Showing posts with label instruction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label instruction. Show all posts

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Sensational Selvage Slip Cover for Sewing Chair!

Yes, I do have to say it - the slipcover I made for my sewing chair really is sensational!

Thanks to my friend Candy I took a day and just did some sewing for me!  (Though I think she was encouraging me to work on my Dear Jane quilt - oh, well!)  I walked into my sewing room and said to myself  "What would I like to work on today?"  My eyes landed right on my sad looking, torn rolling chair and I knew it was time to make that slipcover for it.

I upended a container of selvages looking for enough long ones and pulled out a nice selection of strips.  Then I had to dig through my closet to find the heavy weight muslin I had left from another project.  Once I found that I measured the seat and cut out a square of fabric that was about 10 inches longer and wider than the top of the seat and started covering it with selvages.  When I was finished I decided that it would be easiest to complete if I lined it with another fabric.  I had some nice white denim in my tote bag bin, so decided to use that.  First I rounded the corners of the pieced selvage section.  Then I laid this right sides together with the denim and cut it out to match.  

I sewed them together with a 1/3 inch seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning.  I turned it right side out, then sewed a seam 1/2 inch from the edge to make a casing for the elastic.  For my elastic I used a nice round elastic that I had removed from the bottom hem of one of my husbands coats (he dislikes those and I get to cut it out and use it for my creations!!)  After feeding the elastic through the casing, I used one of the cordlocks from the coat to hold the ends so I can adjust it - double bonus!  I also stitched up most of the opening from turning it, just leaving a small area for the elastic to come out and go through the cordlock.  I added a scrap of fabric to fasten the ends of the elastic together so they can't accidentally get pulled back through the casing.  I should have rounded the front corners just a bit more, they are a little bulky, but it's not a big enough problem that I'm worried about it.

I did the top section the same way, but made a pattern to cut out the cover instead of just eyeballing it.  I traced around the top cushion, then added 4 inches all the way around.  After cutting out my top and backing I put it together the same way I put the bottom together, and it fits perfectly!  I'm really glad I took the extra care and time to make a pattern for this and make it look nice - especially because the back of the seat is visible.  I'm so pleased with this project!

Hope your Saturday was good and you took a little time to do something to please yourself!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Favorite Quilt Block

Hi!  For those of you that are new to my blog, I'd like to introduce myself.  My name is Pamela and I am a quilter.  And yes, if there was a 12 step program for quilters my family would have to take me to re-hab because I am definitely addicted!  I have been quilting for over 26 years now, thanks to a dear friend who pulled me out of my former hobbies of cross-stitch and garment sewing.  I started out making traditional quilts in calicos using templates and finishing them by hand stitching and over the years have moved on to loving my rotary cutter and many rulers, pre-cuts, and the amazing fun of free-motion quilting on my Juki TL98-E. 

I'm really excited to be a part of the My Favorite Block Quilt Along - go check out Persimmon Dreams if you haven't been there yet to see my interview, then catch up on last weeks blocks - we've only just started so you can get your blocks done and be all caught up in a jiff! I really loved Katy's block earlier this week - a fun scrappy Churn Dash.  Her blog is here - monkey do.  Be sure you add your blocks to the Flickr pool, too.

I don't really have a favorite quilt block - I really love them all, so today for you I have what I think is an original block using my favorite method of piecing - strip piecing!  And it so happens that you can make both the 12 inch block and the 6 inch block using pre-cuts (bonus!)  For the larger block, jelly roll strips (2 1/2) inch and for the smaller, honey bun strips (1 1/2 inch).  I will start with the instructions for the 12 (12 1/2 unfinished block)



For the 12 1/2 inch unfinished block you will need three strips of fabric 2 1/2 inches wide - one dark, one medium, and one light.

