31 May 2011

Quilt Board

So, do you remember when I was using power tools to cut Styrofoam  insulation for National History Day? Well, that insulation is making a resurgence! I had extra and realized that it is especially good for sticking pins in, and together with my mom, we came up with an idea. We had already made Kelli and I bulletin boards out of ceiling tiles a couple years ago, and we knew were quite experienced with spray adhesive, so we decided to copy what we did for NHD, and cover a piece of insulation with fabric and make a bulletin board! We came up with the idea to create a quilt out of fabric and attach that to the board.
This is the second quilt I've made, but the first one was just big T-shirt squares, and that was about 3 years ago. This one's a little bit more complicated. It's called Bricks and Cobblestones. One I cut everything out (haven't sewn anything yet) it looks like this:

Now, sewing can be (heck, it is) the toughest part of any sewing project I do. (I like to sew stuff.) The sewing machine is a 1970's model (maybe 60's) that my Grandma had (dad's mom). Over the years I have learned most of its quirks, but it's still really touchy. Making bobbins is pretty simple usually, but on this machine it took me four trys. It also has a nasty habit of looking like everything's fine on the top of the fabric, while underneath it's a rat's nest. BUT, don't get me wrong, I love it, and I'm glad to have a sewing machine. The quirks make it special.

 I started sewing the pieces together, and it's been going fine. I wanted to start the next step, and I encountered a small hitch in my giddyyap.
Those two pieces are supposed to go together.
I can't figure out what to do next! I am following the directions to a T. Hmmmm.

Well, I will keep you posted. And, if you read all the way thru that rambling, I think you are pretty stellar!


  1. Karen has two words for you: Seam Allowances. Either you or the pattern didn't account for them. Not good...

  2. I am pretty sure that the pattern is at fault in this situation. You can check it out here:
    We're trying to figure out what to do next. We're trimming off the excess, but that still doesn't make 'em fit. We might try borders or something.

  3. Hmmm... The directions on the cobblestone block look correct to me (if you take three 2 1/2" blocks together using a 1/4" seam allowance, you'll get 6 1/2 inches, which is what the top and bottom pieces of that block should be cut to). What am I talking about? I don't sew!