Friday, June 20, 2014

Let's fill up a sofa space with pillows

Finally, I have finished my tulip applique pillow cover and washed away the outline I made. I'm now feeling so happy and enjoy huging my new pillow on the couch.


The invisible zipper at the back


Look! how many pillows we have on 2-seat couch. My husband started complaining that he has no place to sit watching TV. I told him "don't you see how beautiful pillow I did?" and he smiled and managed to sit among pillows. I guess he agreed ;-)


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tulip Applique Pillow Cover

I've been working on this project for a while. Sometimes I put it aside and did other projects, so it took me almost 2 months to complete both front & back pieces of a pillow case. This project is good for practicing applique though.

Tulips applique on pillow cover

I was thinking to use only red and yellow, each for 2 tulips, but finally I chose all different colors for each of them. The applique process is enjoyable; however after finishing the applique, it's time to baste the quilt sandwich, which is my least favorite step. I had to put this project aside for a long while until I feel ready for it.

Basting tested my patience

Blue tulip

Red tulip

Yellow tulip

For the back piece, I simply installed an invisible zipper at the middle


Next post I'll show you the finished pillow cover.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

It's time for Mariner's Compass


I have to admit that I was a bit scared to make a Mariner's Compass block at first because of its tiny forks & round shape, and the steps of creating the templates are quite confusing to me. After re-reading over my notes a couple times, I started to draw a quarter circle on plastic sheet.

My notes

I paid special attention to each point and curve while cutting the templates and finally got them all.

Mariner's Compass templates

Sorry, I didn't have a chance to take some photos while making it, so there are only finished block pictures. I found that some points are not sharp although I did my best pressing each seam. Any idea to fix this? 


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Clamshell quilt now became a pouch


As promised yesterday, I added more quilts at 4mm from the edge of each clamshell and picked a red satin bias strip for bindings. Hope that I picked the right color.


After finishing the bindings, I sewed the sides together and added a base. 


Then attached a zipper, and walla! Honestly, I'm not happy with the colors I chose. I better try brighter colors next time.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Clamshell Quilt

Last week, I have been busy with making a clamshell quilt after learning a technique from my sensei. She taught the way to piece each clamshell directly on the batting & backing. By using this technique, we can join all 3 layers together in one step. It sounds easy but I took pretty much time to get familiar with it and still need more practice.

Here's what it looks like DSC09626copy

the back DSC09628copy

and the closer look DSC09629copy

Tomorrow, I will do more quilt and turn it into a pouch. Please stay tuned :-)