Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WIP: Fingers in Too Many Pies Edition

Are you tired? I'm tired. And perusing my quilty to-do list makes me even more tired! (Secretly, it also makes me very excited to have so much to do! But don't tell anyone because if I admit my excitement, it means I no longer have a place to whine about it.)

Question before I dive in: I have a tabletop ironing board, and it desperately needs a new cover. I'm thinking of making one myself, but I can't find a tutorial for a small board. I'm wondering what y'all think. Would it be difficult to make one myself? Do you have any handy tips if you've made an ironing board cover?

Now, on to the WIPs!

I started cutting fabric to make a bunting for a friend's baby shower. These bad boys are currently sitting next to my sewing machine, Agatha, in a heaping stack of three-pointed goodness. I'm doing everything in my power not to touch them or even look at them funny, as with two bias edges, I don't want them stretching or going funky on me. It's a difficult task though, when they're over there giving me the stinkeye.

When cutting the above, I was left with these lovely right-sided triangle beauties. I never knew I'd be so excited about only one bias edge, but there you have it. I'm thinking mini quilt, since I have a lot of them. (And oh-so much time!) I think it needs some solid goodness, and I need to decide on a color! I'm leaning towards a white or a charcoal. White seems scary as I have a kiddo with grubby fingers who likes to pet my fabric, but I fear I won't love the charcoal as much.

I'm working on my Marie blocks until other fabric arrives.

These were the first two blocks I completed for the HST BOM at In Color Order. (I remade them later with a darker gray background fabric.) I pulled these out over the weekend and gasped at my lack of triangle awesomeness. I could maybe fix the blocks, but I'm keeping them as is. I think I'd like them as a very visual reminder of just how far I've come

And that's my stack of WIPs and finishes for the week. Check out WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced for more awesomeness!

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  1. Great projects!! Love the banner colors:) I have a son that likes to use my fabric scraps for ropes or his soldier dudes as he calls them!

  2. Love the banner fabrics too! I think the scraps will really pop on charcoal--plus it's a little less expected than white.

  3. Making a new ironing board cover is super simple. You can do it one of two ways. Take off the old cover and then use that as a pattern or simply turn your ironing board upside down on a large piece of paper (newsprint works great for this) and then trace around the ironing board. Then draw another line 4 to 5 inches all the way around the first line. Cut one piece out of fabric and another piece out of batting. Baste the fabric to the batting using a 1/2" seam allowance. Make a casing by folding under 1/2" all the way around, then fold under again 3/4". Stitch close to the fold all the way around, making sure to leave an opening approximately 1 1/2". Thread a length of 1/2" elastic through the casing. Put the cover on the ironing board and pull the elastic so the the cover fits snugly but is still removable (for washing.) Remove the cover, sew the elastic ends together where you pinned (reinforce this seam by sewing back and forth.) Trim off excess elastic and then sew the opening closed. Slip your new cover onto the iron board and you're finished.

    1. Thank you, thank you! I really appreciate this information! I had this sneaky feeling in my gut that it wasn't that difficult, so I appreciate you letting me know. :)


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