Friday, February 10, 2012

It's all about Heart with a special addition with Lesley and her Piece of My Heart

Hi again from Lesley at SewHappy.Me. When Madame Samm invited me over again to guest blog for her Hearts and Hands theme for February I was happy to accept because Hearts are a particular favourite of mine. As it will soon be Valentine's Day, I designed this quick little project for you and it is so-o-o-o simple (measures 15″ x 12″ approximately) that you can easily have it made in time for the big day.

Of course if you feel that it wouldn't be appreciated by your other half then there is no reason why you shouldn't make it for one of the grandchildren. After all, they too have a piece of our hearts, don't they!
So, let's go sew!

To begin with download your Pattern Sheet.

1. Choose your fabrics and decide your colour placements using the quilt photo as a guide.

2. Cut a piece of background fabric 12″ x 9″. You will find it much easier to trace the design if you use a light colour fabric for your background.

3. Trace each heart shape from your Pattern Sheet on to fusible web (Bondaweb) using the templates that have already been reversed for you ready for tracing. Remember to trace dotted extension lines where one piece goes beneath another. Number these pieces for ease.

4. Iron bondaweb shapes on to each of your chosen fabrics and cut out these shapes from your fabric.

5. Place these bonded shapes into their correct position on the background fabric using the pattern sheet as a guide and remembering to centre your design on the background fabric. When you centre the design don't forget to allow for the fact that the embroidered words are lower than the heart. If you have used a light background fabric you can place your pattern sheet underneath your background fabric and you will be able to see the design through your fabric for ease of placement (as shown).

6. Iron these bonded fabrics in place in number order on the background fabric remembering that one shape will go beneath another where you have traced dotted lines.

7. Appliqué each shape in place using your chosen method of appliqué. I have used a small machine zig-zag stitch. I have also chosen to use a white thread to highlight the shapes which emphasises that these are individual pieces. You might prefer to hand stitch these pieces with some lovely embroidery stitches and coloured threads.

8. Trim appliquéd fabric down to 11.5″ x 8.5″.

9.For my inner border I have used the same fabric colours that are in the appliquéd  heart and cut small pieces of 1″ wide strips to join together. My pieces have varied from 1″ to 2.5″ in length. All seams are ¼″
10. Join these pieces together to make 4 strips long enough to add to top and bottom and either side of your background fabric.

11. Cut 4 strips of background fabric 2″ wide and long enough to add to either side and top and bottom.
12. Sew these final border strips in place.

13. Centre the design on your pattern sheet once more and trace the stitchery words and designs. I use a very fine pencil or you may choose to use a wash away tracing pen.

14. Place a piece of cotton batting 16″ x 13″behind the design. I use 505 basting spray to hold this in place or you may prefer to tack it. I use cotton wadding because it is lovely and fine to sew through. I also place it behind before I sew my stitchery because it is easier to carry threads along the back of the work and they won't show through.

15. Stitch the words, hearts and kisses using back stitch. Use french knots to dot your i's and for dots between the kisses. I have used two strands of embroidery thread.

16. Place a piece of backing fabric behind the completed design. Once again I have used 505 spray or you may tack in place. Quilt in the ditch on either side of inner border to hold your backing in place.

17. Trim down completed quilt and add binding. I have used 2.5″ strips and ironed them in half lengthways to make a double binding.

18. To complete your quilt you might like to sew on a small heart button as shown.

19. I have then made and sewn two hanging tags to top of my mini quilt and hung it from a wire hanger.

20. Your Heart Mini Quilt is now complete. Gift it to someone you love.

If you have enjoyed my tutorial you might like to visit my Quilting Blog where you will find more of my tutorials and patterns. You might particularly enjoy my Valentine Heart Cushion pattern which is another project in the same vein. I have enjoyed being with you today. Hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

It's all about Heart with Barb and her LOVE IS IN THE AIR - Heart Attack Runner

Nothing spells love better than red and white. Today I am heart attacking you!!!

Why not play with some Samoan Fabrics????

Who doesn't like to play especially with such fun fabrics?

I am Barb of Bejeweled QuiltsLink working now to my blog ( thanks Samm)and wanna share the LOVE with Madame Samm....I heart her....I heart you!!
Need one Trusty Go can always cut your hearts by biggie!
I just started cutting hearts...I didn't know where it would take me (maybe it would take me back to the island of Samoa) could only hope!

Normally I would use "Steam A Seam" but since I didn't know what I was going to do and not wanting to waste my "Steam A Seam" the fabric is bare...

