I am...Do we want to do this as a group? Or individally? I love the Downy site. I just ordered 6 kits for my friends. I'd also like to do the pillowcase. I just went on the site and the drop off site here in NH is at a shop I took you to (the second one). Small world.
Kizmo - Downy sends you the kit which includes fabrics for the top and back and a pattern. You provide the batting and do the quilting and add the binding. So you really don't use your fabric at all...
Oh, duh... should have read through it better... I just ordered a kit, however, they do suggest you can use your own stash and send back an extra one when the kit they provide is finished. I think that's do-able!
Thanks, I think I'll start with a 9 patch, I've heard they are a good beginner piece. I did a log cabin "quilt in a weekend" about 25 years ago, it only took me several years to finish. I must have ripped that thing apart 4 times.
I ordered one of these kits a while back when it showed up on one of the other threads??? got it a few days ago! It looks like it is going to be great!!! Lots of frogs...and I have a quilt almost complete that I plan on sending back with the one from the kit...
Jean , it is my understanding that they have a variety of patterns...and what is sent is random...as is the fabrics sent.
And they do ask that you also include a quilt made of your own fabrics, if you can, when you ship back..they also ask you to send back the pattern, and the bag they sent the fabrics in...recycle...quilt "green"
here is a scan of part of the pattern...very easy design...I scanned it sorta crooked, but you can tell the design well enough(sorry).
will take photo of fabrics in a little bit, supper is about to hit the table...
well it is a new recipe hubby is trying, sounds kinda weird...but I will try almost anything once LOL...specially seeing as I don't have to cook it!!!!...sorta pie...sorta quiche ..?? crust is made with bisquick and beans!!
ham and broccoli, cheese and eggs filling????
trying to finish off the Christmas ham leftovers...
Does that mean if we come to your house for supper, we'll have a M A N making our food????? Hey, I'm in... it can't be that bad...! LOL Congrats on having a hubby that can cook... mine cooked for me before we got married... now, he makes coffee on the weekends... that's about it!
I am very sorry to report...it was quite delicious!!!!! and he does all of the cooking !!!
I do very very little...but he is retired / dis-abled...and home all of the time, I am the one that goes to work...so He cooks...
here is photo of the fabric kit...and directions (for those of you that wish to start one on your own)
15 - 6 1/2" squares
3 - 3 1/2 " strips fabric A
3 - 3 1/2 " strips fabric B
4 strips 1 1/2 " Inner border
4 strips 3 1/2 " Outer border
all strips cut width of fabric...40 - 44 "
in this kit...A and B are the yellow, and the green splotched ,
frogs is the outer border...
directions are to sew one strip A, to one strip B..press to dark...make three sets
cut strip sets into 30 units, 3 1/2 x 6 1/2, sew these units into 15 four patch blocks, that will measure 6 1/2 square.
layout blocks as shown, alternating with 6 1/2 " focus blocks in a checkerboard pattern.
Make sure 4-patch blocks are all set in the same direction to create diagonal lines across the quilt.
five blocks X six rows, starting with a 4-patch in upper left corner.
sew blocks in each row together, pressing first row to left, then alternate directions of pressing in remaining rows.
sew rows together.
add side inner borders first, then add top and bottom inner borders.
add outer borders in same manner.
use only 1/8 - 1/4 low loft batting.
layer, and baste..
Must be Machine quilted, use plenty of quilting as these quilts will require lots of washings, be sure to quilt borders as well. bind as you normally would, although a zig zag stitch over the binding helps to keep I.V.'s from catching / tugging. Binding on front should be no more than 1/4 - 1/2 " wide. you may put together "pillow case style" if you desire. be sure to quilt enough. be extra careful to remove all pins
Kit also has a label for you to fill in, directions say to sign with permanent fabric marker, put label on back side sewing on all four sides..
Wash and dry completed quilt. check again for pins !
return with plastic bag and directions so we can create another kit.
My DH used to cook, then got lazy the past few years!!!! Now he has decided to work the 10AM -7PM shift so doesn't get home in time to cook. And on weekends he just can't be bothered. He's satisfied with chips if I'm not cooking.
He is contemplating "retiring" in Aug and I have told him that if he is home all day, he will be shopping & cooking. He probably won't retire!!!
