Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Friendship Quilts Blog Hop

 It's my day for theFriendship Quilts Blog Hop and I have a lot to show you. I compiled all of my photos into mosaics to make it a little easier. Let's get the funny stuff out of the way. My '80's picture!

^^big hair^^

 I was 10-20 years old through the '80's. Here are some of the things I loved in no particular order. Stickers, Michael Jackson, friendship bracelets, friendship pins, Prince, pac-man(Ya, I pretty much had pac-man fever), MTV, Def Leppard, bandana's, Madonna, Metallica, the skating rink, running the streets....shhhhh....don't tell my kids.

Now on to my Friendship quilt.

It's Raining Hexies Friendship Quilt

I'ts a 15 1/4 x 34 1/4 wall hanging. Instead of showing you a total tutorial of how to put this together, I thought I would instead show you how to keep these thin strip pieces from getting crazy wonky on you. Why? BECAUSE IT HAPPENED TO ME!! see?

When I got halfway done, i realized that this goes under the WONKY category. Not what I was going for ...haha!

Let me back up.

I cut my strips of fabric to 1 1/2 inches, sewed them together and cut the sewed strips in to 1 inch strips. This is where it gets delicate.

To correct the WONKINESS of my first try, I stay-stitched along BOTH sides of the newly cut strips. This helped keep the cut strips from coming undone from where I had sewed them together the first time. It locks in those other stitches. Next, I lined each piece up against my ruler, spray startched and ironed. This gets the strips back into straight strips.

I lined the strips into my desired pattern, then sewed them together changing the end that I started from with each strip. This, and the ruler starch trick helped keep everything straight! Once sewed together, it shrunk up quite a bit!

See how these tips make a difference? On the left, I stay-stitched, lined up the strips to the ruler and starched and ironed, and last, I flip-flopped which side I sewed each new strip on. On the right, I did none of these. It might seem like overkill, but had I done this in the beginning, I would not have made two!

Here are a few details. I made a hexi quilt label. I love the binding fabric I found. I thought it was great to find a fabric print that went so well with all of those solids. And I did Double Stippling by Leah Day for the quilting.

And I gave it to my friend Sundy for her birthday. She loved it!We met about 8 years ago at work. We have so much in common. Funny thing is we ran in the same circles when we were younger, but somehow never met earlier. I'm so glad we finally did. She is such a great friend.

If any of you out there have any suggestions on how to keep strip-piecing from going wonky, Let me know! This is how I did it and I hope it helps somebody out!

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  1. This is amazing! I love it!! :) Thanks for the good tips! I think the biggest thing I always do is when I sew my strips I alternate the end I start on, like you said. But that's about it. It turned out wonderful! :)

    1. I did the stay stitching because on pieced strips, the stitches were coming loose before I could re-strip them again. I know, the ruler thing is a little methodical and anal, but I didn't want to go a 3rd time!

  2. Love your friendship quilt.
    I haven't worked with tiny strip piecing so, didn't have any problem with 21/2 width strips. Thanks for the idea :-).

  3. It's so much fun, love it! The background hexies were a great idea.

    1. Thank you! I wasn't sure about the hexi's. I loved them, then hated them, then loved them again. Second guessing myself. Hows your pattern going?

  4. Great friendship quilt! It looks fantastic! Loving your quilting on it :)

    Oh wonky strips - bane of quilting! The alternate ends to sew it is the only thing I know of to combat it too!

    1. It's the first time I strip pieced to this degree so it was a learning experience;)

  5. Beautiful...as is all of your work!

  6. I find it to be totally 1980's meets 21st century! I was 9 in 1980!!!! I loved all those things too! Love your tips and tricks on this too!

    1. Thanks! That is totally what I was going for! I was 9/10 in 1980! (my birthday is in June;) Glad to hear from you!

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  8. Danielle, your childhood sounds awfully familiar! Does any of this sound familiar: Journey, friendship pins (with beads on them) and singing along with 8-6-7-5-3-0-9 while skating around the roller rink?! Darn, I had two huge favorite songs at the roller rink, and I can't at the moment bring to mind the other one.....

    Great friendship quilt!

    1. Yes! I sure do! Madonna was big when I was (badly) skating around the rink!

  9. Thank you so much for the wonderful tips on keeping the lines straight. I love your quilt, your friend is a lucky lady.