Friday, September 30, 2011

The Desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 14 Venetian Blinds



Welcome to week 14 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is all about adding 'Peepers' to give the block dimension.  Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.


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Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.

This weeks guest is Annie from Ruby Slipperz . Annie has clicked her Ruby Slippers together and designed this fun block.

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Venetian Blinds
Two eyes peeping through the venetian blinds to see what's going on in the big, wide world.

Techniques explored
  • Adding peepers
Materials
  • FQ of solid colour for background
  • 12 x 1" x 5" scraps of fabrics
Cutting

  • From the background fabric cut 20 - 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles and 4 - 1.5" x 1.5" squares.
  • For the peepers cut 12 - 1" x 3.5" rectangles
  • Press the 1" x 3.5" peepers in half lengthwise and press.
  • Layout the block as shown in the image below. Remember to lay the peepers with the raw edge along the raw edge of the background pieces.

  • Sew the peeper to the background piece ( 1.5" x 3.5") using a 1/8" seam allowance. This stitch line must be less than 1/4" or it will show when sewing the pieces together.
  • Line up three peeper blocks. Sew them together. Repeat for the other three sets.
Play around with the sequence that the peeper blocks are sewn together. You may like the peepers all facing one direction or opposing directions.

  • Sew the four sections together, rotating each one to form a pinwheel effect. 

  • Join the two(2) 3.5 x 1.5 background pieces together to make a 1.5" x 6.5" piece. Make two (2) Attach to top and bottom of block.
  • Make two(2) more 1.5" x 6.5" pieces and add a 1.5" square to both ends and attach to the sides.
If you do not want to introduce more colour and pattern variations into the block, cut 2 - 6.5" x 1.5 and 2 - 8.5" x 1.5" strips of background and attach to block.

Let's play.
The block
Horizontal Layout
Horizontal with colour change
On Point with added block colouring 
On Point with Added block colouring
On Point with added block colouring
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks block. Next week we will opening a box of chocolates - the calorie free type.

*** Copyright 2011 Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

Monday, September 26, 2011

Terrain is back in Stock

I have just received more Terrain Layer Cakes into stock at my little e-shop at the fabulous price of $AUS 32.50.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

So Proud of Jasper

Last year at Poodles in the Park, Jasper won the naughtiest poodle. This year he moved that tail and won the Waggiest Tail.

One exhausted Pup

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The desperate Housewife's Quilt - Block 13 Umbrella


Welcome to week 13 of the 'The Desperate Housewife's Quilt'. Todays block is all about English Paper Piecing of irregular shapes.  Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block you can post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.


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Be sure to visit this week's Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.

My guest this week is Lynne from Lily's Quilts. Lynne is presenting a very colourful block called, 'Paint Chips'. 

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Umbrella
Shelter from the rain. A sword from Peter Pan. A fashion accessory.

Techniques explored
  • English Paper Piecing EPP
  • Needle turned appliqué
Materials
  • 1 x 9" square of back ground fabric
  • 4 x scraps of fabric no smaller than 5" x 5"
  • Freezer paper
  • Perle Cotton

Preparing the Freezer Paper Templates
  • Print the template sheet from here. Remember not to 'Fit to Page', or Scale the page when printing. The freezer template will be cut out using the solid edge of the template as a guide. The 1/4" seam allowance is omitted.


  • Trace the template on the rough side of the freezer paper and cut out.


  • Using a cool, dry iron, press the freezer paper templates (shiny side down) onto the fabric scraps and cut out leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.


The pieces are now ready to baste.


Basting the pieces

  • Fold the seam allowance over the freezer paper template. Start with a quilters knot and bring the thread up through the fabric and freezer paper ( All the layers )  and make long basting stitches 1/8" from edge of shape. 



  • When you reach a corner mitre or fold the edge and make a small tacking stitch. Continue to end and then tie off.
  • In the picture below you can see I have left a tail at the sharpest point of the shape. This will be buried later when we do the hand turned appliqué.


Sewing the Shapes together
The beauty of EPP is that it is so flexible and any shape can be whipstitched to another with relative ease.


  • Place two pieces, right side together and start with a knot. Take a small bite from each of each pieces and make tiny stitches along the edge. Tie off on each section and continue until all pieces are added. 
Hints:
  • Always use a 50wt or 60wt thread in a matching colour as it makes your stitches disappear.
  • If you secure a knot at the beginning and end of each section then if stitches break only a small section will have to be redone.
  • Use a between needle to facilitate small stitches.
The finished piece will look like this with a few tails hanging out.


  • Starch the piece well and press. 
  • Gently remove the tacking and freezer paper.
Finishing the block
  • From the 9" background fabric, cut a 8.5" square. Fold in four and finger press.

  • Place the 'Umbrella' piece on the background square using the centre fold to position the centre of the Umbrella. Position the top of the Umbrella approximately 1" from the top. 

  • Press the freezer paper templates on the right side of the Umbrella as a guide and turn under any seams that may have moved outside the template.
  • Pin the Umbrella to the background block.
Hand Turned Applique

Hand turned appliqué is explained in the tutorial -  Flower Power block - Week 5 

The two end points of the Umbrella come to a fine point. Don't worry about tuning them under, they will conveniently sit in the seam allowance.

  • Draw a handle using a very light pencil mark or removable marking pen. The shaft is 3.5" in length and the crook handle is approximately 1" wide and high.

  • Using back stitch and perle cotton, embroider the handle and place a few backstitches at the top of the umbrella to make a point.

I have embellished the umbrella further with colonial knots. If I had some tear shaped, flat buttons I would probably sew them on as raindrops. It is limited by your imagination.

On Point with Rotation
Tilted at 30 degrees and rotated.
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks block. Next week, I will be opening the venetian blinds.

*** Copyright 2011 Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***

    The Perfect Gift for the Quilter in your Life

    Megan from the Bitchy Stitcher has collated 14 very interesting photos into a 2012 quilting calendar. Visit Megan's Blog site for details.


    Hmmmm, I know the perfect gift for my quilting friends.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    The Winner of the Hexaculture Pack

     
    Barb said...

    Fig Tree has some great fabric collections. I'd mix some Butterscotch and Roses with some of the older lines I have in my stash.

    Congratulations Barb, this kit will be on its way to you shortly.


    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    New Moda loveliness in Stock

    Just arrived in my Little Shop:

    Twirl by Me & My Sister Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes.




    Rouenneries Deux by French General Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs and F8 Bundles






    Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung Layer Cakes

    The Poodle Quilt

    Some might know my cute pooch, Jasper Carrot from previous posts. Jasper is an Apricot Mini Poodle we adopted from the lovely Jenny Whiting.

    Looking like a Woolly Mammoth - time for a haircut.
    This weekend Jasper and I will be attending 'Poodles in the Park' a fun event hosted by the Poodle Club of Queensland. Jasper won the Naughtiest Puppy award last year and may be still in the running again for the same award!

    Jenny is such a kind and loving person and I have finally finished a poodle themed quilt for her to receive this weekend when we catch up at the park.


    I found this cute poodle print in linen on Etsy and bordered it with fabrics from Windham, Moda ( Portobello Markets, Wildflower Serenade II ), Kaufmann Linen and Michael Miller Krystals.


    A simple 'Square in the Square' design 
    Quilting - Echo pattern. It makes a little trapunto effect in the centre.
    Appliqued Puppy Label to finish.
    I have two more in the pipeline for Jenny's grandchildren. Better get cracking!