Mother’s day magic

I didn’t have a lot of requests for mother’s day.  My little girl is too small to make me breakfast in bed (in fact, a whole night of sleep would be a big enough win in my book… and I didn’t get that!) and so my one wish was for some sewing time.  My mother’s day wish came true!

Here’s the product.  All done in a matter of about 3 hours, this quilt top:

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It was made without a pattern, but was really very easy.  Here’s how it is done:

From 10 fat quarters, I cut 20 squares with 10″ sides.  Then I grouped the squares into 5 groups of 4 each, and I tried to mix up the patterns so that there was an even distribution of the more plain colours (yellow, pink and navy) among the patterned fabrics.

Then I took all of the 10″ squares and cut them down the diagonal to create triangles.  I sewed two contrasting triangles together, pressed them and then cut them in half along the other diagonal.

Then, I paired two of the resulting units together and sewed them along the long hypotenuse to make a square again, but now a square with 4 colours in each!

Then it was just a matter of laying the blocks out into 5 rows of 4, and joining it all together.

I sliced up the remainder of 8 of the fat quarters into 2.5″ strips, joined them together and have a scrappy binding ready for the final step of finishing this quilt.

It also means I have very little waste… just the scraps of two fat quarters.  That makes me really happy!

This will be a gift for a friend of mine who has just had a little baby girl.  I hope that she will love it.  It might seem odd to have spent mother’s day sewing for someone else, but the pleasure for me is in the making, and honouring a new mother is so much fun.  Plus, as I sewed I had a nice big pot of tea and listened to daggy musicals while my darling husband and daughter did the groceries.  Win-win.

While you can’t see it in the picture, the backing I have laid it out with is a brushed cotton (flannelette) pink fabric with clouds all over it… a Kate and Birdie fabric for Moda.  The fabrics on the quilt top are ones I picked up from the last quilt show I attended, and they are from Cloud 9 (though I can’t tell you much more about them than that!).  They’ve got a nice Scandinavian flavour that is an unusual colour combination for me.  It’s always nice to make something that’s a bit different.

The flanny backing should make it extra snuggly, while the top can be a cooler side for summer and for tummy time.

I can’t wait to get home and baste!

Have a great day,

jf

 

 

 

Snuggly baby blankets

Soooo… the weather is getting cooler here, and so I am getting the urge to work with flannelette again.  Luckily, there are lots of babies arriving too, so I have a great excuse to make some more self-binding baby blankets.

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If you want to know exactly how to make them, check out this old post of mine.

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They can be whipped up in about 1/2 hr to an hour (depending on how fast a sewer you are…), I confess that I always find that cutting the fabric is the part that takes me the longest of all.

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The hardest part now… is prising the finishing product away from my own little girl, so that I can give it away.  Of course, it’s just an excuse to make one more!  Once she felt how snuggly the material was, it was really hard to get her to let go.  I can’t blame her, I suppose.  I’m just as bad!

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Have a great day!

jf

Dr Seuss baby quilt

I loved Dr Seuss as a child, and as an adult have been really enjoying sharing his stories with my own child.  Having access to the fabric also means I can use the opportunity of a baby quilt to share it with other families!

My cousin will have her first child next month.  It’s all very exciting.  So, my mum and I made her a Dr Seuss quilt.

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It’s only simple – a whole bunch of 6″ squares and single colour binding, but when the fabrics are this bright and busy, I think that’s the way to go.

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The backing is such lovely fabric that it is worth showing too!

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Overall, I am thrilled with the result.  I know that my cousin will be too!  Little ones love the bright colours so much more than soft pastels.

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Have a great day!

jf

Speedy table runner

For Christmas, my lovely little girl was given a new dresser by her grandma and grandpa.  I was concerned that, with the amount of junk that goes through her room (often via the dresser), it was at risk of damage without something to protect it.

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Enter… the speedy runner!  I whipped this up during two occasions when my husband said he “just needs to quickly check ebay”.  I’d say it took 2 hours from idea to finished – not bad, in my view.

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It only took one charm pack, a few scraps of batting and some backing and binding fabric (I used Miss Kate to bind, and a happy-go-lucky charm pack, both by Bonnie and Camille and selected to match a quilt I had already made for the room).

