Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Scrapbusting Mystery Clue Two


Cut lots of strings from med to dark fabrics in widths from 3/4” up to 2 1/2” width. I do not know how many, I just keep cutting until my bag is full and then I start sewing! If I run out, I cut more...

Cut 30 – 6” foundations. You can use thin fabric (old sheets, weird fabrics or poor quality), scrap paper, phone books, tissue paper, newspapers, specialty foundation paper, or wash away stabilizer.

Make 30 - 6” square diagonal string blocks using a short stitch length 1.5 or so – especially if using paper. NOTE: you may want to use one of your wider strips for the center of each block.

Iron the piece to keep it flat. I do this after every strip...

Look at your messy piece and wonder why you even started the project (I did).

 Trim the messy edges off the piece, making it 6” square. Now it looks MUCH better, doesn’t it?

Starch your blocks while the foundation is still attached. You have bias edges on the outside of the block and want to stabilize them before the next step!

 If you used paper or other removable foundation, now is the time to remove it from your blocks (unless it is wash away, then you can let the laundry take care of it). Set these aside in a safe place as you wait for the next clue :)

Expect the next clue on March 8...we have three weeks between guild meetings this time around!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Challenge Three Project Quilting - Tool Time

The third challenge for Project Quilting is Tool Time. We are to give homage to FOUR tools...and what better way to do that than with a Quilter's Chatelaine? Or at least that is the direction that my brain took me when puzzling out the challenge.
I started out with one of the Army Guy's ties for shape and size. I put it around my neck to determine how long to make the chatelaine and went on designing from there.
I used the gold decal on my Featherweight to give me a design element that gave a touch of elegance to my chatelaine as well as inspiration for my main fabric.
I chose my fabrics and went to town...the black is the main fabric, the red is an accent and the novelty print is on the back.
I drew out the design detail from the featherweight decal onto water soluble stabilizer, sewed over it with a sample of gold glitter thread that I had waiting for the perfect project. This seemed to be it :)
I used the same technique to put pins on a pincushion and scissors, needle and thread on pockets (I only have one shown here).
Next I sewed up my pincushion, inserted some plastic inside (I don't want to poke them through to my chest!) and then stuffed it with polyfill.
 I quilted the chatelaine with straight line stitching so that it emphasized the gold detail and then basted the pockets and other elements on before sewing on the binding.
I love those new binding clips...I found them in my Christmas stocking this past Christmas...what a sweetie my Army Guy is!

I tossed the whole project into the wash to get rid of the wash away stabilizer and now I have a great way to keep my tools handy while I work (I seem to always be running back and forth because I leave things at the wrong workstation).

and a closer shot of the pockets with various items tucked inside.
Happy Quilting!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Scrapbusting Mystery Clue One

Clue One

*From assorted light fabrics cut 64 - 3” squares
-put these squares into a bag.

*From assorted medium to dark fabrics cut 64 – 3” squares
-put these squares into a bag.

*Taking one random piece from each bag, sew together in pairs of 
one light and one m/d 3” square.

NOTE: random means whatever the next piece is
...try not to overthink this is supposed to be SCRAPPY!

*Sew the pairs together to make 32 four patches 
measuring 5 1/2” each.

*Set these four patches in a safe place and wait patiently for clue #2!

NOTE: if you have other piecing to do, you can use these 
for leaders and enders...

thanks to Bonnie K Hunter at Quiltville 
for the great info on leaders and enders!