Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holiday

Fininshing some last minute gifts this week, looking forwards to Christmas dinner with family and relaxing with a movie ir two.

Down to the quilting, came out 80 x 122' largest I have done so far, think I will be FMQ to look like wood planks.  

Off to sew, 
Happy Holidays everyone
Bella & Izzie

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas mood?

Warning- no sewing on todays blog

I don't know what it is about this year but here it is a week before my most favorite holiday and I'm not feeling it. I have done some shopping, made some cookies, have one of my Christmas trees started, we had record snowfall already in the Buffalo area... yet not feeling it.

So over the weekend I traveled to NJ to see my baby girls first home purchase with her fella, it is so adorable and decorated for the holidays.  I am so proud of them, such a cute first home and she gave me an idea of something I can make for her.
Lunch in Montclair and a little window shopping, yes those are knitted hats in fun shapes.

Saturday morning we set off by train into NYC to see the the sites, a train full of Santas so much fun.  It was Santa.con day in the city- I will say we encountered the largest bunch very early so no drunk santas, just jolly happy ones. 

Our first stop was the Etsy Holiday shop set up in Chelsea Market, it was interesting.  I purchased a few cards not much else, it was crowded with barely wide aisles and way too warm.  I hope the shop owners did well, the space should have been bigger.

We saw Cinderella, I always plan a show when in NYC, they are better.  Somehow the storylines are more playful. Very enjoyable.

Then there was the tree, my favorite tree.  I dont care how crowded it is or how far we had to walk its worth it every time.

Sunday morning after a picture perfect breakfast at Normas, last on the "get you in the holiday mood" are the windows at Macy's, with some shopping in the Christmas department (60% off)

After a little break for my knees baby girl took her mama from NYC to the EWR airport by train so I didnt get lost, yes I was conserned about that. Thank goodness she knows the ins and outs of the NYC trains and subway system.

Thank you for a great weekend, see you at home next week!

I had a wonderful time with my daughter, great food as usual and then I was back home getting double puppy kisses in the car like I was gone for weeks instead of 2 days.  
Kinda caught up on my holiday sewing, off to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" that should do it, right?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Feathers ~ My way tutorial

As you know I am in several bees and our queen for NQB Bee asked for Anna Marie Horners feathers. Stephanie of Late Night Quilters requested them without backing so she can applique them, I can not wait to see her quilt when its done.

After doing so many for my quilt I found a better way without using paper 

First when I get new fabric I cut off the edges and save the salvages, sometimes as much as two inches.  I start by picking colors I like to start.
Then I fold them in half wrong sides together with the idea that the longer ones will be at the base of the feather. 

Then I cut the open end (not the folded) at a 45 degree angle

Cut the other end to make it into two pieces

This gives you both sides of the feather at the proper angle, this is where I decide on the fabric colors and order

Time to chain piece them one side at a time

Sew together overlapping 1/4" for less waste

After pressing, fresh cut the stem side of the feather
The stem is actually designed to show 1/4" between colors.  When I sew my stem I use whatever width scrap I have. It is easier for me to control wider widths than narrow.

After pressing, trim to 1/2" showing
(3/4" total)

Attach the other side


After trimming the first side to your desired shape, mark the other side to balance your feather.  Use the stems straight line for a starting point
If you are doing a feather with a background you would start with your background piece before starting the feather.  At this point you would add top and sides of the background.
This is one of the feathers with white backgrounds from my other quilt.  I blue dotted where I attached the white if you need your feather to be a block
Here are the two I did for Stephanie ~ yay ta-done!
Off to make arrows for my Do Good Stitches bee

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Rag Quilt ~ Sew Cute!

Last week our local chain fabric / craft store ran a black Friday sale starting on Wednesday, good thing because I don't leave the house to shop on black Friday.  They really only had one thing I wanted, 75% off flannel making it $1.74.  I had making a rag quilt on my wish list and figured since this was a test and would be for me the chain store purchase was ok.  I also have been saving smaller pieces of batting that would work for this project.  I am thrilled I didn't use any "new" batting for this project.

(tutorials can be found on line so I did not set this post up as such- many bloggers and YouTube have tutorials)

Materials used
4 yards of backing flannel  cut into 64 pieces (10" squares)
1 yard each of 4 different flannels for the front - each cut into 16 pieces (10" squares)
Scrap batting cut into 7" squares, 64
Aurifil white thread
Spring assist sissors, I used Fiskars micro-tip sissors #5
It is an easy project

Place one flannel backing square right side down in the center of the batting and add the last ten inch square right side up on top. 

Add a couple pins and stitch an X on each one corner to corner, I chain pieced mine.

Placing the squares together, back to back sew one inch seams until you have eight squares accross.  Then sew the rows together the same way. (Seams to the front) eight rows down (check a tutorial for better understanding here)

Using the spring assist scissors fringe the one inch raw edges. Definitely need to add the Rag Quilt template to my wish list (Accuquilt)
Machine wash and dry to fluff

Tradition holds, I put a pocket on this quilt too only this time it is on the front AND has a zipper closure, sew cute!

Look how fluffy snugglie my new all flannel quilt is


Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts!
Off to sew,