Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Getting Up Close with My Quilting --- Two Color Large Ribbon Quilting

This is the new format for my "Getting Up Close with My Quilting Posts". All the information will be listed at the end of all the photos.

Quilting: 2 Color Large Ribbon Quilting.  I long arm quilt the whole quilt with one color and then I quilt the whole quilt with the second color.

Thread Colors: Sea Green and Pearl (whitish grey)

Batting: Hobbs 80/20 - Cotton/Poly Batting

Quilting Words: 
Skylar T.   12-17-2014  Made with love by T. Sanftleben

Pattern Name:  The Road Less Traveled

Other Information: 
Soft Backing - Cuddle fabric similar to Minkee
Large Baby Quilt measures 48" by 65"

Photo: Photo taken with natural lighting on a cloudy day. Photo taken on a queen size bed.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Scraps!

I love to play with fabric scraps!

Saturday afternoon, I gathered up all the small scrap pieces from my table runner (A Sunset for Every Day) and hot pad.

I created a quick place mat. 

I have created and constructed with this method before and I shared a couple PDF patterns on Craftsy.com.

Scrappy Place Mat explains in detail with tons of photos and I used lite heat and bond for this place mat. The PDF Pattern is only $1.00.

and Scrappy Greeting Cards  is a similar method, but you stitch the scraps onto card stock. The PDF Pattern is only $1.00.

Both PDF Patterns explain in detail the whole process with tons of photos.

Today, I did not use heat on bond on the backs of my pieces.  I want my pieces to naturally fray when I wash them. I am going to share a ton of photos to show you how I made it.

Fabric should be cut larger than you want your place mat to be, by at last an inch or so. I used 80/20 batting (Cotton/Poly).

I selected a tiny stretch stitch on my sewing machine to raw edge applique the triangles in place. You can use any stitch, but I like this one the best.

One done!

I am doing this free form, but I decided to do a little planning and pick the spots for the next two pinwheels.

Stitch a line to connect them.  Just having fun ... whatever feels right.  It's free form!

 I decided to stitch around the pinwheels like a shadowing.

Here is the back side.

Then I decided to stitch some pinwheels around the other pinwheels, but I could have added more pinwheels.  I had lots of scraps.

I ran out of the top thread. I rethreaded my machine with another orangish-yellow, but guess what happened?

I was able to take it all out, without making a hole in the fabric.  If it had made a hole in the fabric, I would have appliqued another pin wheel in that spot.  It is free form so it would not matter where they ended up on the place mat.

Yep!  I like it!

 Trim it to the size. I cut mine 12" by 17".

I zig zagged the edge for the binding. Yes it will natural fray there too.  If you do not like raw edges you should add a binding.

Ready to serve lunch!

I had fun taking photos at different angles.

And some photos of the back. It could be reversible.

It was a great way to use my scraps!

Enjoy your day!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Large Hot Pad Made from the Leftover Scraps

What a fun way to use my scraps!

A little snow on the bottom corner, if you are wondering. I love to take photos of my quilts in the snow.

Here's how I created my odd shaped hot pad. I started with an odd shaped center. I suggest at least 5 sides.  I started with 8 sides and the piece was about 4 to 5 inches across.

I started with the shortest side first, but you can start on any side. I stitched a small strip on that side (any width).

Press/iron. Don't trim yet.

I worked to the right, but you can go either way. Lay the strip on and stitch.

Press/iron and then trim.

Rotary trim off the excess on the back and the end that is sticking out at the edge.

You are ready to add the next strip.

Press/iron and trim that strip. Continue the same process all the way around the shape.

When it is the size you would like or if you run out of strips then give it a good press/iron and it is ready to quilt. I ended up combining some of the sides as I was stitching on strips and finished with 5 sides.

It is ready to quilt!

I selected 2 quilting thread colors - red and blue.

I wavy line quilted all the way around with the blue thread and then I wavy line quilted all the way around a couple times with the red thread. 

You can see on the back how I the wavy lines crossed each other. Yes there is snow on my quilt!

I took this photo of my thread scraps, but you can see the center point of the hot pad up close too!

Here's another photo of the back.  I only had a little of the table runner backing fabric, so I added on a reddish fabric to the back to make it larger.  That way, I could quilt the hot pad right after the table runner.

I love my odd shaped hot pad. It looks great with my table runner and my plates.

I have created with this construction method for other Project Quilting Challenges:

Floating Lilies Table Topper 

and my Spinning Flowers Bag.

On both of those posts, I shared more details and photos on the "how to process of construction". They will both give you some great ideas for creating one too.

Yes --- I am going to make something using the rest of the scraps ... Hopefully on Saturday afternoon. I will share it on my Sunday's Scraps Post.

Here is the link to my completed Table Runner and Hot Pad that I linked up for Project Quilting Challenge 2.  A Sunset for Every Day! 

Thanks for following along.