Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nancy's Receiving blanket kits

Babies are so amazing, and there are so many of them these days!  It seems that you always need a present on hand for a newborn.   
Receiving blankets are quick and easy to make, and the baby will need several, so that's a good choice.  The easiest of course is to just get a length of flannel and turn under all the edges, and it's nice to have a few of these.  
  One style that has been really popular lately is the two-sided square version that has mitered  corners. It's a bit more substantial than the one layer sheet version. 
Nancy has sewn up a sample using flannel and minkee, so it is a bit of a cross between areceiving blanket and a quilt.  
It is very soft and snuggly!

You can also make a lighter version by using a lighter cotton in place of the minke, or two pieces of flannel.  
Lately we have received a lot of new flannel fabrics, including the new Kate and Birdie line  from moda in brushed cotton, which is a bit lighter than flannel,
It includes a faux pieced fabric too, 
So seriously cute! I love those little ships,

1930's quilt

I think that I have a condition called ADSD (attention deficit sewing disorder).  I can't seem to settle down to one project to work on.   Flo calls that "butterfly quilting",
I mentioned it to Patti and she said that it made for interesting reading, so try lack of focus was working for me, ha ha
The other day I thought I would forge ahead on the hand pieced hexagon quilt that I've had resting for a while.

 I did do some sewing on it for a day or two, but I was distracted by making some more letter tiles for garland.  
Then, cleaning up my sewing room, I came across another stack of vintage blocks I had gotten on the same day I purchased the hexie ones.... 
They have been hand pieces and then hand appliquéd to a plain background.  They measured about 13-1/2" square, I don't know the name of this design. Anybody out there know? 
It is so nice to look at the pretty vintage prints. Someone had a pretty good color sense  I think, to use the green and bright yellow so effectively.
I it seems that I have 17 of them.  I think that I washed them at some point. 
I decided to make some sort of alternate block to set them.  I really like to have lots of white in this sort of quilt that uses "1930's" fabrics. 
The block I decided on has eight petals arranged in an x across the background.  It was immediately obvious that this was not going to be hand appliquéd, so I got out my last treasured sheets of Steam-a-seam.  ( I will be very happy when they start selling it again)
I was able to cut out enough petals for about 12 blocks, so I fused petals on to 10 backgrounds to get started.  
Now I need to do a machine blanket stitch around all the edges.
I will have to explore other fusible web products to do the other blocks.
I think that right now I just want to make a big bed quilt.  We have a king size bed here, and there is only one quilt that is big enough for it.  I like it a lot, but it would be nice to have an alternate.
I guess that even if I sew all these blocks together I will have to add more borders to make it that big.  As for quilting, I'm not sure, but I'm leaning toward quilting it in sections.  If I knew a really good long arm quilter in Savannah, that would be an option too.  
Anybody else working on a king size quilt?

Wool letter tiles for garland

Yesterday morning I found myself sorting out my stash a bit.  Things had gotten a bit messy, as they do when you just keep pulling things out to use and then not putting them away.  
So I resorted  and stacked into rough categories.  I don't have much space here in Savannah, and so I didn't break things down into their individual colors...
But it does feel much more manageable,

I have been persisting in making more letter tiles, this time with wool embroidery,
Doesn't everybody have a case full of pretty colored floss?
I love when I get to use my handstitching threads
I made them pretty much the same way I did the fabric ones the other day, except for the letter part, I just used a disappearing ink pen to mark out letters on the 4 inch circles
I had two kinds of wool, one was the woven wool yardage that you shrink yourself, by washing it in hot water and drying it in the dryer. The other was a commercial wool felt that was composed of pressed together fibers,
The woven felt was much more easy to stitch through, although it was a little bit darker in color. the other "woolfelt" had quite a bit of resistance to pulling the needle through. However I was using six strands of floss so that's quite a thick amount of thread to be pulling through. I think I've done embroidery on it before and didn't notice that it was hard to needle through.
Can you guess what phrase I was making the letters for?
It is a question that was supposed by Silke on her blog the other day
I agreed that this is a really good question to ask yourself quite often. So now I have it hanging above my cutting table in my sewing room just to keep me on my toes
If you had a garland hanging above your sewing table, what would it say?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Chalk drawings

Yesterday was the chalk drawing day at Forsythe Park, here in Savannah.
Although we didn't go to watch them being drawn, we can walk around there this afternoon. These are a few of the drawings

This one was my favorie, and probably that of many people, 
Continuing the religious theme, here is the last supper featuring Lego people
Many of the artists create lovely rich colors
I like the dimensional aspect of this one

On our way out, I visited with this cardinal for a few minutes.  Too bad I didn't have a better camera,
There was a female around too, but she was a bit more shy,

Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild Meeting today!

Today is the fourth Sunday of the month which means that it's meeting day for the Modern Quilt Guild at 2 p.m.
You don't want to miss the meeting today, because it's a mini workshop with Monika!  
This is her post about it, 
least I'm trying to make a link, which is tricky on the blogger app for iPad, for me, anyway) if it doesn't appear
as a link, just copy the link and paste it into your browser

It is free for members of the guild, and $10 for visitors to cover the cost of the kit,  

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Block 17, Box and O's

This is a nice block.  I think it would make a pretty all-over quilt design,

what about using Jo Morton Fabrics, those 1800's reproductions,
or how about with the light citrussy colors of Fig Tree ....

