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Calling for Cuddles…

This will be my 3rd baby quilt that I have made and I am beyond convinced that I wrote about the last baby quilt I made thinking it only needed images edited and a quick re-read I can’t for the life of me find it 😦

After searching every possible place on my computer I am giving in and going to write this again, thankfully it shouldn’t be too hard since I will be making this Mario quilt at the same time, though because I have nothing to refer back to on how I did the other quilts all designs will vary slightly;)

So let’s get started!

The first two quilts I did I had picked out 3 fabrics, 1 fabric to embroider on, 1 for the patterned squares and a third for the boarder and back. This round I only choose 2 fabrics. I am using a chocolate brown to embroider on, a pink plaid for my other squares and then I am going to do the boarder in the chocolate brown and the back in the same pink plaid. Hope that isn’t too much of the same…

I am really excited to see how this quilt will look once finished, as my first two were Winnie the Pooh, classic choice where this one is a little different… this couple has chosen to do the entire nursery for their expected little girl all based of a Nintendo theme. I love the idea and can’t wait to see the mother-to-be face when she opens it!

The embroidery package that I bought was from http://www.embroideryby.net. This package came with 22 designs and I need 13 for the quilt so that gives me a lot to chose from.

Mario-Images2 Mario-Images1  

Since the other two quilts I did were both for very close friends of mine I was lucky to find out the name of the babies before they were born and was able to personalize the quilt a little more with an initial.

L-square

V-square

That isn’t the case this time since the new to be parents are keeping that little detail to themselves 😛

I guess I might just need to make Princess Peach the middle square for their soon to be princess.

Peach

Time to start cutting, if my memory serves me correctly I cut the squares to be 6.5” x 6.5” so I am going to do that again here. I will need 13 chocolate brown squares and 12 pink plaid squares.

This will give me a total of 25 squares. So I will also need to cut 25 6.5” x 6.5” squares of the batting.

I like buying the “Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting” since it is really soft and thick. It also does not contain any resins or glues. The package I bought was 45” x 60” (baby quilt size) so one package should be enough and I was lucky enough that this one was on sale this week so I got it for $16 vs the regular $22.

Batting

once you have all the plain squares embroidered it is time to get the plaid square ready. These ones are really easy, there are several ways to embroider these squares, however I know of two…

One, you can take the plaid fabric and the batting and together sew an X through the square:

X-Through-Front

Here it is from the back – you can see it much better.

X-Through-Back

That is it, quick and easy and you can fly through them.

Second you can use a free motion quilting foot, this is the first time I am trying this foot so this is a test run.

This is what the foot looks like:

Free-Motion-Foot

Free-Motion-Foot-ON 

Follow your machine’s instructions for attaching the free motion foot, this usually involves removing the pressure foot holder on the machine.

You will want to put your feed lever down so you can freely move the fabric around anyway you want. On my Brother this is found on the back of the machine.

Feed-Down

This I think would take a little practice, and it probably wouldn’t hurt to draw the line you want to follow on the wrong side of the fabric. I tried doing simple loops and this is how it turned out:

Free-Motion-Example

Honestly I don’t love it myself, however that was just my first try and I am sure I could get better but for now I am going to stick with doing my X version 🙂

Once all the plaid pieces are ready to go it is time to start laying out the design!

I like to place all the squares out on a table, or floor if there isn’t enough room in no specific order, just make sure you start with an embroidered square and then alternate with embroidered and plaid (this will ensure an embroidered square ends up as the middle). Once I have the whole thing laid out I switch around the embroidered squares with one another until I find the layout I like best – in this case I want to make sure I don’t have the same characters multiple times side by side (like two Mario’s right by one another or two yoshi’s).

This is the design I have decided on

Layout

Now you just start sewing the squares together.

I start with individual rows, once all the squares in that row are sewn together…

First-Row-Sewn

move onto the next row…

All-Rows-Sewn

once all the rows are done then I start sewing row to row:

Sewn-Together

Once all the rows are sewn together you are on the home stretch, all that is left is sewing on the border and the back.

