Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Four in Art

This quarter's Four In Art theme is...
Stained Glass Shadows.
I decided to illustrate with gray, black and white glass 
encircled by red "lead". 
I know stained glass shadows are usually full of color,
 but this time around I thought I'd use a range of grays from white to black. 

With each new Four In Art quilt I like to try a new technique.
This time around I tried improvisational paper piecing. 
Here's the first step.

And here's a crummy photo taken at night of what it looks like after 
spending a half hour or so improvising on this little guy.

Ahhh...finally some better light in the morning to
 show off how this first step went. 

And here's the backside. 
I added washi tape over lines that I had to tear while I was still sewing.

Next step I used a compass to cut out a shadow of a round
"stained glass window." 
My 12 year old asked what the compass was?!?!?! 
I have to blame lack of parental example or lame California math curriculum on this one.
(You can't teach how to use a compass when EVERYTHING at school is taught via computer. Using a compass is a hands on activity folks!)
 So..... today my daughter learned how to use a compass. 

Next I made some 1/4 inch bias tape, but it ended up to be 1/2 inch tape.
Then I pinned the heck out of it. 
After making a wedding dress last year for one of my older daughters 
I fell in love with these glass headed pins. 
They are super fine, slightly flexible, and amazingly sharp!

Here's my quilt sandwich.

I decided to quilt this mini with mono filament thread. 
The rest of the photos are taken at night so the 
lighting goes down hill from here on out. 

For the binding I used the backing fabric.
I cut the backing fabric a 1/2 inch from the quilt top
then I ironed and rolled the fabric to the front, 
then pinned and pinned and pinned. 

Ta da! Here's the final Four In Art Project.

You can view other Four In Art projects by clicking the links below. 

Betty Ayershttps://www.flickr.com/photos/toot2
Catherine Chisholmhttp://www.knottedcotton.com
Elizabeth Eastmondhttp://www.opquilt.com
Janine Greenhttp://www.rainbowhare.com
Nancy Myershttp://www.patchworkbreeze.blogspot.com
Rachel Rileyhttp://www.rachel-thelifeofriley.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tilly & The Buttons ~ The Orla Blouse

 Yes I had a birthday this year!
My husband was so thoughtful and got a me 
chocolate cake 
and a subscription to Threads Magazine. 
They had an awesome pattern review for 
Tilly & The Button's is located in England.

This is Tilly, isn't she adorable?

Here's Tilly's teaching studio. 
Seeing this makes me want to catch the first flight to England. 

Well...I loved the Orla Blouse and just had to get the pattern. 
They have options for PDF downloads and paper patterns. 
I wanted the real deal and bought a paper pattern, 
yes all the way from England. 

Here's my finished Orla Blouse.
It has some interesting details like the collar for starters. 
The front has lovely partial princess seams too.

The back not only has a zipper but it also has 4 darts. 
Two on the back and two on the top of the shoulder for better shaping.
Sorry this photo is fuzzy, I'll have to speak with my photographer. 

 I chose Japanese fabric for the blouse by Eri Shimatsuka called Pisaraita.
You can purchase the fabric from this Etsy store. 
I purchased my fabric at Road to California, 
and probably paid waaaay too much for it. 

The lace overlay is from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco.
This store is to DIE for. 
They have 4 floors of all things related to sewing.
The 4th floor is my favorite, 
that's where you can get remnant pieces of 
deliciously expensive fabric.

I hand basted the lace overlay onto the collar for stabilization.
I learned this little technique last year when I made my daughter's 
wedding dress. 

 I inserted the zipper with Tilly's incredibly clear & concise instructions. 
The instructions come in the most fabulously designed booklet 
with real photographs and step by step instructions. 
You can find a photo of the booklet below.
They make any other pattern company look sloppy.

This is what I got after clipping all the curves in the collar. 
Doesn't this make the most beautiful confetti?

I used my paper bone folding tool to turn the collar right side out. 

Then I carefully pressed with a silk ironing cloth. 

Here's the completed collar. 
In the background you can see the awesome instruction booklet. 

Here's a few more photographs with the collar attached.
I chose to use a contrast fabric for the underside of the collar. 

Happy sewing! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Shattered Moon





Four In Art Theme.

