Posts tagged ‘sewing’

July 18th, 2010

Big Whimsy

by Julie Hirt

I can’t believe I finished it already!   Yesterday I spent…. oh, I ‘d say about 6 hours finishing up the quilting and it took me about 4 hours to do the hand binding on the back.  I was *determined* to get it in the wash and sleep with it last night.  It was a pretty big job to tackle and finish up but I’m glad I did – I love this quilt.

I used the Whimsy by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda jelly roll and a lot of Kona cotton in white. Each block is roughly 10.5 and it turned out to be a rather large quilt.  It almost covers the entire top of our king size bed.  It’s bound in Whimsy’s Grass Clover Daisy which turned out pretty nice. I originally wanted one of the red fabrics but now I’m glad the fabric store didn’t have one available.

It’s a simple pattern, the blocks are just strips of white/color/white/color/white and turned every other one. I chose so much white because I didn’t want to use patterns butted up against each other.  It gets to be too busy looking for me. You can get almost 2 quilts out of a jelly roll using this method – I have just less than half of them left.  Each strip was cut into 4’s so I got the most mileage for the fabric.   The remaining fabric patterns are more kid friendly so I may make a stripey baby blanket with them.

This is my 3rd quilt and first big one – I think I’ll try to make them larger like this. It’s more work but so much better to wrap up with.

July 13th, 2010

My 2nd Quilt

by Julie Hirt

All finished!

I used 6 fat quarters and cut them into nine 6×6″ squares.  Each whirligig is 2 patterned squared with 2 white squares – then I trimmed them to 10.5″.  I have a couple of Nicey Jane fabrics in there and I can’t remember what the others were. They’re all from Harper’s. The binding and backing is from Joann’s.

I added a little tab on the back so I could hang it from a hook, make a strip of leftovers along the back as well as a label.  This was my first stipple job and overall I’m really pleased with how it all turned out.

I’ve just picked up a jelly roll – Whimsy by Moda and am trying to figure out what I’m going to make with it!

July 11th, 2010

stipple stipple stipple

by Julie Hirt

I am so excited about my stipple job! I was so afraid to try free motion and even went out to buy a template, neither of the two Joann’s stores I visited had the style I wanted.  So I just went for it and I think I did pretty good!

There are a few mess ups and I did cross lines 3 or 4 times, but I did way better than I thought I would.  Definitely worth saving myself the money to have it quilted.  Plus I ended up enjoying it because it relaxed me.  Took a couple hours but they went fast.

I still need to tack the binding on the back, then I’ll post more info and pics.

Weird thinking that I hadn’t ever really used a sewing machine until a few weeks ago.   This is addicting!  But all of my hobbies are for the first few weeks…  we’ll see if this one holds up.

July 10th, 2010


by Julie Hirt

Here is it, my very first quilt!  Last night I finished sewing up the back of the binding…. by HAND.  Yeah, that took a little longer than anticipated but it turned out pretty good.  It’s been laundered on permanent press and dried on low. I was a little nervous it would fall apart but it’s fine and it’s starting to get that wrinkly quilt feel.

For this quilt I used Moda Makin’ New Friends charm pack sashed with 3.5″ of a gold fabric from my local fabric store, Harper’s.  Since it’s my first quilt and I wasn’t sure if I was going to try free motion quilting I just got my backing and border fabrics from Joann’s.   The backing is a cute little red gingerbread man print.  Thought of doing flannel but wasn’t sure of trying that yet – I’m not so afraid now.

I ended up quilting it the ‘stitch in the ditch’ method because I want to practice the free motion on some scraps first. The measurement’s are 47″ x 55″ so roughly 4′ x 4.5′ which is a pretty good size for a throw blanket.  Overall I’m pretty happy with it!

July 8th, 2010

It’s Sew Rad!

by Julie Hirt

Told you I’m always going through phases.  I’ve turned over a new leaf…..  quilting!    Well, I am attempting to quilt.

These are my first sewing projects. Ever.  I’m honestly pretty pleased that I’ve taught myself this much.  YouTube videos have helped me a LOT and the Missouri Quilt Co videos are the best.  I think I’ve learned more online than I would taking any class.

Not mine but the same model. Mine is built into a table which is nice.

After deciding it was absolutely critical that I attempt to make a quilt, I purchased a sewing machine off Craigslist – Necchi with a built in table for $30.   For some reason I can’t get the tension quite right on it.   Not really worth paying to have it looked at so I got a steal of a deal on ebay for a computerized Brother.  I think (hope) it’s still a basic machine but it tells you which feet to use when changing stitches.  I’m sold!  It will also work as a quilting machine because of some of the features like drop feet and wide accessory table.  That should be here any day now.  Until then I’ve been using a borrowed machine.

Machine that’s on the UPS truck!

First project was a little test quilt. I just cut up a couple of fat quarters for a mini patchwork, quilted and binded it.  I’ve already learned a few things just with that project – like how NOT to make mitered corners, etc.  Glad I practiced first.  Now my mini-quilt makes a perfect snuggle pad for Penny Lane.  I’ll post some pics soon.

So my current project (first attempt at a quilt)  is a Christmas theme.   I’m not a big fan of the fabric but I was impatient and went with the Moda Makin’ New Friends charm pack that was available at a local fabric store.  I have ordered more fabrics online; Moda’s Make Life charm pack and some Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey fabrics.  Picking out fabric will probably going to be the most enjoyable (and indecisive) part for me.  I know I want to try a pinwheel design with the Nicey Jane’s and possibly a coin design for the Make Life packs.  The latter will be a gift for Tori or Lizzie and I’ll need to hunt for more perfect fabrics to make a quilt for the other.

I am surprised at how fast it’s going for me using the charm packs.  I’m sashing them with a gold-ish material cut into 3.5″ strips.  I’ve already pieced most of the front together and after work I’m going to look for backing and get some batting, probably a cotton or cotton blend.  I’ve also decided to baste the front and back together before quilting rather than pinning.  Just from what I’ve seen online it looks like the best way to avoid wrinkles and movement.   On my test piece I quilted straight lines – kind of like ‘stitch in the ditch’ but the opposite.  A straight line down each side of the seams (thank you Flickr for that idea – you can get some wonderful ideas there!).   I’d really like to try free motion quilting but I want to practice before attempting on this Christmas quilt.

I’ll get some photos loaded soon!

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