Hello quilting friends! I think I got my videos on cutting strips loaded to YouTube. So, we’ll give it a go and see if the links work… fingers and toes crossed! More on that below. But first, I took a class on Zentangle Inspired Found Poetry from my dear friend Elisa Murphy. You can find her on the web, elisasnowandzen.com Remember last week and the Paradox Zentangle pattern on the stage?? Well, we did it in class! How fun to talk about things in one area to have them show up in another. My poetry is below, still a work in progress!
Found Poetry D.W.
Now back to strips! A new pattern is debuting at Fall Market next week, Skinny Bits. This is one of my “little patterns”. It is packed with fun and instruction but small in size and cost. Skinny Bits is made using only strips. And some really skinny ones! The pattern is focused on making this a table runner or bead scarf, but add more strips and you will quickly have a lap quilt or larger. the finished quilt is below!!
Skinny Bits D.W 2016
It is in sewing all those strips that I want to focus my tips this week. First, in sewing strips end to end, the ends of the strips must be 90 degrees! (tip#1) See video on my Wendt Quilting channel (Video cutting 90 degrees) on making sure you are getting a 90 degree cut.
Second, in cutting strips into required length, how many times to you turn your ruler to find the measurement to cut? I hope none! See video for my explanation. If you cut the 90 degree end with the largest number at said end, slide ruler along strip to desired length to cut correct amount. (tip#2) No turning needed! See second video (Video2 simplify cutting strips)
Wendt Quilting YouTube Channel
Third, once strips are sewn for a row, sew pieced rows together from opposite ends. This prevents them from bowing! (tip#3 BONUS!) Row 1 to 2 begin seam line at the top. Row 2 to 3 begin seam line from the bottom. Continue across quilt sewing each subsequent row from the opposite end.
I’m just getting home after a couple extra days visiting my parents, family and dear friend in the KC area! Good flights, just late. Thank you AQS Des Moines! I enjoyed seeing friends and some of my nieces even made the drive to come see me! I’m a lucky aunt!
Odd enough, another concert was during a quilt show! sweet! Carrie Underwood! She is awesome! And take a look at the pattern on the stage. A great quilting design! And in the Zentangle world it is called Paradox.
#1 – Zentangle patterns make great quilting designs!
When travelling, I fold my quilts. I don’t always have room for them to be out full. I always fold right side out. Why? It keeps any hard creases on the back of the quilt instead of the front. Sure you can see a ridge where it has been folded, but that is better than creases! I realize folding the right side inside protects the front. You decide which you prefer.
Back of Tin Man. by D.W.
Bob’s Tin Man. By D.W.
#2- Fold quilts right side out. Refold every so often if storing for long periods of time. This keeps the quilt from getting permanent creases in the same place.
The Tin Man quilt pictured, front and back hardly has any creases. And it was made in 1998!!! I made it for my husband from the silver fabric of his Halloween costume from 1993. I was Dorothy, my husband, Tin Man. My mom, Sscarecrow. And my dad, Cowardly Lion!! “Toto, we aren’t in Kansas anymore.” I’ll see if I can find the infamous group photo to share with you.
I’m still working on uploading the strip cutting video I did. I’ll let you know when I upload to YouTube or Facebook.
I’ve been sewing a lot of strips together for a new pattern that will be released at Fall Market. (Photo will be shared once I get it quilted!!). There are some things I do to keep my strips nice and straight and even. You may already incorporate these in your cutting and sewing but it never hurts to review. Sometimes, as I’m sewing, I look at what I do automatically and think…now what did I just do to make that come out as precise as possible?!?
First…you strips must be cut straight.
#1- straight strip must be straight! And ends are cut at perfect right angles (90 degrees)
I made a video clip to illustrate this but it is not posting correctly. I will put it on YouTube later this week for you to reference. I’ll post a link once I get it done.
The photo below left is correctly sewn…no jump along strip join. The right photo below has a jump…NOT good! A jump can cause a variation in seam allowance and uneven sewn strips.
#2- Be sure when sewing ends do not slip and cause a jump in the strip set!
