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August 17th, 2010 by Annette

More Quilt Squares

I was very productive on Sunday…

I now have a total of seven small squares (will be trimmed to 4″):

I cut/stitched ten larger stars (will be trimmed to 8″ squares):

And finished two of the four large sections.  I have the final pumpkin cut, but just ran out of steam after dinner to sew him up…

Next Sunday I’m hoping to finish the last pumpkin, trim all squares/panels and finish putting together the top (arrange squares/panels and add black borders).  We’ll see how far I get 😉

August 15th, 2010 by Annette

My First Quilting Class

Last month, I signed up for my first quilting class at a local quilt shop, 3 Dudes Quilting

I loved the model and the class was cheap! $35 for a 6-hr class.  I did have to purchase the pattern and supplies separately, but even then, I had everything I needed (including class fee) for less than $100.

This is the model hanging in the shop:

I gathered up fabrics (mix of stash, online and local shop purchases) and the short list of supplies and got myself all organized on Friday night.

And I fretted.

Here I was, giving up a good chunk of my Saturday and I would definitely be the least experienced in the class.  I’ve never done a quilt class, never *pieced* a quilt before and my sewing machine is over 10 years old (and heavy).  But, I went on Saturday, figuring I could leave early if I wasn’t comfortable….

It was a blast!!

As I expected, I was the least experienced (and the youngest), but all the ladies were very nice and we were allowed to work at our own pace.  While the pattern book had some of the block patterns (witch and pumpkin), the instructor, Pat, had mixed in the stars from other Buggy Barn designs.  The pattern was VERY forgiving, which made it an excellent beginner experience.   I finished three blocks during the class:

The witch’s legs and feet swing freely… they aren’t pieced in the block.  The wacky outer edges are normal.  Once I have all the blocks done, I’ll square them off 🙂

And my lack of experience?  No issue!  I was the only one to actually finish my witch block 😀

I’ll be making up more blocks today.  Goal will be to finish the top before my applique class in two weeks, so I can have it quilted by the shop 🙂

November 27th, 2009 by Annette

Pirates!

Way back in late January, I spotted a very cool pirate quilt at the Phoenix Quilt/Craft show.

At the time, I had hoped to stitch a pirate flag, but instead, found a great skull/crossbones patch at the Renaissance Faire in February.  I did have it quilted in March, though it had to make a trip to California rather than be done during the March quilt show in Mesa.

And so it sat.  Waiting for binding.

And waiting.

I actually bought the black cotton fabric for the binding about two weeks ago.  Then I had to wait for the sewing machine to come home.

On Wednesday, the wait was over!  I was ready!

I found a couple videos online of simply techniques and started measuring and…. cutting! strips.

I cut 9 20″ long and 3″ wide strips.  The longest side of the quilt was roughly 40 inches and as it wasn’t straight (it is an old map, so I couldn’t have nice straight sides), I wanted some extra length.

As I sat down to sew them together (at an angle, like the videos showed), I briefly reminded myself to pay attention to the seaming as all had to be on the same side.

Sewed them all together…. time to trim and iron!

Trimmed off all the extra seam (from the corners) and carefully pressed the 1/4″ seams open for each of the 8 seams in the strip.

Next, folded the strip in half, lengthwise, to press.  Got to the first seam…. oops!  Wrong side out!

Refolded and repressed.  Got to the second seam….  uh oh.

A check of the remaining six seams showed that I had gotten six on one side and two on the opposite.  Bother.

I cut out the two on the wrong side and reseam correctly.  Next time I’ll either buy fabric with a definitive right/wrong side or fold and iron first, so I can tell which side I’ve picked as the “right” one.

I then sewed the binding on the quilt with no further issue.  A little futzing to join the ends, trim off the excess (which was a LOT) and it was ready to turn and whip down on the back!  I added the patch last.  Here’s the finished quilt (clickable):

It’s wall hanging size and will go in Z’s room.  The light strip down the middle is sunlight, not the fabric 🙂

But what makes this is the quilting…. here’s a section of the back:

Is that not the coolest quilting?!?  LOL