Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine Table Runner

 I wanted to make myself a Valentine Table Runner and thought I would try making my own pattern!  I purchased a charm pack of really sweet valentines fabric.  Made a few sketches and cut out my fabrics.

Here are all the elements put together.

 I free motion quilted on my home machine.  I decided to quilt random hearts over the charm squares.
 I shadow quilted the appliqué sections on the ends.
All done and on my table!  I will work on a pattern for a St Patrick's day table runner next.  I am partially Irish and my birthday is on the 17th of March.  Good enough reason to celebrate the day!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

A Design Wall

I have never had a design wall!  The floor has been my design wall!  Well, I had seen a few makeshift walls on Blogland that one could take down when your project was done.  I thought this would be a good idea.  I bought a flannel set of sheets for a steal from Target.  Spoke to Dear Husband and he said he would put it up for me on the passage wall adjacent to my sewing space upstairs.  He went to Ikea and came back with a mounting mechanism for blind panels.  Being the smart man he is, he did some modifying and next thing you know, my design wall was hanging!  Not as semi-permanent as I had in mind, but not intrusive at all.  Thank you sweet man!  I don't know how I have managed without one for all these years.  I love, love, love it.  Sorry about the bad photo's!  It was night time and I used my phone camera for the pictures.  Next blog I will show you the very lovely cutting table he made for me!  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Chevron Quilt from Layer Cake

Hello folks!  I am sharing a tutorial on how to make a chevron quilt using a layer cake and three and a half yards of backing fabric.  Cut your backing fabric into as many 10" squares as the number of layer cake squares you will be using!  I used the entire layer cake for this project.   Place them one layer cake square and one backing square right sides together.  Pin them at the corners and stitch around the entire perimeter of the square with a 1/4" seam allowance.

 Once you have done this, cut your squares across both diagonals.  Iron open.  This gives you a half square triangle.
 Lay your blocks into a pleasing chevron design and stitch the blocks into rows and then the rows into a completed quilt.  Enjoy!

This is a big quilt.  Spot the kitty at the bottom of the completed quilt to give you an idea of how big it is.