Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A finished quilt

I'm posting these photos on behalf of Ruth Ann Joslin. The quilt is Kim's Pandemonium pattern, and its turned out magnificently.
Thanks to Ruth Ann for sharing this quilt and she'd like to state that she loves all of Kim's patterns but could do without circles on the next one.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Pandemonium, lower part of the top, finished

Yeah, got the bottom blocks of this quilt done and together.  I love the mixture of piecing and applique.  I used all Kaffe fabrics, which I love......I do needle turn applique, even all those little circles.  I trace the design right onto the fabrics then needle turn it. 
now to get the rest of the top done.  I'm already working on the next row up.....the Large block is the one that took quite awhile.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Finished at last!

Well, my Roseville Album is finished at last. I left off the border ( obviously) as I decided it was large enough as is. The background is a Reece Scanell shot cotton and the applique fabrics are all Kaffe Fassett. Beautifully quilted by Naomi Hynes.
I am really happy with the end result.

Close up of the centre blocks

Adding the binding!
The finished quilt

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We have sold over 1000 Flower Pot patterns without any negative feedback until this week. A customer found an error and she is indeed, correct.  The printed tissue paper pattern for the top and bottom borders (with the birds) measures just under 59".  It should measure 58".  This means that you may need to slightly move the birds to fit within the correct size.

We are guessing the reason we have not heard about this before is that applique has a way of shrinking up the background. Most people sew onto a larger than needed piece of background and after stitching, measure and trim to size.

The customer who found the problem fused the pieces so the usual shrinking didnt happen.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Village - paper piecing the hexagons tutorial

Hi All,

In case you haven't done any paper piecing hexagons, the following is the way I do mine. Undoubtedly there are many ways of doing it. The one thing though is that it is rather addictive!

In the Village quilt,( Liza has it for shipping now http://www.gloriouscolor.com/store.php?cat=574 ) there are quite a few hexagons. The Grandmother Flower hedge has hexagons which have 3/4" sides and the outer border have 1/2" sides. You will need to buy these hexagon paper pieces, check with your local quilt stores or order them from paperpieces.com, also, they have the acrylic cutting templates with 3/8" seam allowance. This is a better seam allowance for paper piecing than the usual 1/4".
If you would like to see the fabrics I've used in these hexagons, go to the Pinterest, the address is www.pinterest.com/km/0089/

There is this gadget made by Marti Mitchell which allows you to see what your hexagon or your star will look like when it is assembled. Put the template on the chosen motif or area of the fabric and then pop the 2 mirror sides snug on the template and look, voila!


It is amazing what you can find using this mirror.
choose the motif on the fabric, place the template, it has 3/8" seam allowance from Paper Pieces.
mark the motif on the template with texta pen so that you can find this exact area in the fabric, you will need to cut at the exact spot 6 times. the 7th one is the centre. the texta pen marking can be wiped off using acetone, the nail polish remover.
pin the paper hexagon to the fabric
sew across diagonally with the knot of thread on the RIGHT side of the piece for easy removal later.
fold down the seam allowance and stitch all the way around.
completed paper pieced hexagon.

As you are cutting the hexagons, thread a needle with a quilting thread and place each stack of 7 fabrics on this thread and knot each lot of 7 pieces, you won't loose them then.
do the same with the paper pieced hexagons
to assemble the hexagons, you might want to try this.
sew the outer hexagons to the centre first so that you can make sure that they are attached the correct way, then stitch the rest, on the wrong side.

So, there it is, have fun, K

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Village Quilt, hand piecing the house block

Hi All,

Now that Liza has the pattern ready to ship:

I'll go through the way I do hand piecing, of course the block is easily pieced by machine, I tend to hand piece as I'm not good with the machine.
If you would like to see the fabrics used in my quilt, please see in Pinterest:

So here we go, firstly, this is the block diagram:

Then you make the sewing templates (without seam allowance), I use the Mylar plastic, it is thin enough for easy cutting and firm enough to have the sharp pencil (2B) go aound the template.

I put notches on my sewing templates, these notches will be registered on the fabric when I'm marking the pieces with pencil, and later, when I'm sewing, I can line up the pieces easily, for example, on these:

and on the roof front, put a notch on the base of the triangle, the three sides almost look the same.
In the pattern pack, there is a chart for cutting up the pieces, follow that and cut up your selected fabrics. This chart includes the 1/4" seam allowance.
I would start by choosing a fabric for the largest piece, the roof and it might be nice if you can fussy cut this one.
Then choose the roof front. In many of my houses, I've used this same fabric for the H piece.
Then choose a fabric for the building, then the contrast. Don't over agonise when choosing fabrics, it will take too long and usually your first choice is the correct one anyway. I've kept the chimney and background constant. The background I used was Spot - in Apple Green, it's a brilliant fabric, it is a warm colour even though it is green, if that makes sense!

Using the sewing templates, mark all the pieces and lay it out and check that you have all the pieces.
( oops, the photo does not show the correct placement, but they are all there)
And close up, you can see the notches marked on the sewing lines:
to sew, place the pieces, right sides of fabric together and on the wrong side, put a pin through the two layers on the end points
sew, and check the other side that the sewing is on the line.
sew the A to B to C to B to A
then sew: K to M to L to D
Unlike sewing by machine where you sew over the seams, in hand piecing you leave the seam allowance loose.
Follow this method and sew the other pieces together,
All done, back view and from the front:
It's pretty easy isn't it. Also, I don't press hand pieced blocks, I've found that they tend to stretch. The block will  flatten out by itself when they are joined together into a a big quilt. You can press then, before you layer the quilt top with the batting and backing fabric ready to baste and quilt.Now, all you have to do is sew 25 of these little babies! Have fun and post your photos, I'd love to see them.
If you have any question, please let me know and I'll try and answer. Cheers, K