What makes that winning quilt? – survey response

I have been quilting since 2004.  In the first learning stages I was quite happy to just grab a pattern and make from that.  Then the designing bug hit me and I purchased the Electric Quilt Design software and have not looked back since. In all of this there was one thing bugging me and thought why not develop a survey and see what my esteemed quilting friends have to say.

So, thank you all for indulging me and responding to my survey.  For those who had asked me to report back here is the link:  Survey Monkey Results.

Survey Summary:

  • 61 responded
  • 57 answered
  • 54% thought: If design is great you can getaway with any generic fabric.
  • 0% thought: If you use the latest designer fabric, design does not matter.
  • 46% thought: Neither, it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

and 8 respondents provided comments.

 

 

Making Easy Scrappy Charity Quilts

I have always wanted to make a quilt for charity using the hoards of scraps left over from my quilts.  What better time then now during the season of giving – Christmas!.   Of course it ain’t gonna happen if its not going to be an easy quilt design right?  So I thought why not design a couple of quilts using a simple 5″ x 5″ square.

The completed size of:

  • Quilt 1: 30″ x 60″ made up of 18 four patch blocks; and
  • Quilt 2: 30″ x 60″ made up of 8 nine patch blocks.
  • Quilt 1: 30″ x 60″
  • Quilt 2: Size 30″ x 60″

Instructions:

Fabric

  • Quilt 1: Select 17 variety of colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
  • Quilt 2:
    • Select 8 dark value colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
    • Select 8 light value colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
    • Select 1 dark or light value colour of fabric from your scraps.

Cutting

  • Template is provided on my no3quiltstudio group on facebook.
  • Alternatively you can cut up squares of 5 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches based on the tables provided below.

Table 1 and 2:  provides an indication of how many patches you would require depending on which quilt you are making.

 

Quilt 1

Fabric Variety

Patch Count

 

1 & 12

1

2 & 16

2

3 & 15

3

4 &14

4

5 & 13

4

6, 7, 8, 9, 10 12

6

 

Quilt 2

Fabric Variety Patch Count

Dark Value

8 4 (Dark Value) x 8 = 32
Light Value 8

4 (Light Value) x 8 = 32

Background 1

8

Constructing the blocks

Four Patch Block

  1. Join patches 1 and 2 to form Row 1
  2. Join patches 3 and 4 to form Row 2
  3. Press open the seams and join both Rows together.
  4. Referring to the Quilt 1 image continue to complete all 18 four patch blocks

Nine patch block

  1. Join patches 1, 2 and 3 to form Row 1
  2. Join patches 4, 5 and 6 to form Row 2
  3. Join patches 7, 8 and 9 to form Row 3
  4. Press open the seams and join Row 1 to 2 and then 3 together.
  5. Referring to the Quilt 2 image continue to complete all 8 nine patch blocks

 Assembling the quilt tops

Quilt 1:

  1. Referring to image of Quilt 1, lay out your four patch blocks.  Each row is made up of 3 four patch blocks.
  2. Continue till you have six rows sewn up.
  3. Then join the rows one by one to form your quilt top.

 Quilt 1:

  1. Referring to image of Quilt 2, lay out your nine patch blocks.  Each row is made up of 2 nine patch blocks.
  2. Continue till you have four rows sewn up.
  3. Then join the rows one by one to form your quilt top.

 Completing your Quilts

To complete your quilt tops please refer to my Making your Quilt Top lessons.

Quilting your Quilt Top

To quilt these quilt tops I am going to do a simple criss-cross pattern with the walking foot.  Alternatively to can also use Free Motion Quilting to complete your quilt tops.

  • Quilting Stencil
  • Quilt 1
  • Quilt 2

 Binding

You may have your own preferred binding method or you may wish to checkout Quilt Binding tutorial.

Your charity quilts are now complete!

 How to Join in this fun:

  • Join my facebook group: no3quiltstudio group to get your template (saved under files) and to troubleshoot any issues which may come up; and
  • You may also wish to subscribe to my website for my newsletter for inspiration (subscribe button located in the side bar).

 

How to do Quilt Binding

Piping Method

There are a number of ways to do your quilt binding.  You can use the piping method or the facing method.  In this post I will show you how to bind your quilt using the piping method.

Fabric selection

  • Binding can be multi-coloured or mono-colour.  The multi-coloured binding can be made by using the a variety of colours of fabrics where as mono-coloured binding can be made from just one colour of fabric, depending on what suits your quilt.

Preparing your quilt

  • Neaten your quilt edges (refer to images 1 and 2).
  • Measure your quilt around the edges to ensure you cut enough fabric for your binding (refer to image 3).

Cutting

  • Using the measurements of the edge of your quilt, cut 2 inch strips from your fabric/s.  Join the strips together and press the seams open.  Then fold the strips in half and press with a warm iron (refer to images 4 and 5).

