Tuesday, 31 March 2015

2nd Quilty Kilty junior quilt

Quilty Kilty Junior has sewn again! It's such a good way of thinning out my stash (what a terrible thing to say- of course I mean- it's great to see her inspired and wanting to make her own gifts). She's going to have more projects finished than I have at this rate.

She picked out some bright print with cats on it, patched some star fabric to the sides to make it wide enough.

The fleece backing is actually one of those kid's blankets you get on long haul flights. They are an ideal size, and this is a great way to upcycle them (I get people to collect them for me now!).

There's still quite a bit of wonky stitching and puckering, but it all adds to the character of the quilt. This John Lewis mini sewing machine really is a great machine for beginner sewers, even those in Primary 3!

I'd say she did about 95% of the sewing; 20% of the pinning. It probably took 90mins all in to complete.

Lots of fun and a great project for the wee ones!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Introducing Quilty Kilty Junior!

My creative girl got a John Lewis mini sewing machine (fab little sewing machine that does all the basics) for her 7th birthday. Her first project was a hair scrunchie. Next she wanted to do something a little more adventurous and sew her pal a quilt for her birthday that's coming up.

This quilt is super duper easy. As Zoe is still new to sewing, I kept a very close eye on her to save us any trips to the Sick Kids Hospital. She did really well. Not always straight, but this is a forgiving quilt.

Here's a how-to:

Lay out your quilt top onto a larger piece of fleece, right sides together. Pin. To make this easy, we used a single piece of fabric, rather than doing any kind of patchwork. Zoe found a Michael Miller Morning Fairies panel in my stash.

With tongue out, sew around the outermost edges.

Leave a gap (I put double pins to show her where to start sewing and where to stop).

Cut away the excess fleece. This is very difficult for a left handed 7 year old with right handed scissors.

Make a mark so they can see where to clip the corners.

Turn it right-side out. This was hilarious for some reason. I'm not sure why.

Tuck the edges of the opening in, and pin together.

Sew the opening closed, by carefully following the pins. It's very close to the edge so be careful.

Now sew about 1cm in from the edges. We stopped shortly after this pic was taken to pin 1cm in all around the edge, as the fleece has a habit of creeping in.

Now for the quilting. I didn't have one of those fading-ink pen thingies, so I pinned down the long centre, and Zoe followed the pins, removing them one at a time.

To quilt across the middle, we had to roll up one side of the quilt. This machine is quite wee and it wouldn't have handled a much larger quilt.

Ta daaa!! A simple enough quilt, but it took us a good couple of hours. I love the wonkiness of her sewing, it's definitely made by a 7 year old beginner.

I'm very proud of my little Quilty Kilty Junior!

 Here's another example of this easy peasy fleece-backed quilt:

Using the same technique I made this quilt for my friend who had a baby boy. No need for piecing together a quilt top with a pattern like this.

From the back- I did a fair bit more quilting compare to Zoe's quilt. It adds more texture, but you really don't need to.

Using this technique you can also make a quilt using only fleece. I made these two blankets for my kids years ago, and they are still a firm favourite. It was really easy to applique with fleece on fleece, as it kind of sticks to itself.

I'm looking forward to making more projects with my new sewing pal in "the sewing club" as she has nicknamed us!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Giant vintage star quilt

My pal Rachel told me about this amazing Giant Vintage Star quilt tutorial by In Color Order. You can see a pic of the one Rachel made here. I fell in love with it a bit. Some time later I was in Edinburgh Mandors (which is now called Fabric Focus) and happened upon some antiquey-looking fabrics. So I snapped them up, with a giant star quilt in mind.

I really like the colour scheme. I usually go for a lot of white and brighter colours, but have been wanting to make a quilt with a vintage feedsack look about it.

With work and general life things (like 2 small kids) getting in the way of precious sewing time, this was a delight to sew- seeing real results in just a couple of sessions.

I used fleece to back it. For the quilting I stitched-the-ditch around the 4 x 4 blocks. If I had a bit more time, I would have quilted a bit more- as they are such large blocks and had a slightly baggy feel about them without the extra quilting.
I made it for my step-sister's 50th birthday, and am really happy with the result! I can highly recommend you check out Jeni's blog to see all the different effects you can get with this one easy to make quilt. It's an excellent quilt to make if you're a beginner too.