I Spy With My Big Eye

I Spy Little Man Quilt

I Spy Little Man Quilt

I Spy.......

I Spy…….

........a helicopter

……..a helicopter

Youngest grandchild, Little Man, needed an I Spy quilt. Last November, he tried to take his cousin’s I Spy quilt. During our visit, he kept asking me “to read” his quilt to him. Needless to say, he loves it!

This was my second quilt-as-you-go quilt and I’m in love with that technique.

QNow go have a wonderful crafty day!

I Spy with My Little Eye……

Luke and quilt2

I Spy with my little eye……  Hurray! I finally finished one of the four I spy quilts I’ve been working on. This one was finished just in time for Luke’s Christmas present. He’s in love with it. Don’t you just love the bright colors?

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I had such fun playing I Spy with both Luke and Nathan, his 2 years old cousin, when we kept them over New Year’s. Luke finds the letters. I’m in the midst of quilting Nate’s now. He was not happy when Luke left our house with the quilt.

full size picThis was my very first Quilt-as-you-go quilt. Love, love, love that technique. So nice to just quilt a few squares at a time, then join. I didn’t use any particular pre-quilt template, just made it up as I went along.

The quilt was designed using my favorite quilting app, Quiltography. See more about my much loved app from this post. The first I Spy design had a double layer of fabric around the center square.

i spy1

I have to admit that I got tired of taking pictures of the plain fabrics which went around the center, I Spy squares so I started reusing the same ones. The final quilt did not use any repeating fabric. Except for the I Spy squares, I wanted to use up my stash for the other fabrics. Deciding that I had enough 5″ square fabrics already cut to use just a single layer around the center I Spy, I redesigned the quilt.

I spy2

I liked the crazy off-center look of the I Spy quilts in this model. Again, after doing 30 squares I got bored and just used the same ones over and over. I was looking for the “feel” of the quilt and achieved it.

design board

After the top was pieced and trimmed, the blocks were put on the design board and moved all around until I found the exact placement for each one. I love my design board. You can read more about it here.

To do the quilt-as-you-go, I sewed four blocks together and pressed. Using quilting spray glue, the four blocks were put onto the batting square cut just a tad larger than the 4-block square. The first half of the quilt was quilted using my Bernina and a walking foot. After the fourth needle broke, I’d had it! My birthday is less than a month from Christmas so my sweet husband, sick of hearing me scream at the machine, researched online and found a new machine for me. Here she is:

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My new Pfaff! Mom bought my first Pfaff for me in the late 1970’s. It is still going strong. It sewed clothes for all four kids, grandkids, husband, me, quilts, etc. I decided I wanted something with more stitch options so I gave the Pfaff to my daughter and bought a Bernina Quilter’s machine. Never was as happy with it as I was with my beloved Pfaff. I feel as if I have my old friend back with such wonderful new features!!! LOVE this machine. What’s that I’m sewing you ask? I Spy #4!

Off topic, I just want to let all of my favorite bloggers know that I usually read blogs with my iPad. For some reason, the last 6 months or so, I can “Like” a post but it refuses to let me log on and leave comments. I really have wanted to comment how much I am enjoying my “visits” and your wonderful blogs.

Q Have a crafty, happy day!

 

 

Tap, Tap, Tap and Design A Quilt

I Spy !

I Spy !

I Spy 2

I Spy 2

I’ve discovered the Quiltography app for my iPad and I’m in love. With this app, the most I’ve ever spent for any app, I am able to quickly design and create quilts. Both of the I Spy quilts above were designed using the app. The Enchanted Pond quilt, in My Quilts below, was designed on November’s plane ride back to San Diego from Honolulu. I had the fabric loaded into the app and just played around trying different blocks, different quilt layouts, etc. Kept me occupied and busy for many fun hours, the trip takes 5 1/2 – 6 1/2 hours depending on the wind direction.

The below three pictures are the main screens; the welcome screen, the second screen swipe, and the third screen swipe. I’ll be going from left to right through the screens, capturing projects and showing what each item is.