SHATTERED MOON by Simone Bradford

I started off with an idea of inserting a "moon" 
in the the center of my "darkness".  
I used a freezer paper technique. 
Here goes....

First I ironed on the freezer paper and trimmed away the fabric.

Next I snipped the black fabric and glued it to the freezer paper. 
You can see the PURPLE glue around the edge of the freezer paper. 
This is really LAME glue, the color in it fades in about 5 seconds. 
Sometimes you just need more than 5 seconds to get the job done right. 

And now it's ready to have the moon sewn into it.

The moon is made from KONA's 2016 color of the year. 
I did something bad, and forgot to take a photo sewing 
the moon on the the background.
 Fine...ground me.

Next I sliced and diced as I shattered the moon. 

I didn't want the moon to stay round while slicing and dicing so
 I just let it morph as I inserted the strips of fabric.

Quilting arches is a favorite pastime.

I quilted the moon in the center with glow in the dark thread...
Hence the 

The final mini quilt measures 16" x 16". 
The gray fabric on the front of the quilt is actually the 
side of a black on black hexagon fabric. 
I do this frequently. 
No I don't need mental health. 
Sometimes the back of the fabric is just as beautiful as the front. 
 I used gray, yellow and glow in the dark thread on it. 
I cheated and machine sewed the binding on. 
I swear I never cheat at anything else. 

And ta da! Here's the backside. 

You can view other Four In Art blogs below. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Another UFO, and last mini.

The Mother Ship has called in her 3rd baby UFO.

This last project's inspiration came from another CB2 catalog.
I was flipping through the pages and stumbled across
a sideboard that was dark and interesting. 

 Here's the worst possible photo of it in my sketchbook.
It has different panels on it with unruly zig zags of gold. 
I thought this could provide an interesting idea for a 
Four In Art 
project I was working on. 

I had some pre-cut stips of fabric already waiting for me 
to experiment with.

 I thought it would be interesting to have each panel
be 1/2 the width of the previous panel.
The first panel as 4 inches wide, the 2nd was 2 inches wide, 
the 3rd was 1 inch wide and the 4th was 1/2 inch wide.  
Along with that I started with 9 zig zags on the left panel. 
I planned that in each successive panel I would double the amount of zig zags. 
That meant 9, 18, 36, & 72 zig zags in the first four panels from left to right. 
Things were going fine until I had to squeeze 
72 zig zags into a panel that was 1/2 inch wide!!!
Who's idea was this anyways?!?!

The logical left side of my brain FINALLY showed up and said, 
"Just make that dang experiment into a hot pad and be 

Friday, February 10, 2017

UFO 1 & 2

The Mother ship has captured 2 mini UFO's!

I was cruising the internet recently and 
I was looking at Italian cement tiles for 
I stuck 
either found the end of the rainbow.
The tiles had endless possibilities for quilt inspiration. 

I opened up one of the tiles in Illustrator 
and traced the image and ended up with the quilt block below. 

I spent waaaaaay too much time tessellating the tiles. 
Here are 2 samples. 

After I spent a crazy amount of time cutting & sewing 
hordes of 1" strips of fabric I assembled them into 4 blocks below. 
This finished block is only 8" square. 
Oh...so tiny for so much work!!!!

Common sense says 
what you are doing, 
and don't make a King size quilt like this!!!

So, now I bring you the fabulous
Italian cement tile inspired 
(It's the latest craze.)

UFO #2

This foundation paper pieced 
New York Beauty is from the Gridster Bee.
Susan Snooks of Australia chose this wonderful block.
You can view her blog here.

I was so excited to make my very first 
foundation pieced block I forgot to do something incredibly important.
On my printer there are 
places to verify this. 
I only checked one place and boo hoo.
I printed at the wrong size, and waaaaalaaaa,
I learned a valuable lesson!

I made a second New York Beauty for Susan 
and turned this block into...
you guessed it...

On the up side my daughter Claire is a fabulous baker 
of all things made with flour, sugar and chocolate.  
She just started a cake baking business, 
and both of these hot pads  
are on their way to her test kitchen. 

Claire - I can hear the hot pads fighting over whose turn it is 
to remove the cakes from your magic oven.   

And here's a peek at the second New York Beauty I made.

Off to the stack of never ending UFO's!