Saturday, September 6, 2014

THE ANGEL BABY QUILT

This quilt has been on my mind for several years and finally got around to getting it on the drawing board with two great, granddaughters on the way. For some reason two sets of wings [I just kept drawing] came into being and are included in the pattern. The pattern is available in My Pattern Store on Craftsy.com 
@ http://www.craftsy.com/user/pattern/store/43851

"Angel Baby" would be a great background for a photograph session. 

Here is great, granddaughter, Kenzley in her first photo shoot for me on the quilt. She does look like a little angel, doesn't she? 






 Here she is on the second set of wings that have been quilted but haven't been appliqued onto a background. The dark blue was used for contrast.



 The quilt

A little closer look at both sets of wings:



Clouds were quilted into the sky-that seemed like the thing to do and just lightly quilted a feeling of motion for the rest except for a couple of a hint of birds which were just a  curvy "V"-keeping it simple. 


And a look at the back, I love to look at the back of quilts.


Here is my video tutorial for "Angel Baby":


I chose flannel backed satin to make the quilt because it is rich looking, quilts nicely and is easier to work with than other satins. It is a little more economical, also, because it comes in 58" width.  My favorite pajamas are made with the flannel backed satin. It is soft, warm and washes up great but check the label on the bolt.  

The wings were appliqued on the diagonal [corner to corner] for something different. It is about 45" square but with the wider fabric could have been larger without piecing. 

The whole quilt is fairly inexpensive since it only takes 1 1/2 yards of sky blue for the background, 1 yard of white for a set of wings, 7-8 yards for binding. I used my favorite marking pen-the Mark B Gone that disappears with a damp cloth but you can use any marking pen or pencil you choose. 

"Angel Baby" is a fairly quick and easy project to do since the most intense work is the quilting that can be done by machine or hand.   

To order the pattern that includes both sets of wings and complete instructions, go to My Pattern Store on Craftsy.com @ http://www.craftsy.com/user/pattern/store/43851. 

Check out my other patterns in My Pattern Store and while you are there take a look at all that Craftsy.com has to offer-you'll find online classes by top notch instructors for sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, beadwork and just about any craft you would like to learn or finesse. 

Thank you for stopping by and God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

CUSTOM LETTERING FOR WALL DECOR IN BABY'S ROOM


















Since I couldn't find the size letters I wanted that I could cover to match a baby's room [at a price I wanted to pay-the operative word is wanted to pay], I made my own from one of my favorite crafting materials-foam core board. I didn't want to cover perfectly good wood letters and they were too pricey anyway, even at 1/2 price so out came the old, trusty pad of 1" graph paper and drafted my own. In case you don't know, graph paper not only comes in the 1/4 " but in large pads about 24" x 30" with 1" grid. I've gone through several through the years. This is the size I use for a lot of my designs. The last ones had to be ordered online because I couldn't find them locally. 

OK, letters are all cut out from the foam core board. One sheet was large enough for all the letters plus, plus.
Batting for each letter was cut next in the shape of corresponding letter. 
A 11" square of fabric cut for each letter. This may seem too much but you'll need enough to pull around the letter and batting. 
NOW
Place fabric pretty side down, 
next-batting into center
then-letter with top side down-else your letter will be backwards [ask me how I know that!] making sure fabric pattern is right side up for letter [ask me why I bring that up!]
start in center of letters with cutouts-cross mark on back of fabric and cut on  marks [see video below]
pull fabric up and around batting and letter-staple or glue
now go on to outside of letter-pull fabric up and around fairly tightly but leaving padded look-staple or glue 
clip and trim away excess as you go
trim as you wish

I had bought flowers specifically for the letters when I first started planning to make them but didn't like that idea at all when they were put on. There were some little porcelaine dolls in my treasure trove were used, though, that were enough. Think about beads, buttons or anything else you may have. I did have some 1/2"  lace for the plain fabric that I like the look of. 

Think about letting the kids design their own lettering for their rooms with decoupage, painting, stamping, wrapped with yarn or jute. The possibilities are endless.  

Because I am paranoid about my explanations not being understandable, the video tutorial below may help my sometimes clear as mud wanderings for the letters:

The 8 1/2" block alphabet is available in My Pattern Store on Craftsy.com @
http://www.craftsy.com/user/43851/pattern-store.

Thank you for stopping by and God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

GRACEN'S EASY T SHIRT FRINGED QUILT FOR GRADUATION

Our family had another of our grandchildren graduating this year-Gracen-my sister, Shirley's, granddaughter who has been involved in sports since she was old enough to hit, throw or kick a ball or ride a horse. For Gracen's graduation, Shirley wanted to make her a quilt from her team shirts as she had done with sister, Alysha's, shirts for her graduation and is at college with hers right now. 

Alysha's quilt was made a little differently. The t shirt squares for the top of the quilt had been backed with flannel with a layer of quilt batting between. Each square was lightly quilted before sewing the blocks together. For that method squares had to be cut from the t shirts, from the batting and from the flannel. The batting was cut 1" smaller than the t shirt and flannel. 

That wasn't so hard but this time around we would be using the method I used for a memory quilt using fleece which takes the place of flannel and batting hince-cutting down on time and $. AND, we had a handy, dandy 15" square just for these quilts-EASY, PEASY AND QUICKER. I used this method for a memory quilt made from my husband's shirts for grandson, Travis, in a former post:
carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-keepsake-rag-quilt

That lovely, lovely 15" square probably brought the cutting time down by 3/4 and that is a lot when you are cutting as much as we were and is more accurate-it was great. Of course, we used our trusty rotary cutters [how did our great, grandmothers ever get anything done?] 

For your quilt you will need: yardages given are for approximate 60"x 60" throw
t shirts for the size quilt you want to make
polar fleece for the back of the quilt [3-4 yards']
contrasting fleece for sashing [2-3 yards]
lightweight fusible interfacing

You can choose other sizes for your squares, of course, but the 
15" size was good for most of the motifs on the shirts. 
cut 15" square from polar fleece for each t shirt square
cut 14" square fusible interfacing for each t shirt square-center and fuse to back of t shirt squares
cut 3"-4" wide by 15" long strips for sashing [adjust for size quilt you want to make]

To assemble:
layer t shirt square to polar fleece square wrong sides facing with sashing on polar fleece side
sew all three layers together using 1/2" seams
seams will be on the top side of quilt to be cut into fringe for the "rag" look when quilt is completely assembled [be careful not to snip into seams]
included my hand drawn graph to demonstrate order to sew-15" block to 15" sashing, etc. to create rows
sew long sashing to rows.
sew border all around 
clip seam allowances to create fringe

And a video tutorial for a little more help if needed:


One of the first t shirt quilts I made is shown in another post @
carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2011/05/make-quilt-using-uniforms-t-shirts
It was made differently but thought you might like another way to put one together. No matter how you make them, they are well loved and have all those memories from years past.

Thank you for stopping by and God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott
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