for Project Quilting this week, we were challenged to be inspired by at least three items in the grocery store. what a cool idea! for my inspiration, I chose to be inspired by 1. the cash register, 2. coupons, and 3. barcodes. very pragmatic of me, I know. I remembered a journal-making class I took online once here. (totally worth the money, btw). and decided to make myself a little coupon-keeping and organizing book.
I tried to keep with a mardis gras theme when making the outside of the book. (since it is Fat Tuesday!) The crosses and beads as well as the bright colors are a nod to all the pre-Lent partying happening down in the sweet sunny south
Here are some pictures of the inside of the book:
and here’s the back:
all of the pages have pockets on them for coupons. here’s how it looks after I’ve labeled some of the pockets and put coupons inside them:
so that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. hopefully now, after I cut the coupons, I’ll actually remember to take them to the store with me I might be the person with the coolest coupon organizer in the store!
and yes, those ARE paper beads!
you can see the other grocery-store inspired quilting projects here. people will be linking up their projects until Sunday, and then the public voting will start.
thanks for reading!
When I heard the inspiration for this week’s Project Quilting Challenge – Across the Universe - I figured I would have to make something for my husband. He is a big-time music geek, and definitely loves the Beatles. He actually wants to paint the side of our house into a gigantic sign that reads “WELCOME THE SURVIVING MEMBERS OF THE BEATLES” in the hopes that one of them would show up. Yeah. Big geek right there. But look who’s talking!
Anyhoo, since I thought of him pretty much as soon as I heard the challenge topic, I decided it would be a good time to make him a bit of a Valentine’s Day present. You know, since it happened about a week ago…
I love the lyrics to Across the Universe. To me, the song is about meditation. I wanted to incorporate the lyrics to the song somehow, and my absolute favorite part is the first line: “words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup.” I wanted to somehow incorporate the image that these words create. I also wanted to make a star for some dumb reason. So I googled star quilt pattern and found a nice tutorial on a paper pieced star from Fresh Lemon Quilts. I made it.
Next I decided to write the lyrics to the Beatles song on some fabric. I used sharpie markers and then washed and dried it to make sure it wasn’t going to run everywhere. So there I have some “words.”
Then I cut that fabric up into random 2.5 inch squares along with some half-square triangles in the assorted low volume fabric I had used for the background of the star. I like my stuff to be super scrappy!
I ditched and shadow quilted around the star, and then I free-motion quilted some “clouds” on the background. After that, I was ready to make some “endless rain.” I had a magnificent evening watching American Idol, Call the Midwife, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Falon and sashiko-ing rain (along with some glittery bead bling) onto the quilt. Good times!
The next morning, I woke up a bit disappointed to notice that the star (where I didn’t do any hand-quilting) looked a bit deflated and wilted.
So I decided to stuff it. Generally, for trapunto, you’re supposed to plan ahead and do it BEFORE the sandwiching and quilting happens. But I didn’t have this luxury. I am spontaneous, and when you are spontaneous, you need to know how to improvise. So I sliced some openings into the backing of the quilt and stuffed the areas full of fiberfill. Then I stitched them back up. The whole thing looked much better afterwards!
The only problem I had, was that the tiny tiny paper pieced star points in the center of the quilt made it hard for me to stuff any fiberfill into them. I tried sticking knitting needles in there, I tried sticking my pinky finger in there, I tried for minutes and minutes…and it just wouldn’t happen. So what I did was I stuck a big button in the middle to cover it up. Yep Yep! The lesson here is: if at first you don’t succeed, try try again. and if it still doesn’t work, cover that shit up! And it’s a pretty cool button, to be honest.
At that point, I just needed to cut and place the binding. The sun was about to set, and I really wanted to get some photos of the finished product before that happened. I have to work all weekend, so this was really my only opportunity. I speed stitched the binding down, trying to beat the sunset. I put my poor kid on the couch to watch some Max and Ruby, and stitched my little heart out. Success! We got out just before dusk happened. Here are some of the pics:
We even had some time to go jumping in muddy puddles after it was all over
And my husband loves his Valentine’s Day present. Even though it’s late. And it has pink in it. And flowers. It’s all good. All you need is love, right?
I decided to name my quilt “Nothing’s Gonna Change My World,” in honor of our life together, and our family, and, of course, the Beatles Song.
And to make it official Project Quilting style: My name is Erin Zinobile (soon to be Faller), I live and create in Duncannon, PA, and this quilt measures appx 20″X20″.
