Monday, August 25, 2014

My Quilting Production Line....Slowly Coming Along!

Rome wasn't built in a day and this quilt is sorta like my Rome.  I just need to keep at it a little everyday.  I'm giving myself a generous amount of time.  Around a month and a half.  What do you think?

So far I have 13 blocks completed.  Here are the first 12.  The 13th one didn't fit on the table properly.  He's laying on my laptop "odd man out".  I had to recalculate the amount of blocks I needed for Sarah's queen size bed.  The finished quilt will be 90" long by 80" wide.  So that brings the tally up to 56 block all together.  I can't wait until I have them all made up, it's going to be so cool to see them all sewn together.

My production line.  There's probably a faster way of doing them but I'm sorta old fashion.  I complete one block at a time.  I'm sorta the "enjoy the process" kind of guy.

I'm going to get back to my sewing now.  I just wanted to update everyone on how the great quilt of 2014 was going.  Boy, I still have to say.  I really love those Clover Wonder Clips.

Until next time....Happy Sewing!    Seam Ripper Joe

Friday, August 15, 2014

Changing gears a bit! "A quilt for Christmas"

I was sitting in front of my pattern box the other day, thinking about exactly what I should sew next.  Should I make the KWIK Sew Jeans Jacket Pattern 1660 or try the KWIK Sew Pattern K3504 for Blue Jeans or maybe give another go to the KWIK Sew Shorts Pattern 3267 which I really like but make them into the pants version.  Hmm...Decisions, Decisions..... Then it hit me all of a sudden.  Am I being a "Selfish Sewist"!  Thinking only of, out of nowhere it just hit me like a ton of bricks to make a quilt for my daughter for Christmas.

Since I never quilted before I turned to youtube for some examples and guidance of what I might be able to make for her and I ran into a really cool design demonstrated by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Quilt Co.  This is the link for it Disappearing Hourglass Quilt.  As soon as I viewed it I knew that was the one.  I also like the way free motion quilting turns out so I watched a few of Leah Day's videos.  She really is talented.  So with two great examples I started my new venture into the quilting world.

My first completed block!

The following photo's are the steps I took to get to the finished block.

Started with two 10" blocks.  One white fabric and one printed.  Sandwiched them right sides together and sewed 1/4" all the way around.

Made the first cuts from corner to corner in both directions.

Opened them up.  The next step is very important.  Always make sure you iron every seam flat.  It helps in making sure your seams match up when you sew the sections together.

Turn the 4 squares until you come up with the hourglass design and then sew them up with another 1/4" seam.  Now cut this pattern into 9 even blocks.

It should look just like this after it is cut into the nine sections and the blocks are turned to make this design.  Its sorta mind boggling how a few turns of a fabric square can change a design so much.

This is how the finished block should turn out.

Now I only have 41 more blocks to go!  I'm making it for a queen size bed so wish me luck.  I'll try to keep you updated every week to show you how its coming together.

Until next time....Happy Sewing!    Seam Ripper Joe

Monday, August 4, 2014

KWIK Sew 3267 ~ Men's Shorts ~ The tweaked pair!

Is it just me or did July just fly right by!  Zip.....and it was gone!  So without no time to waste here is my revised pair of KWIK Sew 3267 men's shorts.

I liked my last pair that I made and they are very wearable on me, but they really needed to be taken in just a tiny bit in several areas.  So my pattern alterations took place as follows.  Took out 1/2" out of the waist.  3/4" out of each leg seam inside and out and tapered it only up to the crotch and 1/2" out of the seat on both sides.  Hmm....I'm not sure if I explained that very well, but it sure did make a big difference in the fit of my shorts.

Going through some of my fabric I found 1/2 yard of this really unique print that matched the shorts perfectly so I wanted to give it a try for my fly front and pockets.  What do you think?    I sorta like the contrast!

Everything else stayed pretty much the same on them.  Welt pockets.  They are just the most fun to make

So, it looks like falls getting here pretty quick, a lot faster than I thought it would and it's just about time to start gearing up for makes that have cooler weather in mind.  One particular pattern I have in mind is KWIK Sew 1660 ~ The men's Jean Jacket.  I purchased this pattern in the spring and have been itching to sew it since it arrived.  Sewing for fall and winters the best, so many patterns to choose from for men.  With that in mind....

Until next time....Happy sewing!  Seam Ripper Joe