Halloween Themed Weighted Blanket

Halloween Themed Weighted Blanket

That time I made a weighted blanket – It uses poly beads purchased by the bag at JoAnn. I used basic calculations for my body weight and attempted to make a 20 lb blanket. I failed to account for the batting, fabric, and thread so it is closed to 24 pounds. I choose the size by adding 12″ height and width beyond my size.   To get it done – I pieced the top with simple squares then basted it with a super thin batting and backing. I used the square shapes to put all the vertical quilting in. I used one straight line stitch the full length of the quilt on either side of the seam.  I basted the edges closed (except the top) and went attached the binding from the second block to the top all the around to the matching block on the other side leaving the top open. I ended up with tubes open all the way to the bottom of the quilt. I picked up a cheap PVC pipe at the hardware store, a plastic funnel, and a kitchen scale. Using the estimated final weight of the blanket, I divided by the number of squares I had. In my case it was .87 pounds of beads per square. Once I distributed beads across the bottom row in each tube, I closed the tube with a straight stitch on either side of the seam closing the squares. Wash rinse and repeat to the top row of squares. Why a seam on each side? The idea is to prevent the seams from having to support the...
Doxstar’s Flight

Doxstar’s Flight

  Credit to the original Artist Way back in early 2013, I came across some vector artwork from Cedric Kesteloot and fell in love. I knew it would make a fantastic quilt and set off to asking for permission to use it. He so kindly agreed and even modestly suggested it was “just a tinker” piece. His handle on the site we were using was Doxstar so the quilt and the quirky bird is named after him. Here is the art in it’s original format.   This piece really spoke to me. The crowd is pushing pushing pushing in one direction and Doxstar has decided to go his own way with little to no concern for what everyone else is doing. Sound like anyone you know? He seems so at peace with his decision and resulting flight rather than looking over his shoulder wondering if he is making some sort of mistake. I’d like to practice that a bit more myself. Changes for a Quilt I had to make a few changes to the layout to accommodate the shape of a quilt. I tried to stay true to the negative space and and the weight of the crowd, but knew it needed to be extended a bit for the twin size quilt ratio. I added a few birds at the top and bottom and made a few choices with their feet to keep from having any “walled off” sections of bird. This is the one and only quilt I put together in EQ7 (sorry, I no longer have the software so I can’t send you any useufl files). The...
Hearts ‘n Flowers ‘n Shit

Hearts ‘n Flowers ‘n Shit

It’s Valentine’s Day! I bet lots of you would guess that I don’t really care one way or another about the big V-day. Year after year I’ve treated it like any other day. I hardly even acknowledge it other than to note it is 7 days before my birthday! Here’s an anomaly though – I made a pink quilt. No really – me, TBZ, pink with FLOWERS! Oh the humanity and just plain odd ball behavior. I figured if I was going to be so loony as to make a pink quilt, I might as well show it off on the pinkest day of the year! Take a look at this –   WHAT? Yes! It really is pink and covered in hearts and flowers and filled with warm cuddly wool. It is so sweet it makes my teeth hurt! This is it, as girly as I can possibly get – NO!! Look at the back!     Want to hear the craziest part? I love this quilt. I’ve loved it since I saw the Moda Table for Two fat quarter bundle. I made this quilt last year when I was feeling particularly uninspired and completely spent from doing large drawn out and complicated projects. I saw Rebecca Smith’s Emerald Ikat pattern, in Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Magazine. I really loved it and though this set of fabrics was perfectly suited for it. I followed the directions, I didn’t add or subtract or try to figure out a different way. Just do. It really worked a world of wonders for my spirit. Every time I see this...
Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt Index of Posts

Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt Index of Posts

TBZ's Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt Index of all of TBZ's Harry Potter Quilt blog posts Update Jan 2016: Thanks for stopping by the Harry Potter Quilt Index of all posts. Each one of these blocks uses a variety of techniques from traditional applique to custom digitized machine embroidery. Some of my favorite pop culture things are mashed in various ways. This quilt took exactly one year from start to finish and there were days I thought I’d never see the end! I learned so much from this project and I’m sharing it with you. All of the embroidery files, line art, etc are available as free downloads. At the bottom of this post you can find the post for the block you’re interested in. Click it and download to your heart’s content! Let me know what you think! Email me at susandowenby@gmail.com or add me on FB/IG. Finished!! Before Quilting OG Post, Jan 2015: Here’s a funny factoid – Despite all of the time I’m spending on this project, I’m not a huge Harry Fangirl. Yes, I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies. I know a thing or two about the lore and love to sneak a snot flavored jelly bean into the jar. In my brain I really want to be in the Slytherin house, but in my heart I know I’m Hufflepuff through and through. I kind of love Professor Snape and have a soft spot for both Hagrid and Voldemort. Despite all of those truths, I still consdier myself a casual fan and I would have never imaged myself picking up Harry Potter...