Jan 31

Electric Quilt 7 Challenge

Seeing Spots @ wowilikethat

Hi All,

For anyone out there with EQ7, Moda is hosting a block challenge. The challenge ends February 2, 2015 and there are 3 winners. Grand prize is:

1 Fat quarter bundle
1 Jelly Roll
1 Charm pack

An EQ with Me book of the winner’s choice.

There is also a 2nd and 3rd prize too. Go here for more into and to enter.

I recently bought EQ7 and I’m having fun with it. I designed my first quilt shown below and I’m almost done piecing it together.  The block are 12-1/2″ so it is quick and easy to piece and stitch together.

Off the Edge @ wowilikethat.com

The finished size is 74″ x 98″ so it will be my largest quilt to date. Yea! Once I’m done and am sure the measurements and fabric calculations are correct, I’ll post the pattern for anyone to make.

I also entered the EQ7 Block Challenge.  Here is my block.

Seeing Spots @ wowillikethat.com

All the block entered are pretty but some are so detailed, gosh I would never think of making. I like mine. It is simple, pretty and would be a breeze to put together. It is modern looking too. You can see all the blocks here.

I think I will love EQ7. There is a slight learning curve but I’ve watched all the videos and some on YouTube and I’m doing more daily with it.  I shopped around and got my on Amazon. It was the lowest price I could find and if you have Amazon Prime like me, the shipping is free. You can see it here on Amazon.

See you next time.

Debbie

Jan 26

DIY Quick & Easy Quilted Laptop Case

DIY quick & easy laptop case @ wowilikethat.com

I’m one lucky girl. I have the sweetest young man as a son. For Christmas he wanted me to have a little laptop that I could carry around and he got me one as a gift.

I wanted something different. Above is the result.  Other than the embroidery it took about an hour to make include the quilting on the back. Yep that is how I like it, quick and easy.

If you followed along with my “What can you make with a thrifted sheet and 1 fat quarter” projects, this is the last piece of the thrifted sheet.

To make, measure your laptop.  Add 1-1/4″ around all sides.  This is the size you will need to cut for the front.  If you want to add a funky wonky square too, after piecing the finished piece needs to be 1-1/4″ larger than the laptop.

To make a wonky square, stitch together two different  fabrics. Twist the fabric and cut a regular rectangle to the desired size. To make it wonky, place the rectangle on top of the laptop to get an idea of where to place it on the case.  From the placement, figure how much fabric is needed to the right, the left, the top and bottom to make the finished piece which is the size of the laptop plus the 1-1/4″ on each side or 2-1/2″ the size of the laptop.  The right and left sides are stitched first. To make the top of the case, using the measurements determined by the size of the laptop and the size of the rectangle, cut the width needed plus 1″ x the height of the rectangle. Cut both the right and left side.  See below.DIY quick & easy laptop case @ wowilikethat.com

To make the rectangle wonky, starting with one side, place fabric on the rectangle and move the fabric slightly as shown below.  (**The edges look fuzzy because the sheet rips so perfectly straight that I don’t cut, rather I measured and ripped.)

DIY quick & easy laptop case @ wowilikethat.com

Stitch using a 1/4″ seam. Press seam flat then press open. Repeat on other side. Trim even with top and bottom of rectangle and square up the sides to make an even rectangle. That was easy.

DIY Quick & Easy Laptop Case @ wowilikethat.com

Stitch the top and bottom pieces to the block piece again using a 1/4″ seam to make the size of the laptop plus the 1-1/4″ on each side. Trim up sides if needed.

I used a fusible batting and fused to the wrong side the block piece before I embroidered. I embroidered through the batting.  The design I used is from Urban Threads and can be found here.  I bought the design the other day for $1.19 and checking now (1/26/15) it is still on sale. The design is available for both machine and hand embroidery. I machine embroidered and I placed the design so that it would stitch into the block.

For the back of the laptop case and the flap, using my front piece as a guide, cut the same as the front only adding an additional 1-1/2″ to the top.  Again using fusible batting bonded to the back of the backing piece, I quilted a wiggly line at a slight angle. Quick and easy quilting for sure.

DIY Quick & Easy Laptop Case @ wowilikethat.com

Trim up batting and edges and stitch the bottom of the front to the top of the back using a 1/4″ seam. Place flat then press seam open.

To make the lining, measure the stitched together front block piece and back quilted piece, cut out a piece of fabric. I just used a scrap piece of a different color grey I had. I even pieced it to make it fit. Stitch a piece of 3″ or 4″ Velcro to the center of the front embroidered piece 3/4″ down from the edge. Stitch the other side of the Velcro 3/4″ down on the lining side on the quilted side. They will be on opposite sides when you are stitching. Think about it and try it before you stitch it all together.

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Stitch around all edges leaving a 4″ opening for turning. Leave the opening on the embroidered piece to the side of the Velcro. Clip corners, turn and press well. Top stitch both the top above the embroidery and the edge of the flat. Take back to the ironing board and using the seam joining the top and bottom, press on the same determine the bottom of the case. Pin sides in place being sure to reinforce the top and bottom by stitching back and forth a couple of times.  Give a final press, folding down the flap for the Velcro to meet and press well. That is it.  All done. So quick and easy.

DIY Quick & Easy Laptop Case @ wowilikethat.com

As always, if you have any questions, just ask.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

 

Jan 19

Wonky Stars Quilt – Make it your own

Wonky Stars Quilt @ wowilikethat.com

I made a new quilt. It was quick & easy to make.

I started with an idea I saw in the Fresh Quilts magazine. Here is the inspiration quilt.

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The pattern for this is in the Fresh Quilts magazine but I didn’t follow the directions. The pattern was for a quilt with a finished size of 38″ x 50″ and I wanted a larger quilt. Therefore, I started with their idea and made it my own.

To make mine, I started with a wonky star block and laid them out to appear they were shooting off the quilt.

Here is a great video on how to make a wonky star.

I made various sizes of wonky stars. I laid them on the floor and played with the stars until I liked the look. I have a large star in the bottom left corner and the rest are as if they were shooting off the quilt.

Starting with the large star being my bottom piece, I added fabric to the sides of the blocks to make a 50″ wide piece.  (My finished quilt was 50″ x 75″. It is a large throw.)  I stitched them together with a 1/4″ seam and moved on to the next strip doing the same. As I finished each strip I stitched it to the previous one. That is it. No rocket science here. Nothing hard about it. No pattern to follow. Simply go with the flow. Keep adding rows until you reach your finished length.

I quilted my quilt on my regular machine using a curved line stitch.

Wonky Stars Quilt 2 @ wowilikethat.com

I had a couple wonky stars left and made a piece for the back.  I used up all my fabrics by piecing them together.

Wonky Stars Quilt @ wowilikethat.com Sorry I didn’t take a picture of just the binding. This is enlarged from another photo. It is a pieced binding.

Wonky Stars Quilt 4 @ wowilikethat.com

To make binding, stitch together various sizes of different color fabrics and then cut into 2-1/2″ strips. I did not cut the binding on the bias. The last 3 quilts I made I didn’t do bias binding. I have not a clue where the notion came from that binding had to be on the hard to cut out bias. I even bought one of those bias cutting machines and it is still hard to cut. Unless you had curved edges on your quilt, there is no need to struggle with bias.

Wonky Star Quilt @ wowilikethat.com

If you would like to make your own and have a specific question, just ask.

See you next time.

Debbie