Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Last month I had the chance to squeeze in one more day of fabric dyeing before the weather turned. I had a leftover indigo dye kit from our retreat, and wanted to use it up. I also had plans to do a mini-makeover on our bathroom. Blue is a calming color so it seemed like a good idea to use indigo in our tiny bathroom.
I planned to replace our shower curtain and also make a curtain to go around our sink. The sink curtain would provide some hidden storage and hide the plumbing. I looked around for tutorials for both a sink curtain and a shower curtain, but ended up winging it. I wanted something simple.
Knowing I wanted to make a shower curtain, I ordered some 108" wide Kona Cotton in white. In addition to the Kona, I also dyed a piece of Cambridge lawn in white, some cotton canvas, and a few other random pieces of regular width Kona white and an off-white solid in my stash.
For more information on indigo dyeing, check out my Shibori Indigo Dyeing Tutorial.
Here is what I dyed and I how resisted each piece of fabric:
Fabric was scrunched into big messy balls and then resisted with rubber bands. This is the piece I used for the shower curtain.
Fabric was scrunched into big messy balls and then resisted with rubber bands. This is the piece I used for the sink curtain.
Fabric was scrunched into big messy balls and then resisted with rubber bands. This is the cotton lawn piece.
Fabric was folded and secured with twine.
Accordion folded, secured with twine.
Accordion folded, secured with clothespins.
Loosely accordion folded, secured with rubber bands.
Fabric was twisted into a cone and then resisted with wrapped twine.
Fabric was scrunched into a ball and then wrapped in twine to secure.
For the shower curtain, I used the shower curtain we already had (a cheap one from Target), as a starting point. For the length, I started with the finished height of the curtain then I added 3" for a 1.5" top hem, and 6" for a 3" bottom hem. For the width, I started with the finished width and added 2" total for a .5" hem on either side. The top hem has twelve button holes for the curtain hooks.
For the sink curtain, I measured around my sink and the height from under the sink. For the width, I added 2" total for the .5" side hems, plus around 10" extra for gathering. For the height, I added around 1" for the velcro, and left plenty of extra length to do a test measure on the sink. I ended up with around a 2" hem. To attach the curtain to the underside of the sink I used home decor velcro. It's holding up okay, but I may need to reinforce it somehow, we'll see how it does over time!
At our retreat this summer I also dyed some flour-sack towels. I picked them up a few years ago for a project, but didn't end up using them. They've been collecting dust, and I thought it would be fun (and low risk) to dye them.
After dyeing, I sewed a little loop of twill tape to one corner of each towel to make them easy to hang from a hook in our bathroom.
I found this vintage metal shelf on Etsy. I spray painted it white and hung it above one of the towel racks. It doesn't add a ton of storage, but it adds some interest to the walls and has room to display some pretty things.
I'm happy with how the bathroom is coming along. Since we rent, we can't make any major changes, but it still feels nice to try to spruce things up a little. The small changes have been refreshing.
Friday, October 21, 2016
1. Untitled by Deb Volkman, 2. Fade to Black by Debbie, 3. Grandmother's Flower Garden by Edeltraud Ewert, 4. Fast & bright quilt by Lisa, 5. "Hayride" by Victoria Gertenbach, 6. FO: Brushstroke Plus by Jacey, 7. Another 'Spin' by Opal Cocke, 8. Thicket Quilt by Ursel Josefs-Kirschbaum, 9. EPP Pillow by Jayne
Periodically, I go through my favorite photos on Flickr, and choose nine sewing/quilting related projects to showcase here. These photos and projects are not my own, you can find the original images and creators by clicking the coordinating links! If for any reason you do not want your project featured here, please email me and I'll remove it!
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Happy Wednesday! I'm excited to bring you the final installment of a series of quilt settings to accompany my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle. I wanted to share something that would be a good add-on to the 60 Block Chart included in the book! The blocks in that section can be used in many ways, including in the final chapter of quilts in the book. You can find the other setting tutorials here: Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial and Blockade Quilt Setting Tutorial.
These quilt settings (layouts!) could be used with the 60 blocks from the block chart in my book, blocks from my Simply Sampled or Half-Square Triangle Sampler patterns, or any 12" finished quilt blocks! Below you'll find the instructions for the quilt setting only, not the blocks. There are fabric requirements to help guide you on making the half-square triangle blocks from the book needed for this setting.
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Sewing Level: Intermediate/Confident Beginner
Finished size: 60"x84"
- (17) 12.5" unfinished quilt blocks
- 2 1/4 yards of accent fabric
- 2 1/4 yards of background fabric
- 5 1/4 yards of backing fabric
- 68" x 92" piece of batting
- 5/8 yard of binding
- Coordinating thread
WOF = Width of Fabric (42")
Fat Quarter = 18" x 21"
From accent fabric:
- Cut (12) 6.5" x WOF strips
- From each strip, cut (6) 6.5" squares for a total of 72
From background fabric:
- Cut (6) 12.5" x WOF strips
- From each strip, cut (3) 12.5" squares for a total of 18
From binding fabric:
- Cut (8) 2.5" x WOF strips
To make 17 half-square triangle quilt blocks, you'll need:
|2-at-a-time HST method||4-at-a-time HST method||8-at-a-time HST method|
|Print fabric||7 fat quarters||8 fat quarters||9 fat quarters|
|Background fabric||1 5/8 yds||1 5/8 yds||1 5/8 yds|
*Use a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.*
1. On the wrong side of your 6.5” accent squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner using a marking pen. Place an accent square right sides together lined up with one corner of a background square and pin in place. Sew on top of the marked line. Backstitch to secure your stitching. Trim off corner, leaving a 1/4” seam. Press accent fabric up and away. Turn block clockwise and repeat for remaining corners. Corner pieces will overlap by 1/4”. Trim block to 12.5" if necessary.
