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Sleepy Hippo Template

My Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt was this appliqued Hippo.
SleepyHippo_final

After the feedback provided, here is the template for the hippo. The template can be used for the general outline of the Hippo, as well as suggested sketch lines within the hippo.

NOTE: To get the size seen here on this mini you will need to copy at 130% across two sheets of paper.

Linking up with Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts Sew Cute Tuesday (see button on the right).

Tutorial: Phased circle block

I have been having fun with my new design “Phased Circles” of late. I will at some stage release the pattern for the whole quilt seen here. In the meantime, thought it would be fun to share with everyone, how I made up the individual blocks.

You will need the following materials.

  • Circle Rotary Cutter (cuts at least a 8.5″ circle)

Inner Circle

  • 1  5.5″ white cotton square
  • 1 1.5″ strip of white cotton and a colored solid of your choice (I used Kona skinny strips so I did not need to cut)
  • 1 5.5″ x 10.5″ printed fabric (dark/saturated print)

Background

  • 1 6.5″ square of four low-volume prints in monotone colors (as in my quilt) or four prints in a complementary color (as seen in this block) to the inner circle fabric selection.
  1. Let’s start with the inner circle.
    Sew your white and colored strips together for approximately 12″.  Cut excess and press seam open. From this strip, cut 2 5.5″ pieces and cut an additional 5.5″ single piece from the colored skinny strip. Sew these 3 pieces together to form a striped 5.5″ square – as in top right square below. Layout your pieces, the 5.5″ striped square, 5.5″ white square and 5.5″ x 10.5″ printed fabric. Fabric Pieced Parts
  2. Sew the striped square to the white square (as seen on the right) and press seam open. Then sew the this rectangle to the 5.5 x 10.5″ printed fabric to form a 10.5″ square as shown below.
    Pieced Circle Fabric
  3. Use a circle rotary cutter (I use Olfa Circle Rotary cutter which is available online and in stores) to cut a 8.5″ circle using the intersecting point in the center as the middle.Circle Cut
  4. Now for the background of the block.Layout the four square prints. Think about where the white fabric will be placed as you want the darker colors to be where the white is present in the circle you just cut. In my block that is on the right. This provides the best contrast.Background Pieces
  5. Sew each side together (i.e left side/right side). Press seams open. Then sew each of these two pieces together to form a 12.5″ square.Pieced Background
  6. Using the circle rotary cutter cut a circle that is 7.5″ circle.Cut Background Circle
  7. Overlay the background square on the inner circle. Match up the intersecting lines (there are 3 of them in this block). Pin them in place, add more pins if desired to hold fabric in place.Pinned circle background
  8. Sew a basting stitch at 1/4″ from the edge of the circle of the background fabric.
    TIPS: I use my 1/4″ foot and use the inside edge as a guide. My stitch length is set at 3 on my Janome. I sew at the slowest speed setting, on my machine, so I can turn the fabric.
    IMPORTANT: Make sure you stop and lift and realign frequently for best results. Basting Stitch
  9. At this stage, it is time to use a technique called Needle turn appliqué. The fabrics are in reverse, where the background is on top of the main fabric (inner circle in this case); normally the background is what you would be appliqué for pieces onto.
    • Start at one of the seams of the background square.
    • First off, select a matching thread to the background fabric….For this block use coral or off white thread.
    • Knot your thread.
    • Use your needle to fold the top under, towards the basting stitch. You are folding under here about 1/8″.
    • From the bottom (so knot is on the bottom), push needle through all layers and do a little hold stitch .
    • Now, sweep the edge under another 1/2 – 1 inch or so towards the basting stitch (again 1/8inch). Use your fingers to press and smooth out the line. Use an appliqué stitch to sew along the folded each.
    • Continue along about 1/2 -1 inch at a time.
    • Make sure you make a little hold stitch at the end and beginning of each fabric piece

    Here is what it will look like: NeedleTurnApplique

  10. Continue until the whole circle has been appliquéd. Finished Needle Turn Applique
    Here is a close-up of the finished appliquéd parts. Closeup Needle Turn Applique Complete
  11. Remove the basting stitch and you are all done. Square up your finished block – unfinished size for this test block is 12.5″ .
    Phased_Circles_Test_Block

The needle turn appliqué technique was shown to me by Carolyn Friedlander. I loved it, by the way this was my first time trying it. I actually took the project outside and relaxed while doing the hand sewing as it was portable. It meant, I did not have to be inside by my machine. So if you need something while the kids are playing sports/swimming, or need a travel project these would be great (once basted).

