Tag Archives: Miniature Quilts

schnitzel & boo mini swap

Mini CoverWhew… I was supposed to mail my mini quilt for the Schnitzel & Boo swap last friday, but my fingers wouldn’t let me.  They put up a protest after I finished the embroidery and moved onto the hand quilting.  But hey, it’s going in the mail tomorrow, so I’m not too late! I hope…

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I wanted the quilting to provide texture only, so I sewed horizontal lines in a 100wt gray silk by Superior Threads.  I went around the strawberries which gave them a nice trapunto effect: 

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The edges are finished with a facing technique that uses folded triangles on the corners:

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Since the quilt is only 8.5″x11″, the triangles allowed me to stick in unsharpened pencils as a hanging device.  The top pencil hangs nicely on a nail and the bottom one keeps everything flat and square:

backing

 

Anyway, I hope my partner likes it.  It has a trip across the pond coming tomorrow!  Yay!

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randomness…

TrinityI’ve been sewing for the past few weeks on all sorts of random things, so I thought I’d share a bit.  This onesie is TOTALLY out of my comfort zone. C’mon- garment sewing??! My sister-in-law asked me to make it for her brother’s daughter, who is set to be born in the next few weeks.  His favorite video game was Halo, so she wanted to incorporate that into something a little girl would wear. Anyways, I hacked apart a Garanimals onesie to see how it was put together & then cobbled together all kinds of different parts to make this garment.  All it lacks now are snaps & then I need to make a matching hat or headband and some shoes.  My embroidery could be MUCH better, but hopefully she won’t be too upset about it.  I didn’t want to use the preset fonts in my sewing machine, so I designed it on the PC and then thread painted the words. It’s not a smooth satin stitch & that’s my one regret… Here’s the back:

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It’s three rows of tulle ruffles, which are adorable!  I could sit here and fluff them for hours.

fluff fluff fluffThen next up was my entry for the Modern Quilt Guild’s Madrona Road Challenge:

Madrona Roach

It’s only about two feet high, so it didn’t take long.  It’s my first finish of 2013, so that’s something!

I’ve got several other projects sitting in the wings.  A Valentine’s quilt. Another Madrona Road mini quilt in the citrus colorway. A tote bag! Oh, the tote bag.  It’s going to be so awesome, I can’t stand it! There aren’t enough hours in the day… Well, thanks for reading!  & I’ll try to post more leading up to QuiltCon!  rebecca

 

 

 

 

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in the end

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So, the deadline for QuiltCon has come and gone… I only had three entries ready to go, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. I’ll share some of my fails wit ya!

First, I made a fabric panel at Spoonflower & it was glorious. The key word being “was”. I started working on a corner and thoroughly messed up a large seam. When I went to rip it apart & rubbed the color off the fabric. Oh crap. I thought, “I can just order some more of this section of the panel!” But for whatever reason, I couldn’t get that particular portion of the design into the fat quarter preview on Spoonflower. I tried all the repeat options & nothing worked… I couldn’t afford to buy the entire two yard panel, so I decided to abandon ship for now. Here it is in its current state:

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The second fail was due to fabric, as well. I ordered four yards for my background from a company in New Jersey & well,well, well- Hello, hurricane Sandy!! It wasn’t able to be shipped for over two weeks. When it got here, I opened the box & it was not at all what I ordered!! It was supposed to be a heathered gray, but I got a pale lilac solid. Talk about disappointed. I actually cried over fabric! & I am still working with their customer service department to this day trying to get a solution!! Argh. So, I went shopping all over for a similar fabric, but I just couldn’t find it. The heart wants what it wants, you know? So, that quilt was doomed.

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Third was a giant appliqué quilt that never made it past the pattern stage. I think when I saw the sheer scale of the undertaking, I got spooked. Here’s the full sized patterns I got from my printer, good ol’ Miller Blueprint:

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In the end, though, I entered two old quilts & my new reverse appliqué miniature. I’m pretty happy about it, too, because I felt like I had a productive November.

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I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!! Bring on Christmas! 🙂 I’m going to go hang lights on my house now. In 80 degree weather… r

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foil madness!!

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I really haven’t done much sewing since Houston, so I decided to play with some of the stuff I’ve been hoarding for a while. For about six months, I’ve had two tubes of Jones Tones foil & glue sitting on my dresser patiently waiting for me to get inspiration. I cut some pieces of white fabric & glopped down the glue to see what would happen. After it dried for a few hours, I covered them with the foil & burnished it with a spoon. Let me just say, my arms almost fell off during the process! Someone should make a workout video with this stuff…

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But the end result was oooh so pretty! I love me some sparkleriffication!!!

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So, now I had to figure out what to do with it. There was a post on the Quilting Arts Facebook page about an Affirmation Quilt Reader Challenge due on December 1st & I had a lightbulb moment. My word of the month has been “Courage”, so I knew exactly what to make. First, I drew my pattern onto the foiled fabric.

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The I stuck some stabilizer underneath & thread painted the ribbon area. I don’t have a pic of this part, because frankly, it’s a hairy scary process. About five minutes into a project, you immediately think,” THIS LOOKS TERRIBLE!!! I’M RUINING MY WORK!!!!” But I pressed on & kept stitching until Rory started getting angry with me & making crunchy noises. & then I sewed some more! It took forever and a year, but I did feel rewarded at the end. I think the blue is gorgeous against the silver. Yeah, so then I removed the extra stabilizer & sandwiched it up with two layers of wool batting & some scraps for the back. Then I quilted it in a dark gray isacord thread. Tadaa!

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I’m not done yet, btw. It’s going to be trimmed down into a fluffy little appliqué. I’ll post the whole thing when I finish. This seems to be the year of the mini quilt! I’ve made four now, I think. But it’s getting my mind clear & allowing me to be creative without sapping time away from my Thanksgiving duties. Anyways, thanks for reading & happy quilting! Rebs

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mini=major pain

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I don’t know why, but this is the summer of miniatures. I’ve made two so far! While it’s nice to finish something with a quickness, it’s also been torture on my hands. & my eyes! I’ve been cutting out intricate applique shapes until red marks show up on my fingers. My knee lift bar is mysteriously missing, so I’ve had to raise the foot with the lever & it gets kinda painful to lift that little bar of metal after thousands of little turns. There was one part where I had to turn the piece after every stitch! But my lil quilts are so gorgeous!! They make me happy to be a quilter & happy that I can take my thoughts & turn them into real things… Now, I’m going to take some Aleve, do so neck rolls, & get on with whatever’s next!

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