Thanks for reading!
For Project Quilting this week, we were challenged to make a quilt inspired by one or more types of candy. I had a difficult time picking one, but eventually settled on one of my favorites: a delicious little triangular chocolately treat called Toblerone. For those of you who’ve never tried it, I really think you should! Here’s what it looks like:
So you can see why I thought a triangular yellow red and brown quilt would be appropriate! I used Alexia Abegg’s pattern “Tipsy Triangles” from her book Liberty Love. Lots of great patterns in that book! And I thought it turned out pretty nicely Makes me want to eat some chocolate! Here are some more pictures…
And here’s one of my son throwing a chunk of ice at it, just for good measure!
I’m super duper excited to be participating in “a lovely year of finishes” this year. So I’m just gonna get down to a dirty little secret I’ve been keeping since, oh, approximately, or maybe exactly, 2008!
okay, I already mentioned the year 2008 – yes, 6 years ago now. that is when I pieced this beauty. I’ve been calling it “the old aunt’s quilt,” because the white batik and dark grey floral fabric is from dresses given to me by my aunt Wendy (my mother’s sister). and the shiny grey fabric with black polka dots was given to me by my great-aunt Cordelia (my dad’s aunt). both are totally awesome people. both are artists. and they don’t know each other. so I thought it was a majorly awesome idea to put both of their fabrics in a quilt together…you know…to represent me as an artist! so I did.
fast forward to 2010…when I (re)met my husband. I say (re)met because we actually met in 1997 in college, lost touch, and met again in 2010 and fell in love. cute, right? well, part of this falling in love was an inspiration to finish this quilt top that’s been laying around for about two years now. [sidenote: I try not to get too mushy-gushy about my husband online, but the truth is that I have never met someone 1-so inspirational and 2-so supportive of me and all of my creative journeys as he is.] so I went out and bought some nice pink fleece blankets to use as the backing, and basted the thing! and then life happened…
…fast forward to NOW. the quilt is still basted, and I’m pretty sure I won’t have a hard time with the quilting because IN THREE YEARS IT HAS PROBABLY QUILTED ITS OWN SELF TOGETHER!!!
so that’s my January goal. to finish the old aunt’s quilt.
and I hope you like my post. goodnight and thank you.
I’m super excited for the beginning of a new season of Project Quilting! This week’s challenge was to make a quilt top entirely out of strings. After a bit of brainstorming, I decided to make a table-runner out of gigantic flying geese! I remembered this lovely online tutorial that outlines how to make four flying geese at a time, in basically any size you choose, you can go to it by following this link. It’s a great tutorial in my opinion! I just had to modify it a bit to make things strippy. Instead of cutting the actual fabric the instructions called for, I cut muslin, with the intention of foundation piecing my strips onto it after cutting. Here’s how I did my runner:
I decided I wanted each of my birds to be 12 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches tall. According to the instructions, for the “bird” fabric, you need to take the desired width of each block and add 1 1/4 inches, then make a square of this dimension. So I would need one big 13 3/4 inch square of muslin (which is 12 1/2 + 1 1/4). Then, for the background fabric, you need to take the desired height of each block and add 7/8″ to that, and make four squares of that dimension. So I would need four smaller squares of muslin, each 7 1/8 inches square (which is 6 1/4 + 7/8).
To allow room for stretching, puckering, and whatever else may happen during the foundation pieces of the strips to the muslin, I decided to cut the muslin a bit bigger than the instructions called for, and then trim down after placing the strips.
here is my one big and four small muslin pieces
next, I started sewing down my strips!
after I had the pieces of muslin covered in strips, I trimmed them down to the correct size:
I did this on all four small muslin squares.
Next, I covered the larger muslin square with strips, making sure they were all high contrast to the strips I used to cover the smaller squares.
After that, I just needed to follow the instructions on the flying geese tutorial that I linked above.
I drew diagonal lines on the back of all four small muslin squares:
I chose to draw my lines perpendicular to the way the strips were sewn on. You can see later how it affected the geese. You could also draw the lines parallel to the strips, or a bit of both, for a slightly different look in the end!
notice how they need to line up with the edges of the big square, and overlap with each other a bit in the middle.
Then I sewed a 1/4 inch away from the line all the way down on both sides
and cut on the line!
and set one aside.
