Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rock Candy Table Topper

I think that Jaybird Quilts is a genius quilt pattern designer! I have completed 3 of her patterns this year and they have all been great. She has custom rulers that go with her patterns, and really they are the only ones I think I will ever need! Her instructions are always clear and complete with pictures.

I completed the Rock Candy Table Topper pattern this past Spring and I gave it to my Aunt and Uncle as a (late) Christmas present. This pattern is great if you are looking for a fun and fast project to complete :)

The fabric is Leah Duncan's Meadow for Art Gallery Fabric. I believe the blue fabric is a P&B Textiles Colorweave print. You can't really tell from these pics, but I used a small leaf design in middle part for my quilting design. This was the first project that I quilted on my new machine and actually braved free motion quilting! I only had white thread and was in a time crunch so I didn't brave quilting the outside blue fabric. To finish, I made a scrappy binding with the same prints from the center. It takes a little longer to make scrappy binding, but I love how it pops!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

How to match the fabric's prints at a seam...

Sometimes when adding backing to your quilt, your fabric isn't wide enough or you have to make a backing out of scraps in order to not be wasteful. If you are feeling a little ambitious and a little extra fancy, then you may wanna take some time to match the prints on the fabric at the seam. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to do so:

1) Here I am matching up the fabric at a vertical seam and working with the left piece of fabric first. For the left piece of fabric, I am squaring up the edge, being careful that I cut at the same part of the design all of the way down.
2) After I finished trimming the edge, I pressed back the edge by the amount of my seam allowance (I did half an inch because I thought it was the easiest).

3) Next, I laid the pressed edge over the right piece of fabric matching up the prints in the design.
4)After matching, I peeled away the left piece of fabric and marked a line where the left piece matched up with the right (I just used a regular fabric pencil).

5) Once my line was marked on the right piece of fabric, I ironed the edge of the fabric back to the marked line. 
6)  Next, I put the left piece and right piece together, with the right sides of fabric facing each other, and matched the creases from where they were pressed and then pinned in place.

7) Then, finally, I sewed the two layers together by following the ditch made from pressing/creasing the fabric. 

8) After sewing, I trimmed the one side of the seam down to roughly the same size as the other. And don't forget to press your seam open (from both the front and back) for a nice, clean, finished look!