Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hazel Ilene Diary quilt is done!

Thanks to all your encouragement, I decided to quilt the Hazel Ilene Diary top myself. I just used the walking foot though to go around the blocks and the inner border. I would have liked to do some FMQ inside the blocks, but I chickened out. Figured any quilting was good practice and I just wanted to get'er done!
I used Shelly's method of putting on the binding and I really liked the outcome. It was easier to stitch down the binding without the bulky seams. It's likely how most quilter's do it but was different than how I'd learned. I still can't hyperlink for some reason so here's the link to her tutorial if you need it:

almost done!

I did a hidden label again for the corner and added a sleeve at the back for hanging it. Now I just need my husband to have time to make up a wall quilt rack. It will go above the sofa that's in the pic in our living room.

Hazel Ilene Diary quilt finished!

I'm so happy to have this done! I learned so many new things from Shelly, like how to do the fast flying geese, how to get your borders on so the quilt is straight, the binding method...oh, just so many things. I hope to do the other option for this quilt-along which was larger, because I know I'd learn some new things with that one too.

Shelly has said she's working on another quilt-along project, so I'm looking forward to doing another one! In the meantime, she's still posting about Hazel's diary each day, so it's still fun to read along on a girl's adventures in 1951/52.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

a binder cover

This is my latest project. It's called a funky quilted binder cover and the pattern can be found over at MBS....hmm, for some reason, the blogger editing tools aren't working for me so I can't hyperlink anything; wierd?!
so here's the link:

Karen C., Funky Quilted Binder Cover

It went together fairly quickly. I was worried about messing up the measurements but in the end, it fit my binder perfectly. I did a little happy dance, then, lol!

I've always loved this type of 'braid' in quilting and wondered how it was done. It was alot easier than I thought it was. For the braid, I used a charm pack of Simple Abundance which I won awhile back from Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts while doing the Hazel Diary quilt-along..thank you, again Shelly! ♥ And the large scale print is what I used in my Hazel quilt which is also by Bonnie of Cotton Way & Camille of Thimble Blossoms. I wasn't going to use such a large print as it's rather busy with all the prints in the braid, but that's what the tutorial suggests to do, so I did it. And I'm really glad I did as I do like the outcome.

Karen C., Funky Quilted Binder Cover

I used Aviary green for the inside which was also used in my Hazel quilt. Then, because I'd cut up too many of my charms, I decided to piece the pockets and trim the edge with the charms.

This is the most FMQ meandering I've done in a project, and I can see why so many like doing their quilts this way. It was fun! And I like the resulting texture. I did it with the feed dogs UP instead of down, as I read Joanne of Thread Head likes to do and she does amazing work! so I had to give it a try. I had much more control and the tension on the back was good, without alot of loops. So I was happy with that; still not great but it's improving.

Karen C., Funky Quilted Binder Cover

So if you need a cover for a wedding album or baby album or gift, etc., this is a fun pattern to try. Mine holds all the tutorials for the Hazel Diary quilt-along and will be at my sewing desk to enjoy.