Monday, December 24, 2012

King's Corner quilt, ready to quilt!

Last updated here.

It took me a while to finally getting around to putting the border on the quilt.  I don't know why I always procrastinate on putting borders on.  Oh well, I did it and it turned out fine.

Then I got to thinking on the back of the quilt, which I had not thought about at all.  A month or so ago I stocked up on some Kona solids I use a lot (brown, purple and grey), so I decided to use the brown and then add some easy pieced blocks to it.

I thought I had 3 yards of it, which I though was perfect.  So I got started on picking some fabrics for the blocks.  Here are the blocks all sewn together, ready to be ironed:

Then I pulled out the brown fabric and read the little note I had left on it: 2 yards.  Oh no, why did I think there was 3?!  Ugh, time to make a trip to Joann's.  The good news is I had a huge stack of coupons since Christmas is right around the corner, and was able to get the fabric I needed for 50%.  Luckily I recalculated how much I needed before getting there and realized I need 6 yards of brown!  Also luckily they had that much.

So my new brown fabric and strip of blocks laid on the floor next to each other for a while.  Then I realized we have company coming in a few days, and having a quilt on the floor of the room they would be sleeping in isn't very hospitable.  Finally, some motivation to get this quilt back finished and the quilt basted!

Here's the quilt back, over the couch while I pieced together some batting on the floor:

The large lump is pillow or something.

Thankfully we had a quiet afternoon at home today and Arden had a bunch of new Christmas presents to play with, so I finally got it laid out and basted!  I only had enough pins to put one in the center of every 6" block and about every 6" in the center of the border.  I think as I quilt it and take out some of the pins I will lay the quilt out and put some pins along the very edge of the quilt too.

Current size is about 95.5" x 101"

I've been thinking a lot about how I want to do the quilting, and have finally decided on feathers on the grey area, and then stitching in the ditch around the colored triangles.  I had originally planned on doing feathers around the border, but now I think that would be too many.  How would you quilt the borders?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ticker Tape Doll Quilt (and a tutorial for my method)

One of my husband's coworkers has a daughter named Parker that just turned 4 years old.  We were invited to her birthday party, but missed it due to the kids being sick.  Before I knew we wouldn't be going, I made a doll quilt for her.

Funky lighting on a snowy day.

I was inspired by this ticker tape tutorial I'd seen quite a while back.  But after making a large wall hanging ticker tape-type quilt, I've come up with my own method.  First, I pre-sort my scraps into colors (in one-gallon ziplock bags which are kept in one of my big bins), and I put the smallest scraps in a separate bag (all the colors together).  Most of those small scraps are square/rectangular, but with the funky shaped ones, I just trim them down to the right size/shape I need on the quilt:

I using pinking sheers so there is less stray threads over time.  I keep that middle piece and finally throw away those other pieces.

For this doll quilt, I made a basic quilt sandwich using muslin on the top, scrap batting and some brown and pink fabric I've been hoarding for a girl project for about 3 years.  I think it measure about 16" x 20".  

I can't remember which blog I read it on, but using a glue stick works fabulously for ticker tape quilts!  

This is the kind I use.  It goes on smooth, sticks well with fabric, and dries quickly.

I put a little smear in the middle so it doesn't gunk up my needle.  Then stick it in place.

I do a basic placement, then move things around to space out colors.

I wanted my son to help with this quilt, and he was quilt happy about it.  At first I asked him to pick out fabrics and place them on the quilt, but I don't think he quite understood what he was supposed to do (he's almost three, and I didn't prepare him very well).  Then I just had him pick out fabrics, then I trimmed and placed them.

For this quilt I glued all the pieces down, then sewed them down.  For a larger quilt I would only glue and sew down square-foot sections at a time.

The tutorial above uses a walking foot, and I've tried it, and I hate having to rotate the quilt 90 degrees at every corner of every piece!  So tedious, and a pain for larger quilts.  So I use my free motion foot so I don't have to rotate the quilt (just move it side to side and back and forth).

Once I'm done stitching them all down I trim the little threads.

Here's the back--I used brown thread in the bobbin and grey on the top.

Then I bound and washed normally.  I always check for stray threads after the first wash.  I love how washing it softens the edges of all the pieces and makes them look fuzzy!

My son loves looking for the animals and for the helicopter and airplanes.

Instead of adding a label to the back I wrote on one of the pieces on the front.

It was fun working on a little quilt, and it was fun using my tiny scraps!  This is the 4th scrap quilt this year!  I'm feeling quite proud of myself for using so many of my scraps.  I think these will be my go-to gift for little girls, they are small, fun, easy, and fast.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

King's Corner Progress

Last updated here.

I finished up the rest of the blocks pretty quickly, and then procastinated on laying them out on the floor due to toddler and baby that was quickly figuring out how to crawl.  Thankfully over the weekend I had two afternoons (aka naptime for the crawling one) to work on the quilt layout.

All of the brown blocks.

One block short!  This is the 15 x 14 layout I wanted.

 My husband (he's my color and layout consultant) and I decided we didn't like how the browns didn't really mesh into the greens, so I moved a bunch around to mix up the last brown circle and the first green circle.  After looking at it for so long it all started to look the same and I called it good enough.

The final layout, rows numbered in case I had to pick them all up.

Luckily I also had some time to start sewing them together.  It went so quickly and smoothly I was motivated to keep going.  This morning I finished!

It measures about 89" x 84"

Next is a large border to make it big enough for a king size bed.  I've started to think about the back, since I'm so close to needing it.  I will also need to piece the batting so it's wide enough (my roll of batting is for queen size quilts up to 90 inches wide).

What would you do for the back of quilt this big?