Sunday, February 1, 2015

TickerTape Superbowl Finish

What a Finish...  I got my version of the TickerTape Quilt Finished today in time for the Superbowl.
I was able to finally Finish the quilting Saturday.  I quilted a wonky pattern around each of the raw edge appliqued squares,  Since the top was made a bit different then the original Ticker Tape instructions  in the book "Sunday Morning Quilts" instructs you to do.
I made a couple matching pillow cases with the backing fabric..
Again,  I can't say THANK YOU enough to the Ladies of the Sunday Morning Quilt Bee on Flickr... I really LOVE all the blocks they made to help me make this quilt..Fabrics from All Over the World make this Quilt Extra Special!  Thank you!!!!
 Here's a post on the assembly...CLICK HERE
My inspiration Block for Hive

For Binding, I used a fun print that I have used thru-out my bedroom... 

So happy to get the hand stitching finished on Sunday...just in time to share my finish with Family at our Family Superbowl party...
Seeing as how it's sorta Seahawk colors *giggle* 

This is a King Size quilt.. Finished up approx 90x110  The Raw Edges are going to make it softer as it gets washed..So excited!!!

My nephew was happy to help me get a picture during game...  He was the one who reminded me that it's sorta Seahawk Colors *giggle*

Even though we lost the Big Game today... it was still a Fantastic Day for Football, Fun Family and a Quilted Finish...

 To all the 12's out there....Be Proud we had a Fantastic Season and there's Next Year to look forward to.  Mr Fantastic is bummed, but I am sure he'll bounce back..

Thank you for stopping by my Blog, following my fun, and sharing in my excitement!

 Looking forward to my next project.... Already have some ideas on how to finish these fun bee's a sneak peak of a few in the pile.. *wink*

Hugs and Happy Quilting...
Till Next Time... "Go Hawks"

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Friday, January 30, 2015

DIY Supersized Ironing Board

Back By Popular Demand and A couple modification ideas at the end, if your Ironing board is up ALL the time.... Please read all the way through before starting......
(Modified Jan 2015)  

If you would like to be able to lay a ½ yard of fabric out and iron it all at one time without having to move the fabric; you are going to LOVE THIS TUTORIAL!  I ran across an ironing board similar to this and thought “WOW that would be awesome to have...I bet I can  make one of these.”  It is one of my favorite tool/items in my sewing room.  You can make one of these too, and you'll be surprised how easy it all comes together.  Easy peasy! *wink*

Yes, that's a 15 inch ruler with room around it


Here is a list of supplies you need: 

*Your existing Ironing board - (with old cover

*Tape Measure, pencil, saw, drill with smaller than wood screw drill bit, staple gun w/staples and a screw driver, hammer and/or brad nail gun.

*A piece of ¾ inch plywood cut 21 inches wide and  6 inches beyond the length of your ironing board CLOSED. 
(my example is for a standard ironing board and it’s cut 63 inches x 20 inches)

*7 fender washers & 7 wood screws
*2 (10 ft) sticks of 1 inch by 1 inch wood (for finishing)
*100% Cotton Batting    (I used scraps I already had)
*2 yards of fabric (You can choose whatever color you want…Dress it up or dress it down)
*Finishing Nails 1 ½ long amount varies.  (fyi..I used a brad nailer instead)

Okay Let’s begin assembly. First mark the top of your board and lay it face down.

Lay ironing board face down on top of the plywood. 
Center ironing board on plywood and mark where you will be 
mounting the wood screws to the ironing board.
(I marked 7 total-  one at the tip…and 3 along each side of ironing board) 

(Mark the ironing board also, this step will make realigning later a lot easier)
         Now remove ironing board and pre-drill your holes…
this step will make it easier to secure at end.

(if you drill all the way worries, you will be
covering it up with fabric)

Next … Take your 1 x 1 sticks of wood, measure and cut the lengths to match the plywood length.   From the left over cuts, measure and cut for the short lengths to fit in between the long sides… IMPORTANT >> DO NOT ATTACH YET!  Put aside for finishing! 
(Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this step)  

Next…Cut 4 layers of batting an inch or so larger than the
size of your plywood.  
The extra will wrap over the sides and give a cushion along
the edge of your ironing board

(I notched the corners of two layers so that I wouldn’t have super bulky corners.  I hope you can see that in the picture… it was a sunny day)   
Now…Clear off your table and lay your fabric so that it is
Right Side facing DOWN.
 (WARNING… there is going to be a bit of waste, I know...but you’ll want enough fabric to hold onto  when pulling and stapling.  That way you will get a tight fit across the board..I did trim 15 inches off the length of fabric before doing this.  A good size scrap for later)

Next lay your batting layers on top of the fabric… and your plywood so that the
side marked TOP is face down.

Pull the fabric to the back of plywood just like you are upholstering
a chair and staple.
(Be careful to not shift your batting)

Staple the fabric about ¾ of an inch from the edge. 
Remember you will be covering the staples with
the 1 x 1 pieces you cut previously. 

 When you work into a corner, fold the fabric like you are wrapping a present. 
Once you have the fabric securely stapled, trim excess off. 
(Be sure to not trim too close to staples)  

When all the fabric is trimmed, go thru with a hammer and give each
staple an extra tap to ensure that each staple lays as flat as possible. 

Now you are ready to attach the 1 x 1 pieces. 
Lay the 1 x 1’s on top of the staples. 
Be careful not to hit a staple when finishing. 
 I happen to have a brad nailer and it was quick and simple,
but if you don't...
use finishing nails and tack the 1 x 1’s down with a hammer. 

Now that the 1 x 1 pieces are attached...
You are ready for the last step.  (Are you excited yet??)

Position the ironing board over the pre drilled
holes that were made earlier.

Secure your new cover to the ironing board with a wood screw
and fender washer in each of the pre-drilled holes.

You are now ready to flip over your ironing board and enjoy
how much bigger it is. 

You now have an awesome "Supersized" Portable Ironing Board that
everyone you know - who sews - will be jealous of. 
Be may have to make one of these for a friend, I did.


NOW... IF you keep your Ironing board out ALL the time..(Like I seem to)  You may want to make a modification like I did.    IF it's in front of a closet door and you need it to slide...Here's Option ONE....

 I kept finding that it was in the way for my storage and took lots of space in my sewing room... SOooo.... I changed it up a bit.  I took the skeleton ironing frame off  and Assembled a Closetmaid 3 x 3 Cube (I found mine on sale at our local hardware store..but you can find them at Targets & Fred Meyer's too)

  After assembling it.. You could mount it permanently to the storage cube if you so desire, but I actually put some FELT squares 
under mine so that I could still remove it and slide it left and ride for access into my closet

I have two of these now... One on my ironing board frame for when I have a group sew session at my house....and the one always up in my room....  

What I did after our recent move into a new residence..and no longer had a closet door to fight with.. I added a 2 x 3 cubbie as well..and made this wonderful version.. I have replaced my cover, but it's the same board I originally made up above...

 The little cabinet on the end is separate and I place my iron on it.. just because it's out of the way when I lay fabric out.  Board slides away from wall a bit so I can slide large pieces of fabric over.

Happy Quilting…and...Happy Ironing ;) 

 Christine L