2015 Finish A Long

  •  Hi All,

     I finally decided to join the 2015 Finish Along.  I recognized that I need some motivation to help me complete my unfinished projects and there is definitely merit in holding yourself accountable to the quilting world.  The  FAL is to  the way to go. Thank you Adrianne On the Windy Side   for hosting this years Finish A Long. 

    1.  Grandma’s Star – finish hand quilting and binding.

    Grandmas Star 1

     

     

    2. Triple Irish Chain – complete top, quilt and bind

    Triple Irish Chain

     

     

    3. Emma Mary Quilt – complete quilt top for Q1 ( I will be working on this quilt through the year setting goals over the year).

    Emma Mary Quilt 1

     

    4. Triple Star quilt – complete top, quilt and bind.

     

    Triple Star 1

     

     

    5. Low Volume Quilt for Special Birthday.

    Low Volume Quilt

    Linking up to Adrianne on the Windy Side for the 2015 Finish Along.  Are you playing along?

    Also linking up with WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

    Also if you joined the Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew linky party before Christmas check out Fiona @ The Celtic Stitches to see the winners!

    Have a wonderful week everyone……………..Marie xxx

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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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

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!

Lob Cabin 1 hand quilting

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

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and A Fabulous New Year

As the year comes to a close, I would like to wish you  all a very Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Fabulous New Year.  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, sharing your comments and kindness along the way.   It is a an absolute joy to see the random acts of kindness that occur amongst the world wide quilting community!  Thank you for allowing me to be part of the community

I can finish up the year with the completion of my baby quilt for a beautiful baby girl named  Eva!  It has been fun to make and  I hope it brings her much joy!

Baby Quilt Final 0.1

I used Sarah Fielke’s From Little things fabric with a little bit of Liberty!  It has been long arm quilted with circles/ hearts and binded in the purple/ pink polka dot fabric!

Baby Quilt Close Up 1.1

For those of you who visit often, you will know that I love hand quilting.  The centre hexagon wasn’t long arm quilted; it allowed me to embroider the babie’s name and surround it with love hearts.  I hand quilted with various  colours of perle cotton 8!  I think it  personalizes the quilt a little more!

Baby Quilt Backing 2.1

For the backing I used a fun fabric that I purchased at Ikea some time ago!  I think she will enjoy the bright colours and playing with the birds and frogs.  Well that’s it from me for this year.  I look forward to seeing you all in 2014.

I would like to acknowledge the kindness of the linky party hosts who allow us to share our work and enjoy the creativity of others.  I am linking up with Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict TGIFF @ Gingersnaps Quilts and Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts!

Best wishes to you and your families over the festive season!  May 2014 bring you good health, much love, happiness and all that is good!

Till next year………………Marie xxx

It’s that time of year!

Well it is that time of year and I still have works in progress.   I am  working on a quilt for my sister.  I was suppose to have it finished so my friend could deliver it to her personally.  Alas hand quilting is never fast and the quilt has missed the plane!  The lesson learnt is you can’t rush hand quilting!

Log Cabin Hand Quilting 1

I am hand quilting with perle 8 cotton using an interlocking circles design on the outside border.  I think the circles compliment the lovely Yuwa border fabric!

Baby Quilt 0.1

Baby quilts are a new trend for me! I am making this quilt for a family friend.  The fabric is From Little Things by Sarah Fielke.  I have a few more borders to attach.

Baby Quilt Borders

For the borders I am using a lilac and pink spot by Jenifer Heynen – In the Beginning Fabrics , Pink and Grey Stripes From Little Things and a little Liberty Lifestyle print to add the finishing touch.  I will be trying out my machine quilting skills to get it finished for an up coming Baby Shower!   I look forward to sharing my progress with you in the near future.

I am linking up with Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story and WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced.  Stop by these fabulous blogs  and check out the amazing projects.

Wishing you all a fabulous day filled with fun and laughter………Marie x