Machine embroidery – bobbin work

It’s been quite a busy time again, as usual. I just posted new digital longarm designs to my website and I started to quilt my paper pieced quilt. That in itself is a new adventure as I am quilting it on a new to me system, the Bernina QMatic in my daughter’s shop, Cozy Quilt. The first session was all about finding out about how the system works. I had expert advice from Tammy who works in the shop, but I still only managed to get one block done in that first session. I am sure I’ll get better at it as I get more familiar with the system.

I’ve also been experimenting with bobbin work on my own Bernina at home. I’ve wanted to try it for a long time and had ideas for designs swirling in my head for some time. As you know, heavier threads such as razzle dazzle can’t fit through the needle and have to be wound on the bobbin.  This, of course, has to be stitched from the back of the project and I was looking for an easy method to transfer the design to the reverse side. I found it when I discovered Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy. It is very thin, but has a paper backing and can be run through a printer. The paper is then removed and the Fabri-solvy will stick to the back of the project and you can stitch over the lines with regular thread in the needle.  Here is a picture of a little test sample.

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Isn’t it pretty? It will be combined with other techniques and become a Christmas wall hanging.

Until next time.

Georgette

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Machine pieced hexagons.

 

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Hexagons are very popular at the moment, especially among people who enjoy sewing by hand. But what about people who do not enjoy handwork? In my last blog, or perhaps it was in my newsletter, I mentioned that I might have found a way to stitch them on a sewing machine. I looked into it a bit more and found indeed a way to do that. It is not exactly the traditional pattern, but it does have hexies.  By adding some triangles, the pieces can be sewn together in rows and then the rows can be stitched together.

I wrote up instructions for a mug rug or a tiny table topper. To enlarge the pattern, all you have to do is add more hexies and triangles or enlarge both the hexagon and the triangle templates by the same percentage. The pattern has a few example on what percentage to use. If you don’t have the software to do that, you can ask a copy shop to do it for you.  Download the pattern by clicking on mug rug, (two pages).

The triangles look best if they are all the same color as they are shared by adjoining hexies. The hexies can be a variety of colors, or will look nice if they are fussy cut from fabric with some interesting images.

I hope you’ll enjoy this little project.

Happy crafting,

Georgette

 

It’s May! Already?

Time got away from me again. I have made good progress on my paper piecing quilt and have a good part finished, but nothing to show. I have to trim the block first before I can take some pictures. I have also had a lot of interruptions. Some repairs that needed to be taken care off and I was waiting on more fabric for my quilt to come in. That has arrived now, but before I can finish piecing  I have to get new quilting designs on my website for May. There are also a few more home repairs that have to be done. A month or so ago I discovered that my skylight was leaking a bit during the heavy rains we had. But then we had a month or so with a dry spell and I kind of forgot about it, but today we had rain again. Fortunately, not heavy enough to cause leaking, but it reminded me that I really have to call somebody to fix it. The problem, as always is, who to call.

It may not be mine, but I do have pictures of a quilt to show you and it is beautiful. It is a Lonestar quilt, quilted with one of my designs by Waynna Kershner for a customer. I love it. Great job, Waynna. IMG_5191IMG_5184IMG_5190IMG_5187

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I am sorry, but I don’t know who designed the quilt.

Waynna chose my SCF-321 Strings v1 and SCF-323 Strings v2 patterns. If I remember correctly, I enlarged the patterns for her as the quilt is quite big.

Here is what Waynna had to say:
It turned out “gorgeous,” My customers’ words! She is VERY happy with it! The design package was perfect! I especially liked the way the bottom of the diamond shape was set up to just use the one point on the top half as the Start Point, without having to create a new area!! That worked so well! I, and my customer, liked the long smooth curves on the design.”

That made my day. I love getting comments and beautiful pictures like that. Thank you very much.

Next time I hope to have pictures of my own quilt or at least some quilt blocks.

Happy crafting everyone.

Georgette

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Easy and quick potholders.

I came across this video on YouTube on a super quick and easy potholder, coaster, or hotpad that I want to share with you. It requires very little sewing and you can make them any size you want.

The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG9-2f9iilg

I know I’ll be making a couple of potholders for myself and as they have to stand up to heat I’ll be adding some insulbright to protect my fingers. You should be able to find insulbright at your favorite quilt shop or fabric store.

When you go to YouTube browse a bit more and you will find videos for the same idea but for different shapes, such as hexagons and circles. All are very easy to make and require very little sewing. They will make great little gifts.

Happy crafting,

Georgette

Stars Within and an easy Tote

First of all a big Thank You to those of you who ordered my first paper piecing pattern “Flying High”. It was easy, right? I’d love to see pictures of your finished quilt. And how do you like patterns in PDF format? They can be downloaded instantly and there are no shipping and handling costs.

Today I have a link to a couple of videos. The first one is the October Strip Club quilt by Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design. Daniela did it again, she came up with a terrific design that looks complicated, but is actually quite easy to put together. Just click on the link to see how it is put together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOrthFJQgQo

Pattern is available from www.cozyquilt.com or your local quilt shop.

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The next video is by Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy. Laura shows how to use a paper gift bag as a pattern for a fabric one. If you are like me you probably have stacks of paper gift bags in all different sizes, but making them from fabric is special and they are so easy and quick to do. They make nice gifts all by themselves and become extra special when stuffed with something, a few fat quarters perhaps or some cookies or chocolate.

fabric-gift-bagsClick on the link to see how it is done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHb_eYb3s_8

Until next time.

Georgette

Quilters Niche News – A crafty blog

Flying High – Now Available

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My paper pieced pattern, Flying High, is ready and available for download in PDF format on my website. It is an easy pattern and includes general instructions for paper piecing so even paper piecing newbies should not have any problems making it. I would recommend choosing fabrics that are not too busy and that contrast nicely with the background fabric. Fabric requirements are included for the layout and colors shown, but I also included the fabric needed for one butterfly. So if you’d like to make a smaller or larger quilt, or fewer or more butterflies, you should have no problem figuring out how much fabric is needed. The pattern is about 62″ x 62″ and makes a nice large wall hanging or throw.  I quilted it with FL-376 Butterflies and Blooms v2.

The next quilt is not one of my designs. It is one of my daughter Daniela’s Strip Club creations. It was pieced in two color ways and was enthusiastically received during her strip Club Presentation last month:

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The YouTube link is: https://www.youtube.com/embed/QoFqq2UnU2o

The pattern is available at Cozyquilt.com and so are the kits for both designs.

I have also been a busy bee working on new digital quilting designs and hope to blog about those in a few days. While next month I plan on showing you some beautiful blocks that can either be quilted on a longarm or stitched on an embroidery machine.

Stay tuned.

Have a great day.

Georgette