It’s a Reindeer Holiday Season…….

 

I’ts the holiday season and I will be using my Reindeer Table Runner for the celebrations.  I have loved making this runner  for the Ho Ho Ho And On We Sew sponsored by  Fiona @ Celtic Thistle Stitches and Paula @ Mud, Pies and Pins . If you have made a fun project for the festive season link up your project for the chance to win two great giveaway prizes: a copy of Katy Jones’s “25 Patchwork Quilts” book sponsored by Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches and a AU$30 voucher to spend at Amitie Textiles courtesy of  Quilts with Personality. Check it out here

Christmas Runner 1

 

The Runner measure 16″ x 42″.  I used raw edge applique to adhere the  reindeers, trees etc.  I chose raw edge applique to keep the runner flat so I could sit dishes on it easily.   I hand quilted the runner using  perle 8 cotton with vertical and horizontal wavy lines.  The quilting definitely gives the illusion that snow is falling and the spotty fabrics certainly add to this.   It was a lot of fun designing and  writing the tutorial and it certainly pushed my design skills

Following are some close up pics of the runner.

 

Close Up Reindeer

I love the Kaffe Fassett reindeer fabric.  It just looks like the reindeers are in a snow storm!   The tree fabric was fabulous,  I just had to cut around the outline of the material and let the fabric do the work.  It gives such a 3D effect.

 

Close Up House

I absolutely love the house.  It reminds me of a Swiss Chalet or a true Ginger Bread House.  The use of the polka dots on the house and the stripes enhance snow effect and the stripes almost create a step at the front door.  The front door is a real favorite – a  Liberty Lifestyle print.

If you have made something for the holiday season that you would like to share please click here  and link up for your chance to win one of the lovely prizes for the Ho Ho Ho And On We Sew!

I am linking up this post with NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation,  TGIFF @ Things I Make , Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts. Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the fabulous projects.

Well  that’s it from me for this year.  Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a safe and healthy fun filled New Year.

Marie xxx

 

 

 

 

 

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Ho Ho Ho And On We Sew

Welcome to Quilts with Personality and thank you for stopping by for the December Ho Ho And On We Sew Link Up Party sponsored by Fiona @  The Celtic Thistle   and Paula @ Mud Pies and Pins   If you have made a fun project for the festive season link up your project for the chance to win two great giveaway prizes: a copy of Katy Jones’s “25 Patchwork Quilts” book sponsored by Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches and a AU$30 voucher to spend at Amitie Textiles courtesy of  Quilts with Personality.  Link button at the bottom of the post.

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I was thrilled when Fiona asked me to contribute to this party and I am delighted to share my Reindeer Christmas  Runner tutorial with you.  I hope you enjoy making it as much as I have!

 1.   Material Requirements

1.1   12″/ 30cm (WOF) Grey spot fabric,  8″/ 20cm/ (WOF) White base fabric, 1 Fat Quarter of Tree Fabric, 1 Fat Quarter of Reindeer Fabric, 1 Fat 16th House Fabric,  Scraps for House Roof and  Candy Cane Sticks.  26″/ 66cm (WOF) Backing Fabric and Batting and 10″/ 25cm (WOF) Binding

Vliesofix Adhesive Paper for Applique, Applique mat, Sewing Machine, cotton thread for Applique, perle 8 Cotton for hand quilting,  Frixion pen and general sewing supplies.

 

2. Background Preparation.

2.1  Cut 12″ (WOF) Grey spot fabric,  8″ (WOF) White base fabric

2.2 Draw a wavy line on the spotted grey fabric near the base using a Frixion pen ( removeable with hot iron).

2.3  Trim the fabric a quarter inch from drawn line.

2.4  Press the quarter inch seam to wrong side to obtain a wavy line.    Where the curve bends (convex) snip with scissors to ensure the fabric sits flat on the base fabric.  The top fabric is appliqued to the base fabric.

2.5   Pin the top fabric to the base fabric ( right side facing up both fabrics) and slip stitch in place.  Stitch as if you were sewing the binding of your quilt using a matching coloured thread.

3. Applique Preparation

3.1 Draw the all applique shapes on the paper side of the Vliesofix and cut out shapes  a quarter inch from the drawn line.  Click here for Applique components.

3.4 Iron the cut out shapes onto the wrong side of the fabric.  Cut out the fabric shapes on the drawn lines. There are a number of Vliesofix type fabrics please ensure you us the manufacturers directions. Shapes for runner can be found here!  Please note that the applique shapes should be printed at 100% .  Also make sure that the box on the sheet measures 1inch to obtain the correct size.

