Friday, October 9, 2015

Twelve Taffies

I was able to finish up all of my taffy blocks! Hooray!

Here are all 12 blocks:

Here's a close up of all of the green and grey taffies:

Here's the layout that I plan to use:

I'm not sure if I want to do any sashings or not yet. I'm thinking maybe to break up the blocks a little bit, but I don't want it to get too big -- it is a baby quilt! What are your thoughts?

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Making Taffy

Since I finished one baby quilt, it was time to start another since I still have four on my list. Another boy quilt coming right up!

I decided that I wanted to finally use the Salt Water Taffy quilt pattern from Moda Bake Shop from a long while back with a jelly roll of Road 15 by Sweetwater that I bought last year.

Because it's just my nature, I decided to modify the pattern a little bit. Or a lot? I'm making the whole quilt from one jelly roll -- using the light strips for the background instead of solids. I also used some strips to make four patches for the centers of the taffy blocks since I don't have a matching charm pack.

In my opinion, the original pattern has a lot of unnecessary seams, some of which are included to avoid having to use partial seams in the block. I'm all about the partial seam, quilty friends, so I set out to simplify the number of parts in this block.

Here's my finished block:

And here's the block dissected into its parts:

I know partial seams are anathema to some people, but I am all about simplifying seams and saving a little bit of fabric.

Here are all six of my finished blocks:

I really like how all of these have turned out thus far! I have 3 green taffies and 3 dark grey taffies to make and then all of my blocks will be completed! I haven't yet used any of the black strips in the jelly roll -- I am thinking I will use them for sashing and/or binding.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Finished Picnic Pinwheels Baby Quilt

It's done! Hooray!

As I mentioned previously, I had started the quilting over the weekend and I was able to finish it up this week and then put the binding on. I did bias binding with one of the leftover fat quarters and juuuuust squeaked by having enough binding. But just barely!

I quilted this one with light blue thread (the same as I had done in this quilt that uses the same fabric) and I used light blue flannel for the backing. I decided against doing some sort of border since it was already decently sized for a baby quilt.

I did loop de loop quilting on this one and while I intended to do it on a larger scale, once I got started quilting, it ended up slightly smaller than I intended. It still looks good, I just need to work on enlarging my quilting.

I'm not sure why the backing looks so teal in this picture other than I had to take pictures inside, but it's not quite that teal.

One down, four more to start and finish!

Size: 36 x 48 inches
Pattern: Picnic Pinwheels by Patch the Giraffe
Quilting: Free motion loop de loops
Binding: Bias binding from a fat quarter of coordinating fabric

Linking up at  Free Motion Mavericks and Finish it Up Friday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ironing Board Cover Version 3.0

One of the things I posted in my first year of blogging was recovering my ironing board. You can check it out here! Here's what it looked like in January 2012 when I recovered it the first time. (And here's the tutorial I used!)

Sometime in the winter of 2014 I recovered it a second time, and didn't actually document it on the blog. The horror! It had begun to shred and fray in some places and a few places the batting had got really squished down. The second time, I didn't piece the cover at all because the seams in the cover were quite annoying on the rare occasion when I ironed clothes. I did an argyle-type diamond pattern of quilting the second time using my walking foot.

It really didn't hold up all that well the second time (maybe because I was sewing more during this time) so this weekend I recovered it with version 3.0 -- again with one solid piece of fabric.

Here's the version 2.0 cover pinned with an additional layer of batting and the new cover as the "backing" -- here you can see how abysmal the cover had gotten! The color fading is/was worse in person!

I did "large matchstick" quilting with my walking foot across the entirety of the cover in brown to match the new fabric I was using.

Here's the cover all trimmed down before the binding was added:

Here's the binding added. I use the pocket created by the double binding to string through my cord to cinch up the cover around my ironing board. I am probably going to replace it with elastic the next time I hit up Joanns.

And here it is all finished!

It's still a little stiff and doesn't want to fully conform to my board yet, but it'll get there!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Pinwheel Progress

This weekend I was able to make some serious progress on my Picnic Pinwheels quilt!

Friday I was able to finish up all of the blocks:

And Saturday I was able to sew the whole top together:

I decided to go no borders on this one and used one of the leftover fat quarters from these coordinates to make a whole pile of bias binding. It's gonna be close, but I should have just enough.

I also was able to get the flannel for the backing and started quilting it yesterday with loop-de-loops! Here's a little preview:

I'm about 2/3rds of the way done with the quilting (hooray!) so I should be able to finish it up over the next few days!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!