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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Carola's Quilty Project Notes

Carola's Quilty Projects

Thank-you for coming to my lecture and trunk show at the Sewing Crafts Show in Abbotsford 2014
Below are the notes to help you get some "Ridiculously Easy Projects" done, fast!

Easy Bargello Quilt

You will need:
12 Fat Quarters
Cut 4 - 5" wide strips from each fat quarter, along the selvage.
You will have four stacks of 12 different fabric strips.
The fabrics must be in the same order in each stack.
Sew all twelve strips together along one long side of the 5" wide strip. You can sort them in a pleasing manner before you start, all four stacks must remain in the same order.
¼" seam allowance throughout
Press all seams in the same direction on each strip set. When done you will have four strip sets of 12 strips. Each unit will measure about 18" wide (US) 20" wide (CDN) and 55" long.
Sew each unit into a tube by sewing the long side of strip number one to the long edge of strip number twelve. Press the seam in the same direction as the other seams.  Make a total of four tubes.
Lay one unit on your cutting mat, wrong side out, smooth and straight. Without too much waste trim one side to square it up. From the squared-up side, cut 2 ½" wide strips for a total of seven strips. Keep in a neat pile. Do the same with three remaining tubes. You will have 4 stacks of 7 strip sets.
Working with one stack at a time, lay out the seven strip sets side by side.
At the top of strip #1, designate a fabric as the first fabric.
At the top of strip #2 fold the “designated” first fabric in half.
At the top of strip #3 will have the second fabric's seam at the top.
At the top of strip #4 will have the second fabric folded in half.
At the top of strip #5 will have the third fabric's seam at the top.
At the top of strip #6 will have the third fabric folded in half
At the top of strip #7 will have the fourth fabric's seam at the top
Continue laying out all the remaining strips sets side-by-side #8, #9 through #28.
Use painter's tape to number the strips 1 - 28.
Cut open strip #1 at the top along the seam (do not open the seam)
Cut open strip #2 along the fold (the middle of the first fabric)
Cut open strip #3 along the seam between the first and second fabric
Sew all 28 strips together making sure that the seams of one strip is center in the middle of the rectangle beside it. Use a few pins, start pinning from the end of the seam. This way you will end with the seams even.
Add a narrow 1 1/4" wide inner border and a 5" wide outer border. Quilt and you are done. 

French Braid Table Runner

You will need:
“Binding Tool”
1 - 8 ¼" square (black)
6 - 2 ½" strips for the braids (assorted prints)
12 - 2 ½" squares (lack)
4 - 2 ½" strips for border
4 - 2 ½" strips for binding
*Strips are cut selvage to selvage
¼" seam allowances
Tip: 5 strips for braids, make a shorter table-runner, add more strips for longer table runner
Search Youtube with search words "Scrap Buster" to find the tutorial for this runner

Four Patch Modern

Each block requires:
2 - 6" squares light solid colour fabric
2 - 6" squares dark solid colour fabric
¼" seam allowance
Press seams to the dark fabric
Slice the four patch 1 ½" at right and at left of center
Turn the four patch a ¼ turn and slice again 1 ½" left and right of center
Do not move the corners.
Flip all the rectangles (they have a center seam)
Flip the center mini four patch 180 degrees so that the two dark patches are opposite of its original position. Stitch all the pieces back together. Make sure to keep all the patches in the right order.

Easiest Quilt

We used 13 fabrics, 10" wide strips (cut selvage to selvage) sub cut into 4 - 10" squares
Make a stack of 52 – 10” squares
Cut a 3 ½" strip from each 10" square.
Keep fabric in order. You now have a stack of 10" x 6 ½" rectangles and a stack of 10" x 3 ½" rectangles.
Turn over the stack of 3 ½" rectangles.
Take one rectangle from the top of each stack and stitch together along one long side.
You will be sewing two different fabrics together. If you happen to have two matching fabrics, grab a different one from the pile. Press seams to one side.
Rotate the unit and cut in half. Cut through the seam at center.
You will have two units measuring 5" x 9 ½"
Turn one pile upside down. Rotate one of the stacks 180 degrees. Stitch together, the seams will not and should not meet. Press seam to one side. Your block is done. You will have 52 – 9 ½” blocks
Our quilt uses 48 blocks, 6 blocks wide and 8 blocks long.

