Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tool time with Cherry...ohhhh wait till you see the WISDOM in this!

Hello! I’m Cherry of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio
and want to thank Madame Samm for inviting me to share my favorite tool…

I looked around my studio trying to decide “which” of my favorites to talk about,
since I have several I absolutely love, and finally settled on The Appliqué Pressing Sheet.
One of my favorite techniques is raw-edge-appliqué, and this sheet is a must have
– you can preassemble your designs with no guessing about placement
– no mistakes in fabric choice, whether for the appliqués or the background fabrics.

Let me show you how I use it, with my little owl

I start with the appliqué templates that have been reversed for a raw-edge finish,
and trace them on to the paper side of, in this case, Pellon Wonder Under,
using a fine-tip Sharpie marker

Fuse the traced templates to the wrong side of your fabric, fusible side down

Then cut on the traced line

You don’t have to have one of these,
but I love the firm ironing surface which allows me to pin everything in place

Lay your design on the mat and pin it down

Place The Appliqué Pressing Sheet over it – yeah, pin this one down too

Preassemble the eyes, starting with the “white of the eye”
Pin, and then “tack” down with a hot dry iron

Add the “eyes” and press

The Appliqué Pressing Sheet gets very hot, so be careful.
Allow everything to cool down, then peel off the eyes.
I like to clean the Sheet afterwards with this fancy “tulle”

Finish the eyes, peel, and set aside

Build the rest of the owl, laying the templates from bottom to top

Peel the owl off The Appliqué Pressing Sheet and remember to clean your sheet
Voila! a cute little owl ready to audition backgrounds…

How about a winter scene?
Maybe some fresh white...

...or, snowflakes?

I think I like the clean, fresh look of the white fabric. I like to spray Sizing (bugs like starch!) to my background piece as a stabilizer for when I blanket stitch around the appliqué pieces.
Spray it to death!!! Yes, it can almost stand by itself it's so stiff, lol!

Center your background fabric over the design 

Fuse the owl in place - don't forget to add the little leaves
Now it's ready for some pretty little blanket stitching.

This was so much fun!
I hope you’ll give The Appliqué Pressing Sheet a try,
and if you like the little owl, come by my blog and get a copy of my pattern.

Happy appliquéing,

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It's a GIVEAWAY to keep us STABLE! and the winner is......

If you sew, quilt, design, you must have used PELLON
somewhere in your creations. As long as I can remember
and it has been decades, I have always used some kind 
of stabilizer, interfacing, backing....you can call it anything 
you like BUT from this day forward if you want

For backing and interfacing, well PELLON
has it all..

Today our  giveaway is this collection
of rigid fusible interfacing for bags and wall hangings..
- some underarm protection when you are making
something that needs that little bit of extra, and some stretchy
interfacing when you are making some garments that need
the give....... Enough for quite a few projects...

This package has 5 different types of interfacing
for all your sewing and quilting...
AND AMY BRADLEY has this PIN cushion

Pattern, MS Pinny....that would be just the little
extra to tie this giveaway together....

Winner Announced on Tuesday.....

What was the last project you made that needed
any kind of fusible interfacing...?

Congrats To bacontheneggs lady....
She won this package...and my she was pretty excited too..
Thanks to all those who entered.your projects sounded
very sticky lol

Thursday, January 19, 2012

TOOL time with Pétra from Sew Paint Create and her special ......

Hello my name is Pétra I blog over at Sew Paint Create and I am Creative Mom2010 on Flickr. I am so happy to be joining in on the tool fun with the amazing Madame Samm! I've already learned about some new tools I'll be adding to my quilting routine. I hope mine comes in handy for you as well.

 I randomly bought my favorite tool one day when I had a coupon at Joann's. You all know what it's like looking at all the toys with 50% off flashing in your head. I saw this little guy and thought it would be handy for turning out corners and it is. Little did I know the real purpose for this tool is binding and it helps keep my corners nice and tidy. It's the Machine Quilters Friend, The Ultimate Stiletto by Fons and Porter! The name just cracks me up but it is the Ultimate! 

This is a little mug rug I made and the binding was cut at a scant 1 1/4". I don't always machine finish my binding but on some mug rugs, potholders, place mats or runners I do. What makes this tool so successful is the stiletto is coated with rubber, it's not plastic, so it doesn't slide on the fabric it grips it. 

The point is also narrow enough to get in the center of the foot to hold the fold of your corner down when your approaching corners. 

Yes and it's still great for giving you pointy little corners! 

