Go over and check out Spoonflower’s blog today, as the 2nd block tutorial for my sample quilt has been posted. It covers methods for Half Square Triangles and pressing seam tips.
When Jennifer posted on her blog about the modern mini quilt challenge, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to join in in the challenge. I love small projects – what a perfect challenge.
Now to decide what to enter. I am so torn between my Sea Spray Pillow and the Wonky Universe Pillow, pictured below, respectively. I loved both but for different reasons, and they both had new techniques/skills I learned, each were a special gift and had a special meaning. Hmmm…. choices, choices.
Ok…now comes the decision….I think I am going to choose the…
“Sea Spray” Pillow.
This pillow was a gift for our pillow swap last Sunday. It was based on the “Crystallized” pattern in the book Pillow Pop. This was a challenge for me as it was the first time I have used HST’s, so I was so nervous about cutting them perfectly and matching them up. I used some techniques that Adrianne @ On The Windy Side had shared with me, to get pieces to be more accurate…specifically I took the time to cut them carefully and measure a few times, used my 1/4 inch foot and pinned each seam. I couldn’t have asked for a better finish !!!
I thought I would share some of the steps I took:
- Cut out 100 x 3 ” squares, 50 low volume and 50 blue, green or aqua.
- Choose one light square and one dark square. I used a 1/4 ” seam ruler – which I used to line up the middle along the diagonal and marked a 1/4 ” on each side. I then sewed on each of these two lines.
- Cut down the middle of these squares, between the seams. Press the seams, I like to press each seam to the side. Trim the corners. The squares should measure 2 1/2″.
- Use a design board to lay out your design.
- Start at the top row and sew each square together using a 1/4 ” seam. This is where my new 1/4 ” foot came in handy. Keep sewing each row until finished. Press the seams but each row I pressed the seams in opposite directions in preparation to matching up the rows.
- Once you have the each row finished and pressed, take the first two rows and I pin each of the seams together so the seams match. I start from the middle and make my way out to the edges. Once pinned, sew a 1/4 inch seam. Repeat by adding a row to the block at a time. Press after each row addition.
- Once the top is complete, I used cotton batting and a piece of muslin (each about 21″ x 21″) to produce my sandwich I was quilting. I decided I would sew irregular distanced lines (about 1/4 inch apart) around the low-volume areas. Here is a view of the back of my quilted front, after pressing.
Close up of the quilting on the front:
- Once you have finished the front, its time for the back. I love invisible zippers sewed in the middle of the back. I used two pieces of blue Kona fabric that is 21″ x 11″, and sewed each piece of fabric to the invisible zipper following the instructions using my invisible zipper foot.
- Once I have the zipper in, I trim all the edges to 20.5 ” x 20.5″ pillow. I pin the right sides together with the zipper being open to the middle. I then sewed a 1/4 ” seam along all the edges and double seam across the zipper one each side. That’s it – turn the pillow in the right way and iron.
That, I think, perfectly describes this finished HST pillow. It was a dash to the finish, for sure, but I managed to finish my pillow that I am swapping this weekend. I based this pillow off “Crystallized” by Angela Mitchell’s pattern in the Pillow Pop book (page 82). Instead of using the warm and cool color combinations, I swapped the warm for low-volume prints and made the cool color rings a single color within a the ring (not mixed).
The back of the pillow I kept simple with using a single Kona Blue fabric. The opening I used an invisible zipper through the middle of the pillow (as I had done in my other two cushions blogged here).
So I love the finish, the hubby wanted to keep it…..I hope my swap partner likes it!!
I blogged previously, showing photos of the making of the pillow – those can be found here and here. I shared the above photos on the “Pillow Pop” flickr group – in case you are interested in joining.
I am linking up with AmandaJean @ CrazyMomQuilts for Finish it up Friday.
I have updates for 3 projects I have previously been working on. In October, last year, I shared the craft storage board that I was making. Well that now is almost finish….I am storing my cotton reels, ribbons and things like sewing machine needles, pins etc.
Last weeks projects are moving forward. The hexagons look like they will land up being a baby quilt – thanks for all the suggestions…The hexagons are now about 20″ wide.
I am linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.
