Archive for May, 2011

Dog Lovin’ Baby Quilt

Another friend has a baby boy coming, so here comes another baby quilt! This time I chose Pooches and Pickups. It has been absolutely fun to work with.

I chose a pattern from The Practical Guide to Patchwork, with big squares to showcase the cute dogs. For the first time in a while, I carefully measured and cut and measured and cut.


Here it is pieced!
Hmmm, how should I quilt it?

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To celebrate my mom’s birthday, I wanted to make her something colorful and fun to hang in her office at work. I had started these squares one playful afternoon with scraps of my dyed fabrics. Things quickly came together, and most of all, it was pure joy to put together.

For the back, I used fabric I painted at our last Out of the Box meeting.

After painting, I covered the fabric with a piece of fence and ferns and leaves. As the fabric and paint dried in the sun, a faint impression of the objects was left on the fabric.  Lovely, isn’t it?

To quilt, I chose a thicker heavier thread, to really accent and play with texture. Using different colors, I made bold simple lines across the quilt.

As my mom unwrapped her present, and held it up for the whole family to see, my brother asked me, “Did you forget to use your ruler?” As a matter of fact, I did.

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After seeing the iPad case I made for Aaron, Lesley asked for one too. And Sarah asked how I made it, because she wanted to make her grandma a kindle case. And so here is a rough attempt at a tutorial – how to make an iPad case.

First, cut out your fabric, one for the outside and one for the lining. If you want a pocket, you can cut and make that too. For the iPad case, I cut two squares, one 8 3/4 inches by 13 1/2 inches and the other 8 3/4 inches by 10 1/2 inches. Of course, if you are making a different size case, you’d measure different size squares.

Make your quilt sandwich with your fabric, batting and lining. Quilt in an imaginative pattern!

Cut a one inch width of fabric from your lining fabric. Fold and iron each side into the middle to make a binding.

Pin and sew along the top of the front square. Fold over and sew again, to make the hem of the top of the case.

For the back of the case, pin and sew the binding along the top three sides. This will be the flap that folds down.

Cut a length of velcro, and sew one half to the inside of the back piece of the case. Sew the second half of the velcro to the outside of the front piece of the case. If you want a pocket of some type, this would be the time to sew it to the front piece of the case.

To make the case, with right sides together, pin the front to the back and sew along all three sides.

To reduce fraying, stitch a second time along all three sides with a zigzag stitch. Clip the corners, and turn inside out!

And you have an iPad case or two!

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This morning I had a fun time trying out a longarm quilting machine, to quilt the baby kaleidiscope quilt. A local business here, Wildrose Lane Quilting, let me rent time on their machine. What fun! It was so free and quick. Jan suggested a fun siwrly wave free stich pattern which was super forgiving of my beginning skills. In two hours I quilted the entire thing!

I think I will ask for a longarm machine for Christmas and see what Santa can do.

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