Friday, March 16, 2018

Craft is art hand bag

The other day when I was looking at my orphan blocks I found this “craft is art” panel I had machine embroidered and colored with fabric markers.

I decided to make a bag/purse out of it!

First I framed it in black batik scraps from island batik and then made a striped back piece in the same size


then I decided to make it a boxy type of bag, so I cut 2 1/2” strips for the sides and bottom TWICE and also made a hanging strap, the one set of sides and bottom, I laid on scrap batting and quilting it a bit, and also finished the strap with batting inside, and I added a pocked to the lining piece.


Then I sewed all the pieces together


and finished the bag with a kam snap!


as I was finishing it up, Sonja came in and “claimed” the bag right away.


we’ll see how long she plays with it, because I can “claim” it back or maybe Solveig will grab it…

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mid Month Potholders

midmonth potholders

After I asked a question in the QUBE and Accuquilt and Beyond FB Group recently about doing a monthly potholder tutorial/ club, there was MUCH excitement about it, so I decided to jump in and do it!

Now first off, I’m just playing with ideas and dies, some are going to be easy, some are going to be hard, some simple piecing, some with lots of applique, some with one die or a few, and some with lots of dies, some with qube dies some with not…. so don’t panic, if you don’t have the dies, of course you can buy them – hint hint, or you can change the design to fit what dies you have on hand… totally up to you!

-If you DO buy any dies that I show, I’ll show links and if you buy thru my links I get a small commission, which always helps, so I can buy more quilting stuff Winking smile

Standard things you’ll need for each potholder is scrap batting and insulbright! (the reason why I started this, is that warm company sent me packages of insulbright! I love this stuff and it’s awesome for potholders)

Image result for insul bright

You don’t HAVE to use it, but it’s designed to reflect hot (or cold) back to where the heat came from, so having it in potholders helps a lot so you don’t get burnt…

Okay so on to this month’s potholders!!

APRIL showers!

-I was thinking a month ahead so there’s 2 weeks to finish them before April.

It’s my version of an umbrella and raindrops Smile


For these potholders I used

the dresden plate die

Then you can choose to use the circle (center) of this die, but I used the 3” circle from the 2,3,5” circle die (It was tight though)

Then I also used the GO feathers die

Since these are applique shapes, I also used steam a seam light2

For fabrics I used 4 FQs (or scraps )and white fabric (8 1/2” WOF)

Here’s the main two FQs I used for the dresden pieces


I wanted the blue print to be on the outsides, so I cut out 6 of those and 4 of the pink/white plaid


The traditional way of doing Dresden’s is the fold over the wide end right sides together and sew 1/4” down that side like this


then I trimmed the seam allowance by the folded side at an angle and turned it right side out, at firs I also ironed the whole thing in half so I had a mark to see where the middle was, also when turning it right side out, I used a turning tool rod, use whatever you have on hand, just NOT scissors! then iron this flat and line up the center seam with the folded center line, having the seam inside the tip OPEN.


here’s 6 blue and 4 pink dresdens


Now sew them together two by two, start sewing together at the top so you know that lines up perfectly. Iron seams open!


Sew two sets of 5 together like this


I actually started with the droplets first from the feather die, together with the steam a seam2


I cut 3” strips from the sheets in the pack and they are peel and stick at first, so I stuck two strips on a matching teal fabric, then I just cut out both with scissors and kept the two strips as one large piece and just folded the fabric on the space in between, if that makes sense


then laid on the feather die and cut out a total of 10 droplets


I used another scrap of the seam a steam2 on a piece of black and cut out a 3” circle (I actually cut out 2 and realized I only needed 1!)

You can use the circle from the dresden die, it doesn’t matter much


Then from the white fabric I cut a 8 1/2” WOF strip and sub cut (4) 8 1/2” squares.

One 2 of them I laid out the dresden fans (umbrellas) and pinned in place really well


With a button hole stitch I stitched around each dresden, I always set the start of the stitch to have the needle down, so when I get to a tip where I need to turn, the needle is down and I pivot the fabric and continue on.


With the black circle I cut out, I cut it into quarter and fused one in each corner of the dresden


then it’s time to play with the droplets, at first my idea was only 4 droplets


But then I added the 5th droplet and really liked that! so I fused it down like this Smile


before button hole stitching around all this, from the remaining white fabric, I cut a 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” and made a handing strip by ironing in half, then open the fabric up and fold each long side to meet the midpoint and iron flat again, then fold this in half, so the raw edges are inside the fold…


then I button hole stitched the rest of the droplets and the black quarter circles and top stitches the hanging strip, which I then cut in half to have 2 hanging strips.


Now get out the insulbright and scrap batting


I don’t like to rotary cut batting as the batting gets stuck in my cutting mat, so here I just laid the blocks on top of the batting and cut out squares with scissors


Then lay out the batting, insulbright and the umbrella block


Then pin the hanging strips to the center of the top of the block


and lastly a back piece, right side down! the pin thru all the layers and I have a double pin at the bottom where I leave an opening when sewing it together.


When sewing the layers together you MUST use a walking foot!! as there’s 2 layers of batting and 2 fabric layers with applique, so it’s a LOT of layers.

Sew around the edges but leave about a 3” opening at the bottom. trim the corners when done- I don’t just cut a 45 degree cut but I cut each corner twice or kind of pivot so there’s even less fabric bulk in the corners.


Turn the potholders right side out and use a turning tool skewer or knitting needle or some other kind of stick that doesn’t have a sharp point for the corners.


Iron the whole thing flat and make sure the opening fabrics are tucked in and look good.

I decided to whip stitch the opening closed and that’s it!

You can do that AND top stitch, but my droplets were just so close to the edge, so I didn’t want to stitch over them.


So VOILA! two umbrellas April shower potholders!


Hope you try it!

I’ll try to post on the 15th of each month, but if weekends or my QAL or other things get in the way, it might be a bit earlier or later, so that’s why I named it mid-month potholders Smile

And I’ll continue on, as long as there’s interest!

If you have a blog and make these, comment and leave a link or email me a link, or upload a picture to the accuquilt FB group.

I’m sure you can guess what the theme is for the next month’s potholders!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Long arm quilting a butterfly quilt

My friend Laura finished this Butterfly quilt top (I machine embroidered the butterfly blocks for her)
it’s for her daughter’s bed
I did triple echo quilting around the butterflies
then curves on the dark pink blocks, bubbles on the sashing
and a butterfly and leaf design on the setting triangles
and a leaf and butterfly vine around the border with also bubbles on the inner border
we’re bartering piano lessons for Sonja for this Winking smile

Oh and Happy PI(E) day today!

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