So after only four weeks of blocks, now we see the beautiful finishing up of this quilt:
Friday, October 30, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Today, Carole shared how she is going to set her everyday table for Autumn. Such a nice selection of dishes and accessories! Please click to see her ideas for a lovely Fall table...
Sunday, October 25, 2020
The blocks this week are a row of pumpkins! Fun to see how she does it.
If you have fall colored fabric - do go by and get the directions!
Thursday, October 22, 2020
So I've pretty much mastered how to cut binding, how to miter corners, how to make fake flange binding. I have failed miserably with getting the binding so it ends up being close to being the same size on both sides. I realize that by using the machine I will have a line of stitching showing, but my widths are so uneven - it really looks awful.
I still want to learn how to hand stitch the binding, but since most of my quilts are for charity or for babies I need to get the machine binding so it looks better.
Oh, and after that I want to learn how to apply binding for scallop edges and so there are points and different angles in the edge.
I need to make a point of adding a daily session of doing different parts of making a quilt so my skills do not have to be relearned each time I work on a project! But this binding business is the finishing part and I need to figure it out.
Cutting Binding on the Straight Grain:
Sew Very Easy: How To Make Quilt Binding
She likes binding strips cut 2.25 inch. I add the step of pinning the fabric before marking the line and that works well for both straight grain or binding cut on the bias.
Cutting Bias Binding
Take up to about 3/4 yard of fabric. Press and trim the cut edges so they are even. Fold a corner up to make a square. Press. Pin to secure the fabric. If you want fold the fold edge again and pin so the fabric does not move. Pin so you can cut the folded side half the desired width. Then put new pins in and remove the ones that would be blocking the next cut. Just continue cutting carefully. This way can cut two strips with each cut! The cross the edges so they are at right angles (as she shows in the Sew Very Easy: How To Make Quilt Binding video). I find it helps to keep the ends so I can see them to easily check that the fabric is lined up correctly. I have a collection of these end pieces, thinking of what to do with them! I can get between 8 and 9 feet of binding from a fat quarter. I am saving my left over binding to join together and finish up some scrap quilts I've made. Guess I will try trimming them down to 2.25 inch strips...
Easy way to start and finish applying the binding on the first side:
Sew Very Easy: How to Bind and Finish a Quilt
Folding the start to make a little pocket, and inserting the end in the little fabric pocket.
Sew Very Easy: How to Sew Faux Flange Quilt Binding
I haven't tried this, just found it tonight when looking at binding tutorials.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
The second gift did not take as long to make. This time I made the binding, then hoodie and washcloth, and ended with the round play quilt.
Here is the finished play quilt. In error I had only a yard of the fish fabric. So I cut it in a 28 inch square, and added 8 inch strips to the sides. I picked the blue, to have the fish swimming in the water. This Jenny Byer blue was originally purchased for a quilt I was going to make for my parents. I'm glad to finally start to use it!
I really need to figure out how to get the machine binding so it is the same size on each side of things.
Making the extra fold makes it easier to cut the binding. I used my new 2.5 inch template and that made it really easy to get the correct width. Except I think having a 2.25 or 2 inch binding strip would help me have the same size on both side. But I took some photos to remember how I did the set up for the cutting.
The hoodie towel turned out really nicely I think! When I was sewing, I forgot to add the hood, so had to seam rip so I could insert it. This time I trimmed of any edging on the towel so there were no hard spots in the binding. I used saucer to shape the corners. I sewed the fabric on the hood all the way around, and adding the binding so the smooth seam will be next to the baby. I used Sew Very Easy's way of starting the ending the binding. The towel is 30 inches square. The triangle was cut from a 14 inch square of towel and this time I remembered to stop cutting the binding so I had a large enough triangle to use for the hood. The long edge of the triangle is 20 inches.
I made a washcloth using a 12 inch square from the towel. I had enough to make two, but since I had only made one for the gift I had finished last week for her SIL, stuck with just the one for this gift too.
This will be another nice baby gift. I sure need to sew more often to keep my skills up! Neither gift is perfect, but they are down and tomorrow this one will be in the post - hopefully to arrive before the online shower. (this one is going to the one giving the shower to her SIL.)
I'm considering starting another of these gifts - so I have an example to see when I make it again. But boy am I bushed from all this sewing now.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
(From My Carolina Home) Carole is now onto her third row for this quilt. This week there are just five maple leaf blocks to make.
I think, as her previous quilt projects have all been, this will be another winner.
If you have some good fall color fabrics, and time, you should click over to see what she is sharing!
Sunday, October 11, 2020
So Carole has posted another blog post - this time it includes a recipe from a book she is having a drawing for - Milk Street. Sounds like a nice cook book to refer to, to learn how to gain confidence with cooking.
I just finished a week of Asian inspired dinners so will save this to try another time. Perhaps I haven't mentioned here that I'm working on planning at least a few dishes ahead. And thinking I will try different countries for inspiration. I'm recording our meals on my other blog - there is a link at the top of the screens of this blog. I'm doing pretty well at just having meals ready for my husband and son, now it's time to get more interesting and to try newer things.
So today the fabric for my two baby gifts are all washed and dry so I will be able to start making the circular day quilts, the towels with the little triangular hoods and washcloths. I got each of the mother's special fabric for the top of the day quilt (need 1.25 yards to make it all with one fabric). Will have to edge one of the pieces as I only got 1 yard of it, but it will still be nice. But I think I will be starting by cutting and connecting the bias strips that will be needed for the binding.
***** I'd like anyone reading this blog post, to please share the URL of a recipe they have recently made in the comments!
Friday, October 9, 2020
Carole From My Carolina Home is hosting another Autumn Jubilee! She has so many projects that she is sharing - incredible amount of work and although us mere mortals could only hope to do one of them, it is fun to read her clearly written directions and see how things can be done.
The one that is really catching my eye this time is the row along quilt. So far there are stars and trees done in fall colors. I have never actually seen trees with leaves in these bright fall colors, but hope to some year soon.
It seems from the web that there are a lot of people who are able to get sewing and projects done during these stay at home days. I've managed to master the food ordering and making of meals, and the standard things one does. But I have yet to settle into a nice schedule of sewing or doing things just for fun. Guess I'm paying for still needing to clear out the garage. I keep moving boxes and going thru them - it seems to be my life's work... Hmm. I guess having a personal trainer for three or four times a week for 60-90 minutes counts as doing something just for me.
But someday I will be able to just power thru and sew projects to learn new skills and just have fun. Carole always has lots of posts to read and learn from. She is like a real person Martha Stewart - without all the staff and helpers to get the various projects designed and put together!