Sunday, March 23, 2014

Triangle Drool Bibs for a Teething Baby

I created a simple quilted project this week for the Triangle Challenge for Project Quilting, but I challenged myself by using t-shirt knits and I tried my hand at "Big Stitch Quilting".


I cut the pattern from my grandson's a drool bib. I added seam allowance.  There were snaps on his but I selected velcro for mine.

I cut out some of the little houses, trees, and the clothesline of wash from the city fabric.

I cut up an old blanket for batting to stabilize the t-shirt knit and the body of the bib.

I stitched it and left an opening, so I could turn right side out.  When I turned it, I found it was too thick. I trimmed away the blanket (that I used for batting) and left it under the stitching. That way it still kept it stable.

I hand stitched the opening closed and tried my hand at "Big Stitch Quilting".  I stitched around the edge and meandered through the design to hold it in place on the bib.

Up close.

Up close on the backside.

More up close.

I stitched velcro on the points.  I trimmed the velcro with rounded corners.  That way there would not be sharp points on the corners of the velcro to poke the baby's tender skin.

 I want the triangle bib to be nice and soft around my grandson's neck.  The bib will absorb all the drool, so the front of his shirt is not wet against his skin. Some will still go through, but it will help.

Another challenge completed for Project Quilting. 


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Thanks for following along.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Be Inspired to Create by Project Quilting

You know that I think about quilting 24/7.  I see quilts everywhere!  I even dream about quilts. I arrange my food on my plate like a quilt. I see quilts in building designs, in landscapes, and on the streets.  Four years ago, I found out about Project Quilting and it has changed my life in a very very positive way.  I still think about quilts 24/7 but now I create with the inspiration of the challenges.  In the beginning, I struggled with what to create for the challenges.  I was thinking too concrete or literally.  I was stuck in my box of how a quilt should be, but the challenges inspired me to create.  
The challenge that sticks out in my mind is one from a couple years ago.  It was an Off Season Challenge in July of 2011. I created quilted "Floating Lilies".  The link takes you  to a couple post where I share a tutorial on how to make the lilies and a video of me quilting the lilies.

The challenge was FLORA - July 2011.
"The theme of of the third off season challenge is "Flora". Size, Color, method and techniques are the participants choice. However the piece should be a quilt." 

Yesterday the final challenge for the 5th Season of Project Quilting was posted.  If you have thought about taking the challenge before or you just never did one -- this it the time to try it.  Let yourself be inspired by the challenge. It's all about Triangles this time! As Kim says the possibilities are endless! 

It made me think about the Wordless Wednesday Post I did in November 2011 about Triangles quilted on to cardstock for greeting cards. 

But I am not going to make greeting cards, I am going to make something for my Grandbaby.  My first thoughts are something like a bib in triangular shape to absorb the drool, as he is teething.  I may stitch on little triangles like I did on this greeting card using the raw edge applique technique. 

Still thinking.... I am going out today to run some errands ... maybe something else will inspire me.

Yes --- you can use my ideas -- they are for you to help with your inspiration to create.

Take the challenge and create.  Let's set a record of the most entries this week. 

Project Quilting Challenge #6 

Enjoy and be inspired to create!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Getting Up Close with My Quilting - Ribbon Quilting with Whimsical Flowers

Overall Ribbon Quilting is the perfect choice for this quilt with a variety of Asian Prints. 

 The quilting flows across the quilt.

The whimsical flowers look great with all the fabrics.

I love how the wavy lines of the Ribbon Quilting soften the sharp lines of the blocks.

This is a quilt, I quilted in 2011 for one of my customers.  I am sorry I do not know the quilt pattern name.



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Quilted Carry All Grocery Bag for Project Quilting Challenge 5

I have decided that the Project Quilting Challenges really needs to challenge me.  This week I used a vintage Bernina Sewing Machine.  I choose to work with clothing items for the fabric and one fat quarter.  I did not use a rotary cutter or ruler or cutting board.  I used a scissors (not a sewing scissors).  I am not going to explain the whole process, but I will share photos of it.  I was planning to use an old baby blanket for the batting, but decided it did not need batting.

I tore the strips from the shirts and fat quarter. I used the skirt as the base for quilt. The skirt was cut on the bias and really did not lay flat, but I made it work.

I cut the waistband off the skirt and split it in half to make the handles of the bag. Worked perfect as it has several strips of elastic in it.  Soft on your shoulder when full of food.

An inside pocket.

An outside pocket.

I used the hem of the skirt as the top edge of the bag.  Just gathered it and stitched in down.

Brought the bottom edge of the bag up and stitched it down at the seam lines to give the bottom of the bag a base.

Stuffed full of food!

This post is linked up to Project Quilting for my entry for Project Quilting Season Five - Challenge Five.

Click HERE for a link to that post to see all the entries.