Wednesday, April 4, 2018

OMG One Monthly Goal for April-Riley Blake Challenge

 SNEAK PEEK!

So for April my OMG-One Monthly Goal is working on my Riley Blake Challenge for the Modern Quilt Guild. This is due to be finished by April 22nd, so I need to put it in high gear.

I am giving you just a peek of what I have done. 

I have more completed than what I am showing you now and I have some sketches, but they will remain secret until I re-post the finished quilted!!

We were given 4 fat 8th's to work with. We can add any other Riley Blake fabrics to the group.

My background is a Riley Blake fabric that I happened to have, so my main goal is to use what I have. I will need to find a backing as it also needs to be by RB.



So there you are.
I shall be back soon with more to share.

Have a lovely week 
and
Happy Quilting!!!

Martha

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Quilted Postcard Exchange

I joined in on a Quilted Postcard Exchange through Elm Street Quilts. Our cards  had to finish at 4 X 6". When we signed up we gave a theme and my recipient chose "Rose".

I was going to do an applique but then decided to do a simple thread piece.

After searching for a simple method to draw a rose I found one that I thought I could do.

But first, I had to prepare my fabric.

 Left over pieces to sew together
 OK, this is it.
 Pinned and ready for the background quilting.
 Curvy crosshatch is so easy.
 I love the texture.
 Sweet!!!

 Because of the size of this piece, I can get several bookmarks and postcards out of it.
 All marked and ready to draw and stitch the rose.

 All drawn and ready to stitch.
 Before stitching and after.
 Need to remark the edges and cut out.
 The layering process.
 Then trim to the finished size.
 Edge stitching.
 Lots of edge stitching.
 If there is any white showing I use marker to cover it up.
 Almost finished.
 This is the ink pad I use and stamp.
 Now we are ready. Just need to pop it into a clear envelope and pray that it makes its' way safely to its' new home. This one headed to Sweden.

Hope you enjoyed the journey.
Happy Quilting
Martha

Sunday, March 25, 2018

OMG One Monthly Goal for March: PB&J: Prayer Card, Bookmark and Jesus

I still am working on a name for these but so far, PB&J, which stands for Prayer Card, Bookmark & Jesus.

So here is the finished PB&J. And I do hope no one thinks I am being disrespectful. If so, please speak up.
This measures 3 3/4" wide by 8 1/2" long.

It's quilted on both the front and the back. There is an opening on the top so you can slide your card-stock paper in and out in order to write your prayer intentions on.
There is a piece of vinyl that covers the paper so pencil and ink will not get on to your book or bible that you are keeping it in. 

So, I will give you a photo journey on the creation of these prayer cards:

Outline so I know where the quilting needs to be
Some of the items needed. I am planning on making more of
these, all out of silk fabric.
Vinyl
Tracing designs for the back.



First design is the X and P which stands for
Christ-Chi and Rho
 Though the two letters look like P and X in the English alphabet, they are actually chi (looks like X) and rho (looks like P) from the Greek alphabet. They also happen to be the first two letters of "Christ" in Greek (Christos). Hence the chi-rho monogram is used as a symbol of Christ, Christianity, and Christians.


 I drew out the X and P and covered them with the clear contact paper to turn it into a template to trace around. That way I can use it over and over again.

Ready to Quilt
Using Aurifil thread



All quilted and ready to start the assembly work.




Before I start trimming I like sew a very tiny stitch inside the
marked line so when I do cut, my quilting stitches don't
come undone.

Ready for layering!!!
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Fusedand trimmed, still need to cut out
the center for the prayer card.


As you can see, I did two stitchings. That way, once the center
is cut out, I can use it for a smaller bookmark!!!!!


Edge stitching!!! Lots of edge stitching

It was tricky sewing in the vinyl and it doesn't
budge. Sticks right to the sewing machine bed.

Front

Back and ready for some names!!

I hope you like it.
I would like to make several more for gifts.
But I have some adjustments to make.
You never know what you need until you have already done it.
I may not quilt the back part as it makes it a little thick for a bookmark.

So I guess I can call this one a prototype!!??

Take Care, Happy Quilting
and talk to you again real soon!!!


Martha