Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Quilted Carseat Cover - Completed!

I just saw a great Sophie carseat quilt / stroller cover tutorial on Moda Bakeshop the other day, and I decided to try it out.  I loved the idea of adding ties to the quilt to secure it to a carseat.  I needed to make it quickly for a gift this weekend (as a companion gift to my Citrus Sunshine baby quilt), and it came together lickety-split!

Completed Carseat Cover!

I used a charm pack of Good Fortune by Kate Spain, which was beautiful to work with.  The color palette is a bit unusual (violets, blues, greens and greys), and it's a nice change from all of the pink colors for baby girls.

I changed the pattern slightly by keeping the charm squares whole and using the backing as a self-binding.  Otherwise, I followed the directions, and it was really easy to make.  I quilted it in a very loose stipple (to keep the blanket soft) and washed it in Ivory Snow to make it suitable for a baby.

Closeup.


Backing.  Crinkly goodness!

Closeup of ties.

Happy Leap Day!

Edited to add:  Looks like I accidentally modified the layout to make the quilt a little shorter and wider than the actual pattern. Oh well, it still looks great!

Monday, February 27, 2012

South Florida Mod - Odds and Ends

As I've mentioned in this blog before, I recently started the South Florida Chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild!  It has been a lot of fun to organize each month, and it's been great meeting other wonderful quilters in the South Florida area. 

I wanted to share a few photos from the meetings that we've been having.  I didn't post anyone's show and tell photos...you'll have to pop over to www.southfloridamod.blogspot.com to see the beautiful quilts! 

Mug rugs for our mug rug swap! 




Ideas for scrap projects.  Ticker tape, made fabric, crumb applique blocks, etc.

Some of the scrappy chevron blocks for the my month of the Quilting Bee!  Can't wait to play with these!

Donated strips for a Project Linus charity quilt.
BTW, for those who are interested, the Modern Quilt Guild just announced that they are having their first show/convention next February.  Sounds like a blast!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"Hexies Round the Rosie" Table Topper - Tutorial!

I just finished up a mini quilt / table topper, which is perfect to enter into the Modern Mini Quilts Challenge!  I love the bright colors and bold hexagon shape, so I'm calling it the "Hexies Round the Rosie" mini quilt or table topper.  I also took plenty of photos during my process to create a mini-tutorial!

Hexies Round the Rosie Mini Quilt
Materials:
--Hexagon templates, 4 inches in diameter/2 inches per side.  I use pre-cut freezer paper templates and iron them onto the back of the fabric.  You can purchase them HERE or print your own HERE.
--24 light blue 5" squares of fabric
--12 dark blue 5" squares of fabric
--1 red 5" square of fabric
--6 strips of dark blue background fabric, 21" long by 4" wide
--3 strips of red binding fabric, 44" long by 3" wide
--Batting (about 1 yard)
--Backing (about 1 yard)

Measures 30 inches in diameter.

STEP 1:  Make the Hexagons
--Use my hexagon tutorial (available HERE) to create all of the hexagons.  You do not need to trim the fabric squares into hexagon shapes.

STEP 2:  Join the Hexagons
--I haven't yet created a tutorial for joining hexagons, but THIS website has some great instructions.
--Join the hexagons in the layout shown below.  Remove the center papers but leave the perimeter papers.  Press well.

Front of joined hexagons.

Back of joined hexagons.  

STEP 3:  Create Background
1.  Place the joined hexagons onto a piece of batting, with at least 5 inches of batting extending past the each edge.
2.  Place a background strip under one hexagon edge, overlapping the hexagon edge a little over the background fabric. (Figure A)
3.  Place a second background strip under another hexagon edge.  Take one background strip edge and fold under at an angle, so the fold is perpendicular to the bottom of the outermost hexagon.  Pin the fold. (Figures B and C)
4.  Repeat on all sides, then gently remove the hexagons.  Press.  (Figure D)
5.  Use a coordinating thread to edgestitch along the folded edge.  (Figure E)
6.  Trim the excess material.  (Figure F)


Figure A.  The hexies are overlapped just enough to make sure the batting doesn't show.
Figure B.  The bottom of the hexie is perpendicular to the fold.
Figure C.  The fold before pinning, pressing and sewing.

