Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Scrap pouch

Probably anyone has many pieces different fabrics waiting for a project.
So when a friend of mine ask me to make for her a pouch she had seen on Facebook I decided to reduce the scraps.

The best way for sewing small triangles is foundation method, but I am bored with tearing small paper, so decided on freezer paper method.
I have drawn the triangles, cut pieces and order them in desired row.

Iron first triangle on the back side of paper.

Face down the fabric and peel the paper to the line where will be added next triangle.

then added next piece right side together.

Stitch by machine next to the paper fold.

Open and iron on the paper.

Proceed the same manner.

Make two rows, trim and sew them together.

Sew lining, add zipper and bind by hand.

Does it look like the original?
Might be this picture.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The day of the Earth

The main goal of quilting (patchwork) is to use pieces of fabrics.
That means put every piece in action. Here are some great tips to collect them and to use them.

At the well known site Craftsy there is a free e-guide that you can download.

Save Those Scraps! A Scrap Quilting Handbook

I am very proud to see my project among the pages.
It was the beginning of a wall hanging.
See how it looks now. 

 It reminds me of broken glass, so I named it - The brocken window.
The size is 24 x 28 inches. I used ombre blue thread for quilting.
I was surprised I have missed to show the finished project  to the Craftsy Community.
Now the mistake is corrected.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to make the perfect circle mug rug

I have designed a daffodil stained glass picture and realized that binding it usual way with bias tape won't look pretty.
I wondered what fabric to choose, thought a little more and decided to make it as cushion cover - place top and back right sides together, stitch and turn over.
The difference is that instead of leaving a hole for turn over when stitching along the perimeter, you have to stitch WHOLE perimeter and make a slash on the back for turn over. This ensure you have a perfect circle shape.
I have seen this method on the Lisa Call's site - an interesting fiber artist I have found two years ago.
In fact she made ACEO mini quilt - they are small rectangles 2.5″ x 3.5″only, but the idea is the same.

You will need 7" circle batting , 7" circle backing, 3"x1" strip non-woven fusible interfacing and finished top. Make your own or get the pattern from HERE.

1.Lay the batting and prepared top right side up and stitch around at a quarter inch from the edge
of the picture to fasten two layers.

 2. Fuse a strip of fusible interfacing on the wrong side of backing and cut a 2.5” slash.


3. Lay the backing right side up and place on it the prepared  top  from step 12 right side down.
Stitch round perimeter follow the seam you made earlier to fasten batting and top.

4. Trim the batting only close to the seam.

5. Turn over the mug rug through the slash you have cut on the back.

Iron well, stitch round close to the edge.
Place a strip 2 x 5” on the slash on the back and needle turn applique
a strip to hide the hole.

6. Now you have a perfect circle mug rug.
Make a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the spring.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Be an applique magician - tutorial

Do you wander how quilters make perfect appliqued shapes?
Are you dreaming about beautiful zig zag stitches around every detail?
Then this post is for you.

The secrets of good looking applique stitches are several.

1. The foundation fabric should be stabilized.
Use paper stabilizer of fusible non-woven interfacing.

2.Set your machine at medium to lower speed.
This allow you to control the up-down movement of the needle when you reach the place where have to change sewing direction.

3. Set the stitch length to 1.0 and stitch width to 2.0 and test how it looks. Usually this works.

4. Use an applique foot
It gives you bigger field of vision.

5. Begin stitching. At the end of the edge at * put the needle in the background fabric, lift the presser foot and pivot.

6. Always pivot at *. (see the ways for outer and inner corners)

7.Proceed the same manner.

8. When stitch the curve select low speed and pivot inside the curve.

9. When reach the beginning stop at the same point, pull the threads at the back side and make a knot.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A story behind Finding testers

Finding tester to sew my paper pieced designed diagrams looked very easy after a post in Facebook on my wall.
I wanted to find three testers for three of my patterns and published them here non late than 3/03. They have to make block with fabric from their own stash and send me a picture. I was curious to see how quilters use different fabrics.
It sounds interesting, is it?

Some of them were so quick, some of them meet the deadline and some don't send me anything.
It was a funny time, I found new friends and met human diversity.

Thank you testers!

First group - Coffee grinder paper pieced block.

Karol has sewn two versions and both look beautiful.

Second group - Ribbon Star block paper pieced Block.

Patricia made this star.

Lynn made this one.

The third group - Fox paper pieced pattern.

Ammy has sewn this cute fox.

Zsofia made this one.

 The patterns are available at ETSY and CRAFTSY.

Feel free to add picture of sewn blocks by my design at my Flickr group HERE or sent them to me by e-mail.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Where do you come from?

When the site Quilt around the world announced their project Where do you come from last Summer I have no doubt I have to participate in.
They have been looking for patterns, ornaments, symbols, and grafical structures from all over the world, interpreted freely and translated into fabric as Patchwork and Quilting Pattern.

My paper pieced block Ethno totem was perfect for this idea.
I was inspired by national embroidery when designed this block for cushion's cover.
There were requirements about the size of the blocks (to make collecting easier) so I have to adjust the size. I sewn the block, wrote a story behind , filled the registration form and sent to Germany.

When received a special mail with kind grateful words I was happy.

Here are the participants with their blocks and stories - about 70 quilters from 20 countries.

Look how the blocks were gathered by EQ7.
Don't you think it would be a great quilt, do you?

Now the will sew together all blocks and print a book with participants.
Can't wait to see all together in a real quilt.

P.S. I was amazed yesterday when found another interesting inspiration like my embroidery (tapestry) one on the site Upper Case magazine when reading news about Quilt Con 2015 .
Look at the sound weaving.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Easter bunny stained glass mug rug

After some attempts with easy shapes I decided to make more complicated picture as stained glass.
Because Easter is round the corner it is obviously I aimed my efforts to this scenario.

I have appliqued the same way - look at the tutorial HERE.

The difference now is that I want to have a finished item - mug rug,
The only possible quilting would be stitch in the black. Anyway I don't want to touch beauty of black stripes with thread stitching.
I quilted the backing and batting first.

Then place this sandwich right side down and place the finished top on.
Stitch round the perimeter at a quarter inch from the edge of the picture  and trim to 3/8 inches from the edge.

Then add binding as usual.

Grab the pattern from CRAFTSY or ETSY.

I have chosen pastel fabrics, but think more vivid colors would give a better look!