Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Apron in an Hour Remix

Jona's Apron in an Hour tutorial has been on my to do list for ages, and I finally had the opportunity to move it to the top of the list this week. I needed a hostess gift, and this is perfect! The pattern is great because it just uses a fat quarter and a half yard of fabric. I did make a simple change though. I added another fat quarter and made it reversible!

Here's a quick how to:
Square up your fat quarters to the same size (18 x 21). Sew the fat quarters along their 21" side to either side of the bottom trim fabric which is 6 x 21.Press the seams towards the fat quarters and top stitch.

Fold the rectangle in half, right sides together, so the fat quarters meet at the top, and stitch along the two sides, leaving the top open for turning.

Turn right side out and press. Now you're ready to add the apron tie, and you can follow Jona's instructions.

You get a simple, quick project that is two aprons in one!

I used a print from Amy Butler's Love, the new DS Quilts dot, and a pink crossweave.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tiny Log Cabin Quilt

Making this quilt was all about being in my happy place: scraps, improv, negative space, asymmetry.  The process took quite a bit of time.  There was lots of arranging and rearranging on the design wall, lots of trimming and adding strips here and there, and some time with the seam ripper.  Even the negative space is pieced improvisationally, using scraps.  This kind of process is relaxing to me, almost meditative. I made this quilt for myself, exactly the way it pleased me, and I love how it came out.
The quilting is a simple spiral using a walking foot, and I love the depth it adds to the quilt.  I placed the center of the spiral in the midst of the cluster of log cabin blocks.  It radiates outward, throwing out blocks along its path.
I picked a light blue and white DS Quilts print for the binding to keep the attention on the center of the quilt.

I was so happy to have a beautiful, sunny autumn day to take some pictures of this lovely quilt.  I'm looking forward to the day when my boys will be big enough to be quilt holders for me.  I'm prepping them now for photo shoots around town.  For now clips and trees play heavily.  It works.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tiny Log Cabin Blocks

I have another scrap project in the works.  Ever since I made my first tickertape quilt (pattern in Sunday Morning Quilts), I've saved even my tiniest scraps.  These bits are too small to be cut into 2 1/2" squares or two short to be thrown into my strips bins.  I have even been known to rescue scraps from my friends' trash piles at sewing meet ups.  It's a sickness, really.  But look how pretty they are!
Over the summer I started sewing these pieces into monochromatic, improv log cabin blocks.  I made a couple here and there while working on other things.  I've tagged them #tinylogcabinblocks on Instagram if you'd like to see more of a history of the project.  Each block is about 3" - 5" on a given side.  Some are rectangles, but most ended up more or less square.
The puzzle appeared as I put them on the design wall and thought of how to make them into a quilt.  I ended up improvising that part too.  I've used my neutral scraps to build the top.  It's great to use up all those random pieces of white and cream that don't seem to match any of your remaining yardage.
I'm quilting the top now.  Back soon.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Busy City Wall Hanging

I finally finished the Busy City wall hanging for my younger son.  He is pretty excited to have it in his room.

You may have guessed his favorite part: the garbage truck on its way to collect the trash from the bins at the house around the corner.
The wall hanging finishes at 32" x 32" and uses any nine blocks of your choice from the Busy City Quilt pattern.  You can download a free construction diagram of this wall hanging with finished measurements for each piece.  Of course, you will need a copy of the Busy City pattern for the paper pieced blocks. 

Update: Busy City is now available as a digital download. Purchase the PDF from Empty Bobbin here.
As always, I would love to see what you make!  You can add your pictures to the Flickr Group or hash tag them #busycityquilt on Instagram.  Or, email me, and I may share your quilt here on the blog.