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

Sewing over thick seams

Have you ever experienced tiny stitches, or the sewing machine stopping, when you try to sew over a thick seam? This happens because when the needle reaches the heavy seam, the front of the presser foot is pushed up and the foot is no longer level and therefore has not enough traction. There is an easy solution. You have to put something under the back of the presser foot so that the foot is level again. Some machines come with a special little tool for this purpose that are called height compensation tools or sometimes hump jumpers. If you don’t have this tool, don’t despair. Anything thick will do the same thing, an index card folded a couple of times, for example, as long as it is the same thickness as the seam so that the foot is level.

Here is a link to a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbeuDo6WW70

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Happy sewing.

Georgette

 

Do you couch?

I saw this couching method by Sharon Pederson on the daily blog of the Quilt Show and just have to pass it on. It is pretty ingenious. You can also find it on YouTube. Just search for Sharon Pederson – lesson 20. I have couched on some scrap fabric, but will have to try it on a real project one of these days. I wonder where I can buy that type of ribbon. Does anyone know?

Little setbacks and Counting Stars

Do you ever make a list of things that you want to accomplish within a certain time frame? You are convinced that goal is very doable and then reality hits. My advice: don’t update your software when you are in a hurry. Unfortunately, I did not listed to my own advice.  It started when I upgraded to Windows 10 and also upgraded my drawing and embroidery software. Although I know that certain things are done differently, I guess my fingers are just quicker than my brain and I keep trying it the old way. I keep using certain key strokes and then find out that I should have used different ones. Sometimes I even close the program by mistake and then feel so silly, because my now I should know better. On top of that there are the new features that require the help menu. The result is that everything takes so much longer and my to do list is in shambles.  So what is a person to do? Make a new list, of course, and the first item on that list is: Post a link to Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design’s August Strip Club quilt pattern.  It is lovely. Here it is:

If for some reason you can’t see the video, you can also find it on YouTube under Cozy Quilt Design.

Talk to you again next time.

Georgette

 

 

 

More on Paper Piecing

I just realized that I have not blogged in a long time. My excuse… I’ve been very busy and somehow time got away from me. Here is a bit of a follow-up on my last post.

I was overwhelmed by the response to my last post on paper piecing. What fun!  There were a few people who had never done any paper piecing but said that they wanted to give it a try. As the block did not include any instructions I suggested they search the internet and or YouTube for some lessons. Well, I made some time last night and did so myself and found an excellent video by Connecting Threads.  The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2gKMx9CCM .

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There are lots of other paper piecing videos on You Tube. It still amazes me how much information there is on the Web.

Here is another link. This one is on constructing a  Bargello quilt so has nothing to do with paper piecing, but it is a great video nonetheless. It features my own daughter, Daniela and a terrific quilt. I have never made a bargello quilt and had no idea it was so easy. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MU1p3GpCHI

 

Happy piecing,

Georgette.

 

 

Paper Piecing

It is high time for another blog and I have just the thing to talk about.  Last night while I did some long overdue cleaning of old files on my computer,  I came across a paper pieced block that someone might like and I’d be happy to send you the PDF file if you want to give it a try. It could be made scrappy, but I think it would look very nice in red, white and blue as a patriotic quilt. Perhaps in honor of July 4th or as a QOV quilt.  Depending on how you place the colors it gives a completely different result.  Here are two examples drawn in Electric Quilt:

The pattern is for a quarter block that is repeated and rotated 4 times to make a full block. The quarter consists of 3 segments. So first complete each segments and then join the segments together to make a 4″ quarter block. The pattern looks like this:

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This is a free pattern with examples of the two color ways, but does not include directions or yardage requirements. If you want the pattern, send an email to georgette@quiltersniche.com with patriotic quilt in the subject line. I am really curious to see how many people like paper piecing and if there is enough interest I may develop some more paper piecing patterns, perhaps even a block of the month program.

Until next time.

Georgette

Strip quilts – Scrappy Quilts – Strip Club

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Photo of a small part of a Christmas Strip Club when there are always lots of freebies raffled off.

When you hear the words Strip Club, what comes to your mind?….. No, no, not that kind!  If you are a quilter you think of fabric, a nice gathering of very respectable ladies, and new quilt designs. That type of strip club takes place in lots of quilt shops all over the country and probably some other countries as well. But do you know how it all started? It was my very own daughter, Daniela, of Cozy Quilt Shop who started it all. Shortly after she opened her shop she started to cut 2 1/2″ strips of new fabric and put them in bundles to sell. The problem was that the customers did not know what to do with these bundles. So she started designing patterns to use with the strips. She then invited everyone to come in for a presentation and showed them how to put it all together. She named it Strip Club and it was such a success and so many people showed up every month, that she decided to share her idea with other shop owners at Quilt Market. That is how (quilt) strip clubs were born all over the country. Fabric companies quickly realized there was a demand  for 2 1/2″ strips. I believe Moda was the first to put bundles together, but lots of other companies quickly followed. Daniela’s designs became very popular and as I wanted to be part of the fun, I started designing quilts as well and I am proud to say that some of them became best sellers.  Here are just a few:

Hanging Gardens, Cotton Rainbow, and Christmas Wreath.

A few of Daniela’s designs:

Lotus Blooms, Gallantly Streaming, and Hot Flashes.

There are lots more designs at Cozyquilt.com and if you’re ever in the San Diego area, stop by the shop. It is really worth a visit.

Talk to you again soon.

Georgette