Two new quilts in the making!

Over Christmas, when we were home, I offered to make my mother-in-law (Mom) and my aunt-in-law (Auntie) quilts. There was a  lot of joyous squealing and two separate shopping trips to JoAnn’s, and picking out of patterns. My wish is to get these done by their birthdays (in April and February, respectively), but in reality, I have a conference to go to that I’m presenting at in April and I have a lot of work to do for my conference paper before then. So, they’ll probably get them for Christmas (if I can wait that long to give them to them!), or if they come this way for a visit this summer, I’ll make sure they’re done before then.

Anyway, on to the good stuff: the fabric and patterns.

Mom’s quilt is going to be a disappearing 9 patch (her choice). She chose some really pretty fabrics (and there’s 10 because she didn’t want a lot of the solid gold in her quilt, but she liked it too much to leave it out)

I got 3/4 yard of each fabric, and cut 5″ wide x WOF strips. I’ll do some strip piecing and cut the actual blocks from the strip pieced sets once they’re done. For hers, each finished block should be 13.5″, so I’ll need 42 blocks to make a roughly-twin-sized quilt.

 

Auntie’s quilt is going to be a random fence rails pattern (I’ll do blocks of 3 strips and alternate the direction of the blocks). Her fabrics:

I got 1.5 yards of each fabric and cut 3″ x WOF strips from them. I’ll do some strip piecing and then cut the strips into 7.5″ blocks when done. Should need about 120 blocks when done, which should make a roughly-twin-sized quilt.

 

Tonight, I got the fabric I have already bought cut (just need to get two more fabrics for Mom’s and one more for Auntie’s). I’m itching to start strip piecing–if I get a wild hair, I might start that this coming week. But I must get started on this conference paper…..

 

 

 

Finished just in time!

I just finished sewing down the binding for Nana’s quilt (as in, I finished it about 15  minutes ago), and have it in the wash–just in time, too, since we’re leaving Wednesday for home!

I bought the 108″ wide cotton from JoAnn’s to make the backing with, but I ended up having to rip out the last column of her quilt as the backing shrank by 18 freaking inches!!!!! after I washed and dried it, and it wasn’t wide enough to use as the binding, too.

I do, however, have just enough fabric left over from her quilt to make a pillowcase, which I’m going to sew this weekend–they don’t take long at all, and I’m just going to sew strips together and make her an envelope pillowcase. Easy peasy.

Pictures of Nana’s quilt and the quilt I made for E under the cut.

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Two quilts!

I’ve made two quilts in the past few months: one that’s done for my new nephew, E, and another that’s about halfway done for my Nana.

E’s quilt used various nursery prints and solids from Jo-Ann’s, and used this pattern from Cluck, Cluck, Sew. I was a little disappointed in myself with this one; I made the strip sets, and before cutting them into blocks, pressed the seams to one side as always. But when I did this, I must not have pulled everything taut when I was pressing as the blocks ended up being different sizes, which led to a lot of alignment issues. But, knowing E’s mom, she won’t use this quilt anyway, so oh well.

 

Nana’s quilt is a simple patchwork squares quilt, done with this pattern in the interest of time. Since she was here at the end of October, I had her pick out fabrics. She picked five prints and a gorgeous red solid. I cut each square to be 4.75″ before sewing them together. I made blocks of four squares each, and made the quilt 8 blocks wide and 10 blocks high (so 16 squares wide and 20 squares tall). It’s roughly 68″ x 80″–I need to measure it once I’ve squared it up a bit.

I am really proud of myself with her quilt–the squares all line up really well, and the blocks are all lined up and square (with one slight exception). I finished the quilt top (and ironed it!) tonight, so all I have to do is sew the batting together and cut it to size, then cut the backing to size, press it, and quilt and bind. I have to get this done before Dec. 21st when we leave to go home.

Nana requested flannel batting in her quilt so it wouldn’t be too warm and heavy for her, so I won’t have to quilt very densely. I’m going to use the backing as the binding, too. I chose a solid dark navy blue as a) there’s not a lot of blue in the quilt and this will add some balance, and b) trying to match a print to the ones I’m already using would have been nigh on impossible (unless I spent a lot of money at the Quilting Post [where I got the fabrics for the top–the batting and backing came from Jo-Ann’s and was $20 with the Black Friday sales] as the quilt top fabric was about $60.) so I chose to use a solid instead.