Sewing

Referring to the images below start sewing your binding (referring to images 6 to 11):

  • Start from midway of one side of the quilt.
  • Ensuring that the raw edge of the strip is aligned with the quilt’s edge, start pinning the folded binding strip to the edge of your quilt.
  • Fold the start of the strip diagonally in a 45 degree angle and start sewing the binding to the quilt.
  • Once you reach the corner of the quilt, finish off the stitching to a 45 degree angle as show in the image below.
  • Then turn the fabric strip to a 90 degree angle and pin it to the quilt as shown in the next image below.  Once you are happy with the alignment start sewing the binding the rest of the quilt edge.  Continue till you come back to the starting point of the quilt.
  • Once again fold the edge in a 45 degree angle and finish off your stitching.
  • Turn over the binding and secure neatly with slip stitch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applique Tutorial

I am currently working on a quilt “Season’s of Canberra”.  The quilt has a sizeable portion of Applique work and this is a real challenge for me! the reason is that although I do love the look of Applique I really do not have the temperament to do lovely delicate Applique.  However, with this pattern it was necessary to achieve the look I am going for, and as a quilt artist never say never to a challenge right!

In this post I am demonstrating an alternative way of preparing your shapes for Applique for a quilt:

Materials:

  • Applique template
  • Fabric
  • non-iron interfacing

Steps:

  1. Cut out your Applique shape from your fabric and non-iron interfacing as seen in image 1.
  2. Sew it up placing the non-iron interfacing on the right side of the fabric and sew a quarter inch seam around the shape as seen on image 2.
  3. Trim excess fabric around the shape and snip to ensure smooth curves.  Snip the centre of the non-iron interfacing making sure that you snip just right.  If you snip right to the end then you will not get the tightness in the seams when you turn over as seen in image 3.
  4. Turn over and pull out the edges to retain the shape of your Applique as seen in image 4.
  5. Iron your Applique shape as seen in image 5.
  6. Your applique shape is ready to use as seen in image 6.
  7. You can attach your shape to your quilt by hand or by machine.

If you found this tutorial useful and want to see more tutorials like this please like my facebook page:  no3quilstudio.

 

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Inspiration using Design Seeds Colour Palatte

Playing around with the Design Seeds Colour Palatte using the Graphic app on my iPad.  The designs will then be drawn in EQ 7 to make quilt templates.

 

 

Sewing the ‘Emerald Bag’

Presenting the ‘Emerald Bag’ featured in the Australian Handmade Magazine, Vol 36 No 2.   This bag was designed as a summer carry all or a bag you can take with you on a shopping expedition or to the beach.  The pattern and instructions for making this bag is available in the Australian Handmade Magazine, Vol 36 No 2.  This post can be used in tandem with the instructions in the magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing the body of the bag

  1. Cut out Template A from the main fabric, lining fabric and the soft and stable.
  2. Cut out Template B from your contrasting fabric.
  3. Layout Template B onto Template A (main fabric) and top stitch to a-fix to the main fabric.
  4. Then prepare your piece for quilting by laying the soft and stable cut out using Template A and the main fabric (with Template B sewn onto it) and pin it together or if preferred baste it with a cotton thread.
  5. Then quilt your main piece as shown in the picture below.
  6. The body of the bag is now ready.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing the sides of the bag 

  1. Sew the sides of the quilted piece and the lining of the bag as shown in the picture below.
  2. Then prepare the base of the bag by bringing the corners together, ensuring that the seam of your quilt piece and lining are in the centre.  Do this for the quilted and the lining pieces (separately).
  3. Turn the quilted piece inside out, it should look like the third picture below.  Leave the lining piece as it is.
  4. Iron to flatten the seams.

 

 

 

 

Sewing the Bag Handles, Button Loop and Bias

  1. Insert your lining in the bag and pin together.
  2. Prepare your bag handles, loop and bias referring to instructions in the magazine.
  3. Place the bag handles, button loop to the top of the bag as shown in the picture.
  4. Once bag handles and button loop is secure, finish off by sewing a bias around the top of the bag.

 

 

 

 

 

Your Emerald Bag is ready to Enjoy!

Please don’t forget to send me finished pictures of your bag as I’d love to see it and also share on my facebook page: no3quiltstudio.

“Piece and Quilt with Precuts” – Kites

I am so excited to be taking part in the “Piece and Quilt with Precuts” blog hop with Christa Watson of ChristaQuilts.  Piece and Quilt with Precuts is Christa’s third book published by Martingale.  Its an amazing quilting book with such easy to do quilt projects, especially if you are a beginner quilter.  It has step by step instructions on piecing and quilting many beautiful quilts.  I made the Kites quilt featured in the book.  

Kites

Piecing the Quilt top

I decided to make a baby play mat using the Kite quilt pattern as it would double up as great gifts for a couple of great nieces/nephews on the way.  My quilt size is 33″ x 47″.  My fabric selection is simple, I am using the lovely dinosaur novelty print fabric and matching the solids to the print.  For the background fabric I have used plain white fabric to bring a balance to the bright colours used for the other blocks. Having said that, white brings out the freshness in a quilt so I often love using it for my background.  I have used fabrics from my stash to show that you can make your own precuts if you don’t have ready access to them and you can still end up making all the lovely quilts featured in Christa’s book.

