My Quilty Sense

Baby Quilt

Hi everyone ! As the holiday or Christmas season draws near, I’m sure there will be plenty of fun things to do, craft or make.

There’s always some sense of satisfaction whenever a piece of my patchwork quilt is complete.
I am very happy with this baby quilt and it was completed just in time for the baby’s arrival a week ago. My fabric scraps have always prove useful. This quilt was made using a combination of jelly roll strips, 5”charm squares and some favorite useable scraps.

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Baby quilt

A Wedding Signature Quilt

Another piece that took about 2-3 months to complete is this piece of wedding signature quilt for a young couple friend who is getting married. Of all quilts that I had made, this took the longest length of time. Much time was spent on figuring out the designs, size of squares /rectangles, and how to piece and blend colors and then to cutting about 120 squares and 30 rectangles. And there was also the designing and placing of embroidered letters on the center part of quilt.

“Quilting is expensive and often a time-consuming affair”, I said to some friends who suggested I made quilts to sell.

“How much would it cost to get you to make me a quilt?”
This is one question that I would dread if anyone ask, cos I would never know what to say or how to place a value on my handmade quilt unless they understand and value the time and skills necessary to make a custom piece and are willing to pay for it.

Wedding signature quilt

Wedding signature quilt for Jarrod & Niqi

This quilt is meant to be a throw quilt cover for the living sofa and the completed size is about 52” by 49”. I am just as excited as the couple whose wedding is going to take place in a month’s time cos I can’t wait to see how lovely the quilt will be when covered with hand written words and well wishes (by the guests) for the couple .

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wedding signage

I have also prepared a signage to be placed at signing area on wedding day.

Congrats  to Jarrod & Niqi !
So here’s wishing you a lifetime of happiness together and a love that grows stronger with each passing day.

Quilty Pleasures

Tutorials? I wish I can write or produce tutorials to share with you on some of our handmade items. But I just can’t ! I find so many beautiful video tutorials out in the internet these days for any thing you wish to learn and they are just easily a click away!  Free e-books  are also available for subscribe.  A couple of resourceful sites which I  particularly enjoy and where I have learned so much on how to quilt by watching their tutorials are the Fat Quarter Shop and Missouri Star Quilt Company.   Quitmaker.com has  lots of freebies and contests which you can enter and that was where I won some beautiful fabric bundles and quilty stuffs some time ago.

Choosing fabrics ( that’s my favorite tho’ sometime it is overwhelming) can be one of the most challenging and fun part part of quilting as you get to play with patterns, designs and colors. There are wide varieties of fabrics you can dream on and fall in love with. Designer fabrics are lovely to have and behold but they are usually expensive and popular designer cotton fabrics like Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, Amy Butler, just to name a few, are some of my favorites. They are beautiful fabrics to work on.

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a collection of some favorite fat quarters

If you find cutting fabrics for quilt is a struggle, then choosing pre-cut ones might be the thing you need. Pre-cuts are collections of fabrics that are already cut by machine, stacked into piles , rolled up, and tied together of different designs . One of the great thing in having pre-cuts is that they are sometimes stacked and coordinated as sets ready to be sewn as quilt and I like that.

Some examples of  pre-cuts available are like :

Fat quarters – 18” x 22”

Charm packs – 5” squares

Layer cakes – 10” squares

Jelly rolls – 2.5” strips

Rapheal’s Quilt

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Hubby kindly agreed to hold this quilt for me as I take a picture.

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I started working on this quilt blanket a couple of months back and finally managed to complete it in time for a little boy who will turned one soon! The design of this quilt is called Fat Quarter Fizz and a video tutorial by Fat Quarter Shop is available here.

A pdf pattern is also available for download which will show you the fabric requirements and how to join, match and build your quilt. I like this design because it can be quick and simple.

There is no ‘sandwich’ process ( which means no batting filler) for this quit as I wanted it to be light weight, suitable for warmer climate and easier to launder.  I just use a soft cotton check fabric for the quilt back and bright red checks for binding. When comes to binding quilt, it is actually quite easy if you have all the lengths ready cut and joined. But when coming to the part of joining the ends , I sometimes get lost. And this tutorial has been helpful.

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And coming up NEXT, …….. will be a wedding signature quilt for a young couple friend whose wedding will be in December. So there will I go again, indulging in quilty pleasures !.  🙂

 

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a Quilty Quote from quiltmaker.com

My ‘Bits-of-Happiness’

What do you do with leftover fabrics that are accumulating ?
For me, I can’t bear to toss them away. Those bits and pieces from fat quarters or ½ yards cuts can be turn into a useful project. I just needed some extra time to organize and sort out the lovely scraps, odd sizes, shapes and strips.

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A basketful saved ‘bits of happiness’ made me realized that they may cost as much as the original fabric purchased. It’s quite fun working with these scraps and there are many quilters who can testify that having a stack of scraps means the possibilities are endless! If you are creative enough, who knows – you can turn them into another ‘bonus’ quilt !

