Sunday, February 10, 2013

quilt as you go

"Quilt as you go" is entirely new to me even though I've been a quilter/sewist for some time now.  It's such a simple concept and one of those things you hit your head and say, now why didn't I think of that!  The process allows you to assemble the quilt including piecing the top and layering the batting and backing all in one step.  My first project I attempted last week was this table runner.  There's all sorts of patterns out there to buy but I just opted for a simple strip pattern which didn't require too much thought.

First you decide how big you want your project to be.  I probably should have started smaller like a place-mat, but I was in the mentality of creating a runner for some reason.  You will want to first cut your backing fabric and lay that right side down.  Next layer on your choice of batting.  Once again, I was itching to do this and only had a fusible high loft batting.  Ideally you would choose something low loft and cotton.  A spray adhesive is pretty essential for this project as well.  Spray the backing fabric to the batting.  Once that is all stuck down you will start in the middle of your project and work out.  I chose to do 3 different color strips across the width of my runner.  So the first strip went down in the middle.  I sewed down both the long sides with a scant 1/4".  Next you will grab another strip and lay that face down on top of the first strip.  Sew one of the long edges with a 1/4" seam and then fold back and press.  Continue on like this all the way to the end then work your way to the other side.

I have seen where you make the backing about 1" larger all the way around then fold in over the top to create the binding.  For my project I chose to trim and square up all the edges then bind in a traditional way.  I think next time I may choose an actual pattern because there are some really neat ones out there that are not just strips.  I had a few little areas that needed to be ripped out but only because by fusible batting was not really fusing and the backing fabric kept puckering.  I can't wait for the next "Quilt as you go" project!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

snow day

Snowed is most of New England.  I think we got about 20 inches overnight and with an order from the governor to stay off the roads we were all stuck at home today.  This was my first Saturday home since I opened the Stitch Lounge in April of 2012.  I was feeling kind of restless...ok a LOT restless.  I did a whole lot of thinking about something, starting something, moving on to something else and about the only thing that got finished was the dishes. 

I did manage to cut up and sew together some strips for my knitted rug.  


I am amazed at how many scraps have already gone into this rug.  I have saved every last selvage edge and scrap I have had over the past several weeks.  I've started to add in several old curtains my mother-in-law gave me.  One inch strips seem to work the best and sewing together the strips vs. tying is my preferred method so I don't have any hard knots to feel on my feet.  

I guess today was not a total loss.  I got 4 loaves of my bread made, plus snuggle time and naps with my girls.  It was a great change of pace and a great way to spend a snow day.