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I finished the last of the binding on the bus to work… voila!  I’m really happy with how it looks in its new home, and am reassured by knowing there’s something in place to protect her furniture.

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Have a great day!

jf

 

Red letter day – done!

My talented quilting buddies Julia and Liz and I have finished our Red Letter Day project.  Didn’t it turn out wonderfully!?

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The pattern is by Camille Roskelley, and can be purchased from her blog.  The fabrics are largely Bonnie and Camille, with a few other nice ones thrown in there!

Julia and I made the blocks, and Liz was responsible for the quilting.  What a team we are 🙂

Those same people, Julia and Liz have a new venture that I can’t wait to support.  Their online fabric store, www.quiltmodern.com.au went live today!  If you are looking for fabulous fabric, check them out.

Have a great day,

jf

“Spell it with fabric” quilt

Hello!

I know the pattern was released about a year ago for the Moda Blog Hop (you can access the pattern here) but it is only now that I am getting around to making it up.  It’s to be for my little girl’s new bedroom – she moves into a big-girl bed soon, with a new room to boot!  An educational wall quilt seemed like the perfect accessory.

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Here are my early observations:

1.  Making a quilt where every block is different is surprisingly enjoyable.  I really like that every single one is a different task!

2.  The hardest part seems to be deciding on colours.  Someone with more flair than me might have embraced colour in the background, but I’m not that person.  I’ll have a colourful border, I think.

3.  This is a great way to use up scraps, because each block needs surprisingly little of the coloured fabric (if you are doing a low-volume background).

4.  I’m only 7 blocks into it, but it is addictive and I can’t wait to knock over a few more!  As each one doesn’t take very long, it is a quite satisfying project.

Of course I will share pictures of it with you as it progresses.  I’m using up a lot of my Bonnie and Camille for Moda odds and ends in the process.  This is such an enjoyable sewing project.  Loving it!

Have a wonderful day!

jf

Tutorial: Making a Liberty key fob

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Looking for a really nice key fob (also known as a key ring) that you can make in minutes?  I have the answer for you.  It’s the Liberty key fob.

 

You will need:

  • 4.5 inch by 10 inch piece of Liberty fabric (Ok, you can use any kind of fabric, but isn’t everything better in Liberty?)
  • One set of 1 and 1/4 inch key fob hardware (I got mine on ebay, worked out to be about $0.20 a set.  Lots of people on Etsy sell them, too)
  • Sewing stuff (sewing machine, iron, thread, scissors, rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat)
  • Pliers

 

Here’s how to make it:

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1.  Use a rotary cutter and ruler, cut out a piece of fabric that is 4.5 inch by 10 inch in size:

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2.  Use an iron to carefully (accurately) fold it in half lengthways and press in a crease.

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3.  Open up the fabric (ie, un-fold it) and observe the crease you have ironed down the centre of the fabric, lengthways.

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4.  Fold the fabric so that one edge lines up with the crease which you have pressed into the fabric.  Press into place.  Repeat on the other side, so that both raw edges of the fabric have been folded to touch one another at the crease which you have pressed into the centre of the fabric.

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5.  It should now look like this (above).

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6.  Now fold the fabric again, along the first crease you pressed into the fabric.  The result should be a long strip of fabric, where the raw edges are tucked into the centre of the folds.

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7.  Sew along each of the long edges of the fabric strip.  One edge will necessary to close the fabric folds permanently into a strip, the other side is just to make it look even.  I used a 1/8 inch seam.  Once this is complete, your strip of fabric should be neat, and comprised of 4 layers of fabric.  It should be 1 and 1/4 inches wide.

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8.  Use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim the short ends of the strip, so that they are square and neat with no scraggly bits.

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9.  Fold the strip in half lengthways and insert it into the hardware for the key fob.  Use your pliers to gently press the hardware closed around the fabric strip.

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10.  Add the “O” ring to the closed hardware.  Your key fob is complete!

Now you can make them en masse, give them as gifts or experiment with strap length to make other variations, like lanyards or clutch straps.

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They don’t take long at all, and I think they are really pretty.  I recommend using the quilter’s grade fabric.  If you decide to use Tana Lawn, consider inserting a strip of interfacing down the middle of the fabric strip to stiffen it up a little.

Enjoy!

jf