Sunday, March 31, 2013

Clovers Over and Over

I wanted to make a housewarming present for my husband's sister's husband's grandparent's who hosted Easter dinner so I set out to make a little table runner. I found the pattern at Moda Bake Shop.
I used left over Charms of Papillion I had laying around and left over yardage of the same line that I had bought because I still have a untouched Layer Cake of Papillion waiting to be used. Their is nothing worse than finishing a quilt top and you can't get the yardage anymore so you can't match the borders or backing.
Clover quilt

When I finished the top I was worried it was as bright as what I had expected it to be.
Clover quilt

Once I got it bound a quilted I really liked it though. I kept the quilting really lite because I was worried a heavy quilt would take away from it's lightness, if that makes any sense.
Zombie cat

Zombie cat was very interested in helping me bind the quilt.

Friday cat

And even Friday cat got in on the action despite the fact that he rarely gets on the sofa.

Back of Clover quilt

I gave the quilt to them today and they seemed to really like it. If I had to do it over, I wouldn't have done the white hearts, I would have done another color and I also would had Satin stitched a second time around the hearts because although I had the stitch as tight as my machine would do it, it still looked a little skimpy in spots. Other than that, I'm pleased, for whipping it out concept to finish in less than one week.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Women of Courage Month 1

So, I haven't had a whole lot to say this week, mostly because I didn't spend as much time sewing as I normally do, and most of what I got done was just little here and there stuff, nothing big to post. However, I did get the first month of my Women of Courage BAM and I completed the two blocks for this month.

Women of Courage Month 1

I really like this fabric and I love how they turned out! They were pretty easy blocks although lots of 5/8" cutting which is always a little daunting. How deep is it ingrained in the quilters mind that the bears paw always points in? Pretty deep! It was really hard for me to sew the paws in the corners facing out! I even laid the whole block out and tried putting them the "correct" way to see if I like that better (wouldn't be the first time I made artistic changes to a pattern) but in the end I decided it was good that it was different so I'll try it there way.

1800's Grab bag

I also had ordered two 1800's grab bags from Homestead Hearth and they came in today. Together the two grab bags were about $24 after shipping and handing and I am thrilled! Where else can you get this much fabric and such a variety for such a price? I love making scrappy reproduction quilts and I even have one started right now, so I will certainly put these to good use and I'll be back for more!

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

One more thing while I'm here, I know the blog is called Quilting Rage and not Cooking rage but I need to share this with you! For Saint Patrick's I made these Irish Car Bomb cupcakes! I got the recipe over at Brown Eyed Baker. They have Guinness in the actual cupcake, Jameson in the ganache and Baileys in the frosting. They are delicious  I really thought it was a cute idea for the holiday but honestly my expectations for taste were a little lower, I was wrong! I will absolutely be making more of these holiday, or no holiday. It also accrued to me that you could make this into a cake by using the batter to make 2 (maybe even 3?) round cakes, you could spread the ganache in the middle of the cakes and then just frost the whole thing! I'll let you all know if I try it ;)

I did get the castle quilt most of the way together but I don't have the border on yet so Im going to wait to show it. I've also been working on the Halloween quilt but I was having a lot of trouble since this is my first large bout with free-motion quilting so I had to get some help from a friend. I should be on the right track now.

In other news, it's my birthday today, and Im now old enough to rent a car! Yea me! :) Have a great day!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Vintage Rouge BOM

I just got shipping conformation this morning for the new BOM that my husband ordered for me as a birthday present! So I though it would be a fitting time to post the last BOM I completed.

Vintage Rouge BOM

This is my Vintage Rouge BOM. I recently described it as the pinnacle of my quilting career thus far. It's so fabulous and I learned so much in the progress! I wish I had been already blogging when I made this so I could share each month with you but with the new one I will! I do want to touch on some of the things I learned though. I tried to English paper pieced the Dresden plates as the instructions said, but that just did not work for me! In fact I had stopped working on this for a few months because I was so frustrated at not being able to get the Dresden plates right, and there are a total of 9 in this quilt including the super intricate one in the middle. I finally found alternative instructions online where I used a add-a quarter ruler to cut out each section  cut a templar template, used sizing and my iron to from the top point, sewed down the sides to connect them and then machine appliqueing them down with clear thread really quick before the points can come up. Sound confusing? Yeah, so here's the link for the way that I did my Dresden plates, it has pictures from marcus brothers
Once I got that sorted out I was doing better! The words in the four blocks between the Dresden out only the second hand applique I've ever done, but they turned out really well. For the berries  I used the Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circles. I love the way the outer poinsettia branches come together to make a circle that in-compasses the whole center!

