I finished a quilt this week that I have been working on for three years. One of my dearest friends got married three years ago but since it was a short engagement she knew that the wedding quilt I was planning to give her would take a while. Life happened but at long last I have finished the project. I made up the design to use different kinds of blocks and to use as many fabrics as possible that I thought she and her hubby would like. It is very scrappy and eclectic as a result. I'm just glad that it's only ~twin size rather than queen, if it had been any larger I don't know when I would have finished it.
Closeup of some of the pieces. Note the homemade green binding.
Closeup of the quilted texture. I used an allover pattern in olive green. I did the quilting myself on my home machine using a darning foot, quilter gloves, and lots of grumbling when the thread snapped. All of the jars are zig-zagged down using glow-in-the-dark thread and I tied them in the center with glow-in-the-dark embroidery floss. Hopefully it adds an extra touch of magic.
I also made her a storage sack in which to keep the quilt.
So there it is. Comments and critiques appreciated, hope you enjoy it!
Because I took deep seams to compensate for the raveling of the old flannel the top turned out to be too small for our Queen bed. Therefore, I ran out and bought a bunch of pink plaid flannel and made borders. This caused the quilt to balloon to almost King size. Oh well! I pieced the back out of scraps from shirts, remnants, and a massive piece of purple flannel I found in a box in the basement. I think I bought it for some other project at some point but since I couldn't remember what that project was it got sewn into this quilt.
I quilted using white quilting thread and my Viking sewing machine. I used straight(ish) lines to accommodate the 2-4" quilting distance recommended by the batting. I had never machine quilted a quilt before without a buddy to help with the maneuvering. It was quite an upper body work out but so much more fun than lifting weights.
Because of the size of the borders I decided I wanted to hand-quilt purple flowers using perle cotton. I designed the flower, did the first one myself, and then my mom pitched in to finish the rest for me since I was on a deadline to finish a different quilt for a friend. I have the best mom ever. Below you will see my prototype flower and my initials with the date.
I also pieced the binding and zig-zag stitched it to my quilt using my machine. I think it turned out very cute.
I know it won't win any awards but I have to say that I am incredibly pleased with this quilt. I love how scrappy and energetic the top is, I love the memories it contains, and I love how incredibly warm & snuggly it is to cuddle under. I think this quilt will be our ticket to saving on heating bills for years to come, it is that warm to cuddle under. I hope you've enjoyed the pictures, I would welcome any C&Cs.
For the past nine days I've been holed up in my parent's house quilting like a mad-woman with one of my best friends. Although we started making quilts together, stuff came up, and I wound up finishing hers. It was lots of fun. I got to try stippling for the first time since I could borrow my mom's darning foot. I also got to try pieced binding for the first time. I think I'm kind of obsessed with it now, the effect is just so cute. The whole finished quilt:
Close-up of a block:
Close-up of the binding:
Binding in progress:
All we did was add Pellon P44 interfacing to the back of cut-up T-shirts, added cotton borders, pieced the top, and got quilting. The back is a bed sheet that my friend wanted to use. I didn't follow a quilting pattern at all. I just sort of went for it with the darning foot. It was a great upper body work-out I have to say and so much fun. I am thrilled to say that my friend loves how the quilt turned out. Hope you enjoy the pictures! Comments and critiques are welcome.
That's the front. It is decorated with a couple of pins I got from the convention. The pictures of anime characters are done using Printed Treasures iron-on printable fabric. The upper right design is a scene from the film "My Neighbor Totoro," and the lower left picture is my favorite anime heroine, Lum, from the show "Urusei Yatsura." I also decorated a black T-shirt with a larger version of the same Lum picture and wore matching oni horns around the convention. That is the closest I will ever get to cosplay.
That's the back of my anime bag. It is decorated with another "Urusei Yatsura" character named Kotatsu Neko. I really wanted both sides to be equally nerdy while using as many of my favorite Japanese themed fabrics as possible. I like how it turned out.
I made up my own pattern for a matching wallet. I quilted the fabric with a diamond pattern and put the whole thing together on the fly in under an hour.
Since I was making purses and such anyway I decided to make another purse for the fun of it.
I was going for a steampunk style vibe with this one. I think it needs some gear beads yet or something.
I used a soft color iron on transfer to add the crow design to the fabric. I like how it turned out.
This is the back of the purse. This is the inside of both purses:
Hope you enjoy the pictures! All comments and constructive criticisms appreciated, thanks for looking.
