January 18th, 2014
Strip quilting with the Quilt As You Go method is pretty much the only way I can quilt these days. It’s such a quick and easy way to make a simple quilt, and be done with it in a matter of hours. I call it my 2-nap quilt, as I really can only quilt when my boys are napping, and a strip quilt takes about 2 nap times to get done start to finish. And lets be honest… I haven’t had much time to practice extensive quilting techniques, so this is pretty much as good as it gets for me right now.
Here’s a quick tutorial on my diagonal strip quilt, it’s a little bit more tricky than a standard strip quilt. First step is super easy – I cut 5″ strips out of all of my fabrics – You can do this with any size strip – a jelly roll would save you time on the cutting, but take more time on the sewing. I like the 5″ because I can cut all the left-over strips in half and use the 2.5″ for binding strips.
All the fabric is from my new line with Riley Blake Fabric - Lost & Found 2.
I laid them out in an order that I liked, and then moved onto the batting and backing. You want to cut your backing to your final quilt size (give or take for squaring up). For this quilt, I used the whole width of the fabric – so like 44″ and for the length I went about 64″ Then I cut the batting to match. I use a 100% cotton backing because it has a nice tack to it and sticks with the cotton fabric without any shifting. I iron the backing to the fabric with a hot iron to make the two pieces stick better to each other, and to remove any wrinkles. And I’m laughing as I look at this really wrinkly picture! I must have ironed it after this!
I wanted to make a diagonal strip quilt (never done this before), and thought it would be cool if I started at one corner, and then reversed the diagonal. So first step was to make a base-line to end my first set of strips.
I used my fussy cutter, to get a good straight edge from my fabric. I used my long ruler to follow that line and draw directly on the batting.
Okay so I don’t have a photo of the next step, but basically I laid out all my strips FACE-UP on the batting, starting on the baseline I just drew, and trimmed the ends about an inch longer than the end of the quilt.
Then all you do is start sewing. I rolled up the majority of the quilt so it would fit in my machine arm, laid down my first strip and sewed it down right-side-up. I just use a standard sewing foot and keep my feet in a normal position.
I took my second strip, and placed it right-side to right-side – matching up the seams, and sewed down.
Flip the strip over – exposing the right-side. I recommend pressing this down to keep all your seams nice and flat. Then you take the next strip and again place it right-side to right-side – match up the seams, and sew.
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January 11th, 2014
CHA is the Craft Hobby Association trade show held annually in Anaheim, CA. The company that I design scrapbooking products – My Mind’s Eye – has a booth there, and I usually attend with them and help plan/decorate the trade show booth. At the trade show various craft companies release new products and write orders with various vendors and retailers.
With that intro… I flew into LAX on Thursday with a few designer friends, and we headed straight for a fun day in Santa Monica.
Which, awesomely, included the ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier. Looking at this gorgeous beach and ocean view.
I even took a selfie from way up high.
We also ate a ridiculous amount of italian food. Calories don’t count on work trips, right?
The next morning I was up and at the MME booth. I put together the product boards, and hand-painted a lot of illustrated gold frames.
Here’s a closeup of me painting away! My back was killing me after I finished.
But my layout wall turned out awesome! I love this idea and I’m totally going to do this somewhere in our new house to put layouts up and also kids artwork.
This is the whole wall (missing 2 layouts). Love it!
Okay so a few quick shots of the new product that I designed:
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December 23rd, 2013
One of our neighbors is obsessed with rice bags and so I thought it was a great little gift (simple and afforable!) to make for all the neighborhood girls. I looked up a tutorial online and just followed it to make the rice bags. The one that I used is from Make and Takes and was super easy to follow. I created a longer tri-fold variation following their simple instructions. Each one takes just a few minutes to sew together.
Cute flannel & coordinating thread
Sewing machine & pins (okay I didn’t really use pins)
Ribbon & Tag
Mine ended up being about 20″ x 7″. I made it really easy by just cutting 8.5″ strips of fabric from a 44″ bolt of fabric (creating an 8.5×44″ then cutting off the selvage). I used this adorable Merry Little Christmas winter flannel from Riley Blake.
Then I just designed a little tag with some basic instructions. I kept it winter related, because knowing me, these probably won’t get delivered until after Christmas!
And then just printed them out, folded them, and wrote a note inside (missed a few letters as usual!).
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