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!

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