Well actually it hangs on a hook but that's semantics. I hope this is the right forum to post this project in. Please, someone tell me if I ought to have put it elsewhere.
Anyway, here is a wall-hanging I've been working on for several months of a tree made of yo-yos, buttons, and beads.
Over 60 yo-yos of different sizes make up the canopy of the tree. I used the extra small, small, large, extra large, and jumbo round yo-yo makers by Clover. For that extra touch of summer sunshine I stitched on beads and buttons amongst the yo-yos.
I stitched the brown cotton tree trunk down to the pre-quilted foundation using embroidery. I really like the texture.
Tonight I finished the final touch of whimsy by adding butterfly beads to the flower garden growing at the base of the tree. If you look carefully you can also see my signature frog bead which I add to my wall hangings.
Hope you enjoy my yo-yo tree! Comments and criticisms are appreciated.
I am a big fan of making Christmas ornaments out of yo-yos. I like experimenting with them every year. This year I devised a yo-yo snowman ornament that I think turned out to be my cutest yo-yo creation to date. Behold!
My yo-yo snowman ornament.
Supplies you will need include: three stuffed yo-yos (Clover jumbo, extra-large, and small made of white cotton, stuffed with poly-fiberfil), one extra-large sparkly button, one large sparkly button, one red button, a small jingle bell, a short length of holiday ribbon, fleece scraps (one thin and long and one thick rectangle that can wrap loosely around the large yo-yo), black embroidery floss, white hand-quilting thread, needles, scissors, and blue hand-quilting thread. Unfortunately, I am not a great one for measuring things so I guess-timated the fleece scrap size.
1) Sew the buttons on the yo-yos using white hand-quilting thread. Affix the extra-large button to the jumbo yo-yo, the large button to the extra-large yo-yo, and the red button to the large yo-yo
2. Using white hand-quilting thread, stitch the yo-yos together being careful to overlap them slightly. When sewing the top or head yo-yo on I also stitch the ribbon hanger on the back. See pictures below.
3. Embroider the eyes and smile onto the snowman head (the top large yo-yo). I can't say that I'm a particularly accomplished embroidery artist. I am not good with French knots so I just sort of do a cross-hatch for each eye using small stitches and I take small stitches under the red button to form a hopefully non-creepy smile. I think small seed beads would also look super cute. See picture.
4. Accessory time! The snowman looks cold so I add a hat and scarf set using small scraps of blue fleece. First, I make the hat by folding over the small rectangle of fleece and stitching up the side using blue hand-quilting thread. Then I gather the top of the hat using a running stitch and pulling it tight. Now, turn the hat right-side out. Stitch the jingle bell to the top of the hat like a pom-pom. I also like to fold the bottom up for that extra bit of stylish flair. See pictures below.
If you look carefully, you can see how the hat stitches have been gathered at the top. Knot threads tightly.
Finished snowman hat, complete with jingle bell
For the scarf, I like to snip the ends so it has a fringed look. Then I wrap it round the snowman's neck and stitch it down with a couple of tack stitches. I do the same for the hat. See pictures below.
Stitching on the scarf. I used the blue hand-quilting thread for adding the accessories.
A complete, all dressed up, yo-yo snowman ornament by E.A. Schneider Just tie any last knots, snip the threads, and you're done with your beautiful yo-yo snowman ornament.
Here are some thumbnails of one I made for one of my grandmas-in-law.
For Christmas this year I made some purses for some of my favorite women. I used fabrics from my stash that suited their interests.
First off, I modified the All People Quilt "sew simple purse," pattern featured here: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bags-pillows/sew-simple-purse_1.html, using NY,NY themed fabric. Because I only had enough fabric to make a 19" square I did that rather than the 21" sq that the pattern calls for. I did a couple other things differently in the assembly process as well which resulted in a heavier duty feel to the bag. Here are some pictures:
I basted the handles to the purse body then I hand-stitched them in place using matching blue thread. I really like the finished look of the bag. Here is a shot of the lining fabric:
This year I also tried something totally new for me. I made coin purses for a sister and a cousin. I've never done this before so there was a lot of trial and error. I used the pdf provided here: http://everythingmary.com/images/Videos/Downloads/Purse%20Frame%20Instructions.pdf The pdf was basically a place to start. I wound up doing at least three layers of stitching around the purse frame to support the fabric tightly. I also hand stitched the sides up to the hinge part so it would look more finished.
First, here is a pic of the purse for my cousin. The wording on the fabric is a Lord's Prayer novelty fabric (my cousin is very religious and very fond of teal) I found some years ago.