Welcome Screen

Welcome Screen

Swipe to second screen

Swipe to second screen

Swipe to third screen

Swipe to third screen

Welcome Screen:

First column – My Stuff 

My Stash:

My Stash

My Stash

Some of the fabrics in My Stash. You can see that I have 209 fabrics in the stash. The ones in this picture are Enchanted Pond by Moda. Curls has a fabulous quilt top made from these fabrics and they are so totally my colors that I was green with envy and had to order a Layer Cake too.

My Blocks:

My Blocks

My Blocks

Just a SMALL sample of the 210 blocks I’ve created. You can see my latest, three blocks in the top left. The other blocks are for I Spy quilts, with just a hint of the Enchanted Pond in the bottom right.

My Quilts:

My Quilts

My Quilts

These are some of the quilts which I’ve designed. Super easy and fun to design.

My photoQuilts

Doots PDF

Doots PDF

My photoQuilt is awesome. Chose a picture and the app will quickly change it into a quilt pattern, showing all of the colors needed. Then save as a PDF which gives page-by-page instructions for creating the quilt. This is one of my daughters.

Second Column – Block Template:

Block template designer

Block template designer

Now you can create your own block templates from scratch. Pick a shape to add it to the grid, it positions itself ready to be resized, rotated and flipped into place.  I’ve used the template block designer both to create something unique and to replicate a blocks I love. You get to name your custom-made blocks. The one drawback is that the app does not allow the rotation of the shape to the exact degree I want.  I wanted to place a square at a 60 degree angle and could not.

Third Column – Fabric

Add Fabric

Add Fabric

This is the add fabric screen.  You can take pictures of your stash, or, which I did for Enchanted Pond, grab online pictures of the fabric from the manufacturer.  What pictures are in my stash you ask? The Enchanted Pond fabrics by Moda, about 100 I Spy fabrics, colorful prints for the I Spy blocks and my new Kiss Kiss fabrics by Moda for the latest blocks. Hey! I’m beginning to sound as a Moda rep! Hum….. You are able to record how much you have, where you got it from, when you purchased it and even how much it cost. The program even scans the fabric and picks out the top five colors to automatically tag the fabric, see where it has spots for Color 1 – Color 5? The app fills that in for you. So if I want to search my stash for “Blue” fabric, all of the tagged blue fabrics show up. Nifty!

Second Screen

First Column –  Block

Stock Template blocks

Stock Template Blocks

Custom Template Blocks

Custom Template Blocks

Use the stock blocks or design your very own custom block! See the custom blocks which I have designed? The modern star is based on a block I saw by LaineyBug Designs and Red Pepper Quilts was seen at their site. Click on the + tab on the Template Block Screen, upper right, to get to the Template Designer.

Second Column – Quilt

Quilt Design

Quilt Design

Now that you’ve added your fabric and designed your blocks, it’s time to create your quilt. I found the app so easy to use, that I was able to design the quilts quickly.  Search through the blocks you have previously created, or maybe new ones designed specifically for this new quilt. Enter the number of rows and columns needed for your quilt. Add a border around your quilt if so desired.

The app allows you to adjust the sashing width, add cornerstones, and flip and rotate blocks. The quilt design tool also allows you to link matching blocks, this saves you time and lets you change multiple blocks instantly. Which is a tool I’ve used many times. Just tap and highlight the squares to be changed on the quilt, then tap the block that’s to be place in the squares. This app is all about the tap, tap, tap! Tap on a quilt square, then tap on the block on the right and voila! The block is placed into the quilt. Also, notice the ? – you can click on that anytime in any screen and it takes you through a guided tutorial on how to use that function. Super great!!

A yardage calculator was added in the latest update! Hurray, the designer of the app really listens to what quilters want/need. When you’ve designed the quilt, click on the circular button under “NEW” towards the bottom right. The yardage calculator screen pops up.

Yardage Calculator

Yardage Calculator

 Third Column – photoQuilt

Doots photoQuilt

Doots photoQuilt

Have you ever wanted to turn a photo into a quilt? This is so totally easy. Click on the photoQuilt button, select the picture and it’s done. The photo is now a quilt with all of the colors needed. Click on the PDF button and the app makes an instructional PDF for you. No fuss, no muss! A photo quilt pattern in under a minute!

