Friday, 27 May 2016

Souper Bowl applique step by step photos

We've had the question "can we use neutrals for the background?" the answer is NO but you can use tints and shades of the colours in the colour palette given.

Another question! Yes you can use fusible web instead of appliquéing by hand BUT please try to keep the bowl-and-shadows soft and flexible, rather than allowing the rigidity that sometimes happens with fusible. Also you must stitch around the edges if you're using fusible.

Have fun, and thanks for helping.

A blast of 505 spray made quick work to stick down the paper to our cardboard. (Cheerios. Good for your heart and your quilting!)


This line should be extended onto the bowl template before cutting out. 

All cut apart.


Traced out.

Fabric pull for the bowl.

Options for the background. Colour on the far left is actually pale green. 

NOT SHOWN: cutting out your fabrics. Leave yourself at least a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Test run. Looks good.

Appliqué step one: bowl base to shadow.

Appliqué step two: inside shadow and bowl inside. Note how I folded the seam allowance (on the grey) along the traced line.



To ease the curve you can snip the seam allowance. The black is my pants, not part of the appliqué.


Appliqué step three: bowl base/shadow piece to bowl.

Appliqué step four: attaching bowl piece to the inside/shadow piece.

Again, cut into the seam allowance to ease the curve at the upper edge of the bowl.

Ta-done! All ready to be appliquéd to the background. I will likely trim the seam allowance down now that I've got the hang of the appliqué.

The bowl and shadows should be 9.5" wide and your background 12" wide. The finished edge of the bowl should be 1.25" from each side. 



Pin your bowl into place on the background.


Using random coloured thread (mustard and black in my case) baste the bowl to the background, staying at least 1/4" away from your marked lines.


Remove pins and get ready to sew!

Half-way done. I started on the top as that's an easier part. 


We've had the question "can we use neutrals for the background?" the answer is NO but you can use tints and shades of the colours in the colour palette given.

Another question! Yes you can use fusible web instead of appliquéing by hand BUT please try to keep the bowl-and-shadows soft and flexible, rather than allowing the rigidity that sometimes happens with fusible. Also you must stitch around the edges if you're using fusible.

Have fun, and thanks for helping.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Fussy Cutting

Fussy cutting is all about carefully cutting your fabric so to feature a particular image. No one likes it when parts of your image get chopped off or sewn into the seam allowance. Here is a very quick how-to about aligning your cuts carefully. 

In this exercise, and for the block lotto this month, we are using 2.5" squares. 

To create a window template cut a 2.5" square from cardboard or template plastic. Mark your 1/4" seam allowances and cut out the centre with an exacto knife.

Line up your window with your pattern and trace around the template, or cut carefully against the template (if using cardboard). 

Here's some Kaffe Fassett fabric that works for fussy cutting:

Again, the point of fussy cutting is to centre an image or pattern so that it lines up beautifully in your block. Try it out, it's loads of fun! And put your fussy cutting skills to good use for our Polaroid block lotto this month. Remember that 4 blocks = 1 ticket so dig out your novelty prints and go for it!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

May block lotto - Polaroid blocks!


This month we are trying out a now-classic modern quilt block. This block was all the rage way back in summer of 2012. Googling it will give you loads of tutorials. We think it started HERE, then spread to HEREHERE, HERE, and HERE and we are sure there are more examples on-line

But this is here and now. We are using the very recent tutorial from Jayne at Twiggy and Opal. Her blog is amazing so you should take a poke around anyway.


You will need (per block):

  • a 2.5"x2.5" FUSSY CUT square of print fabric. Novelty prints are excellent for this but any pretty fabric will work. If you are not using novelty prints then please choose bright, cheerful colours.
  • a 4.5"x3.5" square of solid white fabric, sub-cut as per the diagram or a strip 1.5"x12" or tiny little scraps of solid white


There's a quick how-to fussy cut on our blog over HERE.

NB: these blocks are fast to make and very addictive.




Here's a rainbow setting of polaroids from
Jenn @ Quarter Inch from the Edge in Halifax.
Check out her blog to see the back of the quilt.

Because these are wee and fast, it will be 4 blocks = 1 lotto ticket, so make four, make eight, make lots! 

To the winner of the blocks: here's a great tutorial on how to make your blocks wonky or off-set.

Meeting tonight!

Come join us from 7-9pm at 505 Marigold Road. 



We are showing the "Make it Modern" mini-quilt display as well as our usual program. Check out the "meetings" tab for more info. 

Thursday, 5 May 2016