I plan to cut up some of my juvenile fabrics today. No telling what I'll end up with!!!!
I just ordered some fabrics on line...and if they have all that I want I will be offering some to the first 6 "takers" willing to use the fabric, adding some of your own, to make a baby / child quilt, and send the quilt back to me...you can quilt it yourself, or send me top, back and batting, and I will quilt it..Then I will be donating them to my local sheriffs department, to be used for first response units, in homeless child / abused child calls...
I had a conversation with a representative of the department, when I inquired about donating...and I was both shocked and appalled, at the numbers of these cases, and the NEED for quilts / blankets ...And I decided every time I make a quilt for my grand daughter, or one of my family...I will also make a quilt for the sheriffs dept..
my goal is to give them at least one a month
they do not need to be complicated patterns, large block designs are fine...four patch, nine patch, just big focus blocks...whatever...
I will also be doing a few of these downy quilts, because I know they are in Need
but because they are a larger organization...and do all this advertising ...they will get a large response... the local little places...like the sheriffs department...need us too
I will start a new thread when I get the fabric, and join me if you will...or please look into doing a quilt or two, for your local police / sheriffs dept.
spread the love/ share your talents
finish pillow case style... to do this you layer your quilt pieces ...
lay out your batting ...lay on top of that your quilt top, with the right side up.
lay on top of that your quilt backing with the wrong side up... pin as needed to keep all pieces together... sew around the edges ( I do 1/4'' seam) leaving an opening so you can turn right sides out...
turn right sides out, press lightly if needed...fold in edges at opening...hand stitch closed. quilt as desired.
I have used this method a few times for small baby quilts, like for bassinets, or a little quilt to throw on floor...
when quilting I include stitching all around the edge about 1/8 th to 1/4'' inch in from the seam to reinforce the edges..(no binding with this method)
If you wanted to finish the edge, you could always insert a cotton eyelet lace, ruffled lace or fabric, or just a plain binding strip inside as you sew it together, then when you turn it right side out, you would have a more decorative edge, rather than just the seam... like you would do pillows, bibs, etc.
This is right up my alley, going to order my kit. Making this years T-shirt quilt, plus one for a graduating nephew. Also have a new great grand coming in June, making her 2 quilts so far. One very girly-girly and one pink John Deere...to tickle her mom who was never girly-girly.
The quilts for the injured service personnel sounds good to me too. I have a big bin of red white and blues, left over from making quilts for seven of my grandsons. I spent 10 years buying the fabrics all over the country and over bought just a wee bit. I made 7 quilts with the same pattern and same fabrics but each is different.
I always have had good intentions to helping by sewing for charity, and never seem to get started. I have a bin of little kid fabrics I've been buying & going to make pillow cases and such. Its just the getting started part. Later this year I'll be an empy nester again and have more time to do these things...there I go again saying later...well, I just ordered two quilt kits from this project. That should help me get started right now...thats a commitment. I also think they are pretty smart offering a kit..it will be so much easier to get started with a kit, to know exactly what they want and how to do it. I also printed out some of the patterns they have. I think many more people will respond to a kit and then make the extras with more confidence. I personally am challenged with choosing matching/contrasting fabrics...I can do 2 and the 3rd fabric choice just makes me crazy, crazy enough to stop me in my tracks and not get started with projects! Its a real roadblock for me.
Barefoot when you finish piecing the quiltsfor kids one with the frogs that you gave cutting directions to, could you please post a picture? I can't seem to picture it in my mind and I',m such a visual nut... Thanks, Barb
See...I would be having kittens with all those fabric colors to put together!...I guess I could just cut and sew and not really look until it was done and then I'd like it! ha. Its very fun and bright and purple on the back is going to look great...another hard issuse...the backing ! Is that the disapearing 9 patch pattern?
Oh pooh...I thought quilting would be fun and easy and not so stressful, ha..I think I just need to jump in with both feet and not think too much about it. This is the perfect project to really get my feet wet though. And you are right about helping with local charities in the community.
