Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt Week 47 - Petal


Welcome to week 47 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about Applique and Piecing. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.


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Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to the differences in time and date zones, the guest blogger's block may not appear at the time of the initial posting)

This weeks guest is Debbie Grifka from Esch House Quilts. Debbie has designed a fabulous appliqué block called Pebble Path.

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Petal
Petals strewn on the path of a bride will be the only soft road she will take all her life.


Materials
  • 1 x F8 of background fabric (9" x 22")
  • Scraps for applique
  • The Appliqué templates can be found here. Remember not to Scale or 'Fit to Page' when printing. 
Cutting
From the background fabric cut:
  • 1 - 6 1/4" square
  • 2 - 5" squares. Cut once on the diagonal for each square to yield 4 triangles.
Assembly
  • Fold the 6 1/4" square on the diagonal and finger press. 
  • Prepare the appliqué pieces using your favourite technique. Fold each piece in half to find mid point and align with reference line on the 6 1/4" square.
  • Position Piece B under Piece A. 
  • Fuse and/or stitch to the background block.
  • Place Piece C on corner triangle and fuse and/or stitch to background.
  • Sew triangles to 6 1/4" square. Press seams to one side

Let's Play

8" finished Block

Horizontal Layout



I hope you enjoyed todays block. Only 3 to go.

*** Copyright 2011 -  Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

Monday, May 28, 2012

July Block-A-Thon - Christmas in July


Do you remember last years Blockapalooza? Well, John Adams (aka Quiltdad) is hosting the Christmas in July Block-A-Thon. There will be a line-up of fabulous bloggers (and me) making blocks with FreeSpirit fabrics. The line-up includes fabrics from Denyse Schmidt, Valori Wells, Heather Bailey and more.


All fun begins this July. So, mark this in your 'important things to remember' calendar and join us for some festive fun in July.


Here is a sneak peek of my block.



Lucy's Crab Shack and Metropolitan Fair

Just arrived in my little e-store is Sweetwater's Lucy's Crab Shack and Barbara Brackman's Metropolitan Fair

Lucy's Crab Shack
A summer inspired collection made for both boys and girls.



Metropolitan Fair by Barbara Brackman
Metropolitan Fair recalls the Civil War ladies' fairs that raised millions of dollars for Union and Confederate soldiers' hospitals. The largest extravaganza was New York City's Metropolitan Fair held in Union Square in 1864. Women from the Carolinas to California orchestrated fund-raisers to sell needlework and handmade items at tables staffed by volunteer sales clerks permitted to be quite flirtatious for the cause. The prints in Metropolitan Fair recall calicoes and dress goods of the war years. Each print is named for an exhibit. The collection is a stroll through exhibit halls from the Knickerbocker Kitchen that celebrated New York's Dutch past to the Old Curiosity Shop.





Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bella Solid Parade - Cheat Cushion / Pillow / Pushion



Today's challenge is to make something in one day using the 4 bella solids I was given:


Moda Bella Solid # 209 - Clementine
Moda Bella Solid # 207 - Glacier
Moda Bella Solid # 202 - Graphite
Moda Bella Solid # 204 - Plum


The technique I used for the little cushion ( or pillow - pushion ) has been a favourite of mine for last 10 years. I purchase cheap piped cushions with fill and stitch a block to the front. Very convenient if you don't want to fuss with zips and piping. When you tire of the design, one can easily unpick the block from the slip and add a new one. Easy.

What you will need:
  • One piped cushion with insert. I chose a 16" for this project
  • FQ of the main Bella solids
  • At least 2 strips WOF for the co-ordinating fabrics
  • 2 - 1 1/4" strips WOF for the turquoise binding strips
  • 17 1/4" square of fabric for foundation
  • 3 - solid 5" charm squares for circles
  • 10" x WOF for binding
  • Matching threads
  • Circle Templates - 3.5", 2.5" and 2"
Cutting
  • Cut the Bella solids into 1 1/2" strips
  • Cut the co-ordinating solids into 1" - 1 1/2" strips
  • 3 - 2 1/4" strips WOF for binding
Assembly
  • One foundation fabric choose a point away from the centre.
  • Use the point to divide the square into 8 segments

Horizontal Strips
  • Starting approximately 1/2" from the centre, lay 2 solids right side together and stitch between the marked lines.
Hint: Make sure the strips over hang the marked lines by at least 1"


  • Flip and press. Continue until segment is completely covered
  • Trim back the segment by folding back the foundation and cutting 1/4" from the marked line. Be careful not to cut through the block
  • Repeat for the other side of the segment.
  • Sew horizontal strips to every second segment.
Vertical
  • Sew the first horizontal strip to the vertical segment.
  • Where the vertical strip over laps the adjacent horizontal segment, trim back at an angle so the strips from each segment meet with no space ( I overlapped by 1/8" or so )
  • Repeat and trim as you go until segment is complete
  • Repeat for the remaining vertical segments
  • Trim back the completed block to 17"
Hint: Sometimes these pre-made cushions are not always square. Take out the insert and measure the front. Adjust your block to that size adding 1/4" all around

Adding the binding strips
To cover the joins between the horizontal and vertical segments:
  • Place a 1 1/4" strip 1/4" from join between the two segments. Sew strip to segment.
  • Press 1/4" to the wrong side of the strip and top stitch or hand sew the mining piece over the join between the 2 segments.