One other activity that is going on, I am going to be part of is the 2013 New Blogger Blog Hop, which starts next week!!! I am so excited about participating it will be a lot of of fun and a great opportunity to meet new people. I am planning on writing a tutorial on a paper-pieced block that I created for the Madrona road quilt….I hope you will join us. If you want more information, go and see Beth @ Plum and June.
It is halfway through the year….I am loving being part of the link-up party “A lovely year of finishes”, it makes me more focused and increases my productivity. You too can join, if you have not, try it for a month and see if it helps you…just click on the button below.
This month’s main goal will be:
- Finish a baby quilt top, that I haven’t started yet. I do, however, have a design in mind.
In addition to this, I have also decided that I am not signing up for swaps this month….I want to spend some time doing my own thing. The last two months, I have loved my finishes, but they have been projects for our quilt guild, which is great to participate in. So, what will I do with assigned projects???….the smaller projects that have been swimming around in my head are:
- Market Tote for me (using the pattern from Patchwork, please)
- iPad cover (again I have been eyeing the pattern from Patchwork, please)
- More Cushions/Pillows (there have been a couple I want to try from Pillow pop but I also have a couple of others in mind).
- Hand-quilting on the Four Season’s in One Day quilt.
My goal is no pressure; I will just do what I can and in the time I want :-).
An update as well….Firstly, when I participated in the May Give-Away Day, the number one design item folks wanted was a design board, I knew how they felt :-). I made myself a design board using hard foam backing board and grey flannel (I love the grey background). I used staples and tape to stretch and flatten the flannel to the board. It is amazing how the fabric pieces stick to the flannel – look at how well it works!!! If you don’t have a design board, give making one a try…it is really very easy and cheap. The whole thing cost me less than $10 (USD). Let me know if you want instructions.
For the pillow, I used blues, greens and aqua fabric prints and wanted to mix them with some low-volume fabrics….I am loving it all laid out on my design board. Isn’t so cool when you have an idea in your head and it becomes equal or better in reality :-). The pillow should land up being 20 inches (the swap was for 18 in” but I really wanted to do this design, I am sure the person receiving it will not mind).
Here is a full look of my design board. I will be adding a couple of grommets in the top corners so I can hang it but also still have it portable. By adding these I can move it when the light changes in my workspace I can put it where it works.
I think this board has worked so well, I am also thinking of adding a second design board…which I could store on the same hooks.
I hope you all had a great weekend. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful WiP’s and Finishes everyone did this week. Linking up with Beth’s “Let’s get acquainted”.
The long weekend has definitely impacted my schedule this week. While on the beach, watching the kids I was able to use some scraps and made up some hexagons. I now have 37 pieced together. Any ideas on what I should make with these? I was thinking of a pillow or a baby quilt (if I am over zealous 🙂 )….maybe just a portable blanket for a car seat/pram (push chair). What do you all do?
The other project, I was working on last week for our quilt guild pillow swap….well, I am not as far as I wanted to be, but I have made steady slow progress. I have sewed 30 of the 50 squares together.
To make the 1/4 inch line on each side of the diagonal, I used a Quarter Inch Seam Marker Ruler. It worked great, I purchased it at Joann’s – a set of three, however I can not find it online to share at Joann’s so here is one similar I found at Amazon. I am sure you can find them everywhere though. I just used the middle line of the ruler, to line up the opposite corners (ie. the diagonal) and drew a line on either side with a pencil marker…then sewed down the lines. So simple, when I measured my squares – they are 2.5 inches around!!! 🙂
Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday
For our Guild meeting next month (Triangle Modern Quilt Guild), I signed up to participate in a 18″ x 18″ pillow swap. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to try my new book purchase “Pillow Pop” out.
I decided I wanted to use blue and green as more the solid prints and mix them in with low-volume prints. I have chosen from the book to do the “Crystallized” Pattern by Angela Mitchell, it uses 100 HST (Half – Square Triangles).
I spend the evening last night in front of the TV cutting all the 3″ x 3″ squares I will need. Here’s a peek.
Linking up with Tessa Marie @ The Sewing Chick, who is hosting Plum and June’s “Lets get acquainted”