3.5  Place the applique shapes, fabric side up, on the base fabric to achieve the desired look.  You may use the finished runner photo as a guide. Alternatively you may choose to change the placement of the shapes.  When you are happy with the placement take a photo as a reference to ensure the shapes are adhered in the desired sequence.  Lift the applique shape and mark eg # 1 on the background fabric, in a place that will not be seen, and # 1 on the paper side of the applique shape.   I recommend using the frixion pen as it is easily removed with a warm iron incase you change your mind. Repeat the numbering  process until all shapes are referenced on the background fabric with corresponding number of the shapes.

4.  Machine Applique

4.1  Assemble the components of the House,  applique mat and house drawing.  Place the attached  house drawing under the applique mat.  Remove  the Vliesofix paper from the applique and place on the mat using the drawing as a placement reference.  Then repeat for the roof and door components.  Once you are happy with the placement, press the applique with a hot iron ( no steam).  The house component will be fused together and can then be removed (when cool) from the mat onto the background fabric

4.2  Press the house onto the back ground fabric.  Repeat the above process for the assembly of the Trees.  The Reindeers and Candy Canes can be place directly onto the background  fabric and pressed in place.

4.2  Now we are ready to machine applique.  I chose to use Blanket Stitch to secure my applique shapes.  I like blanket stitch because I don’t need to use a stabliser.  I recommend that you practice your raw edge applique blanket stitch before stitching the runner.  This will allow you to play with machine settings and also practice reducing stitch size  to accommodate narrow applique shapes.

4.3  Applique the shapes in place using blanket stitch.  It is important that you follow your sewing machine settings for this type of stitch and applique.  You may choose another stitch such as satin stitch if you do not have a blanket stitch.  Alternatively you may needle turn applique by adding a turn under allowance.

5.  Basting

5.1  Place the 26″ WOF backing fabric on a flat surface.  Press with hands to ensure fabric is flat smooth with no wrinkles. Place the 26″ x  44″ batting on top of the backing fabric and smooth out.  Then place the appliqued top and smooth out to remove any crinkles.  Pin the basted runner together ensuring pins are no more than a hand width apart.

6. Hand Quilting

Now that the basting is complete you can commence hand quilting.  I like to quilt with a hoop and perle 8 cotton.

6.1  Hand quilt approximately a quarter inch around each shape to provide definition.

6.2  Draw out your quilting pattern on the runner top using the Frixion pen.  I marked the grey spot fabric with  wavy vertical lines to represent snow following.  I then marked horizontal wavy lines on the white fabric to represent the snow.

6.3  Trim the runner to the desired size.  I trimmed to 16″ x 42″.  I like a thin binding.  If you like a thicker binding the cut to your desired size.

7. Binding

7.1  Calculate the binding requirements and cut binding material 21/4″  and sew the long ends together .  Press seams open .  Then fold over at one end to press the raw edge in. Binding requirements 42 +16 + 42 + 16 = 116″

7.2  Then fold the strips in half length wise and press with a steam iron.

8. Finish

8.1  Sew the raw edge of  binding to the raw edge of  front of runner a quarter of an inch in.  Mitre the corners and then fold fabric to wrong side and hand stitch in place.  Alternately you may choose to machine sew the binding.  Voila – one Christmas Runner!

Prizes for this month link party are:

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This fabulous Book sponsored by Fiona @  The Celtic Thistle

Amitie Gift Voucher

Amitie Gift Voucher for $30 AUD sponsored by Quilts with Personality

Now its your turn to link up what you have been working on for the Ho Ho Ho And of We Sew party. Remember to visit other blogs that have linked up and leave some comment love.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Fiona @  The Celtic Thistle and Paula @ Mud Pies and Pins  for sponsoring the Link party all year.  Also the wonderful sponsors listed below who provided prizes through out the year and make the party even more fun.  Linking this post up with Crazy Mom Quilts!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you All!

Marie xxx

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French Market Medallion

Some time ago I posted about Judy Newman’s new pattern release ” French Market Medallion”  You can read about it here!   I have had this quilt on my to do list and I am  delighted to say that I have started  to make it.

 

French Market Medallion 1

 

I have completed the center medallion and first border using lots of  Liberty and Yuwa fabrics.   The fabrics are a blend of traditional and modern; an old meets new kind of approach!

 

French Market Medallion 2.1

I absolutely love applique and I am so pleased with the centre medallion!    The first border is a Liberty fabric appliqued to a grey strip.  Judy suggested that I use the vase fabric for  this border and I am so glad she did.  It certainly has WOW factor and there is a myriad of colours in this fabric that allows me to make scrappy circle borders.

French Market Medallion 3

I love that the corner of the borders are appliqued with cute little birds which blend so beautifully in the quilt.  The second circle from the bottom, of the photo above, is a Yuwa fabric.  It depicts little children walking and two girls standing on the opposite side.  I put them in because it reminds me of my family and my two beautiful sisters.  Funny how fabric resonates in strange ways.

