Which Piece Goes Where??

One of the most challenging things about applique is determining which order to glue (and stitch) pieces to the background.   Some blocks are easier than others to figure out.  This block was not one of them!  Here is how I tackled the “Xebec” block from Sue Garman’s “Ladies of the Sea”…

Since the seam allowances on the black part of the hull were going to be completely covered by other pieces, there was no need to prep the edges.  But I did draw the seam allowance on the front of the piece, just to make sure everything was going to line up.

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I also took the time to baste it to the background just inside the seam allowance.DSCN5513

Next, I added the brown top piece.  Notice that the left hand edge is not prepped, but all of the other edges are.

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This next skinny piece is going to go on top those raw edges, but it is going to go under the top brown piece…..

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…but at the same time, this little gold piece gets tucked under the top piece.  The edge that is not prepped will go under the top piece and the rest will stick out.

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Needless to say, I had my thinking cap on!

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So, this is what it  looks like so far.

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As you can see, this skinny brown piece is actually smaller than the seam allowance, so I had to trim just a tiny bit of the black piece before I could stitch it in place.  Dicey business!

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Next, it was time to add the main sail.  I stitched the bottom and side edge, and then I basted the raw edge that is going to be covered up….

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…by this.

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Til next time…

Kerry

First Border On!

Last Wednesday evening I finished stitching all I could on the first border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”.  I filled the sink with hot soapy water and let the border soak for a while.  I use hot water because I think the glue and starch soften quicker in hot water…maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t, but that is just what I do!  Next, I like to use Soak in the water, but if I don’t have any Soak on hand, I use dish soap.

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I normally let it soak for an hour or two.  When I went to take the border out of the water, I was mildly shocked to see that most of the red fabrics had run into the white background.  After doing a quick bit of research online, I jumped in the car and went shopping for some Oxy-Clean and some color magnet sheets.  Luckily, I found them, came home and threw the border into the washing machine with both products.  I am happy (and sooooo relieved) to tell you the border came out of the washing machine without a speck of red dye on it.  Thank you, Quilting Gods!

The following day, I laid the border out on a towel and let it dry.  Once it was dry, I placed the border  onto the pattern and marked the cutting lines with a water soluble marker.  I always cut my background pieces  larger than the pattern calls for, so they need to trimmed to the correct size.

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Next, I stitched the border on.

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When I went to press the seam flat, I noticed that some of the navy blue fabric had frayed, and it was sticking out past the seam allowance.  I very carefully trimmed off the navy blue bits.  I mean….very, very carefully!

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So here we are!

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I promised myself once I had the first border stitched on, I would start the next block of Ladies of the Sea, another Sue Garman pattern.  The ship on this block is called The Xebec Pirate Ship.  It looks very interesting with that skull and crossbones!  I used a gradient fabric for the bias stems.DSCN5454

If you look closely, you will see  the color goes from light to dark green.  Fun!

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One day (when I have time!) I am going to do some research on cats and quilts.  I had not seen Bruin all morning.  I placed my quilt on the floor so I could take a picture of it. I went to find my camera and this is what I returned to find.  Sheesh!

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Til next time…

Kerry

To Everything There Is A Season…Block 1

I am so thrilled to show you the first block of “To Everything There Is A Season”.  I have chosen to start with the “Spring Urn” because I am so sure that spring is just around the corner!

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“To Everything There Is A Season” is a full sized quilt designed by MTDesigns exclusively for Simple Bird Studio.  The quilt consists of twelve 18″ blocks and a center medallion that measures 36″.  The outer borders have not yet been designed, but I promise, they will be spectacular!

Here is how it works….For the next 12 months, I will be presenting a new block on the first day of the month.  The center medallion and outer borders will be available after all 12 blocks are available.  The cost is $7.00 per pattern.  The pattern for “Spring Urn” is now available on my website Simple Bird Studio.  Just click on “patterns”.

The good news is…you can start at anytime.  And, you don’t have to purchase all of the patterns (but I would love it if you did!).  Perhaps you would like to stitch a seasonal wallhanging…or two!  The choice is yours!

When you purchase a pattern, you will receive an email with the pattern attached, along with a colour picture of the block.  The pattern can then be printed and tiled.  Spiffy!

Til next time…

Kerry

No one, but TWO finishes!!

Oh my!  I am so excited!  Here it is just the end of March, and I already have two finishes!  First, Owen’s quilt.  Beautifully quilted by Colleen at Elite Quilting.

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And, here is the back.

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For the lettering, I just printed “Owen’s quilt”  in Illustrator and prepped the pieces just like I would prep any other shape. Remember this?

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And here is my Civil War Bride quilt breathtakingly machine quilted by Rose at Elite Quilting.  I wish you could see this in person!!

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Whenever I ask Colleen to machine quilt a quilt for me, she always asks me what design I have in mind.  This is the look I give her….

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…and then I say, “I don’t know…whatever you think”.  As you can see, my input is not needed at all!

Here are some more pics…

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This is the backing I chose…I found it on sale for $6 a yard.  I bought the whole bolt!!

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I am also very excited to announce I am just putting the finishing touches on the first block of my first Block-of-the-Month called “To Everything There is a Season”.  It is a quilt designed by MT Designs exclusively for Simple Bird Studio.  Would you like a hint or two?  Well, the quilt consists of twelve 18″ blocks.  And a center medallion.  There is a cardinal, a squirrel, a hummingbird, a basket of poinsettias and a wreath of roses…among other delights.  Look for it next week!

Til next time…

Kerry

 

Inking a Goose…

Just when I thought I was almost finished the first border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”, I realized I still had some circles to do and a bit of embroidery.  A couple of years ago, I took a class from Pearl Pereira, and I learned this nifty way of making circles is that class.

First, I ironed 3 sheets of freezer paper together.  Next, I used a 1/2″ punch used for scrapbooking.

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I cut out out a bunch of perfectly shaped circles in no time!  Then, I prepped them just like I would prep any other piece.

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Slick!

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So, once I stitched all the circles in place, I embroidered the stems using 2 strands of embroidery floss.  Sweet!

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I finally worked up enough courage to do the inking on the goose.  This is the block I worked on in Rita’s class at TESAA.  One of the many skills that Rita teaches is how to ink fine details with a Micron pen and then smudge the lines with a  Clover eraser pen.  Here is a pic of the goose before inking…

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Til next time….

Kerry

Surrounded by talent!

Our Sunday Afternoon Applique Group met yesterday and wait til you see the Show and Tell!  This is Christie’s version of Aunt Millie’s Garden.  Spectacular! This materpiece was machine quilted by Carl of Lilac Lanes in Alliston.  This is the fourth (!) Aunt Millie’s Garden  to come out of this group…and we are patiently waithing for one more…stitch, Kathy, stitch!!

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Next, we have Lynn’s “Woodland Creatures” a quilt designed by Rosemary Makhan, who sadly passed away recently.  The more we looked at the quilt, the more detail we found!  This masterpiece was machine quilted by Ruth at Stitching Impressions.

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I spent most of Saturday working on my border of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”.

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Before I know it I will be finished!!

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Til next time…

Kerry

Finally! Turning a Corner!

Just when I thought I was going to be hand-quilting this border for the rest of my life, I am ready to turn a corner.  Yippee!  It’s about time!

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I decided to do a double quilting line around the outside edges of the design.  So worth the extra bit of work!  I think the double row of stitching gives the design so more much…oomph!

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Til next time…

Kerry