Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Twinner Quilts

These babies have been in the line up for a while now. A friend of mine paid me to make her twin  12 year old granddaughters quilts. The girls picked the color scheme, but I did everything else. I thought it would be fun to use the same color scheme and squares, but two do different patterns. I think they turned out super cute. They are lap size. About 48x58".

 Inspiration from my sister in law, here.

I could have quilted them tighter, but they stay softer this way. The squares were 4" finished, I think. That's a lot of triangles--572 to be exact. 

I found an amazing tutorial online of how to make these Half Square Triangles. Usually people cut out one square, and draw a line diagonally from corner to corner, then sew on either side of the line. This method is different, and much faster. Check out the video here, it's worth your time.

I'm not a huge purple fan, as in there isn't one speck in my stash, so this color scheme was outside my comfort zone. The backing is the same on both. Some people don't like the scrappy strip, but I do.

I entered this one into the county fair (the other one wasn't quite done yet). It's always fun to have your work judged. The best part is when you drop it off and the older ladies squeal in delight because they're so tickled to see a young girl like me quilting.

My score sheets were all over the place, from a 65 to an 85. They said my corners didn't come to 90 degrees and that my binding was "too full". I never knew that was an issue. Good to learn for next time, even if I was 3 points off of a blue ribbon :) Even if it was a red ribbon, I'm adding it to last year's

Now, on to start another quilt!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

My Latest Endeavors

Hello! Its Sara Jane here. I thought it would be fun to share with you all my latest crafting projects.

A while ago, a friend had a birthday, and I was obsessed with bags. So, I made her one.

It turned out to be a harder project than I thought, but it worked out. She loved it!

HERE'S the tutorial if you want to look at it. 

I stayed at John and Christine's house for a week, and we went a little stir crazy during nap time. So, this painting was born. Christine taught me a few tips and tricks on painting with acrylics. 
It still needs a frame, but I'll but when when I get around to it. 

My last project was a rainbow pillow. 

The inspiration came from this:

But, I just took the idea and ran with it. Lots of mistakes were made, and it turned out twice as small as I was expecting... but it became a pillow somehow! 

Aaandd that's all for now! It was a pleasure sharing with you all :)