With the world wide web we get to see and share all the work that is going on and that is simply awesome!. Kylie from New Zealand sent me a contact through FaceBook and it reads "Thank you for your double oven mitt pattern... I followed it to make a cute housewarming pressie for my Mum".
So Kylie has downloaded and made my double oven mitt project, a free downloadable PDF pattern available here. Kylie made the oven mitts and a gorgeous hand towel to match. See the photos she sent me below:
Love the fabric choices too. Thanks for sharing Kylie and keep up the good work!!
Happy Monday ❤️
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I know I have talked about easy flying geese methods before but I discovered these amazing rulers and I know they have been around for a long time. In fact one was in my stash of rulers unopened for about 5 years now. I do not know why and will blame my QADD on it (Quilters Attention Deficit Disorder) LOL!
The reason I love this ruler after finally getting it out and trying it is.
5. It is so accurate with consistent results every time!
Pictures of the rulers I have are shown below:
How these work?
1. Choose some pretty fabric
2. Cut a large square of background as per the instructions and a smaller square of the geese fabric as per the fantastic package instructions. Lay them right sides together with the smaller square on top of the larger square and centre it as best you can.
3. Using a ruler and a pen, draw a line diagonally from corner to corner as shown below:
4. Sew 1/4" out on either side of the line you just marked.
5. Cut on the drawn line as shown below:
6. Press both units towards the background or larger triangle as shown below:
7. Lay both ironed units on top of each other with opposite colours right side together as shown below:
8. Draw another line through the centre as shown below:
9. Sew 1/4" seams on both sides of the drawn line.
10. Cut down the marked line revealing the 2 odd looking blocks below:
11. Lay your flying geese ruler on top of your block aligning the "green V" marked on the ruler (see the ruler below) with the V of the geese fabric (Pebbled fabric). Square your unit with this ruler - you will get 2 flying geese units from each side of the units above making 4 in total. The ruler also allows for your 1/4" seam allowances
Honestly this is so easy with these rulers and just imagine the quilts you can make with flying geese! Some of my work with these rulers are below:
So many options but lets' make a "quilt in a day". Totally doable with this method and Jumbo Sized Flying Geese Ruler! I made the below jumbo geese units in an afternoon!
Where to get these rulers?
Click on the links below:
Stay tuned to see what I actually do with my Jumbo Flying Geese :0)
Have a Great Thursday, I am off to Cookstown today to teach another Quilting with Rulers for Domestic Machines Class! ?
I have completed my 2018 series "Sew Easy Baby Gifts" with the items I have made recently. I just though I should add another 2 great baby quilt ideas!
I would be remiss if I did not mention my two baby quilt patterns Pick Lots of Daisies and "Featuring" Baby Quilt Patterns. These patterns are "sew" easy as well. The Pick Lots Of Daisies looks a little more girly but the "Featuring" Baby Quilt Pattern is very unisex. Pick Lots of Daisies uses solid fabrics so it could be very affordable and the "Featuring" Baby Pattern was designed to help use up baby fabric fat quarters as the "feature" fabric. See pictures of my completed pattern samples below:
Pick Lots of Daisies is a "Sew" easy appliqué quilt pattern which includes full instructions and a poem to free motion quilt or use as wording on a label. "Featuring" Baby involves simple piecing and use of an entire fat quarter along with just 3 accent colours and a background. To purchase these patterns click here or on the shop tab above.
Craftsy also has an abundance of baby quilt resources!
The best gifts are those you make by hand. Craftsy has the patterns, inspiration and tutorials you need to deliver a baby quilt that will be cherished for years. There are also a lot of Free or affordable resources!
Check it out here
Happy Wednesday! 😊
I know I talk about this tool all the time and those who have taken my classes will attest to this! I LOVE IT! Check out my previous blog post about this tool and heirloom quilting samples here. I took an heirloom quilting class a few years back and this tool was suggested and when I purchased it and started to use it. I sincerely thought "where have you been all of my quilting life?"