See my pictorial display of how I made my quilt:
My fabric selection
 Cutting strips from the fabric
 Cutting out the required templates to make up your Kite block

 Quilting 

I quilted the first ‘Kite’ quilt allover using the ‘Wavy Grid’ design (refer to Page 26) with the walking foot.  I marked 2 inch points at the bottom, middle, top and sides of the quilt to give me a guidance to stitch the Wavy line from edge to edge.  With the second ‘Kite’ quilt I used the ‘Wavy Grid’ and the ‘Modern ZigZag’s” quilt designs (refer to Page 32), within the ‘Kite’ block.   I started out by using the walking foot but I found it too challenging as I was working within a small space so I switched to using Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) to complete this quilt.

See the quilting images below:

Giveaway

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To receive a free e-copy of Piece and Quilt with Precuts:
  1. Like my facebook page: No3QuiltStudio.; and
  2. Comment on this post and mention which of the quilts in the blog hop you liked best and why.  Entry to the giveaway will be open till 31 August 2017.  The winner will be notified by Christa Watson, so be sure to leave your email.

Buying the Book

You can purchase Piece and Quilt with Precuts  directly from ChristaQuilts; from Martingale Publishers; or from Amazon.

 To see the parade of all the lovely quilts don’t forget to visit  ChristaQuilts website.  There are some gorgeous quilts on display as well as lots of giveaways on each of the blog sites so don’t miss out.

To access Christa Watson’s beginner quilt class on Craftsy please click on my affiliate link: “The Quilters Path – Plan It, Quilt It, Stitch It“.

 

Using embroidery techniques in my quilts

I often use embroidery to enhance my quilts.  I like using both machine and hand embroidery techniques.  See some of my quilts where I have used embroidery to enhance the design of the quilt:

Machine Embroidery

In my Rose Blush quilt I wanted to experiment with the use of machine embroidery with quilt blocks.  The block I used was the foundation quilt block using fabric shades of pink this gave the finished block a rose like look, therefore To enhance that I chose to embroider the block centre by Using the Husqvarna machine embroidery design, which I felt really added to the overall quilt.

 

Hand Embroidery

I love using hand embroidery to enhance my quilts.  The quilt shown below is made of  a ready print Alphabet fabric panel.  It was made for a little baby so I felt that by adding these random hand embroidered stars gave a lovely homely feel to the design.  I simply drew the stars onto my finished quilt with textile pencil and embroidered the stars with a thick cotton thread by using even back stitches (a tutorial on this will follow).

In the Xmas Joy and the pink/green ABC Quilt quilts made for the Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine, again I used Hand Embroidery to enhance the quilts.

I chose to embroider circles on the Xmas Joy quilt to give a feeling of snow fall. Again I used the same technique as in the ABC quilt above.

in the pink/green ABC quilt I have hand embroidered an up/down pattern in the borders with even tacking stitches (I will expand on how I drew the lines in the border) and hand quilted around the Alphabet letters with tiny tacking stitches.


 

 

 

The Making of “Joy of Flowers”

“Joy of Flowers” was created for an online quilt competition organised by Husqvarna India.  To see my entry “Joy of Flowers” click on this link: My entry.

I must give credit to my beautiful son for coming up with the creative concept based on a photo taken by my husband in Floriade, Canberra.  The photo was of a bed of tulips against the lovely clear blue sunny Australian Sky.

This would be my first true art quilt and and also first quilt that I actually completed all on my own, right up to the quilting.  I have been observing art quilts for years and have read on it and also taken a class on how to create these.  The most common method used to produce art quilts is by raw edged applique.  However, for me that seemed incomplete and also at that time I was not too good with my Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) so would not have been able to successfully quilt over the raw edges, so I decided to use the traditional piecing method.  Once I decided on my course of action I then set to work on the execution of this concept.

I started by doing a sketch of the design using a paper and colour pencils and worked out all the measurements and colours I was going to use.  Later on when my quilt got accepted by the Australian Patchwork & Quilting (AP&Q), I created the whole design on EQ 7, by tracing the image and working on custom blocks.  This was my first original design created on EQ 7.

  
 
 
The colour palette used for the quilts was to give authenticity to the colours in the photo.  The tulips were a classic Red and Yellow/Orange and leafy Green colour was used for the leaves.  The colour of the sky reflected the blueness of a spring sky so I chose a myriad of blues from smoky blue to sky blue and the fabrics used near the sun were a range of sunny yellows.  The grass colours were to give an illusion of green grass on garden bed of brown soil.
 
 The quilting was done by using the walking foot method and that was actually my first time that I confidently quilted an entire quilt on my own.  I chose to finish off the quilt by using a facing rather than a binding at the edge.  I often use this method when I want the viewer of the quilts to focus more on the quilt design.
 
 This quilt was then accepted by the AP&Q magazine as its cover quilt in July 2016 and recently in March 2017, in a readers competition the AP&Q cover chosen as the most liked was the one with “Joy of Flowers” on it.
 
 Please have a look at the photo gallery on how the quilt was made.
 
 
Sketch of the quilt concept
Sketch of the quilt concept
This concept was developed a photo taken by my husband at Floriade, Canberra
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