There are several versions of this technique, one version is shown in the Craftsy class by Sarah Fielke “Big Techniques from Small Scraps”. The reason to reference this class, is that this will show you the needle turn appliqué basics and appliqué/hold stitch basics. Differences to the above tutorial include; the focus on sewing the pieces to the background, glue basting instead of stitch basting and uses a 1/4 inch seam folds.

If you do not want to do this via needle turn appliqué, you could use a inset circle technique (uses the sewing machine instead of hand sewing). The Craftsy class by Cheryl Arkison “Inset and Appliqué Circles by Machine” is a good class for this technique.

There we go that is my finished test block and tutorial for “Phased Circles”. Let me know if you have any questions. Linking up with Amanda Jean @ crazy mom quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Phased Circles & June Goal for ALYOF

I have already started a new quilt….I know I am being super productive at the moment. I actually started this last week and had given you all a peek at it with the inner circles completed.

Name:  “Phased Circles”
Fabric: Mix of Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures and Botanic lines; and the solids are all new Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons (Green=Wasabi, Blue=Prussian, Pink=Valentine, Jade=Breakers, Orange=Torch, Yellow=Curry).

Look,  I changed the background of the circles, and used lower-volume prints in the same color (where possible). The quilt top is already half completed – I am awaiting a delivery of solids for the other side to be completed. Phased Circles_10in_Border

 

I have not completely decided on the top and bottom borders being 10 inches, it feels at this stage a little too much. I might once it is completed but them back to around 5 inches.
Phased Circles_5in_border

I reversed needle-turn appliqué the circles in the backgrounds, which was the first time I tried this. I did started with a test block as I didn’t want to start right on the real thing. I was so impressed with this one, I moved on to the rest of them. I will have a tutorial ready for Friday to show you how to make your block…surprisingly they are relatively quick.
Phased_Circles_Test_Block

My June goal for ALYOF (a lovely year of finishes – see button on right) is to finish this quilt – quilt top, quilted, and bound.

I am linking up today with:

  • Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (button on right)
  • Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee-Social (button on right)
  • ALYOF (button also on right)

“Hot House Orchids” : Entry for Bloggers Quilt Festival

So, this is my second quilt I am entering in Amy’s Bloggers Quilt Festival.

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I loved this project for so many reasons:

  • The study of the color radiant orchid
  • My first ever appliqué quilt
  • I was exploring the using of lines and borders and inspired by Quilting: Color + Lines  by Yoshiko Jinzenji

HothouseOrchids_Front

The fabric for the front is Alison Glass’ line Clover Sunshine, which has such fabulous colors.

I just used some irregular straight line quilting on this one, to ensure the quilting did not take away from the study of lines.
HothouseOrchids_Back

Name: Hothouse Orchids
Size:
 18″ x 19″
Fabric (front): Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass, Kona Violet (sashing), Kona White (background)
Fabric (back): Ludovika from Ikea
Quilting: Straight line quilting – various width bands with invisible thread.

I am entering this one to the appliqué quilt section. You should take a look, I already have a favorite in this category….the one with all the chairs….LOVE IT!!

Do you have a favorite yet??

Hothouse Orchids – Pantone Quilt Challenge Finish

I have finished my Pantone Quilt Challenge quilt. This mini quilt really allowed me to explore a couple of themes:

  • A color study with Radiant Orchid, where I used shades of Radiant orchid as sashing and across the diagonal from top left to bottom right. The whole clover sunshine line by Alison Glass offered great radiant orchid like prints and great complementary colors.
  • A theme study for Borders and Lines; after reading Quilting: Color + Lines  by Yoshiko Jinzenji, I thought this would be a great opportunity to explore this topic with fiber.

HothouseOrchids_Front

This quilt is all appliqué, which was my first time using this technique. I really enjoyed it. I had a hard times with a couple of decisions:

  • Should I put a thicker border around the edge?
    Hothouse_Orchids_ThickSashing
  • Should I go darker or go white for the binding?