If anyone else seen the patterns/directions listed on that website, could you explain why it says to cut-out the strips the width of the fabric (45") and then to cut that in-half (20") to sew the strips together? would it not be easier to just sew all the strips together using the entire width of the fabrics to a 45" length? thanks!
thanks Kathy, making that one for one of my boys...most of the pieces are from scraps of other quilts I have made, a few I bought just for him ( like the multi-monkeys)...I asked him to tell me a color and it could not be black or red (his favorites), he said dark purple, so I found the backing, and I have a nifty wild squiggly print with a great purple in it that will be the border.
Barb, I have not started it yet...and won't for awhile...Just got to finish a few other things first!!!...but yes I will post some pics as I work on it...
Lilypad, yes disappearing 9 patch...yes just jump in without thinking...I have found that when I go with my "heart" ( or "gut" if you prefer ) I like the end results!!!
Whenever I buy fabric, one of the first cuts I make is a five inch wide by width of fabric strip. then I cut a 2 1/2" strip., or two...then whatever I actually purchased the fabric for...
when I get the "urge" I cut the five" strips into squares, piece the squares together into 9 patches, and eventually I have enough to do a disappearing 9 patch.
I use the 2 1/2" strips for log cabin pieces, sashings, and / or binding pieces...always have some pieces hanging around ready for something...
That is a pretty neat idea about cutting and putting aside the fabrics. Especially potential border pieces. I can see that if you make a lot of quilts how that is quite useful for the future quilts. Working with left overs is a little more tricky, trying to find some fabric that will work and is going to be enough takes a lot of time, trial and error, and patience.
Hey Barb, when are we going to start working on a "Not Your G-maw's" Log Cabin? My book came today.
And they called today to tell me my knee surgery is being moved up to Mon (it was to be Wed). OY!!!!! Just a simple "cleaning" out - I hope. Will be the 4th. Pre-op apt tomorrow AM.
Jean keep me posted about your knee. And GOOD LUCK with it.
I have looked through that book so many times it's not funny. There are two or three patterns that I really like. I did get one of her rulers (60* angle one) Now it's a matter of fabric and I can't do that until the middle of Feb. Which ones do you like???
Wow, my kit arrived already. I wasn't expecting that the blocks and strips would be cut already, that will make it go a lot faster. Luckily it is a simple 4 patch since I'm a beginner. It feels like the fabric still has sizing in it, that it wasn't pre-shrunk, very stiff, but just beautiful colors with a garden fairy fabric as the main interest. I'll have to make sure my grandaughter doesn't see it!
Hi y'all, I got the fabric I ordered...so I am willing to send a 1/2 yard piece to any one ... FIRST SIX WHO ASK ...willing to make a baby or youth size quilt, and send back to me...you can do the whole quilt, or just make a top...and I will add a back side, batting and quilt it (if that will get you to help me)
These quilts will then be donated to my local sheriffs office, and they will be used for the "first response" units, on calls involving children,
here is my Downy kit up to the first border. the next border is a multi color stripe. its gonna be way cute. at the quilt shop we attend, the owner has volunteered to quilt them on her longarm and supply the batting. i thought that was a nice gesture.
thats my baby sleeping next to it =). i threw it over the sofa beside him especially since we are supposed to wash these before we send them back.
Today I started piecing my little quilt and I have questions:
Should I do a reverse stitch at the start and finish of each block. I've been doing it out of habit.
One edge isn't perfectly even after putting the rows together, should I trim that edge before I put on the first border strip?
If you use a short stitch there is no reason to reverse when making the blocks. I do reverse when putting the rows together.
Yes, you will need to even it up before you add borders. But you want to measure throught the middle, then out toward either end before you do. The middle measurement is usually the least distorted. Then you need to square the entire quilt up. If you do need to square, remember to take measurements from the center out to each edge.
Nannie, if you are referring to the multi colored quilt...it is a disappearing 9 patch.
In that one I used some type of green in every center patch...Made a 9 patch with 5'' squares, green in center of each...you then cut your nine patch...once down the middle both horizontally and vertically, turn each of the four pieces..however you wish...for example...turn each piece one turn to the left... different turns make for different designs in finished blocks / quilts ...this was very scrappy so I just turned this way and that...
sew the four pieces back together...disappeared 9 patch !!!!
can be done with different size patches to start out, the bigger..the faster it goes together..
I love to do small stuff, but don't think I'd go any smaller than 4'' with this design...and sometimes it is fun to do big stuff to get it done quicker..!!
cathy - are you asking what stitch length to use tor quilting?
