Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Susie's Magic Binding & Project Linus Toddler blanket.

This is for my quilting friends who do not enjoy hand stitching the binding to back side of their quilts. I machine stitch all binding as most of my quilts are utility quilts that will be machine washed and dried repeatedly. This technique is Susie's Magic Binding. http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/free-tutorial---susies-ma… The quilt top was donated to Project Linus Make a Blanket Day this past spring. I put a quilted backing on the back, then free motion quilted sunshines in the blocks and used Susie's Magic Binding for the first time.
The binding is sewn to the back first then top stitched on the front pink accent colour.
 The pink accent adds a frame.
 Mitred corners front and back. 
 Photo taken on our king size bed. 
 Free motion quilted sunshines.
This binding is quick and fun to do.  Happy quilting!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Owl appliqué quilt.

Doug's owl quilt is finished! 
 On our king size bed!
This quilt is  62" by 48" a good nap size.
I have been making quilts for over 30 years, giving them away to relatives, friends and charities.  In all this time, I never made one for Doug. Between the appliqué and free motion quilting it took about 70 hours to complete. Doug commented he was pleased that I put the ribbons on for him to play with when he is old. My initials and the year "ted 2018" are below the sleeping worm.
 Free motion quilted the owl on the yellow print squares.
 The back side is blue flannel.
I traced this motif out of a book on to a plastic template sheet.  Traced on the quilt top with Pilot Frixion pens, then free motion quilted with light blue thread.  After quilting, the marks were removed with a hot iron.  The pen marks will reappear if the quilt is tossed in the deep freeze or left outside when it is below freezing temperature. Put the quilt in a hot dryer the pen marks disappear like magic.
The appliquéd owls were made from scraps of flannel and recycled denim squares.
This quilt was lots of fun to make.  No doubt there will more. 
Dear Readers,  I hope you are all enjoying an excellent summer.  I don't blog as much as I used to, but always welcome your comments.  Happy stitching.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Spider man and Olaf quilts for Project Linus 2018.

Spider man quilt is 46" by 56", photos were taken on king size bed.  The spider man fabric was purchased on-line at Hobby Lobby in the USA.  This 100% cotton fabric is fabulous.
The spider web fabric (outside border and binding) also 100% cotton is halloween fabric from Fabricland.
 Free motion spider web motif.
 Back side.
 The spider web shows up better on backside.  
Olaf the snowman from the movie "Frozen" panel was also purchased on-line from Hobby Lobby.
The centre piece with blue border was the panel, I added the ribbons, black polka dot inside border and dark brown outside border.  Olaf was free motion quilted with a giant snowflake design, feathers, loop-de-loos and heart shaped leaves.
 Project Linus label on backside. 
Free motion heart shaped leaves and loop-de-loos on outside border. 
Both of these quilts are going to  Camp Bridges (bereavement) May 26-28, 2018.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Appliqué owl fun

My love affair continues accuquilt go cutter dies and embroidery software.  This week is all about owls, cut from flannel scraps then appliquéd on  denim squares.  Eventually it will be a quilt.
 Each one has its own personality. 
 Flower power owl.
 Hearts say "I love you"
 Wearing a little red bow. 
 Dog print body.
 Weird eye balls. 
Yellow version of flower power.
I did not realize before I appliquéd the body in place that my green owl had a faded fold line right across the tummy. Now it is hidden by mini thistle flowers.
Note to self:  when embroidering owl feet on dark denim use light coloured threads. 
Happy stitching all. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Accuquilt go appliqué cutting dies with machine embroidery software.

In March 2018, I bought an Accuquilt Go Cutter starter kit.  It makes cutting faster, more accurate and easier.  Last week I purchased a few appliqué cutting dies, as well as the matching machine embroidery software.
In the hoop is green flannel background with blue flannel dragonfly and pink daisy print butterfly.  I used metallic silver thread on the dragon fly's wings.
This flannel quilt frayed in the wash.
It was repaired using little critters. 
The green dragon fly was was appliquéd directly on the quilt.  Which was difficult to hoop because the quilt is so thick and it did not cover the entire frayed flannel. Under the right wing I did some free motion meandering to patch it. The bubble bee and butterfly both on yellow flannel were appliquéd in the hoop, then stitched to the quilt and clipped raggie style. This worked really well completely covering the frayed seams.
These appliqué dies will be used to enhance quilts, bags, wall hangings and clothing. New toys are always so much fun to play with. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Care Bear cape for big sister Anastasia.

Anastasia is 3 years old, I sent her pictures of fabric options.  She chose care bears with rainbows for her dress up cape.  This little cape is reversible and fastens with velcro (hook and loop tape).
This is a child size 4. 

 This turquoise green fabric is polyester.
The pattern is Simplicity 2571
I modified the pattern to be reversible, the  cape in this pattern is not lined.  It was sewn with a Husqvarna Sapphire 930 sewing machine.  The top stitching was done with decorative tiny stars.
 front and back views
Care bear print views.
I do hope Anastasia likes her new cape.
Happy stitching.