Friday, December 28, 2012

One Yellow Square

One Yellow Square
10" x 10"
ready for framing

One Yellow Square
view to show depth and texture

I had a dream last night about creating a quilt with one square. I thought it would be red, but I was not sure. This dream puzzled me. I wondered what the Fast Friday Fabric Challenge would be. When I finally got my computer working, I got goose bumps when it was something to do with numbers.

After reading all of the information, looking at all the sites, and finding out by my birthday, my number was 2 I was stymied. I've been making charity quilts non-stop for a few weeks now. I'm bored. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy knowing that they will be going for a good cause. However, the sewing to a set pattern is wearing very thin.

This challenge came just in time to exercise a bit of creativity. I had purchased some plain and non floral fabrics before Christmas. Now they were all washed and ready to be used. As I read the descriptions, the number 1 made the most sense to me = power, passion, determination on one view as well as "... developing your own will, individuality, decisiveness, and expressing your creativity,..." on another view. Of course I could not get the dream out of my mind. 
I wanted the square to stand out visually as well as actually.  I also wanted the strips to be varied in width.  I really had fun with this.  I think now I will work on a small series.  I have discovered that I really enjoy making this type of quilt.
PS. Does anyone know where to buy good quality metal frames at a good price?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

More Pillow Cases

These are even brighter in person.

This makes 16
Now what is the best use for them.  Sandy Hook children already have almost 6,000 at the quilt shop.  I know they might be used later on locally.  However, we generally give comfort quilts.
I'm still sewing quilts for the Hurrican victims.  Has anyone already sent bed size quilts to them? 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

4 Quilter's Cotton Pillow Cases

4 Quilter's Cotton Pillow Cases
For me, choosing the fabrics to put together, thinking of the age of the child who might enjoy this and then taking the extra time to sew French seams is a healing thing.
In theory, 3/4 yard fabric for the body + 1/4 yard for the cuff should mean that each pillow will need a yard + some trim fabric.  In actuality, after washing and pressing the fabric, it needs to have 'scrap cut off the end to make it even.  I have found that IF I have 2 yards of coordinating fabric, I can make two cases with scraps left over.  Sometimes the leftover can be used as trim.  However, I like my trim to be light and bright, so I've got some yardage for that purpose.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Flannel Pillow Cases for Sandy Hook School Children

Flannel Pillow Cases for Sandy Hook School Children
I used fabrics that I had on hand.  I thought flannel would be something a child might enjoy snuggling with.  I used quilters cotton for the trim pieces.  When I used flannel for both the body and the cuff, it was too thick.  If you are going to make pillow cases with flannel, I recommend using a quilters cotton for both the cuff and trim. 
I turned the 'cat case' inside out so you could see how I finish the seams.  First I sew a 1/4" seem with the right sides out.  Then I turn that inside out and sew a larger seam.  I also sew a few stitches across the top of the seam so that there are NO raw edges anywhere.
Pillow Cases are still needed.
I just spoke with Becky at Quliter's Corner quilt shop in New Milford, CT.  They are still collecting pillowcases for the children at Sandy Hook School. She is trying to collect around 750. 
Pillowcases can be mailed to her at Quilters Corner, 312 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT. 06776.

Please read this blog for more information [This is where I got my information, thanks Cathy, and learned about this project].

Directions for making 'tube' pillowcases

The directions are crystal clear, and, and as Barbara suggested, unexpected - there's a counter-intuitive roll-into-a-tube-and-stitch inside-out-maneuver that magically hides all the cuff seams. (The pillowcase doesn't come out like a tube - it's the rolling action that's tubular).

The video project requires three fabrics:

  • Main fabric - 27" (= 3/4 yard) x fabric width, selvage to selvage (around 44")
  • Cuff fabric - 9" x fabric width (= 1/4 yard - NOT a fat quarter)
  • Trim - 2" x fabric width.
The video was made long before the Newtown tragedy, but the instructor points out, "When you have people who are suffering, to have something that somebody made for you, it's really a sweet gesture."

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Daisy Quilted Comfort Quilt

Daisy Quilted Comfort Quilt
39" x 56"
These are the last of my 'seed package' blocks.  I really enjoy making them into crazy patches.  I used used jean fabric from a skirt I out grew.  OR did it really shrink a lot?

Block detail

Quilted Daisy
This quilting was really FUN!  Rather wild flowers, loops around the 'seed packets', then I quilted around the main object in the block.