Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sunbonnet Sue Library Tote

Who doesn't love Sunbonnet Sue?  I know I do!

Extra Squares

My two extra squares from my black and white quilt got turned into potholders. 

Elephant Tote

Elephant Tote

One of the things we do for fun is go to the library.  It is a very exciting trip for my kids.  I was thinking how cute a little bag would be for each of them to pack their books home in.  Enter my next project.. 

A tote with personality!  Now I must make more, and give each one it's own unique cuteness.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Done

Today I finished piecing the top of my black and white quilt. Now it's decision time. What to back it with, and what quilt design to use.  Darn, I may have to go to the fabric store and think it over!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's Black and White

Currently I am working on a black and white quilt.  
How fun is this baby! 
I have really been enjoying it as it comes together.  And thank goodness for little helpers!
And of course I had to add a splash of color.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Basting A Quilt

Basting a quilt is much easier if you have one or two people to help you out, but there are a lot of times I get to this point, and just can't wait!  

So Today I am going to show you a couple of tricks that I have learned when it comes to basting a quilt by my lonesome.

First, start by laying your backing out on the floor.  Start in one corner and smooth it all out.  Then tape it as I have in the pictures above and below.  Be sure to make it flat to help avoid puckers, but avoid stretching your material.
Next, Lay your batting over your backing.  I have been using a cotton batting and find it really nice to work with, but this is of course just a preference.
This particular batting has a right and wrong side.  See in the picture below how one side of the line looks slightly dirty.  This side has been needle punched to allow the needle to glide through easier when quilting.  Therefore, this is the side we will want to put up.

I then roll the batting halfway back, making sure to keep everything flat as I roll.
Taking a section at a time I spray, with a basting adhesive, and roll the batting over the spray,  smoothing as I go.  Continue to the edge and repeat on the other half of the batting.  
Finally repeat the above step with your top.  Be sure to smooth it all the way out before you roll and add your adhesive.

That's it!  Now you are ready to quilt!  Have fun, and try something new!


Friday, November 7, 2014

More Apron Frenzy

For a certain Raiders lover!
A few more aprons to make, and I am moving on!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Feeling a Bit Grinchy

Just finished up a pair of mother/daughter Grinch aprons.  Hoping they will be put to good use this Christmas!


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