Homemade Christmas (Ribbon Blankie)

Another Christmas present made from scraps! This is a ribbon blankie for my new niece (not the Gator.) The pink edging and the satin are from a quilt I made two years ago and probably from Joann’s; the flannel is Hobby Lobby and from the Butterfly Baby quilt. The un-pictured backside is the same pink pre-quilted as the previous couple of crayon rolls.

Instead of pinning and worrying about the pins inside while turning the blankie, I pinned and sewed all the ribbons to the backside first. Then I sandwiched everything and sewed the sides together. I think this gives an extra bit of hold to the ribbons, with two sets of stitches holding it in. And it eliminates the worry of stabbing yourself with a pin while turning.

And yes, I know that’s not the most perfect of intersections, despite using the sew-then-slice quarter square triangle method. I’m going with satin is way hard to sew with. Yep, blaming the fabric.

Published in: on December 17, 2009 at 10:22 am  Comments (1)  
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Homemade Christmas (Another Two Crayon Rolls)

Nothing too special about these. Made completely from leftovers from the PiP Cars Quilt. (Which will NOT be done for Christmas. Maybe his birthday…)

So I don’t remember where any of the fabric is from, but you can likely find it at Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Fabric Depot, Walmart… The checkered flag (here I come!) is from Hobby Lobby – that one I remember because I bought it last month when I thought I might actually work on the PiP Cars Quilt for Christmas.

I actually had another blue Cars fabric that I was going to use instead of the checkered flag (here I come!), but I cut it the wrong size. Back in the scrap bin!

They both have interfacing inside since I didn’t use pre-quilted fabric on the back – and not fusible interfacing, just the regular stuff that I bought for about a $1.50 at the local thrift store. Love that place for random scraps!

The first one, I sewed the interfacing in the last step, while sewing everything together. The second one, I sewed the interfacing to the backside of the up-and-down lines. For some reason, I think the second method works better.

Published in: on December 16, 2009 at 10:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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Another Two Crayon Rolls

Mostly to note, I love my chalk writer. Love, love, love, love, love it! Because you know what you can do with it?

That’s right, you can draw perfectly straight lines exactly an inch apart! Woo!

The other thing I changed up was sewing the ribbon into the side with the first seam instead of the final seam. I think it worked better, in that I didn’t have to worry about that staying in place while sewing close to the edge. I did backstitch over the ribbon to make sure it’s secure.

These are for the girl cousins on my Christmas list. I love the horse fabric – it’s Horseplay by Connie Haley for Elizabeth’s Studio, and I bought it at Jackman’s in Fairview Heights, IL, while visiting a friend over Thanksgiving. It’s muted and pink and horsey without being too much of it!

The princesses are from Hobby Lobby, and it’s a very stiff fabric (in contrast, I have a “glittery” Fairy Frost by Michael Miller that is so soft!) I cut out another Princess Aurora between Snow White and Cinderella, so that all three would get to be seen. Look at that, prior planning!

Oh, and both of them have some pre-quilted pink for the back. It was in the remnants section. What can I say? I love cheap backing!

Published in: on December 14, 2009 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Christmas Jammies (for the Gator)

Finished the Gator’s Christmas jammies today! Yay for matching jammies! (Poor, poor children.) The only changes I made from the Wee One’s was to make her’s shorter. Much shorter. My kid is tall! And went through another growth spurt after I made his jammies… Hmm, did I ever get around to hemming his pants?

I did learn from my mistakes on the Wee One’s. I sewed the accent edging on before sewing the sleeves together – wow, isn’t that much easier? I also tried “overlocking” the edges with my zigzag stitch. I’m not sure it worked great. Have I mentioned my desire for a serger? And a Pfaff? (But that’s another post.)

“What do you mean, can I get any closer? Is that a challenge?”

Finished! Minus the hemming. But since she’s there and I’m here, hemming has to be done by someone there. I have a feeling there’s going to be very little red accent when the hemming is done, but I wanted to make sure there was enough in case!

And yeah, the stupid V at the neck came out bad on her’s too. Next time, I’m skipping that. (Assuming they can get it over their heads without it!)

Published in: on December 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm  Comments (1)  
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Not a Rhinestone Cowgirl…

This year’s holiday party theme is Hoedown. I don’t do cowboy boots and cowboy hats. In fact, I pretty much don’t do cowboy.

