Dec ‘18 OMG

My December ‘18 One Monthly Goal is to make four pillow covers. I’m making two Christmas pillows for my friend, Kristen, and her son, Aidan, with some great Christmas fabric for these cat-loving friends. I really love the red text fabric that I will use to make the envelope backing with quotes like, “You had me at meow,” and “A cat can purr its way out of anything.” (mine definitely can!)

The other two pillows are the teal/turquoise whirls pillow shams that I wrote about in my 2018 Qtr 4 FAL Goals post. Melissa at So Shabby Quilting has finished the quilting, so I hope to finish them up soon in time to send off for Christmas. The pic below shows the teal/turquoise whirls before I added strips of grey to turn them into a “quilt top” for Melissa to quilt, and then I will cut the quilt into two pieces to make them into pillow shams.

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Nov ‘18 OMG Finish

My Nov ‘18 OMG was to sew a simple Christmas patchwork cover for my cutting mat. I was able to get it done early in the month and enjoyed working with all the festive Christmas prints in red, green, and aqua (I’m not sure when aqua became a Christmas color, but I am totally on board!) This quilt actually does not quite cover my cutting mat, but I like the look of the small numbers and markings at the edges. It certainly covers up all the unsightly gashes in my cutting mat (perhaps it’s time for a new one in 2019?).

I started to do some Christmas decorating on Thanksgiving, and I love looking at the ornaments I’ve accumulated over the years, especially ones that were given to me by my mom and sister. The photo above shows the cutting mat cover I finished this month as well as a number of soft ornaments that I pinned to the design board that I keep behind my cutting table. Don’t worry I am still using my big design board for working on quilting projects over the holidays (and of course I still have plenty to work on!). The close-up below shows two of my mom’s quilting ornaments that I truly treasure:

Another favorite ornament is  the crossstitch angel I made MANY years ago, probably in my 20s, that I still love to pull out of its protective tissue paper wrapping every Christmas.

Do you have some special ornaments that you can’t wait to hang at Christmas?

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Feathers Quilt Finished!

Yesterday I finished the Feathers quilt for my niece, Kim. The pattern is by Alison Glass, and it is a fairly easy paper-pieced pattern, though I did modify a couple of the blocks that were giving me some trouble (see my September ‘18 OMG post for more information about this modification). Below is a photo of the finished quilt on my bed, and considering it was taken inside, I think it does a decent job of showing the beautiful Alison Glass Kaleidoscope fabric colors thanks to strategic placing of a couple Ott lights.

Here is a pic of the quilt top taken in my friend’s sun room with a lot of natural light, and the colors don’t look all that different.

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The photo below shows the back of the quilt which is pieced from several Alison Glass Art Theory in Charcoal panels:

ThreadBear did the custom quilting on this quilt. I had the idea of parallel grey quilting lines on the feathers, and colorful diamonds in a coordinating color on the wide sashing strips. Then we agreed that the narrow sashing strips would have two lines of quilting also coordinating with the colors of the adjacent feathers. None of the photos I took do a good job of highlighting the quilting, but the pic below best shows some of the different colors of thread in the quilting.

Yesterday I wrote a Quilt Label Tutorial post and was happy with how the label turned out for this quilt. However, last evening something made me look at the label on this quilt, and I have to say I was momentarily horrified that I had typed “Feather” rather than “Feathers” on the quilt label. But then I decided that it just isn’t that big of a deal. I will explain to my niece that if she wants to read posts about her quilt that she should look for Feathers Quilt posts.

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Quilt Label Tutorial

Today I am entering my Quilt Label Tutorial in the Fall 2018 Tips and Tutorials Festival hosted by Yvonne@Quilting Jetgirl and Cheryl@ Meadow Mist Designs. Since I started quilting four years ago, I have attached labels to most of my quilts, but some of them have been an eyesore on the back of the quilt. Awhile back I ran across Pat Sloans Triangle Label Tutorial and modified it to use with Ink Jet Fabric Sheets. I like the look of these labels and think they provide a place for information about the quilt in a relatively subtle manner. I’m still refining this process, but today I’m going to share what I have learned so far about making triangular ink jet labels.

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The quilt label above is for a quilt I just finished today which I will blog about soon. Below I have outlined the steps to make a label similar to mine:

  • First you need to figure out what you want to type on the label. Sometimes I center my text, but I find I can fit more information when my text is left-aligned as above.
  • Using some kind of word processing program (I used Google Docs), press the Enter key on the keyboard of your computer several times until you are a little over 5” down and then tab over about 3 1/2”. Then type in the info for your label, keeping about a 2 1/2” right margin.
  • I recommend printing a practice label on regular printer paper, and then place a 5 1/2” ruler “on point” with the black diagonal line even with the top line of text with some space between the text and the diagonal line. Try to center the exact middle of the ruler (depicted with two crossing white lines with a circle in the exact center) with the center of the longest line of text. Trace all around the ruler, but you don’t need to include the dotted line I drew in the second photo below. I drew it to show the fold line.

