Sunday, July 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
|I used the first 2 rows of the quilt|
|Place the 1st Row on top of the 2nd Row also the order in which I will sew the squares.|
|Right Sides (The side with the prints) facing each other|
|Where to sew the 1/4 inch seam|
Once you have sewn the rows together you need to press the seam with the iron and press open the seam.
|Top of square is where the seam is sewn|
|Press the seam with the iron|
|Then lift the top fabric up and press open the seam|
You now have your first row squares sewn to the corresponding square in the second row.
Now we will take our first two pieces to make a four patch.
|Close up of the seams nested together|
|I usually place a pin in the middle so I can open it up and make sure that the corner will be perfect|
|Sew a 1/4 inch seam along the edge where my finger is pointing (just be sure to check that you are sewing the fabric in the correct order you laid it out. Check twice sew once!)|
|The edge of my presser foot gives me a quarter inch seam|
|Use iron on cotton setting and press along the seam then as you open it up press the seam open|
|Now you have a Four Patch!|
|Here's an explanation with drawings for those of you that are visual like me!|
Sit back and admire your finished quilt top!
|Finished Quilt Top|
P.S. I'm working on finishing Part 3 of the quilt tutorial.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I love reading the discussions going on in the wide world of blogging right now about being honest with your readers. Here are a few I have read:
On that note I want you, my readers, to understand where I am coming from. I am NOT an awesome sewer. I see so many beautiful sewing projects out there and wonder if I will ever be able to sew those things. I started sewing when one of my mom's friends offered to teach me how to sew in exchange for some babysitting/ being a mother's helper. I made my mom a pair of oven mitts for Christmas. They were terrible. I didn't have very much patience for sewing and got frustrated easily. My next sewing project was making a skirt for a church event. That project was more successful and was pretty simple to accomplish. I had one big rectangular piece of fabric and elastic for the waistband (my hem was crooked and sewing in the elastic was no picnic but it worked). My third project was a purse and this time I had a pattern and wanted to figure out how to sew it on my own. I ended up getting super frustrated after assembling it incorrectly and having to pick out the stitches several times. I wanted the purse to be perfect, it eventually looked like a purse. My fourth project was a pair of pajama pants. I had help with this one and some very wise ladies from church to teach me. I learned a lot from them about how to read a pattern and selecting fabrics. The pants turned out pretty well and I still own them. While sewing them I had numerous frustrations about where to sew and how the pattern fit together. I did end up picking out my stitches several times. I came to the realization that I can NOT sew when I am frustrated, irritated, in a hurry or upset. I tend to take it out on my sewing machine and the project I'm working on which results in me picking out stitches, which also frustrates me further. I have learned to just walk away from my project and come back to it later. Yesterday while sewing the quilt top for the beginners quilt tutorial my husband started to bug me and I got really frustrated. The corners where the fabric meets were off center and I had to stop, pick out the stitches and put my project away. (Not to mention we were packing our hotel room that we called "home" for the last 2 months).
If you want to sew and don't know how the best way to learn would be to ask someone that knows how to sew (and that has a sewing machine) to teach you. Pick a simple project and go for it. If you are a little shy you can try and teach yourself. Patience is a must!
When I made my first quilt I had to ask a friend for help. I'm so glad I did because I got to talk with her and get to know her better. I just want you to know that I am not a perfect sewer, nor am I super talented. I pick a project, hope it turns out and try to have fun doing it.
So don't be discouraged there is hope and lots of people willing to help. And who knows you might make a friend along the way.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Joel Dewberry- Modern Meadow
Alexander Henry- Heath
Heather Bailey- Nicey Jane
Dena Fishben- Kumari Garden
Patricia Bravo- Paradise
Laura Gunn- Magnolia Lane
Robert Kaufmann- Metro Living
Robert Kaufmann- Kona Solids
Here's what inspired me: http://www.bijoulovelydesigns.com/2011/02/shopping-spree.html
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
|Taken from: www.silhouetteamerica.com|
Friday, January 28, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Wash- Now that all your fabric has been purchased and is in your possession what do you do now? Well you have to wash it! The reason you should wash your fabric is that it may shrink. How terrible would it be for you to go through the entire process of making a quilt only to wash it and have it shrink and warp on . Believe me you don't want the experience of making something and having it shrink on you, I've done it before and I was not a happy camper. Always wash your fabrics before you make something (unless of course it's dry clean only).
Dry- Next you have to dry your fabrics. It's just like doing laundry! Once they are dry be sure to take them out of the dryer ASAP, we don't want wrinkles to set in.
Iron- Do I really have to iron my fabric? The answer is YES! I hate ironing but in order to have your fabric lay flat while you are cutting and get the correct amount of fabric per square you must iron your fabric. The first thing I do when I purchase new material is wash, dry, and iron all the fabric. If I am not using the fabric right away I fold it neatly and sometimes I have to iron it again if it sits for a long time. PLEASE IRON YOUR FABRIC even if you hate ironing. You'll thank me later. (well maybe not but you'll be happy your quilt turned out nice!)
|Stash of freshly ironed fabric|
Tools- Now that all your fabric is prepped here comes the tricky part we need to cut out the squares. The easiest way to do this is by using a mat, rotary cutter, and ruler. You can use scissors but it will be difficult to get your squares even and be very time consuming. I purchased my tools at Joanns when they had a huge sale and I was able to use a coupon for an extra 10% off. You can also try Amazon.com Here are my tools that I use:
Cutting the squares: Now that we have the right tools and fabric prepped we need to straighten and cut out the fabric. You might be asking yourself: "Straighten? What is that?". It means that you have to pull the threads across the top of the fabric to make sure that it goes all the way across and the fabric is straight. When you purchase the fabric from the store they cut it but it usually has a jagged edge and isn't perfectly straight. It is another tedious task but it's so important for your fabric to be straight or else it won't site properly. It's more important when you make clothing because the fabric won't hang properly (don't believe me read this info from a very talented blogger/sewer). Just start pulling the threads at one end until you get one thread to go all the way across. Once the fabric is straight it is now ready for cutting. I folded my fabric selvage to selvage. Line the straight edge along one of the lines on the cutting mat. I then measured 10.5inches lined my ruler up and cut the fabric using the rotary cutter. I then had a strip of fabric 10.5 inches wide. I took the fabric and made sure it was lined up with the lines and I then measured 10.5 inches across with the ruler and cut the fabric again making a square. Since the fabric was folded over I ended up making 2 squares. I repeated the whole process with all of my fabrics so that I had at least 5 squares from each fabric. (Here's another site with some great tips)
|Measure again to make a squares|
|Stack of Squares|