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2015-02-02 Quilting

New Baby Adams #3 Quilt

This is the new baby Adams quilt in progress

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I had a lot of fun shopping for fun fabrics

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Cut the 3 & 7/8 squares in half on the diagonal. You can use the 45 degree line on your ruler for a perfect cut. Remember to measure twice cut once.

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Cut squares that are 4 & 3/4. Remember to measure twice cut once.

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Sew triangles on the square on opposite sides using a 1/4 inch seem allowance.

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Iron open the triangles with the seem allowance toward the darker color.

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Sew the remaining sides with triangles using a 1/4 inch seem allowance. Iron open again with the seem allowance toward the darker fabric.

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Even the sides by "squaring" the square. I like to use the 45 degree line on my ruler and line it up with the edge of the inside square. Your square should be 6.5 inches square. This is a tedious step but will be worth it when it comes time to put all the blocks together, you run the risk of loosing your points if you don't "square" your squares.

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2 of 4 sets of squares done.

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Cut 2 1/2 inch strips & sew them together.

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Cut your sewn strips into 2 1/2 inch strips.

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Sew the 3 block strips together to make a 6 1/2 inch 9 patch square.

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Lay out all your squares & sew them into strips

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Lay right sides together & pin the the seems together.

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Sew on the first border

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Sew on the second border

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Now that you have the topper done, the next step is to sandwich the backing, batting & topper. These can be held together with thread (called basting...aka a lot of work), spray adhesive (toxic fumes) or my personal favourite safety pins. I arrange all the layers on my floor and sit down in the middle of the quilt and begin to pin from the middle out, pinning every 4-6 inches. It is a good practice to have extra batting and backing when layering your quilt. The quilt will shift a little while being quilted so having a bit of extra can help prevent not having enough later on.

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Now that you've pinned the quilt layers its time to start quilting. You should begin this process by stitching in the ditch (quilting along the seem of the block) across the middle of the quilt both lengthwise and width-wise. For larger quilts you may need to roll up the side that will go under the arm of the sewing machine as you can sort of see in the pictures above. Once you've secured the quilt layers you can begin to have more fun with your quilting techniques.

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Once you've completed the quilting process the next step is to cut off the excess fabric.

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Using bias tape (purchased or handmade) to close the quilt is easier than most people think. Start by opening the tape, folded side up, as seen in the picture above. Aline it with the edge of the quilt and stitch a skinny 1/4 inch all the way around the quilt.

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Once you've done the first side of the bias tape you can now fold it over and stitch along the edge of the bias tape making a clean edge for your quilt.

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This the the finished product. After this much work it's very normal to feel attached to the quilt. Nevertheless, for the right person who will love the quilt as much as I do, I never have a hard time parting with them!

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2014-04-08 Quilting

Quilts for Nieces

I made quilts for my two new nieces.

Tommy's Daughter Charlotte Rose (Charlie) was born at the beginning of February and is the first Ostberg niece. This quilt is Disapearing Nine Patch.

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Allie is about to bring little Mary Jane (MJ) into our world and I can't wait to meet her. MJ's quilt is not an official pattern, I just saw a similar quilt that I liked and imitated it.

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2012-12-25

Christmas Projects

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The issue was that I thought it would take me a maximum of 4 days to complete the project, after all it wasn't a full quilt just a duvet cover. Wow was I off base!

1. First the quilt was all triangles, and even though I have a trick to make them easier, it was still double the work of anything with basic squares! Here is a link to my half square triangle trick

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  • For those of you non quilters out there, the reason quilts like this one and log cabin style have red in the center is because represents the hearth of the home, keeping you warm and happy.

2. Second I realized that this really would need to be quilted for seam integrity...in other words so there would be no holes in the top layer after a few washes. So I took over the living room floor and broke out an old flat sheet which we had retired from our bed and got to work pinning the layers together. Then to speed the process I merely quilted in the ditch thinking this would be faster...it wasn't fast at all!

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3. Third I had to somehow make this in to a duvet cover which seems easy until you get started. I decided to make the cover similar to an overlapping pillow case to hold the duvet in. I must have rearranged the fabric five times before I was happy with it. I know I could have done better on the cover part but for my first time trying this (and not looking up any directions) I am pretty happy with the final product.

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The picture doesn't do the quilt justice but we needed to get it on the bed as the temperature at night dips in the the low minus 20's here.

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