Took my large hearts and cut the middle out of them, in order to do this I cut a small mat that only covers the middle mat. These dies will only cut with a mat, so in order to get the middle cut I had to cut a small mat so as not to have cuts where I don't want them.
Here is the results.... So....I continue to play, continue to cut.

I get me a piece of white fabric, the end results is 18" x 24", I always like to have the fabric larger than what I need so I can cut it down but I didn't know what direction I was going on so I just cut a nice piece of white.

I started arranging the hearts as you can see below. I arranged it how I wanted and then started gluing the hearts down.

As you can see length wise there are four large hearts with the middle out of them on each side and then 3 smaller solid hearts in between the larger one. On the side width wise you just have two large and one smaller one.

In the corner I placed a small solid heart.

As a young girl I remember writing the word "LOVE" over in different forms and so I just drew out the words as you see in the end results. I am sure there are those of you that can do a much better job in the wording but I am happy with mine.

Quilt as desired and bind you have your own heart attack runner.

Well as I mentioned above, I just cut and cut and so with the left over I made this candle mat.

This candle mat is 14 1/2" x 14 1/2", as you can see, there are four hearts pointing towards each other in the middle, the larger hearts in between the middle hearts and then the solid hearts in the middle of the hearts below them. EASY...just quilt as desired and bind.

I just love this mat....I love my runner. If you click on over to my blog, I will be giving the runner away to one of you

I hope that if you made the runner or mat that you come by and let me know.

Happy Valentines DAY!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

It's all about Heart, reds, blacks and whites and Duff is embracing with Heart....daisies!

Good Day! Madame Samm has asked me to share a project today so I've made this tutorial for you! My name is Duff and you can meet me over at . link working now at my blog Bacon Then Eggs try to mix humor with quilting along with a dash of crazy. Well, maybe more than a dash...

The best part of this tutorial is the zipper--lots of photos and once you understand it, you can put a zipper in any size bag. Yes, really. If you try it and get stuck, you can email me, and I'll guide you through it.
Quart-Size Travel Bag with Window (this also makes a great pencil/pen bag)
Finished size is 6 X 8

Materials List:
1 fat quarter main print fabric (about 10 X 11 piece)
1 fat quarter lining fabric (about 12 X 13  piece includes tabs)
¾ yd. fusible interfacing
8-inch zipper (minimum, any size over is fine)
(1) key fob
(1) 8½ X 4½ piece of clear vinyl

Main print fabric  Lining print fabric Zipper & key fob tabs (choose fabric)
(1) 8½ X 6½        (1) 8½  X 6½          (1) 12 X 2
(2) 8½ X 1½ (1) 8½  X 1½ -subcut into
(1) 8½  X 1¾ (3) 4 X 2

1. Fuse interfacing to main and lining prints. Cut fabric to required sizes. All measurements in inches and seams ¼ inch.

Bag Front:
1. Stitch 8½ X 1½ main print to one end of 8½ X 4½ vinyl piece. Use a Teflon or walking foot if you have it. Press toward main print, making bag front top.
2. Sandwich bottom of 8½  X 4½ vinyl between one 8½ X 1½ main print and lining print,ensuring that main print will be sewn onto bag front. Stitch. Press away from vinyl--make sure iron does not touch vinyl.

1. Press both ends of 4 X 2 strips under ¼ , then fold strip in half so ¼ ends are together.

2. Open zipper and then hold together, marking a stitch line. stitch. Cut the overhang if necessary, enough to wrap zipper tab around the end.

3. Stitch line should be laying on the ¼ piece of the zipper tab.
4. Stitch the zipper tab closed, about ⅛ from the edge. Cut open zipper tab to expose the teeth of the zipper.

5. Cut the zipper end down to about ¼.

6. Lay the zipper on a mat and measure 6¼ from the edge of the sewn zipper tab.
7. Draw a stitch line on the zipper. Stitch.

8. Attach the tab to this end in the same fashion as the first. There should be (approximately) a 6⅛ length between tabs.

[On that note, now that you know how to make this zipper, you can put it in any size pouch--just subtract 2⅜ from the total length of the pre-sewn fabric pieces and you’ve got the distance you need between tabs. awesome, huh?]

Bag Front Sandwich:
1. Place 8½ X 1¾ lining piece right side up.
2. Center zipper on top, right side up, using zipper edge as a guide (tabs will be over-sized).
3. Place bag front on top of zipper, right side down. Stitch sandwich. Cut off edges of zipper along stitch line. Press.

4. Turn under lining so it matches the edge of the vinyl and finger press. Fold back piece and press in earnest. Return to prior position and re-press the zipper edge until the lining pieces lays flat.