Make a total of 18 square in square blocks.
2. Arrange half-square triangle blocks and square in square blocks in 7 rows of 5 blocks each. Sew elements together in each row, press seams open. Sew blocks together in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction every other row. Sew rows together. Press seams open.
3. Cut backing yardage in half. Press. Trim off the selvedges and sew your pieces together lengthwise. Press seam open.
4. Basting: Using masking or painter’s tape, tape the backing to a clean, hard surface, right side down. Spread out your batting on top of the backing. Smooth out any wrinkles. Carefully spread out your quilt top on top of the batting, right side up. Pin your top, I like to use curved safety pins, spacing the pins a few inches apart. Make sure that your pins are going through all three layers.
5. Quilting: Quilt as desired, by machine or by hand. Trim away excess batting and backing fabric.
6. Binding: Trim off selvedges and sew your binding strips together to form one long strip, press seams open. Fold in half lengthwise, pressing with your iron as you fold. Attach binding using your preferred method. For a detailed tutorial on attaching your binding to both sides by machine, see here.
Enjoy! Share your progress and finished quilt photos using the #patchworkessentials hashtag on social media or add it to the In Color Order Flickr Group!
Monday, October 17, 2016
Happy Monday! Today I have a finished garment to share. I still have quite a backlog of garments that I've made this year that need to be photographed. Here is one!
I've made a number of Tova tops over the year (here, here, and here are a few), but I've never made a sleeveless one. This Summer I decided to make both a long sleeved version and a sleeveless version. The pattern as written has 3/4 length sleeves, which make it difficult to wear with a cardigan. Since I'm always cold, this makes the window to wear them slim.
Wiksten Tova Pattern by Jenny Gordy.
This sleeveless version was super comfy to wear this Summer, it's a very light and breezy top. I used some beautiful woven Liberty gingham that I picked up at SR Harris in March. It was a little over a yard, so I wouldn't have been able to make a Tova with sleeves from it.
I cut the inset pieces and the plackets on the bias for a bit of added interest. I also sew my placket together, about three inches up so that it's a bit more modest. This way I don't need a tank under it, it's perfect all on it's own.
I definitely see more sleeveless Tovas in my future. Next time I think I will shorten it by about an inch. With jeans it's fine, but with shorts it looks a little long. Thankfully, that's an easy fix!
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Happy Thursday! I've gone a bit Halloween crazy. Cutting up my stash of Halloween fabrics for my Webbed Quilt sort of opened the flood gates. Up until then I hadn't cut into hardly any of my stash, and now I can't stop! I've been wanting to make more holiday decorations, but they kept getting pushed to the bottom of my list. This year I decided it was about time to get that done. I love decorating for holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas.
After I made my Coffin Block Pillow, I had a bunch of weird triangular scraps leftover. That was a bit of a starting point for the projects that ensued. But first, I was determined to make myself a spooky a door sign!
I've been resisting the cute door signs at Target this year, because I knew I could make one instead. I knew I wanted it to say either "Boo" or "Eek", but ended up landing on boo. I couldn't find any letter patterns that were quite what I wanted, so I drew these up. It was a fun afternoon of piecing!
I used a light gray print for the background and a texty black print for the letters. Jacey gave me this cool bird fabric that I thought felt sort of spooky! It's bound up in a moth spiderweb print from Alexander Henry.
For the back, I used scraps from my Webbed Quilt backing. I also put two corner pockets in before binding. To hang it, I simply slide a dowel into the pockets, easy!
We have a small dresser and a side table in our living room that both get toppers, so it made sense to make some festive ones. Lots of scraps for this one!
I quilted some wavy lines on this topper.
Another Halloween print for the back, so that it's reversible if I get tired of the scrappy front. More likely there will a spill and I'll need a second side to use! :)
This one is for the small side table, another scrappy one! It felt good to use up scraps that I had just made.
Another Halloween print for the back, this time ghosts!
More wavy quilting. This is such an easy technique, you simply rock the quilt back and worth while using a walking foot. Very forgiving.
Finally, a little tiny mini to go inside the Pyrex dish we use to corral our keys and change. I love this spider print!
Went with a simple diagonal grid for the quilting on this one.
And funky monsters on the other side!
On top of using scraps for most of these, I also used binding scraps to finish them off, which felt really good! Those tend to linger over here, I'm not very good at using them up. A benefit of small projects!
I had a lot of fun making these and we've already been enjoying them. These projects were a good reminder for me, that I don't need to make anything crazy complicated or big to be satisfied creatively. I smile every time I see them!
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Happy Tuesday! Today I have a finished quilt to share! This is the first version of my Webbed Quilt Pattern that I made around this time last year. It's been patiently waiting all this time to make it onto the blog.
I cut this quilt out pretty quick after my last fabric collection, Curiosities, was released in June 2015. I paired the prints from this collection with a variety of low-volume prints for the background, instead of using a single background fabric.
My only photo of the blocks in progress, I need to take more photos along the way!
This is my only quilt using this collection, I gave away the only other one I made. I photographed this quilt while I was home in Ohio over the holidays last year.
Up close, you can see the different background fabrics a little better. Using multiple background fabrics makes this quilt a bit more of a stash buster for me. I don't usually stash large cuts of solid or "background" type fabrics, so it's nice to be able to use smaller cuts instead!
This quilt was quilted by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. I chose the Nifty Feather design for this quilt!
This is the Throw size from my Webbed Quilt Pattern. You can see the Square Throw Halloween version that I made here. The PDF and Paper versions of this pattern are available in my online shop.