Friday, August 28, 2009

Zig Zag Quilt

Zig Zag Quilt, originally uploaded by notyetvegan.

I have been working on a zig zag quilt that is made from rectangles (not triangles)! It has been SO easy and fun to make so far, though I am not even close to do. I really like it. What do you think of the vintage sheets?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Different Quilting Techniques

Yesterday, I decided to try a couple of different quilting techniques. I have some brown cheater fabric that I think is really fabulous and I hope to use it to make a couple of baby quilts. Before I committed to a particular quilting style, I wanted to practice.

The first attempt at something other than stimpling turned out magnificently (if I do say so myself)! This pebble technique created a LOT of texture even before washing the quilt. I think this happened for two reasons. One is that I didn't baste the quilt (I was in too big a hurry), so the fabric moved more than it should have. Two is this fabric is thinner than most quilting fabric, so it is more suseptable to wrinkling up. I can't wait to finish this little quilt.

My second attempt at something different was straight line quilting (hopefully I will have a picture or two tomorrow). It is just like it sounds. I roughly followed the horizontal lines of the fabric (same cheater fabric) and spaced my quilting lines about 1/4 to 5/8 inches appart. This resulted in a very flat, not at all wrinkled quilt. (At least it is not wrinkling up like the pebbling quilting.) It looks much more structured and in a way cleaner. I am surprised that this technique took much longer to quilt than the pebbling.

When I finished the pebbling, I was really happy with it, though I wasn't sure that it went with the fabric of this quilt. But comparing these two styles of quilting side by side, I think I like the chaotic, textured appearance of the pebbling. What do you think?

Small Cars Quilt

I had several squares left over from making my first large Cars quilt, so I put together 4 of the blocks to make this small quilt. It was a present for my nephew who loves Cars as much as my girls do.

I love the focus of this one. Adrian did a great job taking these pictures for me!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Cathedral Window Progress

I decided to sew together the base of my Cathedral Window Quilt, then add the windows. I don't that this was the best approach, but I am committed to it at the moment. Here is about the extent of that quilt that is finished.

One row sewn together.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Not Much Happening

It has been a while since I have posted anything because it has been a while since I have really gotten to sew anything. I finished a small cathedral window piece and gave it to my mom for her 40 wedding anniversary. I completely forgot to take a picture of it! It is very pretty if I do say so myself, and I will try to take a picture of it the next time I am at mom's house.
Yesterday I made little car seat strap covers. It turned out to be really easy! Now I hope to make a baby blanket for a friend who's baby is due in October. I will try to have some pictures for the next post.