Baby quilts and personalized wall hangings

Well, I finally finished my friends’ baby quilts, just in time to go see them next week.

IMG_2518My plan had been to buy one V and Co Color Me Happy Jelly Roll. I saw on her blog that she made two baby quilts in this free rail pattern and thought that would be perfect for them.

However, I quickly realized that they were really small. I guess I should have known from the finished measurements of the quilt, but what you read on paper, and what you see in reality, are two different things, as I’m sure you know.

Once I started creating the blocks, I realized I would have a lot of those pieced jelly rolls leftover, so I decided to make personalized pillows. I should have used smaller letters, because these were going to be waaayy too big for pillows. I created the letters in Word Art, and used double faced interfacing to place them. I also used a blue tailors chalk on this pale gray, and at first was very upset when I couldn’t get the blue line off You can’t see it anymore.

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I used really thick pellon interfacing to back them. I just hope my friends can hang them because I did not include any way to do so. I’ve been hanging my wall quilts with simple staples right in the seam. You can’t see the staples and they come out of the wall with minimal damage. This¬†stuff is much thicker than regular batting however.IMG_2521

In any event, I think the quilts came out great. I used my walking foot to do straight line quilting on the blue and green one. I used my free motion quilting foot do do squiggles (It has a different name, but you know what I mean) on the pink one. I love the way it looks.

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ow they are wrapped and ready to be given to their new owners. I hope they like them!

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Draft your own skirt

When I started sewing, I got on a kick to draft my own skirt. It looked easy. The key is to create a skirt sloper. It’s created by taking key measurements, carefully drawing some squares and rectangles on a piece of paper, make a pattern from that, and ta da! You have a custom skirt!

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So, no, it’s not quite that easy, even if you are led to believe it is. I used Soseweasy.com’s tutorial to draft my skirt. While it appears my waist is too large for my body (yes, that’s something I’m going to have to work on by doing less sewing and move moving), I did eventually make myself a skirt I was very proud of. Deby, who writes the Soseweasy blog, has very good, clear instructions on the whole project.

I¬†bought a cotton weave with spandex and black broadcloth at Joanns. I don’t usually like what they have there, but this fabric caught my eye and I think it is actually pretty nice.

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The instructions teach you to add a lining, an invisible zipper, and a hem. I think I did a pretty darn good job!

custom skirt from sloper2I am so impressed with my sewing machine. It’s a Brother. Every time I need something, a new foot, or new accessory, I look in the little bag of goodies that came with the machine and I find it. It amazes me because when I purchased the machine, I never expected to use all these bells and whistles. Thank goodness I bought up. Otherwise, I’d be in a position where I’d have to buy a new one.

Now, to torture myself, I bought this book which is supposed to help me draft 28 varieties of skirts. The first I’ll do is the wrap skirt. Have a few projects to finish first, but once I do, I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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