 Features of the Ultimate Stiletto

  • Great ergonomic handle with support for your finger.
  • Rubber coated stiletto holds fabric in place with no sliding.
  • Gets into little places for turning bags and such.

The only drawback I've found

  • Don't let your 10 year old play with it! The rubber on the tip will tear if banged against a hard object then the metal is exposed. Now I have two but they are still both handy.

Thank you again to Madame Samm for bringing all these new quilters together with more experienced ones. I'm not sure where I fall in the mix but I am happy to be here!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tool time with another Kerri, ( with an I) and her lil twister tutorial ( 2 guests today) YEAH!

Hi!! I'm Kerri of Lovely Little Handmandes and am so excited to be a guest blogger today!! I love this months theme, and knew exactly what I wanted to share with you, as I have a new favorite tool that I've been loving!!

The Lil' Twister

Would you like to see how to use this clever little tool!?! I thought you'd say yes!! :) Here is what you need~

The Lil' Twister tool
Rotary Cutter and Mat
42, 5 inch charm squares
1/2 yard of two coordinating fabrics for borders
1 yard of a neutral solid fabric
1 1/2 yards of backing fabric
1/2 yard for binding

Now lets get started...
Arrange your squares into a patchwork.

Start sewing your squares together into rows

Lets now sew the rows together

Now you have your squares sewn together in a nice patchwork

Take one of your coordinating fabrics and cut them into 3 1/2 inch strips. Stitch the border to your patchwork.

Take your Lil' Twister Tool and place the lines to match up with the seams. Cut around the Lil' Twister tool with your rotary cutter. Continue until you've cut all your squares.

Arrange your blocks as you are cutting your squares into the same order you had your patchwork.

Then sew the squares together into rows and sew the rows together.

Now to add on the borders...
I added a 2 inch white border,

a 3 1/2 inch border of the other coordinating fabric, and a wide 6 1/2 inch white border

All is left is to sandwich, quilt, and bind your quilt, and voila, a lovely new lil twister quilt!! :)

A close-up of the quilting! For fabrics, I used mostly all Atsuko Matsuyama fabrics and a few coordinating Lecien polka dots, gingham's and ticking stripes.

The binding is a new flower sugar one, and the backing is a soft vintage sheet!!

Thanks so much for letting me come and play today!! It was lots of fun!! :)

No More Tracing for Hand Embroidery!!

Hey ya'll!
I'm here to tell you about a fantastic product
that changed my hand embroidery life.
I almost gave up on hand embroidery
because of all the tracing I had to do.
With Transfer Eze....
no more tracing!!
Below is my Buttercream Summer quilt
that has been almost totally done with this.
 Transfer Eze paper is a paper backed with plastic.
You put it in the paper tray of your copier
and run your design off onto it.
(Or take it to a copier, or you can scan it into your computer)

Peel off the back plastic....
The paper will be very sticky.
Then put it right onto your fabric,
pressing it down good with your hands,
especially the corners...
Now sew right through it like you would normally hand embroidery...
If you have applique pieces like the basket here,
you can either applique it first,
or do as I did and just put the paper right over it and do a blanket stitch.
Saving a lot of work.
Here is the embroidered piece that is going in all of the corners of Buttercream Summer
You can see the Transer Eze is still on it.
Once you are finished embroidering,
cut out all of the big sections that has no embroidery on it...

Now take your piece and rinse it for five minutes....
All of the paper and black will disappear!!

Here is a pic of the border that is going on all 4 sides of the above quilt....
This stuff is nothing short of amazing.
All except three blocks in this quilt was made with it.
For the first three blocks I hadn't heard of it....
Otherwise the whole thing would have been done with it.
If you would like to order some of this paper
it is available  for 10 sheets at $15.00
 30 sheets for $40.00

If you would like to order this Block of the Month
you can go to our website at: The Scrappy Appleyard

It is also available in a second colorway called Parisian Summer.
(Pinks, Greens, Lavenders and Blues)
The best way to see this colorway is to go to my blog  Here.
If you put "Parisian Summer into the Search Box,
all of the posts will come up about it.

Here's a peak....
True Friendship Never Ends

I'm going to give away one pack of 10 sheets.
Make sure to leave a comment to enter.
You can qualify a second time by becoming a follower
over here at my Blog!!
If you already are one, leave an extra comment letting me know.

Good Luck!

Thank you so much Madam Samm for inviting me to come over and play at your blog
I appreciate you more than you know!!

With Love and Affection....

P.S. Sorry for some of the picture qualities! We had tornado warnings here today....which did nothing for the lighting in the house!