If you use free motion, you lower the feed dogs so you control the stitch length by how you move the fabric under the needle.
If you are using a walking foot, I'd suggest 10 - 12 stitches per inch. A longer stitch then you would use for piecing but not so long that it could get caught in somethng & pull loose.
cathy- the walking foot allows all 3 layers to move together. Otherwise, as you sew, one of the layers will shift. If you sew w/out a walking foot, you should go down 1 row then reverse direction & go up the next row. At least that way, you will shift 1 direction and then the other.
Even using pins, you will get movement with a regular pressure foot.
Here's one from Clotilde, I have this one and it really does make a difference. I used to use my regular wide foot to do potholders, bibs, etc. and a small baby quilt, but like this much, much better! A very handy tip from the Dave's Ladies when I started here...
mine is an old Coronado, bought in 1973 for a christmas present from my ex.. Coronado was sold at the Gambles Hardware stores in the Midwest, simple machine, a few decorative stitches, a 4 step buttonhole, and zigzag.. Has been used and abused since it was purchased, wedding dress, baby clothes, upholstery, etc... still going strong, but likes to hiccup once in awhile when I try to stretch it out between cleanings/oilings (just one more of these blocks, seams, units, etc.. LOL)
My new DIL inherited her aunts sewing machine, even more basic than mine, I couldn't even find a pressure adjustment on it, just tension. And only a straight stitch, can't even remember the name, it was an odd one to me..
Sometimes the old ones are just as good, depending on what you want to do with them (sort of like husbands and dogs...), love mine, will keep it even when/if I get a new fangled one! Mine is below, am still waiting for Gma's Singer treadle machine... ^_^
Oldies are goodies simply because they are built better. When I open my machine all I see is steel. Yes, it requires regular maintainance such as cleaning and oiling. I take it in every couple of years for a D&C by the pro. It has also been used and abused, but has never failed to do whatever I throw at it. from finest European laces to heaviest upholstery. Would I like a new fangled computer machine? Well maybe, but it's highly doubtful I'll ever have one. I simply cannot justify the cost when old reliable keeps tooling along.
The generic walking feet work pretty good. You just need to know what kind of shank you have - straight, slant, short, long. I believe Clotilde has a foot that comes with different adaptors to they can be used on differrnt machines.
Sheila my pattern is puppies and paw prints too. I made the top this morning and hope to get the quilting done over the weekend. What a great, easy pattern. Now to find my materials and make another to go with it...
Just remember to have a LOT of quilting in it due to the heavy washings it will get. They also suggest a line of zig-zag around the bindings so that IV lines don't snag. I'll try to get a picture of the one I did up a little later. Off to an appointment this morning.
I have finished mine! Just need to do the second one to send. I didn't zig zag, but did an overcast stitch with covers the edges of the binding covered. Should do the same thing, but is a little more decorative.
Excellent. When you get it, there will be lots of help. I havent got one yet, I need to perfect my quilting and binding.
I just got home, and towards that 'end', I have brought home what was left on the bolt of 16 different debbie mum fabrics. At 1/2 price, I figured they would make great pillowcases and the downy quilts and quilt backs. What made it a must, was there were the whole sets of fabric, so I can just get going and dont have to find matching stuff, except some solids to pop it. I never have such luck. I figure it was just meant to be.
I completly forgot the best news yet. We are getting a joanns superstore.That is so fantastic. We have no quilt shop here, nothing. Just the joanns that is touch and go, altho all the good ladies were working today. Some are actually pretty funny. Im sure im the last to know.
sissy, our walmart is closing their fabric department, I've been looking for places on-line to buy with no real success. Lots of cottons, but I mostly make clothing for my grandchildren with cottons with a bit of poly so they don't have to be ironed. Any suggestions? My next closest store is about a half hour away.
cathy4, check out the sewing links thread...lots of folks here have "listed" their favorite place to shop...
sissy you should check it out too.
I am lucky enough to have a few places I can shop for fabrics, but I do most of my shopping on line...fabric.com, whittles, connecting threads, Z & S, and martha's quilting corner, are the one I frequent the most... and I have found some great things on E-bay...
there are a lot more sites listed in the links thread...you could spend days shopping...!!!!
i like fatquartershop.com too, but I'm cheap...i watch the 50% off stuff. our closest quilt shops are an hour away. in three different directions...at least 50 miles or more.
