Hi, my name is Ruth and this is my blog to show & share my quilts that I give to family & friends.
Simple designs that may inspire you to make one too.

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