Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Projects

Oh those Christmas projects- and time is winding down. I have a couple of things going right now. One is a table runner made out of a Wrapped In Paisley Moda Charm Pack, precut 5 inch squares. The pattern is one of the three Little Charmers.

I'm not the best quilter, my lines are not always perfectly straight but I've only actually quilted a few times before and mostly on smaller things. My larger quilt was farmed out to a long arm quilter but I thought I'd do this one. The center is made out of half square triangles in half dark, half light patterns. Then you use a mixture of other dark colors to go around the half square triangles. Since I used a charm pack, everything matches.

I selected a small print maroon fabric for the backing. I now need to find something to bind it with. The backing is just folded over the front so you can see it against the patterns. It is not really stitched this way. (12/2/11) I found the binding material. It is the green with a small gold curl with tiny dots. It's part of the coordinating yardage that my quilt shop still had a little bit of. The same pattern as the backing but in green.

Here is what it looks like without binding. I will go to the quilt store Wednesday to see what they have available. This will probably be for Mom assuming it comes out ok.

I also had stashed away a couple of Moda Flurry charm packs that I'm making something out of. I haven't decided if it will be a lap quilt or something else. I saw an example on line using different material but she did use charms. There are quite a few possibilities depending on how you lay out the blocks.

You make a 9 patch using the varied patterns. Then you cut the entire 9 patch in half both ways so you have four 7 inch squares less any seam allowances. When you do, you will have one 4 1/2 inch square and then (2) 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 rectangles bordering it. Opposite it, you have a 2 1/2 x 2 1/2. A link to her tutorial is below.

I included an image of the charm pack. I have to finish the block I am working on now and then do another three or four. I may also supplement with some plain fabrics and then choose borders.

charm pack
Little Charmers 2

I hope your projects are coming along nicely!


3rnigerians said...

I love your projects. Reading this post is making me feel guilty and inspired. I have to make 6 lap quilts for Christmas, and I haven't started yet. They're gonna be simple. I am thinking about yellow brick road and courthouse steps. I look forward to seeing your next Christmas sewing post. Have a great week.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I think I have that yellow brick road pattern somewhere. It's pretty. Six by Christmas? What lucky gift recipients!

Michelle said...

Your runner looks great. Your points are prefect. For being a new quilter you are really good. you have a natural talent.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you. I really struggle with the quilting part. I didn't sew before I started machine quilting, at all. I don't know what to do other than to outline the seams and if I'm not perfect, you can tell. I need to look into identifying sewing feet- a walking foot?- and how to do the random patterns rather than straight lines.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I,too, am just getting into quilting. I want that to be my focus of 2012 crafting :) I want to make one of the "puff" quilts for our bedroom re-do. I love the way your runner turned out!

Candy C. said...

Very pretty! You have reminded me that I bought a small wall hanging project that I wanted to get done by Christmas, I guess I better get busy!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I found two more charm packs at the quilt shop for the Flurry. Also my binding material for the table runner. Now I need to see if I can find Flurry backing but with so many colors, even if I don't it won't be a problem.

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

The Vintage Chateau said...

What beautiful projects! I only have time to quilt in the summer when it's too hot to go outside in AZ!

Miranda said...

The table runner looks great! I've never seen Flurry before, it's really cute. The disappearing 9 patch makes a great looking quilt!

Amanda Jean said...

good luck finishing! those table runners are such a great idea for using a single charm pack. (something that i think isn't very easy to do!)