Sunday, January 25, 2015

More Quilted Postcards

 I've been making quilted postcards for my Etsy store and for the postcard exchange groups I belong to. Lots of fun to make these little gems!!!

I bought this little frame (4" X 6") and the postcards fit perfectly in them!!! Great for a gift :^)

I've got a few more in the works too!!!

Happy Quilting friends, Take care and keep those scissors sharp!!! Martha

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge-Heart Pillow

So I decided to participate in QuiltShopGal's (SewCalGal) 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. It will be a year of pillows!!!

I chose to do option #3, the center heart designed by Luann Kessi. I just finished this morning and wanted to share it with all of you. maybe some of you would like to join in the fun? There still is time to do it and you will learn tons!!!!

So, here is a photo tutorial of my steps. I did sketch out the heart before I did it on the machine and referred back to Luann's drawing a lot!!!

Fabric cut to 20" for a 16" pillow
Using a Frixion pen, draw out the 16" pillow outline and then
trace the heart I cut out, centered.
All done with the tracing
Draw my feathers spines
Lay out the backing and tape
Layer my favorite battings-Quilters Dream Wool and Cotton
I used this stencil for the background

I used both Aurifil and Coats and Clark thread for the quilting
All marked and ready to pin and quilt
The quilting begins

This background was really easy to quilt.

quilting done
This is my backing fabric. I cut two pieces, Made
hems on both, then.....
I made little sleeves to sew on the back of each back. This
pillow top is going to be a gift, so with the little sleeves, the
new owner can hang it on the wall if they prefer a wall
Edges presses and then sewn to the backs below.

All sewn and ready to construct 
Using my Frixion pen, I drew a 16" square on the
front of the pillow top, centering the heart. Then
I stitched 1/8" inside that line so when I
trimmed the top the quilting stitches wouldn't
come out.
All trimmed
Backing layered and pinned
First edge sewn
I saw a program by Nancy ZiemanNancy Zieman
recently where she folded the sewn seam down
to help get better corners.  So I tried it.
All edges sewn
Corners cut, then I turned it right side out, pressed gently,
My cute little pillow top/wall hanging is finished
and the corners look great!!

I love it and I am looking forward to next months challenge. I will be making another pillow to go with this one. The identical fabric is cut and ready to go!!!

Take care, Happy Quilting and join in the fun if you can!!! Martha