Most of our snow got rained away and even though it was supposed to snow, we decided to try to go to our Block of the Month class anyways. that shop has a lot of half off stuff too. i only picked up enough fabric to make pillowcases for my bed...Im tired of using pillow shams. Plus i am determined to finish some UFOs, so i'm trying not to pick up for fabric UNLESS its a new project to work on now.
No I do not have the frog quilting pattern, that was something I saw cruising the net... ( knew jean would like it) and I am no where near good enough to even think of trying a pattern like that.
I do stitch in the ditch quite well, and I am not too bad with echo quilting, I even do a pretty good cross hatch, but I I am still trying to do simple stipples!!
they are not quilted yet, just got the tops done at this point, planned on quilting today ...butttttt DH decided it was nice enough for a motorcycle ride...so off we went
was actually quite nice, dressed for it, and we went out to eat!! have not done that in for ever!! used gift card from kids for Christmas...so even tho I did not get quilting done it was a very good day!!
NO, that frog pattern would not be "standard" with quilting software. Quilting software is much like embroidery software. You can scan patterns in and make any overall pattern you like. Someday, I'll be able to afford that module.
I believe that frog pattern was a pantogram. That is a long roll (120") that you lay at the back of the machine. You ten stand at the rear of the machine to quilt & follow the pantogram with a laser light. So, you watch the light on the pattern not the design going onto the quilt.
I don't have a frog pano but do have a cat one, and snowflakes, and a couple others.
Thanks, hope you are feeling better. Cold here, but then we don't have to deal with snow any more. I am sorry you had so much. We had this one time. Had a Apt house in the village and paid mega to have the snow removed with backhoe.
WOW that is soo interesting. I just love all that is to be learned in this needle art industry.
Could you all give me some hints on batting for these. I want to take my 50% off a regular price item to joanns and get a bolt or however it comes...but a big amount. I have so many tops but this will be my first 'real' quilting experience. My daughter wanted to learn, so we did the disappearing nine patch. I want to quilt by stitch in the ditch, but even at that, I need to learn when to go straight and when to turn and outline certian things. All that and more...cluelesss.
Hobby Lobby has a 40 or 50% off coupon right now, too. Michael's and JoAnn's honor them in-store. I found batting for a very good price at Hancock's Fabrics on-line, half of what it was in their store.
Warm & Natural, or Warm & White, comes in different sizes, and the different sizes have different yards per bolt . I usually get the one that is 90'' and it is 40 yards. if you sign up for Joannes.com newsletter, they have specials from time to time, and with a code the price is less than half the price in the store...
also if the store is running a special, and they do not have the bolt you want, you can special order it...and still get the sale price...
Question about binding: I will begin quilting my piece today or tomorrow, I have it all sandwiched and basted. There is enough of the backing fabric to do a fold-over binding, or I can make binding. Do you cut on the bias when making binding for these quilts or just do strips? Which way should I finish this quilt? Thanks!
somewhere on this Forum we had a discussion on bindings, but can't remember where. The hangings and quilt that I've done, I cut the binding strips widthwise at 2 1/4", then folded in half lengthwise, pressed and stitched to the quilt frontside, then trimmed the seam evenly where necessary, folded to the back of the quilt and handstitched. I've not tried to finish by machine as I wasn't sure I could keep it straight and on the seam.
I've also not tried to do bias yet, so the rest of the ladies here can give better instructions and maybe different ways to do your bindings that will work better. Good Luck!
Question: I'm getting some small puckers on my quilt where stitching crosses. I stitched down the center long ways, then working from that line I stitched from the center to the edge in the opposite direction. All was good at that point. Now I'm stitching long ways again, from the center line out, this is where I'm getting some little puckers. I do have the new foot on my machine as recommended.
taters, thanks for the answer. I bought and switched to the walking foot before I started quilting, loosened the tension, made the stitches longer as suggested earlier. I made the pressure on the foot lighter, then tighter, then almost off totally, nothing seems to help. It is happening where I'm crossing previous stitching in the opposite direction.
