Thursday, July 19, 2012

{Sewlebrity Crush} Striped Circus Quilt from Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night

I am sew excited to introduce my Sewlebrity Crush...  

In my eyes, she is a "Sewlebrity," and here's why I've got a "Crush" on her!
 Ok, before I start sounding all awkward while I gush about my sewing crush, let me just say that I know Ashley in real life, and truly, I do love her! She is one of my best friends in the world. I feel so lucky to have her as a friend. It's amazing how much we have in common, and not just because of blogging and crafting! Our husbands and kids get along well, and in fact we're hoping to all go camping together this weekend! Anyway... you'll just adore her blog if you haven't checked it out yet. Last year, Ashely taught herself to sew, and has really mastered the art. I especially love how incredibly neat her work is. She makes sewing look like a cinch. I also love her attention to detail, as you will see in her tutorial below. Love you girl!

Today, she is showing us how she made this ADORABLE quilt. (I might have to stop by her house and steal it, lol)!
 

But first, here are a few reasons why I have "fallen in love" with her blog.    
 

Ash, thanks for being my Sewlebrity Crush. You rock!
{To see the amazing line up of my other crushes, go here}.
Now here she is, with her fabulous tutorial!
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Hi Everyone! I am Ashley from Mommy by day... Crafter by night. I am so excited to be here!! As many of you know, Rach and I are best friends in real life so it is so fun to be able to blog together as well! We have a blast whenever we get together... we let our kids (between the two of us) run wild and we talk and laugh non-stop! Love it!!

Today I thought I would share a super easy project that ANYONE can make... whether you have quilted before or not. A stripe quilt. You can use your scraps, a jelly roll, or whatever you want! So easy!

I am not going to give a supply list because there are so many ways you could make this... Here is what I did. I wanted to make this a baby sized quilt for my friend who is having her third boy in about a week and a half.  I fell in love with this Michael Miller Circus fabric and thought it would be perfect for her quilt. I love the old fashioned look of it. So cute!

So I got a few of the coordinating fabrics and just cut up a bunch of varying sizes of strips that were 44 inches wide (width of fabric). The smallest I cut was 2 1/2 inches (the width of a jelly roll) and the biggest was the middle panel which was about 12 inches. 
 I put the strips right sides together two at a time and pieced my quilt top. By the time I was finished it was approximately 36x44. 
(if you wanted to make a size that was wider than 44 inches then you would just piece your strips together to make them as wide as you need. ex: cut two strips that are 5x44 inches wide and then put them right sides together and sew up one of the ends. Once you opened it up and pressed the seam open you would have an extra long strip that was approx 5x88 inches. Make sense?)
When you quilt top is all pieced together you will need to iron and press open the seams so everything lays flat. 
Now you can make your quilt sandwich- your quilt top, batting and backing. For my backing, I used one yard of fabric. I laid it out flat and used t-pins to pin the fabric into the carpet to hold it in place. Next I laid the batting on top of that and smoothed it out. Then I placed the ironed quilt top on top of the two layers. Be sure to smooth things out very well so that everything is laying flat. 
Now that everything is smoothed out and held in place with t-pins, you can baste (hold) the layers together with safety pins. I like to use these curved safety pins. You just need to place a safety pin every few inches to hold the 3 layers together while you quilt it. 
Now it is time to quilt it. I just did some very basic quilting and sewed 1/4 inch from the seam on the top side of each of the stripes.
For the large panel in the middle, I wanted to give it a little more personalized look so I hand quilted around each of the animals. Here is a great tutorial for hand quilting if you have never tried it. I have to warn you though, it is so addicting... I love hand quilting- by far- more than machine quilting. It is so relaxing to sit on the couch and let your fingers and needle get to working over the fabric. It takes a lot longer than machine quilting, but I just like it so much better! Call me weird! ha ha
I wanted to "hide" her baby's name somewhere on the quilt so I chose to stitch "Paxton" along the giraffe's neck... I love the way it turned out.  
Once you are all done with your quilting, it is time to bind the quilt. Here is a great tutorial if you don't know how to do this step!
 That's it! 

Thanks so much for letting me come visit! Be sure to stop by my blog and say hi anytime! I am on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest too!! Let's be friends! :)
xoxo, Ashley

Sewlebrity Crush is sponsored by the wonderful Fat Quarter Shop. Stay tuned for a big giveaway on August 1!

5 comments:

  1. i am really fighting hard against taking up quilting...and it's things like this that break down my resolve. it's so stinkin adorable.

    must...fight...no more hobbies....
    gah!

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  2. I love the details of this quilt! So sweet!!

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  3. that quilt is so pretty and seems totally doable even for me.

    marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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  4. I love the hidden name--that is just the right touch! Love the circus fabric as well!

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