Next in cutting strip length….I’ll post another video later this week to show my ruler orientation to reduce having to keep turning your ruler for measuring. Cut end, slide down, cut length! It can be that simple. Remember always double check to see you measured correctly!
My mom and I set up my booth for AQS Des Moines today. Show opens tomorrow! Hope to see you there. Stop by and say hello… booth #1425!!
Last week I finished my Mini Teal Swap mug rug! It went to a very active quilter in Kansas. I was so excited to get the mini she made for me. Thank you Katie!
Teal Mini Swap by Katie z
The mug rug I made for her is below. It was a swap and challenge all in one. We had to use the fabric I used for the mug/ cup and saucer. TEAL! The ovarian cancer ribbon color.
Cuppa Teal by D.W.
I had fun hand sewing the foundation houses and making the mini! The swap raised over $4,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!! Quilter’s are wonderful!
#1 – a great way to raise monies for support…make a QUILT!
I love pieced backs. The mini is only 10″ square but I still pieced it.
Mini back by D.W.
By piecing, I could highlight the fabric used for this year’s swap.
…and look, a label!
Label by D.W.
#2- use a Micron Pigma pen to write your label.
I was traveling back from the Chattanooga show yesterday. I got to spend a couple extra days with my parents! Always a bonus! A day late, but not two tips short!!!
I’m working on a little project and needed a mug handle. Instead of paper piecing with loads of seams, I decided to use an old trick of using a bias strip of fabric and appliqué it on. (Technique is similar to sewing a bias stem!!). The curve of the handle was tricky to machine sew. So, I ended up hand sewing it on. The steps are listed below with photos. Bare in mind the section I am sewing it onto is only 1″ x 1 3/4″. That is TINY!
I cut a bias strip 1″ wide. Pressed it in half lengthwise. A funny camera angle makes it look like it is not in half.
1″ bias strip folded in half…
I drew the handle curve onto the background fabric.
#2- I used a “Frixion” pin by Pilot. It irons out of most fabrics. Always test marking tools! I find the Frixion can leave a shadow where you marked.
Handle placement line
The cut edges of the bias strip goes on the drawn line. Sew with 1/4″ seam. It was so small I couldn’t get to the curve to smooth it out. SO, I hand sewed and adjusted the curve.
Too tiny of a curve for
A smooth machine
Hand sewn seam!
Push the bias strip over the line of stitching and folded edge encases seam allowance.
Folded over into place
Hand stitch (appliqué) in place.
Appliqué into place
Ta Da! A tiny handle!
#2 – Don’t be afraid to mix techniques! The appliqué handle was much easier than paper piecing the curve.
I’m pooped! I’m hitting my pillow as soon as this gets posted! Set up my booth today for AQS Quilt Week in Chattanooga, TN this week! Show opens tomorrow. Come on by Booth #1619 to say hi and check out my patterns and tools for sale! I’ll be bright eyed and ready to give binding demos and talk quilting!!!
Going to give some focus to two simple blocks…
The Nine Patch and Snowball…
They are so effective in a quilt, especially when combined. I love how a change of color placement can make these quilts look so very different. Thanks to Edna and Cheryl for making my patterns come to life! WELL DONE ladies!
What is your go to block?
#1- simple color changes can completely change a blocks focus.
#2- simple blocks make stunning quilts!
I just love a fabric that I can see many different “designs” in. I’ve been working on some Tiny houses for samples for my mini class at Pinwheels and Friends in November. I’ve been choosing brights! I love Kaffe Fassett’s colors and large prints! They provide so many options when looking for designs that can have “double meaning” ( for lack of better words). When looking at the fabric below, sure you see flowers, but what else? How about roof tiles?!?
Kaffe Fassett’s fabric
and here is the roof!
Tiny house! D.W.
Tiny House 2 D.W.
And…a lamp or plant in the window! You decide.😉
Check out the door on the second house. One of the dots is a door knob.
Many years ago, I enjoyed working on appliqué because you could take shapes in fabric and use them for something completely different. For example, a swirl could be a flower petal, or a bird’s wing or a camel’s mouth. How fun!
#1- Find hidden designs in ordinary and/or extraordinary fabrics!
#2- Who ever said a house couldn’t be polka dots?!? Pick fabrics YOU LOVE!