I’m not going to discuss the third screen. It’s all of the “other stuff”. BTW, I’m not being paid, or bribed, or otherwise coerced to write this review. I just LOVE the app. So the next time you wait at soccer practice for you child, in the dentists office, fly, etc create a quilt!

QThanks for stopping by. Now go have a crafty day.

Brushes Need A Lovely Holder Too

Finished brush holder, flap up

Finished brush holder, flap up

Sewing Tip: A make-up brush set it the BEST lint cleaners for your sewing machine and overlock machine. The little brushes get into the tiniest of spots. Thanks to theDealyo for the heads up on a inexpensive, free shipping site for the brushes. I bought two sets, one for Curls and one for me. Using the cheesy brush holder, which the bushes came in, as a template I designed a holder out of fabric from my stash.

Materials:

  • Three fabrics
  • Pellon iron-on interfacting
  • Ribbon for ties
  • Normal sewing supplies; machine, rulers, etc

Cut:

Main fabric:

  • 2 – 10″ x 7 1/2″  – For back and inside
  • 1 – 7″ x 6 1/2″ – Flap, Fold lengthwise
  • 1 – 7 1/2 ” x 9 1/2 – Pocket – Fold lengthwise

Iron-on Interfacing:

  • 1 – 10″ x 7 1/2 ” – Line main fabric
  • 1 – 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ – line 1/2 of flap
  • 1 – 3 ” x 9 1/2″ – line 1/2 of pocket

Seam allowance: Use 1/4″ seam allowance.

Placement and Measurements:

Placements and measurements

Placements and measurements

Steps:

1. Iron the interfacings to the one piece of the main fabric; the top-half flap fabric; and the top-half pocket fabric. (Sorry I did not photograph this step)

2. Sew the side seams of both the flap piece and the pocket piece together right-sides-facing. Trim the corners and turn right sides out. Press. Top stitch both the flap and the pocket pieces.

Sew the flap and pocket pieces

Sew the flap and pocket pieces

3. Using the following measurements, place the flap onto the interfaced main fabric. Use a stay-stitch to hold the flap in place.

Flap placement

Flap placement

4. Use a running stitch on the left side of the pocket to hold it in place.

Running Stitch to hold pieces down

Running Stitch to hold pieces down

5. Line up the right side of the pocket so it is inline with the right side of the flap. Sew the right side of the pocket down. There will be a gap of fabric which you will be pleating.

Tack down pockets

Sew down right side of pocket

6. Using about an 1/8″ pleat make 7 pockets. I pinned the edge to itself until they all fit. I sewed one pocket at a time, starting at the far left pocket.

Flap and pocket placement

Flap and pocket placement

7. After cutting the ribbon, I cut one end of each ribbon at a 45 degree angle and used Fray Check on them so they would not fray. After the ribbon ends dried, I lined the uncut ends up with the right edge of the main fabric at the 1/2 way mark and sewed down.

Ribbon attachment

Ribbon attachment

8. Put the outside fabric on top, right sides together. Making a brush holder “sandwich”. Making sure the “hanging” ribbons are not going to be caught in the seam. Sew sandwich together using a 1/4″ seam, and leaving a least a 2″ opening to put the fabric right side out. Double stitch on either side of the opening. Trim the corners, pull the fabric right side out and PRESS!

Sandwich the layers

Sandwich the layers

9. Add brushes and admire your handiwork. Here it is with the flap down. Since this was Curls’ gift, I didn’t take the cellophane off of the brushes.

Finished holder flap down

Finished holder flap down

Brush holder folded up and ready to go on a sewing trip with the machine!

Finished, folded and tied brush holder

Finished, folded and tied brush holder

QThanks for stopping by for a visit. Now, go have a crafty day!

Did You Know?

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As we move into a three day weekend, it’s the perfect time to get a library card and enjoy all of the FREE eresources available to you. For years now, I’ve downloaded ebooks and audiobooks for free from the library. Now, to my great excitement, libraries are offering more and more FREE emagazine checkouts through Zinio. A quick screen shot shows some of the magazines I have been able to “subscribe” to through my local library.  The nice thing is that the checkout NEVER expires so you can keep the ezines on Zinio for as long as you like. Read an issue you don’t care to keep? Just edit, click on the “X” and delete it! In addition, there are usually multiple issues to download. I downloaded four American Patchwork Quilting issues, etc. You don’t need a tablet or iPad to use Zinio, you can read it  online on a regular computer.

