Start with a small mitered corner application to gain confidence in making excellent mitered corners every time!
To start gather notions and fabric scraps to practice :
My square measures 8 1/2 inches, and the 4 strips are 1 1/2 x 12 inches. Take special note here: when making mitered corners your strip length needs to be much longer than your square, the wider your strip, the more length you need. Usually I add the strip width times two, plus an extra inch or two, for peace of mind. When I was doing this the first time on my tree skirt, I ended up making my first round of border half the width to accommodate the miter — it wasn’t long enough for the width.
On with the instructions:
pin your strips, center on your square, on opposite sides
Sew with 1/4″ seam — I … Read More »
I hope that you aren’t getting bored of this pattern! I love the simplicity of it and how I’m able to show off the fabulous prints with this pattern :)
I love the back, almost as much as the front! I even used the alphabet on my machine to make a label – trying to be better about labeling. I stitched it down with my machine too, as it is a baby quilt, and I figure will be washed lots – mine always have been :)
This will be in my etsy shop soon, it’s a custom order, but I have others if you are interested, and I’m willing to do custom – obviously. he he
I hope you have a good day/evening — no fooling :)Amy
I wanted to have a record of the ironing/pressing poll I did a few weeks back, I was about to just delete it but thought it was good information to keep! The post with comments is here :)
Personally, I’m still torn – I like how flat the block is when I press my seams open, but there are times when the bit of bulk adds dimension to the blocks. So for now I’m just going to decide as I go!
There’s a few applications where I will always press flat: triangles, working on mitered corners, binding strips, and anywhere with lots of seams meeting up. Oh, Fransson – had a post about ironing recently, apparently someone had the gall to tell her she was doing it wrong! I never did ask, why do you … Read More »
Owen, our big boy – he’s 21 months old (or young) and not talking too much. He has three big sisters and mama to grunt and point with! We all get him :) Recently when he was asking for a snack (with a grunt) I said “Say please mama” his response is “neeeee” – while making the CUTEST face:
Then there’s Miss Ella, getting really close to 9 and just 2 months of 3rd grade left! I don’t think I told you, but she’s had strep recently – oh joy!
It started Monday before her Disney program, she woke up with a horrible sore throat – and I knew it was strep (she had it twice last winter). She stayed home from school, and went to the doctor. We started the meds and she had to … Read More »
Jessica at Twin Fibers sent out vintage sheets for this months block. I hemmed and hawed trying to decide exactly how to put this block together. Especially after beautiful blocks started showing up in the group pool – everyone there has something different to add to the group! In the end I framed out the little panel Jessica sent and mitered the corners for a little special touch.I’m wondering if a mitered corner tutorial would be helpful for anyone?
Next up – Project Improv!I had been putting off this block a little, hoping that I could get a few fat quarters before stitching it up . . . (didn’t happen) I rummaged through my scraps and found colors in the requested fields and set to work.
A few thoughts about improv:– I like the end result, but … Read More »
I’ve been working behind the scenes here to figure out youtube and how to upload video from our slightly outdated video camera. Since I’ve been blogging I have become more and more techy – go figure!There’s 4 third grade classes, so the teacher’s were busy coordinating 80-90 students – they look like a lot more all together! Do you see Ella?
There she is!Here’s a video of her solo – we are so proud, she did such a great job!
There’s a collection on videos on our neglected family blog, if you would like to see more :)
I don’t have any decent pictures of the costumes the mom’s made – they all looked great though! Adult sweatshirts altered for elephants, monkeys, and birds – great simple costumes.
That’s it for the moment – I hope that you are well and … Read More »
There’s a huge blog party going on! The ladies at 5 minutes for mom are hosting and over 700 bloggers are participating so far. There’s tons of giveaways and fun stuff going on. If you came from over there – Welcome!
A couple of my favorite posts about my kids are :MommyhoodIt Smells so Goooood in Here!One Day at a Time
When my lovely little people give me time to create I do my best to jam as much as possible in!
I was asked to create the boy version of a quilt in my etsy shop recently –I had two hours this afternoon :) After running Emmalie to the DR office for immunizations (we are getting ready for Kindergarten reg. next week), and stopping at the grocery store for the weeks dinners – I was in need of … Read More »
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped to spread the word last week! I loved reading all the comments, and trying to respond to them all – new friends are fun :)
I closed comments last night before heading to bed with 155 – WOW! I am so glad that you all love the bag! After adding all the multiple entries and a few emails I have a grand total of 249!
***The random number picked – 166Which coordinates to Beth’s entry! Beth I just need your address and the bag is yours – I already emailed you! Congratulations!!
I’ve felt a little disconnected not writing here this last week, but have been struggling with a nasty sinus infection, so there hasn’t been much craftyness going on. Here’s a sneak peak of some fabrics, … Read More »
I can hardly believe that it has been one year since I joined this online blogging community! I have learned so much, been so encouraged as a mom and quilter – thanks to all of you that have enriched my life by being a part of this blog and sharing your lives on your own blogs.
A quick stroll down memory lane, if you will ~
My first post, I was working on a quilt just for me at the time. My favorite, it has primaloft batting (super warm) and it has been under our down comforter all winter!
Here I decided to be real.
My baby turned 1, and started walking! Lots of family celebrations too.
Finished a respectable number of quilts (here & here too) – I have high hopes for many more this year!
I have made … Read More »
Thanks to all of you that took the time to tell me about your ironing habits! It seems that most press their seams in one direction with a couple of exceptions. Within a couple of hours of posting and getting the first bit of feedback, I decided to check into my books that I first bought about quilting. I was thinking maybe it wasn’t in there :) It was – I probably skipped it as I already “knew” how to press seams. I’m completely self-taught in the quilting department :)
Moving on: My block for Sarah! Sarah sent over a great collection of prints with no real specifics for block design, just a bit of texture. I added pintucks!
I even got a cool shot of those cute little tucks —
I … Read More »
Which way do you press your seams while quilting? I put up a poll for the next week on the left side – because I’m curious.
I learned to sew garments first (20 years ago) and have had a hard time changing my thinking about ironing – but I’m starting to see the light in how seams lock together if they are pressed in the opposite directions.
If you would like to expound upon your vote please leave a comment – I will update everyone next week as to my findings!
Thanks for your input :)
I’m so glad that so many of you love being moms too! I am so blessed to have my little ones in my life – and to be home with them. I do know that there’s times when I would love to escape to a deserted island! Just every once in a while :)
It seems that I’m off the hook for the “smee-shirt” Ella informed me the same day I had planned to go shopping for supplies that it was taken care of! All that scrounging for ideas with no need – it will come in handy in the future I’m sure. She’s my first in school :)
Ella is super excited about the program coming up – NEXT WEEK – it seems she’s been talking about it all year and now it’s finally here! … Read More »