It’s a delight to make this quilt and I am certainly enjoying the challenge and loving every step of the process.  If you are interested in the pattern contact Judy at A Very Fine House

Whilst I haven’t fully completed my top yet,  I wanted to share the journey with you!  I am celebrating the finish of the centre medallion and border one!  I am linking up this post with NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts. Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the fabulous projects.

Have a fabulous weekend!  Here is hoping that it is filled with fun and laughter.

Marie xxx

I’m a Little Tea Pot……..

Happy Friday to everyone!  I am absolutely delighted to be back on the blog again.  I am sorry to say that I have had lots of computer problems and temporarily lost all my files! I almost cried at the thought of loosing my family photos.  Now that I have them back, I am delighted.   Backing up my files will certainly take on a higher priority in future!!!

I have been working on lots of quilty goodness but not alot has been finished.  I did however make the most adorable pin cushion that I can share with you!

 

Pin cushion 1

I chose to applique a little teapot on my pin cushion using some of my favourite fabrics and a linen background.    The sides are in a lime green numerical Japanese fabric and linen for the base.

Pin cushion detail 1

 

I tried to embroider a flower in the middle of the teapot and I outlined the teapot using my favourite perle 8 cotton.  I used  “Three Dolls Pincushion Party” pattern designed by the gorgeous Louise Pappas.   The pattern provides lots of applique designs for various pin cushion sizes.  It also provides lots of opportunities to embroider, if you choose.  The pattern is available at Amitie Textiles .

 

Pin cushion 2

My pin cushion finished at  6″ diameter 3″ high.  I will definitely be making some more – they are lots of fun

I am linking up this post with NTT @ My Quilt InfatuationWhoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts.  Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the fabulous projects.

Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are in the world.

Marie xxx

2014 Finish A Long

I participated in the Finish A Long last year and I really enjoyed having a little motivation to complete some of my many Work In Progress projects.  So it’s the Quarter 2 of the 2014 Finish A Long and I am signing up the following projects with  Katy  @ The Littlest Thistle.

1.  Grandma’s Star.

 

Grandma Star Collage

I hand pieced this top last year and I now need to  finish hand quilting this 1930s reproduction quilt and put on some binding.  I am hoping to finish it off this quarter.

 

2.  Triple Irish Chain

 

Triple Irish Chain r

I would like to complete the pieced borders, baste and then hand quilt.  If I  finish the top by Q2 and then hand quilting in Q3 I will be very happy.  If I spread some of the activities across two quarters at least I will be making progress!

 

3.  Green Tea & Sweet Beans

I would also like to work on my Green Tea & Sweet Beans quilt and I am definitely hoping to make a few more blocks this quarter:

 

Green Tea & Sweet Beans Collage

These projects are mostly hand pieced, appliqued and/or hand quilted and entering them in the Finish A Long helps to keep me focused and motivated.  Many thanks Katy for hosting the 2014 Finish A Long @ The Littlest Thistle!  Stop by Katy’s blog and check out all the fabulous projects.

I am linking this post up with Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story, So Cute Tuesday @Blossom Heart Quilts, Lets Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts and WIP Wednesday @Freshly pieced, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts  Stop by these wonderful blogs to see amazing project and support the linky parties.

 

Wishing you a fabulous week and happy sewing……………Marie xxx

A Fun filled Fresh Sewing Day ………….

Collage July 2013 (2)

August has arrived and I have been inspired by Lily’s Quilts Fresh Sewing Day .  I have reflected on my sewing activities for July in the pictures above.   On review, July has been a very productive month and I am feeling good about my sewing projects.  Sometimes we are too focused on the unfinished projects that we forget to look back and see what has been achieved.

The key highlight for me, in July, was meeting the wonderful Gwen Marston.  She is an absolutely amazing lady and so inspirational.  I walked away, from her workshop, with two key points one to follow the quilting traditions of the past and secondly  to follow my  intuitive creativity.

Gwen discussed a Martha Washington  quilt from her Liberated Medallion Quilts Book. ” Unfinished Pieced Bedcover 1790 – 1800”  and noted that the outer border  on point squares were a bit short.    A creative solution was introduced and a contrasting material was added to all four corners giving the quilt a contemporary look.  (Marston, 2012:10)   So what if  your borders are too short, there is always a creative solution.  So with that in mind, I am not so critical of my work, it doesn’t have to be perfect  and I am more focused on enjoying the process.  Sewing is fun right!

I am linking this post up with Lily’s Quilt Sew FreshQuokkaquilts TGIFF and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. If you have stopped by from these links Welcome!  Feel free to stay and look around, time permitting.

As always, thank you for stopping by.  Wherever you are in the world have a great day.

Sew Happy ……………………….Marie x