Sunday, 25 January 2015

Island Batik - Sock Hop and Twin Baby Quilts

Welcome to Sew Fresh Quilts!  My name is Lorna and I so excited to be taking part in the Island Batik - Sock Hop Blog Hop. 

Each participant has featured their choice of Island Batiks new fabric collections in a Classic Block.

To make my project, I had the pleasure of using these new batiks from the Cry Me A River collection from Island Batik.  Aren't they dreamy? 


This collection has a beautiful variety of colours and prints.
I love the tear drops.  And these sea turtles?  Adorable!!


Once I had settled on the Stepping Stones quilt block as my choice for a classic block, I used my EQ7 to design a quilt.  Then I changed things up and made a negative setting too.



I asked my son Russell for his opinion.  He favoured the one on the left in the positive setting.  But I really liked the one on the right in the negative setting!  It was just too hard to chose one over the other.  So I worked out a plan, managing to make both quilts from the half yard cuts that were provided.

The completed quilt tops were shared in this post.  And a tutorial for the Stepping Stones quilt block can be found here.  For my tutorial post, I shared my experiences using both an inaccurate and an accurate 1/4" seam and the results.  I know you have probably heard it a thousand times before.  But some of us have to learn the hard way.




I wanted the quilting to continue the Cry Me A River theme.  Organic wavy line quilting brings to mind the ebb and flow of a lazy river.




Both were backed using a whole cloth with no seam lines.  And they match!




There was just enough fabric left from those half yard cuts for binding.  I love the look of a scrappy binding!




These quilt finishes were the 24th and 25th use of my 100 labels ordered from

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These twin baby quilts finished at approximately 40" x 50" each and are now listed with my Quilts for Sale in my Etsy shop.  And the Stepping Stones twin quilts pattern, which includes instructions for making both quilts is available for $4.00 for a limited time in my Payhip Pattern shop here.







Thank you for joining me on the Island Batik - Sock Hop Blog Hop!  If you missed any of the previous stops, the full schedule is as follows:


Date               Participant, Blog & Block Project
January 12     Katie @ Island Batik - Introduction to the Sock Hop Blog Hop
January 13     Susan @ Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts - Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
January 14     Connie @ Freemotion by the River - 54-40 or Fight
January 15     Bea Lee @ Beaquilter - Hunter Star
January 16     Linda @ One Quilting Circle - Flying Geese
January 17     Maryellen @ Mary Mack's Blog - Sister's Choice
January 18     Jocelyn @ Happy Cottage Quilter - Nine Patch
January 19     Connie @ Kauffman Designs - Drunkard's Path
January 20     Tammy @ Tamarinis - Pinwheel
January 21     Barbara @ Bejeweled Quilts - Maple Leaf
January 22     Barbara @ Six Gables Designs - Friendship Star
January 23     Nan @ Purrfect Spots - Duck and Ducklings
January 24     Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics - Solstice Star
January 25     Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts - Stepping Stones

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Class Act & An Elephant Update

It was -18 Celcius when I got into the car to head out to the class.  That's -0.4 in Fahrenheit.  Let's just say it was cold.  Really chilly.  Frosty.  But as I drove along, I warmed up.  Stopping in at the Tim Horton's drive through on my way and picking up a toasted pretzel bagel and a coffee.  Breakfast of champions!



Within 1/2 hour I arrived at Emmaline's shop.  E & E's Cloth and Creations is located in Newton, Ontario.  A small village just west of Kitchener.  A quilt lover's paradise with excellent prices on over 2000 bolts of quality quilting cottons, flannels, quilts and supplies.  Emmaline has been in business for quite some time.  As well as being the local Pfaff dealer, they built on an addition to their building and added the classroom.  And recently acquired a long arm machine.

I was nervous at first.  Feeling a little awkward.  But as I was meeting and introducing myself to the participants, I was put at ease when one of them thought I was also one of the students.  The class was a blast!  I got to meet and make 4 new friends - Melanie, Margaret, Janice and Leslie.

Margaret was the first one to sign up for the class.  She had the foresight to choose out her backing fabric ahead of time and will be using that same owl minky that I did here.

Melanie made the most progress on her quilt top, finishing the piecing of 9 rows out of the 12.  She made such quick progress as she had developed her own way of doing things.  Bravo!  Gotta give that girl some credit.  She finger pressed the seams and added her pieces onto the rows instead of pressing as she went.

Leslie - Oh, I was worried about her at first.  She looked so unhappy piecing her first row.  But then soon got the hang of those triangles and made quick work of the next three rows.  Her piecing improved as she went along.  Then joined those four rows together and was happy to see the quilt take shape. 

Janice's choice of using greens for the background had me wanting to race home.  Right then I decided that when I make this quilt again, I will be choosing some sweet greens for the background.  It really did look that good!  She was a thoughtful piecer and, wanting to have her different background fabrics placed in a particular order, she finished piecing her first two rows.