Friday, April 25, 2014

Flock and Gather craft sale!

this is the info for the Flock and Gather Sale today and tomorrow!
You can get more info on the vendors at their blog:

it's only down the block from us, so be sure to pop in and say hello when you go!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ongoing hexies

Although I like the quick projects, I do have a few long term projects on the go.  One of these is a hand pieced hexagon quilt.  It began with a pile of vintage partially peiced blocks that I bought at a quilt show.  I started adding to it last year, and this is my progress so far, 
I think that I will add six more of the "flowers",
That will give a square unit, 
So I cut out six more sets of solids for the third round on each flower,
I'll also nee 26 more black and white joining triangle units.  It will be exciting to start joining the larger units together.

I thought that the letter garland I made was looking a bit somber with a bit too many dark colors.  
I changed the ribbon to a lighter color, 
Then I decided to make some more happy looking tiles, 
I need to get some more bright coloured thread.   Also, I want to make some that incorporate some hand embroidery...
Lots of things to try!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Letter Tile Garland Tutorial

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Another day, another project....
I rather enjoy doing projects that are finished in a day or two.
Today I made a garland,
Yes, it says "fun with fabric", but that's just the start.
I got the idea from these paper tiles that I recently purchased at a paper shop. The box contained 80 tiles, so that there were multiples of many letters. There were also a few picture tiles to place at the beginning or end of whatever you want the garland to say.
The  box also had 5 m of a black grosgrain ribbon to string the tiles on to.
Of course my mind started churning with the possibility of making my own set of letter tiles from fabric. 

This is the process I used. 
If you would like to try it as well, these are the things you will need: 
1. Fabric scraps measuring 5 in. Square or larger

2, Fusible web, such as trans web or heat and Bond.  (By the way, if you are wondering what on earth happened to Steam a Seam this is a link to the companies website that explains what has happened and when the product will be back on the market.

3. a stiff interfacing such as Peltex or decor bond or timtex, but not a real thick heavy one, a more lightweight one that is easy to stitch through with your sewing machine.  I'm not sure what I used, -I had it in my closet for a couple of years.

4. Colorful threads in a heavier weight such as 40 weight,  30 wt or heavier

5. Freezer paper

6. Circle template, this could be something like plastic yogurt container or some other item to trace around to get the right size of circle that you will need.

I first made two practice tiles just to see how it went.
1. For each tile you need a fabric for the front, fabric for the back, and a middle layer of the stick interfacing.  Cut them all 5" x 5", Or even a little bigger on each side, I was aiming for finished tiles of 5 inches in diameter

On a light colored fabric, you can just trace around the template with the pencil, but this might be hard to see on a fabric like the dark blue in the picture.
So for dark fabrics, I cut a five inch circle of freezer paper, and then cut it down in size to about 4 3/4 inch and ironed it shiny side down onto the fabric. ( With freezer paper, when you iron it like this the wax on the shiny side sticks to your fabric temporarily.)

2.   On the light colored fabric, stitch through all of the layers about 1/8 inch inside the pencil line.
On the dark colored fabric, stitch through all of the layers just outside the edge of the freezer paper template.

Now you can trim them into a circle shape, cutting about an eighth of an inch away from the stitched line.
they should both be about 5 inches in diameter

3. Find something else to use as a 4 inch circle template. You will make a colored accent for the center of the tile.   
I used a metal jar lid.
If you haven't used fusible web before, it's not that hard. You just have to remember that it is like a two-sided tape that will stick two pieces of fabric together. You first have to apply it to the wrong side of the fabric that you want to fuse down onto the right side of your base fabric

So in the picture above, you can see that I had a large piece of yellow fabric, with fusible web ironed onto the wrong side. Then I traced around the metal circle with pencil on the paper backing.  
When I cut it out, I cut a wavy line instead of just the solid pencil line to add a bit more interest.
Peel off the paper from your shape and stick it down onto your base circle. Iron well so that it sticks.

4. Then you make the letters out of fusible web and black fabric
Letters are directional, and you are working from the back of the fabric, so you will need to reverse the letter when you trace it on the fusible web.   Then when you stick it down, the right side facing up will be the pointing in the right direction
To do this I drew a letter 3 inches tall on to some graph paper and cut it out.  Just turn it over and trace around that onto the paper backing of the fusible web. You can See the letter A has been flipped over, and traced around in the photo above.  The paper G has been cut out from the paper, but it needs to be flipped over backwards when you trace it on the fusible.

I like to keep little paper templates like this, because they take some time to make and they might be  needed again some time.  I store them in clear plastic page protectors in a binder
5. Cut letters out and peel the paper backing from the fabric, position them on your tile and Fuse them with the iron

6.  To string the tile onto the flat ribbon, you have to cut two slots in the top of the tile. 
For the first tile with the G on it I tried making two buttonholes. For the A tile I just cut two slots with an X-Acto knife. I decided that the X-Acto knife cuts looked best

7.   Stitch more lines onto the tile with different colored threads to make it look more festive.
If your machine does decorative stitching patterns, this is a perfect time to use them.  Have fun with the colors of the thread.

When I made more of the tiles, I waited to cut around the stitched circle line until everything had been fused down. This just made it a little easier to stitch the decorative thread work.
So the tiles can be reused to make other word banners. I'll just need to make some other letter tiles to have on hand.

If you do hand embroidery these would be a fun project to make with handstitching on them. Just imagine the name of a child for their room,  
I also think they would be really nice made out of felt

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