Bag Back Sandwich:
1. Place 8½ X 1½ lining piece right side up.
2. Center zipper on top, right side up, using zipper edge as guide.
3. Place 8½ X 6½ main print on top of zipper, right side down. Stitch sandwich. Press.

1. Iron remaining 4 X 2 strip in half long-wise. Open, press long raw edges to center fold. Fold in half so that raw edges are now encased. Press. Stitch ⅛ from edge and set aside.

1. Topstitch ¼ on all seams, making sure to catch bag front top lining piece that was ironed under to match vinyl edge.
2. Square up bag a little, being careful to keep width on both sides of zipper even.
3. **Open Zipper**
4. Pin key fob to top side edge so it is laying against the main print.
5. Fold bag in half, front and back right sides together. Make sure top zipper edges are as flat as possible and that the top inside seams match up.
6. Stitch sides and bottom using zigzag, straight stitch, or serger. Trim any exposed edges with pinking shears.
7. Turn bag right side out. Use instrument (e.g., crochet hook, knitting needle) to push out zipper ends. If vinyl is really stiff, place a piece of fabric over the vinyl and then iron until warm--that will make it easier to turn right-side out.

For a downloadable version in Google docs, click HERE

If you'd like to WIN this bag, comment below and over on my blog Bacon Then Eggs!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It's all about Heart and RED with Joan and her topic of Recycle and Reuse!

Red red red... Are you seeing red yet, and pink and white and anything that makes the heart flutter!!! That's what Valentines day is all about.

While I was working on my Christmas projects this year, I had a stroke of genius... or maybe just a stroke!! :-) But, I just couldn't get this crazy idea out of my head. Where are my manners? I am Joan, popping in for a visit from "MooseStash Quilting". I have long been a fanatic about saving scraps and threads and itty bitty things that would make anyone who is OCD crazy, I am sure. But there was this eureka moment, while working on my Christmas project last November. I had all these little corners that I cut off my blocks. You know, the ones left over, when you stitch on the line and then cut them 1/4" away when making, flying geese for example.

I immediately stop and stitch together the little leftovers to save for a new project. Sounds crazy I now!

After you press open your little piece, you get these dog ears.

And you know they have to go!!

Which leaves you this...
Now we are on to something!!

                                                           We need tulle, you know the stuff with little tiny holes in it. I put a piece of fabric under it, so you can see it. It's really hard to photograph.

We are also going to need some water soluble stabilizer. I like the woven kind personally. Now layer the tulle on top of the water soluble stabilizer and stitch around the edges. We need 2 of these one for the top and one for the bottom! :-)

Dog ears!! Yep we need dog ears. And you thought I was crazy!
With the water soluble side down sprinkle on your dog ears.

I like it, but that's all the dog ears I have, and I think it needs more... I happen to have some eye lash yarn the color I need. So I am going to cut up a bunch and just plop it where I want it!

Take your top piece with the water soluble side up and carefully pin the two together trying not to move the little dog ears or other filler around too much.

And now for the fun. We are going to take this little sandwich to our machine, drop those feed dogs and start quilting. Nothing fancy, just some loops and wiggles, something to keep things together. Once you have the entire piece somewhat stable, you can start quilting the bejeebers out of it.

Bejeeber: A very technical word that is about the same as "heck" or "mess" or "stuffing"... You know, whatever favorite word you like to use!! :-)

It's fun to change out the thread colors and scribble away. It really does need to be pretty densely quilted so when we dissolve the stabilizer, everything stays put. Here is my finished piece.

Then off to the sink, to dissolve the stabilizer.

What I am left with is this fabulous piece of fabric, just waiting to have an art quilt designed for it!

                                               Close up!


Remember those little pieces - the ones the dog ears came from?

They make up great pin wheel blocks. And just the right colors to match our art fabric!! Who knew!

So I gathered a recycled zipper and some polka dot ribbon and I start to play. A zip up shirt is what popped into my mind, and don't you know that every zip up shirt has to have a matching brooch. It is a rule, I'm sure!

So here you go. My Valentines version of an art quilt.

And from left overs from this Christmas Quilt...
Who'd a thunk!

       I hope to have inspired you, to start your very own OCD fabric art quilt. Cause there is nothing better than getting a Bonus "quiltie" from leftovers!!

stop on by the MooseStash for a visit

I have a jar full of thread and a bag of dog ears...
What's a girl to do??? You gotta help me!!!


            Have a fabulous Valentines day!!

  And don't forget to show us your " OCD Art" quilt!

A big thanks to Madame Samm! It's always a pleasure for me to be able to share with so many talented people. You "all" keep me inspired, each and every day!