Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Wedding Hankie

My son got married in October and we were delighted to welcome a new daughter-in-law to our family.  I wanted her to have a special wedding hankie to carry on the big day, so I set out to make one.

I bought a piece of lightweight white cotton fabric and cut it to 10 1/2 inches square.  Then I folded the raw edges under twice to give a nice neat edge.  I secured the edge using my sewing machine and a blanket stitch.

With a large needle and crochet cotton, I hand sewed a blanket stitch around the edge to give myself a base row for some crochet stitches.  I used the machine stitches as a guide to help me make evenly spaced hand stitches:

Then I switched to a crochet hook and did a few rows of stitches all the way around.

I boxed up the hanky and had it ready to give to the bride.  Two nights before the wedding, I learned that she did not have anything blue for her "Something Borrowed, Something Blue..etc.".   I told her I had something for her, and that I could make it blue.  I then gave her the handkerchief, and told her I would add some blue ribbon.

The following morning, I went to Michael's and bought some narrow blue ribbon,

and that evening, amidst all the other wedding preparations and after  the rehearsal dinner, I used a safety pin and wove the ribbon in and out of the spaces in the crochet border. 

On the morning of the wedding, I was very pleased to be able to give her her "something blue".  Here is a somewhat blurry photo of the bride with the hankie.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Half the squares, twice the fun

My quilt guild's Block of the Month this year is called "Half Square Triangle Sampler" by Jeni Baker.  All the blocks are made up of only Half Square Triangles.

The pattern directions are for 12" blocks for a nice lap size, but I have decided to make my blocks in a 6" size instead.  I want to use a couple of charm packs that I purchased a while back at an overstock sale:

When I opened up the wrapping, I realized that it contained multiples of only 7 different fabrics.

I checked the stash to see if I had anything to add, and I came up with these additional fabrics:
(Hey Linda N!  Notice the blue/green ginko leaf fabric.  It lives!)

Each of the fabrics will be paired with white to make up the HST's.  I cut the white fabric into 5 inch squares and marked them with an "X" from corner to corner:

Then sewed 1/4 inch on each side of the line:

and cut apart into squares.

Each square generates 2 HST's:

So, instead of drawing a diagonal line on the back of 4 small white squares, I only had to draw 2 lines on the back of one larger square.  Works for me!

Here are my first two blocks of the Sampler:

My quilter friend, Rosemary, is also making the guild's BOM.  You can see her blocks here.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Even the leftovers have leftovers

I found myself left with a rainbow of colorful scraps after I finished my Dinosaur quilt.

I knew there had to be at least one more kid's quilt in that pile.  What's a gal to do but invite a few friends over and have a sew day?

I cut out as many 3 1/2 inch squares as I could from the pile:

Then I sewed them up into four-patch units and alternated those with plain white squares:

The last step was to find border, and  I had a rocketship fabric that contained all the same bright colors:

A narrow inner border of blue and a wide border of the rockets resulted in this cute quilt top:

With 3 of us sharing just one ironing station, it turned out to be the one place where a bit of a traffic jam could take place.  (Not that we minded the chance to take a break and chat while we waited our turn..  It was more like we didn't want the person at the iron to feel rushed.)  Anything that could economize on the use of the iron was handy.  So, I came up with a plan to sew the two borders onto the quilt with only 3 trips to the ironing board instead of 4.

1:  Sew top and bottom inner borders to center of quilt.  At the same time,  take remaining 2 inner border pieces and sew them to two of the outer borders pieces.    Iron quilt and also the border pieces.

2:  Sew left and right borders to quilt.  Iron.

3:   Sew remaining outer borders to top and bottom.  Iron.

I had lots more colored squares and enough rocketship fabric to make a second quilt top.  I forgot to get a photo of the finished top before I turned them over to our Quilt for Kids coordinator, but here it is what it looked like in progress.

Oddly enough, my pile of rainbow scraps doesn't look much smaller, but that only means there are more quilts to come.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

And Jill came Tumbling After....

I have been enjoying making more tumbling blocks in Civil War reproduction fabrics.

I wanted lots of variety, so the first step was going back to the scrap pile from my "Long Time Gone" quilt and pulling out any usable pieces:

From the darks and mediums, I cut diamond shapes and from the lights I cut triangles.  Then I laid them out in rows.

Keeping all those little pieces in line while I sewed the rows required a system.  I slid the pieces from the first row on the right over to my sewing machine and worked on them first:

I sewed triangle/diamond pairs, and then placed them back in order.

Then, one pair at a time, I pressed the seams open with a mini iron and a small ironing mat.

It was wonderful not to have to keep getting up and going to the ironing board to press all those seams, and sewing each row at a time made it easy to keep track of each piece in the puzzle. Over the course of a couple of days, I had completed the following:

As I said in my previous post, I have a plan for these little tumbling blocks.  I want to make some additional units to my "Long Time Gone" quilt to make it into a twin size.

The Tumbling Blocks will become the center portion of an additional row that will cover the pillow area when on the bed.  I have to decide on two more patterns to fill in the other sections. I know that at least one of them will involve rows of little houses.  More to come...

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