Dish Soap Apron tutorial

In the past year or two I’ve been introduced to many Moda fabrics designers.  I love the variety of lovely fabrics that are designed.

Dish Soap Apron I made

Last year when following a blog hop giveaways by the various Moda designers, I fell in love with this Dish Soap Apron tutorial.  I believe this is the first time I actually made one the many tutorials myself.  I made a dish soap apron and gave it, with the dish soap, to my sister at her bridal shower.  Here’s the one I made her, and here’s the link to Camille’s lovely tutorial.

Enjoy browsing through her amazing blog.  I love the reds and the aquas.  So bright and cheery.

Small or large needle for Hand quilting question


On the tutorial where you show the hand quilting with a small needle, how long does it take to learn that technique. I would think a larger needle would work better because you can get more stitches on it. I have never made a quilt, I am learning thru your tutorial. Lisa

My Answer:

Hand Quilting

You could begin with a larger needle, but it’s harder to poke through all the layers, and you won’t be able to make such tiny stitches. You could always begin with a bigger needle, and see how it goes, maybe until you have the momentum going. You could also practice just putting a piece of muslin on a ring and then take a big needle and sew through the fabric and then back up and so forth. It does take practice, but I’m sure you’ll get there. I’m glad to hear you are learning, and looking forward to seeing how you are doing and what you are making.  All the best to you.

Baby Clothes quilt question

Question:  I have a few questions about quilt-making. I’d like to make a quilt out of my baby’s old clothes as she outgrows them.

One question I had was about the size of the quilt. Is it really necessary to know the exact size I want from the start or can I make it and keep making additions to the same quilt for a year or so?

Secondly, a lot of the baby’s clothes are that stretch-cotton you know t-shirt material. I don’t think that will hold up well without some sort of backing. Any tips on helping it maintain it’s structure or should I only use the usual cotton materials? If I need something to put on the back for support what is the most basic way to go about this – I’m abroad mind you so crafting supplies are hard to come by.

Answer:  Hi Stacey, the lovely thing about quilting is that there is no one specific way to make a quilt. It’s pretty much piecing what you want and how you want, together. You can use used, new fabrics, clothes ect…

In old days, they used all scraps.  I read a story once about even the slaves collecting whatever scraps they could find new or used, to make a quilt, and then when they could find some extra cotton somewhere, which they picked all the time in early American history, they would use it for the batting ect.

Down to your specific question, you do not need to know the size of your quilt to

T-shirt memory quilt on the right to be enlarged by adding more blocks

start off.  There are no rules to quilting.  Start piecing together what you have and you can make it as big as you like.

I’m actually doing this with a lady’s children’s clothes.  She brought me a selection about a year ago and I put them together, but didn’t finish the quilt.  A  couple months ago, she brought the top back and more blocks and pieces of various clothes to add to the top.

Muslin piece on the left and t-shirt fabric on the right

About the stretch cotton or t-shirt material, the way used most often by quilters, is to back it with a light interfacing which has an iron on glue on one side.  You put it on the back of the t-shirt block, and then iron it from the back so if the t-shirt block has raised sort of lettering, that your iron won’t stick to them.

But, if you don’t have this, using a muslin, or any regular cotton fabric for the backing is just

t-shirt piece and muslin piece the same size

fine.  This could be an old white cotton shirt, or any used fabric is just fine, as long as it is not too old and the fabric is rotten, like tears really easily.  You might not want to do a dark fabric if the t-shirt fabric is light and so forth

I would cut the backing piece the same size as the front.  Then pin the two pieces together

with the t-shirt piece right side up and the other

Closely pin the two blocks together

piece on the back.  Pin very close together all the way around, and then carefully sew on the very edge right over the pins.  Be careful when you go over the pins, as the needle could hit the pin.  Then your block is ready to be put into the quilt, together with the other blocks.

I did something like this recently when making a memory quilt for this guy.  There were some

blocks from a sweater he wanted included in the quilt, so I backed them with a piece of muslin.  It kept the piece from stretching, and since the sweater was a wide open weave, it closed it up so later the batting wouldn’t come through.

Just piece together what you have and have fun doing it.  You can even use an old fleece robe for the batting of your quilt.  Enjoy the journey!!