I've been sewing for 40 years and have never had this problem. I'm really unhappy with how it looks and don't want to put my name on it or send it in. I guess I should stick to clothing.
walking foots come with a little bar that hooks on to the needle apparatus. Check to see if you have it on there or if it slipped off somehow? or, it could be one of those fabrics that even though it's cotton, likes to stretch a little and the feeddogs below are helping that to happen.
I noticed mine doing the same thing when I crosshatched, but I was actually stitcing diagonally across the face, not vertical/horizontal. I figured the bias had something to do with it. So I stitched a row, then turned and came back the opposite direction. I had a couple places where I couldn't keep it from folding, but it wasn't that noticeable. The first time I tried it, I didn't have the backing smoothed out enough, so had to redo. It was sticking to the batting and not laying flat enough...
Thanks Kizmo, I'm going to rip out the stitching where it folded and on either side of it, do a bit of hand stitching to ease it to lay flat and re-sew. I won't be happy if it doesn't look at least decent.
Yes, supposed to wash it before we mail it back. Mine has this bright red in it, just hope it doesn't bleed out. Will have to put some vinegar in and use cold water.. and cross my fingers (and toes)..
I tried my regular zigzag foot that came with my machine and also the walking foot. Both had the same results, as far as the fabric skooching along in places. I can't adjust my pressure (old machine, probably needs deep cleaned), so I just used my ZZ foot and changed my feeddog height to 'silk' (it has 3 positions - normal, silk, darning). That seemed to help too, sorry I can't be more specific.
I'm new at this finishing a quilt thing, so I don't have alot of experience at it. Just take my time and try to figure out what to do when I have problems... The one I'm doing for Thunderwill probably be SID, or similar.
Phyl - sorry you have to work 12s on a Saturday... been there, done that! Only I did that 7/52/365... sometimes different shifts or splits
You've all made me feel better, thanks. My daughter pulled out 2 baby quilts made by her DH's grandmother. They are just beautiful, but when I looked really close there are places that aren't perfect. I'll just rework the really big places and leave the little ones alone.
Thanks again everyone, I think it will be ok after it is washed. The baby quilts are all puckery, not super smooth like mine is right now, and since this fabric probably wasn't washed before they cut it, it may shrink some, too. Relief, I can sleep.
Another reason you might get the smooching is that the top isn't "pulled tight" when you baste your pieces together. I used to tape the backing to my kitchen floor, then put the batting in and "tighten it" & tape it to the floor. I'd then put some marks along the sides of the backing to indicate where the top would end. I'd put the top on and start in the middle & slightly pull it as I put the safety pins in. It should fit tot he marked line on the batting.
Got my Harriet Hargrave book out last night on machine quilting. Its a fantastic book. I understand it much better now that I know more lingo tho. I found the section on thread particularly interesting in reguard ( maybe) to the above, and in general. Sorry to those who this is redundant.
Choose a thread that is not as strong as the fabric in your top.
100% cotton is the choice, the best you can afford.
It is possible, years from now, and many laundryings, to repair a quilt that has a broken thread in the quilting line, but it is impossible to repair the fabric that has been 'cut' by a thread that was stronger than the fabric.
* Do not use cotton wrapped polyester thread, unless using poly in the quilt top. It is to thick for cotton fabrics and can cause puckered seams.
She goes on a bit about nylon thread and says you REALLY have to be careful there, as people use nylon made for heming and all kinds of other things. Basically...go for a .004 size. You should be able to break it easily with your hand. Dont buy on spools...buy the stuff on cones, its for quilting.
have a great weekend all. Rainy here, not what I planned, will have to wait on sun till tomorrow it seems.
I finished mine up last Friday and mailed it out Monday. I requested two more quilt kits, supposed to come UPS tomorrow.
How is anyone mailing theirs out? I used the post office and it was over $7...and I had to buy the envelope cause I had nothing. Is there a little less expensive way to return them?...its for charity, so I'm still going to do it, just was hoping there is a less expensive way. I had requested two quilt kits when I sent the original request and they only sent one, so I'm hoping I'll get two this time, I requested 2 again. Most of my fabrics are not quilt quality...I'm looking into getting some better fabric, but I had a violet convention expense get in my way first, ha.
I'll have to see if my computer is going to download my pics, sometimes it has issues.
