Wednesday, January 13, 2016

My First Quilt-Sized Quilt

After a few months of smaller projects, I was ready to try a "real" quilt...and by that, I mean a quilt-sized quilt! 

I found what I thought would be a great pattern in the Sept/Oct 2014 issue of Quilty magazine, called Jelly Roll Redux. It uses 2 1/2" strips and some additional contrast yardage to make the top. Fair warning, it takes more strips than one jelly roll has...that caught me by surprise! I used an assortment of black and white print strips.

It was such a fun quilt to make - well within my novice capabilities! I changed the pattern up a teeny bit by adding a contrast 2 1/2" square in between each of my strips, I love the pop of color!

I finished the top before Christmas 2014, and gave it to my daughter...she was so excited! 


I managed to finish it up in January (with much encouragement/badgering from my daughter!) I used the walking foot on my regular machine to quilt it, once on each side of the vertical seams, then in the contrast panel I quilted strait horizontal lines...well, mostly strait!


The back is a luscious spa minkee in my daughter's favorite hot pink - so, so soft! I don't remember how large it ended up...large enough to cover a twin bed though! 


It was a tremendously fun quilt to make, and I love how it turned out! 

Each of my projects has taught me something new about quilting...I love that about making! For this quilt, I learned to measure my intended backing fabric...lol...I ended up trimming about a foot off the side and bottom of the quilt top after I had made it, because the backing was smaller than I thought it would be, and I had purchased the minkee years prior, so was unable to get more. Now I know! I do intend to make a coordinating pillow sham out of the pieces though!

Happy Crafting!

Meredith

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Boos are Ready!

Howdy! I managed to eek out some sewing time and put together the two Boo quilt tops for the Boos and Ghouls mini Quilt-a-Long over at Bryan House Quilts.



These went together so quickly...and I'm a novice quilter! So go gather your black, gray and white scraps and make some cute ghosts! (Or, if you're just beginning like me, go raid the 6" square basket at your local quilt store, lol!)

Hopefully, I'll get some time tomorrow to go pick out some backing fabric for these cuties...and have them up on my wall for at least part of October!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith

P.S. ~ I'm linking this post to the Scraptastic Tuesday Linky hosted by Mrs Sew and Sow and She Can Quilt. Come join in on the fun!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Boos and Ghouls Quilt-a-long ~ Ghoul quilt top

Oh goodness...this little pattern is so cute! I'm loving how these mini quilts are coming together! 

I've got the ghoul top stitched...and over the next few days hope to have time to put together the boos, I can hardly wait!



If you'd like to make your own, you can find all the information over at Bryan House Quilts...have fun!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Boos & Ghouls Quilt-a-long Progress

I'm making progress on the quilt-a-long that is being hosted at Bryan House Quilts...Monday the cutting instructions were posted.

I spent a fun half hour or so at my local quilt shop sorting through their 6" scrap bin, pulling out all the black, gray and white scraps that I could find...at 7 for $1, it's hard to get too much! 

Then last night I started cutting away...and now...



The cutting is done! Two Boos and one Ghoul, in pieces! 

I'm ready for next Monday when the stitching begins!

Meredith


Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Adventures

Well, hello!

I've been keeping busy with lots of things, one of which is a new skill I'm learning, quilting! I just finished a class at my local quilt shop, and have a completed project, yeah!

As I was looking around for my next project, I came across an invitation for a Quilt-a-long with Bryan House Quilts to make these adorable ghost mini-quilts!


How cute are they? I plan to make two boy ghosts and one girl, representing my children. Then, as they move on, they can have a cute decoration for Halloween of their own...if I can give them up, that is!

I look forward to practicing my newfound skills, and ending up with cute decor!

Meredith


Friday, June 6, 2014

Flowers for My Daughter ~ Friends with Flair

Just popping in to share a quick project...my daughter is off for some more Coast Guard training, and requested some goodies from home to personalize her space.

I found some instax picture frames at Michael's (she was given the camera for her birthday) and decided to gussy them up some.




Because you don't always have pictures that you want to frame right away, I used my Unity stamps to decorate one of the frames, and put a quote inside.



I'm linking up to the Unity Friends with Flair party...you should come join in if you aren't already...there is lots of inspiration to see...and prizes!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith


Monday, May 12, 2014

Wearable Flower Power ~ Silhouette Challenge

I'm breaking away from my normal paper crafts this month...and putting my Silhouette cutter to use on a different medium ~ t-shirts!

It is most definitely spring here the southwest, well into it, in fact...and that means that its time to break out the tees! I don't know about you, but I get a little bored with wearing the same ones over and over, so I decided to do a little makeover on the plain tees that I'm used to wearing.

I purchased new ones for these projects - but you could just as easily treat some much-loved tees that are already in your closet to the same designs!

First, I cut some freezer paper with the design that I wanted to use, this one from the Silhouette store, and ironed it on to my t-shirt. There are some great instructions for cutting and using the freezer paper here. I then used a spray paint for fabric to spray over the stencils going over the fabric much heavier toward the bottom of the shirt and fading to almost no color at the top...I was going for the ombre look.

This is what it looked like right after I finished spraying, before I removed the freezer paper stencils...



And this is after the stencils were removed...perfect!



I have to wait one more day for it to dry according to the instructions on the paint...but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!

Then, I cut some htv (heat transfer vinyl) in the same design and ironed them on. This is a pretty straitforward tutorial on using heat transfer vinyl. My hint...make sure you purchase Easyweed htv...do you see all those little parts that needed weeded from my design? With the easyweed, I didn't even use a hook tool, I simply bent the backing/transfer side and the edge popped right up for me to grab hold and pull!

Here's the finished shirt with that method...



Meh...I could have placed the designs a bit better, but pretty good!

Third, I cut some contact paper with the same design, but this time I placed the designs on the shirt...



And then sprayed the shirt with diluted bleach from a spray bottle. The process was fine...the result...



Not really what I was going for! Oh well...it's still a good shirt...and I'll experiment with another color of fabric paint a little later to see if I can get a design on the shirt.

Bonus: I liked the floral design so much, that I used it on a mug that I etched for my mil as her Mother's Day gift! On her last visit she caught sight of a mug that I had experimented with glass etching on...simply putting my first initial on one side. She hinted strongly that it would make a good gift for her, as we share the same initial. :) I decided that I could do one better, and make her her own mug. 


Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the online world! For more flower inspiration and projects, be sure to visit the links below!

Meredith

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

  Vellum Flowers Silhouette Challenge - Shape Challenge - Flowers Paper Wedding Roses Tea Party Invites Dr. Seuss Graduation Gift Hand Made Floral Cards for Mom Say it With Flowers - May Silhouette Challenge (Paper Craft) Confetti Flower Card Silhouette Challenge! May flowers mixed media art Wearable Flower Power ~ Silhouette Challenge Silhouette Sketch Pen Tutorial - Watercolor Flowers Dingbat Font Flower Garden Flag Stenciled Burlap Canvas Distressed White Washed Terra Cotta Pot with Book Page Flowers Creating Floral Fabric Teacups Using Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! DIY Paper Flowers: 3D Paper Tulips DIY: Fabric Flower Hairpins Silhouette Sketch Pens Peony Prints Paper Purse Gift Card Holder 3d Watercolor Paper Peony Flowers DIY Home Decor Paper Blossom Branches Floral Note Card Set French Box Upcycle with Graphic Challenge ‪#‎silhouettechallenge‬ DIY Summer Activity Mason Jar Decor with Upcycled Pallet Wood Metal Etching flower kraft boxes Vellum Flower Arrangement Thank-You Cards {Made on Silhouette}

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