Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
this tutorial, except I decided to use a solid background fabric, and alternate the appliquéd squares with non appliquéd squares.
Hopefully, I'll have some finished pics tomorrow!
Tomorrow, I've got a surprise project in mind for my daughter. Then I need to get these presents quilted and wrapped!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Here's what you'll need for the project:
- Some scrap strips (jelly rolls or Moda scrap bags work great!
- Batting pieces (large enough to cut two stocking shapes)
- Backing fabric (large enough to cut one stocking shape)
- Lining fabric (two stocking shapes)
- Piece of leftover binding (2 1/2" double-fold straight of grain)
Next, stitch on the drawn line with a straight stitch. The reason for this step is that it will transfer the shape easily to the reverse side so that you'll be able to cut it out once you've covered it with strips.
Continue adding strips. As you get near the toe area, be sure to cut your strips long enough to cover the drawn shape when unfolded. In fact, you should cut them a little longer just to be safe!
Now, flip the piece over and use the outline you stitched in the first step to cut out the shape. Cut right on the stitched line.
Trim backing and batting even with stocking front and clip around the curved edge, being careful not to clip stitching line.
Turn your stocking inside out, and press.
Cut two stocking pieces from lining fabric; sew together with a 1/4 inch seam and clip curves.
Turn stocking inside out. Sew your leftover binding strip to the top. You may want to attach it first with a basting stitch, as in order to join the ends diagonally as you would on a quilt, you'll need to have some of it free, and I found that every time I did this step, I needed to detach more than I thought to maneuver it in order to join the ends. Once the ends are joined, you can resew the binding edge.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Edited to add: tutorial is HERE!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I have been hoping to make some new Christmas stockings for our family for quite a while -- it just seems to be one of those things that gets overlooked on the list! I purchased this pattern by Camille Roskelly almost 2 years ago, and finally decided to play around with it this past weekend.
For my prototypes, I chose some non traditional colors-- scraps of the fabric line Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda fabrics. I used a quilt as you go method to make the fronts, which I will illustrate in an upcoming blog post (edited to add: click HERE for that post!) Then, I used this tutorial by CluckCluckSew to make and attach the cuffs.
I liked the cuff, but it also covered up some of my strips, so I also tried one using some leftover binding to finish up the top edge.
I'm in the midst of making another set using leftover strips from Kate Spain's Twelve Days of Chrismas fabric collection, and then I might actually get to work in the ones for our family!
Friday, November 30, 2012
The next finish is Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda fabrics. I finished the top using an early release layer cake this summer, but I really wanted to use one of the Marmalade fabrics for the backing, so I had to wait for the yardage to be released in October.
The fabrics are so pretty-- love the combo of vintage and modern in all of Bonnie and Camille's collections. (On a side note, Camille revealed their Spring 2013 collection called Happy-Go-Lucky on her blog yesterday-- can't wait for that fun, new color palette!)quilt, and the pattern to make it, are in my Etsy shop.
More finishes to come, soon!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The second quilt is simply a mixture of patchwork squares. I was even brave enough to do a little freestyle quilting on this one-- a series of ups and downs that change direction every block. These two quilts are inspiring me to go home and play with my pile of cotton shirts! I forgot how comfy and cozy they are!
Hope you have a wonderful Turkey Day!