I have been getting quite a few calls with quilts lately, and my schedule is now filled until after Christmas. If you've already made arrangements for a quilts to be done before Christmas, your name is on the list & I am planning on getting it done, but will be unable to fit in any more until January.
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only just over 2 weeks away, and then Christmas will be here before we know it!
Here is another embroidered baby quilt. I quilted the center area with a cross-hatching pattern, then outlined the figures that go around the verse, and did a simple meander on the outside border area.
School is out for the year... which means less time in the quilting studio. I will still be doing quilts this summer, but I may not get them back to you as fast as I do when the kids are at school. If you have a quilt with a deadline, make sure to get on the schedule early, so that you will be able to have your quilt back by the time you need it.
T-shirt quilts seem to be gaining more popularity every year. I worked on quite a few of them this spring for graduations- some that I just quilted, and some that I pieced the top also.
This one was one that I pieced & quilted for a customer. I like the random layout. This is quilted with the square spiral pattern. I used tan fleece on the back.
This quilt was a customer quilt, I just did the quilting, using the Bayside pattern. I usually like to keep the quilting pattern more simple, so it doesn't distract from the shirt emblems. This quilt has a more traditional straight layout. The red cornerstones are striking with the black sashing.
This next quilt is also a straight layout, quilted with the Saturn Swirls pattern.
And this quilt was quilted with a free-hand custom design. Each block was quilted differently, going around the image on the shirt.
And lastly, this one is set in vertical rows. It's quilted with the Honeycomb pattern.
Our town is having it's 125th anniversary this year, and this quilt was made to mark that occasion. I was given some old photographs of buildings of the town, and made line drawings from those. I did the embroidered blocks by hand, and a friend & fellow quilter did the pieced blocks. The quilt will be raffled this summer. It will be hanging in the library if you'd like to see it in person.
Looking for a quick gift to make? This tutorial uses a recycled cereal box & some fabric scraps to create a quick project. Look through your scraps for a bright, fun print that will catch your attention when all those black suitcases are circling the luggage turn-style!
You will need:
10.5" x 3.5" piece of fabric
12" x 2" piece of fabric (for strap)
2.5" x 3.5" heavy vinyl
Cut a 9" x 2.5" rectangle from your cereal box:
Score in the middle, so it will crease neatly. I used a ruler, and ran a pen along the middle a few times.
Fold in half along the line.
While it's still folded, trim off the corners of the open end (not the folded end).
It should look like this:
Spread some glue on the unprinted side- I used a glue stick:
Stick it to the wrong side of a 3.5" x 10.5" scrap of fabric, like this:
Trim the corners like this, leaving about 1/2" fabric all around. It doesn't need to be exact- just eyeball it.
Spread more glue on the printed side of the cereal box, and start folding in the raw edges of the fabric.
Keep folding & gluing down the fabric.
All the fabric should be glued down to the wrong side of the cereal box:
Now cut a 12" x 2" piece of fabric for the strap:
Iron with the wrong sides together, lengthwise:
Open up, and fold the raw edges to the middle line you just ironed. Both raw edges will meet in the middle on the folded line.
Here is one side being folded towards the middle crease- carefully iron again, without burning your fingers!
Take it to your sewing machine, and sew close to both side to enclose the raw edges.
Should now look like this:
Insert your strap between the wrong sides of the fabric-covered cereal box:
Sew through all the layers, backtracking to secure the strap:
You will lay the 2.5" x 3.5" piece of vinyl on your luggage tag, and sew all the way around. The vinyl will create a pocket for your identification. They vinyl will not run smoothly along with your sewing machine foot, so I laid a piece of paper over the top to help with that. (If you have a Teflon foot, you may not need the paper).
Since the paper blocks your view of where you're sewing, I just creased along the edge of the luggage tag with my fingernail, so I could see the outline of the tag. Just sew about 1/8" away from the edges.
Here it is with the paper still on:
Now, just tear away the paper.
Here's the finished tag.
It has a nice little vinyl pocket, just right for a business card: