Monthly Archives: May 2013

For Father’s Day

May 29th 2013
 
Another project made with scraps. The perfect little thing to give Dad, you could almost say it’s a quilted card!
 
 
Squares

 
Cut into half square triangles.
 

 
And Voila!!
 
 
Dimensions: 8″ x 23″

 
Quilted in writing to make it more personal.

 
 
Quilted message: Happy Father’s Day and We Love You!!

Loop for hanging. 
 
Very detailed  tutorial to follow in a few days!

Summer Quilting Plans

May 18th 2013
Summer is just around the corner and I have been planning several mid and large scale quilts to do in the next three months, YAY!!  First, I have two pending table toppers/runners that are themed for Hanukkah and Christmas respectively, from these fabrics and a charm pack. 
 

 
 

 I also am going to start my first twin quilt for my daughter who’s ten years old.

She preferred these Holly Holderman Dolly Dresses 2 and 3 (?) over a more “big girl” feel I thought the Vintage Modern 2012 BOM would offer.

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Check out Debbie’s Dolly Dresses Quilt here. I can’t wait to design my own! I’m going to use some 1930s prints and who knows what else I may throw in the mix, stay tuned!

 

 
I am also trying to figure out how many HashTag blocks I would need for a king quilt from this great Craftsy Class  by Camillie Roskelley called Pre-Cuts Made Simple. Every fabric collection the students have used with this pattern looks great, it’s so fun and easy! Really, it is! 
 
It just dawned on me, however, that my Audrey is too little for quilting such big jobs!!  BUMMER!!
 
 
 I mean sure, all the little table toppers
 
 
  and runners and other small scale projects
 
  
have been super easy to quilt.
 
 
 The baby quilts have been somewhat of a challenge,
 
 
but I am afraid that with such a shallow “throat” space, (scroll up to Audrey’s picture) 
 
 
there is no way I will be able,
 
 
even meandering,
 
 
 
 to quilt such large scale quilts on this small machine. (Only because they wouldn’t fit, not because she can’t do the job!) Buying another machine is not an option either.  The closest professional quilter I have heard of, near these parts, is 2 hours away!! 
  
I’ll have to research that a little more…
The good news is I am nowhere near the stage of quilting any of these since I am just going to start the blocks next month. Still, it’s something to think about for the future since I have been bit by the Quilting Bug.
 
On another note, I have been going overboard browsing the Happy Go Lucky fabric at Fatquartershop.com that has just become available by the yard.  These are four of my favorites.
 
       
 
 Of course, I am wanting to purchase more than I should, even though I got a gift card. Realistically, these projects will most likely be miniature kitchen or tabletop versions so honestly, I really won’t need so much extra fabric for backing or backgrounds.  But…
 

Maybe I could just make many small things. No?
 
 

Summer Quilting Plans

May 18th 2013
Summer is just around the corner and I have been planning several mid and large scale quilts to do in the next three months, YAY!!  First, I have two pending table toppers/runners that are themed for Hanukkah and Christmas respectively, from these fabrics and a charm pack. 
 

 
 

 I also am going to start my first twin quilt for my daughter who’s ten years old.

She preferred these Holly Holderman Dolly Dresses 2 and 3 (?) over a more “big girl” feel I thought the Vintage Modern 2012 BOM would offer.

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<div> </div>
<div>I better finish this one fast then, before she no longer likes these dresses!</div>
<p> </p></div>
<div><a href=
 
Check out Debbie’s Dolly Dresses Quilt here. I can’t wait to design my own! I’m going to use some 1930s prints and who knows what else I may throw in the mix, stay tuned!

 

 
I am also trying to figure out how many HashTag blocks I would need for a king quilt from this great Craftsy Class  by Camillie Roskelley called Pre-Cuts Made Simple. Every fabric collection the students have used with this pattern looks great, it’s so fun and easy! Really, it is! 
 
It just dawned on me, however, that my Audrey is too little for quilting such big jobs!!  BUMMER!!
 
 
 I mean sure, all the little table toppers
 
 
  and runners and other small scale projects
 
  
have been super easy to quilt.
 
 
 The baby quilts have been somewhat of a challenge,
 
 
but I am afraid that with such a shallow “throat” space, (scroll up to Audrey’s picture) 
 
 
there is no way I will be able,
 
 
even meandering,
 
 
 
 to quilt such large scale quilts on this small machine. (Only because they wouldn’t fit, not because she can’t do the job!) Buying another machine is not an option either.  The closest professional quilter I have heard of, near these parts, is 2 hours away!! 
  
