Saturday, February 11, 2012

I'm a weiner, I mean winner!

So, my friend Monica and I joined the Austin Modern Quilt Guild this past week.  We went to our first meeting where we listened to Heather Grant lecture on "Modern Quilting: Philosophy or Aesthetic?"  It was very informative I must say.  The meeting was held at the offices of www.formandfabric.com.  Great online store and the place was awesome, tons of fabulous fabrics all around us!

After the lecture, they had a give away.  Little did we know, Laurie Wisbrun is also a member of the guild.  That's the same lady who designed the Tufted Tweets and Modern Whimsy lines for Robert Kaufman!  Well, she had a bunch of fat quarter bundles of her new line Brr! in both the red and green and the red and turquoise lines for the giveaway.  Guess who got one?!  ME!!  This stuff isn't being released until June she said, so excited that I got my paws on some before that!


I need to get some coordinating Kona solids and I plan to make this with it!  I think it will show off the fabrics perfectly!


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Bottle Cap Coaster Tutorial



Items required:
Clean bottle caps
Thread and needle
30mm Yo-Yo maker
2 1/2 inch square or bigger scraps of fabric
Fraycheck
Iron
Felt (optional)

Start by choosing a fabric and placing in your yo-yo maker, top side of fabric inside so that it shows through the hole on the top.
Thread your needle, use a double layer of thread and knot at the end.  Begin sewing in and out of the yo-yo maker holes as directed for your yo-yo maker.  Make sure to hold the tails for the first few stitches as the knot isn't always large enough to hold the thread from getting pulled through.


 When you've gone all the way around pop the yo-yo maker apart.

Pull the fabric off of the inside yo-yo maker disk gently.

Grasp the begining and end thread tails and gently pull to gather the fabric.

 Tuck the edge fabric toward the inside of the yo-yo as you gather.  Don't gather too tight yet!

Take a bottle cap and place inside the yo-yo as seen in the picture.

Pull the threads tightly and make a double knot.  Making sure that all of the edges of the fabric are tucked inside of the yo-yo. 

Repeat this process for the number of caps needed for the shape you want to make.  Trim all threads at this point and place a dot of Fraycheck on each knot to help the knot stay. 

Here are a few optional lay outs:
Diamond

Nine Patch

Snowflake


I chose to make the snowflake option. 
I covered 13 bottle caps for this option. 

Next flip them over so the bottom is showing.  Arrange how you like.


Starting with the center cap, begin sewing your caps together.  Take 4-5 stitches at each spot where the caps connect.  Make sure the stitches are spaced out and not on top of eachother.  Make a knot at the first and last stitch between each connection. 


Continue stitching and placing caps until your chosen shape is achieved.  Once finished stitching use more Fraycheck at each connection on the knots. 

When the Fraycheck is dry use your iron to flatten out the front and back.  This should make the ruffles of the yo-yos a little flatter and make the coaster lay flat. 

Optional: You can cover the back with felt so that the stitching and insides of the caps aren't visible.  (I like the backs left open because they're funky looking!)

Enjoy a frosty beverage on your new coasters!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

February Stash Bee block finished

This is month two of Stash Bee  and Samantha is our queen bee.  She chose an awesome pineapple block.  I had never made one but always wanted to.  I'm glad I did but I think I'm over it, by that I mean, that I am glad I tried it but thank God that I don't have to make a whole quilt of it myself!!!

I dove into my stash and quickly found out I do not have many blacks or reds at all.  But I did have enough reds to have a good variety and I used solid blacks with the two black prints I had.  The solid black helped calm it down which I like anyway.  I'm happy with how it came out.  I also made a signature block which is made out of the very inside black fabric (glad I used it on such small parts or the white would have been too much.