Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Appliqued stained glass - tutorial

I love stained glass!
There are  so many  different items - from classical windows and doors to quilts.
Usually when sewing it is used a narrow bias strip to separate different pieces.
This is 100% sewn by hand and for someone who doesn't like hand stitching it is so boring.
If you like to applique by machine this stained glass method is perfect for you.
The finished block is 6 inches.

Are you interested?
Keep reading then.

You will need:
8 inches square black fabric, fabrics for application, 8 inches square non-woven fusible interfacing, double side fusible web, suitable threads

And a diagram, of course.

Download it from HERE or from CRAFTSY  FOR FREE

1. Choose the fabrics and write down colors on the printed diagram.

2. Transfer the MIRROR image of diagram  to the double sided fusible web.
There is no need to print a mirror image, simply turn the printed diagram before stick on.
I usually stick on the window to use the daylight.

 3. Cut round each piece. Pay attention to cut between every two pieces.
This ensure a little allowance to make fusing onto the fabric easier.
You will trim this down later

4. Fuse all pieces onto the back of the selected fabric with a hot, dry iron.


5. Trim each piece along the line. 
6. Transfer the number from back to the front of the fabric with disappearing pen.

Tip: place each piece on the corresponding place onto the printed diagram - for instance number 1 on the number 1. This will help you later when have to peel the paper and order on the black fabric.

7. Fuse the non-woven fusible interfacing onto the back of the black fabric with a hot, dry iron.
8. Place the black fabric on the ironing board and began order the picture.
Remove the backing paper from each piece and position it onto
the black fabric's top on the proper place beginning from the corner.
Place next piece keep in mind to leave black line between them.
If needed reposition the pieces till you are satisfied with the look.
Tip: If needed use a dry glue stick for easy order.

9. Fuse with hot iron carefully.

10. Using zig-zag stitch sew along the edges of all pieces with suitable threads.
Tip: You could use one and the same thread in the bobbin - simply loose the tension of the upper thread.

To prevent bulk of threads I end the stitching close to the beginning, pull the threads on the back side and make a knot to secure them.

11. Proceed the same way with all pieces.
Tip: Use the foot for application.

When finished you can use this block as you like - for coaster, for cushion or wall hanging if enlarge.

I have designed some different pictures. Grab them from ETSY or CRAFTSY.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Winner Year of the sheep Give away

My giveaway is closed.
Finally - the winner is chosen:

Congrats to Dagmar.

 I will be glad to see the finished blocks.
Happy sewing, Dagmar.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Year of the sheep has began

Reading the blog of one of my favorite Paper piecing designers Janeen from Quilt Art Designs I have realized I could take part in her Friday party.

2015 is the Year of the sheep according Chinese astrology.
I would like to introduce my  Sheep by night  to Janeen's readers.

It was announced some time ago by Sew mam sew and you could get the patten for free.

I would like to remind you I am running a giveaway HERE

Leave a comment to enter and you will have a chance to win the whole pack Counting sheep.

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Giveaway 2015 - Year of the sheep

2015 is the Year of the Sheep according Chinese astrology.

The Counting sheep paper pieced quilt pattern contains 6 paper pieced blocks of different sheep characters:

Spring Lamb with bell, Ram in the spring, Pasture sheep, Sleeping sheep, Lonely lamb, Sheep by night 

You could find them as separate blocks in my shops.
HERE is a free pattern Sheep by night, with step by step tutorial for paper piecing.
HERE is one idea for combining blocks in a quilt.

The giveaway is running from 4 th February to 25th February 2015.
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling me
     Do you believe in horoscopes?

Bonus entry:  followers , new and old, please leave a second comment.
I will close Giveaway on  25th February 2015, I  will announce the winner (chosen by Random generator) here on my blog and send the pattern by e-mail no later than March 1.

Good luck! 
The pattern is available on CRAFTSY and ETSY

********* Happy Year of the Sheep ! *********

 P.S. I will refund money in case you win this giveaway.


Monday, February 2, 2015

From Four stripes knot block to a quilt

I was kindly asked by one of my customers to give a yardage needed for a quilt top.
She had bought a pattern Four stripes knot and decided to sew a quilt 60x70 inches (6 blocks across and 7 blocks long for a total of 42 10" blocks).

I always do my best to satisfy my customers, so made the layout for her.

Here is the yardage.

I have added another variant when violet squares from first picture are the same color as the beige trapeziums. In this case simply sum the yardage given for different colors 5/8 and 1+1/4.

So if you are interested in making such quilt get the pattern from CRAFTSY or ETSY, buy necessary yardage and go sewing.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Star coaster tutorial

I have seen this star in an amazing book - Carefree quilts by Joy Lilly.
There were described place mats, but the idea is the same.

All you need  for two coasters is:
  • two rectangles contrasting colors about 8 x 9 inches for the front,
  • two rectangles of batting about 8 x 9 inches 
  • two rectangles contrasting colors about 9 x 10 inches for the back. 
 Let's get started.

Step 1. Place the rectangles right sides up, align them and make two parallel cuts.

Change the middle strip and stitch two neighbouring pieces right sides together.

Step 2. Repeat step 1 with the new rectangles.
Pile the them right sides up again, align and make two parallel cuts.

Change the middle strip and stitch together.

Step 3. Repeat step 1 with the new rectangles.
Pile the them right sides up again, align and make two parallel cuts.
Keep in mind to align not the outer side , but points where seams crossing.

Note where the cutting line runs - you should have 3 similar triangles.

Step 4. Trim the tops to desired size.

Step 5. Cut batting and backing.
The back fabric must be 2 inches wider and longer than the top and batting.


Place as shown and quilt as you like.

Fold twice by iron and stitch.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Summer breeze quilt

Sometimes our plans are far away from reality. Our desires and expectations looks like impossible dreams.
This quilt was began in September immediately I finished my short holiday trip to the seaside.
At the very first beginning I intend to make it using a paper pieced block. But looking through my stash I was "caught" by blue white striped fabric.
Cutting was so funny as a kids playing.
Start with two squares, cut diagonally, sew together, cut striped triangle and attach.Rotate, viola!
Finished block.

 If you wander how to optimize cutting when don't know the size and hate calculating simply follow this simple tip. Place the finished half block, align to the strips and cut.
No rotary cutting, just scissors.

I trimmed finished block to desired size later.
Thanks to my EQ7 I decided on 16 block top and mitered boarders.

The quilting should be light as the air at the sea side.
I made stitch in the ditch and diagonal quilting on white squares.
What about boarders?
I free motion a winding rope.

The last thing - binding. It took me 1 hour before I was advised by a friend for BIAS binding.

Look how nice it is.

The whole quilt


Last week I found time to write a pattern and now it is available on CRAFTSY and ETSY.

If you wandering what the back is. Here you are.

Want to paper piece the boat?
Simply draw this block on a paper and paper piece. It is mirror image =
I have put the numbers. You have to decide on the size only.