Ellis & Barnes: Serious Mothers!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Oh has been too long PPPAers and there is a very good chance it will be a while after this.


I am "trying to relax more" which means watching a little TV during the day. Rebel.

So I have been on a sewing bender lately, in particular quilts. As you know, I don't like to follow rules, man. Not me...rules are for squares which is why my quilts are never square or any identifiable shape. I look at some photos and some quilting books then just start cutting and sewing. I measure 4 times and still usually cut it very wrong. The results turn out to be odd shaped quilts, big enough for a very small baby (like creepy small who don't ever want to roll or won't get cold...ever), and are made of poorly cut strips of fabric. But recently I decided I wanted to learn more. I turned to Pintrest (pronounced by me as PIN-INtrest, keeping it cool).

There I learned about "half squares."

Here is a great tutorial on making them. CLICK HERE Basically you cut out two squares (mine were 7 inches), sew 1/4 inch all the way around then cut corner to corner and you have 4 half squares. BOOM.

Then, vacuum or sweep the floor, grab a glass of wine and start making shapes. I swear after the first two my brain just opened and the patterns just kept coming and this is with only 4 colors!

Anyway, I was inspired by Pintrest and I thought I'd share mine to inspire others...aka make others feel better.

Also, I have to say that you should definately take pictures and look as you go. I was always able to see the patter clearer in the photo vs looking at it drectly. Plus seeing all the photos next to each other helped me think about combining patterns and colors. Of course, you also then have everything stored for any future ideas you may need.

Yay! Quilts!



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