Fox & Friend quilt in green


For the purpose of this post, I really regret not having asked to take photos during the class.  But once things got going, I realized that what we were sharing that day was just for the moment.  It was personal.  And we connected.  You will probably agree, having your picture taken is not always the most comfortable feeling.  And I didn't want to ruin the good thing that we had going on.

Following the class, at the end of the afternoon, I spoke with Emmaline about our day.  She applauded my efforts to overcome my feelings of anxiety in leading the class.  I assured her that I may not have overcome the my feelings, but certainly had a wonderful time facing my fears and was glad to have made four new friends!

Would I do it again?  YES!


Now... About those elephants.

This week I have managed to get all 5 of my large elephant blocks completed.  And shared on instagram, photos of each block using some proposed ideas for eyes.


I also completed the 14 small elephant blocks....


The turtle block....


The frog block...


And the 2 bird blocks...


There are still 3 flower blocks to piece.  And of course all the blocks displayed above still require eyes and a few other details.  But I hope to have a completed top to post about soon!

There has been a lot of interest shown in this quilt along.  And I am so happy about that!  Looking forward to February 1st, when the official start of the quilt along begins.  Thank you to each of you for sharing about the Elephant Parade quilt along on your blogs, for displaying the quilt along button, and for all your kind comments and support on instagram and facebook.


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All of the fabric requirements, cutting instructions and the schedule are up on the Elephant Parade quilt along page.  I have had a few people mention their intention to quilt along using prints instead of solids and I am especially looking forward to seeing all the different versions of this quilt as you post about them on your blogs or share them on social media.  Please do remember to use the hashtag #elephantparadeqal so we can all see what everyone is up to as we Quilt Along!


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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Let's Bee Social #56

What a whirlwind!  What a fabulous way to begin the new year!
Things are getting really busy around here this month!

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I am overwhelmed and delighted with the positive response to the suggestion of hosting the Elephant Parade quilt along.  Your kind comments have all been greatly appreciated!  I am so excited and looking forward to the arrival of February 1st!
 
I've been working hard at preparing all the instructions for the Elephant Parade quilt along.  And have added an Elephant Parade page to the Sew Fresh Quilts blog.  The tab is just under the header at the top of the page.  Here you will find all the details.  And as each post gets published, they will be added as live links to the schedule.





On Sunday, I shared a post on the Stepping Stones quilt block tutorial.  This quilt block was used in the constructing of two batik baby quilts for the Island Batik Sock Hop Blog Hop.  I can hardly wait for my day of the hop on January 25th where I will be showing the finished quilts!





On Monday, the Discover Fabric giveaway was announced.  Click here to visit the giveaway page and enter to win a $25 gift certificate!




On Tuesday, I shared a tutorial for making and applying a flanged binding.  This method is perfect for when you want to add a little zing to finish off your project.  And a wonderful way to practice binding by machine.
The Flanged Binding tutorial has been added to my tutorial page here.





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And tomorrow?  It's my first real life quilting class!  I will be leading a class for making the Fox & Friends triangle baby quilt at my local quilt shop.  I am nervous.... And excited!




NOW.... Let's PARTY!!!!  What's new with you?


If you are not sure what Let's Bee Social is all about, you can read the details here.






Before I sign off, just wanted to let you know....
It's day 10 of the Island Batik - Sock Hop Blog Hop and I am heading over to visit with Barbara @ Bejeweled Quilts .  She's a talented designer and has always got something beautiful to share on her blog.


Let's BEE SOCIAL and offer Barbara a warm Sew Fresh Quilts welcome!



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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Flanged Binding Tutorial


A wonderful method for starting out, and getting some experience with machine finished binding, is a Flanged Binding, also known as a faux flanged binding or piping.  This Flowering Table Runner was finished with a flanged binding.

 
After practicing the flanged binding method on many, many quilts, my confidence grew with experience.  This experience enable me to acquire some helpful hints to make this method more successful.  And I then moved on, eager to attempt machine sewn binding without the extra step of sewing two narrow strips together to make the binding strip.  But I still like to use the flanged binding method when a project calls for a little extra zing!


This technique uses two narrow complimentary fabric strips to make the binding strip.  This method adds a little punch of colour and frames your quilt in style.  The flanged binding method is accomplished by sewing from the front of the quilt, ditch quilting on top of the binding, along the seam where the two strips meet.  This will result in a seam line, next to the binding, on the reverse side of the quilt.  It does require an extra step in making the binding because you have to sew the two narrow strips together along the length of the binding strips.


First up:  Measure the perimeter of your quilting project.  My runner was 12" x 58".

12 + 12 + 58 + 58 =  140"
140" divided by 42" (the standard width of fabric) = 3.33 strips  rounded up = 4 strips
So I needed 4 width of fabric strips, cut on the crossgrain, to make enough binding for this runner.

