It seems I’m taking it a bit easy this summer (well, besides being chauffeur to my kids!), but I am happy to report I’ve finished a couple of pillows using the oh-so-cute Flutter fabric by Laura Gunn. Last time I shared this fabric, I mentioned I paired it with some of Laura’s Painter’s Canvas (which in case you are wondering, is quilting cotton, not actual canvas). She has a huge variety of colors but I selected a rainbow assortment.
I ended up adding piping to the butterfly pillow. I used a gray painters canvas I had on hand. I’m not exactly experienced with piping. I think the last time I made some was when I put together my Weekender. It turned out…ok. I know some people requested a tutorial and I’m sure there are much more experienced sources out there for that. I free motion quilted this pillow with some random loop-de-loops around the butterflies. I thought it gave a nice fluttering effect.
For my second pillow, I more or less fussy cut some little bugs out of the fabric. The different color bugs were all a bit different sizes, but I averaged them out to 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″. I then cut an assortment of the Painter’s Canvas the same size and made a little rectangular patchwork design. I decided to quilt this one using decorative stitch 301 on my Bernina 750QE, using my usual 50 weight Aurifil thread in white.
I love that this machine does even wider stitches than my “old” Bernina (not really old). If your machine has decorative stitches and you haven’t checked them out, I encourage you to do that! I’ve done this same technique on another pillow, using my Bernina 440QE and was thrilled with how that turned out as well.
One feature I tried out on my new machine this time was the “Start-Stop” button. See that green glowing button above? When I was ready to stitch, I pushed that button and it took off sewing without me using the foot pedal. I simply guided the fabric a bit. This was a nice feature considering how many lines I was stitching and let’s face it – repetitive decorative lines can feel a bit monotonous at times.
The backs of the pillows are more of the Flutter fabric. I’ve given these to my daughter for her bedroom and they are already happily being used for her dolls.
June 30, 2014 8 Comments
Remember that awesome fabric I showed you before I left for Quilt Market? Well I cut into it today. I was really inspired to make something with the butterflies from Flutter first. I cut a couple of rows of them out, and then some 1-1/2″ strips of Laura Gunn’s Painter’s Canvas. My plan was to make a pillow from a bunch of log cabins with the butterflies in the middle.
But something about Laura’s fabric always makes me want to appliqué. I say that sort of as a joke, but I think the last time I appliquéd something was also with her fabric! Hmmmm, something magical in those threads I think…
Once I completely changed my plan for this fabric, I recut fabric strips to 2″ and sewed those together in a rainbow gradient. I fused Heat n Bond Ultra on the back of the butterflies and cut those out as well.
I spray basted the rainbow stripes, batting and backing. Then I placed the butterflies on the pillow top and ironed them down (final step of the Heat n Bond). I used my Blindstitch Bernina Foot #5 to follow the edge of the butterfly, and moved the needle to the left a bit to stitch the butterfly down.
I didn’t worry too much about it being perfect because 1) I love the frayed looked of raw edge appliqué, 2) this is a decorative pillow that won’t get hard use, and 3) I used Heat n Bond Ultra for the fusing. After stitching around the butterflies, I started quilting in a loop de loop design.
It’s not finished – almost! But I wanted to share my progress. I’m trying to decide if I should add piping around the pillow. What do you think? Hopefully I’ll have more time to work on it tomorrow!
May 28, 2014 36 Comments
Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving for my American readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some time off with your families. I’m sure many of you are out shopping today – maybe even you’ve been up since midnight. But for those spending time at home today, I’m very happy to share my next quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival with you, the Star Bright Quilt.
But before I get to the quilt, something really, really exciting arrived on my doorstep Tuesday afternoon. My copies of the book! And this is awesome news because it means the books are all in the warehouse here in the United States now and being shipped out to retailers. So you should start seeing it soon in shops and if you ordered it online already, chances are you will be getting it sooner than expected! Woohoo!
I also have a few copies available in my shop ready to ship. Those are signed by all 3 of us authors. If you happened to purchase a copy from somewhere else, you can get signed bookplates in my shop as well (The $1 cost for those just covers the shipping and paypal fees).
Back to today’s quilt share! This the my Star Bright quilt and definitely one of my favorites. Maybe because it combines a few of my favorite things: paper piecing, stars and fabrics from Anna Maria Horner.
It’s lap sized and quilted with straight lines.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this in my last post, but something I love about this book is that many of the projects use 12″ x 12″ finished blocks. This makes the quilt patterns really flexible. If you like a layout, but want to switch out the blocks, it’s really easy. Just pick one (or more) of the other 19 blocks in the book (or another block you happen to know and love). Make your blocks and plug them into the pattern.
I was motivated last week to do a bit of Christmas sewing for the house. I used the block from this quilt to make a new pillow for my couch.
I did some light free motion meandering quilting in the negative space and then assembled using Katie’s invisible zipper tutorial that I love so much.
I think it matches the Christmas quilt I made last year quite well!
November 29, 2013 15 Comments
As usual I couldn’t narrow down what colors I wanted to use, so I picked pretty much them all (except the brown, it would blend too much into my couch).
Seeing Anna finish her pillows motivated me to get going on mine. I’d been hesitating because I always dread installing the invisible zipper. But she actually linked to a great tutorial on Sew Katie Did’s blog and guess what? I’m not scared anymore! It was so easy!
The two blue pillows are 20″ x 20″ and the red and yellow pillows are 18″ x 18″. I bought my down inserts at Crate and Barrel.
Since these fabrics are a Home Dec weight, I think they will hold up nicely to the abuse that comes at the hands of a 4 and 6 year old.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with how they turned out!
July 26, 2013 14 Comments