Friday, 5 February 2016

Mini Butterfly Pillow Cushion


Working through my UFO/WIPs for January and it seemed like time to finish this project I started back in December 2012!  Way back then I pattern tested an FPP butterfly 6" block for Juliet @The Tartankiwi and said I'd make it into a cushion to sell alongside a matching baby quilt in my soon-to-be Etsy shop.  The quilt was already made but the cushion and the Etsy shop have never materialised, until now!!!


Here's what I've finally done with that FPP Butterfly block.

First I trimmed it down so the distance from the bottom of the wing to the bottom edge of the block was the same as at the top of the block, this balance it better as you can see in the 3 pics below.


Next I added borders


and brought the block up to a 16" square.  Here's a link to my tute on how to sash a quilt block.


On to the back - I joined strips of fabric until I had more than enough to make a 16" square back then I added a zip using my hidden zipper tute and using the same tute joined the 2 blocks to make a cushion cover.  I trimmed the 4 empty corners to avoid those pesky 'bunny ears' using my brand new tute called not surprisingly 'Tute: No More Empty Corners (aka Bunny Ears)'!


The end result - a 16" Mini Butterfly Pillow Cushion




Simple 1/8" from the ditch quilting.


Hidden zipper detail - don't forget my tute so you can try this yourself.




I guess progress now would be to actually open my Etsy shop, maybe this will be the year I actually do it?!!!


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Tute: No More Empty Corners (aka Bunny Ears)


Bunny ears - you know those floppy bits when your pillow cushion insert just doesn't reach into the corners.  
Do you just live with them or do you grab some polyester fibre fill and stuff them to make them look full and plump?

I'm going to show you how to get rid of them altogether.  
Whether your pillow cushion covers are homemade or shop bought in the 10 minutes it'll take you to whip those covers off, turn them inside out, draw 8 x 5" lines, sew along and trim them those irritating empty corners will be forever gone and your home decor will be transformed.

Step 1:
Turn the pillow cushion cover inside out and lay flat - press if necessary.  Notice it's a perfect square.


Step 2:
From the sewn seam (not the fabric edge) make two marks at 1/2" and 4" (for a 10" to 14" pillow cushion) or at the 1/2" and 5" mark (for a 16" to 20" pillow cushion) - for smaller/larger covers adapt your markings accordingly noting that the 1/2" mark never changes.  Do this along both sides at each of 4 corners (see my red markings).


Step 3:
Draw a line from the 4"/5" mark to the 1/2" mark on the opposite edge of the same corner.


Do this twice at each corner so you now have 8 drawn lines.


Step 4:
Sew along each line, on the line.


Step 5:
Trim 1/4" outside the newly sewn line to remove excess fabric at each corner.


Repeat at all 4 corners.


You're all done - that's all there is to it!

See how the trimmed corner slopes down slightly on the left compared to the original corner on the right


but once you put the pillow cushion insert into the cover you can't tell the cover isn't a square at all.


From the back the trimmed corner is now on the right - which corner do you prefer, the bunny ear original or the trimmed version?


And here's the same pillow cushion with all four corners trimmed.




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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

January 2016 Progress Update


Sharing my UFO/WIP list with you two weeks ago was quite shocking  - the shock for me, as I said, was the length of the list.  It's unclear what spurred me on most, the length of the list; accountability to my readers or the snow that kept me deep inside my warm apartment but whatever it was this has been my most productive 14 days in a very, very long time.

One way the snow has definitely played a part is in holding me back from taking finished quilt photos and sharing posts about each quilt - that'll have to come later once it's dry enough to lay the quilts down outside and warm enough for me to take my gloves off and press the shutter button to take the pics.

For now, I'm going to tease you all with a sneak peek at each of my finishes:

Hand quilted quilt - started September 2013/finished January 2016

Sliced improv block quilt - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Bee Quilt - started November 2013/finished January 2016

Jelly roll quilt -  started December 2015/finished January 2016

Quilting By The Lake quilt - started July 2015/finished January 2016

Mini butterfly cushion - started December 2012/finished January 2016
This was a really fun project to finish and has given me the opportunity to create a new tute to avoid those empty 'bunny ears' corners on your cushions.  Check out that right corner bunny ear in the pic while the left corner is how your cushions can look if you follow my tute coming later this week.