Yoshi: the final reckoning

Here is the final wrap-up post for the Yoshi quilt. In it, I’ll link all of the tutorials I used, the pattern I used (including the one I made to keep track of my progress), the fabric used (and how much of it to the best of my ability to remember), the thread I used, and the batting I used. Remember, you can use the Yoshi tag on my blog to see all of the posts about the Yoshi quilt. This turned out to be a mini-tutorial.

Here are some pictures:

The quilt top (pre-trimming):20151212_174404

The backing/binding:

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I’m putting this tutorial/information under a Read More to save everyone’s dashes.

 

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It’s over! It’s done!

Wooooohooooooo!!! I am proud to say that Yoshi is officially finished.

I finished him yesterday evening (Dec. 19th) around 9 PM. I sewed down the last row and a half of the backing, cut and assembled the binding (and burned my forearm doing so–I didn’t reach far enough around the iron and touched the side of it), and sewed the binding on.

I sewed the binding on the back of the quilt first, which made it so much easier to make sure I actually caught all of the binding. I also pressed the binding straight up to the edge of the quilt, which made it a lot easier to fold it over to the front. This is the tutorial I used for sewing down the binding on the back. I had green thread in the bobbin and invisible thread on the top needle to sew down both sides of the binding.

I’ll post pictures once it’s washed (and if I can pry it away from Matt long enough to get it washed!) and include the pattern and yardage, number of itty bitty squares, fabric choices, thread colors, etc.

But for now, we’re off to see Star Wars (!!!) again.

Binding my time

I bought the binding fabric for Yoshi last night. It’s the Country Classics in Forest Green (1.75 yds). It’s a few shades darker than the grass/dark green in Yoshi, so there’s some contrast. And it matches the dark green in the little pipe tubes and piranha flowers in the backing fabric, so double bonus.

I still need to sew down one and a half more lines on the backing and then I can start cutting the binding. I pulled a muscle in my back right under my left shoulderblade from having to constantly lift the wuilt onto the sewing table/push the quilt through my machine, and it’s still sore today. I might go ahead and finish the last little bit of the backing tonight, but I think we’re going to go see Star Wars(!!!!), so maybe tomorrow.

Creeping ever closer…

I have almost finished sewing the backing on my Yoshi quilt! I have 1 and a half more rows to do, and then I’m done except for the binding. The back is a little bubbly (I don’t have a big enough hard surface, so I had to pin on the carpet), but it’s not too bad. What is the worst is trying to get the quilt through my machine–it’s soooo big and heavy!

And I love invisible thread. It’s covering a lot of sins right now.

Matt cuddled up under this evening after I’d pinned it and sewn down a couple rows, and it has his seal of approval. Still need him to pick a binding color, though.

And another quilt top!

So I finished the quilt top for the baby quilt I talked about in this post. I had to play around with the lay out of the little strips as my layout looked awfully matchy-stripey with the original way the pattern I was using as a guide had the layout (and this was because of the order in which I sewed the pieces together to begin with, not a fault of their layout). So, I need to iron the quilt top and backing, and then make my quilt sandwich and quilt away. Still haven’t decided on the binding yet.

And Yoshi is taking a break right now–I may wrestle with it later this week (if I don’t catch the death plague Matt has). I’m sooo close with it, too!

Still hate ironing

Yup. Ironing is the worst. But, I’m done ironing until I have to press the binding fabric! I’m itching to start sewing the backing on to my freshly pressed open quilt top, but Matt (who has a terrible sore throat, cough, fever, etc.–poor guy!) is sleeping downstairs and that’s the only place I have enough space to lay out this quilt and start pinning the backing on. So, I’ll wait until he wakes up. If I get bored, I could start laying out the really cute jelly roll I bought and start sewing the strips together…

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks  Quilt 1 last block
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt (after pinning it, of course!)
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

And now, a quilt top!

Holy crap on a stick, I got the quilt top sewn and trimmed. It ended up being about 76″w x 90″h. It took me almost 4 hours to get all 7 rows sewn together and to trim down the quilt top. I. Am. Exhausted. And I need a bigger table to use for cutting.

Here’s top pre-trimming (I didn’t take one after I trimmed it):

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Pardon the mess–I had to haul my machine and sewing paraphernalia downstairs to have enough room to sew it together and lay it out for pinning.

 

EDIT: Matt had a huge event tonight, and I got a little antsy waiting on him to come home, so I washed and dried the backing fabric in an effort to a) soften it up and b) make sure the dye won’t get all over the quilt top (there was a lot of dye in the cotton, and it’s still a little stiff). I also trimmed the selvedge off the sides–I shouldn’t have to trim the top and bottom as it should be longer than the quilt is tall.

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks  Quilt 1 last block
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief