Thursday, April 24, 2014

It's a WRAP....UNION JACK by Riley Blake Designs. TUTORIAL on creating a custom WRAP

Welcome to It's a WRAP with Union Jack by Riley Blake Design.
Doesn't that just roll off your tongue....
When I was first approached I thought " not sure this collection speaks to me"?

But I sat still for just a few moments and thought...( oh stop that smiling, you know
I must sometimes sit still wink) 

IT's a WRAP, that is what this collection whispered to me.
So along all those who are in this Union Jack Hop...
This is my tut on what to do with UNION JACK....

What you will need for this AGE APPROPRIATE Missy Fashion Wrap
( This was custom created for a 7 year old girl who is quite tall) 


1 large panel of UNION Jack 32 x 43 
1 yd of polka dots from RBD from their basic collection. ( lining) 
1/4 yd of striped fabric for ruffle
( cut 6 inches wide and fold, iron, and ruffle either by hand or machine)
Length of skirt... I used 67 inches of fabric to make this ruffle.
3 large buttons and 1 small self covered...optional

  This is such an easy pattern to make you will be able to create this for any size...
Just add enough inches for your waist line and length...

I needed this to measure a waist that is 22 inches, length 29 inches...I wanted to line so it would be appropriate for summer wear....so let's get started...



1. First cut lining to match perfectly with one panel of  Union Jack...RBD 
32 x 43 . Place wrong sides together.

2. I am not one for pinning so I try to skip that step as much as I can by pressing...so you will take
your lining and press 1/2 inch down then turn and stitch...this way it will be perfectly straight to stitch.

3. Once pressed you will turn your 1/2 inch inside fold and top stitch this all the way across width of the fabric...


See how neat it looks...and less bulk....

4. Now you will do the same with the UNION JACK top..
fold down, press and stitch..


                    5.          You will turn your UNION Jack Panel and press right side to wrong side....
                                               ...and the results will be this..

6. Have you noted we have not used any pattern, just 2 pieces of material
measuring 32 inches long and 43 inches wide? Yep...let's carry on...

Now before we proceed....when you place both pieces wrong sides
together you will note they are even....
I want you snip 1 inch from the top of the lining...and rip..
I know....but trust me, your measurement will be perfect versus a rotary cutter..
YOU will want your lining to be a little higher than the length of your skirt
so it will not be showing...With me? 

               *I did not include a photo out of respect for those who hate ripping wink...


 7. Ok, now we must include some DARTS, this will give it a bit of body to go over your bottom...
and they are soooo easy to do...Here goes..

1. Your panel is 43 inches wide - so centre is 21.5 mark with a pencil 4 inches from the top of your lining and union jack material...from your centre point go out 3 inches on each side...see those marks...pinch fabric 1/2 inch, this will be the width at the top of your dart and you
will stitch on a slant to your 4 inch mark.... Let me show you with another photo.


You are going to do the same now with your Union Jack ....more photos...


8. You will do the same as with your lining....find the centre, mark, go out 3 inches on both sides
of centre mark and go down 4 inches... SEW DARTS
      9.         Be sure to keep both set of darts pressed towards the centre like this photo below....
10 Ok, now we have made the darts and matched them up, wrong sides together...
now we are going to attach the ruffle...

11. As the length of this wrap is 32 inches in length... ( double width and add 3 inches) 
I cut 67 inches of 6 inch width of fabric..
fold in half, press and hand ruffle it...if you prefer machine stitch and gather..
you can do that...I just prefer hand ruffles...


12. Now I did pin this ruffle to the side...MY LEFT...whatever side you prefer for the wrap to be...
when wrapped my ruffle will be on my RIGHT...( you will see below)

13. Pin your selvage edges and be sure your ruffle is right on the edge....I then baste...you can skip that step if you like...I find if I do this...I NEVER EVER have to take out any stitches...hate doing that...I don't even know where my seam ripper is  wink.....



14. You are going to turn your end piece in and baste a couple of stitches so your ruffle goes to the end of your UNION JACK front panel...

15. Now I like to baste after I have pinned and before I machine stitch...this way, I can check
to be sure the whole ruffle is straight...certainly a step that can be optional to you..
but again, I hate ripping out stitches....this works for me...


                        
16. USE your selvage edge print as your guide for your stitching line....

17. And now you are ready to stitch the top of the wrap along with the other side...
do not stitch the bottom....NOOOOOOOO ( wink) 
use your selvage edge as guide to stitch....


18. See it is coming together nicely...now you will press and be sure to match your seams...
as you will be top stitching around all 3 sides... gentle reminder.....do not sew the bottom...

19. Press all around edges, making sure you match your seams perfectly..
and top stitch about 1/2 inch all around ....not the bottom....


20. Now we will need some buttons ...I chose to make self covered ones...#45 and chose the fabric
I had left over to match the colours of UNION JACK.....


21. You will need an extra small button...I used size #30 for the inside
to button up the top, so it does not fall off your hips...
and I added a smiley button to cover the stitches..