For the border I chose to do a 2.5” wide border, I am going to do the sides first then cut the top and bottom border.

Boarders

I measured the height (left side) of the quilt and got 28” so I cut my height of the border to be 28” tall and then my wanted width plus seam allowance. I did the same measurements for the right side.

Side-Boarders-On

 

For the top and bottom borders you will want to measure once the right and left borders are on as the top and bottom will be the width of the quilt plus the borders.

All-Boarders-On

Here are all three final products:

Final-Mario-Quilt

Final-L

I had to include this shot provided to me by my talented photographer friend of her son admireing my handy work 🙂 Such a cute photo!!!

L-playing

and lastly:

Vanessa

Venessa-Set

Bunny-Hat-Image

I found the bear hat and bunny hat tutorials online – will have to find the source again and do a short blog on the hats – they were super simple and super cute:)

Until next time happy sewing:)

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Quilt

 

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Who wouldn’t love a little Pooh…

I have been working on a new project recently and wanted to pop in and give you all a sneak peak of what is to come. Also I ordered some new Pooh and Friends embroidery designs and wanted to share how that experience was.

I am working on a baby quilt! The progress started a little slow but now that I have it figured out we are moving right along! The reason for the slow start was I was trying to make the quilt with 5.5” x 5.5” squares but because that is slightly smaller then my embroidery hoop it was causing random issues with embroidery so I had to scrap what was done and make the squares 6.5” x 6.5” which is going to make a larger size baby blanket.

I have always been a fan of the classics when it came to baby stuff so I saw this as a great opportunity to order some Winnie the Pooh machine embroidery designs. I found a fantastic website called ‘Save On Designs’ and they had a 500+ Winnie the Pooh Machine Embroidery Designs set for only $14.99. I was able to select delivery method as download so I had all the designs within an hour of ordering them.

I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t see what the designs looked like prior to putting them on my machine and thought I would email the company to see if there was another way. To my surprise I received an answer in less then an hour on a Sunday night via email from their support team telling me they would set me up with a viewer so I could see what all the designs!

Needless to say I got started right away to see how these would look and here are just a few:

I will be back with more once I finish the quilt to reveal the entire project.

If you haven’t ordered from ‘Save on Designs’ before I highly recommend them. The Designs are well created and their service was excellent. Not to mention they have a great selection of embroidery designs, file types and the prices are amazing.

Do you have any favourite embroidery design websites?
If so please share!

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Embroidery Designs, Quilt

 

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Raglan Star Quilt ~ Guest Post

It is my pleasure to welcome a guest post today written by Francine Koehler. Francine will be walking us through how to make a raglan Star Quilt. She will be introducing ‘new to me’ tricks and tools that I can’t wait to try out myself – and trust me this will be a project I plan on tackling when I find some time!

So get ready to be inspired to make your couch nice and cozy during these cold winter days…

These quilts are nice for sitting on the couch on a cold winters’ night. This pattern is my own design using some known techniques and my new toy the Big Shot from Stamping Up.

Let me first introduce my new toy, the Big Shot. I got introduced to this little gem while attending a greeting card workshop and then discovered it also cuts fabric. That did me in; at that point I had to have it!

This machine is used to cut out different shapes and designs, depending on the dyes you select. The designs can then be used to create many different projects from cards, to quilts, to bibs etc. In today’s project I used it to cut out star designs that I’m going to appliqué on my quilt.

The big shot is so simple to use; layer the plexiglass sheet, the dye (this is what cuts the fabric), the fabric and the second plexiglass sheet and run it through the big shot manually by turning the handle. Voila, you have a perfect design.

NOTE:  the layering technique will change depending on what dye is selected. The machine comes with instructions on how to layer each dye.