After great feedback from my IG friends (thank you), I chose no thick borders, and I did go with the darker binding.

HothouseOrchids_Back

So, to wrap up…the final details:
Name: Hothouse Orchids
Size:
18″ x 19″
Fabric (front): Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass, Kona Violet (sashing), Kona White (background)
Fabric (back): Ludovika from Ikea
Quilting: Straight line quilting – various width bands with invisible thread.

Linking up and entering the Mini Quilt Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by Anne @ Play crafts + Adrianne @ On the Windy Side.

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge

 

This is also one of my Quarter Goals and linking up with:
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Book Review (Tuesday): Quilting Line + Color

Finally, after almost three weeks, I feel well enough to get behind my sewing machine. First project up was completing my project for book review Tuesday (yes, it’s now Saturday). Better late than never!!

Review

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Title: “Quilting Line + Color: Techniques and Designs for abstract quilts”
Author: Yoshiko Jinzenji
Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
ISBN:  978-1-59668-333-4

There are quilting books/craft books that I really enjoy and love,  as the projects or blocks that they have in the book are so much fun to do and create.  Books like Patchwork please, Pillow Pop, or Vintage Quilt Revival are great examples of this.

This book, Quilting Line + Color, I found extraordinary. It is not so much a book to follow along, but a book that creates inspiration and opens the imagination on what could be. After flicking through the first pages, I had so many ideas on new projects and what I can try, giving me a new direction or extending where I want to go with quilting.

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(image from: A Sewing Journal)

The book has two parts; the gallery,  instructions and patterns.  The gallery is made up with quilt images of the most fantastic photography. Yes, I caressed the pages, oohed and ahhed. The images above are two of my favorite quilts in the book. I liked that:

  • The projects varied a lot
  • Most of them are appliqué based projects, an area I want to try out this year.
  • I loved the use of negative space in the projects
  • How fabric can be used, as we would similar do in framing an image for drawing/painting.

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(image from: A Sewing Journal)

The instruction section was detailed with photos, but not in a typical quilting/project way, I have got used too.  It does have a technique section for appliqué, however I think you could apply any technique you are used to using.

I have to say, I loved this book. It is definitely my favorite so far.
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Project

It was easy and difficult deciding on a project. I had so many ideas on where to start but I also knew instantly what I would love to try. I have been playing around with several ideas and this project pulled those all together:

  1. Borders and Line year-long project – what does that topic mean to me.
  2. The Pantone Quilt challenge using Radiant Orchid
  3. Obviously, the project for this book review.

I wanted to do something similar to left quilt in this image:
qlc page 3(image from: A Sewing Journal)

This is my finished quilt top – “Hothouse of Orchids” (I think). I used appliqué for the complete top. The fabrics for the squares is Alison Glass Clover Sunshine (purchased from Westwood Acres), and the sashing is Kona Violet.
Hothouse_OrchidsI think I am leaving it like this, as I like the white space.  Yes, I think it is finished.

The original idea, however, was also to add thicker sashing around the edges. In this image I like the increase of color the thicker sashing offers.

Hothouse_Orchids_ThickSashing

Let me know which one you prefer….I am being indecisive at this point. I still have time to add the thicker sashing before I quilt, or go on and leave it as in the first image :-).  Thanks for all the feedback on the post and on instagram…I am sticking with the thin lines and not using the thick sashing. Have a great weekend.

Give-away

One brand new copy of Quilting Line + Color will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on what recently has inspired you in your craft/quilting world and where would you want to take it. There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced after 6pm next Friday.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

WiP: Book Review Tuesday

Yes, I am late for Book Review Tuesday,  this week. It is likely to be a Book Review Thursday, as the project for the book, is running a little behind. This is my first week back at work. Did it shock your system to go back after the Christmas break? It sure has been a shock to me 🙂

My project for the Book Review is a mini appliqué quilt, that I am calling “Hothouse Orchids”. This is my first all over appliqué quilt, and I am learning a lot while I try out this new method.

HothouseOrchids_InProgress

 

I am hoping to post a finish tomorrow, so stay tuned for the finish + giveaway. I will say the book I am posting about is a new favorite!!! Love it!!

For now, I am linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see right hand side menu for button/link).