Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Did you see the elephant quilt?


Did you see this elephant quilt tutorial on Accuquilt’s blog?

Here’s what I used to make it


Fabrics Requirements:

  • You can choose from a variety of fabrics, I chose the gray for my elephant.
  • White – 1¼ yd
  • Light Grey – ¼ yd
  • Grey – 1 yd
  • Blue – ¾ yds
  • Binding – ½ yd
  • Batting – 45″ x 45″
  • Backing – 48″ x 48″ or 2 yds

Have a look at the blog post to see how I did it!

I do love the elephant die and embroidery files!

The quilt is 42” x 42”

Try it out!

Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 QUBE QAL block 38

qube qal38
it’s the last block for the QAL (well for the quilt center) there’s still 2 blocks for the border (but those are optional.
This block is half size 1/2 and you need 2 of them!
(alternate block below)
You’ll need dies from the QUBE and the angles set dies #5 and #16
and fabrics B and C (it’s ok if there’s not much contrast) but if you want to swap out colors, that’s ok too Winking smile
with die #5 cut out (2) of each fabric
and the same with die #16
Sew the small triangles to the short angled side of #16 trapezoids in opposite fabrics of course (2 of each set)
Then sew blocks together with opposite sets like this. iron the seams open, notice my 8” (4”) blocks I used scraps
sew the two blocks together like this
this one is JUST funky!!
I wanted to show that if you turn one block it creates a different look, totally up to you!
If you don’t have the angles set, you can cut out #5 triangles instead and just create HSTs (so cut out 8 of each)
qube qal38ALT
Have fun!
-I’ll show the assembly next week!!
are you excited???

Here’s the blocks from last week’s participants

Saturday, September 15, 2018

2018 project list wk37

I worked in it within the last week it’s in red


#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging – finishing up applique

#2 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#3 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt

#4 (2013?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet

#5(Oct 2015) Women of the bible#3 – DONE!

#6 (Jan 2016) Quilt art mystery BOM- May printed (I may donate these?!)

#7 (April 2016) Sunbonnet Sue embroidered blocks RSC16- DONE!

#8 (Aug 2016) Mini Ohio Star RSC16- DONE!

#9 (August 2017) EPP Milifori- DONE!

#10 (July 2017) Round Robin- DONE!

#11 (Nov 2017) Binding strip quilt – DONE!

#12 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 6” QUBE  blue -DONE!

#13 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 8” TULA PINK- top done

#14 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 9” QUBE red black- DONE!

#15 (Nov 2017) QUBE 2018 QAL 12” QUBE BATIK- DONE!

#16 (Dec2017) Batik Qube scrappy angles blocks “circles”- DONE!

#17 (Dec 2017) Jelly roll puzzle batik quilt- DONE!

#18 (Dec 2017) Patriotic QUBE quilt for Mccall’s- DONE and mailed

#19 (Jan 2018) Accuquilt Colorado Block quilt- DONE

#20 (Jan 2018) Cardtrick quilt – DONE

#21 (Jan 2018) Friendship star table topper- DONE

#22 (Jan 2018) Prarie Queen pillow- DONE

#23 (Jan 2018) Grunge Love quilt- DONE and mailed

#24 (Feb 2018) New technique for IB- DONE!

#25 (Feb) Mini Love IB- DONE

#26 (Feb) maple Leaf quilt- DONE

#27 (Feb) scrappy Qube quilt- DONE!

#28 (Feb)- April blog hop 30 blocks- DONE!

#29 (Mar) IB April Vintage quilt- DONE!

#30 (Mar) Heart picnic quilt- DONE

#31 (Jan) US Bea top- DONE!

#32 (Mar) scrappy QUBE quilt brown black – DONE!

#33 (rainbow blocks) sister’s choice- blue done

#34 (March) Baby yellow brick road batiks– DONE!

#35 (April) April Accuquilt blog post- project done

#36 (Apr) X and + runner IB qube- DONE!