So I decided to make a skirt out of bandannas, with some vague asymmetrical pattern in my mind, and call it a day. Except then I saw some cute bandanna-like fabric at Hobby Lobby, and a yard was cheaper than the amount of bandannas I would need to buy anyway. And I did have that skirt pattern from the 99-cent sale a while back…

I bought a yard, and boy was it barely enough. I did plan on cutting it shorter in the first place, and make a lining out of cheaper muslin, so I didn’t actually need to cut four. (Well, I did, four total, two on folded fabric.)

I like where I stopped – there’s just a tiny bit of the flip in the bottom instead of a whole lot.

I cut the lining about five times, making a ton of adjustments and errors, and finally realized, um, the pattern worked exactly as it was (except shorter.) Good thing it was just the lining!

The pattern gives the same seams in the front and back. Which works perfectly fine over my butt, but I don’t need butt seams in the front,thankyouverymuch!

So I drew a chalk line straight down (love the chalk pen!!) and then actually pinned and checked it before sewing! I know, I know, me, actually checking something before sewing it. It’s odd. Just to prove it’s still me, I took a crappy photo with flash. 😛

The most nerve-racking part was the zipper. I’ve only done one once, and it wasn’t to both the liner and skirt at the same time. Mom freaked me out last time I bought an invisible zipper, so I didn’t attempt one for this one. I wouldn’t say it turned out great, but it’s not terrible except near the bottom. And my shirt will cover it!

And the semi-finished product!

I still need to cut the bottom of the liner, and decide on the hem. I’m thinking black sparkly beads or white lace. Something fun! The shirt has black beads, so if I can match them… And of course, I need to hem the top. I’m thinking about being lazy and just doing black double-fold binding.

Published in: on December 9, 2009 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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Quilt Class Christmas Quilt – Fabric and Some Blocks

Did I mention I was taking a quilt class? Like, finally? Always wanted to in Spokane, signed up for one in San Antonio but no one else did, and finally, finally, in the smallest town I’ve lived in since, um, college, I get to take a class. But it’s okay because my teacher is awesome! It’s just me and another lady, so it’s very hands on. I’m learning a lot….and spending a lot. But for stuff I totally need! Love the chalk wheel. Who would have thought it was that easy? Really could have used it on the Cowboys quilt! Not to mention how much I want a Gypsy Gripper! And yet, I have yet to buy a 1/4″ foot for my machine. Christmas is coming, I’m told…

Let’s see if I can remember all the fabrics I’m using. Lots of Moda Crazy 8s, but my teacher encouraged me to look outside of one collection when planning.

The green is Moda Crazy 8 Christmas Mint. I completely forgot (and tossed the selvage) what the gold is – but it’s from the Christmas room. I thought it was a Benartex, but… I’ll check the bolt after the next class. The red is Twelve Days of a Froggy Christmas by Winky Wheeler (South Seas Imports.)

This block demonstrated strip sewing, which I already knew, but I did learn that it’s useful to plan out which way you’re ironing seams. And knowing what I was doing means I can brag about those awesome seams! Look at how nice they match up! If you look really closely, you can see that a lot of the “strands” on the lightbulbs follow along between the blocks – at least in my head. My comment on this caused my teacher to realize I’m OCD. If only she knew…

Not quite as awesome seams here… It took three tries to make the middle match up. But I did learn that you can take out about a half inch on each side of the seam instead of the whole thing! Saved a lot of seam ripping. I also learned the incredibly useful “sew then cut” method of half square triangles. That plus the chalk wheel to mark said lines, is so far the best thing I got out of class. Considering I’m planning pinwheels on the Jungle Babies quilt for my cousin’s baby, this method will make life so much easier!

The back side is more Moda Crazy 8s – the reindeer panel with Christmas Berry on the sides. I still need to decide how to do this – I’ll need it to be about 38×38, and the reindeer section of the panel is 31×24. There’s 11″ of fun squares under the reindeer, so I’m thinking about cutting those off and sewing them onto the sides…with some sashing…or maybe just cutting them off, using them elsewhere and just bordering the reindeer with the Berry…

Not pictured yet, but the sashing, border and binding for the front of the quilt is Moda Crazy 8s Berry Ornaments.

Published in: on December 4, 2009 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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