I really like how the dove seems to fly up at you from the words.
Finally, here is a picture of the purse I made for my sister-in-law who is a big space buff.
I thought she deserved to have the galaxy in her pocket.
So this Christmas I undertook an extraordinary challenge. I decided to not only make homemade presents for everybody on my list but I also decided to make some homemade quilted placemats for my exacting crafter-and-homemaker-extraordinaire Grandma-in-law. She is a very special lady, she's needed some new placemats for ages, and I really love her. But she intimidates the heck out of me. She throws out batches of cookies if they are a shade of brown on the bottom. Eeeeep! Nevertheless, I did what any crafter should do: raided my stash, brewed some tea, and got to work.
I made up the design myself and kept it very simple. I had some panels of birds in ~8" squares and lots of blue fabric. Behold the resulting combo:
I made a set of six placemats using one of each bird design.
I kept the quilting simple. First, I outline quilted the bird. Then I quilted the outline of the square and finally the edge of the entire placemat. By doing a narrow edge I was able to catch the gap I left to turn the placemats right-side-out after initial assembly, thereby circumventing both having to hand-stitch and having to use binding. Mwahahahahaaha!
Here are some more close-ups:
And here is the backing fabric I used:
I assembled the placemats using chain-piecing which really expedited things.
I was so nervous when I took the box over. My in-laws were nervous too because they knew how long I'd been working on these and how difficult Grandma can be about accepting presents. More breath was held than just my own on Christmas Eve when she opened the box. I am very happy to report that Grandma loved the placemats. Huzzzzzah!! She has been using them all week.
Comments and critiques would be appreciated; I hope you enjoy the placemats.
I am singularly blessed to have three people in my life besides myself who love Doctor Who. Earlier this fall I discovered Spoonflower and on Spoonflower I discovered a wonderful array of Doctor Who fabrics. As a quilter and a sewer this resulted in lots of happy dancing. When some birthday money rolled my way I picked up some pieces to use in a Doctor Who quilt. Now, I haven't made the quilt yet BUT this Christmas I used some of this fabric: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/638622 to make Christmas ornaments for my fellow Who nerds.
That is the front. I used puff glow-in-the-dark paint on the light at the top so it glows in the dark.
The backing fabric is this great space fabric I got at Jo-Ann's a few years ago.
Here is a close-up of the front. You can see I fussy-cut the TARDIS design, used a space fabric for the sides, and then quilted it simply using blue thread. The batting is just some scraps of fusi-boo I had from another project.
Earlier this fall I got a new laptop. There was much rejoicing and rejoicing always calls for some crafty fun with fabric. In an effort to protect my new technological treasure I put together this laptop sleeve.
I didn't use a pattern. I didn't take pictures of the process, unfortunately, but I will describe for you what I did. All I did was measure the dimensions of my laptop, calculated the width and length of fabric strips necessary to cover it, and I added about half an inch to that measurement. I sewed the strips together to form the "front," or visible portion of the sleeve which looked like a giant rectangle. For the interior, I cut from a brown fabric remnant a rectangle about 2" bigger around than the front. I layered the two sides with fuss-boo batting (btw, I have had little success using fusi-boo as directed--it never fuses for me and I wind up using copious amounts of safety pins anyway. I probably won't buy it again) and quilted it. For quilting I did stitch in the ditch and outlined rough squares around certain butterflies so they have a stamp effect. After I folded over the brown interior fabric to cover the batting and bind off, the piece basically looked like a table runner---one long quilted rectangle with brown binding. I wrapped the quilted piece around my laptop and marked the folds to see where I wanted to stitch the side seams. Then, with the interior (brown in this case) fabric facing out, I sewed the side seams as I had marked them. I made sure to reinforce the corners. I turned the sleeve, which looks like an envelope, right-side out so I could see the butterflies and voila! It was almost done. I added self-adhesive velcro circles to the edge of the flap for closure plus buttons from my stash for decoration. Unfortunately, the adhesive prevented my hand sewing the velcro circles down (I ruined three needles trying) but it wasn't strong enough to last. I'm going to reinforce the circles with tacky glue. Hopefully that works. Even without the velcro, my laptop sleeve does the job of protecting my machine from insult & injury--plus it makes me smile, which is just as important.
I liked the color combination so much that I used extra fabric strips to make a mini-version for my much loved and very beat up point-and-click digital camera.
I used the method described above basically. The camera sleeve is a little on the baggy side but that works great for carrying extra batteries and memory cards.