Another Binding…I am on a roll!

Last winter I had a blast making this scrappy quilt designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  It was a Craftsy class which I purchased and I highly recommend it….making this quilt put quite a dent in my scrap pile.  Here is a blog post showing a few progress photos.

I also used this opportunity to stitch the backing out of a pile of unfinished projects.

The quilt was machine quilted by Colleen Dadd of Elite Quilting some time ago and so the quilt has been sitting on a chair waiting patiently for a binding, along with a few other quilt and wallhangings.  Since I am on a mission to finish these lonely quilts, I spent the weekend stitching on the binding, hand stitching the binding down (while binge watching Mr. Selfridge…thank you Netflix).

So I started to think about a label and since this quilt is for my daughter Kelly’s 30th birthday (which was last November) I thought I would play around on my new sewing machine.  I purchased a Janome Skyline 5 last January and I haven’t really done much with it until recently.  It comes with many different decorative stitches and it also comes with an alphabet.  With Instruction Manual in hand, I sat down and started to play.

I cut the sections apart and used the same fabric from the left over binding to put spacers in between the lettering.

The label turned out much bigger than I planned…who am I kidding?  I didn’t have a plan!  The point is, Kelly loved it and I had a ball making this quilt from start to finish!

So…have you had a chance to look at the Catalogue of Classes for the upcoming Academy of Applique in 2018?  I am teaching 2 classes and I cannot wait.  I am very excited to be part of such an awesome event.  I hope to see you there:)  This is what I will be teaching….

 

Til next time….

Kerry

What a Difference a Binding Makes!

At the top of my quilting “To-Do List” is to bind every one of my quilts or wallhangings that isn’t bound.  I must confess that putting the binding on is my least favourite activity. I’m not sure why, but I suspect it has something to do with knowing that my time with the quilt (or wallhanging) has come to and end.  Makes me sad.  Like not wanting to finish a good book.  But, the stack of unbound quilts is growing so I decided “It’s Time”.

I started off with my 2 class samples from last year’s Academy of Applique.  I like to stitch the bindings on with my machine and finish them by hand. As usual, once I finished one, I wondered what all the fuss was about and quickly started to get another one ready to bind!  My samples now look…well…finished.  Not to brag, but both wallhangings also sport a hanging sleeve.  And labels are in the works!  Kits for these 2 wallhangings are available on my website Simple Bird Studio.The exquisite machine quilting is done by Rose Bell of Fancy Feathers.

Speaking of The Academy of Applique, the catalogue of classes was released this past weekend and is now on the website.  If I wasn’t teaching, I’d be taking classes!  So much to learn.  If you have never been to The Academy, please give it some thought.  There is something so awesome about an Academy devoted to Applique.  Don’t worry though, you will have time to eat (and maybe sleep).  Here are the samples for the 2 classes I will be teaching in 2018.  The first one is called Giddy for Gerberas.

 

The second sample is called Bird of Paradise.  As you can see, neither of the samples are quilted yet.  Or has a binding.  But that is next on my To-Do List!

Til next time….

Kerry

 

 

Thrilled to be Finished!

I’m so excited to have finished this quilt!  I wish you could see my face…I am beaming with pride:)  To say I am thrilled with the results would be an understatement….a major understatement!  I’m also very excited to announce that I am offering this quilt once again as a Block-of-the-Month.  If you didn’t get in on the first go-around, this is your lucky day.  The blocks are nine of my favourite blocks from Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”.  I used the setting from Sue Garman’s “Baltimore Squared” pattern.

Here is how it works, once a month for the first 9 months you will receive the pattern and fabrics to do all 9 blocks.  The fabrics will be exactly as shown below. Then the following 3 months you will receive the fabric and pattern for the paper-pieced stars, sashings, borders, swags and bindings.

You have until November 1, 2017 to sign up.  (Don’t fool yourself…November 1 is not that far away).  Details are on the website.

Very often people ask me which thread I use.  I have always used Mettler 60 weight and probably always will.  It’s the one with the green writing on the label.  From time to time I do purchase a spool of something  similar, but I always come back to Mettler.  It is a little hard to find in shops, so I carry it on my website, along with other hard-to-find applique notions and tools.

Til next time….

