A Quilted Bible Cover

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Quilted Bible Cover

This was made in the usual “book cover” style, with the outer cover starting out about a half inch larger than the book all the way around.

Quilted Bible Cover

And it was quilted super fast on my speed demon “new” Singer 301.  (I’m in love!)

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Colors were inspired by my highlighters.

Quilted Bible Cover

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Embroidery Hoops

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Wolfie Stitching

Recently I’ve been doing a little embroidery between quilting projects.  My plan is to add these to a (very) slowly building mini-quilt wall, as just an extra pop of interest.  I found these geometric animal patterns on Etsy in the Three Silver Trees shop.  These are printable PDF patterns with instructions, but they do kind of assume you’re familiar with the technique.

Wolf and Stag Embroidery

In addition to the wolf and stag, she also has a bear and fox.  (And while I like bears and foxes, I wanted the Stark and Baratheon feel of just using these two.)

Stag EmbroideryWhat started this whole hand stitching kick was this awesome state map I found from Lovely Messes.  She’ll make up any state or country for you with a lovely, complete little kit that is packaged like a gift!

Embroidered West Virginia Map

I chose colors that reminded me of West Virginia in the fall, but she has other colorways and enjoys putting together personal palettes, too, such as school colors. She includes all instructions and even includes practice fabric and threads so a beginner can feel confident before stitching the actual design.

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Freezing Bubbles

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It was -14° F at my house this morning, so naturally I went out on the porch to blow bubbles.  Bubbles don’t pop when it’s that cold, they either land and deflate or shatter in the air.

Frozen Bubbles

Frozen Bubbles

Frozen Bubbles

Oddly enough, I also finished my “On the Bubble” quilt.  (Tutorial can be found here.)

On the Bubble Quilt

On the Bubble Quilt

Stay warm, my friends!

sarahsigres

On the Bubble Quilt Tutorial

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On the Bubble Quilt Tutorial Title

Making an On the Bubble quilt is a lot of fun because you get to combine solids and scrappiness all in one visually interesting quilt.  I named it “On the Bubble” because of the appliqued circles, but also because the placement of the color values of the squares builds an illusion of a curve where none exists.  I made mine with shades of gray, but you could easily convert this to an ombre selection of fabrics, or for a different look you could switch the solids and prints to have a layer of solid bubbles floating over colorful scrappy squares.  This will make a lap sized quilt about 67.5″ square.

I purchased a yard each of Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton solids as listed below.  Beside them I’ll list the number of five inch squares you’ll need of each:

  1.  White  13
  2.  Silver  24
  3.  Shadow  28
  4.  Medium Gray  36
  5.  Coal  44
  6.  Charcoal  52
  7. Pepper  28

You’ll also need 225 circles cut from various scraps.

On the Bubble Quilt: Cutting Circles and Squares

I used a 2.75″ diameter circle template.  I’ve made a circle template and a placement template that you can download and print on cardstock: On The Bubble Templates from CoopCrafts_20150206_0001.  I traced 225 circles onto the paper side of Heat n Bond Light.  (Numbering the circles as you trace will help you keep track.)  Then roughly cut them out, leaving a little space around the edge of each circle.  Follow package directions to attach the circles to the back side of your fabric scraps, then trim carefully around each circle.  You can use the placement template provided (cut out the center square) to help you center the circles, or if you have one, you can add washi tape to your five inch square ruler as I did below.  Then, following package directions, attach the circles to your squares.

On the Bubble Quilt: Circle Placement

The next step is to stitch around your circles.  If you want to keep your edges neat and free from fraying, use a zigzag stitch that encloses the edge of the circle.  For my quilt, I’ve used a vintage hand crank machine that only makes straight stitches (and doesn’t stitch in reverse), so the edges of my circles will lift over time to give ruffly, textural interest.  For whichever method you choose, I recommend this trick to keep your applique from unraveling.  If using straight stitches, complete about three rounds, as seen below.  Try not to stitch over the edges if you’re going to let them ravel, but let the circles “drift” a bit as you sew, kind of like the first few rounds of a Spirograph drawing.

On the Bubble Quilt: Detail of Top Stitching

The backs will look like this, with the thread ends neatly tied:

On the Bubble Quilt: Back of Stitching

Once all your circles have been appliqued, it’s time to lay out your squares.  Here’s the fancy grid I used, direct from my sketchbook, with the color numbers from above to help with placement.

On the Bubble Quilt Layout Guide

It may help to start in one corner.  Once you approach the middle, it’ll be easier to see and follow the pattern.

On the Bubble Quilt: Laying Out the Blocks

Mine looked like this, with a couple squares needing to be remade because my hand crank machine gets grouchy as her bobbin runs low.

On the Bubble Quilt in Progress

Begin stitching your rows together, taking time to admire your favorite fabrics as you go.  This was a gift from a friend and I love it!

On the Bubble Quilt in Progress

And although it’s not even quilted yet, I’m sharing the tutorial because several Instagram friends are eager to start bubble quilts of their own.

On the Bubble Quilt Top A

On the Bubble Quilt Top B

If you make one, I’d love to see it!

On the Bubble Quilt

sarahsigres

Ways I Kept Myself Busy in 2014

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2014 CoopCrafts Projects

Looking forward to a creative and productive 2015!

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