Saturday, July 22, 2017

Quilt Shot Block ~ Elkhorn Creek Quilt Share

 Last month our Quilt Guild gave ourselves a wonderful quilt show.
We brought a quilt that had lots of meaning to us to the meeting to share.
It could be our first quilt we made, 
a quilt given to us from our family,
a quilt someone made for us,
or just a quilt full of memories over the past.
I think we even had quilts that date back to about 1930!
This post is sharing only about half of those quilts.

 This was one of the oldest, if not the oldest that was brought to the share.
 Below, a quilt made in a quilt workshop.
 One of the VERY talented ladies,
makes art quilts to represent an experience she had.
One piece depicted a Mexico vacation hurricane.
I could spend a lot of time "reading" her quilt work.







 A math teacher retired and I believe this was her first quilt after she retired.
A quilt of her school Tshirts.
Below, is the quilting you can easily see from the back.

Of course I will show the rest of the quilts,
later.
 
Sorry ladies, I couldn't remember all the stories.
I was busy trying to take pictures.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ Beginner's Sewing Class

 
We followed the directions from this past Tutorial Tuesday,
 One for sure lesson a Beginner learns is,
"Sew, Press, Sew."

 Pinning is usually a new skill to learn for young Beginner's.
Look at those perfectly matched centers!
Have a Fun Friday! 
 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #99 ~ Reminded of Fishes and Loaves

Last Friday I mentioned I worked with scraps
and Saturday I showed a block made from those scraps.
Funny thing about those scraps.
 I sorted
 and matched, and sewed and trimmed
  and matched, and sewed and trimmed
 and matched, and sewed and trimmed
for about 90 minutes and turned out 6 twelve inch blocks
and still had this!
and this
after another 2 hours of matching, sewing and trimming and
when what to my wondering, blurry eyes appeared?
this↓
AND I still had this!↓
I thought about the fishes and the loaves written about in John 6: 1-14
 and retold several more times in the New Testament,
because when I finished I still collected 2 baskets of scraps!
I THINK my scraps were multiplying on the table before I could use them?
When they do get down to be so small that a quarter inch seam would eat them up,
they go to the "Doggy Bag" at the local quilt shop called Birdsong.
"THINK about it."







Monday, July 17, 2017

Quarter Yard Pillow Cover

      
   This tutorial is for the Beginner's Class
Birdsong Quilt and Fabric Shop in Georgetown, KY.
   If you have a quarter yard of 2 different fabrics , here is how you can make a pillow cover for a 20 inch pillow.  It uses the envelope closure which is great for seasonal changes and super easy to make.
This project uses a 20 inch soft pillow form.
       Have fun and enJOY this idea!




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Tuesday Tutorial
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        Quilters usually buy fat quarters.  A fat quarter actually first comes from a half yard of fabric that was cut in half along the fold (at top of this picture) as it comes off the bolt of fabric.  Thus a half of a half is a quarter.  Because some feel there is more surface yardage this way, they call it a FAT quarter yard. 
         I have bought fat quarters that had the selvage, which is the white part above, cut off.  
        After doing an internet search for quarter yard pillows, my return gave many FAT quarter yard pillows. We are not using fat quarters.  Birdsong like to sell by the yardage, even inches.  This really accommodates the garment makers.
       Above you see two pieces of fabric each being 1/4 yard.  They also retain their selvage edges which do not fray.  We are going to use that feature to our benefit to save some sewing time.

      Start by making sure the pieces are cut true.  If you have a cutting mat, use it to help determine if the edges are straight.  Selvages are the most important part of your fabric. First you must fold the selvages even.  If they are off, then the "grain" of the fabric will be off making your pillowcase, garment or whatever you will be sewing look warped.
      If you don't have a mat to help you lay your fabric edges straight, take notice of how the threads are running.  Pulling one thread can give you an idea of how straight the "grain" lies.


    THE FABRIC NEEDS TO BE CUT 10 INCHES FROM THE FOLD, because we have a 20 inch pillow form.
    If you don't have a cutting mat and rotary cutter, and you will be using scissors, you can mark your fabric with a tape measure.  A chalk marker is used here, but a pencil will work.
 Mark several times.
Connect the marks with a straight edge.
Just like geometry.
Then cut along line with scissors.
Otherwise CUT 10 INCHES FROM THE FOLD.














 Have longer side toward you.






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NOTE: if you used fabrics of different width your piece might look like the one below:
Don't panic.  Just overlap your backs to meet the edge of the front
MAKING SURE TO MATCH THE CENTER SEAM.
Trim off unneeded fabric.
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You can also make a pillow of:
school colors, especially for dorm rooms
 red and green for Christmas.
black and orange for halloween
pink and green for easter
red and blue for patriotic holidays
 prints

Then of course cut use scraps.

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