( I made another set of buttons to go with the skirt when I ship it out..
just in case a button ever gets lost) 


Loving the back as much as the front....


a close up of the top stitching....YEP I am loving this...


22. Can you imagine making this with any collections that has
large prints...? Who would have ever thought it would be
sooooo well LOVELY..
I know a wee tot who cannot wait to wear this with a little white t-shirt....


Big thanks goes out to RILEY BLAKE DESIGNS for creating
such lovely collections time and time again...
NOW if they had not asked me to be part of this, I CAN SAY
I would never EVER created anything like this..
NOW I want to make another for ME....

RBD see me waving MY UNION JACK...
you make our world sooooo darn colourful...


Be sure to check on these other ladies next week....
WE are not done just yet....





Schedule:

Tuesday 4/1 – Paula at The Sassy Quilter


Thursday 4/3 – Jina at Jina Barney Designz


Tuesday 4/8 – Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios


Thursday 4/10 – Marni at Haberdashery Fun


Tuesday 4/15 – Julia at My Fabric Obession

Thursday 4/17 – Molly at Rose and Odin

Tuesday 4/22 – Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl


Thursday 4/24 – Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt
this is me....

Tuesday 4/29 – Julia at Riley Blake Designs

Thursday 5/1 – Ginny at Darling Adventures


Monday, April 21, 2014

Revealed superpowers on our last day with DMC

Welcome to our last day of revealing our superpowers...

by now you have visited all those I have shared
my Superpowers with... be sure to cheer them on...
it is always a treat to hear your cheers...

But first let me thank PAULINE who is first on our list
today...she has many superpowers....she is kind, sweet,
one heck of stitcher. She has powers behind the wildest of imaginations
for a quilter...She can do anything and has...can even cheer 
with all of her heart... Thank you Pauline, you are a cheerleader
that stands above the rest time and time again...


TO DMC who was our sponsor....threads were shared
with a few of our ladies... thank you for also stitching with us...
That was certainly a nice treats

MONDAY APRIL 21
QuiltnQueen ( our cheerleader for this hop)
pieces by polly ( must have forgotten about her day...) 


And now for my reveal....simply put.
you could say I am  CREATIF...( creative in English)


So with this superpower, I created and designed this QUILT DUVET..
your typical quilt does not provide the warmth I needed for my day
bed in my office. SOOOOO I designed a quilt, hand embroidered and
hand quilted it all ....added a final layer of ticking after it was all stitched..
machine stitched 3 sides and buttoned  the end piece that tucks into
the day bed....ohhhh of course  not before I added self covered buttons in gingham...
I slipped the bleached and processed goose down custom sized
duvet I made last weekend...


I topped it with silk ribbons, only one black...a dear sweet lady
shared it would stand out more this way...
I even stitched the same image on my pillow and added ruffles...

There was soooo much gingham in the room with the valence and curtains..
a plain white duvet seemed the perfect addition..


I hand embroidered a prayer around the 3 sides of my day bed...
Every quilt I have ever made has embroidery incorporated in each one...
although a very simple design, visually it is very inviting...

When I hand quilt, I pull my threads just a little so it has all these gathers...
something you just cannot achieve in machine quilting....
I just like the puffiness of it all...
Here is my berry girl, she is 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide...

I added velvet buttons to the bottom of her dress, compliments
of Shellys buttons and MORE....and yes a silk ribbon to her hair...
she is dated for May 2014....when I was grafting and  stitching her, I was not sure I would have the
whole quilt duvet completed this month...but I did ....so May stays...guess I will have
to add a little something to her in May to justify the date....I will think of something...wink..


The prayer is befitting of any prayer before your head touches the pillow..


this is what is between the layers of the quilt....
still your typical PELLON batting ...that is my topper..
but the inside is filled with bleached and processed 100% goose down..
I made it into a winter weight, so it is quite puffy verses a summer weight..

T-cup who seldom engages in my photo shoots was taken by this Quilt Duvet...she has found a new
spot to cuddle in during the day....I usually lay a wee red blanket on my day bed for her to cuddle on..


And here is the close up of my pillow case to match it all...CRE atif...yes I suppose you could say
that is my superpower....

Thanks to all who stitched along....it was such a treat to see your SUPERPOWER..


Wow for Superpower

Certainly not surprising 
at the beauty this lady can create..her stitching
is by far WOW....she created so many projects
wait till you see you be awed too



Superpower creativity


 and this lady knows how to wow us with her superpower
she is a reminder of what creativity can really do....



( we are still away, as I prepared this before we left...so I may be a bit tardy in getting to everyone today...but I will be there, so please be patient....you soooo matter)





Schedule:

Tuesday 4/1 – Paula at The Sassy Quilter


Thursday 4/3 – Jina at Jina Barney Designz


Tuesday 4/8 – Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios


Thursday 4/10 – Marni at Haberdashery Fun


Tuesday 4/15 – Julia at My Fabric Obession

Thursday 4/17 – Molly at Rose and Odin

Tuesday 4/22 – Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl


Thursday 4/24 – Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt
see you thursday

Tuesday 4/29 – Julia at Riley Blake Designs

Thursday 5/1 – Ginny at Darling Adventures

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's a PERFECT DAY for a PICNIC blog hop...sign up. ( our last hop of the season)

YES let's PLAN a summer of PICNICs...
YOU will need the following:

A picnic QUILT
A picnic basket
A location
A menu...
A book or game!
A camera.