It is such a versatile tool that I take it out almost every time I am planning a quilt. As you can see it has lines every 1/2" and looks very much like the June Tailor Shape Cut Tool but it is a marking tool. So the lines/cutouts on the tool just fit a pen, pencil or marking tool and it is not made to use as a cutting tool. You don't have to look at it as just 1/2", you can skip lines and make squares, diamonds or lines any size you want.
As a marking tool you can use it to draw even parallel lines at 90 degrees, 45 degrees and 60 degrees. This also means you can draw shapes with it , rectangles, squares, diamonds and more! You can also make all shapes as wide or as long as you like by moving the tool along your design. It is must faster than moving and trying to realign a ruler. See my (incomplete) sample below where I marked grided parallel lines, squares, diamonds and half square triangles and used it to mark and stitch out a "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul" stitch fill in the background. The fill stitches are completed free motion.
Grid Marker sampler using 45 degree, 90 degree and 60 degree markings
Heirloom sample using 60 degree lines and a double needle for background diamond fill below:
What other larger shapes can we draw with this grid marker tool hmmm?
If you have a question like- How do I draw that shape? Or... I don't have that shaped template, how can I draw it? This might be the tool for you.
Where to get this tool? Click on the image of the Grid Marker below:
This is just food for thought, there is so much more that can be done with this tool and quilting. It also comes with graphic diagrams to show you what you can do with it. I have just "scratched at the crack in the iceberg" as they say as to the grid markers many uses.
I hope this tool and ideas are useful for your quilting and design success!
Last week Wednesday, I promised I would share my pattern for pacifier clips to hold baby's pacifier to clothing or a diaper bag so that mom/dad/caregiver can find it quickly. A pacifier sure comes in handy when baby is very upset. Knowing where the pacifier is located, is critical for mommy and daddy's sanity! The idea is the snap connects to babies clothing and the loop end connects to the pacifier with a snap closure. I used size 16 pearl snaps from Snap Setter and pacifier clips that I purchase on Amazon- see resources near the end of this post.
What you will need to make your pacifier clip:
How to Make A Pacifier Clip:
3. Press the long sides 1/4" in after the short ends have been pressed
4. Fold in 1/2 , press well along the length and pin
5. Top stitch with matching thread a scant 1/8" from all edges all the way around your fabric
6. Grab your clip and insert your fabric strip through the bottom of the clip as shown below , pulling about 1.5" of excess fabric to the back.
7. Top stitch a rectangle with an X through it as shown below to support the clip. Start sewing about 1/4" down from the clip
8. Loop the opposite end down about 1.75" and add a snap closure to the other end as per the instructions of the snap manufacturer - see below
Where to find the pacifier clips and snaps?
Click on the links below for these supplies
Don't forget to "package it up" and make our classic bib (free pattern download here) and matching pacifier clip! See below:
I hope this tutorial is useful for your baby gift giving!
It's time to spring clean our sewing spaces.
Sewwwwwww my sister and I are hosting a quilters'/sewists' Yard Sale!
This coming Saturday June 2, 2018 8 am until 2pm
At 181 Rodney St. Waterloo, ON
Rain Or Shine! All are welcome!
Lots of Fabric, Patterns, Books, Magazines Kits etc. etc. etc.
All related to sewing and quilting and a few household items
AT BARGAIN BASEMENT PRICES OR MUCH LESS!!!
We look forward to seeing you there!😊
On Saturday I was honoured to teach some members of the Erie Shores Quilters Guild in Kingsville. Check out their blog post about the class on Facebook here.
Our subject of the day was Quilting With Rulers for Domestic Machines, you can check out my class description here or click on the "Teaching" tab above.
This was one of many of my rulers classes and I still learned some new things along with my students. This is always wonderful! Learning and sharing together is the best.
I discussed primarily the Westalee rulers and the Angela Walters rulers along with some helpful tips and design ideas. Believe me when I say these ladies were so positive, receptive to my ideas, talented and skilled. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing ideas with them. Thanks to all the ladies who participated. You can see this happy group above.
