Sunday, June 19, 2011

More instant gratification.

As I mentioned a while back, free time had been at a premium.  So, along with the couple of mini quilts I posted, I experimented with a case for my new glasses.
Basically, all I did was make a mini quilt and roll it up.  Too easy.  I'm not going to dare to call this a tutorial for something so simple (especially since I just kinda wing everything), but here are the basic steps:
1. Determine size for your glasses. 
(All I did for this was roll them up in a piece of fabric and measured out what seemed to be right. For mine, it ended up being 6 1/2" h. x 6 1/4' w.)
2. Piece a mini quilt top.
(You see below, I went kinda modern with some solids.) 
3. Before you quilt it, make sure to trim the batting about a 1/4" shy of 3 of the edges. Leave the top edge normal, you'll just bind this one, but trimming the batting back from the others will keep it from bunching up too much when you stitch it together.  ( I thought I was real smart for thinking of this before hand, but Ang told me that's pretty much standard practice for what I was doing...oh well)
4. Bind the top edge.
5. Fold the little quilt right sides together and stitch the bottom, then the side together.
6. Turn it ride side out, and there ya go.
Ang liked mine and asked me to make one for her. Of course, none of that modern stuff for her! "I want mine cute though!" 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Okay, people...

I put a quilt into the Quilting Gallery "Weekly Themed Contests."
This week is "miniatures" and so I sent in my mini "Improv 1" 
(such an artsy name for it, more like lazy).

Anyway, click the "Quilting Gallery" button on the right, go take a peak at the weekly contest and vote for me!  Well, vote for what ever one you like the best, really, it's cool. 
(The last time I put one in, I didn't vote for mine either!)

Voting is Friday through Sunday.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sneak Peek!

Okay, here's a sneak peek at something we're working on.  Well, at this point only Ang is working on it, but I will be soon as well.  
I just had to put this up, I'm very proud of her work.  Look at this, it is nowhere near done, but already very cool. 

That tree is one piece. I can't believe she was able to cut it out, let alone applique it on like that.
This section is about 30"x30", so we gotta big one brewing here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Been a long time...

The last month or so has been pretty crazy, not a lot of time for quilting or blogging.  But, things have slowed a bit and I've had a chance to have a little fun in the basement.

Since it had been a while and time was at a premium, I decided to make a couple mini quilts.  I've had some solids laying around that I was wanting to play with, here was my chance.  The pic on the right is an improvisation I did.  Just picked some colors, started cutting and piecing.  Lot of fun!

I really enjoy a lot of the Amish quilts, there's something so appealing about the simplicity of design and their use of colors.  So, in search of some instant gratification, I decided on another mini, this time "Amish-ish."

Working on these mini quilts has been great, I just kinda dive in and see where they go.  I guess that's one of the beauties about not really 'knowing' what you're doing.