Disappearing Nine-Patch

The disappearing nine-patch is made with a 1 ½" wide strip  between all the nine patches. We used 5" squares. Charm packs are ideal. Kona solids would make it "Modern".  Make this block with any size square.
You can view the tutorial on YouTube by searching "Window Pane 9 Patch Quilt Tutorial"

Ten - Minute Table Runner

wof= width of fabric
Cut fabric selvage to selvage - wof
Top fabric 12" x wof
Bottom fabric 18" x wof

1/4" seam allowances
Stitch top fabric to bottom fabric, right sides together along both long sides. Press seams open. Turn right side out. Trim to straighten the selvage edges. Fold in half at short ends with the top fabric inside the fold. Stitch a seam along short edge catching raw edges in the seam. Press seam open and turn. Press to achieve pointed ends on the table runner. Done.

Sonya's Window Quilt

Download complete instruction from the Internet.
This is a PDF document ready to print.

Lil’ Twister Quilt

You can view the Lil’ Twister Quilt tutorial on YouTube by searching "The Amazing Twister Tool - Quilting Made Easy"

Monday, 29 July 2013

Recycled Sari Silk - Free Motion Couching

Recycled Sari Silk
Cone Flowers

I discovered recycled Sari Silk on skeins a few months ago and challenged myself to use this fibre in my Art Quilting techniques.
To create the Cone Flowers I prepared a free motion quilted background of torn strips of batik fabric (8 - 2 1/2" wide strips over lapping each other 1/4") on batting and backing fabric.
Take a picture of cone flowers for reference.
The internet is full of images that may be used for reference.
It is not the intention to copy any photograph exactly.
With a non permanent marker, mark four stems, the flower center, the flower petals and the leaves.
These marking are a general guide for proportions and placement.
I used my favourite invisible thread to free motion couch the petals in place.

I used the same methods I had learned earlier for "Machine Silk Ribbon Work."
Free motion straight stitch the stems, which are twisted as they are stitched in place. See below the Cone Flower "work in progress."

The recycled sari silk strips can be up to 2" wide. Flatten the sari silk when stitching the leaves.  Start at the tip of the leaf, having trimmed the flattened silk to a point, Free motion stitch the leaves in a back and forth manner, twisting the sari silk into a stem at the base of the leaf.
Recycled Sari Silk Skeins

Recycled Sari Silk
Rolled into Balls
The Cone Flower centers were made with dark brown perle cotton (#5) in the bobbin.
This is called Bobbin Work. Wind brown perle cotton on the bobbin.
Free Motion Bobbin Work is done by bypassing the bobbin tension (or loosening it almost completely)
Matching colour thread in the needle.You will work from the reverse side, free motion, straight stitch. Stitch in a circular motion round and round until the flower centers are filled.

Work in progress

In my next post I will show you two flower quilts free motion couched in the same manner using haboti silk and bias cut batik strips.
Be inspired, play, create and remember, artistry is not a gift, it is learned.


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Circle Savvy Charm Square Quilt

Circle Savvy Charm Square Quilt
42" x 51"
Here is a picture of this charming and easy quilt. We have a kit which includes the charms, background and binding fabric as well as the fabric needed to make the fusible circles. Super fast to put together!

This close up shows that it was quilted
in a circular free motion stitch with
white thread.
We used the Moda Charm Squares called
Walk in the Woods" by Aneela Hoey

The kit includes: Instructions, 1 package charm squares, background fabric, applique fabric and binding fabric. $45.00 regular price, on sale while they last $29.95 or telephone 1-877-886-0033