Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Meet & Greet Round Up News


'Sew' Exciting...
The winner of the Great Grand Prize from the
2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet has been chosen!

~Great Grand Prize Winner~

Kathryn Parry



The Meet & Greet list will continue to be available for you to visit any blogs you've not yet had a chance to explore.
Thanks for being part of this second year of fun!

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I so enjoyed organizing the 2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet.
I'd like to give an extra big Thank You to all of my special guests and the wonderful, generous companies that helped me put this event together!


Be sure to look for the 2020 event next year!
If you're a quilter & have a blog (or a company with a prize) and would like to be part of the 2020 Meet & Greet, please email me and let me know you're interested.


And Thanks for your interest!




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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Fusible Applique Tutorial

Some of my quilt designs are made using fusible webbing.
It's great when you want to do detailed pictures, with elements that are too small, or you prefer a quicker way to applique than by hand.


Blanket Stitches added as quilting.

I mostly finish off these designs by adding a blanket stitch with embroidery floss around the edges, as my quilting, so I save that part until then.
I never tire of doing the blanket stitch, and the results are always so pleasing!

You can also just leave the edges of the fused applique raw or add free-motion stitching in black - don't you love how these look?
And of course some kind of other stitching by machine is also an option.


I recently ran out of my favourite brand of fusible webbing - Lite Steam-A-Seam 2.


The box on the right is the older one - the one on the left is my new box!
Around the time I was contacting companies to be part of the Great Grand Prize of the 2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet, I was in touch with the lovely people from The Warm Company - who are generously giving a great big king size batting as their part of the prize!
[Warm & Natural happens to be my favourite cotton batting!]


I mentioned that I had just run out of Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 and was about to purchase another.
They so kindly offered to send me a box - so then, as a big Thank You, told them I'd write a post about fusible applique and the step by step process.
And share the lovely results I always get, when I use Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 - 
It has 'sew' many advantages!


What's new to me was the grid lines they've added.
I'm enjoying easily being able to cut a piece off the roll, using the grid - to get just the right sized piece that I need.


It comes with great step by step instructions, with pictures...


Plus a more detailed written version on the back of the label.

What makes Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 different than any other fusible web is it has the tacky coating on both sides of the web, allowing you to temporarily stick it to the applique material and then temporarily adhere the applique to the quilt block.
It stays in place and is repositionable until you press it with an iron.

You don't fuse all the layers permanently until the final step.
This is wonderful for allowing you to 'undo' any part you aren't happy with.
Plus the bonus I love is it also allows you to pull off the webbing from any extra fabric you didn't use, to use another time.

Here's the basic step by step in using Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible web for applique.

~> Pre-wash your fabric.
~> Set the iron temperature for the fabric you're using.

~> For quilt blocks, steam is required for the final fusing, to prevent gumming your needle when stitching.
Tip: I keep a separate cheap iron for this process, as I don't like to use steam in my regular iron, to keep it working longer.

~>Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 is sandwiched between 2 paper liners. Keep the layers together to trace your templates.


1. Place the Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, grid side up, on the pattern template and trace each design, including all the markings needed.
Trace along the outer edge of the template line.
I like to use a mechanical pencil for this.

If you make a big mistake, the paper makes it easily erasable.
Note: The patterns are a mirror image of the block design.
Tip: A window or light box may help.



I like to fill in the gaps with the smaller design pieces.


2. Using paper scissors, rough cut around the shape about 1/4" beyond the traced lines.
I save unused chunks to use another time.




3. Remove the plain paper liner (without the tracing lines).
Tip: Fold a corner towards the plain side to get it started.
Stick & finger press the Lite Steam-A-Seam shapes to the wrong side of the applique fabrics.


Tip when using white fabric: Add a second layer of plain white fabric to the back of the applique fabric, before cutting out the shape.

4. Using sharp fabric scissors, cut out the shapes along the traced lines.
Clip any loosened threads, to 'clean up' the edges.


5. Fold the background block fabric in half (vertically and horizontally) and finger press the folds
This marks the centre of the block.


6. After removing the paper backing, position the shapes where required, on the background block.
Use the pattern picture as a guide.

Tip: Tweezers may help with the placement of smaller shapes.

7. Press for 30+ seconds when using cotton fabric, cotton iron setting and steam.
Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 can take the heat.
Let the applique cool and test the edges.
Re-fuse them if necessary.
Fusing again from the wrong side of your block works well, especially with multiple layered appliques.



The Ambulance block is the latest in my If I Drive... children's quilt with companion book series.

Happy Stitching!


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Monday, September 16, 2019

Button Fun


Sometimes my attention to detail isn't helpful...
I got this wonderful shirt from the thrift store, last time I was in town.
I've finally worn out an old favourite (which is now being added to my stash), and I've been searching for a while for it's replacement.
$3.00 - You can't beat the price of buying previously owned clothing!
When I went to put this shirt on the other day, I noticed the buttons.
And the little 5 year old girl in me refused to wear it until they've been changed to a much better colour.
The beige plastic buttons, they put on so many shirts, just don't match the blue & white.


I have this tin full of Mother of Pearl buttons.
I dug through and found a group to replace the buttons on the shirt.



I decided to use one of my favourite 'detail' tricks, and sew them on with a blue thread that matches the shirt.
My go-to version is by stitching an 'X' to stitch the button on.
But after doing one, I realized it would be even better if I used an '+' to sew them on, which matches the white grid design better, so I started over.



Here's a closer look.
The button on the left is the new version I'm adding.
The one on the right is the boring plastic beige button.



Here's a close up of the stitching.
I used double thread, and stitch 3 times in each direction, which fills in the design nicely.



The whole exchange of buttons only took me an hour, and has made me so much happier to wear this shirt for years to come!



It's All in the Details...


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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Today Only!


Treat Yourself Today!
Buy the Victoriana Quilt Designs Permanent Membership
- get the extras & never miss the fun again!



Happy Stitching!


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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet


Welcome!
Thank you for joining us.
This month we're inviting you to meet all the quilters below,
that have set up a special page -  just to meet you!
On every page you visit, you'll be able to enter to win the Great Grand Prize.
Limited to 1 entry per blog.

~Please bookmark this page to come back to throughout September~


One lucky winner will be chosen on October 1st.
You can find the complete prize details on the entry page.

Each blog will have their exclusive link for you to enter.

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Let's Get Inspired and Meet Some Quilters!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Reveal ~> Pixelated Garden Quilt


I'm proud to present my Pixelated Garden quilt.
I love everything about this quilt...
Those picket fence posts will be hanging down the sides of the bed. 
Sew much fun!



I now get to show you the colouring page, too, from my Pixelated Garden quilt design.

I used dozens of different tone on tone fabrics for my quilt, giving it the spice of variety.
It would also look amazing using one fabric per colour, or even better, the same version of tone on tone fabric (like a subtle weave) in the different colours.

This quilt pattern, with easy directions, will be available soon.
Free to Members for a short time, when it's first introduced, of course!!

Please Note: You will need to get the pattern from my site, to get my permission to copy this design.



I feel the need to post this reminder,
for those who are thinking of copying a quilt you like.
If you don't buy the pattern, you don't have permission to copy the original design!
Please respect all Designers and their right to make a living. :)


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Only 3 more sleeps until the 2019 Online Quilters Meet & Greet begins!!


Happy Stitching!


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