Then I put a small white block on top of the heart-shaped thingy like this:
sewed 1/4 inch along both sides of the line again, and cut down the middle
This is the most exciting part, because once you fold this corner out, you can see the geese! So naturally, I forgot to photograph it I did this step again on the other piece that I had previously set aside, and in the end I had four geese! Here they are after I’d already sewn them all together, end to end:
I have used this method of making flying geese before, and I think it’s such a great tutorial, because it allows you to choose whatever size you need, and make four at a time! Again, here is the link for the original tutorial I used.
While I loved my strippy geese like this, I decided they needed a bit more, so I went ahead and made a little foundation-pieced strippy border. I liked the effect I got by using white strips on the inside, and then a colorful strip on the outside of the border:
Next I sandwiched it with a nice grey polka-dotted backing, quilted it by ditching the geese and borders, and then doing a bit of echoing around the geese.
I went back and forth between a white or a colorful binding, but ended up going with white, and I like the effect it gave. I’ll probably always wonder what a colorful binding would have looked like with those staggered border strips I unintentionally created with the strippy binding!
Here’s the finished product:
Please stop by the Project Quilting Flickr Page to see some of the other awesome quilts created for this challenge. And here’s a link to Kim’s website where the Project Quilting rules, prizes, dates, and challenges are posted (along with a ton of other fun crafty stuff). Anyone can join in the fun at anytime!
Hope you enjoyed my post! And if you do end up making one of these from my instructions, do me a solid and post a link to a picture in the comments…I would be super excited!!! Also please let me know if anything is unclear or you have any questions
…but that’s about to change.
I am so excited for some upcoming quilt-alongs/activities…there are so many I’m trying to decide how many I’ll have time for I am also very excited about my New Year’s resolution, which is to create a venue for selling my work. I’m hoping it will work out for me as well as last year’s resolution did…which was to start making quilt again! (I’d say it was my best resolution so far:)
but let’s stay in the present and ooh and aah over my newly finished marcelle medallion quilt top. I am naming it “hooray for the riff raff” in honor of an awesome new band I just found out about while sewing on the final border of this quilt! how’s that for serendipity?
and here she is:
hope you like it
I’m quickly becoming obsessed with this quilt! I decided to add some borders, and having been recently inspired by the new popularity of medallion quilts, wanted to add a pieced border. I always wanted friendship stars to be on my little niece’s/nephew’s quilt, so I decided to make a half friendship star border. I am liking the asymmetry of it all, and I think it’s about the perfect size. Right now I am thinking of adding a thin orange border around the whole thing, and then a red binding. Here it is so far:
and I’ve finally decided what to make for my future niece/nephew baby! I knew I wanted to do chevrons, but that was it. until kim lapacek of persimmon dreams came up with her project quilting November off-season challenge. what a perfect combo! follow the link to see what I was working with. here’s what I did tonight:
I realize it seems like a lot, and it is. but i’m not lying to you when I say I literally started early this evening pulling fabrics, and ended the evening with this. I do have an accu-quilt-go which made matters a bit easier. although I am a little worried about the finished product because some of the cuts didn’t seem so accu-rate! we’ll see what happens. but hey, ho! i’m pretty happy with it for now
My pregnant sister just got done piecing her first small quilt, and wanted to know how to “finish it off.” So I pulled out my snowflake top I had in my bag of WIPs, and finished that off to demonstrate! Here are the results:
and my sister’s first ever quilt. she made it for the baby in her belly who we have been calling “Geronimo.” although I’m pretty sure it’s a Geronima or Geronimina! Now if I could just figure out what to make for this baby…I’m thinking a zig-zag pattern, but we’ll see!
This quilt is very near and dear to my heart, as I made it with my son Rowan in mind. Without getting too far into the details of everything, I will just say that Rowan was born very early (at 26 weeks to be exact), after ten weeks of bedrest. The going was rough for quite some time. He needed a lot of help, especially with his under-developed lungs. We weren’t able to bring him home with us until he was 6 months old, and this was with a trach, home ventilator (breathing machine), and feeding tube. He remained on the breathing machine at home until he was nearly two years old. So needless to say, I thought about this word a lot:
Here are a few pics of our journey:
both of the above pictures were taken last fall, around Halloween.
And here he is helping me with the quilt’s photoshoot!
These days, I can finally “breathe” a little easier seeing that he is doing okay, and we are about to celebrate birthday number 3! I hope you enjoyed my post, and I really hope you enjoy all of the other fantastic quilts at the blogger’s quilt festival.