into a routine of posting on here :) I am aiming for once a week but even that hasn't happened yet. Eventually, my friends, eventually!

Anyways, because I can't post about Christmas projects and other surprises, I am going through pictures from the past that I can show you all.

This is a friendship quilt that all the girls in our reenacting group helped put together for one of the ladies that helped found our group. I followed the instructions here but we added another row of blocks and sashing to make it more of a twin size than single. We used scraps from our dresses and other projects. We also signed all the white squares in the quilt with our names to make it more meaningful for the recipient.

Sewing the sashing and blocks together.

Pinning more of the sashing and blocks together.

Basting with Oscar's help :)

Quilting all the layers together at the quilting bee.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Surprise Quilt Project

Last April a very good friend of mine turned the ripe old age of 15 ;) and I thought that a quilt for the occasion would be just lovely. I think my sister, friend Hannah and I started planning in February and while we had the top finished by the birthday party in April, it took us most of the summer to quilt it. You know how schedules can be :D We finally finished it in September. Talk about a late birthday present!

In a nutshell it is a double irish chain using scraps. We did not use any sort of pattern when choosing the fabrics but just started cutting. It was more fun this way :D Those are 2 inch squares....... a whole lot of them!

As we were sewing the blocks together, we often had all three of our sewing machines going at once and it was rather loud.:D

I used the instructions on a website called Quiltville. Unfortunately, I can not link directly to the page because the site seems to be down right now. I will post more info when it is back up :) ETA: I used these instructions. It is the third quilt down on the page.

Me basting all the layers together. The back is a sheet :D


As Always,
Bethany Lynn