#37 (Apr) pink batik quilt- DONE!

#38 (rainbow blocks) bear claw- blue done

#39 (Apr) phone book quilt- DONE!

#40 (May) Frog quilt- DONE!

#41 (May) Star quilt for hop- DONE

#42 (May) Outer space quilt for hop- DONE

#43 (rainbow blocks) Mosaic blocks – blue done

#44 (May)1 1/2” squares and snowball quilt- DONE!

#45 (May) isosceles triangle rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#46 (May) small tumbler rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#47 (May) large half hexie rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#48 (May) tiny half hexie rainbow quilt- lots cut out

#49 (May) Northwood quilt- DONE and mailed

#50 (June) Bargello Jelly roll quilt- DONE!

#51 (June) Patriotic Chain Quilt- DONE and mailed

#52 (June) charm hexies quilt- top done needs borders

#53 (June) – IB secondary design quilt- DONE!

#54 (June) mini Batik Table topper winter blue- DONE!

#55 (June) Batik table runner brown-DONE!

#56 (June) Elephant runner- DONE!

#57 (July) elephant quilt- DONE!

#58 (July) Tula table topper- DONE!

#59 (June) Owl quilt- DONE and mailed

#60 (June) rainbow Geese blocks (x2)- blue done

#61-62 (July)Round Robin –round 2 done on both

#63-64(July)b/w and patriotic runners AQ- DONE!

#65 (July) IB Blog hop quilt- DONE!

#66 (July)Christmas blog hop- DONE!

#67 (July) Accuquilt Blog post- DONE!

#68 (August)Pineapple Accuquilt- DONE and mailed

#69 (Aug) Canoe Accuquilt- DONE and mailed

#70 (Aug) Batik QUBE runner- DONE!

#71 (Aug) QUBE10 #3 table topper- DONE!

#72 (Aug) House quilt- DONE!

#73 (Aug) Row along- DONE!

#74 (Aug) Mini patriotic table topper- DONE!

#75 (sept) spiderweb quilt- top done needs borders


#1 (May)6T Primrose dress Sonja- sewing some pieces together


#1(Sept 2013) farm animal panel- don’t know what to do with it yet, if it’s a quilt or a bag/pillow?

#2 (August 2017) Birthday pillow- quilted, need to add backing and stuff it

#3 (Sept 2017) #5 Kennel batik quilt- DONE!

#4-5 (Jan) 2 funky friends for Island Batik- DONE!

#5 (Feb 2018) LOVE pillow for Accuquilt- DONE!

#6 (Feb) heart potholders- DONE!

#7 and 8 (Feb) 2 more Kennel quilts- DONE!

#9 (March) Potholder April- DONE

#10 (Mar) Craft is art bag- DONE!

#11 (Apr) multi+ purse pincushion- DONE

#12-13 two batik embroidered pincushions- DONE

#14 (May) pentagon fabric ball- DONE

#15 (May) EPP pincushion- DONE

#16-17 (June) 2 sets of potholders – DONE!

#18-19 (June) 2 more pincushions DONE!

#19-20 (July)Frozen Panels- 2 pillows done

#21 (July) qube star pillow- DONE!

#22 (Aug) tulip FPP pincushion- DONE!

#23 (Aug) Pin it, pincushion- DONE!

#24 (Aug) mini owl- DONE!

#25 (Sept) Lots of eyeglass cases –DONE!

#26 (Sept) Midmonth potholder strips- DONE!