For an explanation of what crossgrain is, please click here.

Cut your strips of the MAIN binding fabric (flowered) at 1.50" wide.  Cut your FLANGE strips (yellow) at 1.75" wide.  Sew the strips of each fabric together end to end using a mitered join.  Trim the corners.  And press the seams open.


I neglected to take photos of the Flowering Table Runner binding strips being joined.  So these first four pictures show another example using black and grey strips.
Cut your strips of the MAIN binding fabric (grey) at 1.50" wide.  Cut your FLANGE strips (black) at 1.75" wide.


Sew the strips of each fabric together end to end using a mitered join.


Trim the corners.


And press the seams open.


Now back to the Flowering Table Runner binding examples for the remainder of the tutorial.

After you have joined, trimmed and pressed the strips for each fabric, with right sides together, sew the strips together along the length using a 1/4" seam.

 Press the seam to the MAIN fabric.  View from the right side.

 View from the wrong side.

Then press with wrong sides together along the length matching the raw edges.

I always wind my finished binding around a piece of card stock to keep it flat and neat.




When your quilt has been quilted and you are ready to use your binding, trim the batting and backing of the quilt even with your quilt top.

Before starting to sew my binding in place, for a small project like this runner, I like to lay my binding around the perimeter of the quilt to ensure none of the joins will end up at a corner on the quilt.  For larger projects I use a scrap of paper to draw out the length of the sides and deduce just where I need to begin binding to avoid a join at the corners.

In this example, the quilt is 40" wide and 60" long.  Shown on the outside, the numbers between the black lines add up to 42", which is the length of the binding between the joins.  Shown on the inside of the quilt, the numbers along each side of the quilt add up to the length of that side of the quilt.



Leaving a 10" tail, apply the binding to the BACK of the quilt with the FLANGE fabric facing up.  Keep the raw edges of the binding even with the raw edge of your backing and use a 1/4" seam.  Backstitch at the beginning of the seam, then continue.

Sew the binding all the way around the quilt until you are about 12" away from where you started.  Backstitch and stop sewing.  Remove the quilt from your machine.

Lay your starting tail out flat along the edge of your quilt.  The tail ends at the 8" mark on the ruler.

 Fold your ending tail down across the starting tail and overlap by the width of the binding.  This would be 2.5".  However I cut my tail a little shorter to ensure that binding is taut and there is no sag or ruffle.

Open your tails as shown.  Mark a diagonal line on your starting tail, 2.5" in from the corner on the bottom, up to the corner at the top.

Overlap your tail ends to make a miter join.  Take care to use a pin to match where the seam lines on the two tails will meet along the diagonal.

When making your final joining seam, it can be a bit tricky to get the seam to match.  Notice the pin is helping to line up the two seams on the tails.

Sew along the diagonal line being careful to have your needle land in the hole made where the pin is matching the two seam lines.

Open up your seam to have a look before cutting your tails.  If your seams don't line up well, remove the stitching and try again.  I made two attempts before being satisfied with this join.  Trim the seam and press the seam open and as you did when joining the strips to make your binding.  Then place the quilt back on the machine to finish attaching your binding.  Backstitch at the beginning and end of your final seam.

Now take your finished quilt over to the ironing board and give the binding a good pressing.  Press the binding out away from the back of your quilt towards the front.

Flip the quilt over to the front and, with long thread tails, begin sewing the binding to the front of the quilt.  Setting my stitch length to 3.0, I use a slightly larger stitch length for this, as I do for quilting.  Stitch in the ditch between the flange and the main fabric.  If you have a stitch in the ditch foot for your machine, this would be a great time to use it.

When nearing your first corner, fold the bottom edge of your binding up and pin in place.

Then fold the side you are working on down over the corner to make a nice mitered corner and pin or hold in place.  Continue to sew your binding all the way around the quilt, mitering the corners as you go.  When you reach your beginning, try to land in the same stitch hole you started in.  Raise the needle and remove your quilt from the machine, leaving long thread tails.

Pull your top thread tails to the back of the quilt and tie them securely in a knot.

Using a standard hand sewing needle, bury the thread tails, pulling the knot into the batting and trim the tails.


The Flanged Binding method does result in a seam line on the back of your quilt, within about .25" of the binding.




Tips for using the Flanged Binding method:

  • Notice the large gap at the corners on the binding?  Hand sew these gaps closed using a ladder stitch and bury the knots.

  • When your quilt has been quilted and you are ready to use your binding, trim the batting and backing of the quilt about 1/8" larger than the quilt top.  This will result in the binding covering less of your quilt front.  If you don't add a border, the binding will likely cut off your points in your quilt blocks.

  • If you don't like the look of the wide binding on the front, and would like the seam line on the back of the quilt to be closer to the binding, use slightly narrower binding strips.  Cut your main fabric and your flange fabric strips an eighth of an inch narrower.







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