Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sweet Dreams Quilt

Last week I posted my Sweet Dreams Quilt on the web site and mentioned it in the newsletter. I followed the instructions in the "Best Friends" book by Suzn Quilts (Sue Marth, author). It's a great book, brimming with great ideas for quilts, pillows, table toppers, and recipes! My quilt was made using Sanctuary fabrics by Moda, which gave a very girlie/shabby chic quality to the quilt. This is a really fast and easy to put together quilt, and here are some of the images from my sewing experience: First I organized everything I needed. The iron for pressing my backing nice and smooth, some Mary Ellen's Best Press for the same, 505 spray adhesive for basting my batting to my backing, some wide blue painters tape for securing my backing, scissors for trimming, and a chalk wheel and ruler for marking my batting according to the pattern instrucions.

Next I taped my pressed backing wrong side up on my kitchen island and I used the painter's tape to secure it to the countertop. Usually I baste on my dining room table and use binder clips to hold my backing, but this backing is not that wide and it fit nicely on the island, so that is where I did the basting. (besides, the dining room table had fabric on it!)

In this picture, I think you can see how I have taken rather long pieces of the painter's tape and I have secured the backing on both sides and also at the top and bottom.

Once the backing is taped, I give it the "pinch test". I try to pinch up a piece of the backing off the table. Hard as I try, I can barely pinch 1/4" off the table. That tells me I am good to go, proceeding with basting my batting on to the backing.

I take my Warm and Natural Batting (recommended in the pattern) and fold it in half lengthwise. I lay that lengthwise down the center of my backing. Using 505 spray, I carefully stand at the edge of my island and spray from the edge closest to my body, toward the batting. I move quickly down the island until on half of my backing is sprayed. Then I smooth the batting over the sticky backing and repeat the process on the other side of the backing. I just fold the batting back until I reach the sticky part and spray the backing fabric. Then I smooth out the batting and I am all ready to go.

I used 2 (6" x 24") rulers "end to end" to measure up from the bottom of my backing and marked a line according to the pattern instructions. I found a blue chalk wheel worked really well for the marking.

Once my marking was completed, I slipped a rotary cutting mat underneath my backing and used my rotary cutter and ruler to trim the batting.

Next I grabbed my Jelly Roll of Sanctuary (2 1/2" strips) and headed to the sewing machine!

I followed the instructions for the quilt to the letter, except I used a different quote in my quilt. I used "Sweet Dreams" rather than "Mother" or "Sister" or "Friend". As I was stitching my mind was going crazy with all the variations of this quilt I would love to do. How about smaller in baby fabrics with the baby's name and birth date and weight? Or in bright kids fabrics for a child and have their name in block letters? Or for a guy in masculine fabrics? It could say "Dad" or "Son" or have any sentiment. (Happy Birthday, Happy Retirement, I Love You (in any language), Hero, Army, Navy, Air Force, etc. with patriotic fabrics). Does that happen to you? Does your mind just go crazy with possibilities while you are sewing? Please tell me I am not CRAZY! Once the quilt was finished I opted for some Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) rather than the suggested grid quilting. Grid quilting with a walking foot is surely easy enough but it is not "me". I'm a curly swirly girl. Rich and I did a little video for you, showing how to design a curly quilting design for this quilt. I hope you like it. Please feel free to post comments and questions!
Click on the arrow to view it:

Sweet Dreams Quilting Demo


Ingrid Remkus said...

Very very cool, and inspiring!

Betsy said...

I purchased a "few" yards of Christmas Fabric - Berenatex - from you a few years ago and we visited on the phone. I've been trying to figure out how to go about doing what you've shown on the video. So I'm excited to try. I am sure you are enjoying your new venture as "Consultant" to the new owners of the store. If I didn't live clear across the country I'd be there to see it! But I will continue to purchase online from you. I'll have to send pictures of some of the things I've done with "some" of the fabric I bought. I still have lots left to do, and life has brought new challenges and joys to my life since we talked. A new grand baby who is almost a year old now and has a Windham Fabrics Paper Doll quilt! Actually it was more for her mother than her, her mom loved, and still loves, paper dolls!
I'll refer to this video again. Take care!

Lisa said...

Hi Betsy!
I'm glad you are enjoying sewing for the new grand baby!! what a total joy that must be!! No grands for me (yet!), but i still love making things for babies in general! Even this little sweet dreams quilt could be for a baby, but i would probably scale it down a bit more. While i was making this quilt, i thought of how cool it would be to personalize it with a baby's name as well.
If you need any help with the project, please feel free to email me. Just leave a comment here on the blog and I will get it.
Thanks! Happy stitching!
With love, as always,

EJ180 said...

Thank you so much for posting a U Tube video of how you did the background. I have been wondering how to do this. You make it look so easy, I think I'm going to give it a try!

Lisa said...

It is easy! Just practice drawing your design on paper or on a dry erase board, then transfer that design to your fabric. You can do anything with your sewing machine needle that you can do with your pen! If you have any questions please post them here!
Happy stitching!

M and M plus 3 said...

Lisa, I tried quilting the design you used on your video tutorial this w/e at a retreat with several of the ladies watching at my back. Not only was I was amazed at how easy it went so were those watching. I used Bottom Line thread and added quilting to a wall-hanging which I had already did the binding on, but needed something a little extra. Anyway, you can see my results on my newly created blog. I'll attach the direct link showing your link to the video tutorial. Thank you so much for doing your tutorial. You gave me the courage to give it a try myself!
Mandy (aka EJ180)