Vintage Rouge in progress

After all the struggling this was the point I got to where I was like "OMG! I'm really going to get things thing done!" I also wanted to mention that the people at Keepsake Quilting are so helpful and kind! Because of all my errors with the Dresden plates I ran out of the striped fabric...twice! Both times I call the 1-800 number and asked for them to send me more, and they did! Completely without charge! No shipping, no nothing. They just asked me how much I needed, and it came in the mail in a few days! Now that is customer service to brag about!

Close up of machine quilting

I wanted to show you a close up of the quilting because it is so amazing. A women in my guild named Maria OHaver has a quilting business called Pangor quilts. She has done all on my quilts that needed more than stitch in the ditch and she always does a fabulous job.  She has an automated machine, so it's perfect every time! She also does free motion as well. Like I said yesterday, I'm trying to get into doing my own quilting on my home machine! I'd really like to have more of my quilts be mine from start to finish. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Castles in progress

Just wanted to drop in a give a preview of what I've been working on since my sewing machine has returned!

Les Amis Sandcastle Quilt block

Here is a block out of my castle quilt that is in progress. I am using Les Amis fabric, and the pattern is titled Sandcastles and can be found in Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine Vol 20 No 12. I also have seen this particular pattern for sale by itself at I'm having so much fun with this project! I love all the little animals! Can't wait to see what it looks like when all the different colors come together and it's all laid out.

I also pieced the backing for a Halloween quilt that I am going to be quilting myself. It will be the first quilt that I've quilted myself with something other than stitch in-the-ditch and also the biggest quilt I've ever quilted myself. Hopefully I'll be making good progress on all of this over the weekend!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Christmas and back to school!

Okay! So today I'm going to post pictures of a quilt I made as a Christmas present 2 years ago, but the person it was for didn't really like it, so I was happy to keep it for myself! I apologize because it's a very rainy day and I realized that I did not have a picture of the back of this quilt, so i went to take one but it did not turn out very well. You can get the idea though. 

Grace Christmas Quilt

I saw of pichure of this quilt online, but it was made with more of a spring floral vibe, corals and yellows. They said the pattern for the block was out of a book but I couldn't find the book online, which is funny because I later found the book, well over a year after the quilt was finished. So I figured it didn't look like that hard of a pattern and I could figure it out myself. I made so many mistakes in calculations! Being a new quilter I didn't understand how to calculate seam allowances properly. I had to order more sashing fabric half way through! When It came time to put it all together I realized how much of a pain it is to sew bias edges because it's all on point! There was a lot of rage in this quilt, and some harsh language. This quilt was a great learning experience and I love the end result. For the record, the original block pattern is in the 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine book, and it is titled Boxed In. The only real difference is that I was guessing at there sizes, so mine is a bit bigger since I guessed that they were 2 1/2 inch finished squares in the block and really they were 2 inch finished and they intended you to make the quilt from a jelly roll. Since my squares were cut at 3" I bought a fat eighth bundle and used that. The line is Grace by Moda.
Grace Christmas back of quilt

I though some of the left overs  would make the back more interesting. ( Zombie cat again)
Grace Christmas

I am a typical college student who gets board during classes. I was thinking over winter break that I would love to decorate my binder so at least I have something fun and cheery to look at while trapped in lecture halls. So I made this!
Gypsy Girl quilted Binder

There is actually a tutorial to make this on the Moda Bake Shop website, and it's called Funky Quilted Binder Cover. It is made with a charm pack and some yardage, I used the Gypsy Girl line. You basically make a mini quilt but with pockets to slide the binder into it. The only actually quilting I did was along the braids, I liked the red the way it is, and didn't think it needed anything else. It's very smart and pretty quick! I wish I had had this when I was in high school!

I received a call an hour or so ago that my sewing machine is ready to be picked up so hopefully soon there will be a post with what Im doing right now and we can lay off the oldies for a bit!

Monday, March 11, 2013

A pillow and a star!

I am so proud of myself for keeping up with posting! I still don't have my sewing machine back from the shop, so I still have time to post already completed quilts.

Yesterday I posted the baby quilts I had made for a friends little girl but I had forgotten that I had also made her a pillow as well.

Bunny pillow with braids

I told my friend when she first announced her pregnancy that I would make her a quilt and a pillow with the baby's name. Of coarse, she untimely got 2 quilts and a pillow. Her husband is Nigerian and apparently their naming customs are a bit more complex and they decided not to announce the babies name until she was born. So, I couldn't have the pillow done in time for the baby shower or anything like that. 

The pillow is made of scraps of Strawberry Fields that I had left over from another quilt. I had never done the braided border before but I had a lot of fun doing it! It's much easier than it looks.

Hand embroidery

This was my first embroidery project by hand. I watched a YouTube video of someone hand embroidering towels and that was enough to get me going! I think it's pretty good for a first try, if I do say so myself!

