Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fat Quarter Deal

Princess Buttercup & I "braved" the cold 40' weather to get a
great deal that Quilter's Corner was offering on selected fat
quarters. 2/$1 can you believe it?

Here are the ones I picked. Each and every one is great.
I tried to stick with 30's prints or Civil War type fabric.

Love, Moorea

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Quilt

I was only able to get the flimsy of my mom's quilt done.
She LOVED it, said it reminded her of the Chihuly colors of all
things! (see 4 posts down) Yahoo! So, I will be basting and
quilting it in the coming weeks.

Love, Mooorea

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Quilt Record Document

Quilt Record
Print on card stock ~ Enjoy! Merry Christmas!!!
Email me if it prints out backwards. Some have had this problem,
so I could email you the PDF file in Word if needed.

Love & stitches, Moorea

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Wall Hanging

Princess Buttercup made a beautiful Batik wall hanging for her
mother's newly remodeled home. It will be given as a Christmas
gift. These are the colors of tile, wall paint & curtains.
It measures 44 x 44.

Look at the quilting- it is called "Basket Weave." I just love it.
Excellent work Princess Buttercup! I quilt vicariously through you!

Love, Moorea

Comfort Rice Wrap Tutorial

Instructions by Ruth Halley
Copyright: Moorea Richardson
Please ask to post these instructions on you blog,
or easier yet, post a link to this page!

You'll need:
~Sturdy/quality fabric
~100 %Cotton ONLY strapping (the kind for belts)
(polyester will melt in the microwave.)
~Thread to match fabric
~2 Lb. Medium grain rice for each wrap

Instructions: (Click on pictures to enlarge)

1) Cut Fabric to get a 11" x 28" rectangle.
Cut length across grain if possible, but not necessary.
Do not use flimsy fabric. Quality fabric will help it last longer.

2)Fold rectangle in half along long edge- so it will be 5 and 1/2" x 28"
3) Pin so it won't shift and sew a 1/2" seam.
4) Iron oopen the seam, this will give a more finished look.

5) Turn right side out and Iron the seam edge down to one side
so it does not show.
6) Roll the ends in 1" on both sides and iron down.

7) Insert straps 1 and 1/2" into opening, against outer edges
of one side. (straps cut at 13 and 1/2") Pin in place.
8) Top Stitch first row across width & straps at 1/4" from edge,
then second row 1/2" out from that, making sure you catch the
strapping in both top stitches.

9) Divide empty bag in thirds, mark half point with a pin, and the
two other folds with pins.
10) Make a 1 and 1/2" zig-zag stitch across the width at those
three points, going back and forth a few times to get the stitch
very strong. It can be a wide or thin zig-zag. This is to keep
rice somewhat separated, but adjustable.

11) Measure out 2Lb. Rice.

12) I made a homemade funnel out of construction paper to get the
rice in the bag quickly; a traditional funnel's spout is too tiny.

13) Shake the rice down around the zig-zag stitches so you do not
hit any rice grains while top stitching the second strap in.

14) Insert strap 1 and 1/2" against outer edge of each side of
opening, pin straps in place.
8) Top Stitch first row at 1/4" from edge, then second row 1/2" out
from that, making sure you catch the strapping in both top stitches.

Färdiga, Finito! Færdig, Fini! Terminat, Finished!

Instructions to include with your gift:

Comfort Wrap Neck Warmer
Do not wash or get wet.
~Heat on a clean, dry plate in microwave only!
~Do not heat more than 2 minutes
~Place thin towel between warmer & skin.
~Ingredients: 2 lb. white rice

Tumbler Update

Here is a mock-up of the tumbler pattern I created, that
unfortunately was a paper template. That does not really work
when you try to cut fabric with it over and over. I ended up
cutting the tumblers out wrong and each point was so obviously
off. You do not want the points to be off with the tumbler. It
is like a big red arrow pointing at the off points shouting
"ALL the points are off!" I'm no perfectionist, but that does
not work for me.

Here is the tumbler pattern I got off of e-bay. It is a great acrylic
template,it was just proportioned differently than what I was
expecting. The pattern I made used a 5" tall tumbler, and this is a
4 1/2" tall tumbler,which is fine, but the bottom on the new one is
WIDER than the one I made, by 1 " and that really spreads it out.
I thought was not not going to like it, but I cut fabric to make
another mock-up and it looks pretty good. It's grown on me!
Somehow it is more elegant, and not so country. It even came with
a 1/2 block template to finish the edges without having to cut
and waste fabric to square it up.

Love, Moorea