Saturday, February 11, 2017

the triforce and the missing Link

We are moving along on this awesome quilt! Both my son and I are getting really excited as we sew blocks together and see the progress.
I was pretty nervous about the triforce block because the directions sounded all complicated, but to my utter relief it was the easiest block yet. I did not even need to use any special angles for cutting the triangles, they were just rectangles that I marked the middle of and then used a straight edge to cut it to each corner. It turned out beautifully!
I just sewed these two sections together today, but next week I am going to have to unpick them. The green section is slightly longer than the black section, and I thought I would just add a strip of black there by the wizzrobe, but I realized that the triforce is not cenered over Zelda so I really need to add the black strip to the side by the darknut. I asked my husband and he said he doesn't even notice, but I do and I know it will forever bug me if I don't fix it now. Ugh! I am getting lazy and should have known better than to just try to sew them together without measuring and planning first.
Speaking of planning, we have something different planned for the Link block than what Linda did with hers. It's a surprise though! I can't wait to show you all what we are doing. Here's to hoping it actually works out...

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Princess Zelda and the Wizzrobe

I got two more blocks done! Princess Zelda:
And the Wizzrobe, which I don't have a picture of. All I have left to do is the triforce (which I'm a little nervous about since it involves triangles cut at special angles and other geometry), and Link. So we are planning to change up Link a little bit and add some things. We'll see how it all goes, but it feels so good to have an end in sight! Hopefully we can get this quilt on the bed before winter is over.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Legend of Zelda Quilt

I have a son who likes everything his dad likes. This includes the Legend of Zelda! As Christmas was approaching last year I thought it would be amazing to surprise him with a quilt for his bed. I turned to pinterest and found some amazing Legend of Zelda quilts out there. People are so creative! I originally wanted to take some ideas and then do my own thing, but when it all came down to it, this pattern from was just what I was looking for and has amazing instructions, and it's FREE. Why reinvent the wheel?
So, now that I knew what I wanted, it was time to get started. However I began to realize how hard it was going to be to hide a project of this size from my little guy. I would have to only work on it while he wasn't around and always be cleaning up after myself. Honestly, it may not have been that hard to do it right under his nose. He's a typical boy and doesn't usually pay much attention to my craft projects, but I got to thinking how much he might enjoy helping me with it. So, I enlisted his help and he was thrilled! We have had so much fun doing this quilt together!
For starters I followed Linda's instructions on how to make a grid and pressing board. This was time consuming, but definitely a must for this quilt. Actually, all I did was use a piece of duck cloth and then clamp it to the top of an old card table using cheap wood clamps. I iron right on top of this. I'm not sure what it's doing to the table underneath, but I'm not too concerned about it!

So this is what we do. I cut the squares for the quilt, then my son lays them out on the grid. Then I straighten them out and iron them on. Then I sew it all up and we have our block!
This one is still our favorite block.
When I was planning out the quilt I called up my good friend and quilting mentor. She was so excited for me to be making this quilt she bought me the June Taylor tool thingy that makes cutting the squares a breeze and mailed it to me along with a bunch of beautiful fat quarters. She has such amazing taste for colors. I am loving how vibrant and fun this quilt is!
Basically I am using the fat quarters she sent me, along with colors from my stash. Then when I need a new color I run to the store and buy what I need. And here are the blocks we have completed! I am still veering off a bit to do my own thing, but mostly sticking to Linda's pattern.
Before I started this quilt I saw some like it for sale on Etsy for $350 or more. I would like to say that people who are selling it for that much are short changing themselves! The amount of work that goes in to this quilt is worth so much more than that! It is worth it for the bonding I've done with my son though. I hope he always remembers the fun we are having doing this project together.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Baby Heart Quilt and Super Cheap DIY Quilt Frames

I love these simple heart blocks and they were just perfect for a baby girl due around Valentines day
Here is the finished quilt top:
I was in a hurry to get the quilt done so while I would have rather done something other than tie it, tying was the fastest option so that's what I did.
Here are my DIY quilt frames that I put together from things around my house. I actually got the idea from the friend I made this blanket for.
I have one of those old kitchen tables that pulls apart for putting leaves into so I just pulled it apart until my quilt fit inside. Then all you need is:
-Scrap wood (1x2's or 1/3's)
-squeeze clamps (97 cents at Walmart and I will use them for woodworking)
I laid the wood out on my floor first and clamped it to about the size of the quilt. Then I stretched the quilt onto it, securing it with push pins. I didn't think to take pictures, but here it is from the back after I finished tying the quilt:
Then I lifted the whole thing onto my table and adjusted the opening in the table to the right size and secured the clamps one at a time to my wooden frame and the table:
Make sense? Not bad for pretty much free! I usually borrow frames from someone, but couldn't get ahold of anyone and like I said I was in a hurry!
So here is the finished quilt:
Do you ever feel slightly ill, or develop a strange looking rash so you immediately turn to google and discover that you are on the brink of death with a rare form of cancer that no one has ever heard of? No? I mean, do you ever psych yourself out with internet searches, or is that just me? Apparently the psych yourself out technique works for crafting too. I wanted to do a quick method to bind the quilt that didn't involve cutting on the bias or running to the store for some binding. I had done a self-binding quilt before using the back, but that was just a scrap quilt for my daughter, not something special for my friend. So I took to google and there were all kinds of warnings about self binding and how you needed a walking foot to do it it's not really the best option for anything big. So I agonized about it and almost ran to the store to just buy some binding but then I talked to my mom who told me to just go for it. That's how grandma always bound quilts. Lucky grandma with no internet and know-it-all bloggers! I actually still have a quilt from grandma that is bound that way, still going strong after over 15 years. Anyway, back to the point. I just went for it (binding the quilt using the fabric from the back) and it was simple and turned out fine. No walking foot or anything. It didn't come out perfectly but it will hold up well and I don't think the baby will mind.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Scrappy crumb quilt