Kerry

Bed of Roses – Block 1 Re-posted

For those that signed up for the Bed of Roses Block of the Month, I shipped Block 1 today.  It should be arriving in your mailbox very shortly:)  To make your life easier I am re-posting the blog post I wrote way back in May 2015 when I first started this quilt….my how time flies.  If you have any question, please feel free to contact me.  Also, for those that have expressed an interest in making this stunning quilt with their own fabrics, the full set of patterns are on the website.

So here is the link for Block 1.  https://simplebirdapplique.com/2015/05/25/bed-of-roses-bom/

And here is the link for Block 2 – Part 2.  https://simplebirdapplique.com/2015/05/27/bed-of-roses-part-2/

Just think…in 11 more months you will have accomplished this!

Til next time…..

Kerry

So excited!

So excited to announce my quilt, To Everything There Is A Season, has won the Award of Excellence in Applique at Quilt Canada 2017!  This quilt is superbly machine quilted by Rose Bell of Fancy Feathers.

It was a thrill just to have my quilt juried in, but to win an award is definitely the icing on the cake.  For those that have asked, the complete pattern for this quilt will be available on the website mid-July.  We are fine-tuning a few of the blocks, so sit tight!

Meanwhile, I am busy getting my borders ready for the current BOM, a combination of 2 patterns designed by Sue Garman.  I love a border with swags on it (especially on an appliqued quilt).  I just think it has such a classy look:)

First, I taped 6 copies of the swags together (each border has 6 swags on it).  Then I placed the border fabric on top of the paper pattern and traced the swags.  I used plastic to make a template of the swag to make tracing much easier and so much faster.

I prepped all the pieces and glued everything in place…

 

…and Ta Da!  Let the stitching begin!

Til next time…..

Kerry

Stars and Sashings

Has this ever happened to you?  I was so excited (I mean really excited) to finally start stitching my blocks together, along with the paper pieced stars and sashings.  I obviously wasn’t paying attention…just pinning and stitching…pinning and stitching.  Did I mention I was really excited?

Then I spent a bit of time ripping out and ripping out. Then, again with the pinning and the stitching.  Ah…..that’s much better!

So now that all the blocks are going the correct way (I think), it is time to start working on the border, which has some lovely appliqued scallops.  Can’t wait to get started on those.  I absolutely loved paper piecing those little stars.  I ran into a tiny glitch that I want to share with you.  The stars are supposed to be 4 1/2″ square unfinished.  And so the sashings are  cut at 4 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ to match the stars.  Well…for some reason, my stars measured 4 1/4” square.  Every single one of them.  Hardly the end of the world, though…

Thank goodness I hadn’t cut my sashing strips yet, otherwise I would have been trimming them down from 4 1/2″ to 4 1/4″, which would have been a pain in the neck.  So, when I did cut my sashings, I cut them 4 1/4” x 15 1/2.  The moral of this story is to make your stars first, then cut your sashings to match that measurement.

I have been taking a bit of time to work on my samples for The Academy of Applique 2018.  This is all I can show you now:)

I just want to remind anyone who is interested in the Bed of Roses BOM, that July 1 is fast approaching.  If you are thinking of signing up, there are a couple of spots left, so best hurry!  The details are on the website Simple Bird Studio.

Til next time….

Kerry

Putting It All Together!

I am really happy with the steady progress I am making on this quilt.  All of the 9 blocks are stitched and washed.  Now I am going to show you how I trim the blocks to the correct size.  I always cut my backgrounds at least 2″ larger to allow for shrinkage due to all of those tiny stitches.  Before I trim the blocks, I press them really, really flat.  I place the square upside down on the ironing board and iron with steam.  My ironing board is very cushy, otherwise I would iron the blocks on a thick towel.

This is the block after it’s been pressed.  It’s a little flatter and crisper!

I use a window template to trim the blocks, rather than measuring with a ruler.  I used a heavy plastic for the template and cut a square in the middle the size of the unfinished blocks (15 1/2″).  I used to draw a complete square, but now I just mark the corners.  It is so easy just to “eyeball” each block:)

Now I take my long ruler and line up the dots and trim away.  Easy Peasy!

All of the blocks are ready to be stitched together.  Major Goosebumps!

There are only 5 spots left in the Bed of Roses BOM that starts July 1, so if you are thinking of signing up,  don’t wait too much longer:)  Details on the website.

Til next time….

Kerry