Monthly Archives: July 2013

Christmas in July – "All I want for Christmas" Wall Hanging

July 14th 2013
It’s here! The “Christmas in July” Blog Hop has started and I am stop #3 on the hop, so make sure you see what Amy and The Patchsmith have made so far.

 

Christmas in July button 2a copy

 
 
I love a charm pack, it’s a tiny sampler of a great fabric collection! I’d like to show you how to make this whimsical door or wall hanging for Christmas,
 
 
it’s an easy pattern to repeat with any Charm Pack.
 
  
What you will need besides fabric, sewing machine & thread!
 
1 Charms Square pack
2 Fat Quarters that coordinate with your charms and applique graphic
Backing Fabric
Lite Seam to Seam for applique (2-3 sheets) or whatever other fusible product you like
Embellishments like buttons, Rick Rack or ribbon (depending on your project)
Neutral (white) 2 1/2″ strips for borders (4)
 
The  finished size is about 12″ x 36″ unless you add more sashing or borders.
 
 
The first thing you do is unwrap your charms pack and lay out all the squares. You will immediately notice that there is a pattern, a repetition of colors or designs throughout the collection. So now you get to play with the squares. (Before learning, there is always play time!)
 
 
 

Sort by pattern (above)
Or by color (below)

 
 

Sort the squares by similar pattern or color families until you have four squares that work well together, arrange them in a box that will be your block. Do this until you have 3 three different blocks. You may also want to separate a few squares for the text if you will be adding words to your banner.

 
Usually, as in the Halloween banner, a full charm pack, usually has four or more to a pattern as shown below.
 
 
The charm pack I chose for this project, Santa’s Workshop by Riley Blake, did not follow that rule : /
 
 
But I figured out how to make it work because  I really like this collection, it’s fun!
 
So I have played with my squares until my brain says “that’s it.” Usually that happens after several attempts at combining patterns and colors. You may decide to leave reds out because that will be a good color for the letters to pop or decide to leave the whites out because your applique will have white and blend in. Play until you are ready, you have time before Christmas!
 
 
Careful how you sew them together, if you’ll notice above I goofed on the direction of the stripes.
I had to pick that out and re-do after it was sewn.
 
 
Here I tried to make sure the toys or most of it was right side up (the boy and the elf.)
 
 
Once you know how you want it, go ahead and sew the squares together to make your blocks. I did left/right squares together first, then sewed the top and bottom together.
 
 
I saved the red charms to cut into 2 1/2 inch squares to use as mini blocks on the corners of the white borders.
 
 
I like to lay it all out to see how it’s going to look, make any last minute changes.
 
 
Instead of sub-cutting all the strips,
 
 
you could also sew each block (the tops and bottoms) onto a whole strip.
 
 
There was some discrepancy with mine, this would have saved me some grief! The BLOCKS should be 9 1/2 inches (updated) square before you add borders. But always measure as with some pre-cuts it’s not exactly what we would assume!
 
 
Don’t forget to trim and even out edges if necessary!
 
 
 Once the “in-between” strips are sewn on, cut your remaining strips to equal 6 strips measuring 9 1/2 by 2 1/2.  Please measure your blocks just to be sure! Measure twice, cut once!! You are going to sew your squares to each end of the white strips. Start with a square and sew to a strip, alternating the order until you use 4 squares and three strips (2 sets)
 
 
Attach to your blocks.
 
 
My middle block has images of toys, I have selected two of those images (bear and ball) to applique on each of the top and bottom blocks.
 
 

I decided just to accent the middle with Rick Rack so you can still see the images. You can also just add another image to the center if you prefer.

 
I forgot to add the Rick Rack before joining the blocks
 
 
so I just made room inside the seams, no problem!
 
 
You can use a printer to enlarge the image you want and trace it onto the fusible paper as directions state on the reverse. Choose your FQ that matches your image or graphic.
 
I have decided to put the bear on the bottom because the color is very dark and appears “heavy” and put a ball/circle shape on the top block. (I used an embroidery hoop to get the right size.) Remember you want the applique to be a good size but you still want to be able to see the patterns in the blocks (after all that work!) I think 1-2 inches margin around is good.
 
 
 
Follow fusible directions for the appliqued image.
 

 

 
I used a short zig zag to go around my applique.
 
 
 
When quilting, because of the applique I could not “stipple” over the applique images
 
 
so I just accent quilted them by hand and used 6 strand of floss (I like that thickness over the buttons) and tied them on the back. I did this once all the quilting was done.
 
 
You can see the stippling below.
 
 
 
Ready for the binding!
 

 

I usually get backing fabric to match the front, I prefer something from that same collection but I have so much Christmas fabric that I used something I already had for the back and binding.
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
  
 
This project also serves the Christmas Once a Month “along” also courtesy of Julie from The Crafty Quilter. Join us!
 