Cut your strips in half and match them up in pairs:  dark/medium, dark/light/, and medium light
Sew each pair together on the long side and press seams toward the darker side

Working with one strip set at a time, cut each one in half and layer right sides together so that the colors are on opposite sides -

Cut through both layers into 4 - 2 1/2 strips.  Repeat with the other two strip sets, and sew each pair together to make a total of 12 4-patch blocks.

Set aside one of your Dark/medium patches and line the remaining three up diagonally so that the dark patches form a diagonal line:
Use your four Medium/light blocks - two on each side to make diagonal lines of medium blocks beside your darks:
Then add two of your dark/light blocks, echoing the line of dark squares:
Flip the center colum of squares to the left and sew them together (keep them chained together to keep them in order -
Then sew the right side column of squares to the center (just keep them chained to make it easy to finish!)
Sew the top row to the center...

And the bottom row to finish!

Give it a press and admire your pretty finished block!

To make the 6 1/2 inch unfinished blocks, just start with 1 1/2 strips.  You'll need about 30 inch long strips to make your blocks.  Sew them the same way, but cut your strips to 1 1/2 inches.

The little four-patches don't behave as nicely as the larger ones do, they want to flip up!

They will submit however and become an adorable mini block!  (I think the lights in the corners look like hearts - might be cute in pinks!)

Here they are together -  love the results!

Note that you will have a few extra sewn 4-patches after sewing your blocks - you can save those for another project - at least that's what I like to do!

Thanks for joining us on the Quilt Along - can't wait to see the blocks you make using my pattern!  Feel free to like my facebook page and post a picture there, if you like.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Adding a Hanging Sleeve Under Your Quilt Binding

One of my favorite ways of adding a hanging sleeve to a quilt is to sew the top of it under the binding, making it a permanent part of the quilt. For this wall hanging I am using a 5 inch strip for the sleeve. For a larger quilt, or a competition quilt I would make it 8 1/2 inches.

I narrow hem the ends, then press the sleeve almost in half, leaving about 1/2 inch extra to build some slack into the sleeve so the quilt will hang better on the rod.

I then fold the sleeve raw edges together and baste to the back of the quilt with the short side facing the quilt. I will hand stitch the fold to the back of the quilt after binding.

I then stitch the binding on in the usual way - for me, that's machine stitched to the back, then top-stitched on the front.  This also works if you are machine stitching to the front, just be careful not to catch a fold of the sleeve in the process of machine stitching.  This is a nice, quick way to add a sleeve since you don't have to hand stitch it on both sides!
And here is the quilt that was being finished up!  This was supposed to be my entry for the second Project Quilting challenge this year.  I didn't get it done in time, but I did finally finish today - isn't it pretty?  Available in my Etsy Shop

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday Project - Miniature Snowball and 9-Patch Quilt

This is the debut of my Wednesday Project feature. Each Wednesday I am going to give you instructions for a basic quilting project. Some will be complete in one day, some will be a series. This first project will be a series - Miniature Snowball and Nine-Patch.

To make this project you will need:

12 strips: 1 1/2 inches by 45 inches of a variety of blue fabrics from light to dark.
1 Fat Quarter white or white on white fabric.
1/3 yard blue fabric for border.

For todays step you will cut 8 squares 1 1/2 inches from each blue strip for a total of 96 squares
Cut 24 squares 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches from the white fat quarter.

This technique is one of my favorite ways to add a triangle to the corner of a square, and is especially handy for working with miniatures.

Simply lay your white 3 1/2" square face up. On the top right corner place a blue 1 1/2" square, aligning the edges.

Stitch from the top left corner of the blue square to the bottom right corner of the blue square.

Trim your seam allowance 1/4 inch from your stitching line.

Press triangle toward the outside of the block.

I like to chain piece my snowballs - I simply overlap the squares and sew the corners in one long line.

You can stitch, trim and press each corner at once, but I prefer to do all my sewing, then all my trimming, and finish with pressing.

You should now have 24 snowball blocks. Check back next week and we will make all of our nine-patch blocks without cutting individual squares - the fast, easy and fun way!