Below I am sharing just some of the work they completed in the class.
Thanks to the ladies of the Erie Shores Quilters' Guild for hosting and organizing this event!
Also, Thank You to Hummingbird Sewing in Barrie, who allowed me to bring some notions and supplies from their store so that the ladies had some wonderful resources!
If your guild or group, would like a domestic rulers class, I am ready for you. Just click on the teaching tab above.
Happy Monday 😊
I'm off Saturday to Kingsville to teach my class "Quilting with Rulers for Domestic Sewing Machines" with the wonderful members of the Erie Shores Quilters Guild and just thought I would share an excellent resource with my readers.
The resource I am speaking about is a fantastic book by Amanda Murphy called "Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book" I am excited about this book and recommending it because it contains 59 Outline Designs that can be done with rulers and then filled with Free Motion Quilting.. This book is both for the domestic and long arm quilter.
I was reading it over and utilizing it to discuss ideas with my class and I think it's a great comprehensive book that everyone should have if they are serious about using rulers for quilting. I will certainly recommend it in all of my classes!
See the contents of the book below to see what I am talking about.
This book covers just about every ruler shape with so many design ideas to expand upon, it is very inspiring. Amanda also discusses all types/brands of rulers, the very common shapes and how to plan your quilt with ruler work. See some photos from the contents of the book below:
The pictures alone do not do this book justice, I ordered it from Amazon and believe me, I am not disappointed and I would recommend it to my students and anyone passionate about making their quilting precise and beautiful!
As you can see below, this book is very affordable at $25.69, spiral bound and easy to refer to while you are working on your quilt.
Where to get this awesome book? Click on the photo below:
I am hoping to share some photos of my student work next week, check back to see what creative ideas they have, I am sure there will be an abundance of them!
Have a lovely weekend and Happy Friday?
That is right crayons!!! They are a tool I personally use combined with quilting, last Thursday I showed you a photo montage of quilts completed with an abundance of crayon work and yes I use crayola crayons exclusively because the colour is vivid, gives off very little residue and is colour fast after washing (all with heat setting, this is a must, please keep reading for how to do this). I do not recommend other brands as I have tried others and they do not have the same quality results.
See photo montage of my quilts below:
My most recent crayon appliqué mini project is shown below:
The above mini project was made for a recent demo I was asked to do for a local quilt shop.
How to do Crayon Appliqué? That is the Question
1. Find an image and transfer the design onto 100% cotton fabric (light coloured cotton background is recommended). See blog post here about pens for transfer design purposes. Colouring books with designs and web designs are everywhere but please be aware of copyright. Crayola also has some free colouring pages here
2. Tape your fabric with the transferred design to a hard surface (use masking tape)
3. Colour with crayola crayons, press as hard as you like and go over your colouring until you get the intensity of colour you want.
4. Once you are satisfied with the completed colouring, remove your design from the surface and place it on your ironing board.
5. Place 2 layers of paper towel on top of your design, coloured side facing upwards.
6. Press with an iron on cotton setting (no steam) hold for about 20 seconds. lift up the paper towel to see if there is residue from the crayons, if there is, get another 2 fresh layers of paper towel and press again for 20 seconds until there is no residue showing. (CAUTION: DO NOT MOVE YOUR IRON, PRESS ONLY).
If you have used a lot of crayon, you may need to repeat this process, I usually only have to do it twice.
7. Sandwich your quilt or apply your design to whatever project you wish, the colour is now imbedded into the cotton fabric, crayola crayons are colour fast as long as you do not expose them to strong sun light and don't use harsh chemicals to clean with. You can also sew through the coloured area with no wax residue on sewing machine needles.
8. There you have it, enjoy working with this wonder tool!
Who knew a child's colouring tool invented in 1903 could work for quilting?
Get the Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection with 152 Colours in a durable Caddy Case with a Sharpener below:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
If you try this technique, please send us a photo of your work we would be happy to share and post!
Have a Happy Thursday!?
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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