Monday, February 6, 2012

QUILTING. PART 2

I ended up not having to cut 160 triangles. Instead the book taught me a trick on how to go from 80 squares directly to 80 squares made out of 2 triangles each without having to cut the squares into halves first.

Do you want to know how to do it?

First, you put two squares on top of each other - the right sides together.
Then you draw a line diagonally thru the middle, pin both pieces together and sew on both sides of the line (about 1/4" away from the line on each side - you can barely see the seams in this picture).
Finally you cut along the line and when you open up the pieces you have new squares!

In the end you just iron the seams to one side. I felt like this was an awesome trick that saved me a bunch of time. So now I have 80 squares made out of 160 triangles:)


Whats next? The fun part! Putting all of these together to create one side of the quilt!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

QUILTING. PART 1

I'm trying something new. I decided to try quilting. My friend and I are making a quilt for another friend's of our who is an absolutely wonderful lady. We're using T-shirts from all the Habitat builds we've done together and then some fabric for the spaces in between them. She's doing the front and I'm doing the back. Less pressure on me I guess:)

I've gotten several books from the library to get a grasp on how quilts are made and really liked "Little bits quilting bee" by Kathreen Ricketson.



I chose one of the patterns that I liked best and felt like it would be a good one to utilize the different color T-shirts and started cutting. It took me 2 nights. The first night I was cutting the fabric into 40 squares and the second night 40 squares out of T-shirts. Cutting the T-shirts was double work since first I had to cut the fusible interfacing, fuse it and finally cut that same size out of T-shirt.
Have you ever wondered what 80 squares of fabric look like? Quite frankly, they don't look like much:

What's next? 80 squares will become 160 triangles:)