Hi, my name is Ruth and this is my blog to show & share my quilts that I give to family & friends.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mustache Quilt #30

An urban chic quilt made with applique mustaches in Amy Butler (Gypsy Caravan Turkish Nectarine, Cypress Paisley in Mint) and Riley Blake (slate & granite blender) fabrics. Great applique tips & techniques from Julie at the The Crafty Quilter.
The perfect mustache template is from Leslie at The Seasoned Homemaker (which you can download).  I appliqued using a small blanket stitch which wasn't perfect or very dense.  Letting some stray threads come through the edge stitching was on purpose to prevent it looking like a patch and a little more rustic. 
 I enlarged the mustache template to be 6.5" wide (from the fold to tip) and printed it on card stock for easy tracing.  
 The paisleys are backed with Pellon 906F sheer weight interface, and since only one side is fusible - I used fabric spray to adhere the mustache to the grey fabric panels before stitching. 
1 yard of background fabric yielded 6 panels, I needed 21.  Each rectangle is cut 18" long by 11" wide before sewing.
The cotton border is Kona cotton in pansy - the binding is Cypress Paisley in Mint from Amy Butler's Love collection.
Appliqued with Gutermann Sew All thread,  piecing with Aurifil 50wt. dove grey and quilted in Aurifil French Lilac, which turned out to be a very nice variegated option.  The batting is flannel and the back minky dimple dot in lilac, all these from Fabric.com.
 I followed the seams the width of the walking foot to start my straight line quilting - and did 2 rows on each side.  The mustaches were left alone and this grid pattern worked out fine since minky doesn't need to be quilted  as closely together as batting.
Size:  59" x 73"
August 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Oh Deer! Coasters


Charm packs are perfect for making quilted coasters - and Oh Deer by Moda makes them modern & bright. Total items needed are 5 charms squares and a piece of fusible fleece 4x4" or batting for each mat.

One charm pack makes 8 coasters with two scraps left over - not bad. They wash well and stand up to heavy use.  A little fiddly to get all the triangles to nestle tightly together - and this is definitely where pinning helps as you sew.



There are loads of tutorials on how to make these sew and 'turn' coasters. Pat's Patter is a good place to start for picture layout.

Here are my suggestions & additional comments:
1)  Absolutely use fusible fleece or batting for a little more weight on the back square.  If you only have regular fleece and no fabric spray - you can sew an "X" through the back square only - this will latch your fleece or batting so it won't move when you 'flip' the coaster inside out.

2)   If you are fussy like me, 'design' your coaster how you want it to appear ...  then FLIP it over (and nestle it back together again) and sew your coaster with the wrong triangles images visible to you.

 The images you see on the fabric just before you sew all the layers together are NOT what will appear when you turn the coaster inside out.  

3) Use a small stitch and trim sides/corners.  I usually sew off the coaster after each side but do a few reinforcing back and forth stitches at the corner area.  After turning the coaster inside out - I use a chop stick to make the corners pretty.

4)  Lastly - its personal choice whether to top quilt them - I say 'yes' as they tend to flop & not look finished.  How to do it in one continuous line is shown (a little rustic) below.

August 2014 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Peak Hour Coin Quilt (#29)


Even after 3 baby quilts made with Riley Blake's Peak Hour, I still enjoy the whole happy vibe of these colors.   My last & final rollie pollie (jelly roll) of this fabric will be another baby blanket - using a half hexi template to mix things up a bit.

For some reason these coin did not line up straight and I kept cutting off parts of rows to square them up.  After a while I gave up ... added lots of Kona white in 6" borders to camouflage the ' wonky drift' of the rows and then squared it by cutting into the borders. 

Warm and Natural batting, Peak Hour flannel back, binding is Amy Butler Love Sunspots in Olive.  Isacord #40 white to piece and quilt.
Linking up with SEWjo Saturday

Size: 47"x 55"
July 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Noteworthy by Sweetwater Quilt (#28)

I really like the fabric collections from Sweetwater and Noteworthy  is no exception.  Like Lucy's Crab Shack, there are lots of swirls, loops, words & labels - all in very pretty colors that harmonize when you put them next to each other.  

This quilt was made using 5 charm packs in  a nine patch design.  I needed just 4 more 'blocks' so I cut white 9" squares and put them in the corners.  The border is 1 yard of coordinating fabric.