A DATE!

date changes June 2nd- 9th
( consider joining as this will
be the last hop of the season)





With all of our time spent online and in our sewing rooms among many other things...when was the last time you actually PLANNED A PICNIC with your family, loved ones, or even an outing by yourself...NO really...when was the last time?

This BLOG HOP has been on  my mind ALLLLLLLL winter long....This summer I wanted to create some delightful memories with my wonderful beloved....I thought why not include YOU AND YOU AND YOU too...  and here is why...

Cori from Chitter Chatter Designs really is responsible for all of this....From the time I first laid eyes on her designs...I was  in AWE....I know this sounds ridiculous and soooo over used...BUT I AM....really --I am her BIGGEST FAN...
If ever you wanted to do applique like her...she is finally doing some pretty awesome TUTS here
I convinced her to design a NEW PICNIC quilt ....you can only imagine how magnificent it will be...
so she will be in our HOP...and for the  meantime...here is why I wanted to do this hop...
This is called Ant-titude...and you can still get this pattern....I did!





PICNICS of YESTERDAY.....




As a young lady in my pre-teens, I remember Sunday picnics after  mass. My Nanny and I would plan the sandwiches and salads, and of course there was a slice or two of our favourite fruit pie...We did this on Saturdays....We would gather all the necessary tools of a picnic, transistor radio( mine was black and it was a sanyo, no plug ins, just batteries) , books, dishes, blanket and picnic basket. We had our favourite spots we would go to but sometimes my Grand Pere would suggest a new spot he came across while on his frequent fishing trips. So we would get into his boat and he would surprise us with a quiet island off the large lakes we lived near.
Those moments are still as vivid in my memory as my quiet time in my quiet place this morning...


Now doesn't this sound like something you want to do this summer?

So here is what is expected of you....#1 YOU must create a PICNIC Quilt, some of us are using LAMINATES from RILEY BLAKE DESIGN for our backing...I thought this would make sense...keep our quilts nice and dry....Sooooo our dear friends at RILEY BLAKE Design, provided a few of our top 2 ladies with laminates ( optional for everyone else ) ....There are many rewards to putting your BEST forward...12 ladies will be showcasing their NEW DESIGNS on their day... Thank you RBD and for being our delightful, warm, dependable sponsor....

YOU WILL NEED....

#1 create a picnic quilt
#2 obtain some kind of picnic basket ( I recommend taking a peak at Peterboro Baskets, also a sponsor of our hop...

#3 plan a detailed menu and share your basket contents.

#4 take photos of your outing and share how your day went....

#5 what books or games did you bring along

( no phones, no electronic gadgets...must be left in the car or better yet at home) 

OHHHHH if you do purchase a basket from Peterboro Baskets....The President is offering
20% discount for all of you...JUST add QUILT as your coupon and this will expire on September 30 2014....

Wouldn't this be nice to plan at least 1 day a month with your LOVED ones? weather permitted of course....David and I are planning a picnic every two weeks...first I will plan, and then he will plan, menu, location....this is our plans for the entire summer....we do not have that many summers to explore and relish...soooooo we are beginning a new tradition..


Mary -from Ipiece2Mary  also enjoys traditions and picnics, so she is just thrilled to be cheering you all on this one. And for her efforts, Mary is getting a basket to plan her outing...
Mary and I certainly share many passions but you can bet this one is by far our favourite...

Peterboro Baskets has been a delightful new sponsor and sent me a few things to add to our PICNIC blog hop.....Those who sign up and those who have been in our top 2 will be eligible for other BASKETS prior to our hop...




Mary will require : 

In your subject line...

Yes, I want a Perfect PICNIC.



Your name
Your email addy
Your name of your blog
Your url...




 Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Design any size PICNIC QUILT.
( laminate back is optional) 
( although you will be seeing at least a dozen in this hop)

2. take great photos  - a good thing if you are aiming for
our POST Of FAME each day!
 BEST in Wow and Creativity .
3. have your blog post ready at midnight EST 
so the world can pop in and cheer you on too.
4. turn off your word verification - you really do not want to 
miss that chance of hearing how GREAT YOU ARE!

5. place button ( on side bar, copy code ) 
 on your blog once you hear you are IN,
YOU want your Friends to cheer YOU !
6. most important on your day, 
Add the list of fellow hoppers on your day to your
 post so everyone can find them as easy as they found you
( and please leave your blog link on too) 

7. and most most important….
Be a CHEERLEADER! 
YOU will be surprised who is WATCHING!
JOIN US in OUR UNIVERSAL QUILTING BEE
- we can all use more CHEERS! 


I can GUARANTEE something..
this will be a summer you will never ever forget....





P.S. Corrie at Quilt Taffy has some red and white dot laminate if anyone is looking for some...
just link to see...