#27 (Sept) Jelly roll rug- DONE!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Mid month potholders and rug!

midmonth potholders
This month’s potholder is a bit different and to show you how I did it, I took pictures of the technique while making a rug!
I’m sure you might have heard of the new buzz for jelly roll rugs and 2 1/2” strips of batting now too!
I’ve just watched a bit of a youtube video and I know how to make coiled baskets and also how to make the baskets by folding over the edges instead of winding it around, and doing it on batting instead of cording is easy too!
A few weeks ago a CERTAIN little 2yr old (not mentioning any names ANJA!) got into my shelf of fabrics and unwrapped the jelly roll! – oh the horror!!
So I knew I wanted to use it up soon before it got tangles/split up more.
Then first thing I did was to sew the ends together by laying two pieces right sides together at an angle and sewing diagonally, at first you have to look at it and flip it to make sure you’re doing it right and not make a mitered corner instead Winking smile I didn’t worry about the selvedge edges as it all gets trimmed off anyways.
a while later I had this pile!
Then my big AHA! moment was when I decided (and found out in the accuquilt FB group) that it doesn’t hurt the blades on the GO die to cut batting! (your mat might get fuzzy, but it wasn’t bad at all and I started with a worn mat anyways, I’ve replaced my rotary mat more often I think because I cut batting on there and the blade pushed the batting into the cut groove on the mat, on this mat it was NOTHING!
I have piled of small pieces of batting, that might be wide enough but then only 10-15” so it’s tricky to use those.
Here I double folded a piece of batting and ran it thru the machine, so each piece was roughly between 35” x 45” long, some I had to trim because they were too long, but not many.
I used the 2 1/2” strip die that cuts out 3 strips at a time
Since my jelly roll had 40 pieces or maybe 42? I cut out 40 batting strips (I only had ONE left over at the end!)
with the fabric strips I trimmed the seams and ironed open.
Then the tedious part! Laying a piece of batting on top of the strip (at the beginning I folded over the raw edge
Then like bias binding, I folded the sides toward the middle and then folded the middle in half and then I clipped it with wonder clips, I did as much as I could until I ran out of clips.
If a batting strip ended I just butted them up against another one and clipped it right on the seam so it wouldn’t shift while I sewed
Here’s what I managed to do in one sitting
Then with a walking foot I stitched close to the edge all the way until the clips ran out, then cut the threads and clipped another section
Of course since I CERTAIN little one was the start of it, she had to help me too, she sat in my lap and took the clips off, she would however try to pull instead of push down on the clip to open it, so I quickly figured out how to open it actually with my left hand, since I was holding everything with my right hand and Anja would take the clip and put it in the container
a great help!
Here’s what I had after a few rounds, this part took a few hours I think total, I had to split it up between two nights (after spending 6 hrs at the local DMV to get my son his driver’s PERMIT!)
Here’s everything done!
My machine comes with an extension table so I put that on, since it sits on a dining table, it’s really not a good height to have the table on it all the time, but for this project you want a flat surface.
At this point I zig zagged it together, I fold maybe 12” or so, well not folded but carefully turned it at the ends, at first my thread kept skipping, then I changed the thread which helped a bit, BUT my biggest FIX was to change to a larger needle!! then it worked like a charm!
I kept stitching and carefully turning at the ends and keeping it flat!
at this point I ran out of bobbin thread so I took a picture
and another bobbin
and another
Here’s the whole rug done!
do you see the problem??? it’s not lying flat!!
I had a feeling too as it got HUGE and was heavy too, it was hard to maneuver on the machine, well lesson learned, it’s a play mat for the kids, as the wooden chest if filled with LEGOs so it’ll be nice to be on something soft when they play
Now onto the potholder!
I wanted to make a potholder or more like a coaster with this same technique. So I got out one fat quarter
folded it in half and cut out (6) strips on the 2 1/2” die.
with the long batting double folded I cut out 3 strips
then in the same way sewed the ends together at an angle
and clipped them
I was able to clip everything and have some clips leftover!
Then sewed the seam on all of it
starting with a circle is very fiddly and tricky but just in the beginning.
Just start slow!
and before long the trivet/coaster is done!
About an 9” circle!
compared to the big rug above, this one was easy peasy and took no time at all!
So if you’re curious about these jelly roll rugs, try out with batting scraps and a fat quarter, this way it’s something small and you’ll get the technique down and can then do something bigger!
Maybe place mats or a smaller rug?
Try it out!!