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

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Fabric Painting

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.

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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.

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

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 .

How to Paper piece

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.