Did you know that there are “State” librarian help desks online that can answer questions about libraries in your state? I “spoke” to one and found that as a California resident that I can get a free library card at most libraries in the state, I don’t have to be a resident of the county the library is in. In some states, I can pay $10/year and get a card. Good news to me since different libraries offer slightly different eresources. I am addicted to audiobooks and love to listen to them while knitting, sewing, crafting, etc. As one of those kids who loved being read to, the love continues. I’d say my very favorite audiobook narrator is Davina Porter. I’ve checked out books I don’t normally “read” just because I love her voice. Conversely, there have been some books that I haven’t been able to get past the first chapter because listening to the narrator is as if I’m hearing fingernails on a chalkboard.

After finishing one audiobook last night, I decided that I’d really like to listen to the Louise Penny books. I have five different library cards, by “visiting” each library I was able to download her first three books and put the others on “hold”. Hopefully this is new info to someone and you get a library card and join in the “e-venture”.

QHave a happy, Zinio weekend.

 

ISpy With My Little Eye

ISpy Quilt 1

ISpy Quilt 1

ISpy Quilt 2

ISpy Quilt 2

After years of being on a hiatus, I’ve finally ventured back into the world of quilting. Jumping in with both feet, I decided it was time to make ISpy Quilts for my two youngest grandsons ages 3 and 16 months. It was a blast collecting all of the different prints needed. Curls and I went through our fabric collections scouring for prints, and I ordered some 5″ square packets from vendors on Etsy and eBay. Each quilt took eighty 4″ squares. However, this blog is not about the quilts, I will cover those in another blog. This blog is about my new design board. I would have found this to be an overwhelming task if it were not for my new design board!

There is not an empty wall on which I can place a design board in my Sewing Studio. The perfect solution for me is to place it over the closet curtains that way, when not in use, the board can be slid out of the way. I saw this design board on a blog I follow and fell in love with it. I ordered the design board from Fons and Porter when it was on sale. Think heavy-duty, plastic, cloth-lined, picnic table cloth and that’s what this is. On the plastic side there are grid lines to help line up the squares. There are heavy duty grommets on the top on which attachments can be used. I’ve always wanted a reason to use Ikea’s DIGNITET, curtain wire, it’s the perfect solution.

Curtain wire with curtain hook clips

Curtain wire with curtain hook clips

You can see how the RIKTIG, curtain hooks with clip, are clipped onto the design board grommets. I used pliers to “close” the round part of the hook that the wire went through since this board gets pushed out of the way when not in use. The first time I pushed it, I hadn’t closed the round part and the wall came tumbling down. LOL!

Attachement

Attachement

My sweet husband installed the hardware for me. He determined the height of the design wall by having me reach up to my highest point. He placed it up a couple of inches up from that so the grommets were above my reach. The DIGNITET can be adjusted so it goes in a straight line. With the line tightened up and the extra wire cut, I have the perfect solution for a design wall. BTW, you can get a glimpse of the wall hanging my grandma made when she was in her 80’s.

Extra Hooks

Extra Hooks

Update to the design board is that yesterday I added extra hooks between each of the grommet pairs. I found that I wanted to hang up each row of the quilt as I finished it. Serves two purposes: 1. The row is safely out of the way and not taking up space on a horizontal surface and 2. I get to admire my work.

This quilt is my very first try at Quilt As You Go. I’ll leave that wonderful experience for another time. Until then…..

QHave a brilliant, creative day.

Turning Twenty Pieced

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— I finished with piecing and sewing the pieces together. I have to say, “This is one of the easiest quilts to sew.”

quiltdone

It took me about two hours to sew the pieces together. I would suggest this quilt to anyone who is just starting to quilt. The Turning Twenty Quilt, by Tricia Cribbs, is a fast and easy quilt do cut and piece. This is my second one I have made. The first one was done out of flannel. I am pleased with the way this quilt turned out. 🙂