To start this quilt you will need to select four coordinating flannel fabrics. I used flannel for its warmth and its great ability to fray. I selected a green and beige plaid, a red and beige plaid, a plain green and a plain beige flannel.

My quilt measures 42” x 42” in size. This is a great size for a couch or even as an extra blanket on your bed. To start, I cut out 72 – 9” squares. Broken down as follows:

  • 18 green plaid squares
  • 18 plain green squares
  • 18 red plaid squares
  • 18 plain beige squares

I then cut out 36 – 6” squares of quilting batting and several 6” squares of both the red and green plaid to use for cutting the stars. I needed 20 of both the large and medium size stars in the red plaid and 18 of both the large and medium stars in the green plaid.

Now, the work is over and the fun begins. With everything cut, you are now ready to start putting the quilt together. The positioning of the squares and ultimately the design of the quilt is all up to you. You will want to decide how many star squares you want and how many plaid squares. Also, think about how you will place the squares in each row to make your design. I actually built the quilt one row of squares at a time and determined what the pattern for each row would be as I went along. I made the squares for each row as I got to that row. All 72 squares were layered together, but I didn’t decide how I was going to sew them until I needed them.

With the 72 – 9” squares, you want to layer a plain square, batting and a plaid square together to make 36 squares in total. I layered the green plaid with a plain green flannel and the red plaid square with a plain beige square.

For the squares that will not get the stars appliquéd on them, the plaid side will be the front of the quilt. To make these squares, I used a straight stitch and sewed through all three layers from corner to corner, making an X on the square.

For the squares that will have the stars appliquéd on them, the plain flannel square will be the front of the quilt.

Now I have been using the term appliqué. What I mean by this term, is sewing a separate piece of fabric on to another piece of fabric.

I used a zigzag stitch to apply the stars through all three layers on the plain side of my squares. I used 2 large stars and 2 medium stars for each square. You could use whatever you want – the design is all yours.

For the plain beige squares I used red plaid stars, for the green plain squares I used the green plaid stars. Again, the choice is yours.

*REMEMBER*: you need to sew through all three layers, the plain fabric, the batting and the plaid fabric and you want to sew around the design, in this case the star.

Remember; think about your quilt pattern before you make up all your squares so you make enough squares of each pattern. As I indicated before, I put my quilt together one row at a time making my squares, as I needed them. My quilt is made up of 6 rows of 6 squares arranged in the pattern below. The squares are sewn together with the seams to the front of the quilt. These seams will be cut up at the end to make the raglan look.

PATTERN

Row One: green plaid square; plain beige square with red stars; red plaid square; plain green square with green stars; green plaid square; plain beige square with red stars

Row Two: plain green square with green stars; red plaid square; plain beige square with red stars; green plaid square; plain green square with green stars; red plaid square

Row Three: green plaid square; plain green with green stars; red plaid square; plain beige with red stars; green plaid square; plain green with green stars

Row Four: plain beige with red stars; green plaid square; plain green with green stars; red plaid square; plain beige with red stars; green plaid square

Row Five: red plaid square; plain beige with red stars; green plaid square; plain green with green stars; red plaid square; plain beige with stars

Row Six: plain beige with red stars; green plaid square; plain green with green stars; red plaid square; plain beige with red stars; green plaid

When sewing the squares together, sew each square to the next with a 1/4” seam allowance to the front of the quilt. Attach each row together the same way. Once all the squares and rows are together, sew around the whole quilt using a 1/4” sew allowance as well. I used a fancier stitch for my border but that option is all yours; a straight stitch works well too.

Now for the fun, take a pair of scissors and snip the seams all around the quilt and around each square. This is done to provide the raglan look. Be careful while doing this so you don’t cut through your seams. Make each snip fairly close to the next, about 1/8” apart. When finished snipping around the quilt and around all the squares, wash and dry the quilt and you are finished. Your quilt will have a great frayed look on the front and a very nicely finished back.

ENJOY!!!!


 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Quilt

 

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