I finally finished another quilting project using Little House on the Prairie fabric & quilt kit! I decided to complete Craftsy’s Learn How to Quilt class series with Amy Gibson’s Colorful Bed Quilt. This quilting class teaches you how to quilt a large (queen size) quilt with triangles and hexagons. The pieces are quite large so cutting them out and piecing them is a fairly quick process, and you can complete this class quite quickly. To keep with the simplicity of the quilt, I decided to stitch in the ditch for my quilting process. A double binding adds visual interest to the boarder.
I made this quilt for my mom, so I chose somewhat traditional floral fabric. I also chose non-directional fabric so I could complete the cutting and piecing quickly without worrying too much about placement accuracy.
Hexagon quilts are a classic design but because they feature clean, simple lines they can look quite modern. Crafty has good resources on learning to make a hexagon quilt.
I am very happy with my huge queen size quilt! The craftsy class was good, but perhaps a tiny bit rushed in spots. I think I feel ready to tackle a quilting pattern on my own now.
I recently decided to try my hand at baking bread. I really want to bake 100% whole grain bread, but apparently baking bread is harder than I thought! I don’t have anyone to teach me about baking bread, so I bought a craftsy class to get some hands on training. I bought Secrets to Whole-Grain Bread Baking.
So far I am very happy with my bread baking class! It provides clear instructions on mixing and timing, which is exactly what I need. I have started out with the Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich bread. This class is about whole grain breads, but the recipes are not 100% whole grain. Apparently you are supposed to build a baking foundation of working with a blend of whole grain flours and regular white (bread flour or I suppose all purpose four) flours. Then you can move on to baking more substantial whole grain ancient and sprouted breads.
I’m trying to find time to sew more, and in particular I want to try sewing patterns from independent pattern companies. I’ve just ordered a few sewing patterns from Style Arc, an Australian sewing pattern company focused on current fashion trends and styles. I purchased:
I concentrated on simple styles suitable for a beginner. You can download most of the patterns to print from a PDF on the Etsy Style Arc site or order a printed pattern to be sent to you directly from the Style Arc sewing patterns website. Make sure you select the correct country currency when you visit their website, as they are an international pattern company.
It has been a loooong time, but I recently finished my latest quilting project! I made another one of Amy Gibson’s quilt patterns in the Learn to Quilt Series on Craftsy, the Cozy Throw Quilt. I couldn’t be more happy with the online video class or with my finished throw quilt.
This Craftsy class teaches you how to strip quilt. Strip quilting allows you to build you quilt blocks in a quick and efficient way. Although the individual blocks themselves look complicated to make but because they are actually cut from strips of fabric sewn together, the process is easier and faster than you might guess. It took me a long time to finish this throw quilt, but only because various family emergencies and baby sleep regressions made this easy quilt pattern into a rather drawn out process. It was hard to find a block of time to actually sew, and whenever I tried to, someone wandered over to unplug my sewing machine or push all the buttons on my sewing machine.
Amy Gibson gives very clear instructions and is a very good teacher. She teaches you how to accurately measure and cut strips of fabric for strip quilting. Then she teaches you how to make quilt blocks from those strips. My quilt is far from perfect but I love it.
Craftsy offers a pre made quilting kit for this class. It is a beautiful set of bright, feminine quilting cotton solids. I chose to make my own mix of muted colors in kona cotton quilting solids from fabric.com. If you don’t want to cut fabric strips then you can buy pre-cut jelly roll quilting fabric.
My latest beginner sewing project is the fantastic and easy Custom Table Runner Quilt by Craftsy. This simple quilting project uses half square triangles in a compact quilt. I got practice making pinwheel quilt blocks and machine quilting the top of the quilt, but because this is a small scale projct I did not feel overwhelmed or frustrated. In fact, this class would help a beginner quilter learn new skills and increase their sewing confidence!
Since I don’t often use a table runner, I opted for a holiday quilted table runner. I decided to use Christmas fabric and challenge myself to make a pinwheel quilt design. I am thrilled with my Christmas table runner quilt. Its not perfect, but I never thought I would be able to make a half-square triangle or a pinwheel design. The Craftsy sewing class instructor, Amy Gibson, made the quilt chain piecing process clear and straightforward. I know can now easily apply the skills taught in this class to another table runner or even a bigger quilting project.
One thing I need to do differently next time is be more exact with my binding. I have to make sure my quarter inch seam is accurate when machine binding the quilt. I had to pull the binding quite tight on the other side of my quilt to try to cover my stitching seam,so there is some rippling on the edge of the quilt binding. I decided to finish the quilt by machine binding it, because the hand stitched binding was too painful and frustrating for me.