My quilty scraps came in handy for the idea of a ‘table top quilt’ for an old sewing machine (which belonged to my late Mom) and on which I use it as a table top for my electric ‘Brother’ sewing machine.

Here’s a happy scrappy quilt (my 6th quilty piece) !

table top quilt

I sandwiched the quilt with a thinner batting and did free-motion quilt with my home machine with a free-motion darning foot (this can be quite challenging if you do not get the stitches or tension right !) and finally finished off by adding a pink binding to match with my favorite working chair. I am happy with the colors-match. You can see it helps brighten up my working corner. 🙂

table top quilt

table top quilt

I’m glad to have made 6 quilts so far and feel ‘super accomplished’ at the end of each project. Allow me to showcase the previous quilts that I have made :

jelly roll quilt

This was the first one made using jelly roll strips cut from batik fabrics.

baby quilt

a baby quilt

sofa quilt

sofa quilt

quilt blanket

 

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I am now thinking and searching what’s next in the pattern for another quilt….as there’s a special request for another one for baby Raphael. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Two little blackbirds chirping ….

Okay, finally I’ve got a chevron baby quilt done! So glad to have obtained a clear-view foot for sewing appliques and an open-toe foot for free-motion quilting. This quilt took about a week to complete – it has two black bird appliques which I had machine-sewn around the edges with very close zig-zag stitches .

open-toe foot for freemotion quilt

This is a open toe quilting foot – it’s perfect when you need to free-motion quilt, the open toe allows you to see lines as you move your fabric and sew.

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A clear-view foot for sewing appliques. – gives easy visibility under the needle and very convenient when you sew decorative stitches over any fabric patterns or top of seams.

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piecing together

I sewed up many half-square triangles from pre-cut fabrics and arranged them to from a chevron or zig-zag kind of pattern. If you are wondering how these triangles are cut up, My Quilt Infatuation has an easy peasy way to show you how (read her tutorials). As you keep arranging and see the pattern come together, you’ll find it’s surprisingly easy and fun.

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I had to check out many tutorials and learn from the experts before embarking on my free-motion quilt. I finally managed  with the right thread tension but without following any pattern specifically as I sewed (I just moved along randomly). Free-motion quilting takes practice. You can spot some imperfections on my piece as I still have not got the hang of it yet .

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Notice the birds? They look like ‘ two little blackbirds chirping on my quilt’ and   remember this nursery rhyme ? ( Love this  favorite ryhme for playing skipping rope with friends when I was a child )  🙂

‘Two little black birds sitting on a hill (wall),

One named Jack (Peter) and one named Jill (Paul),

Fly away Jack (Peter), fly away Jill  (Paul),

Come back Jack (Peter) and come back Jill (Paul).’

🙂   🙂

First patchwork quilt

I was very excited to bring my patchwork quilt into completion. However it’s a quilt without batting, I did stippling over two layers of fabric and finish off with a binding around it using my leftovers of 2.5 inches width strips. The quilt panel took less than an hour to complete. I think it looks nice and I am quite happy with the result – my first ‘Jelly Roll Race’ quilt !  (you can learn this from Missouri Quilt  Co. tutorial ). Doing the binding can be quite easy as I discovered it in this video tutorial by HeirloomCreations. I am still learning to master the techniques of free-motion quilting by my sewing machine and was thankful to be able to purchase an open-toe stippling foot for the task.

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These are foots which you will need if you want to do free-motion quilting. I bought them from Brother International as these accessories do not come with my Brother GS2700 sewing machine.

cover spread

quiltbinding

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Using the quilt as a cover spread for our sofa.  🙂

Batik patchwork

I never knew patchwork quilt can be Sew Fun until I stumbled upon some amazing tutorials on quilt .The Missouri Star Quilt and Craft Mummy have wonderful lovely tutorials which you can check out and learn from them – they are all experts and very experienced quilters. I am just a beginner. Remember in my previous post, I mentioned about some fabrics which I bought – I am actually planning to use them later  for a baby quilt which I am excited about. I decided to try out first with some of my favorite batik scraps and cut my own ‘jelly roll’ strips to a width of 2.5 inches. Jelly roll fabrics are expensive and not that common here. I am not good at writing tutorials but here’s just some pictures to show you how I did my patchwork.

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I chose 3 strips to match and sew them together with seams of 1/4 inch and later cut them into squares, Lay squares out and make your match. Sew up  the 4 squares together.

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Since my pillow size is larger than the 4 squares sewn together, I sewed two extra strips to make borders round the bigger square. Prepare a layer of backing fabric for the patchwork panel and sew the sides together (I did not add any batting but perhaps I’ll try quilting for the next cushion cover). Cut another piece longer than  the front panel for the back. I finished up the back cover with a zipper hidden under a 1-inch flap. You can learn from SewMamaSew on how to attach a hidden zip to the pillow cover.

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the back of the pillow with a hidden zip .

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My Three happy pillows ( of different designs)  🙂