A couple months ago I saw this fun idea on pinterest for using up scraps. They call it a crumb quilt and it was fun! Here is the tutorial I saw, but I know there are many more out there. I loved how fun and easy it was to make:
 I have this habit of saving the most awkward of scraps in the hopes that I will use them someday and I finally found out how.
 Each block is unique and fun in it's own way. My favorites are the ones with triangles. It looks so complicated but it wasn't.
One of the things I am learning is that using white fabric to frame the blocks helps a scrappy quilt look more polished. The only fabric I bought for this quilt top was the white. I'm not sure what I'll do with this one yet but I like it!

Finishing Quilts

I just realized that I post about quilts that I start but I don't post the finished picture. Here is the finished quilt from my last post (2 years ago):
  The funny thing about this one was that when I told my old friend from another state that I was working on a scrap quilt to use up some of my scrap stash, she up and mailed me a whole new box of scraps! So I was able to make it into a twin size quilt and I ended up with more scraps then I started with! I don't really love the busy scrapiness of the whole thing, but I do like it. My daughter loves it though and it keeps her warm at night, so it's a win.
And here is the finished heart and butterfly quilt. This is my favorite quilt I've ever made! It will always be full of memories for me.
 I actually finished this for my daughters birthday 4 years ago. My how the time flies! I had gotten burned out on making the hearts and the butterflies and then my daughter said she wanted some green in it so we got the idea to fill in some space using the nine block pattern you see there. From there I just added on borders to make it fairly large. This is a bit bigger than a twin size. It would probably fit a full bed nicely. Right now it's on my daughters twin bed and she loves it still!
Here is a close up of the heart to show why I got burned out on making so many of them!
 And here is a butterfly close up. I made up the butterfly pattern myself to fit in with these hearts. My friend drew a pattern for the butterflies bodies and then I ironed them on with iron on adhesive stuff. Then to make sure they didn't fall off I sewed the body on too. The antennae were embroidered on by my friend.
 Then to top it all off we hand quilted the whole thing! That was time consuming but very fun. We just stitched around each butterfly and heart and then stitched a heart:
 Or butterfly on the empty squares:
 On the edge my friend had a pattern that we chalked on and I love the way it turned out:
 We criss-crossed through the borders here:
Basically we just kind of made it up as we went along. I love all the help I got on this quilt and how much I learned while making it. I have yet to make a quilt that I like better or feel more proud of than my scrappy heart and butterfly quilt!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Look Mom! It can be done.

I decided that it's time I make a quilt again, but before I buy fabric I need to use up what I have on hand. So these are all my flannel scraps. They are mostly pinks, but my daughter helped me dig out some bolder scraps to add some punch to it. We both agree that it still has too much pink in it, but what can you do? I am using up what I have and this is what I have.
So I have been wanting to try this block for a couple years, ever since I learned that it's possible. I can't remember what it's called, so if you know, please tell me! If you look at each block you wonder how to match up the corners. I'll show you how it's done. It's pretty simple and quite brilliant!
So you take your first strip and start to sew it onto your middle block. Don't go all the way though! Match up one side of the block with one side of the strip and then stop a couple inches or so before you get to the end of the block on the side where the strip is hanging off, like so:
Then sew the next strip across the top. See how the side strip isn't sewed all the way on?
Then you can do your next strip down the edge. Notice how I messed up on the measurements. I forgot to take into account seam allowance, so all my blocks should have been half an inch bigger, or my strips half an inch shorter. Oh well, I just trimmed the excess on the strips:
Then sew the last strip across the bottom and you should have this much done:
Then you can finish up that first one and just finish sewing it on!
And Wala! YOu have a finished block that will make people think you must have had to do something complicated and super talented with the corners...
When this is finished I think it will be about a lap sized quilt. Pretty impressive for not spending any money and using up my scraps. It's so liberating to use up scraps. You feel all frugal and I love the challenge of coming up with something from nothing.