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If the paper label looks good, print the label using an Inkjet Fabric Sheet. To keep the ink from smearing when washing the quilt, spray the label with Scotchguard Fabric protector. I let the label dry overnight or at least a few hours.

After the label is dry, I peel off the waxy paper on the back, and the trace my 5 1/2” ruler on point as I did on the practice paper label and use my rotary cutter to trim the label to a diamond shape. I fold the label in half, and usually it is slightly uneven:

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I then trim each side of the label at least 3/8” from the edge of the text on each side of the label:

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Sometimes I just sew the plain white triangle on my quilt, but it looks nicer with a border sewn to the top of the label. Below is how I finished the label for my Feathers quilt:

  • Cut a strip of fabric at least 1 1/4” by 8 1/4”. I like to use the same fabric that I used for the binding.
  • Fold over the edge 3/8” and press down the fold. I prefer using the Clover Hot Ruler, but the Dritz EZY-HEM ruler has a clearer marking for 3/8”, so that’s what I used when making the top border for this quilt label. Be forewarned. The metal ruler below can get very HOT when using it to press a folded edge!

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Next I trimmed the strip with the folded edge to 3/4”:

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I then applied a little bit of glue with a glue stick and centered the raw edge of the strip pictured above on the top of the white triangle label (with the folded side up), using a couple pins to ensure the strips stayed put,  and sewed the strip to the label using a 1/4” seam (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of this step). Below is a pic of the label with the strip sewn on:

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I then trimmed the ends of the strip off even with triangle:

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I used a combination of glue and pins to secure the label to the back of the quilt (again no photo!). Below is a pic of the label after I machine-stitched the binding onto the back of the quilt.

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Before I start hand-stitching the binding to the front of my quilt, I always hand-stitch the border on the top of the label to the back of the quilt. If I were to try machine-stitching my binding on both the back and front of the quilt, I would sew a border on all three sides of the white triangle label.

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Nov ‘18 OMG

For the first time in awhile, I am planning to finish only one project for my monthly goal. I am making a Christmas patchwork cover for my cutting mat. Below are the 54 squares that are 4.5” each.

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I plan to simply quilt it and get it bound this month, so it can be part of the holiday decor in my bedroom/quilting studio. Of course I will be working on other things, but this time of year, a lot of sewing is secret sewing. I’m sure many of you can relate!

I’m wondering who else is working on holiday projects this month?

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Christmas Baubles Mini Quilt

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I just posted yesterday about this Christmas Baubles Mini Quilt in my Oct 2018 OMG Finishes post, but then two things happened. I woke up to a couple inches of snow this morning and thought this mini quilt was just made for snow quilt photography, and I had a question that I forgot to ask my blog readers. I want to know what marking tool you use to mark lines for quilting on fabric that is predominately white. I think some of you might respond that you use a Hera marker (which I have but could not find Sunday when I quilted this mini), and because I generally use 100% cotton low loft batting, I have found that the lines that I make with the Hera marker tend to quickly disappear. I ended up using masking tape to mark my lines which worked okay but definitely is not the best marking solution.

So if you use the Hera marker, what kind of batting do you use? And if you use something besides the Hera marker for white or whitish fabric, what marking tool works best for you?

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Oct 2018 OMG Finishes

I’m glad this month has 31 days because I needed almost all of them to get both of my Oct ‘18 OMG projects finished. First up is my Floating Hexagons quilt that was a pattern test for Sarah Goer Quilts. Please see my Oct ‘18 OMG post for all details. Many of you know that quilt photography is a challenge for me, but since yesterday was such a beautiful day, I drove to one of the local parks and took pictures on the steps of the plaza pavilion. I think they turned out fairly decently and certainly shows the truer colors of the Kona Cerise and Berry better than my inside pic in my post above.

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I’m so happy with the quilting that Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting did (and shout out to Sarah Goer for suggesting the diagonal plaid quilting motif).

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I used Alison Glass’ Pearl in Cerise fabric for both the back and the binding, and I really like how it turned out. On the front, the narrow binding gives just a hint of a contrasting splash of color, and on the back, the binding and backing fabric appear to blend seamlessly (at least in my humble opinion!).

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I have finally figured out what works best for me as far attaching a label to my quilts though I am still refining the process. The close-up of the label below is a little off center, but I think I’ve figured out how to easily get it centered, and I’m planning to write a quilt label tutorial for the Fall 2018 Tips and Tutorials Festival hosted by Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl and Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs.

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The other project I finished for my October One Monthly Goal is the Christmas Baubles Quilt by Jen Daly for Moda Bake Shop. I shamelessly used the same Kate Spain Jingle fabric that Jen used (that I purchased in 2015) and also quilted my mini quilt in the same manner as Jen, though the lines that she used to outline the tree are definitely straighter than mine! In the photo below that I took this morning, this mini quilt that measures 18” x 24” looks as big as the shed behind it! I was trying to get a Christmasy look by attaching it with clear binding clips to a pine tree in my yard.

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I took another photo at lunch time on my portable design wall with a 6” x 24” ruler next to it. The back door was open, so the indoor light isn’t too bad with this pic:

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