Thursday, June 26, 2008

Making a Rag Quilt - Part 2 Block Sandwiches

This is definitely a boring step in the process of creating a rag quilt. I think the hardest part is already over, getting all the blocks and batting cut to size. A word about the batting, you'll want to cut the batting squares at least 3/4 inch smaller than your blocks all the way around.

Now it's time to lay out all the blocks and pick up two at a time. Open each block and place your batting square within it. Lay the original fabric block (right sides facing outside) on top of the batting and wha la, you have a Rag Quilt block sandwich. Now repeat, repeat, repeat. In my case, that's 144 more times. Here's an example of the Rag Quilt block sandwich.

As I finish each sandwich, I turn it a quarter to make it easier to pickup each sandwich square when I'm ready to quilt them prior to arranging the layout. The sewing is a weekend project since I'll have more time. ~*~ Trish ~*~

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Making a Rag Quilt - Part 1 Fabric Squares

There's just something about a heavy flannel blanket to snuggle under for nap time. Rag Quilts make great quilts for gift giving as well. They are usually pretty quick to make but, can take some time based upon the size. In the end, they are so worth it. Most fabrics that I've worked with on my Rag Quilts are flannel. However, I've also completed a rag quilt out of denim and one out of fleece. The denim quilt is in the slideshow to the right.

Normally, I use large blocks 8-9.5 inches in my rag quilts. It cuts down on the all the seam snipping you need to complete and allows me to add a quilt design to each block if I wanted to. This time I'm going with 6" squares. I've had the fabric for a while, it was just in the pile of things to do. This one is using teddy bear and snowflakes and similar solids. I guess I'm complete an early Christmas gift for someone.

Hopefully, I'll be completed by the end of the weekend! Here's the fabrics all cut out. Now it's just time to place the batting squares between all these squares to prepare the for the criss-cross quilting. A couple of my other larger block quilts, I added quilt designs to each block, in my next segment, I'll share a few pictures. But, for now, here's the finished cut blocks.

~*~ Trish ~*~

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Stainglass Quilt

Hello, I can't believe that I am 99.5% complete (still have to complete the required label) with my very first stain glass quilt wall hanging. It turned out better than I expected. The only pain was quilting down the leading on both sides of the 1/4 inch black leading fabric. Second least favorite was passing all the loose ends to the back, tying them off and then hiding the ends. I had so many to do.

From there, it was squaring up and binding time. Luckily I had just enough (only 3" to spare) of same black fabric available to create the binding and stitch it to the quilt. I hand finished the binding by turning and sewing it to the back of the wallhanging. Of course, there are multiple places of sewing "boo boos" on the back. But, hey, who's going to see. So here is a photo of the back of the wall hanging once the quilting, knotting, and binding the wallhanging.

Finally, when that last stitch is in place, it's time to turn it over and critique your own work. This time I actually have to say, not that bad. However, it did hit me that no matter how I looked at this wall hanging, it displayed the same. So, I decided that I am not going to hang it in the usual fashion with the hanging pocket on the back and hanging it square. I've decided that I'm going to hang it on point with a simple loop on the top. Let me know what you think. Now the question is, what to do with it? Trish

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Back in the sew of things......

We'll I've been wanting to start a blog for a while but haven't found the right angle just yet. I figured that I'm always crafting and why not write about things you like to do. Primarily, I love to sew quilts and wall hangings. If I'm not actively sewing or crafting then I'm off searching the internet for some new craft out there.

It was so great this weekend to get back into sewing after a couple of weeks off. I've always been fascinated with the "stain glass" quilts. I think they are beautiful.

Here's my first try at stain glass piecing. I just completed the top today. I started it yesterday. I wished I had photographed each of the steps for you but, I promise I'll do better next time. Let me know what you think of the wall hanging quilt top.

I was also able to make the wall hanging quilt sandwhich with the backing and the batting. Next came the pinning pinning pinning in the bottom photo. It's hard to see all of the pins but they are there just waiting for a fresh blood vessel to attach to.

This is the step I like the least. However, this time it was not that bad since the wall hanging is about 24" square which is pretty manageable. I think sometime this next week I'll work on the quilting over the lead lines. Better wear my quilting gloves because it never fails that I don't prick myself when I'm using pins to hold the quilt sandwhich together. Talk to you later - Trish