Monday, May 25, 2015

Bow Tie obsessed

Since I started a quilt for my niece out of Bonnie Hunters book I have been having fun with the original simple bow tie block

First the tutorial

This tutorial block will be 12 1/2" square once completed 

I started with 3 1/2" squares /= 8 solid Kona white and 8 solid or read as solid prints

Add 8 - 1 1/2" square white kona solid with a removable line drawn diagonally to indicare the middle.  I used clover water solvable marker.

When stitching I like to be on the side of the line closest to the corner to make sure the point doesn't get lost.

I prefer to chain stitch as much as possible

Cut between threads and press

Start stitching them together in rows, again I chain piece


Now fabric choice changes everything, so does sashing

The first one is black and white with white and black. In the middle is two solids with white and lastly is a bow tie where the corner colors are four blocks of the same shade to make up the bow with matching pink triangles added to the cream print.  All look different once grouped in fours.

Depending on the fabric choice they look completely different, the last one has added frames with corner stones, doesn't the block look "fancy"?

Here is a WIP of my nieces quilt - here each bow is the same color of material only instead of doing a 3 1/2" as above each square I did is 4- 2 1/2" squares for each corner to make that corner 4 1/2" square. These blocks are 20" with framing and It is a Bonnie Hunter pattern.

Liking the bow tie, what about you?

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Off to sew,

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Alzheimers fidget quilt

Our WNY MQG is honored this month to be making Fidget quilts for Alzheimer patients  Our current president in real life is on the nursing staff of a local hospital and brought this need to our attention.   Since we are always looking for items to make for charity we are excited to do a full day sew-in this coming weekend at the hospitals community center.  

The idea of this quilt is to be lap size for someone sitting in a wheel chair, I decided on 16 x 20 for mine, a little bigger than a place mat.

Since I have a lot of stuff to bring as it is, I decided to do myself an example so I don't have to make it up as I go along on sewing day.  I mapped out the sizes of each square, noted how may "extras" I need and printed an outline. 

On the quilt my goal was to incorporate at least 3 fabrics of different textures and 6 items to fidget with.  When using the quilt patients "worry" or fidget with the shapes, textures and items. 

On this one I used flannel, denim, netting and soft cottons, some with extra batting with textured quilting. My items are buttons, a zipper, snaps, marbles under the cotton netting, cording, a key chain and a belt with loops. This was my manly man quilt for gentleman patients who don't want frills.

My favorite Wednesday link Sew Fresh Quilts

off to sew,