I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.
It’s been a very busy month and a while since my last blog. I took some time off to recharge my own battery and tried to catch up and finish all sorts of half finished projects and tasks that were put on the back burner. Well, I did not succeed in finishing everything I had planned, but I did recharge my battery and am rearing to go again. I just finished posting new quilting designs on my website and a pattern for a fun little wall hanging, that I think will be a hit with the little ones.
It is small, 16″ square, and very quick to make. Only the border and binding require stitching. The rest is all fused down, even the background, and it did not require quilting, although it can, of course, be added. The snowballs are tiny pompoms. The pattern includes full size templates and SVG files for those that have a cutting machine.
I also tried to make a series of Free Standing Lace Christmas ornaments, but only managed two as my embroidery machine had to go into the shop and it took a couple of weeks for the part to arrive. I stitched them over Mylar which gave a nice bit of sparkle to both of them:
And one for St. Patrick’s day (at least I’m early with that one).
They will be on my website in a couple of days. I am now working on a couple of embroidery designs for Valentine’s Day and I started thinking about some new quilting designs for next month. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.
Last but not least, I want to share some pictures that Deborah Zucker, a customer, sent me of a quilt she quilted for her customer who rightfully was very pleased with the result.
The quilt pattern is Prickly Pear and is published and distributed by Cozy Quilt Designs and available in their shop www.cozyquilt.com. The quilt pattern was my design too, so it was fun to come up with some quilting designs to match. I think I succeeded and Deborah did a beautiful job on the quilting. Her business name is IQuilt4U.
Here are two pictures of Deborah’s work:
And finally a picture of the original quilt design:
Stay warm everyone. Spring will be here in just a couple of months.
A customer sent me a picture of a quilt she made and donated to her local fire department for their annual ice cream social 3 years ago. Sheryl said that the quilt was such a hit that she has made a quilt for them every year since. She used one of my designs to quilt it.
A few weeks ago I discovered a fantastic new machine embroidery group on Facebook, EmbroideryM.O.M. M.O.M stands for Mastering our Machines and Nadine, the owner of the group is not only a very nice lady, but she also posts some fantastic videos to inspire everyone. One of these videos shows how to make a bunch of floral petals and then arrange them and sew them into a large flower as a decoration for a pillow.
This was definitely something I wanted to try. I did not have enough fabric for a whole pillow, but I did have some nice red batik fabric. So I adapted Nadine’s technique and made this candle wreath:
The petals were sewn on an embroidery machine, but could easily be sewn with a regular sewing machine. You can follow Nadine’s instructions in her video. If you like the candle wreath you can sew the petals on a circle of fabric and leave the center free so there is room to place a candle. I don’t have a pattern I can share as this was not my design, but you can watch Nadine’s video if you become a member of the EmbroideryM.O.M group. You can find it on Facebook at this link:
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
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.
WOW, time sure flies when you are having fun, or even when you are just busy. That’s my excuse for not posting sooner. And, yes, I do have fun. At least most of the time, as long as I don’t have to take care of those pesky little admin details that sometimes demand priority. Maintaining a website for example. When I first started my website I had no idea what I was getting into. I had a lot to learn and still do and sometimes fun projects get put aside and then remain unfinished. Here is one I just finished, almost finished to be exact.
About a year ago, or maybe it was actually two years, I took a fun class on fabric painting with Inktense pencils taught by Desiree Habicht. It was great, but I was unable to finish the sample in class. Just recently I joined a Facebook group on machine embroidery and some of the members posted fabulous examples of fabric painting. That reminded me that I still had a half finished block so I took some time and finished painting it. I am new at this, but it was fun and I may practice some more. If you want to know how it is done you can find a lot of videos on YouTube using different techniques. The method I learned was with Derwent Inktense pencils. We were given a quilt block with an outline stitched on either a longarm or an embroidery machine. The outline is then colored in with the pencils after which a Fabric Medium is applied. When everything is dry it is ironed to heat set the paint and it becomes washable.
I have read that some people just use regular coloring pencils, but I have not tried that so I can’t comment on how well that works. Also, it is supposed to work better on PFD fabric (prepared for dyeing). That is a fabric without any finish or sizing.
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:
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.