Jaye, this is the one I just finished from the fabric you sent. Nice and bright! I will get it sewn together tomorrow, and hopefully quilted. This one is going to Thunder. I just mailed 3 off to Downy, so now it is time for Thunder's kids.
aww that is cheerful. i've been 'spring sowing' so my kitchen ( aka my gardening center today ) has the last of my jugs soaking and ready to put seeds in, but when i get that done, I'm going to work on mine next.
ive been gardening, next its quilting. in my jammies. HA HA i'm having a 'me' day.
Comfort clothes for a comfort day Nannie!!! We all need one of those. I have my two Downey quilts done - just waiting to get the others from the ladies in my group so I can mail them all back together. They sure were easy and I'm glad I participated.
Have a great weekend all...
I haven't checked yet, but as i recall the first time I checked that site, there was no hospital in Atlanta. So possible no drop off here either. I guess I should check...no hurry, it will take a while to finish 3.
I know someone who lost their son and she started a Foundation in his name, so I help support that. Its local. She buys fun things that will make kids smile - both those in waiting rooms and children that are sick...there are a lot of long hospital hours.
OK, here are the pics I promised.
Remember 90% of the fabrics you see were scraps left from other projects. Most of the prints came from a friend who sees no need to use a scrap. She is the who loves to hand sew the bindings on. Her husband saw the quilts, recognized the fabrics, and asked her when she had made these new ones.
These fabrics were left over from 2 quilts she had made for the spare beds at their DE home.
And the last pic. This is the backing on 2 of the quilts. I actually bought this fabric on some clearance table years ago. Every time I went to use it, I discovered I didn't have enough. Well, it was enough for 2 quilt backs and the left overs will show up in some tops in the next batch I make.
Anyway, these were all Fun to make & it proves that every left over piece can indeed be used for something.
The triangles are all put together!!!!! I think it measures 106 X 124 - CA King with plenty to drape over on the sides. I need to get this quilt done for a customer, and then a small baby quilt, and then the triangles will get loaded. I'm using a sheshell panno for the quilting design.
And I have enough triangles left to make some shams.
I sent for a kit and it arrived yesterday. I will be asking a lot of questions too as this will be my first quilt.
My first question is about the tags that we put our name on. It says quilt name. Do I name the quilt or??????? The print I received has skateboarders on it.
I am finally getting mine mailed back. I bet it has been done for a month, but just couldn't seem to get it washed and mailed. BTW, mine had dalmations and fire hydrants on it and I named it "To the Rescue".
Ok my first question...I don't have one of those fancy quilting machines. So when I machine quilt the quilt I can only do straight lines. So mine will be squares, how far apart should I do the squares?
on the downy quilts, they ask that they be heavily quilted, as they get vigorous washings in those big machines at the hospitals...so I would say every inch to inch and a half...
when you start the quilt stitching, you want to start in the center, and go out towards each side, top and bottom...for at least the first few rows of stitching...to be sure your backing and top is lined up well...
Pillowcase means the quilt does not have a separate binding. You would layer the front and back of the quilt right sides together and then lay the batting on top. These would all be cut the same size. You would then stitch all around the edge through all three (front, back and batting) leaving about a six inch space open. You would then turn the quilt right side out and hand stitch the opening closed. Then you would proceed to quilt all over the blanket so the materials would not shift around during washing.
Binding means taking a separtate strip of fabric and is not added until after the blanket has been quilted.
I think Thunder can explain better than I and may have links to "how to"s that may explain things much clearer.
I think you put the quilt top and backing together facing each other then sew it on 3 sides, turn it right sides out and sew up the open end. I don't know how you get the batting in there though. The one time I tried it that way it turned out awful.
Only thre fish one was from a pattern. The flowers are from a panel then I added a border.
The elephants, cats, and other "crazy" one are made from left over blocks from some old projects. Proves there is a use for everything.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...Helene you made my day!!!!!
There again, you may be looking at JoAnn's pic and not mine!!!!!! She did all those fancy fish & sea shell motifs on her quilt. It was her 1st attempt at something fancy & I think she did an excellent job.
These are sooooooo cool! This would be a great way for me to use up some of my stash. The problem is, I'll get the tops made and never get to the quilting! I need to just get with it and LEARN, break out of my little bubble.