Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bird Pillow Covers

Amanda asked me to make her a pillow cover. I was going to make it to match her quilt, but I wasn't thrilled with my options. When asked for inspiration, she suggested a bird silhouette. This worked out nicely to coordinate thematically, even if I didn't use matching fabric. I like this color combination as well.

I'm not the best at applique, so it's a very basic bird. The applique itself turned out much better than expected. There is only a slight wrinkle near the tail. I used my zipper foot rather than do a blanket stitch because the bird was so curvy. Unfortunately it's not exactly centered. I centered the entire design when it would have looked better to center the body of the bird.

I wasn't sure applique would be comfy on your face, so I decided to make a flannel one with scraps I had left from the flannel bird blanket.

They both have unexciting envelope backs.

Finished sizes: 12" x 12"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Flannel Bird Blanket

After finishing Amanda's birthday quilt, I had 2.5 yards of bird flannel left. I went and got 2.5 yards of this green flannel so I could make another completely flannel blanket. These are 8" squares without quilt batting in between. I left a half inch seam allowance, snipped a quarter inch to fray.

Finished size: 42" x 56"

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Birthday Birds Quilt

In early September, I finished and wrapped all of Amanda's Christmas ornaments for this year's Ornament Exchange. It then occurred to me that I didn't have any presents planned for her birthday, which at that point was only about six weeks away. It's her 30th, so I needed to do something extra special. Hence, this quilt.

I've had this bird fabric since at least 2011, when it appeared on the blog for the first time, so it's possible I've had it even longer. Even before I'd realized Amanda's birthday was imminent, I'd been planning to use it to make her a quilt, I just hadn't settled on a design. So I finally got my act together and here we are!

Amanda really likes flannel, which I also used in her wedding quilt, so I seized the opportunity to buy this matching bird flannel, which I've also had for years. However, I either just bought whatever was left on the bolt, or I guess I must have been planning a gigantic quilt, because even after backing the quilt, I had 2.5 yards left. I don't really make full-sized quilts any more, so I'm not sure what I was thinking.

Finished size: 40" x 53"

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pink and Blue Quilt

Finally done! It was difficult to decide how to quilt it since I didn't want to quilt too much pink over blue. I also didn't want to have the quilting looking funny on the back, so I wanted it to be as minimal as possible. It turned out fairly well, despite not all the lines being straight.

Finished size: 41" x 53"

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Zipper Foot Binding

I've been frustrated with machine quilting binding lately, so I decided to try using my zipper foot to more easily get closer to the edge of the binding on the front of the quilt. It worked out beautifully! Does everyone already do this and I just didn't know? The results were so much nicer than usual! It was also considerably easier to smooth out puckers as I sewed.

What the binding looks like using my regular foot:

What the binding looks like using my zipper foot:

Binding on the back:

I also tried a binding tip from Crazy Mom Quilts and pressed the binding.
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