Sew, Jenn-O….

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I see improvement! -Quilts for Kids November 12, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 11:29 am
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I finished my QFK quilt yesterday! I really impressed myself on how well it turned out. Big thanks to Jennie for introducing me to quilt basting spray.  Boy did that help! I’m not sure how the rest of you start off your quilting but what I did the last 3 times was quilt directly down the middle  and then across.  Then I quilted each of those sections in half. Make sense?

After that was done I decided I was going to quilt it a little differently this time. I’ve noticed that I really like A LOT of quilting. So, I decided to do a spiral design on the full blocks and then a stripes on the 4 block squares. The thin border has thin quilting strips. For the outside border I decided to go a little crazy and try my hand hat free motion quilting. With the little planets as my guide, I started sewing little circles.  After a while I got the hang of it and realized it didn’t have to be perfect to look good.

It was pretty time consuming so I broke it up into two days. After I was done I realized that it would have been really cool to follow the galaxy design on the back. Eh, oh well. Now that I know I can do the free motion quilting I’ll have to remember it for next time.

This time I decided to bind the edges of the quilt. I had left over fabric  from the back that was just enough to use around the edges. I tried out a different technique that I found on Pinterest and I really liked it. You can check it out here.

If you haven’t made a quilt for Quilts for Kids, yet, you really should! It’s a fun way to get some practice especially if you’re on a budget, like me. The kit is sent to you precut ( you can see this one here) so all you have to do is sew and a small amount of cutting when you’re piecing it together. The only thing you’ll need to purchase is the batting and pay to send it back.

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Got another kit!! November 7, 2012

Filed under: Children,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 12:50 pm
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I received another kit for Quilts for Kids!!

Outer Space Kit

 

I love this cute outer space theme! I was hoping that I would get a different pattern this time but it’s the same that I had the first time. But, that’s o.k. because I pieced together the quilt top much better. I made sure everything was lined up and even. Taking the extra time to go back and measure the pieces I had sewn together really made the difference. Apparently, I can’t sew a 1/4 inch seam to save my life so I had to go back and take off about 1/4 inches from the precut 6.5″ squares.

 

This time I’m attaching the back a little bit differently. Before I just attached it pillowcase-style and didn’t use binding. This time I’m going to bind it with a thin strip of the back fabric. I’m also going to take my friend, Jennie’s, advice and use quilt basting spray. Tomorrow, I will be off to the fabric store to buy some and then, hopefully, finish it up!

 

Paper Pieced Sewing Machine Accessory Bag August 30, 2012

Filed under: Craft,Sewing — Jenn-O @ 11:16 pm
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A few weeks before we moved to Washington I decided to try paper piecing.  I had heard about it around a year ago and had to Youtube it to figure out what it was, exactly. It seemed like a lot of fun but I never got around to it. My scrap pile was filling up so I searched through my fabrics and found a few pieces I’d liked. One fabric was from a shirt I bought on sale a while back. I decided to make a pattern I found from Sew, Mama, Sew! The pattern was pretty easy and the tutorial is clear in it’s directions.

My first paper piecing!! Juice Glass Block.

After I had so much fun with this one I started searching for paper piecing patterns. I also wanted to make something for a good friend of mine before I left Italy. While I was there I was making bags and purses out of military uniforms. Melissa ordered a few bags from me then decided she wanted  to start sewing, herself! She started making some awesome bags, too, so I didn’t want to make her one like that. I thought I’d make a small bag for sewing machine accessories or makeup or whatever she wanted. I also wanted to use some clear vinyl I’ve had for a while.

I knew I wanted a to make a paper pieced sewing machine but I just couldn’t find one that was cute enough. There was a picture in my head and just kept searching for it. I finally found  it over at Charise Creates. Let me tell you that she has some beautiful PP patterns! They are so creative and she uses the cutest fabrics. I think I want to make them all!

The block I found was actually a pretty large piece with a few different aspects to it. I just wanted to make the sewing machine.

The block was more difficult than I expected but after putting it down and thinking about it for a while I got it!

It turned out pretty good! I made it out of a bandana and some old scraps.

There are some threads showing and the spool of thread is a little off but I think it adds to the character. 😉

It’s just big enough to fit all my sewing accessories! I added a thick black zipper and used a strip of pink for the seams.

I can’t wait to try the whole pattern! She’s made a few variations of it and she also blogged today about one she just made

You can also check out my friend, Jennie’s, first paper piecing here. Have you ever paper pieced?

 

Quilts for Kids August 20, 2012

Filed under: Sewing — Jenn-O @ 10:14 pm
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Have you heard about the organization Quilts for Kids? It’s an organization that provides quilts for children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse. There are different ways you can help and volunteer.

  • You can request a free kit, which will be sent to you, you put the quilt together and send it back.
  • You can contact your local chapter to see how you can help or request a quilt kit from them so you know your quilt is going to children locally.
  • Donate “new” unused fabric to headquarters or to your local QFK chapter.
  • If you don’t sew but would still like to help, you can make a financial donation which goes towards shipping quilts to children across the country.
  • Spread the word about QFK! They are always in need of fabric, funding and quilters!

This is what the kit looked like when I received it.

The kit.

I finished up my second quilt yesterday. Well, actually it was the first quilt top I’ve sewn, but, I got frustrated when I attached the batting wrong and set it aside while I started this baby quilt.

Finished, washed and dried.

After washing it it’s hard to see all the little mistakes!

The quilting on this one turned out better than the baby quilt. It’s not perfect but definitely better. The back piece didn’t pull as much when I was quilting around the borders. There were still some tucks in the quilt top but after washing it I was having a hard time finding them.

Hope to make some little boy very happy!

You even get to sign the tag! Should have used a fabric marker instead of permanent marker. Then maybe it wouldn’t have bled.

I finished this just in time to mail it before we leave for our Florida vacation. I already have more quilt ideas in mind for when I get back. My husband has been wanting me to make a quilt out of his Crown Royal bags. He has a ton! But, they are with our household goods so that will have to wait. Before I moved to Italy I left a quilt with my aunt to see if she could fix it. It’s old and very comfy but it was coming apart. So, that might still be on the list of things to do. Hopefully she knows where it is!

 

 
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