Boxer Shorts - started January 2015/finished January 2016

Were you inspired to join in working through your UFOs/WIP?

My blog post certainly started something amongst my friends at the NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild and several members have taken up the challenge.  My friend, Maria, started a notebook with a progress table and was quickly followed by others and then our friend, Ivete of Gotham Quilts, created a digital version of the notebook for us, using the web app Trello.  If you'd like to use the app too Ivete has shared it with Gotham Quilts fans here.

I'm now using the app, I set up an account, it took seconds then I copied Gotham Quilts Quilt Organizer board over to my own account.  It took me about an hour to put all my projects into the app and reorganise it to suit the way I work.  I added a couple of 'lists' (columns) and changed/adapted the names of some lists to suit projects that aren't quilt related.  So my lists vertically are: Pattern Planning; Choose/Buy Fabric/Materials; Cut Fabric; Piecing/Sew; Assemble Top; Make Back; Baste; Quilt/Embellish; Bind; Label; Complete; Blog.  I think I'll add another list 'Photos' as I have been known to find photos of projects I've forgotten to share with you a year or two on!

As you complete each stage you just drag the image to the next list (column), it's sooo easy.  I removed the sample cards Gotham Quilts have added by archiving them and then I found you can delete them from the archive.  I've taken two screenshots of my board to share with you;

the first is how my UFO/WIP List looked at the start of 2016;

and the second is how my UFO/WIP List looked at the end of January 2016.

I'm very happy to see six projects now in the 'completed' list.


So here's my first updated UFO/WIP list at end January 2016 
I'll carry on including the list in this format too so you can click through to the blog posts and read more but I'll also include my Trello boards because these are such a great visual of my progress.

Quilts
Bear's Paw quilt - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Bee Quilt - started December 2012
Transparency quilt - started 2012
5 baby quilts - started 2012
Skillbuilder quilt - started January 2013
Giant HST quilt - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Bee Quilt - started December 2014
Shirt quilt - started 2014
Cloud 9 circles quilt - started January 2015
Aviatrix quilt - started 2015
Batik animal quilt - started 2012-2015
Improv curves quilt - started 2015
Sliced jelly roll quilt - started 2015
3 Snugglies - started 2015

Completed:
Jelly roll quilt -  started December 2015/finished January 2016
Quilting By The Lake quilt - started July 2015/finished January 2016
Sliced improv block quilt - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Bee Quilt - started November 2013/finished January 2016

Hand Sewing
Cross stitch - lilies - started 2003
Coffin hexies - started January 2013
Hexie hexies - started 2014

Completed:
Hand quilted quilt - started September 2013/finished January 2016

Clothing
Flicky's dress - started 2012
Flicky's skirt - started 2014
Boxer shorts - started January 2015
Flicky's PJ bottoms - started January 2016

Completed:
Boxer shorts - started January 2015/finished January 2016

Textile Crafts
Pirate dolls - started 1998
Flicky's book cover - started 2010
Jelly Roll block cushion - started 2013
Xmas cushion - started 2013
Flapped tissue case - started 2013
Snail block - started 2013
Fabric book - started 2014
Sashiko cushions (several) - started July 2015
Create fabric covers for 2 canisters - started 2015
Tula Pink storage containers - started December 2015
Sewing Organiser/Thread Catcher - started February 2016
Name Badge - started February 2016

Completed:
Mini butterfly cushion - started December 2012/finished January 2016

Textile Art
Quilting By The Lake - Series 1 - started July 2015
Quilting By the Lake - Series 2 - started July 2015

Repairs
Repair handles on felted bag - started April 2012
Replace worn blocks on Simon's quilt - started November 2015
Replace buttons on Button quilt - started November 2015
Restuff and mend teddy - started 2015
Repair various clothes for family - started 2015



To keep track of all related blog posts in one place I've created a page you can click through to and see this post and each of my monthly update reports; you can click through to it here.



Have you sworn to clear your UFOs/WIP this year?  How are you going about it?  Let me know if you start using the Trello app too.
Do share your ideas and progress, you might just inspire someone to do the same :D


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