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Another Progress report on Four Seasons in One Day quilt

This weekend was very productive – The back is now finished for the four seasons quilt and I have pinned all the layers together ready for quilting. The photo’s are not great due to all the shadows from the trees (obviously need a different time of day), but you will get the idea.

The back is Kona yellow solid (on the top)–> 1/2 chevron stripe of left over Notting Hill (Joel Dewberry) pieces –> and from Joann’s a aqua chevron fabric (on the bottom)

Back

The top:

Front

Now, onto the quilting and binding. The binding will be red. I will post one more time when it is all finished :-).Thanks for following my quilt journey.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Four Seasons in One Day – Quilt top

So, I have finally finished my quilt top for my “four seasons in one day”. This is my first quilt top ever – it fits a twin.  I was by myself the day I finished and had about 30 minutes of light left….so these are the best photos I have for now – I used my son’s playground as my photo assistant 🙂

Some details:

  • The tree design is my own.
  • All buttons and sequins are hand sewn on.
  • Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Jelly roll was used for the 1/2 Chevron border and the center borders. (thanks to all those who provided the encouragement to finish the Chevron border – it turned out great).
  • The corners of the border is just Kona Cotton yellow and red (the corners are not perfect but I still love how it turned out).

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Linking up with Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts

Tutorial: Gift card pockets

This is my first go at writing a tutorial. This is how to make gift card pockets. It’s a cute and easy project if you are starting to sew, it would make a great project for kids. You can use some of your scraps as well.

Materials:

  • 1 x Backing fabric piece 5 x 7.5 inches
  • 1 x Front piece 5x 7.5 inches (in the tutorial I use 6 different scrap pieces each between 1-1.5 inches)
  • 1 x Low loft batting 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Coordinated binding, you will need 10.5 inches (I use shop bought binding but you can make your own)
  • 1 x coordinated button
  • 1 x coordinated hair tie
  • Cotton

Tools:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Chalk pencil
  • Needle
  • Rotary cutting tool, Ruler, Cutting board

1. Cut all your fabric pieces out, iron pieces if necessary (I always do).IMG_0764

2. If using scraps, stitch the pieces together with a 1/4 in. seam. Once sewn, press the seams down (this is a great tutorial on techniques for pressing seams by SewMamaSew).IMG_0766

3. Put the back piece, batting and front piece together. Press with the iron.IMG_0777

4. Trim the edges to create a straight block of 5 x 7.5 inches.
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5. On one of the short edges of the block (5 inch side), stitch the binding onto the back of the block.IMG_0783

6. Once the binding has been stitched onto the back, cut the binding to the edge of the block. Turn the block over, fold the binding over the top of the block and stitch the front of the binding along the bottom edge.IMG_0785

7. Repeat on the other short edge of the block. Press the block.IMG_0787

8. Fold the block in half, right sides together. Press again. Sew along both edges. I start at the bottom and stitch towards the top as the bottom is thinner and easier place to start. Sew three stitches and then back-stitch, continue to the end, back-stitch 3-5 stitches.IMG_0789

9. Turn in the right way. Press again.IMG_0793 IMG_0795

10. Measure the pocket at the top to find the center (~2.25 in.) and mark with a chalk pencil – the width is now 4.5 inches (for the button position). Repeat the measurement on the binding on the back inside binding (for the hair tie placement). IMG_0797

11. Stitch the hair tie into the inside of the pocket. Stitch a few stitches on the top and bottom of the binding.IMG_0799

12. Hand-sew the button in place. This will complete the gift card pocket.IMG_0801 IMG_0803

Have fun with your color combinations – see these posts for ideas (Making gift cards a little more personal, Customer Order). Additionally, instead of binding you can use a zip.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

WiP Wednesday: Fall Quilt Panel

So I am back blogging after taking a two week break. I was enjoying a great vacation with my parents who are visiting from New Zealand.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I did manage to get further in the 4 seasons quilt (see previous blogs for ongoing progress). I finished all 4 panels, fall/autumn panel was the most recent one. Here are some photo’s:

  • Autumn/Fall and Winter Panelsfall_winter_panels
  • Spring and Summer Panels
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  • All four seasons4seasons_panel

Now it’s on to the borders and finishing the top, and deciding how to back it.

Four Season’s Quilt Work in Progress

Today’s Wednesday’s work in progress – this idea is so great as it keeps me on task so I can share the progress I am making on the various projects I have going. WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

This week I wanted to share where I am up to with the four seasons quilt. The front of this quilt has four panels representing an apple tree for each season. I now have Spring and Winter complete…Summer is underway with darker green leaves and apples. I have blogged previously about this quilt which you can find here: last update and the first post.