The batting is Moda's Kyoto bamboo and I love it. I have only made one other 'traditional' quilt and that used Warm & Natural -  (the rest are minky or flannel).  The bamboo is a little thinner but softer - and it's correct what others say about it having a nice drape.  Pricey at $28 for a twin sized roll from Fabric.com (compared to Warm and Natural at $18.50).
 I did push the envelope and pre-wash/dry the Kyoto batting in my front load washing machine and regular dryer - and the width shrunk about 2.5'.  It also stretched in the length but next time I will pre-measure it before washing to see how much shrink it has - and not go by the package dimensions.
Pieced with Aurifil 50wt sand - quilted with a broken zigzag stitch using a walking foot - with Isacord40 white.  Spray basted with 505 before quilting - and then ironed the layers when they were together to help the spray stick better - great tip. 
Linking up to Go-Go Kim's SEWjo Saturday 

Size: 60" x 75"
July 2014





Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Another Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt (#27)

My second quilt made with Tim Holtz's Eclectic Elements, but this time I used 24 fat eighths, modifying my favorite pattern Easy Bake from Cluck Cluck Sew. (here is the link to my first Eclectic Elements quilt made with 10" squares)

I ended up with 48 blocks, obviously smaller than the original pattern that used 10" squares since I cut mine 8.5" x 8.5". A fat eighth is supposed to be 9"x21" but some pieces were a little shy of 9 inches so I played it safe and cut 8.5" x 8.5".

To fill out the quilt to the desired size - the remaining fabric was cut into small 4" squares and added to Michael Miller's Cotton Couture in Nite. (some sites recommend using Midnight blue but I used the Nite on both Eclectic Elements quilts since I had it in my stash - it lightens it up and while Midnight would look good - the vibe overall would be  'heavier & darker')
 Quilting was done with a  loose broken zig zag stitch in Aurifil 50wt. light sand on the top and blue cobalt on the bottom.  

The back is dimple dot minky in Midnight blue from Fabric.com - with a layer of JoAnn's bleached muslin in between the quilt top & minky.

I keep my minky quilts to  maximum 60" wide so I don't have to piece the back - and buy 2 1/4 yards - which leaves me a little wiggle room when laying it out and trimming it square.

Finished size is 58"x69"
July 2014







Saturday, June 14, 2014

Chillingsworth ... ready to quilt


Inspired by a picture from Pinterest (from the International Quilt Market), this Chillingsworth quilt top is finished and ready to sandwich. 
The back will be beige minky and quilted using Aurifil 50wt. light sand for the top and bottom bobbin around the skeleton -  and then a combo of light sand & smoke for for rest of the quilt.  I don't want to take any chances that a darker bottom thread might peak through in the light areas due to bottom bobbin issues.
The square blocks are cut at 6" and the Half Square Triangles also started out at 6" - made and trimmed to 5" finished size.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Black & White Accuquilt Tumbler (#26)


10 different black and white fabrics were cut using the Accuquilt tumbler die and 'trapped' in a border of Kona jet black.

13 tumblers wide, and 12 rows long ... the backing is black dimple dot minky - and binding is Timeless Treasures Sketch black. A layer of JoAnn's bleached muslin is the middle layer between the quilted top & minky back.

Quilted with Gutermann's Sew all grey on top and black on the bottom, following the tumbler shape and going across the rows as well, using the large broken zig zag stitch.  
The pictures don't exactly capture how black the fabrics are - but they are elegant and classic... like a LBD  (little black dress).

April 2014
Size:  57 x 72"

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tim Holtz's Eclectic Elements Quilt(#25)

Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt from Ye Olde Sweatshop

I fell hard for this Eclectic Elements fabric collection by renowned paper crafter, Tim Holtz.  Tim is the Creative Director for Ranger Industries and all you have to do is go down an aisle at a Michael's or JoAnn's and see walls of his wonderful product creations.
 Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt from Ye Olde Sweatshop
This is his first fabric collection, and it comprises of 3 design categories:  Documentation, Labels, & Melange.  In order to retain all the good scrapbook/grunge/steampunk vibe - I used my trusty pattern:  Easy Bake from Cluck Cluck Sew.
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt
It was not easy to find the entire collection (24 fat quarters total) and I wanted to use every bit of it. After making the bulk of the quilt -  I measured the remaining fabric and found that 4" square gave me the most pieces.  These squares were put on the front sides and back.
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt from Ye Olde Sweatshop
My first time making a quilt with a cotton top, traditional batting & a cotton back - (used Warm and Natural batting  / pre-washed and dried before quilting).  The back is Michael Miller's couture cotton in Nite -  which comes in 85 colors - and has a wonderful soft drape -  (while it looks rather bright in the pictures, it blends well overall - another option could be the Midnight Blue which is darker).

