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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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Wrapped Up in Love…………..

As many of you know, I went back to the UK  for a family wedding  and I got to spend sometime with my beautiful Mum.    My Mum had a stroke a few years ago and she is paralysed down the right hand side which limits her movement and her ability to do things for herself.    Unfortunately, she is not able to sew, knit or crochet; all the things she loved to do.  So now she sits in her chair and prays for everyone.  I decided to make a lap quilt for her with a little touch of the divine to keep her company and wrap her up in Love!  It had to be bright and happy to keep her spirits up and keep her warm.

 

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Apologies for the quality of the photo.  It was a very windy day and the photographer  (meeee!!) wasn’t too good!  I think you get the idea.  I used  Alexander Henry La Virgencita Folkloric feature  fabric supplied by the lovely Angie @gnomeangel.  Then I used a happy Brandon Mably Lazy Daisy print for the outer borders.  The bright  colours were broken up with a beautiful stripe and conflower blue sashing to frame the  feature fabric.  The dotty fabric is a Yuwa.  I backed the quilt with a coral voile which will be soft and warm on cold days.  I purchased the remaining fabric from Amitie Textiles.

 

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In this close up you can see the “La Virgencita”  surrounded by Cherubs, Angels, birds and beautiful flowers.  I hand quilted around the lady and cherubs using a pink perle 8 cotton.  I straight line quilted around the sashing.

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Here is a picture of my beautiful Mum sitting in her chair with her Happy Quilt, wrapped up in Love.  I hope it gives her much joy in the days ahead.

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

Til next time, have a fun filled, fabulous weekend……………..Marie xxx

Little quilts for little people….

 

It’s Friday and  I love when I have a finish to share with you!  I have made a baby Star Quilt using   Jeni Baker’s  In Color Order  Vintage Star  tutorial which I love!   I have modified the pattern to reduce the block  to 11″ and the quilt 44″ square.  It is a good size for a baby quilt and I am very delighted with the result!!!

Baby Quilt 1.1

I chose to make the eight point star using  solids which is not my normal go to fabric.  The solids are “A Day in the Country” and  background is “Nani Iro”  double  gauze cotton!  It is two thin cotton layers of material.  It is very soft to touch and beautiful to use!  Prior to using the gauze, I did a little research on its suitability for quilting.  There were positive views and I decided to have a go.   I also machine washed the quilt  on a gentle cycle, to test the durability of the gauze and it came up beautifully!

Baby Quilt 3.1

For the backing I chose the ever faithful IKEA 100% cotton fabric.  It is bright and cheery with lots of colour to keep a little person happy.

Baby quilt 1

The quilt was long arm quilted using hearts and circles and I was absolutely delighted.   My longarm quilting friend Kylie did a wonderful job!  Kylie said” that double guaze was fabulous to quilt with.”

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 I absolutely love black and white bindings.  It makes colours dance whilst giving a modern edge!  One more quilt finished and I am very happy!

I am linking this post up with NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF @ Quokka Quilts,  Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts.  Stop by these wonderful blogs to see the amazing projects and support the linky parties!

As always, thank you for stopping by and wherever you are in the world have a fabulous weekend.

Sew Happy………….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

 

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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

Stars and Inspiration!

I absolutely love Stars and they  just keep reappearing in my quilting!  A very special and dear friend had a big birthday recently and I wanted to make her a quilt!   I settled on the Giant Star using the fabulous tutorial provided by Jenni Baker @ In Color Order.   I absolutely love this quilt and the softness of the colours!

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I ask my friend to give me a little colour inspiration to help me select the fabrics!  So she supplied me with the following photo of a hand painted ceiling of a Gaudi Building in Barcelona, Spain where she had visited earlier this year.

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This photo was the bases of the colour/fabric selection for this quilt!  I settled for a little blue Liberty with a few modern prints such as a yellow Sketch,  grey/coral Minimalista and a few spots!  The background fabric was a very light Beige cotton/linen blend!   As for the binding it has to be one of my all time favorite fabrics.  The colours in the binding are awesome – Black, Blue, Grey, Lime Green and White.  Who would have thought that such a small print could hold all these colours and it fits beautifully with the fabrics in the Star and the green numerical backing fabric.

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I had the quilt longarm quilted with swirls on the background fabric and straight lines to emphasize the Star points!  I am absolutely delighted with the quilting and I think my longarm quilting friend did an amazing job!!   For the backing fabric I chose a beautiful numerical print in a lime green!  The numbers are outlined with a deep blue which fits nicely with the colour scheme!

I really hope my beautiful friend  likes it.  I just want to wrap her up in Love!!!

 I am supporting the linky parties and I am linking this post to  NTT @ My Quilt InfatuationTGIFF @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the lovely projects and/or link up and support them!!

As always, many thanks for stopping by and wherever you are in the world have a fabulous weekend.

Marie  xxx

Happy Friday….. Happy Finish!!!

Happy Friday everyone!  Friday is a fabulous day and even more exciting when you have a finish.  I am so delighted to have completed my hand quilting for my beautiful Sister’s quilt!  I took a few pics quickly before it was packed into the suitcase to be delivered .  Unfortunately too early in the morning for a good outside photo.  When I started the quilt I posted about it here!   I chose an autumn colour pallette  to fit in with her décor. The large scale log cabin pattern showcases the fabrics beautifully!

Log Cabin 0.1

The pattern and fabrics are from Amitie Textiles and consist of Yuwa, Liberty Tana Lawn, Linen, Wool.  The block finishes 15″.   I wanted to make it a bit bigger so added some borders to frame it!  A light blue 1″ stripe fabric followed by the beautiful Orange Yuwa circle fabric. The quilt finished 60″ x 74″.   I chose to hand quilt the log cabins with orange perle 8 cotton following the square and rectangular shapes and then proceeded to use a circular pattern for the outer border!

Log Cabin Close Up 1

Close up of the rectangular hand quilting!

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Close up of the circular quilting.

 

Log Cabin Backing 1

For the backing I chose a Kei Geo Style  fabric that fitted well with the large scale prints on the quilt top!  I hope she loves this quilt as much as I loved making it for her!

I am  supporting the linky parties – NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF @ Mila + Cuatro, Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict , Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts and Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts.  Stop by these wonderful blogs to check out all the lovely projects and/or link up and support them!!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by.  Wherever you are in the world have a fabulous weekend.

Sew Happy…………………………Marie xxx