Monsters: Stuffed Toys

As mentioned previously my son and I make monster birthday cards together. This weekend we decided to take that one step further.

Based on monster drawings made by my son, I transformed one of those pictures into a stuffed monster toy. Some of the things my son designed/choose includes the 3 fingers, all his drawings at present have 3 fingers, his favorite color is orange, and he chose the buttons for the eyes.

Here is our first monster.

  

It was very cute – he slept on it as a cushion the first night and then he carried it in the car to track out camp – he is very proud of his monster 🙂

Some of the materials and steps I used to make these:

  1. I drew free hand the shape of the body onto scrap-book card, from that original shape I got out a stomach shape….this way ensuring that it fits in the main body. I pinned the body shape onto dark blue corduroy, and on orange kona cotton for the back body and cut out the two shapes together.
  2. The other two templates I used, were one for the legs and one for the arms. I pinned the leg and arm templates to patterned fabric which I folded into quarters so when I cut the shapes I would have 4 pieces (2 pieces in each direction).
  3. I cut the mouth free-hand using the stomach fabric as a guide out of the same dark blue corduroy.
  4. I cut the teeth out of white felt, using the opposing triangles so they can be top and bottom teeth.
  5. I sewed the hands and feet inside out using a 1/4 inch seam. I then turned them in the right way, stuffed them with stuffing. I sewed the top of each limb close leaving about 1/4 inch so that I had room to sew the limb into the body.
  6. The pieces for the body – the stomach, and the mouth I used zig-zag stitch to attach them, and the teeth I just used a normal walking stitch. I sewed on the buttons.
  7. I cut a piece of straight 2 inch blue stripped cotton fabric – this is used for the width of the monster and joins the front and back together.
  8. I pinned the front and middle edging together, with the arms and legs placed between the front and middle piece. The fabric was pinned together in reverse. I sewed a 1/4 inch seam. I ironed the seams.
  9. Now for the back piece, I put all the limbs in the middle of the body, I pinned the back to the unsewn middle edge, so everything was inside out. I sewed a 1/4 inch seam leaving about 2-3 inches on the bottom open.
  10. From the opening, I turned everything in the right way, and started stuffing the body. I hand stitched the opening closed to finish the monster.

Progress on Quilting Projects

I am back at work, finally, after about 3 weeks of work. I was definitely very tired in the evenings this week, and I couldn’t post as often as I wanted. I enjoyed being be back at work though and no longer just lying around the house.

Today, I thought I would update you on my quilting projects I started couple of weeks ago.  I previously had posted about my 3 projects I undertook while recovering from surgery. I wanted to show you the progress on these projects, which have been moving slow but steady. Feel free to give feedback or I would love to hear other ideas or see pictures of any of the projects you are working on.

Quilt 1: Four Seasons Quilt

The four seasons quilt has been enjoyable project. I love working with texture and seeing the panels come to reality. The story of an apple tree through the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall), and Winter has started to come together. I have two panels completed; Spring and Winter.

I designed Spring for the apple tree to be in full blossom with new leaves, and at the bottom new grass and dandelions. The one thing I will say, is I have a long road ahead to sew on all these buttons (yes, there are about 250 buttons to make the leaves and blossoms).

  

The Winter Panel, represents a leafless tree and snow has started to fall. I used two types of brown ribbon for the branches and sequins (snowflake and circle sequins) for the snow.

Each of the trees (the canopy and trunk), and the ribbon grass/branches were machine sewn on. All the sequins, buttons, flower buds are hand-sewn.

Two panels to go – Summer and Fall, which I have finished the machine sewing, I just have to do the hand sewing. Each of these panels will have ~250 buttons for leaves and the apples are red wood beads.

Quilt 2: Our Quilt – Grey and Orange 

To get started, I got an idea based on an image of a square design I liked, while searching google. From there, I worked out the measurements I would need to mimic the design, as there was not a pattern with the image I saw.

I am using a 12 inch square and I am making a king size quilt. I will post the measurements and design once I complete it.

Now, with the recent arrival of fabrics from spoonflower.com, I have been able to start the grey and orange quilt for my husband and I. I love the new fabrics. Here are pictures of the first squares.

    

  

NOTE: It was so hard to find good grey and orange modern looking fabrics. If anyone knows of any other fabric stores that have a good selection I would love to know about them :-).