Centre
  • I cut 3 circles using pinking shears and sewed them 1/8" from the edge. The circle sizes were 3.5", 2.5" and 2" in diameter. A flower, hexagon or square would look just as effective. You only need an appliqué piece large enough to cover the centre where no fabric was stitched.
  • This block is not quilted. Add 'zing' and 'bling' to the cushion cover with beads and fancy stitching in contrasting threads.
Binding
  • Make double fold binding from the 2 1/4" strips.
  • Sew to block in the same way you would sew to quilt, mitring at the corners.
  • Fold back and sew to back of block
Hint: Do not pull binding too far to the back. Leave some room so it will be easier to sew to pre-made cushion


Attaching the block
  • Remove the cushion insert
  • Pin the block to the cushion cover. Don't worry if the block is a little larger. When  you put the insert back in it will push the cover out.
  • Using matching thread and a small stitch attach the block to the cushion cover. Abut the block right up to the piping.

  • Put back the insert and stand back and admire your new cushion, pillow, pushion

Friday, May 25, 2012

Bella Solid Parade - Stash selection

Today, as part of the Bella Solid 2012 parade, I was given 4 solids to match to my stash and then create a project that could be made in one day. The 4 solids are:


Moda Bella Solid # 209 - Clementine
Moda Bella Solid # 207 - Glacier
Moda Bella Solid # 202 - Graphite
Moda Bella Solid # 204 - Plum


Alone, these solids would make a great modern quilt without the company of any other fabric. They would provide both a warm and cool contrast within a quilt top made from simple blocks with a large proportion of negative space using the grey.

Alternatively, they could be matched with a variety of fabrics, belonging to single collections or a menagerie of different fabrics from different collections and designers.

Solids with impact, like the Clementine, look great when they are used as an accent, rather than a feature. A splash of Clementine to the three following fabric selections, would make the design 'pop'.

Citrine Heirloom - Joel Dewberry 

Tradewinds - Lily Ashbury
Heirloom - Joel Dewberry
Sis Boom
While they could be used in moderation to frame a block, the The Graphite, Glacier and Plum would make beautiful backgrounds where negative space would be an important feature of the design.

Where solids are used in large areas of a quilt, using a contrast thread of a heavier weight when quilting, can liven up the space. For example, I might use a plumb thread on the Grantite and a mid grey on the Plumb solid in perle cottons.


Don't feel that you have to match exactly a colour in a collection. While Tula's Nightshade collection is not quite a match for the Glacier, used in moderation it would still blend along side the Plumb.


The Melody Miller large bee print would look great with the Plumb ...


or a spot or two of the Clementine.


Text prints are of interest in the quilting world at the moment. They make great backgrounds and blenders for an array of fabrics. I could see the Graphite blended with the text prints ( Annie's Farm Seed Catalog and Crabtastic ) and a splash of a lipstick pink fabric from Suzuko Koseki - Catch Letters.


I matched Glacier with some prints I had from Velocity with a Suzuko Koseki piece in Lime. I think Lime  partners well with Glacier.

  
I tried Glacier, Plum and Graphite with a more traditional collection - Barbara Brackman's 'A Morris Tapestry'. The rich colours and patterns in this collection would be framed beautifully in these solids. 


Lastly, I teamed up Plum and Clementine with a sketch (Tangerine) solid and two art gallery pure elements solids Cabernet and Colzumel blue.
 

It was so difficult to confine this post to only a small example of fabric combinations. There are so many fabrics that would look wonderful with these four solids.

Please visit my blog tomorrow where I will be posting a tutorial for a project that can be made in one day using the four Bella solids. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bella Parade 2012

It's started again! United Notions - Moda Fabrics have released a new collection of Bella solids for 2012. Emily from Mommy's Naptime and Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road in conjunction with the Fat Quarter Shop (who will be offering 20% off on all Bella Solids between 15th May and 25th June 2012) are this years hosts.

I will be joining in the fun of the parade this friday and Saturday. I have been given 4 solids to match with  fabrics from my stash and then post a tutorial on a project that can be made in one day from the Bella Solids. I wonder what I will be making?




Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival 2012


Amy at Amy's Creative Side is hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival 2012. A wonderful festival which allows the quilting community to show their favourite quilts and tell the stories of how they came to be. As well as viewing everyones wonderful quilts, Amy and her sponsors, generously give away a truck load of fantastic prizes.

Bloggers Quilt Festival 2012 - Spring
Here is my contribution - the Mega Swoon.

I recently made this quilt as part of a the swoon-a-long on Flickr hosted by Katy from Imagingermonkey blog. I did not want to make the traditional 24" block so I created a challenge to make one 80" mega swoon block. I selected a base fabric, a Michael Miller fabric, which I purchased on sale last year and teamed it up with as many solids from my stash. To make such a large block interesting, I made fabric from similar toned solids and used it to make the HST's. The 20" centre block was built around a fussy cut piece of the feature fabric. I threw in a border of bright turquoise and claret as add more character. The background was a mixture of charcoal textured solids. I backed the quilt in a red solid from Kate Spain's Flurry collection and binded the quilt in a claret solid.

The quilting was the fun bit. I used Aurifil threads in a variety of matching and contrasting colours and custom quilted each block with geometrical designs.



As I was putting it together it reminded me of a tiled floor in some exotic hotel.

The quilt finally found its home in Sydney with my niece.


Was it easy to make? Yes!
Was it enjoyable to make? Definitely!
Would I make another one? Without hesitation!

Thank you Amy for hosting another wonderful Bloggers Quilt Festival.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt Week 46 - Topiary


Welcome to week 46 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is about Foundation Piecing. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.


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Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to the differences in time and date zones, the guest blogger's block may not appear at the time of the initial posting)

This weeks guest is Kat Soper from Mummas time to Create blog. Kat is presenting a modern pinwheel block.

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Topiary
We fashion the garden into whimsical shapes and characters as if we were creating a scene from 'Alice in the Looking Glass'.


Assembly

Let's Play
8" finished block







On Point Layout
On Point Layout


I hope you enjoyed todays block. Only 4 to go.

*** Copyright 2011 -  Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***