Garden Stars quilt
This is my Garden Stars quilt. Believe it or not, this is actually the second quilt I ever made! When I went to sign up for my first quilting class, at a shop that is not longer in business I was admiring the store display of this quilt. The lady asked me if I would like to sign up for this class as well. To be honest with you I thought she was nuts! Even as a new quilter I knew triangles spelled trouble! The lady convinced me that I would not be over my head once I was done with the basic quilting class and I reluctantly agreed to sign up for this class! It was a tuffy but I got though! Most likely largely because I was the only one who signed up for the class at that particular time so I had the teachers undivided attention and her extensive patience!

Garden Stars quilt
All and all, I think it turned out really well, but more importantly I think it gave me the confidence to go on and fell like I knew enough to be able to carry on and make more quilts by myself, without supervision. I had just received this quilt back form the quilter last 4th of July and I took it with me to go watch fireworks with my husband and one of his friends and we all sat on it on the ground. When I told that story at guild a few days later, people were horrified that I would put it on the grass. One lady asked if I needed to borrow an old quilt to use for things like that. Like I said I really want my quilts to be used, and enjoyed! It wouldn't be any fun to make them and then store them away were I can't admire them for fear of them getting dirty. I also know that a hundred years ago women were making quilts because they needed them, not so much for decoration. I want my quilts to be a little utilitarian as well. So, I'm going to keep using my quilts as often as possible even if other quilter, far wiser than I, think I'm a bit nuts for it.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Baby quilts

Today, I'll post two quilts I made for a friend who had a baby last year. My friend, Kelly, requested that I not use any pastels in the baby quilt.

Spring Garden Delight Quilt

This quilt is from the Fons and Porter Love of Quilting magazine for May/June 2012. The pattern is titled Spring Garden Delight. I actually think the pattern is intended for it to be a table topper but it's the perfect size for a baby to play on and cuddle up in. I did make some minor changes in fabric layout but nothing major. This was an extremely quick and easy quilt that was done in a matter of a few hours with simple stitch in the ditch quilting. I made this quilt entirely of fabric I had in stash with the exception of the pink pastel, so it was almost a free quilt! The baby plays on this quilt and it's small enough for her to drag around when she starts walking. This is the kind of quilt that is adorable, but you didn't put a hundred hours and hundreds of dollars into so when the baby shreds it over time, it's okay! I personally love it when my quilts get used!

Tula Pink Prince Charming Quilt

Tula Pink Prince Charming Quilt

I also made this quilt for when the baby gets into a regular bed. I'm very disappointed because I've been racking my brain trying to remember where I got the block pattern from and I just can't remember! I know it was free online and very easy but I can't remember and I'm so sorry! If I ever happen to come across it again I will be sure to post were it came from! I also couldn't find a picture of it after quilting, but I do remember that I was pressed for time to get it to her so it's possible I never took a completed picture. Maybe I can get one the next I see her If it's not packed away to tightly. The fabric is Tula Pink Prince Charming. I used one layer cake, plus the borders, sashing, backing and binding of coarse. Is there anything more precious for a baby girl then little Prince Charming frogs? The hardest part of the entire quilt was trying to cut out the snails in the border in a way that they were all right side up and centered. I think this quilt is perfect because it's sweet for a little girl, but I imagine an older girl would love this fabric, so she won't outgrow it so quickly! I also like that it's not solid pink so even if she loves green or blue the quilt still fits the bill!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hello and Welcome!

I am starting this little blog to chronicle my quilting journey and maybe learn a few things along the way. I've been quilting for almost 2 years now and I'm currently in 2 local guilds.

As luck would have it, my sewing machine is currently in for a repair so I thought I would use the opportunity to get this blog started and post some quilts that are already done!
This is my simple brick quilt. The pattern was in the October 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting and it was called Now and Later.
Brick quilt 1.
The original quilt was done in 1930s reproduction prints. I did mine with a combination of scraps from my stash and charm packs to get a really good color range! The hardest part of this quilt was laying out the colors and making sure it flowed well. Although it is the easiest quilt I've ever made it is probably my favorite and gets used more than any other quilt I've made thus far.

Brick quilt 2.
I actually had a lot of left over bricks so I went ahead and made a baby version with the left overs. I decide to make this one a litte more fun and use black fabric to really set off the colors and when I sent it to be quilted I asked for variegated thread.

Zombie cat burrowing into Brick quilt 1.
You will find over time that it is EXTREMELY challenging to get any pictures of a quilt in this house without a cat on top of it! This is Zombie, the youngest cat, and he has a unique habit of burrowing under covers and treating them as caves.I will try to use the time that my machine is gone to get caught up on past projects so that by the time it gets back we'll all be caught up with the present!