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Next Up, a Scrap Quilt

I have lots of scraps and have never really used them because I can’t ever figure out what I want to do. A few months ago, I bought Sunday Morning Quilts (< affliate link) and it basically gives you lots of ideas about how to use scraps. Honestly, I looked through it, admired how pretty all the pictures were, then put it away.

But, the other day I pulled it out the other day and made myself pick something to make, and this it is. Actually, my 4-year-old picked it out. He just loooooves all the “cowors.”

quilt-to-make

Cute, right? A little busy, but very cute.

So, I’ve been pulling fabric out of this……

scrap-pile

and have made these…. 10 so far.

10-blocks

I’m trying to just pull from the scrap pile and not think too much about what I’m putting where. The exception is the square in the middle, which the book suggests using fussy cut squares. (The best way I know to describe fussy cut is when you pick out a specific part of the fabric that you want and cut it out, like the way I tried to frame the bird in the picture.) But for the other pieces, I’m definitely trying to just sew whatever I pull.

I think this pattern calls for something like 265 blocks. That is A LOT of blocks, so I’m not really trying to rush and get this one done. Right now, I’m just going to try to do 5 blocks a day and see where that gets me.

If you’re looking for a good book about using scraps, I’d recommend this one. I’ve enjoyed it. The authors give some good tips and the pictures are pretty.

Make a Honey Bun Quilt Top

Several years ago (before I really knew what I was doing) I bought 2 honey buns on eBay on sale. Then I couldn’t figure out what in the world to do with them. I tried to come up with something, but gave up. Anyway, the other day I decided to take them out and play with them again. This time I came up with a baby quilt to make. And it turned out pretty cute, in my opinion. If you want to try one, go ahead and read through this entire post before you start. I think that’ll make it easier. And I’ll go ahead and warn you, I did run into a smallish problem at the very end, but I fixed it with some creative ironing 🙂 and it was no big deal, and I explain near the end of the post.

So, if you want to make one yourself, here you go:

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Moda Honey Bun Quilt Top

I finally made a quilt from a honey bun fabric roll. I bought two honey buns several years ago on eBay, tried to do something with them, gave up, and then finally made this.

Moda Honey Bun Quilt Top

It’s a baby quilt (obviously) 🙂 and measures approximately 32 X 39 inches.

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Easy Envelope Pillow Tutorial

These envelope pillow tutorials are all over the Internet, but I figured if everyone else has one, why can’t I? 🙂 These are easy to make and literally take me about 10 minutes.

Like most things there are several ways to do this, but this is what works for me.

To figure out the size you need to cut your fabric:
Width: width of your pillow + 1 inch.
Length: length of your pillow x 2 + 6 inches.

(My pillows are 18×18 inches, so Icut my fabric 19 inches wide and 42 inches long.) If you want them to be kind of baggy and loose, add an inch, if you want them to fit snugly, make them close to the actual pillow dimensions like I did. I like them to be snug because I think they look better, but that’s just me.

fabric-for-pillow-cover

 

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New Pillows for Fall

I feel like it was last week that I made these, but somehow summer has come and gone, and fall is right around the corner.

So, I made more pillows. They needed to be replaced anyway, with 2 boys and a dog they were disgusting a little rough around the edges.

So, I made these…..

3 envelope throw pillows

I love them and they were super easy to make. I also made up a little tutorial which I will post this week.

Finished my Patchwork Quilt

completed honey honey patchwork quilt

I finished! Finally. It’s kind of a big deal for me to actually finish a quilt. I’m great about starting, not so great about finishing.

sideview patchwork quilt

I posted about it here and I used it to make a few binding tutorials. It was super easy and very quick to make. I just procrastinated with the binding, as usual. I did, however, machine stitch the binding rather than handstitch for the first time. It went much, much faster of course, but I don’t think it looks quite as nice. I learned some things that I’ll do differently next time. So, hopefully with practice I’ll get better.

binding view of patchwork quilt

I used a vintage sheet for the backing, also a first for me. All in all, I’m excited about finishing another quilt and am ready to keep working on the other two I’ve got going.

ETA: The finished size is ~ 46 X 55 and if you’re interested in making one, I have some instructions here.

Happy Quilting! 🙂

 

Current State of My Sewing Room

This week has been full of swimming lessons and golf clinics, so sadly my sewing machine has sat all by herself, lonely and ignored. 😉

my sewing machine

The sad state of my hourglass quilt. I have a new plan, however. I’m going to try sashing. Otherwise, it’s just too busy, so hopefully sashing will help.

hourglass quilt waiting

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Quilt Binding Instructions: How to Join Quilt Binding Ends

Now that you’ve made your binding and sewn it to your quilt, you need to join the ends of the binding. (First, a little FYI: The first time I did this, I almost lost my mind. I don’t know why, but I looked at every tutorial on the Internet, and could not get it to work. So, I have taken it on as my personal mission in life to explain this well.)

So, at the end of the last tutorial, this is what you had.

where to stop sewing

A nice empty space where you will join the ends of your binding.

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Quilt Binding Instructions: How to Sew on Binding

After you’ve made your quilt binding, it’s time to attach it to your quilt.

Remember when you made your binding? How you folded it in half and ironed? Ok, place that binding strip on the edge of your quilt with the side you can “open” facing UP. You could also say the raw edges should be facing up. If that doesn’t make sense (and I’m not sure it does) look at the picture below. The side you can open should be aligned with the edge of your quilt.

opening-faces-up

Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, start sewing (backstitch when you start sewing!) about 8-10 inches from the end of your binding strip. You start 8-10 inches from the end because you’re going to need some extra fabric when you attach the ends together, which I’ll talk about soon in another post.  (And it’s probably a good idea to stop here and attach your walking foot, I didn’t, but I probably should have.)

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Quilt Binding Instructions: Make Your Own Binding

I’m ready to bind this quilt, so I thought I’d write up a little tutorial about how to make your own quilt binding. It’s easy to make. The only tricky part, in my opinion, is that it’s a little cumbersome because you’re dealing with such long pieces of material.

***I always say this, but there are definitely several ways to make quilt binding, this is just how I do it. I’m not saying this is the “right” way, it’s just my way.***

First, measure the length and width of your quilt. Don’t worry about being exact, it’s good to be generous with your measurements. (I used my quilt ruler to measure because it was close by, use whatever you have.)

use quilt ruler to measure quilt

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