Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Swap Items Complete

For this spring I entered a swap from Facebook.  Make anything with fabric with a quilting emphasis.  My assigned (secret!) partner did not want a mini - so what to do?

Well first - go find fabric!  She specifically mentioned Tula Pink, so I went outside my stash and comfort zone and explored Tula Pink on my favorite online shop - Hawthorne Threads.

I went with fabrics from several lines, including some add ons from other designers like Joel Dewberry.  I decided on the focus fabric from the Tula Pink Elizabeth line.  So lush and outside my normal!

Since I was not making a mini I elected to make a bag using the Phoebe pattern I found on craftsy.  I want one for me now!

I had so much fun I kept going!  Next up - log cabin style hexie pot holder.  I DEFINITELY need one for me!

Still feeling inspired I went for this little pop up pouch from a tutorial by the Crafty Gemini.  Loved it so much I made me one!

For fun - a keychain fob as well!

 Hopefully my partner enjoys all her treats - I have had a blast making them  :)

Happy Sewing!

Hexie Mini

I don't have a name for it, but hexie mini DONE!  While I do love it, I don't know that I will ever make one again.  122 hand sewn hexies - and it finishes at the size of a cupboard door, lol. 

For quilting I elected to use my machine wavey stitch.  I used lines of dark blue thread and orange thread.

For the binding I used a lovely lime Tula Pink fabric I had.  2 strips were not quite enough so I just added a scrap of a blue print from the scrap pile.  I will use this technique again - I like the interest it brings.

The backing is pieced from some blue paisley, a white on white print, the same light blue used in the binding, and a rectangle of grey.

I have not actually added a tag or name to the back yet - I am waiting for an order of swatchs from spoonflower to arrive with a load of tags I designed.  I am thinking this one will work.

I was not kidding when I said it was the size of a cabinet door - which is lovely since that is where it will be!

Fishing with Tula - Sister's Oregon Outdoor Quilt Show 2015 block contest entry 2

As before I started with the following fabrics.  We can ONLY use those fabrics + embellishments of choice to make a 9.5" block.  

This time I wanted to piece the small blocks and see if I could do something similar to last years block I made with a North West theme.  Organic curves seemed to be a good start.

Love how the curves looked like sunrise or sunset on water!
 Then I had to decide on the applique.  Last year I did a tribal style salmon - this year I decided to focus on the human side of the fishing.  A commercial fishing boat, which we see hundreds of in the Pacific waters, seemed like a good transition.  I come from a family of fishers so this is a lovely personal art as well.

I found a good silhouette of a boat I liked and created a cartoon image from it.  Then traced that onto wonder under.

Then iron it onto the fabric and start cutting!  Very sharp, very small scissors are a must at this step.

More cutting...

...and more cutting...

...and more cutting... and done cutting!

Iron the cut fusible to the background.  I lined up the mast with the stright sewn line in the middle of the block.

Next - add layers of tulle.  When I sew around the image the tulle keeps it in place.  It also adds a shimmer of color.  I used a dark blue overall, and layers of green, blue and white for the water.

Then, FMQ around the image and all cut outs.  This is a bit tedious, but the image starts to really pop out.

Then, cut away all the tulle.  THIS is tedious!  Very easy to make a mistake and catch a bit of tulle within the image.  I leave the tulle over the applique and cut it from the background.

When tulle is cut away you have a stable, lightly shaded, silhouette!  I love using this technique for extremely detailed applique with tons of little bits.

A friend wants this image on a tote.  For now, this is going to Sister's Oregon, and my brain is thinking about a NorthWest series of intricate images.  hmmm.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Bee's Life - Sister's Oregon Outdoor Quilt Show 2015 block contest entry

Last year I submitted a block to the Sister's Oregon Outdoor Quilt Show block contest.  Indigo Salmon did very well.  Since I have loved this show for years and it is one challenge I can participate in long distance, I am doing it again this year.  

As before, we start with a packet of fabrics and have to make a 9.5" block with only those fabrics and possible embellishments. With a VERY different selection of fabrics, this time from Tula Pink, it is a real challenge indeed.

What a selection - and so far outside my color comfort zone!
 I put the fabrics up on my design wall for a few weeks.  On a side note, i did not realize until i started working on the block that I actually had looked at this line of fabric for the deer print for my Dear, Deer, Deere project.  I got the blue colorway of the deer print and had to have them in hand before I realized!  Too funny!

I finally thought of hexies, and decided to make a hexie garden with a bee.  With variable sizes of hexies I layed them out in a way I likes and glued them to the fabric.

Next I used a teal thread and quilted lines from all the corners of the hexies to quilt them down and create an interesting pattern.

At first I planned to try a fabric bee, but then decided on beads.  I went looking for a beaded bee pattern online and didn't like ANYTHING.  Then I found a wire wrapped bee creation.  I decided to try it in some green wire I have.  A bit later and I have a green bee!  I like how it looks with the fabric line and background.

Last I quilted a bee trail in grey 12wt thread across and around the block.  It is subtle, but I like that with all the other bright colors.

Then I added a few beads to take subtle to interesting.

 I am happy with how it looks!  Even if I do not place this year, I hope someone enjoys this block as much as I did making it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Update to Dear, Deer, Deere

Dear, Deer, Deere is rollin along!

First candies hexie made.
I started this with the challenge fabric from our local guild - Yes Deer in navy from Emily Herrick.

From there I knew I wanted something somewhat scrappy using all the glorious colors in the print - grey, navy, lime, orange, eggplant, even fuschia.  The candied hexie idea came along even before I actually had my hand on the fabric.

Then - I added fabrics.  Some from my current supply - shades of eggplant and orange, and a variety of low volume grey prints.  

Several from Emily Herricks line of Rustique - 

like this one!
...and then went and found some gorgeous and fun deer fabrics from other lines!

Then, I started making hexies.  I have a ton already (well, 63!).  As they are all done by hand (my personal challenge on this one) it is time consuming.  

I figured out what basic shapes I wanted to use for the hexies and made plastic templates of those shapes.  Then, for each hexie I make paper pieces from magazines.  I baste several at a time, then start whipstitching them together while watching TV.  

Here you see my ottoman workspace.  The trick is keeping the cats off it!

This is the basic layout I decided on.  Originally it was only hexies, but I thought that looked a little crazier than intended.  I added the triangle cornerstones to add cohesion and space.  By making some of the hexies solid grey/neutral I think it will draw the eye around the top.
Now the trick is - get to sewing!  I am trying to decide if I will hand quilt or machine quilt.  I think it will depend on how much time I have left once the top is done.  HOPING to have it together by the end of this weekend, but we will see.

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