Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 44

Hi Everyone!

This weeks block is a variation of last weeks block, minus the pinwheel.  The pieced portion of the star is the same as last weeks though.  I would suggest that you lay out the pieces, making sure when you piece the triangles they are in the proper spot.  I had to rip out 2 because I wasn't as careful as I should have been.

     The block is called Aunt Addie's Album.

 Block Layout
     Piece the 2 small triangles to make a larger triangle.  Then piece these segments to the larger triangle to create a flying geese segment.  Make 4 of these.

Flying Geese Segments
     Assemble segments into rows.  Then join rows to finish your block.

Aunt Addie's Album Block, 30's Fabric
Aunt Addie's Album Block, Stonehenge Fabric
Have a good week Everyone!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 43

Hi Everyone:

     This weeks block is a little more challenging, but I think you will be pleased with the end result.  It is called Martha Washington Star.  It is a pinwheel block in the centre of a star block.  Because we are working with 3 different sizes of triangles you are best to lay out the whole block beside your sewing machine so not to have left right confusion.  Piece the pinwheel portion of your block first.
Sew pieced triangle from fabric 1 and 3.

Layout of Triangles For Pinwheels
     Next you will piece the large triangle to the pieced triangle to make a square.  Make four of these.

Pieced Triangle Squares
Sew these 4 squares together to make a pinwheel segment of your block.  Set aside for now.

Pieced Pinwheel Block
The next portion of the block is flying geese, and I know we are all experts at these by now.  Assemble 4 flying geese segments using colour 1 and 2.

Layout For Martha Washington Star

Assemble segments into rows, and then join rows to create your block.
Martha Washington Star Block, 30's Fabric
Martha Washington Star Block, Stonehenge Fabric
Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 42

Hi Everyone:

     I hope you all have had a good week.  And if you are from the Toronto area, are recuperating from the Creative Needlework Festival.  It was a very busy weekend and I hope I inspired people to try English Paper Piecing.

     This weeks block is called Fox And Geese.  Sew  pieced triangles from fabric number 1 and 2 quarter square triangles.  Make four of these.  Trim your corners and set aside.

Pieced Triangles
     Sew your pieced triangle to the larger triangle. Make four of these. When you are piecing these segments you will find it easier to have the pieced triangle on top.  Doing this  you will avoid catching the seam allowances on the feed dogs.

Piecing Pieced Triangles
Lay your blocks out in the order that they will be put together. Assemble them in rows.

Block Segments
This is what you blocks will look like.

Fox and Geese Block, 30's Reproductions

Fox and Geese Block, Stonehenge
I  bet these blocks are going together quite easily, after all we have now finished 42 of them.  Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 41

Hi Everyone:
    There is a whirlwind of activity at the store this week, getting ready for Creative Festival.  So I carved out a corner of the classroom to do my blog post.   As you can see we are going to have lots of great bargains.  If you are planning to go, be sure  to drop but our booth.

One Metre Cuts Of Sale  Fabric

More Sale Fabric
Ready To Pack The Truck
Judy Is Still Cutting!
     This week's block is called Turnstile.  It is a quick one to do.   First you will join two triangles using fabric #1 and Fabric #3 to make pieced triangles.  Make four of these.

Pieced Triangles
Then join them to the larger triangle to make pieced squares.  Make four of these.

Pieced Squares

Arrange them in the order that they will appear in the block.

Block Segments
Sew your squares together into rows.

Two Rows
This is your finished block!

Turnstile Block, Fundamentals Fabric 
Turnstile Block, 30's Fabric
    If you come to the Creative Festival drop by the booth and say hi.  I will be doing a demo there.  Have a great week everyone!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Hexamania - Background Decisions

We've made some good progress on our Grandmother's Flower Garden Flowers and it's time to start thinking about backgrounds. You could make more hexagons from a background fabric of your choice and add them to the flowers, you could applique the flowers on to squares and piece the squares, you could put your flowers together with no background, or you could use diamonds to piece the flowers together. It's up to you and what kind of look you want for your quilt.

Judy is going with a row of hexagons in Kona Snow around each flower for her 1930's Reproduction Flower.

Carol (that's me writing the post) needs your help!

I'm doing the brights and I feel like I have many options with the background and I'm not too sure about which one to choose. When I started doing the brights flowers I was pretty sure that I wanted to use Kona White. But when I auditioned the flowers on it I was not so sure. So I put the flowers on some different backgrounds to see what they look like... and I thought I could use your help. What do you think would work? I would most probably do a row of hexagons in the background fabric around the flowers. Do you think Kona White would still work?

Bright Flowers on Kona White

I'm also in love with Grays. This is Kona Ash.

Kona - Coal

Kona - Natural

What do you think of the flowers all together? Maybe just a few hexagons in white/natural/coal so I won't need sunglasses when I look at them? :)

What do you think? Would really appreciate your help! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jazz Up your Quilts with Embroidery!

Add spunk to your quilts with embroidered blocks.
Make themed wall hangings and home decor.
Create new looks with embroidery stitches when you hand quilt.
The possibilities are endless and you can start now!

Take Judy's two-hour Stitchery (Redwork) Basics class and get started on a fun and exciting journey. Judy will discuss a variety of marking techniques, interfacings, and essential notions. Learn how to backstitch, stem stitch, sew lazy daisy stitches and French knots.

Date: Monday, November 12th 2012 
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm 
Instructor: Judy Baldwin
Cost: $15 (Includes Pattern)
Materials for the class can be bought at the store. 

Click here to register: Stitchery (Redwork) Basics

Redwork Winter Twitterings

Over the River

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 40

Hi Everyone:

     I hope you are all keeping up with your blocks.   We are nearing the finish line, only 12 more weeks to go.

     This weeks block is called Jim Dandy.  There are  number of flying geese rulers on the market.  If you have one  that will do a 1  1/4"  X  2 1/2" Flying Geese block, you can use it for this block.  I have purchased two of these rulers and am ashamed to say I haven't tried them out yet.  I keep meaning to bring them into work for this project.

     First, divide your small triangles into 4 piles.  Two piles of colour #2, and 2 piles of colour #3. Four triangles in each pile.
Then take your larger triangles and assembly line piece them, sewing  triangles from colour #2 and colour 3 onto the large triangles.  Make 8.  Repeat this step using up the other 2 piles of triangles, being careful to match the colour of the other side of the triangle.  This will give you 8 flying geese segments in two colour ways.

Flying Geese Segments

     This is where you can play around a little with placement of the flying geese segments.  I tried placing the colour #2 close the the centre of the block.  Which is what the pattern calls for.

Colour #2 Close To The Centre
But I just had to see it with colour #3 in the inner position.

Second Example
Once you have decided which you like the best, assemble them accordingly. 

Flying Geese Segments

     Lay out the block segments out in the order that they will appear in the block. Assemble.
This is what you finished block will look like.

30's  Jim Dandy Block

 Jim Dandy Block Using Stonehenge Fabric
Happy sewing everyone, see you next week!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Evening Mist from Moda @ $6.99 only!!!

Evening Mist is a beautiful collection of delicate flowers, roses, paisleys and wafting sprigs on lovely taupes, browns, and grays. Designed by Sentimental Studios for Moda these fabrics would make a gorgeous quilt. At $6.99 a metre you could even stash them to use with other projects.

Click here to shop for Evening Mist at only $6.99 per metre