Thursday, October 17, 2013

Drive Through Quilt-Along

Behold the cuteness! Paper piecing patterns will be available for FREE through Craftsy. As you complete blocks, I'd love to see your work in the Flickr group here.

I used the Road 15 fabric line. If you'd like a fat quarter bundle of your own, Quilts Ole can ship one to you. Just call the number on their website here. You will also need 3/4 yards of black fabric for the road, 2 yards of cream background fabric, and 3/4 yards of border fabric (or more if it is directional).

You can also grab the Drive Through Quit-Along button below. Just copy the HTML in the window below.

Quilting Mod

Carseat Cover Tutorial

Make sure you cut notches in the rounded corners of the two 29" x 41" pieces of fabric you sew together using a 1/2" seam allowance. This will create less bulk in the corners and make it easier to turn right-sides-out. Remember to leave a gap for turning. This gap will be closed during the top-stitching process.

Your 8" x 4 1/2" rectangles will be folded like so.
Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance on the lines I have marked here, leaving a gap for turning.

When you flip it right-sides-out, it should look like this.

Ta-da! This is the strap after top-stitching using an 1/8" seam allowance.

Add velcrow as shown. Use sew-on velcrow without adhesive, or it will gum up your machine.
Use a double row of stitching to attach the straps to the cover. Buttons can be added as a decorative embellishment. The picture below shows how to attach the completed carseat cover to the carrier.

Fabric was provided by Quilts Ole.

Upcoming Classes

I have two upcoming UNM Continuing Education classes. Descriptions follow the picture.

Modern Sampler Quilt

Number of Weeks: 6
Day/Times: Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 pm
Starting Date: 2-4-14
Ending Date: 3-11-14

Location: Ann Silva’s Sewing Center

Delve into the emerging world of modern quilting! Experience piecing techniques including improvisational, strip, pixel, foundation paper and curved, as you compose a quilt top containing nine unique blocks set in an alternate grid layout. Experiment with bold colors, innovative background choices, on-trend fabrics, negative space, geometric shapes, Internet resources, and reinterpretation of traditional quilt blocks. This course is suitable for those with basic sewing skills, rotary cutting experience, and knowledge of quilt construction. Sewing machines are available for use free-of-charge at Ann Silva’s.

Quilt Top to Finished Quilt – Modern Style

Number of Weeks: 5
Day/Times: Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 pm
Starting Date: 3-18-14
Ending Date: 4-15-14

Location: Ann Silva’s Sewing Center

Gain the skills necessary to turn an unfinished quilt top into a completed quilt. Various contemporary basting, binding, and free-motion quilting methods will be explored. This course is suitable for those with basic sewing skills, rotary cutting experience, and knowledge of quilt construction. Sewing machines are available for use free-of-charge at Ann Silva’s.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

So Proud

Check out what a wonderful job Judy Gillenwater did making my "Zoo Quilt" pattern. You can't see anything but the top of her head because she's hiding behind her quilt top.

Here's an updated shot. She's added adorable prairie points to the bottom. It's hard to believe this is her first experience with prairie points and paper piecing. I love the gray background and the font she chose for the "zoo" letters.

Retro Sampler Quilt

If you live near or in Albuquerque, you may be interested in a UNM Continuing Education course I'm teaching at Ann Silva's Sewing Center every Tuesday in July from 6 to 8:30 pm. 

Here's the description:
Create a wall-hanging-sized quilt top reminiscent of the 1930s, using today’s tools and techniques. A progression of nine unique blocks possesses all the charm of a bygone era and none of the tedious handwork. Develop skills such as paper-piecing, appliqué, and more. This course is suitable for those with basic sewing skills, rotary cutting experience, and knowledge of quilt construction.  A limited supply of sewing machines is available for use free-of-charge at Ann Silva’s.

Go to the UNM Continuing Education website to register. The cost is $95 for five sessions and 12 1/2 hours of instruction.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

One-Seam Flying Geese

Super Mario Quilt

My friend Ashley White is expecting her first child, Wesley William White any time now. Since her nursery them is Super Mario Brothers, I used Angela Pingel's Super Mario Brothers QAL as inspiration. Instead of using all 1 1/2" squares, I combined squares to make larger units. I also pieced as usual, rather than using the Pellon Stick-n-Wash stabilizer. I rescaled the Mario block to be a 36" x 36" baby quilt, which meant each square of the grid ended up being 2" finished. 

I quilted using a decorative serpentine stitch on my machine at its longest setting for the background. Mario was quilted by stitching in the ditch. I used matching thread colors on the front, and black on the back, since the backing is solid black. The binding was stitched to the back, then pulled around to the front. I stitched while looking at the front side to know if I was catching the binding with my line of stitching or not. The line of stitching appears on the quilt back, just off the binding. This is not very noticeable if thread that matches the backing is used.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Museum Monday - New Mexico Capitol Rotunda Gallery

After hearing word of an art quilt exhibit in Santa Fe, NM, while reading the Albuquerque Journal, I gathered the family for a field trip. We stopped for a delightful lunch at Jambo Cafe (closed Sundays) and continued on to the capitol and viewed these fabulous quilts.

Ancient Flight by Coleen Konetzni

 Local Color: New Mexico by Julie Filatoff

Aspens by Gale Oppenheim-Pietrzak 

  Pauline's Ford by Rod Daniel

Navajo Legend by Mary Olives

 Heavy Clouds No Rain by Nancy Steidle

 The Jemez Mountains-Fossil Record by Holly Altman

 Red Rock Morning by Patricia Gould

Jemez Majesty by Michelle Jackson

  Holy Cow by Jennifer Day

  Changing Seasons by Marianne R. Williamson

 Ponderosa Pines by Marianne R. Williamson

 Sunset Over the Jemez by Mary Olivea

 Lilias Del Dia by Nancy Steidle

Spirit Markings by Susan Szajer

 Tortillas by Rita Gonzales Heard

 Desert Dusk by Jeri Beitel

 Nasturtiums by Holly Altman

  Peaceable Kingdom by Judith Roderick

Tree of Life by Judith Roderick

O'Georgia by Nora Bebee 

  Aloft by Betty Busby

  Cosmic Collisions by Katie Pasquini Masopust

  Nambe Lake by Betty Busby

 Wildfire by Marianne R. Williamson

 Vista Tranquilo by Vel Saddington

 Sunset Over Opera by Candace Kenyon

Valley of Fire by Betty Busby 

The Rio Grande Rift: An Ancient Landscape by Carolyn Castaneda Little

Chamisa Alegre by Katie Pasquini Masopust

 Colcha Flowers by Rita Gonzales Heard

La Fonda by Ann Anastasio

Santa Fe Sunflowers by April Foster

Sunglory by Denise Seavey

 Mariachi Melody by Rita Gonzales Heard

 The Last Drop by Jennifer Day

October Aspens by Nancy Steidle 

 Azucena by Cindy Barfield

 Sitting Pretty at the San Marcos Cafe by Rod Daniel

 Moonrise, Shiprock by Patricia Gould

 A Question of Balance by Particia Gould

 Blue Chevy by Rod Daniel

 Old Truck by Kathryn Lazier

Picnic on the Prairie- Now and Then by Vicki Conley

  Adobe Shadow Dance by Michelle Jackson

 Adobe Row by Michelle Jackson

 Architectural Impressions: New Mexico by Cheryl FitzGerald

 Mimbres Section by Susan Szajer

Somewhere in the Land of Enchantment by Carolyn Castaneda Little