Saturday, January 19, 2008

How to Inside Tie a Crazy Quilt-Pictures





As promised, here are some pictures of my quilting group inside tying the crazy quilt that we are donating to the MCC Quilt Sale. You can see how we have the quilt folded over and are tying the knots on the inside of the quilt.

See you later,

Val

Saturday, January 12, 2008

All of the Rest of the MCC Blocks




Well, I have all 12 of the MCC blocks and I am going to sew them together today! So here are the final pictures of all of the squares. We have such a talented group of ladies and they did a beautiful job! It has been a wonderful experience sewing these blocks together and who knows, maybe we'll decide to do it again next year. All the corners of the fans were done by one particular member to keep them all consistent and they are also beautiful. Thank you to all of the ladies that helped. Enjoy the eye candy!

See you later,

Val

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

How to Inside Tie a Crazy Quilt

A couple of days ago, I said that I would be taking the crazy quilt that we made for the MCC sale to our quilting group at church and they would help me inside tie it. Susan has asked me what that is....so I will try to describe to you how to do it and if I remember, when we tie it next week I will take pictures.

To inside tie a quilt what I do first is pin my backing fabric to the floor(right side of fabric facing down)..the fabric should be cut to the size you want it to be. I make my backing fabric large enough to make a self bound quilt. When pinning the fabric to the floor measure both diagonally, vertically and horizontally to make sure everything is square. The reason I want to do the quilt at church for this quilt is they have large quilting frames that we can pin it to instead of the floor..plus I'll get lots of help. Then I lay my crazy quilt on top of that right side up. Make sure the crazy quilt is centered or placed where you want it on your backing fabric. I then take very large safety pins and pin vertically down the exact middle of the quilt. I fold back one side lets say the right side...fold it back all the way to the safety pin. I take a needle threaded with strong thread(pearl cotton #5 or #8) and I take a very small stitch of both the backing fabric and the front...don't pull the thread all the way through. Tie a nice strong knot in the middle of the quilt between the two layers. Clip the ends of the threads to...maybe 1/2 inch. That's all there is to it work your way down vertically tying where it will be seen the least and as often as you feel is necessary. Fold your quilt top back out and pin down vertically over to the next spot that you want to tie. Keep doing this until you have worked to the outside edge and then start on the left side doing the same thing. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me and really I will try to post pictures of the process when we do it next week.

See you later,

Val

Monday, January 7, 2008

You Make My Day Award


Candi has tagged me and given me the You Make My Day Award. The rules of this award are to list 10 people's blogs that you love to look at! I don't know if I have 10 of them but here are my top favorites!

Julia- creativeribbons.blogspot.com
Melissa-honeybeesbliss.blogspot.com
Catherine-calidore.wordpress.com
Debbie-needle-lil-more-time-2-sew.blogspot.com

That's all I can think of for now!

See you later,
Val

Saturday, January 5, 2008

MCC Block Number 8




Well here is another completed square for the MCC crazy quilt we are making. I have 11 blocks turned in and ready to stitch together. We are doing 12 altogether, so we are really close! In the next week or so, I will start sewing the squares together. The ladies in my quilting group at church have agreed to help me tie the quilt. We are going to inside tie it and it is easier to do on the big frames at church. Enjoy the new eye candy and I will try to post the other 3 squares that I have that I haven't shown you. The deadline to turn this quilt into MCC is in March, so I am kinda of getting nervous about getting it done. It is hard to believe that we started this project 10 months ago. It has been wonderful working with other other 6 ladies in the round robin to make this quilt and their creativity and imagination on these squares is awesome. Their generousity in the things they stitched on this quilt on awesome too...Enjoy!