I’ll have to research that a little more…
The good news is I am nowhere near the stage of quilting any of these since I am just going to start the blocks next month. Still, it’s something to think about for the future since I have been bit by the Quilting Bug.
 
On another note, I have been going overboard browsing the Happy Go Lucky fabric at Fatquartershop.com that has just become available by the yard.  These are four of my favorites.
 
       
 
 Of course, I am wanting to purchase more than I should, even though I got a gift card. Realistically, these projects will most likely be miniature kitchen or tabletop versions so honestly, I really won’t need so much extra fabric for backing or backgrounds.  But…
 

Maybe I could just make many small things. No?
 
 

Christmas Once a Month Project #5

May 11th 2013
First, I must beg your pardon as I overlooked the date (15th) for the Christmas Once a Month posts as outlined here at Julie’s blog. I don’t know now if I’m ahead or behind?


Christmas Once a Month at The Crafty Quilter
 

In any case, I do hope this project will make up for my oversight. I have had this pattern on my mind since I first worked with half square triangles on this project.  I am happy to say this is one of my own inventions, as I did not use any pattern. Yay! I started with a clear idea and made the rest up as I went along!

Some people collect scraps for a giant scrappy quilt, I prefer more immediate gratification by making something more compact in a fraction of the time! Truthfully, finishing something (like a quilt) gives me great satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment I don’t get doing other things;  I’m addicted!
One perk was that I did it entirely with leftovers: Squares, 5 inch charms and smaller 2 1/2 inch squares, various strips and yardage I had from another project.

 
 
 
I cut the small squares in half after stitching them together with white counterparts. These will be the “bows.”
 
 
 
The charms I just cut down the middle, then cut another charm square in equal strips.  Which will serve as the “ribbon” around each present.

The plus side is the “ribbons”  all match and there was no waste. The down side is that they came out to a 3/4 inch wide which made piecing the top strip nightmare-ish because doing math with half of a fraction is just way too challenging! TIP: Use whole and half numbers. : )

A quick way of putting it together was this easy “sew to a strip” technique I learned on Craftsy which was fast and fun. Connecting the top strip was the one little glitch that gave me the perfect opportunity to try out a “partial seam” technique I also learned in the same Craftsy class, the BOM 2013 with Laura Nownes.  Let’s keep learning!

 
See, I attached the “bows” first then the rest of the top strip incrementally.
 
 
See, not too shabby or difficult.

 
I was running a little short of the recommended amount for backing fabric guidelines (3-4 inches on each side.) But I just had to take the chance because it was the perfect complement to the front and it was a scrap piece.
 
 
 
Prepare for quilting: I really wanted to stay with a linear pattern for the quilting, following the “bow” lines seemed logical. Confession: I eyed it, okay?

 
For the binding, I really wanted some green but I stuck to my guns about using scraps….

It’s a simple tiny  runner of Pretty Presents, can you tell? ; )  About 10 x 26 inches.

and even though it’s not Christmas fabric,

it’s got the “feel.”

And it’s fresh and modern!

It also made a perfect Teacher Appreciation gift in the middle of May!
Thanks Mrs. Urgelles!

 

 
 

That Was Easy!

May 4th 2013
One of the best things about blogging is being able to post ahead of time.  I especially appreciate this option when, during Spring Break and Winter Recess,  I make many things and spread the joy over several blog posts.

When school is out, I craft to my heart’s content!  I take pictures.  I upload them.  Then, I write a detailed post for each new project I add to the blog. And lastly, I schedule it to come out and hit PUBLISH (that was easy.)

So, when work is crazy or my arm or other body part pertinent to crafting is not cooperating… If the Internet is down and the monster test is going on at school… Maybe grades are due or report cards come out … and on top of all that I’m exhausted and stressed, new crafts keep coming out on the blog.  And everyone is happy! ; )  This has been the case for the last several posts and maybe a few more coming up!

Even with some or all of that going on, I managed to do this painless, quicky project for a dog lover I know, just last week (in real time) 5 minutes before bed.  Really!

A little paper, a little bling and you’re done!

 
Just the little craft fix I needed, that was easy!