Quilted top and bottom with  Aurifil 50 wt. ( light sand #2000 & dark cobalt #2740).  Spray basted (and ironed to fuse them even more), I had a few hiccups (and 3 rows to rip out) as the bottom tension went all wonky - but a few turns on the bottom bobbin case screw worked fine.  Each time I re-loaded the bobbin - I had to make minor adjustments. 

April 2014
Size:  60 x 72"

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Gypsy Caravan Tumbler (#24)


 A beautiful chic quilt featuring Amy Butler's Gypsy Caravan, cut with the large Accuquilt tumbler die.  12 tumblers across by 12 rows down with a 3" border on the sides in matching periwinkle.  

  Binding in periwinkle and backed with vanilla dimple dot minky.  The middle layer is JoAnn's bleached muslin, prewashed and all layers spray basted.  I usually pin and spray baste - but had success with spray basting only and ironing the layers together, pressing on the cotton top portion and totally avoiding the minkey - it melts!
Quilting was a smaller broken zig zag going across the rows and following the tumbler shapes from top to bottom.
I used Aurifil beige 50 wt. for both the top and bottom with a No. 12 universal needle and it was smooth  and consistent. 
Size: 57 x 71"
April 2014 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sabby Chic Accuquilt Tumbler (#23)


The goal was to make a shabby chic quilt. Using different 6 fabric patterns, including Paris Flea market by 3 Sisters and Petal by Tany Whelan - this quilt is all that.  
The photos don't capture  how well all these colors & tones meld and harmonize with the blush minkey dimple dot - which photographs like a salmon color - but in real life they look great together. 

Using the Accuquilt large tumbler die, minkey back and muslin in the middle so you can't feel the seams - I quilted it using Gutermann pinks with the broken zig zag stitch following the tumbler shapes from top to bottom - and across the tumbler rows from side to side.
Size:  57x72"
April 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Buried Treasure ... Again (#22)

Using the rest of the Buried Treasure fabric and cutting it into 5" squares - I made a colorful middle (11 across by  11 down) - and filled in the rest of the space with Moda's Countdown to Christmas in black.
Binding is Marmalade stripes and zig zag stitches quilt the layers in a gold Gutermann sew all thread.  The back is JoAnn's aqua minkey (which doesn't shred as much as Dimple dot, but its not as plush either).  To compensate for the thinner minkey, the middle layer is a Robert Kaufman flannel.  
Size: 58 x 69"
April 2014


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Marmalade Charm Pack Quilt (#21)


Using 5" Kona white as sashing & 2 charm packs of Marmalade by Moda.
10 squares uncut in each row - with half charms in between to make 7 long strips.

A layer of muslin in between the cotton top, & minky dimple dot in white on the back.   Straight line quilting a little under 2" each row.


 Next time I will follow the minky dots on the back rather than quilt from the front using a quilt guide bar (which only works from the right.)   Quilted with Isacord #40 in white.                                             Size:  59" wide by 71" long
March 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

California Girl Coin Quilt (#20)

 My first stacked coin quilt made from Fig Tree Quilts' California Girl fabric collection.  Using a 4" wide quilt ruler I cut the entire jelly roll into individual pieces 4" long x 2.5" wide.

 This is a tedious way, versus sewing long strips together and then cutting - but I liked it because I had complete control of where each color went and how long to make the 'coin strips'.  This was a 'make up the  size as you go' type of quilt for me (using Crazy Mom Quilts stacked coin quilt tutorial as a basic guide).

 The top and bottom were fun because I randomly sewed the 2.5" edges together into one giant length - then cut it into the widths I wanted, making sure that each row was 'off-set' with the one below it.

A summer coverlet weight, this is backed with Michael Miller's Dumb Dot flannel in beige and the 'batting' is muslin.  Kona white accents and California Girl 'daisy' in ocean for the binding. Quilting was done with a smaller ragged zig zag stitch using Isacord 40 wt. top and bottom with a walking foot.  Binding attached with my first time use of Aurifil 50 wt. beige - both threads were nice and smooth.

I have a Janome DC2013 which has 50 stitches - and this ragged zig zag is the only stitch that 'covers' both sides of the seam.  Since I always press my seams open - it catches a little of each side and can be adjusted for size & width depending on the quilt.  This dainty quilt needed a smaller size zig zag - the Buried Treasure a larger & wider one.  It's very forgiving if you stray off the seam line, which is your guide as you quilt.  win/win:)

Size:  56" x 68"
March 2014