 Christmas Once a Month at The Crafty Quilter
 
Julie’s got all the giveaways for the end of the week, keep up with the hop!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Simply Retro Update

July 9th 2013
For the Simply Retro Quilt Along  I’m participating in at Jana’s blog,

Grab button for Simply Retro Quilt Along

we are starting on the third project in the book.  But first I wanted to bring you up to speed with the progress of the first two I have started. You can also check out more of Simply Retro on Flickr.

My first Simply Retro project “Swell” which I did in red, white and blue had been delayed in the quilting department. I decided to quilt it in the Baptist Fan design, but I wasn’t happy with how it was turning out with the machine. SInce I had to spend a day in a hospital waiting room, I decided that I would quilt it by hand (a first for me)  and so it’s taking a while to finish. See how it’s turning out.

 

 
The other project in the works is “Retro” a great block with a splash of color popping in the quilt.
 
 
This is a baby quilt, and I have a feeling I’ll be delivering this quilt after the baby arrives. I am waiting for this great fabric I found (and was not supposed to buy) to get here to finish it.
 
 
It’s Michael Miller Fishies (digress: WOW!) I found it on Fabric.com, the exact link to it is here.
 

 
The theme of the baby’s room is ocean and although there are sand dollars on the front of the quilt, I think the back of the quilt will be more popular, LOL! I may do some patch work for the back so it has two great sides.

Simply Retro Update

July 9th 2013
For the Simply Retro Quilt Along  I’m participating in at Jana’s blog,

Grab button for Simply Retro Quilt Along

we are starting on the third project in the book.  But first I wanted to bring you up to speed with the progress of the first two I have started. You can also check out more of Simply Retro on Flickr.

My first Simply Retro project “Swell” which I did in red, white and blue had been delayed in the quilting department. I decided to quilt it in the Baptist Fan design, but I wasn’t happy with how it was turning out with the machine. SInce I had to spend a day in a hospital waiting room, I decided that I would quilt it by hand (a first for me)  and so it’s taking a while to finish. See how it’s turning out.

 

 
The other project in the works is “Retro” a great block with a splash of color popping in the quilt.
 
 
This is a baby quilt, and I have a feeling I’ll be delivering this quilt after the baby arrives. I am waiting for this great fabric I found (and was not supposed to buy) to get here to finish it.
 
 
It’s Michael Miller Fishies (digress: WOW!) I found it on Fabric.com, the exact link to it is here.
 

 
The theme of the baby’s room is ocean and although there are sand dollars on the front of the quilt, I think the back of the quilt will be more popular, LOL! I may do some patch work for the back so it has two great sides.

Coming up, Christmas in July!

July 6th 2013
Christmas in July button 2a copy
 
Hey, you Christmas Lovers, have I got news for you! If you need a little holiday inspiration to cool you off this summer, you’ll want to stop by The Crafty Quilter’s Blog starting July 12th and see what a few little blogging elves are up to.  Each day a new Christmas tutorial will be posted by these lovely ladies for your Christmas Crafting enjoyment.
 
July 12:  Amy – Amy Made That!
July 13:  Amanda – The Patchsmilth
July 14;  Elaine – Summercrafter (that’s me!)
July 15:  Sarah –  Sarah Rose Quilts
July 16:  Patricia – Quiltinglines
July 17:  Sheri – Sunshine in the Attic
July 18:  Julie –  The Crafty Quilter  
July 19:  Wrap Up and prizes
 
 
Here’s a sneak peek at my starting point. ; )
 

And if you are not the crafty/quilty type, they sure make for some great Christmas eye candy. And they’ll be giveaways! And who doesn’t like free stuff?
 
 

Simply Retro Quilt Along

July 2nd 2013
I am so glad that I signed up for this quilt along. 
 
Grab button for Simply Retro Quilt Along 
 
 
Thanks Jana! Check out her blog and see what it’s all about! There are lots of pics of other great projects, take a look here, here and on flickr!
 
I am not going to tell you that it’s easy to keep up with these weekly postings but it’s a great excuse to lose sleep! I am really enjoying myself working on these projects as well as learning new things and moving along very quickly.  The funny thing is every time I look ahead at the next project, I know exactly who is going to get it! 
 
Here is the second project in the book. If you are a quilter, a beginning quilter, this book is the perfect place to start working with patterns. Easy, Peasy!!
 
You start with squares.
 

 Lots of squares.
 
 
Group your squares.

 
Turn some into Half square Triangles.
 
 
Before you know it, you have a block!

 
 I did this whole quilt top last Saturday! I adapted the size to 36″ x 48″ for a baby quilt. I hope to get it done before the baby arrives. Congratulations Natalie and Jader!!
 
 
This quilt is such an optical illusion!  Can you see that?
 
I varied it slightly because I used two fabrics for each block because I didn’t have enough of either to do the whole block the same. I really did run out of both! So the splash of color, which really is part of the design in the book, was the perfect plan for this one.

 
I am having toruble with the backing fabric because way back, I only bought 1 yard of fabric, which is just a little short for backing.  The other problem is I am on a Summer budget which does not allow for fabric purchase! (I buy in May, September and December) 
 
The froggy fabric is what I have enough of but I just don’t know about that! What if the mom hates frogs?