Figure D.  Looks like a giant hollow hexie!

Figure E.

Figure F.  Trimmed and ready.

STEP 4:  Quilt!
1.  Stretch the backing fabric on the floor and tape down to secure it.  Use spray basting to attach the backing to the batting.
2.  Remove the remaining paper pieces from the hexagons.  Place the hexagons over the background fabric (make sure the batting doesn't peek out).  Use spray basting to secure it.
3.  Quilt away!  I made a star pattern radiating from the center of the hexagon, but you can quilt as you like.  After quilting, edgestitch around the perimeter of the hexagon edges to secure the hexies to the background fabric.

Quilting in progress.

Closeup of quilting in progress.

STEP 5:  Trim and Bind.
1.  After quilting, place a ruler along the hexagon edge.  Measure two inches away from the outer points of the hexagons and trim the excess.  Repeat for all sides.
2.  Create a double-fold binding from the red strips (I did not use a bias binding, and it worked out fine).  Bind the mini quilt.  THIS is a great tutorial on binding, if you need it.

Trimming the excess.
You're all done!  Enjoy the mini quilt as a wallhanging or table topper. 

Finished mini quilt!


Closeup.

Quilt on my glass table top.
If you make any mini quilts using this tutorial, please email me photos.  I'll be happy to post them on my blog.  Enjoy!

PS:  Hello to all the readers from AmyLouWho and Crazy Mom Quilts!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fugly Fabric Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Fugly Fabric giveaway!  According to Random.org, the winner is:

CarrieM, who said "I am working on a color wheel quilt. Perfect!"

Carrie, I'll be emailing you in a moment, and I'm so glad you'll be able to put these fabrics to good use!

I hope everyone had a fun Valentine's Day.   Here's a photo of a Valentine's Day surprise from my wonderful husband:  a classic Fudgie the Whale Carvel cake, with extra crunchies!  Delicious and creative!  :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bee Blocks

This weekend, I completed a few blocks for the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild's new Bee!  I'm actually the Queen Bee for the month, so I asked everyone to make scrappy chevron/herringbone blocks.  I used THIS great tutorial, and they were a lot of fun to make!  I really enjoyed using scraps from my old projects for this...I remember where each of these fabrics came from.

Scrap-tastic!
I also made a block for the NYC Metro Mod's challenge block.  Everyone makes a springtime-themed wonky log cabin block, and one participant is the lucky winner who wins them all!  Here's hoping I win...



 PS:  There's still time to enter my Fugly Fabric giveaway, open until tomorrow night!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fugly Fabric Party - Giveaway!

Charm About You is hosting a great "fugly fabric party" to help bloggers show off and give away their fugly fabrics!  I've decided to get in the spirit and give away a few of my own fuglier fabrics.  :)


I'm giving away two batik fat quarters that I bought a while back.  The first FQ has green, blue, yellow and brown swirls and splotches (reminds me of a swamp)!  The pink FQ has blue zebra stripe designs on it.  I'm also giving away a large rectangle of dark blue blender fabric that has a strange feel to it (almost like it's a coated fabric). 

This fugly fabric can be yours!

Closeup of fugliness!


One quilter's trash is another's treasure!

Entry Deadline:  Tuesday, February 14th at 9:00pm (Eastern time).

How to Enter:  Leave a comment at the bottom of this post!  If you sign up to follow my blog (or you already follow it), leave another comment and you'll get a second chance to win!

Notes:  U.S. addresses only.   Please include your email address or another way to reach you.  If a winner does not respond within 3 days, I will choose another winner.

Feel free to also check out the other entries in the Fugly Fabric Party and enter to win more fabric.  Good luck, and happy sewing!  :)
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